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The Woman in Black in Manila review: world class theater by a college group?

I was in a total rush to catch the play at 8 pm in Teatrino theater. Coming from my own event and then a casting there was big chances not to catch the gift for the senses that Mr. Toots Tolentino, the PR of this play, had prepared for us.
Arriving a few minutes before the curtain went up, we didn’t have time to shoot proper pictures to illustrate this and I hope another article by my colleague. So we started shooting during the play and the producer came to ask us to delete them because of intellectual property rights.  I’m guessing the right owners really are strict about a play full of light effects and surprises to create that mystery halo of scare ness it has.
Jeremy Domingo, William Manzano & Reb Atadero.
Excited because I’m gonna watch my friend Jeremy Domingo perform, an incredible actor, now I know after watching him carry on all those characters so fast and with so many accents. He explained to the press that it’s really part of his normal job as a voice over talent to master a lot of different accents and voices.
I must admit that as a Spaniard I had a hard time to understand all the text with so many different accents. I was just amazed anyhow every time Jeremy changed character and voice and physicality.
Reb Atadero played the other character. Never met him before and must say he’s also a very good actor giving us a central character to conduct the whole story thru. Also a funny person as he showed during the presscon after the show.
Direction by William Elvin Manzano. Knew him from my role in Noli me tangere the opera, his girlfriend played a character in the play. Not sure if we are related actually, but there are not so many Manzanos in the Philippines, right? So…
I knew W.E. Manzano was a musician, and now I know he’s a DIRECTOR oh yes, with big letters. This output was so professional, so taken care of every detail. He made the actors really alive and constantly active with the energy always up. And lights, props, timing all in place.
Knowing the pay was produced by Dulaang Kalay, a college theater group, I was so surprised to see this impressive output. Congratulations to all the team. And congratulations for taking the decision of teaming up with Word of Mouth Theater coz’ all together you made it come true.
A special mention to the light design by Meliton Roxas Jr. So sad not to have the pictures of his lighting. It really created an atmosphere to believe. Scary and beautiful.

Precious Cundañgan, Jeremy Domingo, William Manzano & Kuya Manzano.

Thanks to Teatrino for lowering the aircon in the second half. During the first part we were all hugging and covering because of the low temperature, but I even thought it was a part of the ambient of the play, to get us into the foggy site.
And thanks to the sponsors, specially the FIC icecream. Great detail to greet us with one before the start.
KuyaManzano. Manila, 2012.

Pictures by Marian Yu.

Things that make me happy

Massage makes me happy.

Playing boxing in the Xbox makes me happy.

Seeing my social networks growing makes me happy.

Reggae music makes me happy.

Sex makes me happy.

Food makes me happy.

The gym makes me happy.

A hug makes me happy.

Good work makes me happy.

When they treat me like a star it makes me happy.

To have tons of free time makes me happy.

Broadway musicals make me happy.

Singing makes me happy.

Having workers makes me happy.

True friends make me happy.

Money makes me happy.

Gratitude makes me happy.

To hear you clapping makes me happy.

When I enlighten or inspire someone it makes me happy.

To look sexy makes me happy.

To turn on others makes me happy.

When people appreciate my work that makes me happy.

Superhero movies make me happy.

Martial arts make me happy.

When my teachers believe in me it makes me happy.

When my directors believe in me it makes me happy.

Pedro Calungsod, the film.



A Motion Picture by Francis O. Villacorta

GENRE: Historical Drama (Biography)
FILM PRODUCTION: Wings Entertainment / Beginnings at Twenty Plus, Inc.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: FRANCIS O. VILLACORTA
In celebration of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod on October 21, 2012 in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy, we are working on an independent film on the life and martyrdom of the next Filipino saint.
Dubbed “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir”, the digital film stars JM DE GUZMAN of ABS-CBN’s telenovela “Angelito”.
Pedro Calungsod was a young, teenage Visayan-Filipino catechist and a pioneering overseas Filipino worker who served under Jesuit missionary Father Diego de San Vitores (to be played by CHRISTIAN VASQUEZ) in the Spanish mission to the Marianas (known today as Guam) to propagate the Christian faith in 1668-1672, since the people there at that time were “pagans” (didn’t believe in GOD).
His dramatic life was cut short when he was killed by Chamorro natives at 17 years old while protecting the mission superior, Father San Vitores.
A moving and inspiring story of a young man’s love of God, the film will have its Philippine theatrical release in November 2012. The film will also have an eight (8) month nationwide screening tour of religious communities, corporate and government organizations, youth civic groups, elementary, high school and universities (October 2012 to May 2013).
PADRE LUIS DE MEDINA — a soft-hearted Spanish Jesuit missionary and close friend of Padre Diego de San Vitores who baptized the native Chamorros of the Marianas Island (old Guam) and who was eventually killed. Thin, lanky, and dedicated to his evangelical work.
FRANCIS O. VILLACORTA is a theater artist (playwright, director, producer) and a History-Political Science graduate from De La Salle University.
He has previously mounted “Oedipus Rex” (1997), “Juan Luna” (2000), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (2002), “Bayan-Bayanan” (2003), “Sa Ngalan ng Ama” (2004), “Doctor Faustus” (2006), “Hamlet” (2006), “Tatlong Kuwento ng Bagong Bayani” (2007) , “Beloved Beata: The Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo Story” (2007), “Batang Bosco” (2008), “Saint Scholastica” (2008), “The Virgin of the Poor” (2008), “Dominic” (2009), “The Jose P. Laurel Story” (2009), “Confessions of a Soul: The Life of Saint Augustine” (2009), “Journey to Rotary: The Paul Harris Story” (2010) and “Francisca de Manila: the Mother Francisca del Espiritu Santo Story” (2011).
He is scheduled to mount on stage “Man of the Masses: The Ramon Magsaysay Story” and “Venceremos: Che Guevarra”. Soon, he is set to lens films on”Pedro Calungsod: Batang Ama”, “Voltar”, “Tomas Claudio: The Forgotten Hero”, and “The Good Fighter: The Manuel L. Quezon Story”.

Things I want and desire

I want

I want money.

I want sex.

I want power.

I want a world with enhanced minds who don’t believe nonsense they told them from birth.

I want honest police.

I want to enjoy life having pleasure every day.

I want to sing like Placido Domingo.

I want to be a rock star.

I want to be a movie star.

I want have a peaceful and relaxed life.

I want unisex toilets.

I want unisex clothing.

I want unisex names.

I want questionnaires without a gender box, or civil status box, or address box.

I want to be treated as any other customer or better.

I want special food.

I want to be the first to be attended.

I want freedom of speech and thought.

I want art with a message.

I want to be taller.

I want to be sexier.

I want a taxi company soon maybe.

I want professional employees who I can trust.

I want to create something revolutionary.

I want to create a new religion where I’m the god.

National 1st price in Pinoy inventions: board game Challenge 21.

This week there was a big exposition in SMX about Philippine inventions. Inventors awarded from all over the country came to contest to win the national invention price.

I personally endorse and recommend you play and buy Challenge 21 the board game. Winner of the “Most outstanding invention 2011 NCR-RICE” and now 1st price Nation wide!

Invented by Mr. Leonard Yu and promoted by all his family everyday thru their company Global Pulse (phone: 522 85 83).

This game has been played, as you can see their endorsements in the expo, by generals, doctors, lawyers… and all recommend it as an outstanding new game.

It enhances your mind and your kids and friends minds at the time it promotes family bonding.

It’s a mixture of tic-tac-toe, chess, checkers, scrabble. A strategy competition where you will need to pursue your goal at the time you block others, so they don’t achieve it before you.

You need to get 21 points or more in order to win the game and say DEAL!

How? Forming figures with your triangle colored pieces. Depending on how you combine them it will add or rest points. The figures have names related with animals and farm: kite, butterfly, shark teeth…

And they’re offering a job-business opportunity now. If you think you can sell the game because you have a store or many friends into this kind of games… call the company ‘coz they have big discounts for bulk buyers.

A good way of training your brain: imagination, strategic thinking, having fun. Recommended for elder to maintain, younger to develop, and middle to strengthen.

I had a great time, have it at home, already gave it as a birthday gift to a friend and her daughter and can’t wait to play again.

Government against Church in the Philippines finally!

Ok. So finally a congressman in the Philippines has the guts to stand against religion.
Disclaimer: Don’t read if you are a Christian who can get your feelings easily hurted.

I’m a bit scandalized to see a journalist saying he is crazy and he should worry about other stuff and a friend of mine in Facebook even said “don’t tell me where to worship my god”.
Oh My God! What’s wrong with all you people! What year are you living in!
Kuya Manzano – Photo: Antonio Beas

I thought we were in 2012, when people can internet, go to other planets, videoconference and that it was the moment of the awakening global new age conscience that makes us all smarter and aware of these fairytales told for thousands of years!
Don’t tell me where to worship my god? Exactly. So please don’t tell me or any other person who goes to a public office to renew his driver’s license about your god. I’m not interested. And it is very offensive to see your Christian stuff all over the place.  That’s not your office, you work there, but that’s from the government, that’s public, that’s everyone’s, that’s mine as well. So don’t decide for the rest of us and turn into a church what is a place for all the Filipinos.
Let’s remember that the Philippines is a multicultural, multireligious country. Even Christians here have so many different branches. So to live all in peace respecting the others, don’t put a cross near me. I even get rushes just by imagining it.
Cheers for congressman Palatino from the Kabataan party list!
And for that journalist… this is exactly his job, to do politics. And that’s what the church does ever since it started, they are a political-power organization that has ruled half of the world for ages. Other countries realized this long time ago, come on Philippines! Wake up!
Don’t be afraid of not worshipping a god! Why do you consider the Greek gods as myths and think your Christian stuff is real?
I’m an Spanish-Filipino actor who just arrived from Spain. In Spain they didn’t allow the actors to be buried in the cemetery because it’s holly soil and actors were always considered bad moral people who are influenced by the devil.
So I guess I have no choice but to feel far from an organization that has treated me and my kind so badly ever since. Same happens with the homosexuals, same happens with the Muslims, same happens with couples who cannot have kids, etc, etc, etc.
Kuya Manzano
Actor – Singer – Director – Producer

Giving slippers to the bare foot kids in Negros

A lot of kids in Negros (Philippines) are in real need. They go bare footed to school and write in banana leaves as a notebook.

Fortunately for them there is an international organization, with its Philippine branch pushing strong to help the less fortunate. That’s Domino Lux Way of Life: DLX.
President Marlon Ramirez has been leading the group for two years now and achieved to collect tons and tons of toys and goods to give away to the needed kids all over the country.
So from June 23 to June 30 they will be traveling around Negros Oriental and Occidental on this charity mission.
Why is this on my blog?
Because I’m gonna probably be a part of it as well soon.
Met brother Marlon Ramirez recently doing a charity work precisely for DLX, when I knew nothing about them.
Things always happen for a reason. When Marlon walked in the dressing room of the event where all the artists were and started his speech I was sleeping in a secret corner and not minding anything that happened there.
But something didn’t let me sleep anymore. My arachnid sense was telling me I was missing something important. So I stood up and sleepy walked towards them to hear the last words and clapping of the crowd. I didn’t know what happened really so asked the colleagues, who couldn’t really explain much. LOL.
Anyway we saw each other and connected awaking common interest. Well it sounds like a novel, but as I write it I discover what I felt and what I think we both felt. The organizer came fast to say “Sir Marlon, this is Kuya Manzano”. And I apologized for not hearing the speech and he had the interest enough to sit with me apart to chat about the organization and goals.
Made a good contact, gave him my number, saw him during the event happily taking pics with a non stopping smile. Well, that’s the kind of people I like!
Then met his friends and took lots of pictures and started unconsciously to get closer. The next day we are talking in Facebook. I’m researching about the organization in the net, reading all I find, he invites me in to meet more people and all seems so positive, and happy, and nice that I end up interested.
More chats have to come and possibly you’ll see me doing some charity events soon with DLX.
And the moral is…
Thank you Facebook for connecting people. And everything happens for a reason. And one thing leads to another. And I always keep on getting surprised with new events and directions in my life.
Check out the DLX Way of Life page in FB and LIKE IT to be updated and join in the future if you feel like:
Kuya Manzano
Actor – Singer – Director – Producer

Dark Saturday instead of Black Saturday


I’ve always loved the gothic style specially for the make up and the clothing even thou I don’t carry it on in my everyday life. 

Admirer of films like “Rocky Horror Picture Story” or “The Crow” I wanted to make a tribute and at the time scandalize a little, which I love to do. 

Also we wanted to play with the androgyny idea. ‘Coz I believe in 2012 we should be able to forget the sex of the person in front and just treat them as human beings: man, woman or third sex. Specially in The Philippines, a country with such a large population of the androgenic third sex. 

We were hanging out in a party sitting in the grass of Fort Bonifacio (Manila) when I met this good looking guy with a great taste for clothing and of course he had to be a clothes designer: Renan Pacson. 

So I got interested in his works and he had all the pictures of his designs just there, so I loved it and proposed to photo shoot with it. 

Then my actor friends Andrea Fe Padilla and JV Ibesate knew we were going to do the photo shoot and asked if they could jump in. Idea I loved too. A couple of friends modeling with me would push me to produce faster. 

Then I needed one of the most important elements, the photographer. And thank you so much Ria Yu for joining and suggesting the candle lighting, painting walls, providing props and finally editing and creating the comic idea, something that really made it come alive. 

Make up by Monika Concepcion was an unexpected and last moment gift, thank you Andrea for bringing her. A great job and totally essential. It gave us the power to build the characters and great looks of course. 

And let’s not forget the production assistant Mashee Yu who had to go back and forth many times for all those little details and finally even treated us for a yummy pizza to celebrate the end of the shooting. 

Maybe this gives you an idea of an alternative Holly Week vacation next year? 

Thank you. 

Kuya Manzano 
Original idea, director, producer & model. 
Philippines 2012.

What do I like?

I like eating.

I like men, women and transsexuals and tried them all.

I like chocolate so badly I eat even when I need to lose weight or already ate that day.

I like waking up without an alarm clock.

I like playing videogames and computers.

I like loving many people.

I like being loved.

I like drugs that make my pulse go higher. Don’t do them much anymore thou.

I like people who let others take their own decisions.

I like people who fight for their ideas.

I like people who are brave enough to go against what most people do.

I like self help books.

I like positive thinking.

I like always being happy.

I like martial arts.

I like working as an actor and singer.

I like living in The Philippines.

I like my fishes and turtle.

I like massages like crazy!

I like Freddy Krueger.

I like Broadway type musicals.

I like vocal music and a cappella and reggae and rock.

I like the house cleaned by a maid.

I like the sound of my new speakers.

I like myself.