[Contest] I Love to Watch Legally Blonde Because…

Contest Duration: June 15, Tuesday until June 20, Sunday 11.59pm. 

Related PostOAP | Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila!

Legally Blonde is a feel-good show, full of “girl-power” and lots of eye-candy fun. We met the star-studded cast of Legally Blonde during their rehearsals and we were surprised to see most of our favorite theater actors in one production. It will be an awesome show, and we don’t want our OAP friends to miss it!

We are giving away tickets to the Legally Blonde show. To win, just comment on this blog post by completing the sentence:

I Love to Watch Legally Blonde Because…

The best three (3) answers will win Orchestra Side Tickets (worth P1,000) for the June 26 2pm Opening Saturday show. We will also give exclusive discounts to those who will participate in this contest so that everybody who loves to watch Legally Blonde won’t miss this show.

We will announce the winners on June 21, Monday. 🙂

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Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila!


The second half of the 2010 Theater Season in Manila is getting exciting. Nikki Gil (of Coke commercial fame) plays the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila! The show is an adaptation of the Hollywood movie starring Reese Witherspoon. In case you haven’t watched the film, the story is basically about Elle Woods’ transformation from a frivolous sorority star to a Harvard Law student as she pursues the love of her life who dumped her for a more “serious” girl.

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Reminiscin’ Avenue Q

As I watched the Avenue Q preview show last night, I couldn’t help but get sentimental about how it made an impact on my life. This show is for people at the crossroads of their lives — be it their love life, their career or their life purpose.

My favorite line in the show is from Kate Monster: “You gotta go after the things you want while you’re still in your prime…” I watched the show during its first three runs in Manila and, each time, it gave me comfort when I looked back at my decision to quit my multinational day job.

On its fifth run, the seasoned cast members Felix Rivera as Princeton, Aiza Seguerra as Gary Coleman, Frenchie Dy as Christmas Eve, Thea Tadiar and Joel Trinidad as Trekkie Monster were very enthusiastic in performing once again after their successful staging in Singapore. All of them thought (me included) that the Singapore run was the last of the Avenue Q series in Asia.

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Avenue Q is BACK with Rachel Alejandro!

Avenue Q is finally back in Manila on its fifth run!

Rachel Alejandro is back as Kate Monster/ Lucy The Slut instead of Carla Guevara-Laforteza, who is currently playing the role of Maureen in RENT. Calvin Millado, who originally played Roger in the first run of RENT in Manila, is joining Avenue Q as Brian. The rest of the Avenue Q Gang are back - Aiza Seguerra, Frenchie Dy, Felix Rivera, Thea Tadiar and Joel Trinidad.

If you missed Avenue Q last time, now is the time to see it. 🙂 Experience the excitement in its last run in Manila before going to Singapore…

Avenue Q Manila Cast with Princeton and Kate Monster (August 2007)
Avenue Q High (September 2007)
Avenue Q Final Run – 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run! (April 2008)
 Avenue Q: My Gigantic Heart Will Go On… (May 2008)
Carla's Avenue Q (June 2008)

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Romeo and Bernadette

Valentine’s is not yet over, not until you have watched Romeo & Bernadette. 🙂

The premise of this musical is funny in itself. Romeo did not die, he was just sleeping — until he awakens in the 1960’s. He meets Bernadette in Verona, Italy (whom he thinks is his lovely Juliet) and decides to pursue her all the way to Brooklyn in America.

It’s a bit “old school” theater, but it still is very, very funny. Just imagine: Brooklyn accents, Italian melodies, Shakespearean poetry, and Gangsters in a Romantic Comedy Musical. It’s sort of a weird combination but it works.

It has audience participation like RENT’s “Moo!” scene. Here, the crowd chants, “DONNA, DONNA…” Rem Zamora gives ROMEO & BERNADETTE great comic relief, much like what Job Bautista’s portrayal of Angel gave RENT. Both musicals are set in America but in different eras — RENT is in the ’90s while ROMEO & BERNADETTE is in the ’60s.

We love it because it’s unpredictably funny, complete with a showcase of 1960’s fashion. It is a feel-good romantic play that is light and sure to please any theater newbie out there.

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RENT Manila 2010 Review

UPDATE: [RENT The Musical in Manila 2011 Contest] How Did you Measure Your Life in 2010?

Related Blog Post: Manila’s Essential Guide to Rent The Musical

It was a good show last night with awesome performances from Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Maureen and newcomer Job Bautista as Angel Dumott Schunard. Maureen’s Over the Moon performance was very memorable, especially when she encouraged the crowd to MOO with her (with her facial expression resembling that of a person suffering from loose bowel movement). Angel’s performance was “orgasmic” and he assumed the role like a theater veteran. His chemistry with OJ Mariano as Tom Collins was an instant hit with the audience because it was very believable.

The ensemble cast did a great job as well. Our favorite was Johann Dela Fuente’s “Honest Living” scene. We also liked Raul Montesa, Gary Junsay and Mark Tayag’s various mini-skits throughout the play. Well done, guys!

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Manila’s Essential Guide to Rent The Musical

(ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations to Edward Capacillo for winning the What’s your favorite Rent Song and Why? contest, and to Silver Surfer for winning the Your “La Vie Boheme” Moment contest! Please email or text me to claim your prize before January 31, 2009)

Seasons of LOVE, Another Day and Finale by Manila Rent Cast 2010!

Here is everything you need to know about Rent The Musical with the 2010 Cast:

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Your “La Vie Boheme” Moment

Contest Duration: December 19, Saturday to 11.59pm December 27, Sunday)

I just watched the Sneak Peek of Rent Manila with the 2010 Cast. It was a very nostalgic moment for us, the “Rent” generation. I remembered how the songs truly inspired me — from pursuing the love of my life — Rache, to following my passion in life — blogging about the beauty of the Philippines.

So for the next RENT Contest, can you share your own “La Vie Boheme” moment?

To enter the contest, you just have to create a Blog Post or a Facebook note and answer this:
What’s your ‘La Vie Boheme’ moment?” and mention the Feb 6, 2010 RENT OAP Show. Please enter the link of the Blog Post or Facebook note in the comments section of this entry.

The best entry will win:
– Two (2) Balcony Tickets for the February 6, 2010, 8pm show!
– A Black RENT Shirt for Women (XL Size)
– Rent Manila 2010 Poster

(BTW, I recorded the Sneak Peek last Wednesday night. Check it out below!)

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Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes…

(Contest Duration: 12.00am October 26, Monday to 11.59pm November 15, Sunday)

Seasons of Love
is my uber-favorite RENT Song
! This actually inspired me to quit my day job because I wanted to have a life of meaning by touching Filipinos with our food and travel discoveries in the Philippines.

Do you measure life in terms of the number of pay days and salary increases every year?
Do you measure life in terms of years, months, days, hours or minutes? OR
Do you measure life in terms of the number of people you love and touch?

It really is a beautiful song. In honor of this favorite tune of mine, I’d like to invite you to join a contest.

To enter, you just have to answer this: “What’s your favorite Rent Song and Why?” in the comments section of this blog post. 

The best answer will win Two (2) Balcony Tickets worth P1,600 for the February 6, 2010, 8pm show!

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Rent is Back in Manila!

UPDATE: [RENT The Musical in Manila 2011 Contest] How Did you Measure Your Life in 2010?

Rent is back in Manila! OAP is promoting the opening weekend show of RENT — specifically the opening Saturday night on February 6. The ticket prices are a bit high compared to your usual musical shows but I’m sure it is worth it. As part of the promotions, I will launch a series of blog contests leading to the opening night. You’ll get exclusive OAP discounts for those joining the contests. You might just be lucky and win. 🙂

Feb 6, 2010 (Saturday) – OAP Show
8PM/ C.P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza
Reserve Now! (check out the Seat Plan)
Email: [email protected]
Mobile Number: +63917 8676332 (Minnie Fong)
(Tell them that you are an OAP reader.
Also, please say hi when you see us in the show)

Ticket Prices:
P800 – Balcony
P1,100 – Loge Sides
P1,400 – Loge Center
P1,600 – Orchestra Sides
P1,700 – Orchestra Center 

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