Performance Arts

Performance Arts

The Art of Belly Dancing in Manila (Bellyfest 2011)

Alisha Lee, Korea’s Bellydance Goddess, and Jill Ngo-Crisologo, Manila’s Bellydance Goddess, in Bellyfest 2011.

Ever since I got to watch authentic belly dancing in Dubai,  I’ve been intrigued by this kind of dance.

I was happy to meet and discover the Goddesses of Bellydance, Jill Ngo-Crisologo’s professional belly dancing group in last year’s Bellyfest 2010.

This year’s Bellyfest was bigger, more organized and had more impressive belly dance performances.

It was a night of girl power, celebrating the art of belly dancing here in Manila…

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Performance Arts

Myth of the Human Body: A Review


This is an interesting traveling exhibition from Korea that you should not miss. It may be a bit disturbing but it’s justified as an education in anatomy with a slant of “you should stop smoking and start living healthy”. This is an exhibit of cadavers preserved with a technique called plastination (developed by Gunther von Hagens, a German anatomist).

I like the educational value and eerie feel of the exhibit, but my gut tells me that whoever developed this is a bit mad. If you believe that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, then it is not right to manipulate and use it in this manner. (Even if you say that most of the cadavers are ex-cons from China).

Overall, I would recommend seeing it because it is very effective in giving you a sense of urgency to live healthy. Here’s my review of the exhibit…

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Performance Arts

Why I Love Bellyfest 2010

I’m pleasantly surprised to know that there’s a flourishing Belly Dancing community in Manila. I met Jill Ngo and her Goddesses of Bellydance, who introduced me to the Bellyfest 2010, during the Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 event.

According to Jill, most women belly dance because of the following reasons:

  1. It is fun and creates camaraderie among women. (I guess it is a girl thing.)
  2. It is great exercise. It keeps the spine flexible. The joints, like the elbows and hips, also loosen up. 🙂 
  3. You can dress to the nines, wear your fave costume and fulfill your fantasies! Who wouldn’t want to be a goddess even for a day? (It is like cosplay, but on a sexy belly dance level.)
  4. You become more graceful and confident. Why? Maybe because you get to realize you can do these mind-blowing moves that require great control of the body! (The confidence of belly dancers is amazing.)
  5. You can play up your ample hips and bosom. 🙂 Who said curves are out? (Actually, authentic Belly Dancers are a bit chubby in the hip and bosom areas.)
  6. You can learn to balance a sword on your head, play the finger cymbals, dance with a sheer veil — the possibilities are endless!!!
  7. Too often, we work out the limbs and neglect the torso during our workouts. Belly dance will surely tone your stomach muscles. (I guess this is probably the number 1 reason why it is gaining popularity, especially in gyms.)

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Performance Arts

DUETS by Peter Quilter

We are fans of the theater scene in Manila, so, to kick off the 2010 theater season, we watched the first romantic comedy by Repertory Philippines called Duets. It forces you to reflect on your own relationships in life, especially those with “hang-ups” in different sets of relationships.

The coolest thing about it is watching respected theater veterans Joy Virata and Miguel Faustmann transform from one set of characters into the next — from lovers on a blind date, to a gay guy and his hopelessly-in-love assistant, to a divorcing couple on their last holiday together and, finally, a brother and his sister, who is getting married for the third time. The audience literally sees their physical transformation when they change costumes inside their see-through dressing room.

Most of the scenes were hilariously funny except for the first set of characters because they were a bit boring (or maybe we just couldn’t relate). Our favorite was the gay vignette where Miguel Faustmann was amazing. The most shocking scene was…I think I’ll leave that as a surprise. 🙂

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Performance Arts

Jo Koy in Manila!

I was virtually introduced to Jo Koy by Benji Reyes through Facebook. I’ve been watching Jo Koy’s stand-up comedy set online this holiday season. I can’t wait for his first comedy show in Manila on January 21! I would agree with Benji that he is better than Rex Navarrete.

But, just a warning, some of his jokes are For Adults Only. He talks about taboo things — like his son’s ting ting. For parents like us, we can relate. 🙂 Really funny! 🙂

He seems to be virtually unknown in Manila (based on an informal poll I did with Manila-based OAP readers). But most Filipinos in the US know him — even my brother in LA.

Jo Koy guested in Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, proudly wearing a shirt with a Philippine Flag. We love him for being proud to be Pinoy. 🙂 Check out his stand-up comedy set in below:

(For more Jo Koy videos, check out Kewlit Co’s You Tube Channel!)

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Performance Arts

A Rare Hi-5 Acappella Performance

After the Wowowie performance yesterday, Hi-5 Mania is building up for the Hi-5 Surprise! Show in November. Don’t miss their public performances during their press tour this week in the following malls:

September 3, 2009   Thursday              

8:00 AM-9:00am     Unang Hirit     
11:30AM-12:00PM     Radio Interview  99.5 RT “Tina & Neil”     
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM     Sundown Rundown with Hillary & Scottie JAM 88.3 
4:30 PM- 8:00 PM     “Tayo Na Sa Australia” in Podium
2-3 Songs Performance/ Meet & Greet            
Presscon with Australian Embassy      

September 4, 2009 Friday            

10:00 AM-11:00 AM     Meet & Greet with Ascott Hotel
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM     Meet & Greet/ 2-3 Songs in SM North Edsa
6:00PM-7:00PM     SM MOA Meet & Greet/ 2-3 Songs  in SM Mall of Asia

They fly out to Singapore on Saturday for their Hi-5 Surprise show in Singapore. 

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The Little Mermaids of Manila Ocean Park

We were pleasantly surprised to see the Little Mermaid Show at Manila Ocean Park. I’m now curious to know who these mermaids are. They made performing underwater with oxygen look easy. They were always smiling throughout the show — and they sure can last long underwater. The staff said that they are part of the RP swimming team… (Can anybody confirm this?)

The show starts with the individual performance of each of the mermaids and ends with some synchronized swimming. It is free for Oceanarium visitors and for every P150 receipt of food or non-food items bought at any Manila Ocean Park Store.

Here is a photo essay of the Little Mermaid show experience…

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