Cirque du Soleil Returns with Saltimbanco

Based in Quebec, Canada and founded by two street performers named Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier, Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company that uses circus arts and street performances. Before it became the brand that people know and love today, the cirque started out with the moniker Les Échassiers. It started out in the eighties as a performing troupe and applied for a government grant to keep it afloat until 1983 before it was reformatted in 1984, establishing the Cirque du Soleil brand.

With the help of secondary funding, the group was able to re-create their image, this time focusing on dramatic combinations of arts and street culture in their acts. They incorporated the use of characters during shows and invested in performing animals. After some time, they were able to start performing as a proper circus entertaining various audiences across the globe.

All of the shows presented by Cirque du Soleil are themed and they make it a point to serve as storytellers during these performances. The cirque is not your typical circus as they bring more to the table with every show. A proper storyline is created with a central theme and continuous live music accompanying different circus styles from various places around the world.

During the 1980s, the team suffered through a number of financial problems that were resolved with the help of government grants and such. After the Nouvelle Expérience was established sometime later, the cirque started making profits and this allowed them to invest in new materials and new acts. Through the years, they have been able to develop 30 shows that are being performed on rotation year in and year out.

For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil went to Manila to stage a limited series of performances for their show entitled Varekai. Because of the positive response from the Filipino audiences, they decided to return once more to stage another show this coming August entitled Saltimbanco, which they will be performing at the SM Mall of Asia Arena from August 9-19, 2012. Tickets are available at SM ticketing outlets, the cirque’s website, and on with prices ranging from Php 960 to Php 10500.

Saltimbanco started in 1992 and it was the first cirque show that focused on a central theme. For this particular show, the creators wanted to concentrate their efforts on elements characterized as cosmopolitan urbanism. For a lot of the people who saw the show, they agreed that Saltimbanco evoked a story of peace.

Around that time, different societies were dealing with the immigration issue and this show wanted to reflect a sense of unity despite the different backgrounds that people living in the same community had. The show wanted to give tribute to all personalities, races, and colors with the help of the stage. They wanted people to realize that there is a strong need in this world for mutual respect despite all of our differences.

The name of the show was actually derived from an Italian phrase that means to jump on a bench and it went something like “saltare in banco.” For this particular show, there were 47 artists that make up the cast and these performers came from 15 different countries. Right now, this is the cirque show that has been running for the longest time since its creation.

It has been around for fifteen years and the team has toured the world. The goal of the cirque group is to reach as many people as possible especially since they have something that can help educate an audience when it comes to the value of respect for humankind.

Sooner rather than later, this amazing show will reach Philippine soil and this is something that you should not miss out on. Get your tickets and marvel at the amazing world of Cirque du Soleil. Saltimbanco awaits.

SM Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila

Pooch Park Doggie Day Care Contest!

Attention all Dog owners!

Pooch Park Doggie Day Care is giving away free Grooming and Massage services to 3 lucky pooches. The services are by Internationally Certified Professional Groomer Mr. Oliver Tan.

All you have to do for a chance to win this freebie is:

  1. “Like” the Facebook Fan Page of Pooch Park
  2. Email the cutest, most creative and most unique photo of your dog together with his/her name, owner’s name, telephone/mobile number at Subject: Holiday Photo Contest
  3. Repost the contest image via facebook and you must tag 12 of your friends including @Pooch Park.
  4. Ask your friends to “Like” your entry photo from our album.

And that’s it! The most number of Likes will be proclaimed winner! Contest runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2010.

For more details visit Pooch Park below:

Pooch Park Doggie Day Care
J. Vargas Branch
#181 Auto Depot Bldg. Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City

Metro East Branch
Level 4 Robinsons Metro East, Marcos Highway, Pasig City

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: The Food Discovery Event of the Season

George Bernard Shaw once wrote that there is no sincerer love than the love of food. Food speaks the universal language of man. It is the kind of language that does not need correct spelling, grammar or syntax because comprehension dawns not in the mind, but in the satisfaction that is derived from taste. The love of food is one that goes beyond eternal and immortal. This is one of the few kinds of love that never goes waste, and probably the only one that does not desert you.

The holiday season is the perfect occasion to indulge in this love and try as we might to avoid it, this is that time of the year when we are relieved from the confines of a diet and we bury our food conscience into a deep part of our closets. This is the food season. And what better way to celebrate this wonderful holiday season than to discover the country’s newest food hot shots.

Ultimate Taste Test is the gathering of up-and-coming box office wonders in the food industry. In this event, a number of concessionaires prepare bite-sized samples of their specialties and hand them out to the participants of the event for food-tasting. This event serves as the perfect ground for fresh food suppliers, restaurants and food manufacturers to present their latest food creations to the Filipino society.  Food suppliers may choose to serve food from any food and drinks category: appetizers, main courses, desserts, beverages. There is no registration fee for the food suppliers but they should be able to provide for 1000 foodies.

The participants or foodies will serve as food critics and they will be responsible for evaluating the food they will be served. They will give the food suppliers a rating from 1-5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. The top 25 food suppliers who will obtain a general rating of 3.3 and above will be featured in the Our Awesome Planet blog for the month. This is a great opportunity for those who have just begun in the food industry as this event can serve as a platform to boost their popularity in the community by getting impressive reviews.

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0 will take place on November 5, at the NBC Tent in Global City. 1000 participants are expected to grace this event. Each participant has to pay Php 385 for the ticket and this includes a bottle of San Miguel Super Dry, Premium All-Malt or Cerveza Negra for foodies aged 18 years and above. This event is for the benefit of the construction of the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Fort Bonifacio, Global City.

Registration is officially closed but you may still register to be part of the waiting list by visiting the official website of Our Awesome Planet at

Get ready for the most delectable event of the season. UTT 5.0 is sure to leave a permanent mark in your tastebuds.

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0
November 5, 2010 (Friday)
NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Taguig
Tickets at Php 385

A Little Night Music Makes Its Way to the Philippine Stage

Love, regrets, and possibilities, even in middle age, are lived and agonized over by several couples in A Little Night Music, the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim. Following a successful revival on Broadway and in the West End, this melancholy romantic comedy is being brought to the Philippines and showcases award-winning actress Dawn Zulueta and Noni Buencamino. From October 15 to 30, 2010, enthusiasts can catch their performances at the RCBC Plaza in Makati.

Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 film Smiles of a Summer Night inspired the book by Tony award-winner Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by Oscar-, Tony-, and Grammy-award winner Stephen Sondheim. Its title is derived from the German name for Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

A Little Night Music was first performed at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in 1973 and boasted a total of 601 shows. It was revived in London’s West End under Tony award winning director Trevor Nunn from November 2008 to July 2009, earning five 2010 Olivier Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Its trademark song is “Send in the Clowns,” sung by the character named Desiree Armfeldt, the sad actress whose 15 minutes of fame were over long ago. “Just when I’d stopped opening doors, finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours, making my entrance again with my usual flair, sure of my lines, no one is there,” she tragically reflects.

Many famous actresses have portrayed Desiree and her mother, Madame Armfeldt. In 1977, it was made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. The recent Broadway revival starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, who gave way to the renditions of Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch.
And now, the Philippines’ own Dawn Zulueta is trying her hand. She returns after a 12-year hiatus from theatre as Elsa Montes in, Larawan, the Musical. Her experience and acting prowess make her the perfect fit to be the Filipina Desiree.

She is helped by world-famous director Bobby Garcia. In an interview, he shared that she was his one and only choice for the role, and he was thrilled when she agreed. Bobby Garcia is best known for his direction of Hairspray, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Asia tour), Dogeaters, and Avenue Q (Manila and Singapore), which are icing on top of his other work in film, television, stage, and live concert entertainment (including those with Lea Salonga).

Also joining the cast are Felix Rivera, Cris Villonco, Jake Macapagal, Jenny Jamora, Alys Serdenia and Jay Glorioso. Felix Rivera is the up-and-coming young heartthrob of the musical scene, who claimed major roles in Avenue Q, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, and Xanadu. The ensemble features Raul Montesa, Teenee Chan, Agnes Barredo, Jenny Nuyda, Glen Llanes, Crystal Paras, Bea Garcia and Anthony Tarrosa Ong.

A Little Night Music will run from October 15 to 31, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Its address is 6819 Ayala Avenue, bounded by Senator Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) on the north and Ayala Avenue on the west. The auditorium is located in the northeastern corner of the 4th Podium.

The musical is approximately two hours long. It runs only on weekends, Friday to Sunday. Show times are: October 15 at 8:00 pm; October 16 at 8:00 pm; October 17 at 3:00 pm; October 23 at 8:00 pm; October 24 at 3:00 pm; October 29 at 8:00 pm; October 30 at 8:00 pm; and October 31 at 3:00 pm.

Tickets range from P600 to P1,500. Specifically, they are P1,500 for Orchestra Center, P1,300 for Orchestra Side, P1,100 for Loge Center, P900 for Loge Side, and P600 for Balcony seats. Call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078 or 840-1187 for tickets.

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