Tuesday, June 6, 2017

La Estrella: A Night of Music and Flamenco Media Preview

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Portkey Events recently embarked on a project that aims to reintroduce and enrich the Spanish culture here in the Philippines through a show entitled La Estrella, A Night of Music and Flamenco. We attended the media presentation held on May 20, 2017 at 3 pm at the Power Mac Center Spotlight theater located at Circuit Makati.

La Estrella is a love triangle story between childhood friends which will be communicated through Spanish classical songs with Arman Ferrer (Philstage Gawad Buhay Awardee for Best Male Featured in a Musical in 2015; last seen on Disney in Concert, Tale as Old as Time with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, November 2016), Spanish pop songs with David Ezra (Aliw Awards Best New Male Artist in 2015 and Aliw Awards Best Actor Nominee for 2016; son of Asia's Diva, Dulce) and different forms and style of Flamenco dance with Katsie Llave (practiced flamenco in Escuela Amor De Dios: Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Espanola in Madrid under legendary teachers Antonio Maya, Alfonso Losa, Miguel Canas, Immaculada Ortega, La Truco and Nino de los Reyes).

Following its success at the Insular Life Building in October 2016, Portkey Events would like to continue to run this show and gain a wider audience.

Set in the south of Spain, La Estrella follows the story of Carina (Katsie Llave), and her childhood best friends –Alejandro (David Ezra) the shy but sweet village boy, and Ricardo (Arman Ferrer) the headstrong but charming aristocrat, as they journey through life, and discover love in its purest and most steadfast form.

First of its kind, this Flamenco/Classical/Musical Theater showcase directed by Katreen Dela Cruz explores the profound simplicity of life through dance and music: the challenges of growing up, the complexity of friendship, and the pain, strength, and hope in love.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Daet, Camarines Norte, selects NEC’s Unified Communications Solutions

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NEC Philippines, Inc., a leading communication solutions provider for small, medium and large enterprises in both the private and public sectors, announced today that NEC’s SL1000 Unified Communications Solution has been successfully deployed at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to allow a more responsive workforce and deliver service quality.

Located in Daet, Camarines Norte, approximately 360 kilometers south of Metro Manila, the 100-bed capacity Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital serves the entire Bicol Region. In cooperation with its sister company, the Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation, the hospital coordinates the annual Emilia Palencia Medical Mission to provide free medical and dental care to local residents.

“We at NEC Philippines are happy that our powerful range of Unified Communications Solutions were chosen by Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. We understand that a robust and reliable communication system is extremely important in the healthcare industry, connecting clinicians and staff to obtain the right information. We are privileged and excited with this first installation in Daet, Camarines Norte and we hope that its collaborative and intuitive functions will help increase productivity within any business organization,” said Elizabeth Pangan, President of NEC Philippines.

The SL1000 is an intelligent cost-effective telecommunication system that packs affordability, efficiency, IP-telephony and ecology all into one, and is equipped with the capabilities to adapt to functions for immediate or emerging business needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), small offices and home offices (SOHOs).

The NEC SL1000 Unified Communications Solution system was installed by Clari-trade Multi Distribution Inc.’s Authorized Reseller, Fortle Telecoms.

Cover photo caption: 

Pictured from left to right (sitting): Fortunato Mercado (Managing Director, Fortle Telecoms; Dr. Raul G. Palencia (Hospital Administrator and one of the owners of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital)

Left to right (standing): Charlene Tan (Operations Manager, Clari-trade Multi Distribution Inc.); Rell Perez (Channels Officer, NEC Philippines)

Lisa Soberano as the New Darna: Excited for Her Portrayal of the Iconic Super-heroine of the Philippines

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Maja Salvador, Jessy Mendiola, Megan Young, Nadine Lustre, Lisa Soberano, and even Pia Wurtzbach were among those that were rumored among the choices for the role of the new Darna.

But finally it has been announced that the role is given to Lisa Soberano, who inspite of being most connected as an English-speaking teen actress, she managed to get away with the role of a poor girl at the La Presa community in the Forevermore teleserye.

After successful portrayals of Angel Locsin and Marianne Rivera, it is but fitting that the chosen actress to play the role of the new Darna comes equal if not better than the two, and especially the earlier actresses who had worn the ala- Wonder Woman costume. Though we all know that Darna may just be the Filipino version of Wonder Woman, the Darna superhero is still among our iconic images in Philippine pop culture. The character deserves higher quality of portrayal from the most suited and fitting actress of this generation.

Why not, Lisa Soberano definitely has the face and the body, including a voluptuous bosom that would look good in a Darna outfit. The question now is what would the outfit look like. Would the production team come up with a modern look for Darna, or would they still go for the traditional sexy and alluring look complete with head gear and bracelets?

Ever since the announcement, netizens have also released several artworks or renditions of Lisa Soberano donning the Darna outfit.

Below are just some of the noteworthy images as compiled from the Internet coming from social media pages like Facebook.
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