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Globe to Raffle Off Forty tickets to the April 4th Coldplay Concert to Its Customers

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Talking about Globe Telecom being the major sponsor of the Coldplay April 4th concert…

  • Sold out tickets?
  • Tickets (by scalpers) too expensive?

Here’s how to win two tickets to the Coldplay concert for you and your date – only through Globe.

Subscribe to any GoSURF promo or Broadband Plan from January 15 to February 23, 2017 for a chance to watch Coldplay live! A total of twenty (20) lucky subscribers will win two (2) tickets each!

Register to any Globe GoSurf promo or subscribe to any Globe Broadband plan, and you can earn raffle entries to win tickets to Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams Tour in Manila” concert on April 4, 2017.

Each Globe customer can earn one (1) raffle entry for every ₱5 spent on GoSURF or a Broadband Plan. The more offers availed, the higher chances of winning!

Globe Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Business, Issa Cabreira shared, “We know that music is an integral part in every Filipino’s lives and Globe is here to elevate your music experience by allowing you to enjoy music in a different perspective. With Globe, you can listen to your favorite artists like Coldplay on Spotify, or catch it via live stream from their L.A. concert on YouTube, or even watch them perform live by joining our raffle promo. We want all our customers to get this chance and experience watching their favorite artists here in Manila, or even abroad.”

“This time, by simply registering to any GoSurf promo or subscribing to a Broadband plan, all our customers can get a chance to win tickets to the most-anticipated concert of Coldplay this 2017,” Cabreira added.

Incidentally, through Globe’s “Fly-Away Promo, Globe Telecom awarded two of its loyal customers, Monique Lim and Cristina Santiago, to watch Coldplay perform at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney Australia last December 13, 2016. They won a total of ₱230,000 worth of prizes which includes a 4-day, 3-night trip to Sydney with round-trip airfares, concert tickets, hotel accommodation, and pocket money.


How to win two tickets to the Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour in Manila:

Globe Prepaid and TM customers:

Text RAFFLE REG (name/address/email/age/gender) to 2363 once, for FREE (e.g., RAFFLE REG JUAN DELA CRUZ/#4 Atis St., Cubao, Quezon City/

Globe Postpaid and Platinum customers:

Text RAFFLE REG YES to 2363 to register.

Globe Broadband customers:

You are automatically registered to the promo.

How to check your raffle entries:

Text RAFFLE ENTRIES to 2363 for FREE. Raffle entries earned will be updated within five (5) days after registration to GoSURF. Broadband customers may call the hotline at (02) 730-1000 to check their earned raffle entries.

Draw results will be announced on February 25, 2017 online, via text message, and official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Winners must confirm until February 26 that they will claim their prize. Upon confirmation, they will be notified via SMS on how to claim their winning tickets.

With your Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour entries, you also get a chance to be part of Globe’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival on March 4, 2017!

Whatcha waiting for?


Source: Press release, Corporate Communications Group, Globe Telecom |

Photos from sources.


Special Tickets to Madonna Concert for Globe Customers

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Globe customers can avail of a special ticket deal for tomorrow’s REBEL HEART TOUR concert of MADONNA. Buy two (2) Lower Box regular tickets with free Madonna merchandise for only P50,000. Just present the discount code “GLOBERHT2” and a Globe SIM or postpaid bill when purchasing the tickets. The Rebel Heart Tour in Manila is presented by Globe Telecom with Huawei as major sponsors.

You can still buy tickets for today’s and tomorrow’s REBEL HEART TOUR of MADONNA, happening at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. Visit any SM Ticket Outlet, call (02) 470-2222 or visit


Source: Press release from Globe Telecom

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Bituing Walang Ningning The Musical Will Open Again on October 2015

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For some of you readers who are familiar with the title, it’s a comic book series, a television series and a movie, right? Remember the infamous slapping phrase, “You’re nothing but a second rate, trying hard copycat!” *SLAP!* Now, who do you remember saying that?

I was privileged to have watched the musical finale of the Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila last July 18, 2015. So, yes, this article was due two weeks or so ago. The musical has been running 24 shows before I watched its finale.

And for those who were not able to watch it, have no fear. Bituing Walang Ningning will have its second run starting October 8, 2015 also in Resorts World Manila. Yay!

I should say an awesome overall performance goes to Cris Villonco who played Lavinia Arguelles a.k.a. the Evil Queen of the show. Somehow, most villains in musicals do get the best roles that allows them to express themselves in all spheres of the musical experience. For me, it was Villonco who stole the show. I was also impressed with the singing prowess of Mark Bautista who played “lover boy” Nico Escobar and the acting of Monica Cuenco as musical play’s heroine Dorina Pineda. I knew Menchu Lauchengco was going to be there but she played a secondary role as Edith (okay, I forgot who Edith was). Of course, Jon Santos a gay role as Auntie stole some highlights because I knew he was ad-libbing some of his words – and it was awesome how he did it. Stage production was elegant yet simple (in short, not messy as I’ve seen some musicals do). Kudos to the scriptwriter and musical director, Freddie Santos, for doing a good job with the sometimes split-second intervals and ins-and-outs movements that usually create chaos in a musical play but was never felt by the audience (me!)

Bituing Walang Ningning is a Snow White versus the Evil Queen fairy tale done in a Philippine musical theater scene. But the ending, if you still recall the comic book, movie or TV series, is different. Well, that’s for you to find out when you watch it starting October 8, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

This comic book adaptation actually started as a 1985 movie blockbuster in Philippine cinema that starred Sharon Cuneta as Dorina, Christopher de Leon as Nico, and Cherie Gil as Lavinia. Also, the late Jay Ilagan, Tommy Abuel, Joel Torre and Chandra Romero were also cast in the silver screen version. The first screening day of this movie was actually Valentine’s Day of 1985. Zsa Zsa Padilla was originally offered the role of Lavinia but because of the two-piece swimsuit and some kissing scenes, Padilla turned it down.

Then came the television series version in 2006 with Sarah Geronimo playing Dorina and Angelika dela Cruz as Lavinia. This time, Zsa Zsa Padilla joined the cast of the TV series as Dorina’s real mother. It was aired on a primetime television hour in ABS-CBN.

The comic book version of Bituing Walang Ningning actually came out in 1984 and was created by Nerissa Cabral, a very well-known illustrator in the 80s and up till today. Her first illustrated story was published in 1962 in Espesyal Komiks. Thirty of her comic book stories have already seen themselves in film versions, starting with Ako ng Aking Ama and Karugtong ng Kahapon in 1975. During that one year in 1985, four of her works appeared on screen, including Bituing Walang Ningning.

The title song “Bituing Walang Ningning” was originally composed by Willy Cruz. In fact, nine out of the 13 songs in the musical were composed by Cruz. Paikot-ikot was by Mon Espia and Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy by Marvic Sotto. All of the 13 songs were originally published by Viva Music Publishing.

I earnestly recommend you watch Bituing Walang Ningning, The Musical starting on October 8, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Tickets are not yet available (I think) but if they are, you can go online to Resorts World Manila or TicketNet Online to buy your tickets for the Philippine musical’s October run.

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Sources: RW Manila Press Release | Resorts World Manila Online | WikiPilipinas | IMDB | Wikipedia

Photos: @raffypekson | Resorts World Manila


Madonna to Perform in Manila on February 2016

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MMI Live and Globe Telecom recently started posting photos and posters in their favorite social media accounts of Madonna’s Manila concert.

The Rebel Heart Tour is the tenth worldwide concert tour by Madonna, in support of her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart. The Philippines is one of the lucky countries that will be part of Maddona’s Rebel Heart Tour, slated on February 24, 2015 at the Arena Concert Hall of the Mall of Asia.

Madonna’s 43-city tour (44 if you include the two concerts in New York City) in 18 countries begins on September 9, 2015, in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre and continue throughout Europe, finally concluding on March 27, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.


Date City Country Venue
9-Sep Montreal Canada Bell Centre
12-Sep Washington, D.C. United States Verizon Center
16-Sep New York City United States Madison Square Garden
19-Sep New York City United States Barclays Center
21-Sep Quebec City Canada Videotron Centre
24-Sep Philadelphia United States Wells Fargo Center
26-Sep Boston United States TD Garden
28-Sep Chicago United States United Center
1-Oct Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena
3-Oct Atlantic City United States Boardwalk Hall
5-Oct Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
8-Oct Saint Paul United States Xcel Energy Center
11-Oct Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
14-Oct Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
17-Oct Portland United States Moda Center
19-Oct San Jose United States SAP Center at San Jose
22-Oct Glendale United States Gila River Arena
24-Oct Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
27-Oct Inglewood United States The Forum
29-Oct San Diego United States Valley View Casino Center
4-Nov Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
7-Nov Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
10-Nov Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena
14-Nov Stockholm Sweden Tele2 Arena
16-Nov Herning Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
19-Nov Turin Italy Pala Alpitour
24-Nov Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
28-Nov Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
29-Nov Mannheim Germany SAP Arena
1-Dec London England The O2 Arena
5-Dec Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
9-Dec Paris France Bercy Arena
12-Dec Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
14-Dec Manchester England Manchester Arena
16-Dec Birmingham England Barclaycard Arena
20-Dec Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro
20-Jan Atlanta United States Philips Arena
23-Jan Miami United States American Airlines Arena
27-Jan San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico
24-Feb Manila Philippines Mall of Asia Arena
5-Mar Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
12-Mar Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
19-Mar Sydney Australia Allphones Arena
26-Mar Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre


Tickets will be on sale starting Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 10:00AM through SM Tickets and other outlets.


Text sources and photo: MMI Live | | | @akosynixon | @sinosicat


Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Outstanding Filipino Writers

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Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) recently awarded Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas to outstanding Filipino writers who have contributed significantly to the development of Philippine literature in any language.

The ceremony was held on Aug. 30 at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Auditorium (UP CMC). The awards was the culminating event of the 2014 UMPIL Pambansang Kumperensiya, which was conducted from Aug. 28 to 30 at the same venue.

The awardees were:

Lamberto G. Ceballos
Querubin D. Fernandez, Jr.
Steven Patrick Fernandez
Luis Francia
Eulalio R. Guieb III
Nilo P. Pamonag
Jose Victor Peñaranda
Lorenzo G. Tabin
Regina Garcia Groyon

Read more at Manila Standard Today.

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BBC Travel Show Features The Philippines

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Episode 14 of The Travel Show was aired on BBC News just last May 25, 2014.

Rajan Datar heads to the Philippines, a country recently in the eye of one of the worst storms ever, to see how locals are turning unparalleled disasters into an opportunity.

He heads to the busy metropolis of Manila to explore its cutting-edge music scene, learns how to direct traffic with a dancing policeman, and gets up close and personal with the world’s oldest living primate, the tarsier.

Rajan Datar has been host of fast:track, and now its successor The Travel Show, for six years, travelling to over 50 countries on five continents. Currently he is the presenter and writer of Country Direct – half-hour special travelogue documentaries.

Source: YouTube | BBC | BBC

Image from BBC.


Viber’s Philippine Independence Day Biggest Event Ever

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I first started using Viber last year using my Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone operating system. After downloading the app, I took it for granted, ignored those who started messaging me, both known friends and strangers, and thought of the app as something I could do without. Then, something happened. My former and present customers, friends from all parts of the world and people I haven’t even shared a Facebook message started messaging and calling me. “Hey! This is better than Skype!”

I stopped accepting invitations with Skype simply because the profile of a total stranger wanting to connect to me isn’t complete. Who the heck is that guy? But Viber syncs the mobile phone number to the profile and often times has a face to reckon with. That’s as simple as why I stuck it out with Viber. Not having an LTE phone means my data connectivity sometimes sucks. So, I downloaded Viber Desktop on my laptop which is usually on 70% of an entire day, everyday.

Viber it is.

#VIbeOnePH announcement was held at TGI Friday’s in Bonifacio High Street.

I was invited to attend an announcement event by Viber Philippines, led by its Country Manager Crystal Lee, regarding its upcoming Philippine Independence Day celebration entitled as a hashtag, #OneVibePH. Happening the day before independence day (yes, that’s June 11 for those who just woke up) and to be held at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, this big event aims to integrate Philippine culture, music, artistry and food into today’s ever-changing modern times.

Headlining the event are international artists with Filipino roots like (yes, of the Black Eyed Peas for those who just woke up) and Filipino-Dutch DJ Laidback Luke. But according to Viber, Driven Manila and Eventscape, the main acts are our local music artists like Mars Miranda, Motherbasss and Funk Avy. The latter is someone familiar to me – I see Funk Avy at the bars I’ve gone or go to, I follow him at his social media and music site accounts, and he’s a good friend of good friends Franchelle Oliva and DJ Rico Arce, popular hosts of 71 Gramercy, Imperial Ice Bar, Haze, Prive, Urbn and so much more.

“After the success of #Viberacay which dominated the island of Boracay during the Labor Day weekend, Viber wishes to celebrate Philippine Independence Day (because of the) 13 million Viber subscribers (in the country).” It’s like asking all its Viber customers to come to one 12-hour day of partying.

With Viber Philippines Country Manager Crystal Lee.

Not to mention 12 prime bars and clubs will be closed on that Wednesday to take part in celebrating with six DJs and thousands of the 13 million Viber customers nationwide in one epic Viber event. Which are these bars and clubs that will shutdown for one night? These are Aracama, Dillingers, The Distillery, Haze, Hyve, Imperial Ice Bar, Prive, Prohibition, Republiq, Skye, Time and Urbn. Talk about an awesome event that has premier bars and clubs rooting with Viber.

According to their announcement, entrances at the Concert Grounds will open at 4:00 PM and the party will probably end by 4:00 AM. If you are 18 years of age but look younger than that, it’s best to bring a valid ID as only those with authorized wrist bands will be allowed to buy beer for 1 Peso. Yep, beer for a buck!

Tickets are priced at P1,000 for Patron tickets and P500 for students and Viber users. If you are a Viber user, just Viber Message 0911-VIBERPH using the hashtag #OneVibePH to get a promo code which you can use when purchasing online. Tickets are available through SM Tickets at (02) 470-2222 or and through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

WooHoo Wednesday it is! As my friend Franchelle would say!

Image poster by Viber Philippines. Photos by @raffypekson.


Lea Salonga Part of World-renown Artists for Benefit Concert

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“After the Storm” is a benefit concert for those in the Philippines affected by last year’s devastating typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda. Directed by Asian-American actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and author Baayork Lee, and produced by Robert Pullen, English theologian and official of the Roman Catholic Church, often considered to be one of the founders of Oxford University. In cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in the Washington, D.C., the US-Philippine Society and the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition.

The concert will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C., and will feature Tony and Olivier awardee Lea Salonga who was one of the first to confirm her participation. Joining Salonga is American actor Lou Diamond Philips, Grammy Award winner, American tenor Rodell Rosel, principal dancer Christine Rocas, Grammy violinist Joshua Bell, and Glee superstar Darren Criss. Joining this roster of performing artists are the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Broadway Community Chorus.

The official website for this benefit concert is

For ticket sales and more information, you may contact (202) 467-4600 or go to


Photo from Lea Salonga.


Complicated, an Ongoing Exhibit at the Lopez Museum and Library

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(February 20, 2014) I was privy to preview the day before the new exhibit of the Lopez Museum and Library would have opened to the public. Aptly called “Complicated,” a pun of the popular social media status where men and women describe their relationship standing as uncommitted or cannot be defined for the moment. The exhibit is in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery and features the works of guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez, and Ea Torrado, while mixed with the works of Philippine art greats like Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection.

Small pause: You have to make time to visit this exhibit. It’s a total must!

Moving on, it was my first time to visit the museum even if I’ve frequented the area where the Tektite office buildings are located for the past two decades. I got to nearby Mario’s Kitchen in time to meet the three artists together with the other bloggers invited by Lace Llanora of Vanilla Digital to the event. Introductions were made, food and drinks were served, and off we went for a quick stroll to the museum across the street.

Let me go through the three artists for you to understand who they are, where their creativity comes from, and how “Complicated” is represented in their works of art.

First off is Leslie de Chavez, a cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines in the Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in painting. He was the prize winner of the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010 and has been awarded residencies by International Art Programme in Leipzig, Germany, Neo-Emerging Artists Residency in Seoul, Korea, and Asian Artists Fellowship Program in Korea. Leslie’s several installations (or sculptures) and paintings in the exhibit focuses on colonization, not just as the context of our history, but as an ongoing process in which we are very much a part of – past, present and future all combined into his works of art. His works take a critical stance that aims to jolt audiences to reflexivity, awareness, and realization.

Our second artist is Mike Adrao, also a Fine Arts graduate from University of the Philippines graduate but who majored in Studio Arts. His works have also been shown in exhibitions in Korea and Malaysia. Adrao has been awarded artist residencies by NEAR Dangsang in Seoul, Korea and Project Space Pilipinas in Mandaluyong City. His creations of charcoal on paper works collectively titled “Colony” are intricately ornamented, larger-than-life anthropomorphic pillars and delicately drawn insects whose patterns were researched from the Lopez Library collection. All of them references the interplay of our living culture and those of the colonizers that have reached our shores.

The last artist is the rose among the men, so to speak. Ea Torrado is an independent contemporary dancer-choreographer. Yes, she’s a ballet dancer and not your visual artist on static representations. She has essayed principal and soloist roles in both classical and contemporary full-length ballets and has toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad with Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Dance Theatre of Tennessee. Torrado was also the ballet and contemporary dance teacher at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School, Ballet Manila School, and Asian American Performing Arts Society. In 2013, she independently produced, conceptualized, and choreographed the dance theatre production Dots.

For Ea’s exhibit in the museum, she presents a three-channel video installation based on the frantic search of Jose Rizal’s Sisa and reflections on the museum’s iconic España y Filipinas by Juan Luna. Using Sisa’s search for her missing children as a metaphor of post-colonial identity, Torrado presents the search for the many desaparecidos and victims of extrajudicial killings in recent history as premised in the promises of modernity and progress which are both at the core of nation-building and Luna’s painting. This film is produced with the support of Tuchi Imperial, sound designer Chris Aronson, cinematographer and film editor Dan Pamintuan and the ABS CBN Film Archives.

Okay, going into the small projection room and watching her video brings back images of high school Filipino subjects whereby Sisa is looking for Crispin and Basilio. Yikes!

Quoting from the PR file I got, “These commissioned works are contextualized amid various collections from the museum’s painting and archival collections. Works by Juan Luna, Fabian Dela Rosa, Juvenal Sanso, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, among others, are exhibited with select books from the library’s collection and rich archive of colonial photographs, maps, travel journals, sketches and cartoons, including those done by Tony Velasquez (known for his creation of the early Filipino comics series Kenkoy), Liborio Gatbonton, and Mario Dangan. The exhibit is further supplemented by loaned artworks by Juvenal Sanso and contemporary artist Anton del Castillo.”

“Complicated” is curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca. It runs from February 21 to August 2, 2014 and is presented with support from Tin-aw Art Gallery. For more information, please call Tina at +63 (2) 6312417 or email

Lopez Museum and Library is at the ground floor of Benpres Building at Meralco Avenue corner Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Museum hours are 8:00am til 5:00pm, Mondays through Saturdays except Sundays and holidays.

Photos from @raffypekson and Vanilla Digital.

Some parts were copied from the media file given by Vanilla Digital.


Hennessy Artistry Manila Halo 2014 Photos

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I attended both the press conference of the Hennessy Artistry Manila Halo 2014 at the Salon de Ning in The Peninsula Manila last Wednesday and last night’s party at the Samsung Hall inside SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

This year’s fourth “party of the year” features DJ Duo with KimKat (Kim Lee and Kat Nova), Australian pop star Timomatic, the Philippines’ Nicole Arsenio, local cult favorite UrbanDub, and hip-hop DJ and drummer duo Motherbass and DJ Jessica Milner.

Photos by @raffypekson