Plants vs Zombies Musical

Catch the entertaining musical of Plants vs Zombies on August 17 to 19, 2012, at Ayala Center-Cebu.

Yes, you read it right! There’s a Plant vs Zombies Musical, and it’s going to be held in Ayala Center-Cebu this August 17 to 19, 2012.

This fun show is open to everyone, even to those who don’t know anything about the game from which this is based (like me!). I am super-duper excited to find out how everything is going to work out, and I think you should too!

To get an ENTRY PASS, please make sure you can call 232-0380 or drop by Privileges Desk in Ayala Center-Cebu. If you’re an A-card or VIPinoy card holder, there’s an additional treat for you.

Don’t you ever miss this out!


Let’s Go Cosplay This Saturday!

It’s a long, long weekend for all of us! Hurray! I love it because it means movie marathons, endless food (which I have to burn eventually for hours at the gym), and Bernard at home.

Of course, it also means I have more time to just chill out and have fun; and one of my dream go-to events this weekend is Cosplay HD.

Now, let’s get some things clear here: the event doesn’t really revolve around HD technology. HD stands for Harajuku District, a fashion mecca in Japan filled with men and women, young and old, who dress up with eccentric, personality-filled attires.

Here in Cebu, Linear Park is going to be our HD–Linear Park is across Marriott and near Cebu Holdings Center, by the way–and all cosplayers are invited to join, compete, meet other players, or simply watch the area transform into a one huge venue for a Japanese festival. If you don’t cosplay, like I do, we can just sit there, be amused and amazed, and capture as many photos as we can. Trust me, it’s going to be REALLY fun.

Cosplay HD is going to be on October 29, 2011 from 5 in the afternoon to midnight, so there’s plenty of hours to be there. It’s also brought to you by CEDF-IT, who’s celebrating its tenth year, in cooperation with and partnership with Cebu Holdings Incorporated and Ayala Center-Cebu.

Mickey Mouse and His Gang Are Coming to Cebu!

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions  as Disney Live! comes to Manila and Cebu City for the first time with its newest stage show Mickey’s Music Festival.  Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival brings the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment.


“One song can touch millions of people around the world and Disney has been at the beat of this concept for years by making music a main ingredient of storytelling,” said Producer and CEO of Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld.  “In Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival we are celebrating with the Disney characters to a soundtrack of the latest sounds and chart-topping hits. We want our guests to walk away with lasting memories and singing these unforgettable melodies long after they leave the show.”


Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, featuring an all star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters,   begins with audiences watching a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour.  Soon thereafter, they will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie.  Underwater is where the crowd will meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm. And, family and friends will stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.  Anyone can be a member of the band as giant-sized balloons fall from the ceiling in one scene and then in the next, Disney characters are dancing in the aisles.


“We’ve created an environment where audience members will be able to connect with the Disney stars,” said Alana Feld, Producer and Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment. “Within each concert moment are elements of personal interaction and they will be harmonizing, dancing, laughing and having an outrageously good time with the characters right there in their city.”


Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival was built with a global audience in mind and a goal of being as universal as its featured music.  The father-daughter production team, Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, has hand selected award-winning creative talents whose credits span from working with Madonna to winning a Latin Grammy®  Award to designing hundreds of costumes for Disney theme park shows:

  • Director/Choreographer Fred Tallaksen is the award-winning choreographer of Madonna’s “Sorry” video and the finale of her Confessions World Tour.  In 2008, he earned a Latin Grammy® in the Best Video category for Juanes’s “Me Enamora.” Tallaksen was also skating choreographer for “Austin Powers III-Goldmember”
  • Writer Jeremy Desmon’s credits include The Girl in the Frame, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Storybooks and Curious George Live! He received the 2007 Kleban Award for excellence in Musical Theatre Bookwriting, and is also a recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Jonathan Larson Fellowship
  • Scenic Designer Rick Papineau is the vice president of Scenic Elements at Feld Entertainment and is credited for leading the creation of life-like versions of the characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars that move on ice for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
  • Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom designed costumes for more than 15 original dance shows in Downtown Disney from 1996 until 1999 and is credited for designing costumes for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
  • Lighting Designer Sam Doty is eager to work on his second Disney Live! show after Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show put him in the spotlight
  • Music Director Stan Beard has arranged and written the musical score for numerous domestic and international Disney On Ice productions; has worked in the recording studio with such luminaries as Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra


Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival is presented in the Philippines by Vivre Fort Entertainment Inc. and is set to be staged this year at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel from September 23-25 and at the Araneta Coliseum from October 5-9. For Manila shows, tickets are exclusively available at Ticketnet (911-5555) located in SM Department stores and at the Araneta Coliseum. For Cebu shows, tickets can be purchased at SM Tickets (032-231-3876) located in SM Cinemas, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel (032-232-6888), Ayala Center Cebu and also at Ticketnet. For more details, visit or call Vivre Fort Entertainment at (02) 470 6956.

Note: The press release was provided by Vivre Fort Entertainment. Now to tease you even more, look at the fun, gorgeous images below:




This Made Me Cry This Morning

Okay, I do cry over almost anything, but flash mobs–or majority of them–hold a softer spot in my heart.

Beat the Heat at Bantayan Summer Breakthrough

Globe Telecom & The Cebu Mountaineering Alliance in partnership with Stage Time Prod. and The Business Incubators Presents:

Bantayan Summer Breakthrough

This might be the best summer getaway you can ever imagine! This coming April 20-24, 2011, we (that means YOU, your friends and US!) will be having a week-long adventure-filled activities in Bantayan Island! No more “UNHOLY” Bikini Opens or “Hot babe celebrities” that could ruin Bantayan Island’s reputation in the tourism industry.

Now, you will have a chance to try different adventure activities you probably haven’t even tried before. In this week-long activity you will experience

  • Tyrolean Traverse
  • Wall Climbing
  • Mini Adventure Race
  • Skim Boarding Competition
  • Kayaking
  • Photography Contest
  • Mural Contest
  • Environmental Movie Marathon
  • Acoustic Bands
  • Bangka Race
  • Fire Dance
  • Bike n’ Riddle Race
  • Kite Flying
  • Camping
  • and more!

And now, you will be able to experience all of these for only

(4) Days Straight – P1,500

(1) Daily Walk-in Rate – P500/day

And that’s already including ALL the activities mentioned above! So what are you waiting for?

Get your TICKETS now by contacting these numbers below:

0922-8845-846/ (032) 266-0821 (TONY)

SEE YOU ON APRIL 20-24, 2011, at the Bantayan Summer Breakthrough!

RAFI Breaks Ground on New Adventure Education Camp


Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) President Roberto Aboitiz (second from right) led the groundbreaking of the new Kool Adventure Camp of RAFI in Barangay Consumoroy, Balamban, Cebu. With him are (L-R) Cebu Provincial Board Member Alex Binghay, Balamban Mayor Ace Binghay, and Ben Azel Ponio, president of BSP & Company Inc., the main contractor for the construction of the KAC site. (Inset) RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica B. Chua (with microphone) explained to partners, campers, and RAFI employees the different features of the camp through its scaled model.

After more than a decade of running camps with the youth and other sectors, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) saw the importance of taking adventure to greater heights through the creation of the Philippines’ pioneer outdoor education center.
RAFI officially broke ground on its Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) site at Barangay Cansumoroy, Balamban, Cebu last Mar. 26.

The 10-hectare campsite is seen as the first outdoor experiential center in the Philippines. It will house outdoor high and low challenge courses, indoor challenge courses, corporate conference halls, training halls, trekking trails, dining & kitchen facilities, tent areas, youth bunks and corporate cabins.

KAC will also feature the High Element Challenge Cluster, a challenge course that combines both low initiatives and high ropes courses in one. The campsite also includes an Iconic Structure, a multi-face, multi-element high challenge ropes course.

“This is where we will grow and multiply the program,” RAFI President Roberto E. Aboitiz said during the groundbreaking ceremony, referring to the ongoing KAC program of RAFI.

The construction of the campsite started on June 2010 under the supervision of the Aboitiz Construction Group Inc.-Metaphil Division. Construction is carried out by BSP Construction, Inc.

The design of the entire camp site was completed through the collaborative ideas of architect Estela G.D. Lopez of EGD Lopez and Partners for the site development design, architect Socorro Atega for the landscape design, and architect Ed Gallego of Gallego Architects for the architectural design.

KAC, launched in 1999, is an adventure-based education program that provides youth and adults with learning and development opportunities through experiential education. Its program offerings, which seek to build character, develop competence, and inspire active citizenship among its participants, include youth adventure camps, adventure training and consulting, corporate adventure workshops, land and sea leadership expeditions, urban backpacking, games and initiatives, and trainer’s training, among others.

“We have a 10-year-old program that deals with the hearts and minds of the youth in the Philippines. We have graduated close to 8,000 campers. What we promise is that those who will attend our program will never be the same again. You may come into the program with different backgrounds but when you graduate from our program, you will be enthusiastic, you will engage in various activities, and you will become leaders of tomorrow,” Aboitiz said.

KAC is one of the programs under RAFI’s Leadership & Citizenship focus area, one of the five focus areas of RAFI where future leaders are nurtured to prepare them to effect change. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, and Education.
KAC is an organization member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology-USA and Association for Experiential Education-USA.
For more information about KAC, please call 418-7234 local 207 and look for Daphne Dia or visit

From Nancy Cudis

The Nail Clippers

Before Charice Pempengco became such a huge hit in Japan, there was the Nail Clippers.