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MOVIEGOER: Josh-Lea, Snake Woman, among others

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JUST A THOUGHT: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

TRULY JOSH-LEA: What an exciting combination this is going to be!
International artist Lea Salonga partners with Josh Groban in a concert slated on Feb. 22 at Mall of Asia Arena.

LEA SALONGA

LEA SALONGA

JOSH GROBAN

JOSH GROBAN

SNAKE WOMAN PIA: Pia Wurtzbach may play the Snake Woman, Valentina role, in the Star Cinema film “Darna,” starring Liza Soberano in the title role.
Celia Rodriguez played the classic contravida character in the early ‘70s. She infused the role with so much style, class, pomp and pageantry that she almost ran away with the film.
To this day, Celia’s Valentina performance has remained a classic.

PRESERVING CLASSICS: “Dung-aw” and “White Slavery” both by Lino Brocka, together with “Brutal” by Marilou Abaya, are currently being restored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
ABS-CBN is at the forefront of film restoration efforts in the country. Some of the films network has remastered and digitalized are “Oro, Plata, Mata,” “Himala,” “Minsay Isang Gamu-Gamu,” “Haplos,” among others.
Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN’s film restoration division, deserves commendation for his team’s wonderful work in preserving our film classics.

WORLD TOUR: Carlos Santana is going on a world tour for the first time in a long time. Here’s hoping the famed singer-composer shall include Manila in his many stops.
Santana is a Mexican-American musician who rose to fame in the late 1960s-early 1970s together with his band, Santana. The group pioneered fusion of rock and Latin- American jazz.

WITH A PURPOSE: In my humble, little book, the following are senatoriables with a purpose: Rep. Neri Colmenares, Dr. Willie Ong, TV journalist Jiggy Manicad.
I like it that they’re not traditional politicians. They want to improve the country’s public health system, foremost in their agenda.

WANTED: The Bureau of Labor Employment has announced that 100,000 teachers of English are needed in China. Meanwhile, Israel needs 1,000 Filipino caregivers.

VOLT IN: The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) formalized its partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting growth and development of the Philippine movie industry.

Films endorsed by NCCA’s National Committee on Cinema will receive 70 percent discount in their MTRCB permit. Securing one usually costs around 17,000 pesos.

The MOU also enables NCCA to facilitate and issue Exhibition Permits in all NCCA-funded film festivals.

Led by MTRCB Chief, Maria Rachel J. Arenas, and National Artist and Chairperson of NCCA, Mr. Virgilio Almario, the new alliance intends to encourage Filipino filmmakers to produce films of national relevance.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Celebrate Chinese New Year (of the Earth Pig) at Shangri-La Plaza with a lineup of exciting events.

The metro’s leading lifestyle destination is fully decked out for the celebration with rows of giant red lanterns symbolizing prosperity and good fortune.

Catch the Kim Hwa Chinese Ensemble’s captivating performance on Jan. 27, 7 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, the Chinese Spring Film Festival from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 at the new Red Carpet Cinemas, the Chinese New Year Fireworks Show on Feb. 2, 8 p.m., the Chinese Painting Workshop on Feb. 3, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Grand Atrium, the Dragon & Lion Dance Exhibition on Feb. 10, 2 p.m. at the Grand Atrium, and the Chinese Bazaar from Feb. 1 to 10 at the Grand Atrium.

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