Step into the ‘Imaginarium’, a multi-arts festival of the absurdINQUIRER.net 11:53 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—Social media has been abuzz lately about The Sandbox Collective’s most exciting (and curious) endeavor – “The Imaginarium”, a multi-arts festival of the absurd.
Everyone from philosopher Albert Camus to designer Karl Lagerfeld has been quoted on their philosophies and thoughts on the ‘absurd’ (whether taken at face value or its core essence inspired by the post-World War II French theatrical movement). These were then followed by the hashtag, #ImaginariumMNL.
On September 22 at the Peta Theater Center, the veil has been lifted as Manila’s newest performing arts group, The Sandbox Collective, following the success of its critically acclaimed production of the Off-Broadway musical “Dani Girl,” a musical good for the soul, launches “The Imaginarium, “a multi-arts festival of the absurd.
Running from October 28 to 31 at the Peta Theater Center, the festival will feature performances, presentations, and collaborations of various media, including film, fashion, dance, visual arts, improv, spoken word, music, food and beverage and theater.
With the global movement shifting towards artistic expression and experimentation, “The Imaginarium” comes at an opportune time. Across cultures, there is a growing interest in the unconventional and oftentimes bizarre. In recent years, crowds have flocked towards mercatos, trade fairs, music festivals, specialty stores, and fringe movements – looking for vitality and renewed authenticity of their own lifestyle and experiences.
“We believe the game is changing,” shares The Sandbox Collective’s managing artistic director Toff de Venecia. “There’s a new generation of cultural connoisseur and practitioner who isn’t afraid of stepping outside of the box anymore and being unconventional or different. They’re about celebrating and championing what’s new and creative.”
He shares that The Sandbox Collective’s market, composed of mostly students and young professionals, a.k.a. millennials, are exposed to what’s happening in other parts of the world, primarily because of travel, word-of-mouth, the Internet, and social media. “It’s no longer about being particularistic to the genre,” shares Toff, “but creating an overall experience, a meaningful experience.”
With that, The Sandbox Collective assembled a young team of curators and influencers who, for the past months, have been brimming with energy and excitement in reaching out to their respective markets and solidifying The Imaginarium’s multi-faceted programming.
For dance and physical theater, the group tapped Daloy Dance Company’s PJ Rebullida; for music, critic and music aficionado Ren Aguila; for film, magazine editor Don Jaucian; for visual arts, media practitioner and editor Raymond Ang; and for food and beverage, Edsa Beverage Design Group’s David Ong. “We’re honored to have them join us for the festival,” shares Toff, adding, “They add energy and insight to both the product and the process that help facilitate wonderful experiences for our audience.”
It is this cross-pollination of cultures that The Sandbox Collective, with its multi-disciplinary approach to the performing arts, hopes to foster through “The Imaginarium” – “that we find spaces in which we can work together, instead of separately or against each other, and raise a proverbial middle finger to the establishment.” Toff ends, “It is no longer about exclusivity, rather, inclusivity.”
“The Imaginarium”, a multi-arts festival of the absurd, will cap off The Sandbox Collective’s 2014 season before it returns in 2015. The festival will run for four consecutive days at the Peta Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila from October 28-31, 2014. There is a limited amount of tickets being sold for most stages and/or special events so advanced reservation and transaction is encouraged. As with most festivals, the schedule is a proposed estimation and is subject to change within a one to two-hour window.
For ticket bundles and inquiries, please contact 585-6909 or 0917-8996680. You may also call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Follow The Sandbox Collective on FB: TheSandboxCollective | Twitter: @TheSandboxCo | Instagram: @TheSandboxCo. You may also visit www.thesandboxcollective.com to find out more about our shows and our festival programming, including talkbacks, packages, ticket bundles, special promos, and student and teacher discounts.
The Imaginarium is co-presented by Peta Theater Center with official makeup sponsor MAC Cosmetics, and media partners: YStyle, Metro, Chalk, The Lifestyle Network, MYX, and Circuit Magazine.
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Philippines seizes 15 paintings from Marcos familyAssociated Press 9:39 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks — including ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo — that are part of his alleged ill-gotten wealth, an official said Wednesday.
The paintings were recovered Tuesday from Marcos’ old residence in San Juan city in metropolitan Manila, said the head of the agency tasked to recover wealth amassed by Marcos during his 20-year rule.
Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, said court sheriffs also tried to seize paintings from a condominium belonging to Marcos’ widow, Imelda. He said the sheriffs were kept waiting outside for an hour, and when they entered they saw her crying and found only empty walls and hooks that once held paintings.
Bautista said sheriffs backed by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation also went to Imelda Marcos’ congressional office and to the Marcos family’s ancestral home in northern Ilocos Norte province. He said he is awaiting their reports.
The good government commission obtained an anti-graft court order this week imposing a “writ of attachment” on the 156 paintings in connection with a civil suit seeking to recover the Marcos wealth, which has been estimated to be in the billions of dollars.
Bautista said the seizure of the paintings was necessary before they “disappear or are hidden away.” They were taken to the central bank for safekeeping.
He said his agency will seek help from international auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s to determine the paintings’ authenticity.
Bautista said the trial of the civil suit will continue until the court decides who should own the paintings.
“The position of the government is this is part of ill-gotten wealth and should be returned to the government and the people,” he said, citing a Supreme Court decision. The 2003 ruling said the Marcoses’ wealth in excess of their total legal income of around $304,000 from 1965 to 1986 was presumed to be ill-gotten.
Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 without admitting any wrongdoing during his presidency.
Bautista said earlier this year that Philippine authorities have recovered more than $4 billion of an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion amassed by the Marcoses. That includes $712 million from Marcos’ secret Swiss bank accounts, he said.
Originally posted: 7:40 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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Queen’s sticky problem: Palace seeks chewing gum removerAgence France-Presse 7:15 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
LONDON — Buckingham Palace has revealed a sticky reality — Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a cleaner who can oversee the removal of chewing gum left by visitors to a royal residence.
Among the duties for the job at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is: “To arrange for the removal of chewing gum from the Historic and State Apartments by the porters”, the palace said on its website.
The part-time position, which is paid £15,912 (20,428 euros, $25,763) a year, would also involve cleaning the palace toilets and “washing of all crockery required for visits to the palace.”
The cleaner would also “report to the Housekeeper any defects in furniture and fittings,” “clean all brass to the standards required by the Housekeeper” and “cover all furniture in dust sheets” when no royals are staying in the residence.
The many duties mean candidates must be “physically fit and meticulous” and the post holder “will need to have a flexible approach to working hours when The Queen, members of the Royal Family and the High Commissioner are in residence.”
Holyroodhouse dates back to the 16th century and is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Parts of it are open to the public — a fact the royals may be regretting.
A royal source quoted by The Sun newspaper said: “You wouldn’t expect people to be chewing gum when they visit, let alone stick it on the priceless antiques or the parquet floor.”
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Vietnamese low cost carrier hit over anti-women PR stuntINQUIRER.net 5:29 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—A Vietnamese airline that used bikini-clad endorsers for what appeared to be a promotional PR stunt earned the ire of netizens after it made rounds online.
“The models are seen inside the cabin opening the overhead lockers, walking down the aircraft steps and waving sparklers in the images which roused an angry reaction on social networking sites,” The Daily Mail reported last week.
It was Ngoc Trinh, a popular lingerie model in Vietnam, who posted the images on Facebook. Her photo album’s caption was: “Just finished shooting promo photos for VietJet Air for 12 hours nonstop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.” The album was later removed.
The Daily Mail said that the photos went viral and gained negative feedbacks, “with many criticizing the airline objectifying women in using them to promote their brand.”
An executive of the airlines said the photos were taken during a trial photo shoot for VietJetAir.
“We have yet to decide if we will use these photos or not,” he told Thanh Nien News, denying that the leakage of the photos was just a “PR ploy” employed by VietJet Air,” said Vu Pham Nguyen Tung, the carrier’s development director told Thanh Nien News.
VietJetAir was not the first airline to use females in skimpy outfits for brand endorsements. Irish airline RyanAir publishes a calendar featuring half-naked cabin crew annually.
In 2012, VietJetAir was fined was fined £611 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam for having its flight crew perform a Hawaii dance in bikinis on its inauguration flight between Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal resort town of Nha Trang, the Daily Mail said.
It also used bikini dancers to celebrate the launch of Ho Chi Minh City-Singapore route last May.
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Alyzza Agustin quick facts: Once an SK chairman, a Tourism student, hates ‘fat’By Aries Joseph Hegina | INQUIRER.net 3:10 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Model Alyzza Agustin came under fire after a post on her Facebook account made rounds on the social media stating that she was let off the hook for a traffic violation using a business card allegedly signed by Philippine National Police Director of Plans Alexander Ignacio.
Agustin’s post read: “Nahuli nanaman ako dahil coding but because of you Boss Alex wala ng huli huli. Thank you so much sa napaka-useful mong card with matching dedication pa #happykid”
(I was caught again because I had violated the number coding, but because of you, Boss Alex, I was not apprehended. Thank you so much for this useful business card with matching dedication.)
On Tuesday, Agustin and Ignacio both denied that they knew each other.
Here are some facts about the model:
She described herself as a part-time model because she was still studying.
Agustin hails from Santiago City, Isabela and is taking up Tourism in a Manila university. In an interview with the FHM magazine last October 2012, she said that she wanted to be a flight attendant for an airline with flights going to the Middle East.
The model comes from a political clan in Isabela.
In the same 2012 interview, Agustin revealed that she came from a political clan, having an uncle who is then vice mayor of Santiago City, Isabela. She also said that she became a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in the city.
Agustin shared that she became the “talk of the town” because of her sexy image.
She said that people accepted her through modeling.
Agustin isn’t shy in admitting that she loves modeling. She became known for her sexy image when she became one of the Premiere Condoms Vixens in 2012. Since then, she appeared in various advertisements and has graced various automobile and fashion shows.
“Dito tanggap ako ng tao. Dito (modeling) ko rin nakikita yung sarili ko after 10 years. I see myself evolving in this business,” Agustin said in an interview with FHM.
(In modeling, people accept me. I see myself modeling after 10 years. I see myself evolving in the business.)
She also appeared in a noontime show in GMA 7 as a model in 2013.
She placed number 100 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2013.
After becoming a Premiere Condoms Vixen in 2012, Agustin gained more buzz for placing number 100 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2013. It also marked the first time she broke into the list. During that year, actress Marian Rivera was hailed as the sexiest woman in the country.
She hates the word “fat”.
The model, in an Instagram post on @itsmealyzzaagustin before the account was deactivated, revealed that she was a fitness buff and hated the word “fat”. She often took pictures of herself working out in a gym and eating healthy food.
Source: FHM Magazine, Alyzza Agustin’s Instagram account (@itsmealyzzaagustin)
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