Saturday, February 24, 2018


Lullabye of the keys

LESS is more for Alexander Tharaud’s music.

In a solo piano recital last June 17 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable – PCI Bank Tower, Tharaud showed his virtuosity in playing serene music over animated pieces.

Performing before 200 people, Tharaud’s repertoire included “Suite en la” by Rameau, Sonata K333 by Mozart, “Gnossiennes no.1 et 3” by Satie and “3 Miroirs” by Ravel.

A brew was never this strange

IF YOU love to go places, meet people and have fun without leaving home, then Strangebrew is for you.

Strangebrew is a 30-minute magazine show patterned after Lakbay TV, but with a twist.

Visual trip down history lane

CELEBRATE Philippine Independence this year by taking a guided tour of the historical dioramas featured at the Ayala Museum in Glorietta.

Combining the principles of painting, sculpture, and architecture, these meticulously formed dioramas chronicle Philippine history from 150,000 B.C up to the late 1980’s.

The exhibit, which opened in 1974 in the former Ayala Museum building on Makati Avenue, was made possible through the efforts of Carlos Quirino, the museum’s first director.

UST Singers sweeps int’l choral contest

Once again, the angelic voices of the world-renowned UST Singers rose to an exciting crescendo as they won all five of the major choral competition categories in the 30th International Choral Competition in Olomouc, Czech Republic last June 9.

The competition is said to be the biggest and most prestigious choral competition in Czech and in Eastern Europe.

The Thomasian chorale bested over 196 participating choirs with scores of 100 percent in all but one category, where they notched a score of 99 percent.

A diverse movie fest

After being derailed in 1995 by the infamous filmfest scam, the Manila Film Festival is back on track, with this year’s edition covering all genres from comedy to heavy drama to hard action.

Six films were chosen from among 43 scripts submitted to the filmfest screening committee headed by City Secretary Lito Banayo. The films are: Diskarte (Boy Vinarao), I Think I’m in Love (Maryo J. Delos Reyes), Magkapatid (Joel Lamangan), Útang ni Tatang (Jon Red), Mama San (Joey Romero), and Super B (Joyce Bernal).

Younger than his daughter

WHAT does it take to be a good parent? Is it maturity? Patience? Or simply just love?

Tale of two pretentious creatures

BILL Manhoff’s The Owl and the Pussycat is not the kind of entertainment you will want to watch if you’re looking for a calm and light-hearted play. The play, Repertory Philippines’ final presentation for its 64th season, is a clash of sensibilities.

This two-character romantic comedy directed by Michael Williams, portrays the extreme differences between Felix Sherman (Paolo Fabregas), a self-righteous and ambitious writer, and Doris Wilgus (Miren Alvarez), an aggressive prostitute and pretentious actress and model.

Sensible picks for sensitive readers


Bridgeable Shores, Selected Poems (1969-2001)
Luis Cabalquinto
Galatea Speaks, New York, 2001

REPRESENTING more than three decades of creativity, Bridgeable Shores is one of the finest poetry books ever published by a Fil-Am author. The book attempts to recreate the poetic terrains of Luis Cabalquinto’s hometown and newfoundland as he struggles to bridge their differences with memory and words.

UST Symphony Orchestra performs with Chinese virtuoso Tian Jiang

POWERFUL and enigmatic. These are words that aptly describe the performance of Chinese virtuoso Tian Jiang. Recognized internationally for his marvelous playing technique, Tian Jiang, together with the UST Symphony Orchestra, treated the Filipino audience to a night of classical music last Feb. 27 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCIBank Makati City.

Summer reading suggestions

READERS seem to be attracted so much to foreign literature that little attention has been given to contemporary Philippine Literature. Our literature embodies the past traumas, present ideals, and future aspirations of our country. The stories written by Filipino authors tell more of ourselves than any of our history book. They dwell on human experience, life-like characters, and substantial themes that are truly Filipino.

In this issue, the Varsitarian makes a short list of Filipino titles published in the last five years that you may read.