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Monday, October 7, 2013

Cinderella Makes Her Grand Entrance on October 9 at Resorts World Manila


Starting October 9, Resorts World Manila (RWM) transforms its Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) stage into a magical kingdom as Cinderella makes her grand entrance.

Have you wondered when Cinderella started mesmerizing children and adults alike? Well apparently, Cinderella goes way way back. During the press conference held at Resorts World Manila, it was revealed that Cinderella was originally Chinese. Upon analyzing the nature of Cinderella, it was validated that the story of Cinderella is actually an adaptation of an Original Chinese version.

I strongly feel that Cinderella is an adaptation of the original Chinese version because there are a lot of issues that the West has with it like, why doesn't she step up and fight for her rights? If you consider it being an original Chinese narrative, then you will understand why Cinderella is non-confrontational, why she is passive, but she is not unknowing. In the text, she mentions that maybe it is her fault for letting them walk all over her.. She is aware yet she chooses to be recessive until such time that the Fairy Godmother leads her to her self-realization, “ explains Director Micheal Williams. The Asian nature is quite strong in Cinderella's character.

When asked what makes this version of Cinderella special from the other presentaions? Knowing that kids nowadays are more complicated, Director Williams explain that they had to create a more realistic Cinderalla integrating her true nature with logical consequences of her actions and not just presenting a fairytale as normally told.

The Fairy Godmother makes an appearance and maneuvers Cinderella's fate. She makes sure everything happens. She makes things possible. Only after Cinderella has decided to take matters into her own hands, she stops wishing and does something about it . . . is the pivotal moment of the play. We try to incorporate all these elements into the design, “ Director Williams further explains.

If you think about her psychologically, she is a battered and abused woman . . . . If you think about it dramaturgically, there is no villain in this story. There's only the other women who are obstacles to her happiness. All those things come into play in this version.The bottomline take aways is that “Goodness is rewarded” adds Director Williams.

Originally written for television, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was based on the popular French version Cendrillion by Charles Perrault. The television musical was first broadcasted in 1957 in CBS which was viewed by over 107 million people during its network premiere. It featured Julie Andrews in the title role and Jon Cypher as the Prince. The three-act TV version was comprised of original compositions that spiced up the well-loved fairy tale including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Ten Minutes Ago”, and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” among others.

Several remakes were made including the CBS 1965 version starring Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella and Stuart Damon as Prince Charming. Walt Disney also made their own version in 1997 which featured a star-studded cast which includes Brandy, Whitney Houston, Paolo Montalban, Bernadette Peters, and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.

In 2008, Tony Award winning actress Lea Salonga top-billed Broadway Asia Entertainment’s 30-week Asian Tour of Cinderella which premiered in Manila.

This 2013, RWM, the ultimate one-stop, nonstop entertainment and tourism destination in the country, will bring Cinderella back to Manila as its latest musical offering. “In the interest of theatre arts, we have to invest because when people come they expect to see something better, more glamorous, more “bonggacious”, than the previous production. That’s something that Resorts World Manila always aims to do-- we always try to give a wow factor. What we have done before, that becomes the norm and we always try to do better with subsequent productions” said RWM Chief Entertainment Officer Colin Kerr.

Slipping on the famous glass slippers to play the title role is TV and stage luminary Karylle Tatlonghari, with Julia Abueva and Justine Peña as alternates. Asia’s Pop Idol Christian Bautista, on the other hand, will fill the role of the Prince Chhristopher alongside Fred Lo as his alternate.

The First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, will once again step into the enchanted stage of the NPAT, this time to play the role of the ever-reliable Fairy Godmother. Also joining the all-Filipino ensemble are Pinky Marquez, Sweet Plantado, Sheila Francisco, Miguel Faustmann, Maronne Cruz, Gianina Ocampo and Red Concepcion.

Resorts World Manila’s Cinderella is under the direction of veteran theater actor and director Michael Williams.

For show schedules and complete details about Cinderella, visit www.rwmanila.com or call Tourist Hotline at (02) 908-8833. For ticket inquiries and reservations visit RWM Box Office located near the main casino entrance or call (02) 891-9999.










Wednesday, December 5, 2012

HRAP Launches Chefs on Parade 2013


Press Update:

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) is proud to host the 28th edition of Chefs on Parade (COP) at the SMX Convention Center on February 28 to March 3, 2013. Launched by HRAP at Resorts World Manila’s Passion Restaurant last December 4, COP 2013 is set to be the grandest yet in its history. Celebrity master chefs have confirmed their attendance and there will be more attractions packed into the four-day extravaganza.

Chefs on Parade is a culinary festival with a trade exhibit, cooking demonstrations, food workshops and seminars and other gastronomic-related activities. COP’s main highlights are the numerous competitions for students and professionals. This HRAP-initiated endeavor began in 1974 as a simple food display. Through the years, COP has become a major national event.

It was held yearly from 1979 to 2000, and every two years from 2000 to 2004. It was then discontinued to due financial challenges. After a seven-year absence, HRAP brought back COP in 2011 to a huge success! Over 26,000 visitors trooped to the venue SMX Convention Center. This number includes about 600 contestants from the Philippines and ASEAN countries, plus almost a hundred guest chefs.

“We expect the same warm response as we stage Chefs on Parade 2013,” declares Philippe Bartholomi, Overall Chairman of COP 2013. “We made a great impact in 2011. For the industry and the public, Chefs on Parade is the most important hospitality and culinary event in the Philippines. We will present a world-class program. Our goal is to show that the Philippines can organize a great food show.” 

COP 2013 will again have an “international flavor.” Among the foreign master chefs who will conduct demos and judge at the competitions is Singapore-based Belgian chef Emmanuel Stroobant, host of the Asian Food Channel’s successful show Chef in Black and the currently airing 36 Ways to Live. Stroobant graced COP 2011. Impressed with COP’s grand-scale and the Filipinos’ enthusiasm, he has decided to return next year. “It is rare to see to see this (high) level of professionalism,” Stroobant said of Filipinos at COP 2011.

Two chefs from the renowned Alain Ducasse international restaurants—Jerome Lacressioniere and Marc Chalopin―will be flying in from Paris to Manila just for COP 2013. Alain Ducasse is an internationally-recognized chef and restaurateur who holds 18 Michelin stars for his establishments from NY to Tokyo, and three stars in Paris, Monte Carlo and London. (A Michelin star is a seal of a high standard of dining given by the Michelin Guidebook.) . “We feel privileged to have chefs from Alain Ducasse for COP 2013,” says Chairman Bartholomi.     

Lacressioniere, also an author, will have a book-signing activity at COP. Chalopin is part of Ducasse Education and supervises the culinary program of Manila’s Enderun Colleges. Both chefs will conduct demos on French cuisine and judge COP competitions. The Puratos Group, worldwide supplier of baking and chocolate ingredients, will be bringing in a master baker and a pastry chef from Belgium to support COP. 

There will be a total of 30 mixology and culinary competitions on both professional and student categories. Four of which are new to COP: Breakfast-Making, Ice-Carving, Flair-Tending and Dream Team. “The Dream Team contest which is for students is actually interesting,” says Chef Gabby Prats, Chair of COP 2013’s Competition and Judging Committee. The challenge involves two members who will be in charge of cooking a meal and two more who will take care of the table set-up and wine-pairing. “It’s a dream that you perfect the ‘front of the house’ aspect and the ‘back of the house’ aspect,” says Chef Gabby.

Add to all these a 286-booth trade exhibit that will feature for the first time a Wine Avenue (showcase of a wide selection of local and international wines and spirits), and an Artisanal and Organic Food Avenue (a remarkable gathering of organic produce and artisan food), and the conferment of the second Larry J. Cruz award to an outstanding Filipino in the culinary field ― and you’ve got a Chefs on Parade 2013 that’s bursting with yummy ideas and tasty treats! 
COP 2013 is supported by sponsors De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, Meat & Livestock Australia, Nestlé Professional, Del Monte, Oleo-Fats, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Kitchen Aid; and partners Trade Net Events and Management International, Allied Metals, Enderun Colleges, the Asian Food Channel, GMA News TV, Total Gaz, Imacron, The Puratos Group, Resorts World Manila, Allegro Beverage, Liquid and Liquid Creations, Plan Z, Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Hospitality News Magazine, Olive Magazine, and Flavors Magazine. More  sponsors and partners will be coming in as the event draws nearer.

For more information about Chefs on Parade 2013, contact the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines secretariat at tel. 816-2421, fax 816-2419, email secretariat@hrap.org.ph or hrap@pldtdsl.net, or check out www.hrap.org.ph/cop, www.chefsonparade.org, and www.facebook.com/chefsonparade.
Eugene Yap, HRAP President




Philippe Bartholomi, Overall Chairman of COP 2013.




Ramon Jimenez, DOT head

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