Saturday, August 29, 2015

Business-Oriented Strategy

"So many things to do, so little time".

Back in College, when I am a working student employed in a Business Support Service similar with those
Indiana environmental companies, I can manage my time well. I sometimes struggle how to divide my time with school projects while having an 8-hour shift schedule at work, but eventually learn to handle things that needs to be done first.

The key is self-discipline and learning how to set your priorities. Having to work before I can even get my diploma provided me a sense of accomplishment and determination.

Sure, as an Indexer in a Litigation Direct Unit seems a simple job where it includes analyzing and document coding for content conversion, but this simple job makes a training ground for more complex duties.

I had several employment after college, but always too soon of dreaming to escape from being an employee to a business owner. I sometimes get restless, and bored; honestly, office politics kills my motivation to work harder.

A company that provides the best service and strategy  have the Key Personnel that encourages its employees to work and strive harder.

The finest team, provides the finest work! agree?

And now that I am managing a business of our own, that quote basically my favorite before the day ends.


Identifying the most important thing to do is a time saver. Also, identifying when to get a business solution service from the expert whether resolving challenging environmental problems, involving political, technical, regulatory, legal, and financial issues, with business-oriented strategies is a must.

I think it is best to get help from the experts for us to stay on target and not to exhaust our mental and physical resources.

For business owners, reaching out for a support service is cost and time effective. Atleast, we have the chance to have integrated resources from a qualified and strategically professional, within our budget.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sofia the First Birthday Theme

We had a simple celebration for my daughter's 2nd birthday last week with Sofia the First Theme. It was a mini party (where we have no guests!) with the goal to capture the moment of traditional candle blowing and gift giving (tipid mode)!.

Her birthday falls on weekday, so we only had dinner at a restaurant and we spent our weekend at my MIL's vacation house in Batangas where we had a mini-celebration.


I bought a party banner, hats and some balloons at National Bookstore to feel the Sofia the First birthday celebration.

Here's a small cake we bought at a local Bakeshop  with my DIY polymerclay Sofia topper (hmmnnn... pwede na, agree?).


Candle blowing, captured! Atleast something to look back when she's older....


The celebrant's favorite 'pasalubong' at the moment was Kinder Surprise, so we came up with this huge egg as a gift.

   

Happy?!


The egg was filled  with Kinder Surprisessss, smaller plastic eggs,  additional sweet treats, and ring accessories for this Royal Princess.


Another family picture to treasure!


And, that's it! Another fun and simple celebration that fits the budget. How about you, how do you  make a budget-friendly birthday celebration for your little one?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ballet Manila Stages Severino Reyes' "Tatlong Kwento ni Lola Basyang"

We are scheduled to watch "Tatlong Kwento ni Lola Basyang" presented by Ballet Manila tomorrow night, Aug. 21, 8pm at Aliw Theater. Other show schedule was on August 22, 28, and 29, at 8:00 p.m., and on August 23 &; 30 at 3:00 p.m. 

I chose to watch the first schedule to enable me to at least share my review right after  the show.

[UPDATE: We are instead re-scheduled to watch next Friday, Aug.28. due to bad weather last friday cause by typhoon 'Ineng'].

Luz Fernandez as "Lola Basyang"

Lola Basyang is part of the Filipino culture and heritage, Ballet Manila is honored to do their share in preserving this wonderful gift, through dance and music.

My 7-yr. old son needs an introduction to Lola Basyang, so here goes full story about him.

Yes, him. Did you know that Lola Basyang is male?

Lola Basyang was the pen name of writer Severino Reyes, the genius behind the enchanting stories that has been adapted to books, comics, television and films.



Here are other amazing Lola Basyang facts:


The writer was 75 years old when he wrote the first Lola Basyang story entitled  "Ang Plautin ni Periking", about a kindhearted boy with a magical flute and flying carpet.

He was known as "Don Pinoy" but for his magical tales he adopted the character of Lola Basyang, an old woman well-loved by her grandchildren because she regaled them with magical stories about kings, queens, dragons and other incredible creatures. 


Lola Basyang's character was closely similar to Mother Goose the imaginary author of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. The name was inspired by a woman named Gervacia Guzman De Zamora who was known as "Tandang Basyang".


The stories were published in a special section in Liwayway the oldest Tagalog magazine in the country. The publication began in 1922 and included serialized novels, short stories, poetry, comics, essays, news features, entertainment news and articles, and many others.


Writer Severino Reyes is considered one of the giants of Philippine Literature. Aside from Lola Basyang his most famous play was 'Walang Sugat" a Tagalog zarzeula about the brave Katipuneros during the Spanish occupation.

On August 21, Ballet Manila opens its 20th performance season Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyangthree captivating dance productions of love, fantasy and adventure.
Ballet Manila will bring back the storybook magic of “Ang Prinsipe ng Mga Ibon, “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya” and "Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin”, first staged in 2008.

Choreographed by Osias Barroso set to the melodies of national artists for music as arranged by Mon Faustino, Ang Prinsipe ng Mga Ibon” is about a princess who falls madly in love with a bird prince. Their love is put to a test when her furious father expresses disapproval over their unusual relationship.

Ballet Manila Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde choregraphed “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya”. Set to the music of Joey Ayala, it tells the story a boy in search of his sisters who were captured by a beast, as a punishment for their father's greedy streak.
The boy strives to fulfill their father's dying wish by coming face to face with the monster that took his sisters.

“Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin.” was choreographed by the late Tony Fabella with music by Ryan Cayabyab. The tale is about a poor worker who was given a violin when he helped an old lady. The enchanting rhythm of the strings sends listeners in a trance bringing about an unusual change in behavior.
The dance production goes onstage at Aliw Theater on August 21, 22, 28, and 29, at 8:00 p.m., and on August 23 and 30 at 3:00 p.m.

I was entice to watch as it promises to be the perfect weekend treat for the whole family. As Ballet Manila Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde states that the kids will surely like the snake scene and all the live animals on stage.

The show is co-presented by Manila Broadcasting Company, Anvil Publishing, Aliw Theater and Star City.  Other sponsors are ACS Manufacturing, First United Travel, Papa John’s Pizza, Manang’s Chicken, Empire Salon, Slimmer’s World, Island Rose, and whatshappening.com.ph.
Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets, www.ticketworld.com.ph, or call 891 9999 and the Ballet Manila marketing hotline at 552 7502.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ballet Manila Presents Severino Reyes' ~ “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang: A perfect weekend treat for the whole family!

“From Page to Stage,” Ballet Manila’s (BM) 20th performance season begins on  August 21 with Severino Reyes’ “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” three captivating dance productions of love, fantasy and adventure.

Lola Basyang was the pen name of Severino Reyes the former editor of the famous Tagalog magazine Liwayway back in 1925. In between running the publication he penned enchanting tales about magical kingdoms and strange creatures. The stories were published in a section called "Kuwento ni Lola Basyang."

Reyes wrote over 400 well-loved tales and generated a huge following among magazine readers. Apart from the magical twists, the stories impart heart-tugging lessons on good morals and values which appeal to both to children and adults.Ballet Manila brings back the storybook magic of “Ang Prinsipe ng Mga Ibon,” “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya” and "Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin” on its 20th performance season.

Choreographed by Osias Barroso; set to the melodies of national artists for music as arranged by Mon Faustino, “Ang Prinsipe ng Mga Ibon” is about a princess who falls madly in love with a bird prince. Their love is put to a test when her furious father expresses disapproval over their unusual relationship.

Ballet Manila Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde choregraphed “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya”. Set to the music of Joey Ayala, it tells the story a boy in search of his three sisters who were captured by a beast, as a punishment for their father's greedy streak. The boy strives to fulfill their father's dying wish by coming face to face with the monster that took his sisters.

“Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin.” was choreographed by the late Tony Fabella with music by Ryan Cayabyab. The tale is about a poor worker who was given a violin when he helped an old lady. The enchanting rhythm of the strings sends listeners in a trance bringing about an unusual change in behavior.

"Lola Basyang is part of the Filipino our culture and heritage," explains artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. "We at Ballet Manila are honored to do our share in preserving this wonderful gift, through dance and music."


For the choreography of “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya”, Lisa was immediately moved by the children’s book published by Anvil Publishing, a re-telling of the Severino Reyes story by Christine Bellen, with illustrations by Frances Alcaraz. The music of Joey Ayala further immersed her creative mind allowing her to recreate the story as a dance sequence.

“Joey Ayala gave the music to me piecemeal. First was the Underwater section and family section so I was able to do the sea creatures scene and 3 Marias variations right away which were very classical in structure and choreography. Pedro's, the main character’s solo, is by Gerardo Francisco as I preferred that a man do the choreography for Pedro. And the entire Lion's section corps is done by Ernest Mandap who was visiting from France at that time.”

Of the three Lola Basyang stories that would be presented, Lisa singles out “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya” as the most challenging in terms of production. “We had to tell the story - and that meant many scene changes, costume changes and a huge cast of characters. My ballet I think was the most expensive of the 3 ballets in that aspect. I think the most difficult part was when we had to do the three kingdoms as each kingdom was so different in treatment plus dealing with a huge cast of children, students, scholars and professional dancers.”

She enjoyed creating the family scene, describing it as the most “classical” of all sections. “ I had fun doing the solo variations of the three Marias and the family dance. I love the snake and tree scene because it is so unexpected and dramatic. I also like it when the live animals are pushed onstage, again because it gives an unusual touch to the ballet,” she shared.

Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang promises to be the perfect weekend treat for the whole family. “The kids will like the snake scene and all the live animals on stage. I also tried to be as "storyteller" as possible - I wanted the scenes and story to be briskly told. Pacing is key. The trilogy is a good experience that needs to be shared by the whole family.” she said.

“Severino Reyes’ ‘Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang’” goes onstage at Aliw Theater on August 21, 22, 28, and 29, at 8:00 p.m., and on August 23 & 30 at 3:00 p.m.

The show is co-presented by Manila Broadcasting Company, Anvil Publishing, Aliw Theater and Star City. Other sponsors are ACS Manufacturing, First United Travel, Papa John’s Pizza, Manang’s Chicken, Empire Salon, Slimmer’s World, Island Rose, and whatshappening.com.ph.

Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets, www.ticketworld.com.ph, or call 891 9999 and the Ballet Manila marketing hotline at 552 7502.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ballet Manila Presents "Flight 1" and "Flight 2" on July 31 and August 1 at Star Theater

Ballet Manila enjoins dance enthusiasts all over the country to cheer for their world class performers in "Flight 1" on July 31, and "Flight 2" on August 1 at 8 pm at the Star Theater.

A preview of Ballet Manila's entry to Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition (AGP) slated in August at the Y-Theater, Hong Kong,

"Flight 1" and "Flight 2" are two different shows featuring the dance company's bestseller pieces by top choreographers Agnes Locsin, Augustus Damian III, Gerardo Francisco, and the late Tony Fabella.  The show also includes classical showstoppers "Don Quixote," "Sleeping Beauty," "Le Corsaire" and the "Black Swan Pas De Deux" from "Swan Lake". 


"Two nights, two completely different programs.  The back-to-back concert will showcase the best of Ballet Manila and highlight the skill and artistry of all the dancer-competitors.  Am truly proud of this year's competitors; keeping my fingers crossed that we do well this year.", says Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Ballet Manila Artistic Director and CEO.  

Established in 2011, the Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition (AGP) is an annual competition hosted by Youth Ballet of Asia and operated by Hong Kong Arts Development & Production Company Ltd. 

Now on its fifth year the competition aims to recognize the artistic excellence of local and international dancers by allowing participants to demonstrate their talent, explore their potential, and learn from their peers and dance professionals.

Outstanding dancers receive cash awards for career advancement in professional ballet companies. They can also receive training scholarships in renowned ballet schools.

When Ballet Manila first joined AGP in 2012 the dance company won Finalist certificates and top honors including the Bronze Medal in the Pas de Deux division and the Most Promising Male Danseur award. 

In 2013, Ballet Manila won Finalist certificates and the Silver Medal in Junior B division, the Bronze Medal in the Senior division, and the Silver and Bronze Medal in the Pas De Deux division. 

This year, 23 dancers from the Ballet Manila Company and School of Ballet Manila will compete in the Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Pre-Senior, Senior and Pas de Deux, categories. 

Join Ballet Manila Artistic Director Lisa Macula-Elizalde at the front seat of The Star Theater, as she sends off her most talented dancers to the international competition.

Tickets for "Flight 1' sand "Flight 2" are available at Ticketworld outlets, www.ticketworld.com.ph, or call 891 9999 and the Ballet Manila marketing hotline at 552 7502. Those who will purchase tickets for both shows will get a 20% discount. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review: Lazada's Portable Folding Princess Castle Tent

Our Castle Tent has arrived 3 days after I placed an order. It comes with a product return slip, just in case we have any complaints or any negative issue on the item. Fortunately, there wasn't any... and we did enjoy our new addition to our play space. It comes with a hand carry bag and allows easy fold down storage for outdoor use. 



My little girl and her kuya enjoys playing at this little hide-out and serves as a perfect bonding play space. It was big enough, as I can also fit inside and we had  fun playing "bahay-bahayan" with our cooking play set and dolls.


Out of excitement, kuya requested to also have his own Blue Castle Tent as he feels awkward to be surrounded with pink girly stuff. But, I told him to be happy enough that his sister shares this  tent with him (ofcourse, not to double the gastos!).


I am quite satisfied with this purchase and would highly recommend this one for your little princess for more imaginative play time.
Fabric roll up/down door and two windows allows air flow and visibility


Overall rating? 4 stars out of 5 for its good quality yet affordable price.

The Off Price Show at Filinvest Tent on July 17-19, 2015

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The Off Price Show happens on July 17 - 19, 2015 from 11am to 9pm at The Filinvest Tent, Alabang. 
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