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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
A very late entry (I only got the pics now kasi, hehe) on our BPI@155 musical revue, with Christian Bautista, Bituin Escalante, Audie Gemora, Menchu Yulo, Shiela Francisco, the Lafortezas, and the boys--George, Felix and Johann. Lloyd Young and I hosted the show, as well as performed in it.

At the sitzprobe, Entertainment Arts Center.

George, Felix, Bito, Johann, Me, Mench after the show.

The cast (minus Audie and Menchu) after curtain call.
James, Shiela, Tito Freddie, Jojo Ocampo (Louie Ocampo's wife and BPI exec),
Christian, Me, George, Bito, Felix, Lloyd, Johann, Leizl

Thanks for the pics, Lloyd!
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Monday, October 30, 2006
TSOM Diary 2
Did my first full run-through for Tita Baby (Barredo) last night! It was fun. But the best part was that she was happy with my efforts, and so I can breathe a little easier now. Haha. Wasn't it just last Monday when I learned I was going to be in this production? And now I'm running as if I had always been part of it.

It's all good.
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
TSOM Diary 1
Coming in midstream, I have a lot of catching up to do in rehearsals. I've been sitting through the run-throughs in an effort to absorb all I can, and to note my blockings.

I watched Cherie Gil play the Baroness today. I can't believe I'm this divine woman's alternate! She is a goddess, is all I can say. And sophisticated to the core. She wears that role like a second skin, so perfect is her interpretation. No acting required. Boy, do I have some preparing to do.

I'm being measured for my costumes next week. Oooh, I can't wait to look luxurious! Haha. A welcome change from all the plain, townsfolk garb I've had to don in recent productions. The only downside to all this is that for me to be happy about how I'll look onstage, I'll probably have to go on a crash diet. To approximate Cherie's svelte, sophisticated form. Otherwise, I might end up looking like a second rate, trying hard copycat! Haha.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Say It Somehow
from Light In the Piazza

Jennie: Hon...what if I get a chance to play this scene one day?
Rein: (cold silence)

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The Hills Are Alive
Jeopardy question: A beloved Rogers & Hammerstein musical to be staged by Repertory Philippines in which I will be playing the Baroness Elsa Schraeder for certain performances.

Answer: What is. . . .

You got it!

I know I said no to full-length productions this year, so I'm just as surprised as you are. I didn't even consider auditioning for this one. What I did want to do was to watch it several times just to see how the three different casts would tackle their beloved roles. But fate had other plans, and I am now going to end the year in the hills of Salzburg, Austria after all. Haha.

But what a fun cast: Menchu Yulo, Monique Wilson and Leisl Batucan (Cathy Azanza suddenly took ill) as Maria; Audie Gemora and Michael Williams as Captain Von Trapp; Cherie Gil and Rina Reyes as the Baroness; Miguel Faustmann and Bonggoy Manahan as Max Dettweiler; Nicole Yulo, Vanessa Paolelli and Crisel Consunji as Liezl; JM Rodriguez and Topper Fabregas as Rolf; Pinky Marquez as Mother Abbess, and a slew of other familiar Rep faces.

This is going to be my second production of Sound of Music, the first having been with the Company of Players some 8 years ago, in the role of cranky Sister Berthe. I get to do a very different role this time around, which is exciting. I was thrilled to discover that the Baroness actually sings two songs in the stage version!

And so, here goes....Confitemini!
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The Gangs of . . . South Boston
Billy Costigan (Leo di Caprio) and Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson)
play a subtle game of cat-and-mouse in this intimate restaurant scene.

"A deranged sense of humor weaves its way through "The Departed," from outrageous opening scenes introducing the sulfurous crime boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) to its eye-roller of a final shot." ~ Washington Post

I was trying to find just the right words to describe this movie, and I found them in the Washington Post review quote above. What can I say -- if "The Departed" was a book, it would be a page-turner. My heart sank with every awful twist and turn the plot took (and there were plenty!), but I found myself peeling my hand off my eyes (actually Rein's hand, haha!) from time to time to see what the charismatic ensemble of murderous characters would do next.

I've seen films about the Sicilian Mafia, the Cosa Nostra, the Yakuza, and even the Chinese Triad, but I'd never quite heard of an Irish Mafia before. Particularly the kind that thrives and operates in conservative Massachusetts. That alone made it worth the three or so hours of sitting in the dark--twisting and turning in my seat from watching all that Irish ruthlessness! Haha. It was also worth it to see Martin Scorsese flex his darkly comic muscles (which we've never really seen before) without diluting any of his mean streets grit.

Try your very best to follow the labyrinthian plot, and watch out for equally Oscar-worthy performances from Leo and Matt; Jack's gleeful malice; and yes, that "eye-rolling" end shot.
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Monday, October 16, 2006
The Bronze Age
Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary
Allan & Peachy!

May your growing family continue to hold on tightly to one another in the years to come, and may blessings follow you wherever you go. . .

From a beautiful family of two. . .to three. . .

. . .to four!
Baby Keira and schoolboy Nicky are very blessed
to have such a cool couple for parents. Congrats, guys!

Your 8th Anniversary:
Traditional Symbol: BRONZE
Contemporary Symbols: LACE & LINEN



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Saturday, October 14, 2006
Some Days
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The Hormone Hostage
Got this in an email from Unicorn Child...

Hormone Hostage knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his own hands! This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver's license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other!

Are you wearing that?
Wow, you sure look good in brown!
WOW! Look at you!
Here, have some chocolate
What are you so worked up about?
Could we be overreacting?
Here's my paycheck.
Here, have some chocolate.
Should you be eating
You know, there are a lot of apples left.
Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
Here, have some chocolate.
What did you DO all day?
I hope you didn't over-do it today.
I've always loved you in that robe!
Here, have some more chocolate.

13 Things PMS Stands For:

1. Pass My Shotgun
2. Psychotic Mood Shift
3. Perpetual Munching Spree
4 Puffy Mid-Section
5. People Make me Sick
6. Provide Me with Sweets
7. Pardon My Sobbing
8. Pimples May Surface
9. Pass My Sweat pants
10. Pissy Mood Syndrome
11. Plainly; Men Suck
12. Pack My Stuff
13. Potential Murder Suspect
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Thursday, October 05, 2006
Lee Harvey Kitten
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I Yelled At My Dog Because That's How I Roll

Ok, so its not a Sunday. But I've shamelessly swiped this from Ribbiticus anyway. Go ahead and have fun! Make this the title of your next blog entry. Hehe.

Pick the month you were born in:
January - I kicked
February - I loved
March - I did the macarena with
April - I played with
May - I choked on
June - I murdered
July - I sang to
August - I had lunch with
September - I danced with
October - I smoked
November - I yelled at
December - I ran over

Pick the day (number) you were born on:
1---a paperclip
2---a monster
3---a phone
4---a fork
5---a gangster
6---a Mexican
7---my cell phone
8---my dog
9---my best friend's boyfriend
10---my neighbor
11---an ipod
12---a banana
13---Chuck Norris
14---a stuffed animal
15---a goat
16---a pickle
17---your mom
18---a spoon
20---a football player
21---a ninja
22---a fireman
23---a noodle
24---a squirrel
25---a baseball bat
26---my sister
27---my brother
28---my science teacher
29---a permanent marker
30---a llama
31---a homeless guy

Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:
White---Because I was high.
Black---Because that's how I roll.
Pink---Because I'm NOT weird.
Red---Because the voices told me to.
Blue---Because I'm sexy and do what I want.
Green---Because I hate myself.
Purple---Because I'm cool.
Gray---Because I was drunk
Yellow---Because someone offered me 1,000,000 dollars.
Orange---Because I hate my family.
Other---Because that's how I roll.
none---Because i can't control myself.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006
La Di Da
The catchy, hummable melodies. The clever rhymes. The counterpoints. The assigned lines and character entrances. Segment numbers like "The King & (lower case) i", and "O-klahoma!". My lifelong love and appreciation of Broadway songs can be David, Bob, Susan, Gordon, Maria, Luis, Mr. Hooper, and all the furry inhabitants of everyone's favorite street!

What's The Name Of That Song?
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At Last, At Last...
God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Finally. After living in the Middle Ages for 5 days, I am now back in the 21st century. I am delirious with joy...and relief.
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Monday, October 02, 2006
High Winds
TRASH: All I know is that this not knowing hurts. I don't get where do you put the pain. Answer me that. Where do you put the pain? Cream, please.
-What Is This Everything?
An existential fairy tale
(by Patricia Scanlon from "Women Playwrights", 1993)

It is 5 days post-Typhoon Milenyo (internationl name: Xangsane). In my neighborhood, that simply means having survived the dark and the heat for the past 120 hours, with no regular water supply, and not a single reliable report as to when the power would come back on. I am actually writing this at an internet cafe at the mall. Good thing Alabang Town Center is already a second home!

In my sister Miren's words, it's been Hell Week. I've been valiantly trying to conserve the last 2 bars of my celfone for several days. We've had to clean out our dank, defrosted fridge and throw every bit of food out. With nothing substantially edible left in the house, we've had to eat out (if there was a food place open at all) or crash at our respective parents' houses. All ATMs have been down and so the last fifty or so pesos in our wallets are like gold to us.

Of course, I can't even begin to imagine what the families of those crushed by fallen billboards are going through. Or of those whose homes were ripped apart by Milenyo's killer winds. Or of those like this one client of ours whose brand new Jaguar and BMW were found completely submerged in murky rainwater. Alright--maybe that last one isn't exactly in the same calamitous league as the other two, but hey, it's still a bummer, right? No, I can't say I am suffering as those people are. But I am suffering, nonetheless, from my own little frustrations and discomforts. Of not being able to work, or enjoy the little day-to-day conveniences we so take for granted. Ok, so the most major clean-up effort Rein and I (ok, just Rein) had to do was to rake the heavy carpet of leaves off our front yard. But still, I had to wake up each morning knowing that as soon as Rein left for work, I'd have to face a day of. . .no music, no lights, no aircon, no celfone, no YM, no YouTube, and no America's Top Model!


But the storm and this inconvenient blackout did usher in some good things. For one thing, I got to read again! My sister Miren has recently been emailing us about how her hectic life as a homemaker, mom to 4 kids, and non-stop family duties had nearly put an end to her voracious appetite for reading. As you know, it is a sad, sad day whenever a Nuyda puts a good book down for other more important activities, great lovers as we are of the written word. It was almost the same way with me. I hadn't really been reading reading the last couple of years. Can't remember the last good book I read cover to cover. But since Milenyo hit, I have rediscovered my passion for reading. I am now into the third story in a collection of plays by women playwrights, one of whose characters is quoted above. 6 plays, by such a diverse range of subject matter and talent! Love it. And so goes the silver lining in the cloud.

And then, even greater news. . .the day Milenyo hit, my newest inaanak (godchild) was born. Good friends Peachy and Allan's second child, and first daughter--Kirsten Soleil Consing Marasigan, better known as "Keira"--was born 7lbs. 10oz. at 3:54am of September 28. Just as her entry into the world was hailed by such powerful, high winds, I believe that this beautiful, perfect little girl will grow up to be high-spirited, passionate, and endowed with gifts that have the power to move mountains (and even billboards!). Welcome Baby Keira! The world is a more wonderful place because you are now in it.

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