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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Miguel Faustmann Plays Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

One of the grand masters of contemporary Philippine theater, Miguel Faustmann, plays the unforgettable Christmas character of Scrooge, in the picture here with the adorable boy actor who plays Tiny Tim. It seems that in this picture, he looks straight at me taking his photo!
He, along with a big cast and a guest choir, is performing A Christmas Carol at the BGC Amphitheatre this Christmas season.
He has already played a gamut of roles including one in the gay play, Next Fall, which he did for the Repertory, a few years ago.

Celebrating Christmas with a Charles Dickens' Classic

The Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol is always a good way to celebrate the Christmas season - it being a timeless tale of forgiveness, generosity and togetherness.
The Philippine theater season normally ends before Christmas, but one of my favorite local theater companies, 9 Works Theatrical, pushes the envelope this year by staging a Christmas play in the normally busy shopping season!
This time, they are staging the play in an outdoor format, in the BGC Amphitheater, so that families can easily segue their Christmas shopping or pasyalan with watching the musical.
It is a musical and the revered Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) provided the music for it.
It is probably the grandest production 9 Works Theatrical has ever did and the sets, the production design, and the costumes all combine to make it a wonderful theater experience!
There's a surprise in the ending where you'd wished you were seated near the stage (we were!) and I took many photographs of it and it was quite a magical experience!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Five Hunks That Currently Rock My World

This list is so overdue since I was supposed to release them last month before 2011 closed.  But anyway, better late than never!

Here are the top five guys that rocked my world in 2011 (in no particular order, actually) -

1.  Alden Richards - Well, I've been hearing about him for sometime now and I only saw him for the first time in the movie, The Road, and that was the first time I saw him act! And well, he can carry a role, although his cute looks could sometimes get in the way - (I mean, seriously, if a serial killer was that cute, he would kill a lot of gay men - God forbid that becomes a reality!)  But back to Alden, if he just plays his cards well, I seriously think he can have a career!  Because I'll be watching all his movies bwahaha!

2.  Markki Stroem - talk about being struck by lightning!  Markki is one of those guys who look infinitely much better in person!! Seriously!! And he's tall!! Well, about an inch or two taller than me - but still, taller than most matinee idols we have now!  I saw him personally after he did the musical Next to Normal - and mind you - he's really nice in person - or maybe because it was the theater crowd and actors can't afford to act snobbish - but well, he was really nice since I asked for several pics with him!!  I mean, gosh, if you pay 1600 pesos for a ticket - and I had to pay for two persons since someone has to take my picture - you'd be better be nice to me and give me my photo ops!!  But well, I do hope they give him more projects - movies or plays or concerts - because I'll be a glad consumer!!  And I'm sure I'm not the only gay man who likes him!

3.  Paulo Avelino - I know, I know, Paulo's looks could just be one of my classmates before in UP who studied in Xavier, or Ateneo or La Salle GH, but he has that shy, winsome smile that kinda makes a gay man look twice.  And he's a hardworker!  Of all the five guys in my list today, he's the one with the most projects!  I saw him first in Aswang, and then in Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, and when I was watching TV, he was in this fantaserye in Channel 2!  He's all over the place!  I guess, a wise gay manager and producer saw his potential - and I'm glad you did mare, whoever you are - Paulo's a keeper - and I will continue to support his projects - although I missed his Regal movie, busy kasi last Christmas....

4.  Rocco Nacino - at first glance, Rocco may not merit a second look from me, but when I saw him in Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Paa, I was amazed that he can actually act!  I mean, he actually knew how to give those meaningful looks for someone you really like but can't do anything about it (you'd have to watch the movie to find out who he meant those looks for) - maybe he has been there, that's why he knows how to do it, but really, compared to most of the pretty young things out today - this guy is not only cute - he can act - and for me that's important - that's why they're called actors - not lust-ors or porn actors......

5.  TJ Trinidad - TJ and I actually go to the same gym and I've seen him several times already - and yes, he looks just as hot in person as he is in the pictures!  I wish I had the courage to ask for a photo with him but well, kakahiya kasi sa gym!  Anyway, I saw TJ this year in The Road, and again, God forbid, a serial killer looks that handsome, patay, andaming beking mamamatay!  So I hope it just happens in the movies - and not in real life!  Producers, give this guy projects, I mean, seriously, he's been around the longest among all the five guys here in my list and he looks fantastic, he can act and I'm sure there's a mestizo role somewhere there in your movies or TV shows....I want to see more of him - and I mean not only in movie roles.....=)

A Belated Discovery in Prince Stefan

I have seen his sexy pictures before, I think I even bought the naughty magazine he did for these group of photographers specializing on these types of pictures.

But it is only now that I am beginning to like Prince Stefan, mainly because I think the guy can really act!  I first saw him in an episode of #TIMY and it was funny, because I was rooting for him and JC Reyes' character to give their relationship a go!

Pero marami atang arte ang character ni JC and their relationship was then cut.  So I stopped watching #TIMY.

Tapos, last Wednesday, I saw him in the movie Working Beks, and still, the guy is a natural actor.  His face can say a thousand things unlike many of the more popular actors we have now.

Anyway, ganun talaga ang showbiz, it's not always about the talent.

I hope he gets more projects whether on TV or in the movies.  And we don't mind if he exposes skin in all of them.  He has a strong sex appeal!

Working Beks: Putting Gay Issues on the Spotlight

I watched the movie 'Working Beks' today and it was fun to watch five different gay characters go through issues which gay men face these days.  The film though doesn't look like a whole movie but more of a hodge-podge of five different stories that have barely threadbare connections.

I have two favorite scenes in the movie.  The first one was when Edgar Allan Guzman's character comes out to his mother, played by Raquel Villavicencio.  Definitely brought some tears to my eyes.  The second one was the scene where Joey Paras was undergoing some kind of anti-gay therapy and he was asked to shout "I want vagina" again and again!

Another story thread details the outing of a popular heartthrob, which in a way, pokes fun at certain big TV studios ways of protecting the heterosexuality of their male wards.

Well, TJ Trinidad has a short shower scene showing his nice hairy body and Prince Stefan shows his shirtless body several times and even has a well-choreographed and subtly-lighted penetration scene.  That's where all your 202 pesos went.

Of all the actors in the movie, I liked John Lapus' portrayal the most, maybe because it was the first time I've seen him do a subdued role, as opposed to the histrionics he is wont to do in his other movies.  It was great to see him rein in everything and play his character with quiet dignity.

This movie may play well within the LGBT community but I don't know if the straight crowd will watch it.  One good thing though about this movie is that it puts on the centerstage such issues as the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country, and the discrimination of openly gay employees.