Monthly Archives: February 2017


Sister Act in Manila
Sister Act in Manila

(Manila, Philippines) Music enthusiasts will be thrilled and dazzled by the exhilarating song numbers and hilarious scenes from a much-acclaimed Broadway musical comedy when “Sister Act” premieres on June 27, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire, Entertainment City, Pasay City.

 The show opens the two-week Philippine run of the hit Broadway musical that is part of the Asian leg of the American production’s Asian tour for 2017. The musical will run for only two weeks with no extension.

 Touted as America’s new musical comedy classic, “Sister Act” brings to the musical theater scene a stage re-creation of the music and general story of the hit 1992 film comedy of the same title, but with an all-original score and script and spectacular production design.

 The play will leave the audience breathless as it they follow for two-and-a-half delightful hours the funny adventures of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent.

 Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly re-discovers her own.

 The musical features original music and score with a big Broadway sound written by the most acclaimed composer of our time, 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “”The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), with lyrics by Glenn Slater.  The story was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas. Carter Beane.  

  It had its world premiere at  the Pasadena Playhouse in the Fall of 2006,  followed by a production at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on the Winter of 2007.  The West End production began previews at the Palladium Theatre in London on May 7, 2009, while the Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011 and officially opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre.2

 Seen by over 6 million theater-goers across the globe, “Sister Act” has been performed worldwide in Milan, Vienna, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and on tour throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.  It has also been played in Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Spain.

 The musical received five Tony Awards nominations in 2011: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Alan Menken-music/Glenn Slater-lyrics), Best Book of a Musical (Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Actress in a Musical (Patricia Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark)  

 It was also nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.

 The musical has drawn widespread critical acclaim for being a “fun, funny and feel good” act, with The New York Post describing it as “ridiculously fun” and The Huffington Post lauding it for providing  fans “an unbridled joy.”

 Sister Act is Ovation Productions’ second Broadway musical presentation; with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 2 years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as it’s first.

 Media partners are Fox, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and BusinessWorld. Produced by Ovation Productions in cooperation with Broadway Entertainment Group, and Troika. Tickets at P6500, 5500, 4500, 3500, 1500  available online at or call (02) 981-9999. Avail of 10% Early Bird Discount from February 12 –28, 2017.

KCC’s ‘Eternal Light’ exhibit explores on human catharsis

Press Release

 KCC’s ‘Eternal Light’ exhibit explores on human catharsis


 (Manila, Philippines) February 05, 2017. Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines will open its first Korean media art exhibition for 2017 ‘Eternal Light’ on February 9, 5PM at KCC Exhibit Hall, Taguig City.

The exhibition will feature the works of Han Ho, a Korean contemporary artist and performer who integrates light in his artworks. Many have called him the successor to world-renown video artist Nam June Paik, who is considered to be the founder of video art.


In ‘Eternal Light’ Han Ho explores the nature of human emotions, inner conflict, and hope. Using a Korean traditional paper or hanji, Han Ho combines light in his traditional paintings to create a new form of art. He also employs projected light in his art installations and uses different materials to choreograph patterns of reflected light.

The opening ceremony for the exhibition will hold an artist seminar. Han Ho will also have a live performance art at 3PM.


An emerging artist from Korea, Han Ho has been using light as his medium for years. In 2015, Han Ho was invited to be Korea’s representative in the 56th Venice Biennale’s special exhibition, “Personal Structures.” He also participated in the exhibition of Palais de Tokyo in Paris, International Paper Art Biennale in Bulgaria, International Art Photo Festival Pingyao in China, and Empty area of Alien Aquazoo-Loebbecke Museum Ballhaus, Duesseldorf in Germany.

The ‘Eternal Light’ exhibition will run until April 28, 2017 at the Korean Cultural Center Exhibition Hall. For more information, contact (02) 555-1711 or email

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Noli Me Tangere: The Opera

Noli Me Tangere: The Opera

Where the Phantom of the Opera meets Les Miserables

by MJ Racadio

Noli Me Tangere The Opera “Touch Me Not”


Preview (01,26.17) at the Cultural of the Philippines

#BlogtalkwithMJRacadio Press Preview of #NoliOpera60th at the CCP (Cultural Center of the #Philippines). #NolimeTangere | #TouchMeNot


Sisa stole the show during the Gala Show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

CNN Philippines featured review by yours truly

(Manila, Philippines)

[01.26.16] Noli Me Tangere: The Opera

Music scores was beautiful and a masterpiece.

Actors portrayal were superb and their singing was excellent.

Stage and lightning was very creative.

The plot was fast pace and never a dull moments from Sisa to Maria Clara. Where the Phantom of the Opera meets Les Miserables.

Never ending love story by Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel with modern touch of operatic music scores that melts your heart.
#BlogtalkwithMJRacadio In Theatre Press Preview. BlogTalk with MJRacadio#NoliMeTangereTheOpera | #TouchMeNot|

Gala Premiere Cast, January 28, 2017, CCP Main Theatre
Click here for Photos by Aldwin Ku
Ibarra: Ronan Ferrer
Maria Clara: Jade Rubis Riccio
Padre Damaso: John-Andrew Fernandez
Elias: Greg de Leon
Sisa: Stephanie Anne Aguilar
Basilio: Noel Comia, Jr.
Crispin: Santino Juan Santiago
Pilosopo Tasyo: Erwin Dimaculangan
Kapitan Tiyago: Ronaldo Abarquez
Tia Isabel: Thea Perez

A big thank you Oliver Oliveros of Broadway World for this wonderful experienced and once in a lifetime moments.





Meeting the New Miss Universe

More than 100 million fan votes helped one lucky contestant advance into the Top 13

First Press Conference of the New Miss Universe, Miss France Iris Mittanaere at the Miss Universe media center. Photo Credit MJ Racadio

Press Conference of the New Miss Universe at Media Center.  Miss France, Iris Mittanaere. Blogtalk with MJ Racadio was able to asked the second question for the New Miss Universe.

Manila, Philippines – January 30, 2017 – In front of a global audience, Iris Mittenaere was crowned the new Miss Universe at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.

Iris Mittenaere was born north of France in a town called Lille. Mittenaere has kept herself busy the last 5 years by pursuing her degree in Dental Surgery. Besides dental school, Mittenaere has always been fond of extreme sports, travelling the world and cooking new French dishes. She enjoys making others happy, especially when volunteering at Bienvenue-Tongasoa and Les Bonnes Fées.

Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey returned to host this year’s competition with model, designer and body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. Grammy® Award nominee and multi-platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida and four-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men performed.

The judges who helped crown Miss Universe include:
· Cynthia Bailey: Former model and founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, a modeling and fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams; current cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
· Mickey Boardman: Editorial Director and advice columnist for PAPER magazine.
· Leila Lopes: First Miss Universe from Angola and former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification; currently working with various charitable organizations in Africa.
· Francine LeFrak: Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning producer, social entrepreneur, women’s empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, an initiative that provides training and employment to HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
· Sushmita Sen: Bollywood actress, philanthropist and champion of women’s rights in India; founder of I AM Foundation; and first-ever Miss Universe from India.
· Dayanara Torres: Former UNICEF ambassador, writer, singer, model, actress and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico.

Prior to the competition, the Miss Universe celebrity red carpet streamed live on Throughout the live telecast, the newly designed Miss Universe website and official Miss U App delivered exclusive content and highlights. Additionally, the Miss Universe digital backstage lounge provided a unique second-screen experience for viewers around the world to see what happens behind-the-scenes.

With a virtual seat at the judging table, an estimated 100 million votes were tabulated from fans around the world to determine which lucky contestant would advance into the Top 13 at the start of the live broadcast, with millions more voting throughout the competition. Eighty-six women represented their countries in this year’s MISS UNIVERSE® competition, which culminated in Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach crowning her successor. #MissUniverse | #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio | Miss Universe Media Coverage |

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Starcruise Travel and Tour. “Travel like a star, cruise in style”.
GC Couture by Glenn Gonzales
with John Ablaza (Philippines first Eco-Couture Designer)
R. Ranchez Optical Clinic