by Shirley Matias – Pizzaro
The weather didn’t cooperate with Rufa Mae Quinto when her latest movie “Ang Huling Henya” opened in theaters early this week. The streets were flooded and almost all establishments were closed. The movie audience simply had to stay put wherever they are to not risk life and limb on the streets. The actress, who said she took pains in showing a remarkably different person for her role in this movie, was sad, of course, but says “that’s life.”
Veteran actor Christopher “Boyet” de Leon has long established himself as one of the pillars of the Philippine entertainment industry. Boyet has devoted decades of his life in performing arts, and he shows no signs of stopping. This time around, though, he’s doing it not as an actor, but as a producer.
Boyet’s new production company, Green Wings Entertainment Network, provides a venue for fresh young talents to step into the limelight, and collaborate with some of the industry’s most seasoned leaders. Their first production is a new musical play titled “Lorenzo,” on the life of the first Filipino saint, Lorenzo Ruiz.
The play is directed by theater luminary Felix “Nonon” Padilla, and features music by the Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. The book and lyrics were penned by some of the best and most dynamic playwrights in the country today – Juan Ekis, Paul Dumol and Joem Antonio.
With all this talent and creativity powering the production, Lorenzo certainly won’t be just another traditional retelling. “This play is very special because the playwrights have chosen a novel and outside-the-box way to tell the story,” shares Boyet. “It’s a contemporary opera. There will be plenty of surprises.”
The story begins in the present day, with a reporter from Manila sent to the Middle East to cover the case of a Filipino OFW sentenced to death row. The reporter soon discovers that this OFW, once active in theater groups in Manila, has been writing a play about Lorenzo Ruiz whose story inspired him to turn his life around.
“It’s a story within a story, a musical within a play, told in three acts.” Boyet explains. “This is the story of San Lorenzo Ruiz as none of us have ever seen it before. I encourage everyone to go and see it. I’m sure Filipino audiences will enjoy it immensely.”
“Lorenzo” will have its maiden run at the SDA Theater of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in Malate on Sept. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 1 and 6 p.m. This will be followed by several stagings in different schools like St. Paul and/or St. Scholastica’s College, and a 2014 run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), during which Boyet will be part of an esteemed cast.
‘Biggest Loser’ Coach Shares Weight-Loss Secrets
Are you still beating your body to the ground with exercise in your desire to lose weight? If you’re one of these people, be prepared to embrace a different perspective on how to shed those extra pounds.
“A lot of attention is focused on exercise. This is a mistake that everyone easily falls for because exercising is a very visual medium for fitness,” says Coach Jim Saret, C-Lium Fibre brand ambassador and one of the country’s top fitness trainers.
Hard to believe for many, especially if it’s coming from a highly respected health coach who has helped many overweight Filipinos get back into healthy shape. But Coach Jim draws on scientific basis to buck this misconception. Having pursued Sports Medicine in Brigham Young University in the U.S.A. and after investing time academically to study the science of health and fitness, Coach Jim explains that achieving your ideal weight takes more than just picking up the dumbbells and hitting the treadmill. “If you want to be truly successful in being fit and losing weight, the key is a combination of motivation, nutrition and exercise,” he says.
Coach Jim also insists on the benefits of starting an active and healthy lifestyle at a younger age. “Starting young gives your body the chance to prepare itself better, before it is attacked by lifestyle diseases with the onset of age.” He further notes that including fiber, such as C-Lium, in one’s daily diet is essential to functioning optimally. Several studies show that dietary fiber aids in reducing the risk of coronary heart diseases, helps in effective weight management and keeps blood sugar to a healthy level.
Coach Jim has a personal advocacy called FITFIL (Fit Filipinos) which he started two years ago. “Being the trainer of the ‘Biggest Loser Philippines’ contestants, a lot of Filipinos were always sending me messages, tweets and emails asking me to help them lose weight, get fitter and healthier. Since that was what I was doing for all the PBA teams and national athletes who I trained, I decided to share my training programs with the ‘man on the street.’ I want to help Filipinos become FIT Filipinos.”