• Alden Richards goes classical

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    DENNIS ADOBAS

    DENNIS ADOBAS

    What’s showbiz heartthrob Alden Richards doing in the company of classical singers?

    This is certainly something his fans can look forward to: His guest stint in Songs from the Silver World on May 7, 7 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, right in the very heart of snobbish Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

    From the pedestrian Broadway Centrum in Quezon City to the elitist venue that is RCBC Plaza in Makati, this is indeed a gargantuan leap for the latest heartthrob. From mouthing inane comic lines with the Dabarkads of Eat Bulaga, he is thrown into the company of opera singers, the likes of Rachelle Gerodias, George Yang, and the singing scholars of Klassikal Music Foundation, which is producing the concert.

    But what’s this heartthrob doing in the company of classical artists? Will he do a duet with classically trained soprano Gerodias? Or will he just break into at least a solo of one of the hits of international pop-opera icon Josh Groban, which is the closest to what classical attempt he can do?

    But whose idea is it to include him among the performers? Is it a given because he is an endorser of McDonalds, the Philippine franchise of which is owned by the founder and president of Klassikal Music Foundation?

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    I would like to accommodate here a news feed from Noy Lauzon of UP Film Institute: “In this election year, are we ready for a country with a twisted sense of law and order? Can elections really be free of fraud? When can we have a fully informed and empowered electorate truly capable of choosing the right political leaders? How can there be a nation forged in lies, deceit and betrayal? Do elections matter in a nation traumatized by its horrible past? What kind of future awaits a people with a country caught in the quagmire of plunder and impunity?

    “With films that probe the inside out of the Filipino collective psyche, UP Film Institute presents a distinct screening series fit for another election year in the country.

    “Catch an array of features from Pepe Diokno, Hector Barretto Calma, Chito Roño and Lav Diaz only at Cine Adarna of the UPFI Film Center in UP Diliman.

    “April 28 Thursday: Pepe Diokno’s Engkwentro, 5 and 7 p.m.

    “April 29 Friday: Hector Barretto Calma’s Ang mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya/Ang mga Bulong sa Bituka ng Sta. Mesa, 5 and 7 p.m.

    “May 3, 4, 5: Chito S. Roño’s Badil, 2:30/5/7 p.m.

    “May 6 and 13/May 19: Lav Diaz’s Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon 4 p.m.

    “May 7 and 14: Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis 10 a.m.”

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