From being at the forefront of the National Youth Commission during former president Fidel Ramos’ term, broadcaster (“Aksyon Ngayon” on dzMM, the radio arm of ABS-CBN on the AM band, with Julius Babao) Kaye Dacer has morphed by leaps and bounds into another career, that of being a businesswoman.
If the surname sounds familiar, yes, she’s the niece of the late newspaperman/PR practitioner Bubby Dacer.
Kaye is currently into producing concerts, awards night TV production for award-giving bodies (with some partners) and perfumery. She heads 8 Tri-Media with her family and friends as partners.
Just to prove to everyone that he means business, MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal conducts unannounced inspection of movie theaters to check if the board’s rules are strictly enforced.
We chanced upon him and actress Gladys Reyes (who’s an MTRCB member) at the Isetann-Recto Cine World in one of a series of “ambush” inspections. “We just came from the other theaters in the area. Earlier, we were in EDSA and we climbed up buses to check on the bus TV installation. We made it clear to the driver and the conductor that [everything that they show on board should be]child-friendly [programs]and as such, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., they can only show wholesome programs that are suitable for kids,” Villareal explains.
Although the theater personnel and some moviegoers panicked (especially because of the presence of around six policemen), the team prevailed upon them and hollered that it was not a raid. The crowd felt relieved!
It was a real festive event! We’re referring to the victory party of senator-elect Win Gatchalian held last week at the family-owned Manila Pavilion Hotel. A cornucopia of gourmet food was spread out on the buffet table and needless to say, drinks overflowed!
The entertainment fare consisted of hip-hop production numbers, an Abra-rap-alike presentation, a comedy bar performance and to top it all a segment of pop songs by the current “Kilabot ng mga Kolehiyala” Michael Pangilinan who did a duet with Win’s all-around man Mike Abcede.
Michael was mobbed by girls and gays alike and was kept busy giving in to requests for photo ops. The occasion also afforded him the chance to promote his forthcoming movie with Edgar Allan Guzman, “Pare, Labs Mo Raw Ako.”
Confetti showers capped the celebration.
Congratulations to Senator-elect Win Gatchalian!
Happiness is a Pearl, an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera is all set to open on June 9 at the 1701 The Little Room Upstairs located at Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Street and Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
The play will run until July 3, with 7 p.m. shows from Wednesday to Friday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows every Saturday and Sunday.
As the opening production for the second season of Artist Playground, Happiness is a Pearl revolves around three characters —Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.
Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. Kenji, however, sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness?
Happiness is a Pearl will be directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee.
The cast includes guest artists Ruth Alferez (Mari); indie film actor Tomas Miranda (Kenji); together with The Players, Artist Playground’s very own group of artists namely Cath Go (Mari, alternate), Jerome Rosalin (Kenji, alternate); Shiela Espina; and Irra Ruz.
The artistic team is composed of Paul Jake Paule (Director); Roeder Camanag (Artistic Director), Rody Vera (Playwright); Jesse Lucas (Music); Sharon Perlas (Sound Designer); Rowena Jarito (Sound Designer Apprentice); Melvin Sumalinog and Erick Jonathan Sumalinog (Guitarists); Joseph Navarro (Lights Designer and Board Operator); Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer); Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer); Sem Pabion (Dramaturg); Mailes Kanapi (Creative Consultant); and John Mark Yap (Layout Designer).
The production team is made up of Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager); Dayana Dancel (Stage Manager); Jacelle Escanan and Princess April Tuason (Assistant Stage Managers); Reynoso Mercado (Set Head); Coleen Lanit (Costume Head0; Christian James Tiongson (Props Head); and John Paul Racho (Spinner).
For tickets and inquiries, visit Artist Playground’s FB Page or contact 0926 932 3179.