With a cast of almost 100 and with “Golden Boy of Ballet” Joseph Phillips and Veronica Ylagan in the lead, the Philippine Ballet Theater headed by President Sylvia Lichauco de Leon will present The Nutcracker Ballet Suite. Performances will be at the CCP main theater November 13, Friday, at 8pm; November 14, Saturday, at 3pm; and November15, Sunday, at 3 pm. For the first time, the scene “Mother Ginger” and her children will be staged.
While celebrating its 15th Crystal Anniversary, the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra conducted by Josefino “Chino” Toledo, will assist leading artists in the following concerts: The Incridible Tchaikovsky with pianist Albert Tiu on Nov. 30, 8pm at Meralco Theater; The Enchanting Ravel and Prokofiev with pianist Cristine Coyiuto and flutist Caitlin Coyiuto on January 5, 2016, 5pm at the CCP Little Theater; The Magnificent Rachmaninov with pianist Abelardo Galang II at 5pm on February 5, 2016 at the Little Theater.
The late Vice President Salvador “Doy” Laurel will be remembered by Celia Diaz Laurel, son Victor “Cocoy” Laurel and the rest of the family with a dinner-program. A mass will be celebrated at the Laurel Gardens in San Pedro, Laguna, at 4pm with Fr. G.C. Carandang officiating. Doy was a wonderfully resonant baritone; son Cocoy is a superb singer-actor-dancer.
Teresita Tambunting Liboro (“Tereret”) member of the Philippine Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently invited legions of her friends to the Enthronement of the image of Our Lady of Philermos, Patroness of the Order of Malta, a celebration of the Feast of Mary and a dedication of the Mother of Perpetual Help Church to the Order of Malta.
Present were lector and commentator Delza Lazatin, member of the Order of Malta, Mercedes Tuason and Dr. Leopoldo Lazatin, president of the Order of Malta Philippines who donated the image of Our Lady of Philermos; Ambassador Odelia G. Arroyo and Ernest Rufino, Malta past president; Oscar Ledesma and Trining Panicucci; and Domingo Mapa, members of Malta.
Mass offerers were Milagros Tambunting Puyat and Jose Paraiso Tambunting; Nancy and Antonio Tambunting, Jr., Ambassador Jesus P. and Margarita Tambunting; Margarita T. Ongsiako Climaco and Daniel Mata, Order of Malta candidate; Andres Lopez Liboro and Teresita Tambunting Liboro.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ motto “Let’s work for the growth of God’s Kingdom, when we see a poor, you see Jesus Christ,” Teresita, her husband Andres and brother Jose Paraiso Tambunting built the Church of Ina ng Laging Saklolo in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, for the poorest of the poor in December 1998, and three schools.
The late architect Gabriel Formoso gave his services for free. The church, built with the approval, guidance and advice of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin and Archbishop Socrates Villegas, has a 1,100 capacity. During the construction of the church, Doña Aurora Paraiso Tambunting, mother of Tereret, was so concerned with its completion that although confined to a wheelchair, she visited the construction site several times.