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Loom bands for a cause

Loom bands for a cause

  By OFELIA C. EMPIAN FOR Melchora Grace Balacdao-Matias, looming bands began as an activity to merely overcome boredom in her new..

March 25, 2015
Dancing to a better life

Dancing to a better life

  By CHICKIE LOCSIN From bleak garbage dumps to glamor-filled dance floors, Wilbert Aunzo has come a long way. Aunzo was a scavenger and..

March 23, 2015
Master class with Maestra Nelly

Master class with Maestra Nelly

  Text and photos by ELIZABETH LOLARGA THE historic First Intensive Vocal Workshop of soprano Nelly Miricioiu ran for three days..

March 16, 2015
MSO to reprise 1945 concert amid war ruins

MSO to reprise 1945 concert amid war ruins

  Text and photos by ELIZABETH LOLARGA Archive photos courtesy of the MANILA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The musicians who heeded the call of..

March 12, 2015
The Lantern festival crowd: showcase of Taiwanese’s admirable discipline

The Lantern festival crowd: showcase of Taiwanese’s admirable discipline

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS IN the 20 to 30 minutes that I was in the midst of the teeming crowd in Wuri Railway Station in Taichung, Taiwan..

March 12, 2015
Nelly Miricioiu astounds Manila with her glorious singing

Nelly Miricioiu astounds Manila with her glorious singing

  By JOSEPH CORTES Photos  by KIKO CABUENA and ANNA LEAH SARABIA Experienced concertgoers have observed that the acoustics of Meralco..

March 10, 2015
‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ – Nelly Miricioiu

‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ – Nelly Miricioiu

  Text and photos by ELIZABETH LOLARGA SOPRANO Nelly Miricioiu, whose roots are in Romania, has been called many things, including “a..

March 4, 2015
Propaganda in the Philippines: Past and present

Propaganda in the Philippines: Past and present

  By NORMAN SISON THERE  was a time — two generations ago — when Filipinos deeply loved their country and knew how to fight for..

February 26, 2015
Nelly Miricioiu: First-rate musician and human being

Nelly Miricioiu: First-rate musician and human being

    By ELIZABETH LOLARGA Photos courtesy of JOSEPH UY To listen to Nelly Miricioiu, the soprano from Romania who is now a British..

February 20, 2015
Busting the myth about egg-cholesterol connection

Busting the myth about egg-cholesterol connection

  By CEZ DONASCO IN a time where scientific research findings contradict each other, people do not know what to believe anymore. Are eggs..

February 14, 2015
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