Archive for: March 2011
I first heard of this show months ago while watching a news magazine program at GMA TV. The anchors were interviewing Gian Magdangal who plays the Prince in the musical.
Last Friday night, I was able to view the show finally together with Tam and the kids.
It was a very entertaining show because like their USP (Unique Selling Proposition) says, it’s a “Vegas meets Broadway” show.
The plot was very simple, but the show is more than the story itself it is the stunning performance of the magical white wizard played by spanish illusionist ENRIQUE POLO with his white lion KAOS, white tiger SITO and yellow tiger BETTY.
It is about the wonderful voices of GIAN MAGDANGAL and Canadian-Pinay MARTHA JOY. The antics and superb performance of JOEL TRINIDAD and the music of the MANILA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
It is also about the stunts of the ACROBATS FROM CHINA, the world famous act of the POWER DUO from Belarus, the WHEEL OF DEATH of Columbia, Spain’s 5 STUNT MOTORCYCLISTS, the HUMAN TIME MACHINE performers from South America, the hip-hop dance and performances of the PHILIPPINE ALL STARS.
All of these makes Kaos, a really fun show to watch.
After the show you have the option to have your photos taken with SITO the white tiger for PhP600.00. We were also given a chance to have our photos taken with the main cast of Kaos after the show. Of course, I am not in the photo once again since I am always the designated photographer
It was a fun night. I recommend that you grab some tickets to the show if you haven’t watched it yet. Here’s where:
KAOS the Musical
Resorts World Manila Philippines
Newport Boulevard, Newport City Cybertourism Zone
Pasay 1309, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tourist / Visitor Hotlines: +63 (2) 836-6333 and +63 (2) 908-8833
Email us at email@example.com
(This is a timely message from Bishop Pabillo for this year’s Alay Kapwa Lenten Program taken from the Caritas Manila homepage)
Climate change is now in the mouth of everyone, because now it is being experienced by all. We experience untimely and extreme weather conditions. More and more people are attributing human activity as a factor in these climate changes. We have neglected due care that is to be given to the environment. For a long time we have regarded the environment as an inexhaustible source of raw materials and as a passive receptor of all our wastes. Only now do we realize that there is a limit to what the environment can take and to what it can give.
Since the inception of the Alay Kapwa program of the Philippine Church in 1975, we have drummed up the idea that no man is an island, that we have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters who are in need, that we cannot love God without responding to the needs of our brethren. We still do this in our Alay Kapwa program. In fact the need is greater now, what with the catastrophies brought about by climate change. In 2010 alone around 1.5 million Filipinos have been uprooted by extreme weather conditions. The amount that we get from the Alay Kapwa program are set aside to respond to these calamities. But we should also be more pro-active. Thus trainings are given on disaster preparedness to vulnerable areas. Being pro-active however also means that we avoid the human factors that contribute and aggravate to the effects of climate change. This means taking responsibility to care for creation. Hence the program of Alay Kapwa this year is not simply to ask people to contribute for the relief and rehabilitation fund of our Church in the Philippines, but also to educate our people towards good stewardship of the earth. In fact if we take care of the environment we are doing good to our brothers and sisters. We now have to realize that it is not enough to take care of our fellow human beings. As Christians, we also have, to take care of our fellow creatures, that is, all of creation!
In our situation now, we cannot afford to remain in the “business-as-usual” mode. Our usual way of behaving, of spending, of living, have contributed to our sorry state. Business, government and church have to heed the call to change to start reversing our destructive situation. May this season of Lent be really a season of conversion for all of us – conversion towards greater love for our brethren and greater care of the earth. Let us be generous in our efforts to curb our wasteful ways and generous to contribute to the needy and to our stewardship of Mother Earth!
Chair, ECSA – JP National Director,
National Secretariat for Social Action – Justice and Peace
(Please visit the Caritas Manila homepage for more details on how you can help click on http://caritasmanila.org.ph/)
The reports said that they tracked down 1,210 BILLIONAIRES with a combined income of 4.5 TRILLION USD which surpasses the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the whole of Germany. This, according to Forbes, is a record-breaking feat.
Imagine only 1,210 people owning 4.5 TRILLION USD. I can’t even convert that much money in PESO (because that amount don’t even exist here in the Philippines).. heck, I don’t even own a single centavo and my net worth is below negative and I know several dogs earning more than what I do right now and having more money in their bank accounts than what I have. Wait a minute, er.. what bank account am I talking about – I don’t even have one anymore.
On top of the list is Mexico’s Telecom Mogul CARLOS SLIM HELU. Coming in second is Microsoft’s BILL GATES of course and third, WARREN BUFFET of the Holding Company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. which owns Fruit of the Loom, BNSF Railway, and over 50 other companies more.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his associates made it also in the list this year.
Here in the Philippines, our top 5 riches individuals are:
Mall Mogul HENRY SY of SM group of Companies is still the nation’s wealthiest person for three years in a row. Henry Sy’s success is a tough act to follow. Every Filipino entrepreneur’s dream is fueled by his success story. But I think it would take more than a shoe business to make it to the ranks of Sy these days.
Second on the list is still LUCIO TAN and his extreme leisure products and services (cigarette, booze and travel). He got us all figured out.
Coming up on third is JOHN GOKONGWEI JR. with his JG Summit Holdings Company owning a wide-range of business ventures from real-estate (robinsons), consumer products (universal robina), to telecommunications (digitel/sun cellular), air transportation (cebu pacific) and petrochemicals.
Fourth is JAIME ZOBEL DE AYALA of course you know what corporation. He was knocked out from his comfortable third place by Gokongwei, however, I think we’ll see a comeback from this giant when the new Glorieta rises from the ashes and other Ayala Land projects takes its course in the coming years. We’ll see.
Our Fifth wealthiest man in the Philippines is Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group which owns the Mc Donalds Corporation Franchise here in the Philippines among many other businesses.
These rich people served as a source of inspiration and motivation to a lot of people and entrepreneurs, and to others, their lives are envied and cursed. If you see these people basking on the wealth they have created for themselves, would you feel cheated?
In my own opinion, I see no problem in becoming rich. I have no problem with the idea of acquiring wealth as long as you have not undermine a person or disregarded the natural order of things while doing so. After all, the only direction that makes sense when you’re on the move is forward and up so there’s nothing wrong with wealthy people acquiring more wealth. Even the bible tells us of making the most of what we have and making it grow even more (see parable of the talents) – this applies to all assets not only monetary.
Of course, there is also a principle that tells us about having too much (see the seven deadly sins greed, gluttony, lust, etc.) and the principles of stewardship, community, respect and sharing. These should remind rich people that they are still human beings (that has a lot of money) and that others are just the same as they are, human beings also (with lesser or no money).
The common denominator that I saw from these rich people is that they have the right idea at the right time and place with the right amount of resources, determination and energy to follow through.
Who wouldn’t dream of becoming the next billionaire?
I remember talking to friends long ago about our dreams and I remember saying that I wanted to have my name etched on my very own building and owning my own big corporation someday. And then a friend said, that’s a lot of bull… (er.. frog.. bullfrog) – “let’s be realistic” – he said. And then he said that he just want a simple life in the country with his family.
Now, that friend of mine had a chance of working abroad and earning quite a bit for himself. He is now flaunting on facebook his new rent-to-own house, laptops, cell phones and gadgets that he recently bought. – now talk about.. bullfrogs and simple life hehehe
Let’s face reality. Let us not be hypocrites. We all want to be rich someday and live comfortably and enjoy some financial freedom if not for ourselves but for our families.
But most of us are just too afraid of failure and taking that risk. So we stay and dwell on our comfort zones.
Why are the rich getting richer? Because aside from having the experience, they can handle the risks and they take it. ”But, rain they have more money than us so their risks would be minimal?” – It is the same banana ladies and gentlemen – the rich make calculated risks but most often they will gamble more than what they have right now to make more than what they are already making. Their only leverage? They can gamble using other people’s money – that is why they have huge bank debts and that is why owning a bank is the most logical resort for this big companies. (SM with BDO, Robinsons with Robinsons Bank, Ayala with BPI)
To minimize the fear of risk for start-up entrepreneurs? Maybe we should think like what the big guys are thinking when starting a project. ”This great idea deserves an audience and a sponsor.” When your idea get sold and you’ve found a confident partner (with money) – then I think we can be sure that the venture would be a viable one.
I praise lay evangelist BO SANCHEZ for teaching people about money, values in making money and becoming rich, and investing. And I’d like to end this blog using one of his teachings in his book “Simplify and Create Abundance”, he said. -
“Money won’t make you happy. I don’t care if you have a billion dollars, or maintain ten mansions across the globe, or wear diamonds the size of ping-pong balls, or own sixteen multinational corporations. These things won’t make you happy. Money will make you happy only when you learned how to be happy without money.”
Just the other night, she told us about what she did in school – actually she was narrating it to her Mom and I was just eavesdropping.
She said that they were asked to write and recite some rhymes in front of the class. She was telling us about classmates who made such wonderful rhymes and poems and then when it was her turn, she recited this.. (of course with her signatured stage presence)
ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE… IF GOD MADE ME BEAUTIFUL… WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
We burst into laughter and asked where did she got that rhyme. And she told us that it was from a line she remembered in a VCD that I bought two years ago, I think. She said that it was the POOH and POKWANG video. And we laughed even more.
“And what was the reaction of your teacher to your rhyme?” We asked. ”They all laughed.” She said.
LAGOT kami. Hehehehehe.