Sister Act: Take Me to Heaven Review

Okay so I was really dejected after I unknowingly deleted some of my blog photos. I didn’t finish the Internship post I was writing because I was so angry at myself for being so reckless. Anywho, I decided to write about my experience with Sister Act because this is definitely one for the books!

When I heard that Sister Act will be coming here to Manila, I was ecstatic!! I remember watching Sister Act the movie because my mom loves it so much. At first, I was unsure if I will be able to watch the musical because a.) I have no money saved up because I have no self control and b.) that’s pretty much it.

But a miracle in the form of my sister’s former internship boss, Miss Sari, we were able to watch it. FOR FREE. Nearest to the stage. Of all the musicals I’ve watched, this is the closest I’ve been to the stage. I was beyond grateful. I was willing to go and walk to her office and get the tickets. I was also regretting not working there for my internship hahaha!

Fast forward to that day, on a faithful Friday, their opening night, I was wearing what I deemed was appropriate for the theater. After my day at my internship, my dad will come and get me and my mother from her office and straight to Solaire. I wouldn’t tell this story if it wasn’t interesting.

It started raining cats and dogs. The kind where an umbrella can’t really keep you dry. My sister and I were panicking because there is no way in hell we’re gonna miss this show and waste those tickets. The cars aren’t moving, it was already 6 in the evening and we still haven’t gotten our mom from her office. The show starts at 8pm.

I was holding onto hope while my sister just accepted defeat. There were talks of just taking an Uber so we can go straight to the theater. But thank god we have the best Grab driver in town and that’s my dad. We arrived at the entrance and my sister and I ran to the theater and scattered to our seats. We even had time to go to the restroom. Everything just fell into place. I can definitely now say with conviction that miracles do exist.

 

On with the show!! I instantly like a musical if their opening song reaches out to me. Like how Wicked opens up with No One Mourns the Wicked, or High School Musical with What Time Is It?. Sister Act did not disappoint. I loved it especially because it was set in the 70s and I freaking love the 70s!!! The lead role, Deloris Van Cartier was hilarious!! She was played by Dene Hill who now follows me on Instagram.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the names of all the cast.

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I would go on and on about the musical and how funny it was but I’m not gonna. Sister Act is officially in my top 5 musicals. I was smiling the entire time. They described the musical to be a “feel good musical” and yes it’s true. It’s a stark contrast of my ultimate favorite, Les Miserables. The songs are so upbeat that sometimes I just want to get up and dance but I remember this is not a praise and worship event. I wouldn’t be surprised if the songs are really great because the music is by Alan Menken, the Disney genius who wrote songs/music for Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and many more. I am also proud to see an Asian play a big role in the musical. In the movie, it was played by an American woman. In this musical, she was played by a Korean woman. She plays Sister Mary Robert. I don’t usually see Asians play in musicals, except for Lea Salonga my love and some of the cast from Miss Saigon. I was so happy and proud. I’ve been following her on Instagram and found out that she wasn’t allowed to play in their China shows. They’re missing out on a great performer.

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I am also in love with the sparkly outfits and my most favorite song/dance number would be Lady in the Black Dress. The only thing that came out of my mouth was laughter.

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me and my dad!

I definitely would want to watch this again. The only thing I’m sorry about is that they didn’t have really good merch so I don’t have a Sister Act souvenir. Anyway, musicals are about experiences.

 

FINAL GRADE: A

 

 

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Wicked the Musical: A Review

As much as I love the protagonists and the princesses, I have a predilection for villains. I like their outfits, their hair, their sidekicks, their expressions and their lines. They always get the best lines. So I am ecstatic that someone wrote the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. I love a good backstory and Wicked did not disappoint. I have no background of Wicked except for The Wizard of Oz and the Dorothy Must Die series. So I was in for a treat and a surprise. This isn’t the first time Wicked came to Manila, when they came here I was unaware of theater plays and it was too late because they were on their last week already. I just HAD to watch it or else I will never be able to watch it again.
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From all the musicals I’ve watched, Wicked has the best seats. It is also my first time to sit at the balcony area. The stage was beautifully decorated, extravagant and they had a giant dragon on top of the curtains. Wicked is great and they lived up to my expectations. The first song of the musical was magnificent, it was enticing. I felt like I am in the stage, singing too. The first song was No One Mourns the Wicked and that’s my sister’s favorite song from Wicked. All of the songs from Wicked are actually catchy and spectacular. I’ve been listening to Wicked songs long before I’ve seen it.
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Lovely Carly Anderson as Glinda

One of them is the infamous, ‘Defying Gravity’. But my favorite Wicked song is ‘As Long As You’re Mine’. It’s a duet sung by Elphaba and Fiyero. Elphaba was played the marvelous Jacqueline Hughes. I first learned about her when they did a radio interview with her and I was ecstatic and could not stop moving when she talked about Wicked.

Let’s talk about Glinda or Galinda. They could not have found a better person to play her but Kristin Chenoweth (I did not watch the musical with the original cast, the cast is from the London’s West End production). Carly Anderson, who played Glinda did her justice as well. She looked like a Barbie doll in all her outfits and she can sing really, really, really well. Everyone in the musical did a fantastic job. I also cannot stop thinking about Bradley Jaden’s luscious locks. Okay, okay I cannot stop thinking about HIM. He’s so gorgeous. He plays Fiyero and he was born for that job. I’m only sad that he didn’t have too much stage time. I am in love with ‘Dancing Through Life’, that part gets me moving and their choreography is sublime. Scenes like that make me wish that I’ve taken up Theater in college. They ended the first half of the show with Defying Gravity and then there was a 20-minute intermission.
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The rest was just magical, striking, pure bliss. I wish I could watch them again. I handled my Wicked withdrawal by watching Wicked videos on YouTube and found out that Adam Lambert played Fiyero a few years ago. If given the chance, I’d watch Wicked again. It is now officially one of my top 5 favorite musicals.
I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!!!!

The Swan, The Fairy, & The Princess

Here’s a secret: I used to dream that I was a ballerina. I am in love with the twirls, pirouettes and the tutus. Unfortunately, I do not have the grace nor patience to be a ballerina and I think I’m 15 years too late!

I was ecstatic when my friend Cali invited me to watch Ballet Manila’s The Swan, The Fairy, & The Princess. The ticket was free and it was courtesy of Ate Krissy, she is Krissyfied in the Internet world. Thank you so much!!!!!

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Source: Theater Fans Manila and Ballet Manila

I was given a ‘Media’ lanyard and I felt so cool and in-charge hahahahah. I was seated in the left side, silver area and we were asked to move to the middle because the theater wasn’t full so now I’ve got the best seat in the house, the vantage point. I also made friends with a girl and her mother. Hello!

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I may have the best seat but sadly I don’t have the greatest skill at taking photos hahahah

The ballet started and everyone did a fantastic job! I’m not a ballet master so I didn’t know if they made mistakes or not and it doesn’t matter because they were so graceful and amazing and perfect! The ballet consisted of Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballets. I am in love with the costumes and the male leads were also fantastic! I also learned that Sugar Plum Fairy’s name isn’t Claira (Claira was from the Barbie movie), and that Prince Philip isn’t the name of Aurora’s prince, it’s actually Desiree.

The ballet had four acts with Tchaikovsky narrating in between. ‘Tchaikovsky’ is telling the story while giving fun facts about the ballet. I am familiar with the music and the ballet routine because of my love for Barbie. They played Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. I saw them first both from Barbie movies. The Princess part is Sleeping Beauty. I’m sure that the story by Charles Perrault came first before the ballet. I think it was the inspiration for the ballet. It was cool! They also have their ‘Maleficent’ and that fight scene with thorns. They played the music that brought back memories of my ballerina dreamin’ and Barbie obsession. I especially loved the Dance of the Swans and Once Upon A Dream. The live orchestra was simply extraordinary. Although I’m not sure if the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy part was live.

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There were also animals like a bunny or a cat maybe? that I was not aware of and Red Riding Hood as well. It has been an amazing show and watching it ‘culturized’ me ahahahhaha. The people in it and behind it did a fantastic job!! Ballet experts and teachers behind me, (Lisa Macuja was sitting behind me!! Eeeep!!) were shouting, ‘Bravo!’ and clapping so hard. So they were really that great!

After the ballet, our tickets came with free Star City ride-all-you-can tickets. So we went inside and everything else was too fun to remember. ahahhahaha

Thank you so much again to Ate Krissy for the tickets and my friend Cali, for the invite and the rest of my friends!

*the poster isn’t mine and I give full credit to Ballet Manila and Theater Fans Manila.

Les Miserables Experience

Les Miserables: The Feels and Tears

The Book:

I haven’t read the book yet because I’m still searching for the perfect book cover. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but this is important to me(please don’t judge me!). But I know the gist of it and most of the characters’ names. I’m also on the hunt for a very old copy of the book.

The Movie: 

The first time I saw Les Mis was back in high school. I got permission from my mother to skip my afternoon classes so I can go with my sister and watch the premiere of Les Miserables. My sister’s college (which is also my college now) hosted a premiere night of Les Mis. Invite everyone, they said. So mom and I sat with other strangers who are most likely friends and families of the students of the college. I sat through the whole movie, tried not to cry during Eponine’s death and Valjean’s death and fantasized Enjolras. After that, I have rewatched Les Mis countless of times and secretly judging my friends who haven’t watched it. I also felt really proud when my friend asked me to narrate the story for him for his class. I had no idea that Hugh Jackman can sing so let me say that he did a terrific job! I love you so much Jean Valjean! The cast was a great ensemble and they all portrayed their characters very well, (hello Thenardiers!) It was such a great movie that it’s one of my top 5 favorite musicals. The movie is quite long but so worth your time.

The Musical:

As a big fan of Les Mis, the moment I heard they were going to perform here in Manila, I was off the roof! Everytime I see their billboard, I would yell and I’d get scolded for surprising my mom while driving. No question, I HAD to go. So I go with my sister and best friend. Courtesy of my papa of course. It was truly a night to remember. All the feels and tears. The ticket price is definitely worth it. We were also very lucky because they were on their last week and they just extended it! I finished my 10pack Instax films in one night. The cast, oh my god, I wish I was up there with them, belting out my rendition of On My Own, my favorite song tied with One Day More. Les Miserables is my number one favorite musical of all time. The actors and actresses were the perfect cast, I especially took a liking to the actress that played my favorite character, Eponine. She was played by Kerrie Anne Greenland and she has her own album. Gosh, she’s one of the best!!

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This was the second international stage musical I have watched, the first one is Singin’ in the Rain and I am madly in love with them both. I also had to hold my tears while watching the tearjerker parts because that’s how good they were but I secretly cried during One Day More. There was also one Filipino actress who played a major character in the musical and can I just say that Rachel Ann Go just raised the bar.

I got my love for Les Miserables when I first watched the movie then add my obsession with Lea Salonga and the rest is history!!! If there’s a musical I could watch everyday without getting tired of it, it would be definitely this.

Details:

-My sister and I bought Official Les Miserables shirt with Cosette’s face on it. Fangirl time!

-My seatmate during the play was very obnoxious! She was chatting on viber during the play and the light was blinding I even had to cover the right side of my face and I was just beyond shocked on how rude she was.

-We met one of my childhood bestfriends and her family on the same night! Amazing!

-I had a major exam the next day at 7am and the play ended at 11pm and I went to bed at 2am.

-I stalked all the casts’ instagram accounts and fangirled at all the photos backstage.

FINAL GRADE: 10/10!!!

A Letter To My Best Friend

A letter to my best friend

to my best friend, the person that loves me even if I’m so hard to love, that person who always seem to know my mood even with just the sentences I use, that person who will always support my dreams no matter how ridiculous they may sound, that person who never fails to make me laugh with her corny jokes or failed attempts in puns. I thank God everyday for a best friend like you, not everyone in this earth has a friend like you. We may only see each other for thrice a year but every second spent in those days were worth it, fun, and something I will always remember and treasure forever. High school may not be completely great but you made it tolerable, fun, memorable and magical. I go through all my phases, you were still there. I might make bad decisions but you’re always there with your arms wide open, not having to say ‘I told you so!’. One of the few people who understand my deep hatred for mayonnaise, my quirks, my weird dreams, and my random outbursts.

We first met when we were in kinder and I couldn’t remember much then but I knew you weren’t my best friend yet, then we’re in 1st grade, you had  a different best friend, I had my own. Then thank God, fourth grade! One of my favorite year. You are now officially and finally my best friend!! Along with our two other best friends. God!!! Just thinking about that year is enough to make my heart melt and make me laugh uncontrollably. It was also that moment I knew that I am gonna have a friend for life. You are both my best friend, my sister, my mother, my cousin, my consultant, the only person whose opinions I care about and the only one I can tell my super humiliating secrets to.

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the quality is so bad because I just saved it off from Facebook

Life may not always be peachy and you may sometimes find yourself down in the dumps but I want you to know that wherever you are, if you ever need my company, I will always try to be there for you. You are one of the very few people I truly love and trust. My wish for you is to be really happy and to enjoy life. Go have adventures! You’ve gone through so many obstacles (which you find so petty, but they’re not!) and I’m so proud of the woman I’m seeing. You’ve grown to be an amazing person, even sometimes I may not be there to witness it, and I know you’re gonna do great to the world. Life knocks you down and you may sometimes spend your days lying on your bed, crying about it. But do you know what I truly adore from all of it? You choose to stand up. To think of the best things in life. You are so filled with love and nothing and no one can take that away from you. I wish you’d know how much I truly love you. And how you brighten up everyone’s lives.

I’ll tell you this, my life is so much better when you’re in it. I’m sorry for all the people who couldn’t see your worth. And you are also so much better off without them. I hope you know how wonderful you are. I look at you and I see innocence, pure love and hope. Everytime I have a problem I run to you because your mere presence or your simple reply makes my whole day. You understand me like no other. You understand me better than my mother. You have seen my worst days, my flaws, my mood swings and you chose to love me despite it all. I am truly blessed to be loved by someone like you. I wish everyone could experience your love.

I wish that I could make life so amazing for you. I can’t wait for us to go on adventures and see the world together. To reach milestones with each other. I’m sorry if I’m not always present in all of these but I will make it up to you when we’re both working girls na. I wish you would cry after reading this. The only tears that I like seeing are your tears of joy. After that, go ahead and infect everyone with your marvelousness. I love you so much!