Halili-Cruz School of Ballet Performs at the Best of Aliw in Concert

Aliw Awards Hall of Famer Halili-Cruz School of Ballet will perform at the Best of Aliw in Concert to be held on October 11, 2016, 8PM at the Newport Performing Arts, Resorts World Manila, together with the other Aliw Awardees like Lea Salonga, Gerphil Flores, Rico J. Puno, Dulce and Jed Madela among others.

The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) has been considered as one of the best ballet schools in the Philippines. It has been awarded as the “Most Outstanding Ballet School in Asia” from 2000 to the present. The school has successfully represented the Philippines in different international festivals and competitions in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Brunei, South Korea, Russia, England and the USA.

The main studio is located at 1227 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines that houses 5 studios with a total dance floor of 550 square meters and a vast quadrangle where kids and parents can hang out. HCSB has branches at Saint Pedro Poveda College, Miriam College, Saint Mary’s College and Alabang Country Club.

The achievements of the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet is under the leadership of its founder, multi-awarded Artistic Director, Shirley Halili-Cruz, together with the strong support of its equally outstanding Associate Artistic Directors, Grace Garalde-Perez, Anna Kathrina Halili Cruz-Bueno.

To date the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet has garnered more than 300 national and international awards and prizes, among them are:

  • Hall of Fame, Aliw Award as Best Classical Dance Company in the Philippines
  • 8- time Ani ng Dangal Awardee for its international achievements
  • People’s Choice as the Most Outstanding Performing Group
  • Grand Prize Winner in the Asia Pacific Dance Competition in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines
  • Grand Prize Winner in the 21st Century International Dance and Arts Festival and Competition in Genting Highlands, Malaysia
  • First Prize in the Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Global Excellence Award in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Best Performance in classical and contemporary dance in the Bauhinia Cup International Dance Competition in Hongkong
  • Global Pinoy Award

Becoming a ballet dancer requires years of proper training. What better way to have this education but through Halili-Cruz School of Ballet.

For more information, you may contact; 09178880102, 3724607, 4130804.
Email: halilicruzballet@gmail.com, Instagram: halilicruzballet, Facebook: halilicruzballet, Website: http://www.halilicruzballet.com.

For tickets, check Ticketworld or call 09166299381.

Get 15% discount on tickets by contacting Jared Baliguat at 0916-7346889, or email: running.suplado@gmail.com. Twitter/Instagram: @RuNNiNG_SuPLaDo

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Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015: Kuala Lumpur in Two Days

Upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 1 (KLIA), our tour guide was already waiting for us. While on board the tour bus going to our hotel, our ground handler briefed us with our itinerary while in the city, and oriented us with what to expect during our stay.

The bus ride from KLIA1 to the city was smooth. Thanks to the modern infrastructures and wide freeways. At midday, I knew that the temperature could be already be hot, which could be no different from our country. So, I would say that you are already used to that.

Two days wasn’t long enough to see most of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions but somehow we’ve managed to check out some of the best places to dine in, places to go to and a must see festival. Despite of the scheduled activities, here’s Kuala Lumpur in two days.

Checking in at the Corus Hotel. It’s a good place to stay if you’re in Kuala Lumpur because it is located near the malls, money changers, parks, restaurants and coffeeshops, and is accessible by public transportation. While it is already expected that in a hotel business that staff should be courteous at all times, I would say that the Corus Hotel staff is exceptionally polite and accommodating.

Our room has a cosy feel, and is perfect for that much needed rest from a long travel or the day’s itineraries.

Wake up to mornings and start your day with a coffee or tea right in your room.

Unwind  with a few bottles of beer, a shot of your favourite liquor or a glass of cocktail at the lobby bar while enjoying good music ranging from easy listening tracks, powerful ballads, retro, pop and dance tunes from a Filipino band Music Notes.

Check http://www.corushotelkl.com for more information.

Now that you’re in Kuala Lumpur, spare some of your ringgits and experience walking through the footbridge connecting the Petronas Twin Towers. That’s an amazing and could be a once in a lifetime experience while in the city.

And yes, don’t forget to see its magnificence at night when all the lights come alive.

As one of the tour sponsors, Felda Investments treated us to a one of a kind dining experience at the D’Saji. D’Saji – Titiwangsa is a perfect place for gatherings, banquets, wedding receptions, and seminars as it can accommodate a large number of guests. It offers a wide array of sumptuous menus from salads, soup, a barbecue buffet, and desserts. The main dishes include Malay, Indian, Chinese and Arabic cuisines. Enjoy their servings of local specialties like the tapioca, sweet potato and and steamed banana complimented by their special condiments and sauce.

While enjoying the good food, be entertained with the live music from a local band, and see the Malaysian culture unfold as groups cultural dancers take centre stage with their graceful performances. For more, visit www.dsajikltitiwangsa.my.

Our second day in Kuala Lumpur brought us to a mega fam press conference, lunch at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, where we received our Certificate of Appreciation, and a visit to Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC). The Malaysia Tourism Centre has practically what a tourist needs: currency changers, coffee shop, souvenir shop, and a 24-hour police assistance desk.

Site map of Malaysia Tourism Centre.

Tours can get you thirsty and hungry. And if you happen to be in the vicinity of MATIC, indulge in some local milk shake and fruit smoothies. You can try to haggle as well with some souvenir shirts and other items. There’s also a Cocoa Boutique. You may want to check out their locally made chocolates.

Food stalls and bazaars near MATIC.

The KL Tower as seen from MATIC. See Kuala Lumpur from the top of the world’s 7th tallest communications tower. The KL Tower features an Observation Deck and the Atmosphere 360°Revolving Restaurant.

Do you think that wasn’t much for two days? Hmmmm. I don’t think so. Because we were about to experience one the biggest festival in Malaysia as we capped our two days in Kuala Lumpur with a trip to Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka, the site where independence from the colonial rule was declared. That’s how the place got its name.) for the annual Citrawarna Festival.

Citrwana is a grand festival showcasing Malaysia’s rich culture and traditions. Coming to the event gave me a new perspective on how a cultural event should be staged. The event featured approximately 600 performers and staff, and a 50 feet by 20 feet digital backdrop that retracts upwards. Multitudes of spectators, locals and tourists alike, came to event to watch the well-prepared performances of the best actors in the local entertainment industry.

Like any festivals, there are also side events within Merdeka Square. There’s a Food Truck fest going on, there are booths selling souvenir items and a local acoustic band playing nearby. All these happening as the main shows rolled at the huge centre stage. Together with Sarah, Rochelle and Aziz, we took the opportunity to see some places of interest and check out what’s going on around the place.

The 41.2 metre clock tower at the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Merdeka Square.

Food Truck Fest was a crowd-drawer.

We tried a coconut milk shake from one of the food trucks. One can never go wrong with a well-blended coconut milk shake. Cheers! (In the photo: Jared, Sarah, Rochelle and Aziz from Brunei).

While the show was rolling onstage, I got the chance to have a photo with one of the performers backstage.

We got the best seat during the show! The 600+ performers during the finale.

The awesome fireworks display concluded the very festive show.

The cultural presentation was divided into three acts, which brought everyone to look at the history, the current, and the future of what Malaysia envisions it to be, that were depicted in various forms of performances. Aside from the cultural presentation, the show also featured local designers and their creations. And if there’s only one word to describe the whole event from the production side to the performances and the side events, it would overwhelming.

That sums up my two days in Kuala Lumpur. Watch for the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015 road trip!

For more Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2015 videos, visit  www.youtube.com/RuNNiNGSuPLaDo.

For more information, visit www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my.
Facebook: www.fb.com/friendofmalaysia
Twitter: @TourismMalaysia
Tourism Infoline: 1-300-88-5050 (within Malaysia only)

Summer 2010


We decided to spend the long weekend of April in a remote farm in Antipolo. The evening came by unnoticed. The night was warm and calm, a soft evening air breezing in occasionally. The night was dark with barely a few stars in sight. Nocturnal birds and insects have already started singing their songs. Having nothing to do during our first night, Ronick and I found ourselves slumped in a bamboo table right outside the hut. With Ronick on his guitar, the first chord got us collaborating on this unrehearsed cover of one of my favourite Filipino songs, Muli.

Thank you, Francis for this video.

A KPop Weekend at the Zoomanity Theme Parks with Asha and Fameus

KPop fans got up close with two Korean pop groups Asha and Fameus in a limited engagement at the Zoomanity theme parks. Fresh from their first major concert in the Philippines held at the Ynares Gym in Pasig the night before, Korean Pop groups Fameus and Asha visited Zoomanity Theme Parks – Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, and Residence Inn in Tagaytay on September 19, 2015.

The first stop of the two KPop bands and the whole entourage was at the Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite. It was almost mid-day and the temperature was getting hot, the young artists didn’t look tired and they never complained. In fact, they had fun feeding the rabbits. The boys even had their photo taken with a five-legged cow! To the delight of the fans who have been waiting since morning, the boy band Fameus entertained the audience with a song number. And it was not just a song number, because they did their own cover of the song Na Sa’Yo na ang Lahat, to which the crowd sang along. Fameus and Asha also entertained a few questions from the fans. Guess what the boys love? Halo-Halo, and the chicken meals from a homegrown fastfood!

The second and final stop of the weekend tour was at the Residence Inn in Tagaytay. The fans have already anticipated their arrival. So upon alighting the coaster, fans can’t help but take photos of Asha girls and the Fameus boys. In no time, the open mini-theatre was quickly filled with fans. The group yet made another performance. This time, Fameus not only did one song, but two – both Filipino songs! How nice was that? They made a big effort to memorise and learn the songs just to entertain their fans! And to fully enjoy the weekend, Fameus and Asha tried one of the favourite rides at Residence Inn, the Zipline.

While fans were treated to a weekend of fun and KPop entertainment, Zoomanity Group is happy to announce that all teachers can avail of the free entrance to all Zoomanity Theme Parks namely Paradizoo (Mendez, Cavite), Residence Inn (Tagaytay), Zoobic Safari (SBMA), Zoocobia Fun Zoo (Clark), Zoocolate Hills (Loboc, Bohol), until October 15, 2015. Make sure to bring your ID.

For more information on Zoomanity Group, visit the official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/zoomanitygroup.

You may contact Zoomanity Group at the following:
Phone: (02) 899-9595 loc 344, (02) 899-9824
Email: zoomanityg@gmail.com
Website: www.zoomanitygroup.com.ph

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