Saturday, March 8, 2014

Catch the Last Two Magical Nights of the Hit Broadway Musical WICKED At The CCP Main Theater!

Amazing. Superb. Magnificent. These words are not even enough to fully encapsulate the depth, humor, music and magic surrounding the most successful Broadway production since The Phantom of the Opera.

The Broadway Musical WICKED in Manila Ends tomorrow, March 9, 2014

If I failed to watch WICKED, then all these inferences, let alone Time Magazine's raves wouldn't have meant so much to me.

"If every musical had the brain, the heart and the courage of WICKED, 
Broadway really would be a magical place." -Time Magazine

The Broadway Musical WICKED at the CCP Main Theater

A Glimpse of the Magical Stage of WICKED before the show

But after watching the show, I can't help but concur. The retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a visual feast of the highest calibre! It doesn't only make you laugh, sing, stomp your feet to Stephen Schwartz's gorgeous music, but more so, its heartwarming message gets you all choked up and makes you want to cry.

Watching the Hit Broadway Musical WICKED in Manila with the fam a day after Valentine's

Even though the scenes are set in a magical place, so unlike ours, the characters are all so relatable. I felt a strong sense of shame when G(a)linda and the other students first mocked Elphaba (Elphie)because of the color of her skin. I can't help but remember similar prejudices I've had just because someone looked, talked or acted differently. :(

The shocking twist involving the Wizard's real identity and his devious plan to manipulate Glinda and Elphaba  had me at the edge of my seat! The spellbinding scenes afterwards further cemented my belief that not everything we hear, see and learn about one another is true. Just because a certain someone looks and acts kind doesn't always reflect his or her true character. In reverse, just because somebody's personality is not that appealing doesn't make him or her naturally bad.

The Hit Broadway Musical WICKED in Manila binding generations together

Grandma and granddaughter bonding 
during the WICKED Manila Performance 

The unlikely friendship formed between Glinda and Elphaba  manifested in several heartwarming moments, witty repartee and show-stopping numbers, provides the heart and soul of WICKED.

Elphie's passion to help the animals speak again, her love affair with Fiyero, the future scarecrow and her final acceptance of being an outcast to the point of being proclaimed dead, is beyond heartbreaking. What stopped me from truly losing it is simply the wonderful fusion of music and lyrics, stunning production numbers including my personal faves, Defying Gravity and Dancing Through Life, set in breathtaking stage designs.

The central message of the show, I think, is that no matter how much harm and injustice we've received in life, we still have a choice to create our own happy ending. For Glinda, it is public adulation- but with a price. And for Elphie, it's sacrificing herself so that her dream of making a difference in the lives of her fellow Ozians will still come true.  

As Elphaba said in the end of the musical:

"It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good.”
-For Good (Wicked)

Kudos to the Australian Cast for a job well done!

We've definitely been changed for good! :)
Photo-op after the WICKED Manila Production

Here's a glimpse of what you can expect from the hit Broadway Musical WICKED in Manila! 



Catch the last two nights of the hit Broadway Musical WICKED in Manila!

Grab your tickets now!


Have a great time watching!

Catch the Last Two Magical Nights of the Hit Broadway Musical WICKED 
At the CCP Main Theater!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yay! Just Claimed Our LEE MIN HO BENCHSETTER FUN MEET 2014 Invites!

I maybe obsessed with anything related to Kim Soo Hyun and his hit Korean Drama My Love From Another Star  lately; but, it hasn't diminished my excitement for Lee Min Ho's 2nd Benchsetter Fun Meet scheduled on the 21st of March, 7 PM at Smart Araneta, in any way.

Benchsetter Fun Meet with Lee Min Ho

Since, it's my third time to see Lee Min Ho LIVE, I've learned to apply a few tricks of the fangirling trade just so I can secure our fair share of the most-coveted Patron invites. If you've been to the first LEE MIN HO BENCHSETTER FUN MEET in Nov 2012, you'll understand why these invites are the absolute best!  

Imagine, we were just a few meters away from LMH!

First, I tried calling the three biggest BENCH branches (SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM MOA) and two nearby outlets a few days ago, so that I can have a feel of their current Benchsetter promo and create my plan of attack, so to speak. LOL.

I learned that only 220+ invites are assigned per outlet and the three biggest branches which I've mentioned earlier, are the first ones to receive the PATRON invites on the first day of promo which is today.

Look who's jealous of Lee Min Ho...lol!

After hearing this, I figured that the only way I can score our PATRON INVITES is to go straight to BENCH SM North as soon as it opens. When I called up the branch this morning, the kind manager said that the invites have not yet been delivered but the promo itself has been put to effect.

In less than an hour after our phone conversation, I arrived at the branch and with the kind assistance of one of their staff members, I was able to satisfy the required amount to get the free PATRON INVITES.

Purchased Items for the Lee Min Ho Benchsetter Fun Meet on March 21, 2014

Aside from availing BENCH items, I was also informed that I should purchase any one of the LEE Min Ho Eau de Toilette brands, SURE BLUE (For Men) or SO IN LOVE (For Women) to qualify for the promo.

Qualifying Products: LEE Min Ho Eau de Toilette Brands:
 SURE BLUE (For Men) or SO IN Love (For Women)


Two hours after shopping, the free invites came and I was ecstatic to finally claim ours.

Yay! Our Patron Invites to the Lee Min Ho Benchsetter Fun Meet on March 21!
But we'll miss you, Mars Cel! :(


If you haven't availed of the Lee Min Ho BENCHSETTER FUN MEET Promo yet, simply go to any of the participating Bench, HerBench and SuperBench outlets and purchase your items of choice plus the qualifying Lee Min Ho Eau de Toilette product.

Here are the Invite Types:

Patron:                 Php 1600
Lower Box:         Php 1000
Upper Box A:      Php 800
Upper Box B:      Php 500

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Happy Shopping!

And if you'll excuse me please, I have to go watch Lee Min Ho on Heirs for the nth time! :)


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