AHON: A Fundraiser for Survivors of Typhoon Sendong

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http://www.anakbayan.org/ presents
AHON /verb/ – to rise up from the waters

On December 16, Typhoon Sendong ravaged the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro in northern Mindanao, killing over one thousand people, displacing thousands more, and destroying agricultural livelihoods.

On February 4th, join us for an evening in solidarity with the survivors of the typhoon.
at Kapisanan Centre for Philippine Arts and Culture, 167 Augusta Ave. Toronto

Unique items will be auctioned and performances by your favourite local artists, poets and musicians will take place throughout the evening.

We’ll kick things off at 4 pm with a silent auction and bazaar featuring an eclectic mix of things to do and see. Open Mic starts at 6 pm, so limber up those vocal chords or flex those joints. The regular program begins at 7 pm and will run until 10 pm.

Suggested minimum donation: $5 (But feel free to be extra generous!)

With performances by:


CBT’s Play Creation Units

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Both the Play Creation Unit and Novice Play Creation Unit introduces and exposes participants to various approaches of seeing and creating theatre.  Through regular workshops and sessions with professional theatre artists, CBT helps participants identify, cultivate and explore their creative voice. Priority will be given to Filipino-Canadian artists.
The Play Creation Unit is a dramaturge facilitated group geared towards emerging-professional playwrights.

The Novice Play Creation Unit is also a dramaturge facilitated group and especially geared for those interested in the basics of playwriting and world of theatre. Each Play Creation member will create a piece of theatre and have opportunities to present in CBT’s annual showcase of new work, Tales from the Flipside or Kultura Filipino Arts Festival in partnership with the Kapisanan Centre.

Nina Lee Aquino, Director of Novice Play Creation &
Marjorie Chan, Director of Play Creation.

If YOU want to join either play creation group stay tuned to CBT this summer for next season’s programming and send us an email via info {at} carlosbulosan.com to be kept in the loop!

Filipino-American Chef on Bravo’s Top Chef

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It’s a whole new ballgame for the competing chefs on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas.

Paul Qui’s love of food began as a child with the “sweet smells of freshly baked breads in the morn­ings and the diverse culture of the Philip­pines” that he found in the bustling bakery of his family’s grocery store.

Qui moved to Spring­field, Virginia at the age of ten and then on to Houston to attend college. Qui spent his colle­giate years waiting tables at several restau­rants, igniting his passion for food and his curiosity about the restau­rant busi­ness.

This growing enchant­ment with cuisine led Qui to Austin’s Texas Culi­nary Academy in 2003 and ulti­mately to Uchi…as a customer: “I was intro­duced to Uchi by a friend – I was so impressed with my meal there that I asked if I could work in the kitchen for free,” recalls Qui. When Cole offered Qui a job, every­thing just seemed to fall into place. “I’ve worked for him going on three and a half years now, and I have gained a tremen­dous amount of knowl­edge both in the kitchen and the sushi bar,” said Qui.

It’s a Sensation! Prision Dancer: The Musical

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Happy New Year! Some Great News to start off 2012!

Congratulations goes out to the Creative Team of Prison Dancer: The Musical  Launching March 2012!

Prison Dancer is an original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu.” Featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the most exciting Filipino musical talent emerging in North America, Prison Dancer is “Glee meets Miss Saigon” wrapped in a “choose your own”adventure. Filled with catchy pop tunes, star-crossed lovers, and engaging interactive elements, Prison Dancer brings together the best of Broadway and Youtube entertainment and takes transmedia storytelling to the next level.

Music and Lyrics by Romeo Candido. Written by Romeo Candido and Carmen De Jesus. Directed by Romeo Candido. Produced by Ana Serrano. Starring Mikey Bustos, Jeigh Madjus, Catherine Ricafort, Matt Wells, Ron Josol, Nicco Lorenzo Garcia, Norman Alconcel, Pierre Bayuga and Joseph Sevillo.


Prison Dancer: The Musical was written and selected to be presented on stage in 2010 – first at Toronto’s fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre‘s Potluck Festival, at the Factory Studio Theatre, and then again at the SummerWorks Theatre Festival as part of  their Musical Works in Concert program.

Actor Nicco Lorenzo Garcia who plays the role of Shakespeare won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male” for his work on CBT’s PEOPLE POWER. In addition, Romeo Candido received an “Outstanding Sound Design/Composition” Nomination for his work on PEOPLE POWER!

Good in the Hood, Indeed!