Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ballet Manila Closes 23rd Performance Season with DEUX

After a spectacular 23rd performance season, Ballet Manila is set to close its curtains with Deux, a double header that gracefully combines classical and contemporary ballet. The show will be held at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex on March 2 and 9 at 6PM and March 3 and 10 at 3PM.

The first chapter of the show will open with classical vignettes. It will highlight “Les Sylphides,” also known as “Chopiniana” in Russia, a romantic dreamy white ballet that depicts a lone danseur (The Poet) surrounded by his muses – white-clad sylphs or air spirits, dancing in the moonlight. While there is no plot, its lingering music by Frederic Chopin and lyrical choreography by Michael Fokine evoke the illusion of ethereal weightlessness which characterized the romantic era of ballet where technique is the focal point, especially the intricate pointe work of ballerinas.

From this dreamy ambiance, the audience will be transported to the second chapter filled with contemporary numbers, and exhilarating rock and roll beats in the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s The Winding Road set to the legendary music of The Beatles. The young or old will surely connect to the music and lyrics of I Saw Her Standing There, Here, There and Everywhere, Something, The Long and Winding Road, She Loves You, and many more!

“It has been a very exciting and rewarding 23rd season for Ballet Manila. It kicked-off with electrifying productions that formed part of our “Tour de Force” and now we’re poised to close it with Deux,” says Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. “We thank our audiences for their continued patronage and support and we hope to see you all again when the curtains rise for our 24thseason.”

Don’t miss this newest and most special double header! For tickets, visit


Ballet Manila is The Philippines’ Premiere Classical Dance Company. Under the leadership of Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila has brought the magic of classical ballet to the farthest-flung regions of the country, as well as the important ballet capitals of the world. Ballet Manila also continuously innovates to provide its audience, clients, and business partners with a myriad of shows and performance options.

Love Life Plagued by Money Problems? Heed These Tips

Strong and healthy relationships are built on love and mutual respect, but sometimes even the strongest ones can get rocky, especially when faced with rifts about money.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, offers some tips on how to avoid money problems that can ruin relationships:

Establish accountability. Agree on who will be responsible for what. Who will cover monthly bills and day-to-day expenses and who will handle long-term savings? It is important that the system you come up with works for and has been agreed on by the both of you.

Know your priorities. Think about the future and identify what matters to you most. For married couples with children, the kids’ needs must be given priority. For new couples, identify assets that you both want to have someday. Invest a part of your savings so you have funds to spend for these priorities. AXA’s Asset Master, a single-pay, investment-linked insurance plan, allows you to build a diversified investment portfolio of local and global investments.

Live within your means. Whatever financial management strategy you follow, living within your means should guide your decisions. Spending recklessly might cause a strain on your relationship especially when you have set a financial goal, like making an investment or buying a house and lot or a car. Be open with each other about income and finances.

Protect your assets and worry less. Insure what you worked hard for, such as your home or your car, to lessen your financial worries. Prepare to deal with damages and losses caused by road and vehicular accidents with AXA Auto Security. Safeguard your home from natural and unexpected disasters like fire, flood, earthquake, storms and volcanic eruptions with AXA Property Insurance.

Set aside a “fun fund.” Couples who have fun together become closer and stronger. When creating a budget, make provisions for things that will give you joy as a couple—like traveling together. Feel more secure and safe when you travel with AXA Smart Traveller, which comes with a wide range of benefits including 24-hour medical assistance, personal accident coverage, liability and personal safety coverage, as well as refunds for travel inconveniences.

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Major Developments Mark 2018 for Filinvest Mimosa+

Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City gave a big boost in 2018 to the economic evolution of Clark, Pampanga.

Filinvest’s first township in the North established itself last year as a major player in the transformation of Clark into an economic hub. Many factors have set Filinvest Mimosa+ in full motion, including the opening of major developments like the Workplus, an office campus set amid lush natural surroundings and fully equipped with fiber optic facilities, and recent key renovations at the Quest Plus Conference Center Clark. Filinvest Mimosa+ hosted a number of events that brought together the Clark community. The stunning and verdant Acacia Park was one of the venues for festive gatherings.

Last year, Filinvest Mimosa+ officially announced future large-scale attractions, like the International Casino and Hotel and Lifestyle Mall, among many other developments that will reshape the business and lifestyle landscape up north. Operating soon at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the Lodgeplus, a residential facility that will complement the Workplus office campus, as Filinvest Mimosa+ continues to promote a healthy work-life balance.

Filinvest Mimosa+ is also bringing the Clark Mimosa Strip to life. Filinvest’s first commercial project venture in the Central Luzon region, the retail strip will be situated on a 1.3-hectare land area and is envisioned as a lifestyle hub with various concept stores, wellness services and a wide array of dining options.

Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City is home to Quest Plus Conference Center Clark, Mimosa Golf Course and Workplus Office Campus. To know more about the live and upcoming developments, visit