Friday, November 25, 2016

Harlequin Theater Guild's "Kabilang Ibayo" Is A Cultural Excursion That Should Not Be Missed!

"Kabilang ibayo man ang pagitan, hindi ito hadlang sa patutunguhan."

So goes the line from a song in "Kabilang Ibayo", a play composed of three acts written by Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee, Sir Nick Pichay. Directed by Sir Raffy Tejada and performed by DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild, "Kabilang Ibayo" tackles various cultural issues in a rather entertaining and poignant way. The venue almost exploded from the boisterous laughters of the audience!

"Mystery Land"

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The cast of "Mystery Land"

People from various countries in Asia line up for the auditions as performers in Mystery Land, a fictional amusement park in the United States of America similar to Disney Land. “Mystery Land” is a musical that talks about the extent of what people would do just to fulfill their “American Dream”. It highlights the commoditization of labor, as well as losing one’s cultural identity, just to fit in the standards of America.


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The cast of "Robot"

This is a story of the two scientists who invented a “Filipina” robot with “malfunctioning program”, but who, surprisingly, could follow instructions using a language different from its inventors. Indeed, there is no superior language. Thus, it is unnecessary to force one’s language to others, as they can function properly using their own.


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The cast of "Ahjima"

A hilarious play featuring three old Korean women, one of which was about to marry (for the first time) an equally old man whom she had met only a few months’ back! One the wedding day, one of the women revealed that she was a comfort woman during the Japanese Occupation, and was abused by a Korean soldier serving Japan. It was exposed that the old man was a Korean soldier serving Japan in the past and it’s possible that he was the one who raped her. The play emphasizes that it is not easy to let go of the past and forget the history. There was, however, a happy revelation at the end.

Priced at only Php 250, this production that runs for 2.5 hours is really worth the money (and the effort of braving the traffic just to get to La Salle!) Watching "Kabilang Ibayo" is a cultural excursion that you would want to experience over and over again. If there's one thing that "Kabilang Ibayo" promises you, it's that you would go home smiling.

Congratulations, Harlequin Theater Guild!

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With our PETA mentor and director of "Kabilang Ibayo", Sir Raffy Tejada

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tastebuds Travel at International Burger Co., San Juan City

Your tastebuds will travel in this new burger place in San Juan! Aptly named “International Burger Co.”, this ambient restaurant boasts of its variety of burgers that will transport you to a world of flavors!

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International Burger Co.

International Burger Co. offers distinct variants of mouth-watering burgers, which include: Classic (cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes, and lettuce); American (cheddar cheese and crispy onion strings doused with sweet and tangy barbecue sauce); French (creamy b├ęchamel sauce, gruyere cheese, ham, Dijon mustard and a sunny side up egg on top); Mexican (beer braised Mexican pulled pork, cheddar cheese, salsa, and corn topped off with a cilantro garlic dressing); Italian (special marinara sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil); Korean (tender slices of bulgogi, fresh lettuce, mayonnaise and kimchi); Japanese (grilled slices of shiitake mushrooms, special teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, and strips of nori); and of course, Filipino-flavored burgers (freshly made sisig balanced with slices of fresh cucumber and tomatoes)!

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Filipino Burger (it has sisig!)

I ordered Filipino burger because I was curious about the “sisig twist” that they put into it. I was right! The sisig was too yummy, you can eat it with rice!

Priced at Php 280 (plus a service charge of 10%), your burger comes with a 1/3 pound of beef patty, ground fresh daily. Burgers are served with either onion rings or twister fries. What’s good about their burgers is that the burgers are not oily.

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International Burger Co.'s interior
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International Burger Co.'s wall decoration

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Travel with these paper planes and global clocks!

International Burger Co. is the type of burger place that you will want to return to over and over again. Apart from burgers, They also serve other food such as Chicken Karaage, Fish Poppers, Burger Steak, and Kimchi Fried Rice, priced starting at Php 220. They have unlimited beer for Php 280/person!

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Burgers from around the world!
Let your tastebuds explore the world of flavors at International Burger Co. Visit them at 6, Citiplace Building, 8001 Jose Abad Santos, San Juan City. Like their Facebook page!