travel & lifestyle blog by ruth dela cruz

Hot Off the Press: Cirque Mother of Africa, Anvil Award for IBM, Hijo’s Slow Rock Vol. 1/2, The Birthday Party of 7forAllMankind, The Firm Series, Human Nature Concept Store & Royal Sportsfest Sale!

February 27, 2012
I have been so busy with work and alot of other things. I cannot even find time to blog. Anyway, some interesting updates and news I want to share with the readers. 
Cirque Mother of Africa

I am still high from the Mama Mia! show I watched two weeks ago, and now here comes another show that is making my heart beat faster – and I mean literally making my heart beat fast!

Cirque Mother Africa (created by professional acrobat Winston Ruddle) will dazzle and mesmerize local audiences with wild African music, dance and performance in a two-hour showcase. This is happening in Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila on April 19 to 22.

The team has staged shows in Germany, Italy, Romania, Russia, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium and Spain and it would be nice to see them live (and we can forget about Youtube).

Dancers, percussionists, singers, acrobats and contortionists energetically take to the stage in a celebration of the culture of the traditional and modern African arts & culture.

The heartbeat of Africa pulsates throughout the jaw-dropping show as the musicians and artistes articulate their passion and love for their homeland including Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Benin, Zimbabwe, and Guinea.

The innovative show combines the talents from nine African countries to provide the wonder, suspense and joy of Cirque Mother Africa.

Now, I really want to go to Africa! I am dead serious!

Cirque Mother Africa 2012 can be seen from April 19 to 22 at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. Tickets are available at selected National Book Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, Cinema Lobby – Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma. You may also inquire at TicketWorld Office call 891-9999 for bookings & reservations.
IBM Philippines Wins ANVIL Award for Centennial Celebration of Service

I am so glad to receive this news in my inbox, and what is more fun is being able to participate in this program.

IBM Philippines won a coveted ANVIL Award for its entry — Making Our Communities Work Better:  IBM’s Centennial Celebration of Service in the 47th Anvil Awards ‘Gabi ng Parangal’ held February 24, 2012, at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City.

The esteemed ANVIL recognition was given to IBM for its outstanding public relations program directed at employees, retirees and their families.

Commemorating its centennial in 2011, IBM embarked on the Centennial Celebration of Service initiative last year to enhance the company culture of mobilizing its employees to resolve societal issues through transfer of skills and volunteerism.

Considered the “Oscars” of the Public Relations (PR) industry, the Anvil Awards is an annual event organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines to recognize exceptional PR programs and tools implemented in the previous year.   It is the symbol of Excellence in the public relations practice in the Philippines.

Cheers to IBM!

Hijo Defines Slow Rock

I don’t know about you, but I still prefer listening to old rock songs which became popular in the 90s. I know it defines my age, but for those who are missing the old rock bands, Hijo is the answer to the prayer.

Nathan Azarcon, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado and Bamboo joined forces with Radioactive Sago Project’s Junji Lerma (guitars) and Wowee Posadas (keyboards) to form Hijo which is a named suggested by Vic, which is like a child.

Hijo released the album “Slow Rock Vol. ½” (such a cute title – reminds me of the band Side A).Slow Rock Vol. ½ contains four tracks like “Tamalee” which is about insatiable greed; “Di Mo Na Kaya”- a song on separation and loss; “Torquemada”- about pain and torture and “Dahil Sa Iyo” which speaks about love. The videos for “Tamalee” and “Di Mo Na Kaya” are currently playing on top music channels in the country.

“Slow Rock Vol. ½” is now out under MCA Music in CDs at leading record bars nationwide or online via To download Hijo’s music on your mobile phones, just text HIJO to 3456.

“The Birthday Party” of 7 For All Mankind Spring 2012.

Have you seen my post regarding the first video campaign by 7 For All Mankind. This new one is a riot! I should consider taking crazy pictures while on a beach! 😉

The Firm – New Series to Watch

I know this release is a little too late, but I am hoping you were able to catch the premiere of The Firm – which is coined as the modern legal thriller.

It is an AXN original series based on John Grisham’s bestselling novel, the TV reincarnation picks up ten years after the movie of the same name starring Tom Cruise. Hot shot lawyer, Mitch McDeere, brought down a Memphis law firm fronting the Chicago mob. Mitch and his family attempt to reclaim their lives by moving to Washington DC to start their own firm after leaving the Federal Witness Protection Program. However, the past has a way of catching up with them .

The stellar cast includes Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers). Lucas is cast as Mitch McDeere, the role originally made famous by Cruise, with Lewis playing McDeere’s receptionist, Tammy Hemphill (previously played by Holly Hunter in the film). Canadian cast members include Molly Parker (Deadwood) as McDeere’s wife, Abby, and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) as his brother, Ray, and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Alex Clark, the firm’s managing partner.

I wish I find time to watch this, otherwise, I can always borrow series from my friends.

Human Nature to Open a Concept Store

Yup, I looove Human Nature. I always bring the Citronella Bugspray whenever I am traveling. I love the Human Nature App too which gives me ideas how good or bad an ingredient is in a a product. You guys should download it.

I have already received an invite for this event (with Theo and Philo chocolate bar!). Love it! And yes, I am so going to celebrate with Human Nature!

Royal Sportsfest – Biggest Sale

Royal Sporting House, one of the leading retail sports shop in the Philippines will have the Royal Sportsfest – Biggest Sale happening on February 29 to March 04, 2012 at the Hall 2 of the SMX Convention Center from 10AM to 9PM.

The event will feature various brands going on sale up to 80% off on selected sports and casual footwear, sports apparels & equipment and other sports & lifestyle accessories. RSH operates under single-brand & Multi brand stores which includes international brand such as Reebok, Umbro, Diadora, Rockport, Teva and Calcei.

Aside from the abovementioned in-house brands of RSH, other exciting brands will also join the sale event like Sugar Free & Blue, Sonnix, Tribu Outdoor Sandals, Levis Bags & Footwear, Sebago, Cushe, Hush Puppies, Prince, Brooks, Polar, Lonsdale, Reef, Anta, GBX, Oakley and many more.

That’s all for now! Be back with more updates and blogs from me (my Boudoir Dolls experience, It Only Hurts When I Pee by RJ Ledesma book launch, and some other interesting stories).

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