Ballet Manila’s Cinderella, Making Dreams and Magic a Reality

Love, dreams, magic and “A Happily Ever After“. Ballet Manila has once again awakened the dreamer within me, rekindling my passion for the arts and igniting my inner desires to be part of a Ballet performance. Aliw Theater has been enchanted once more as they showcase the beautiful and classical story of Cinderella and how she has reached her dreams. Together with Prince Charming, The Fairy godmother, Her Adorable animal friends and her evil Stepmother and Stepsisters, Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Cinderella will make you and your family fall in love, laugh with the Stepmother’s antics and remember the good ol’ days when fairy tales were all you ever needed to watch and it was perfect.

(All photos were taken and edited by me)


I honestly never thought I would have this much fun. I repeat, THIS – MUCH – FUN. I wasn’t even able to look at the time on my watch or my phone. When the show started, I immediately had my eyes glued at whatever was happening on the stage — Clapping at stunts, cheering at moves, laughing at funny scenes, “Ultra Kilig” for Cinderella and the Prince. It sounds so cliche, but the show literally lasted like a blink of an eye. One minute, the curtains were just rising to begun and then the next, the cast were saying their goodbyes. I guess time really does pass by whenever you’re having fun. 


The moral of the story? Sneak out of your house at night and ride a weird but magical carriage to attend a party and meet some boys. . . Just kidding!

So if ever you’re wondering why I had SO – MUCH – FUN, here are the 5 things I loved about Ballet Manila’s Cinderella;


1. The Costumes and Props – I know, I know, costumes are always supposed to be beautiful whenever there are plays and concerts, but hey! Cinderella’s costumes were more leveled-up than other shows. Why? Well, not only were they colorful, magical and beautifully made, they were also part of the choreography and the story as a whole. From the brooms to the gowns to the glass slippers, each and every prop had a part in telling the story and the whole time I was watching, I wished I could also have some at home with me. (Especially those gowns)

2. The Acting and Dancing – There’s a really big difference with just dancing and just acting. You could determine if someone on the stage is just dancing or just acting and most of the time, It’s really difficult to do both. But with Ballet Manila’s Cinderella, everyone on stage was both Dancing and Acting— complete with the appropriate facial expression and the swift hand gestures that all mixed together with the scene of the story. Everyone was so immersed with the story that even the audience would think that they were also part of the story. (I know, I did.) You could really tell that the people behind the production were all well trained, had practiced real hard and is really dedicated to their craft. Bravo! 

3. My most favorite of all – The Stepmother – I laughed so hard when she started dancing at the beginning, not because she was doing anything wrong but because her stage presence was so strong that you would immediately notice if anything was changing in her facial expressions or appearance. The stepmother had brought color and fun to the show, not only with her amazing dancing but also with her funny antics that was intended to make you hate her but ended up making you cheer for her more. She was also very consistent, starting the show strong and ending it strong.

4. The Stage effects – One word, Three Letters – WOW. Not only were they eye catching and appealing, every stage effects had everyone on the audience clapping and waiting for the next big happening. From the interesting backdrops of the living room and the palace to the beautiful lights and sounds of the scenes, each element were crucial to the success of the show and Tbh, they did not disappoint.

5. Last but not the least, The Message of the story – “No matter how your heart is aching, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella did not fail on inspiring all of us, both children and adults to keep chasing our dreams and working hard to finally make it come true. See, if Cinderella never believed, then perhaps she’s still captive at that fireplace, working for her stepmother and sisters. Also, Kindness and Sincerity — Fairy godmothers and magical carriages aside, the prince fell in love with Cinderella not because of her flashy entourage and her “pak ganern” outift, but because she was real and that she wasn’t like any of the other girls at the ball — and also because of her killer ballet moves. (Hehe)


BONUSAudience Participation – I gasp and cheered when I saw the Prince with his soldiers walking at the Audience Aisle, dancing while holding Cinderella’s slipper and looking for his one true love. It was fun and interactive how he went to different rows and asked different girls to try on the Glass slipper, hoping to find the mystery girl she met and fell in love with at the party. Kudos to whoever thought of that, it worked!

Love, Dreams, Magic and “A Happily Ever After”, mixed together with creative designs and magnificent muscial scores, Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Cinderella by Ballet Manila was short yet meaningful. Dreams, just like what Cinderella had really does come true, all you have to do is believe. (And maybe, have a Fairy Godmother.)

It was magical and at the end of the show, I had the chance to take a photo with the cast. Look at how adorable this photo is. 

Your dreams are certainly worth it and someday they may actually come true, but for now, just like me, rekindle your passion and dreams by catching Ballet Manila’s Cinderella at Aliw Theater on these dates – November 26 and December 3, 2016 at 8:00PM and November 27 and December 4 2016 at 3:00 PM.



PS : This would not have been possible without the love and dedication of Ballet Manila and ARC Public Relations. I would like to thank Ms. Krissy for the opportunity and for being fabulous at all times. 
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Comment your thoughts and questions below! 

6 Things I Learned from taking a Communication and Society class

I have to admit, at first I definitely wanted to drop this course. As a Development Communication student, I felt like I had enough of Communication. I mean, we’ve been talking about this ever since we started, and I believe we’ll be talking about this also until college would end (and more and more years after. LOL). I wanted a breather, I wanted to take more electives about different fields of interest this semester, you know like, Astronomy or Witchcraft but fate plays a tricky game (Also SAIS is to be blamed) and I ended  up enrolling in DEVC80 titled: Communication and Society.

It was funny though how much I transitioned from the I’m not having fun in this class to the I’m so excited for my DEVC80 class later. I started out wanting the one and a half hours of communications class to end immediately, but then slowly wanting it to go slower. The class was fun. It had a dynamic in which, we were all having fun and at the same time getting to know much about the lessons in a more critical depth.

And I say this out of love and honesty that one of the reasons why it was an amazing experience was because of our professor. (She was as my friends say, “Hell’a funny) Our Professor had many interesting activities for us to tackle, from organizing events to presentations to pop quizzes to role plays, my classmates never had a chance to sleep, as every meeting had something to keep us awake and occupied. It was an awesome experience, one that I don’t seem to remember why I wanted to drop out off. I definitely don’t want to repeat it but yes, I would if it didn’t mean failure and it was just for the sake of learning.

Here are the Top 6 Things I learned from taking my Communication and Society Class

  1. Be careful what you look at Online

Do not look at Facebook Political post’s Comments section, you will hate everyone there or yourself—for even attempting to read that section. I don’t think I really have to expound on this. The internet is a vast network. There are all sorts of different things, people, people with different thoughts and beliefs and more, these information has the ability to make you feel things, think and see ideas differently and may enrage you or make you laugh. Be careful because not everything is real and is the truth. There are  trolls and satire news that will deceive you intentionally and for the sake of just making people think worst of the world. Don’t believe everything you see online. Strive to investigate and look for proofs, it will protect you and your online image (LOL)

2. MEDIA is POWER

Whoever controls media, controls the society and what they believe. Media is powerful. No matter what form or shape it takes after, media will always have the power to encourage people, empower citizens to move and take action or gather people and make a storm. It’s best not to underestimate Media and what it can do. Elections are won by those who know how to take advantage of media and businessmen earn billions of profit with a quick consultation in advertising and media. We must learn of it’s value and it’s massive potential. Media can be your Best friend or your worst enemy.

3.Communication and Media takes different forms over periods of time

There are many forms pf media, may it be print, radio, television or online. Communication however will always have two sides, there will always be a sender of a message and a receiever. What is important is that there must be an understanding between the two and that they should be able to find meaning in the messages that are sent and received.

4.MEDIA is POWERFUL but it can be regulated and contained

5.MEDIA is POWER yet it is only a tool

6.Difficulty is relative, We decide what is difficult.

Last but not the least, Difficulty is relative. It depends on who is looking at it and what that person has experienced and discovered. Some people may find Communications and Society difficult and intimidating at first like me, but after a while you just find yourself enjoying it and wanting more. This is for me the most important lesson, Don;t ever give up until you have tried it and lastly, never see things more than what they seem, Look carefully and strive for the truth. It’s worth the time.

Ukay-Ukay Top Tips – Things you should remember when Thrift shopping

” I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.” 

I know it’s not a popular opinion but I totally adore going to ukay-ukays (Thrift Shops) and rummaging for clothes that are not only fashionable but are also very cheap and affordable. I’ve heard so many negative things about this hobby of mine from other people but I never seem to quit it. Even though they’re pre-loved, I still find it so fun to do and I think at least once a month, I find myself going to my favorite branch. 


Some of you would eek with shock or disgust with the thought of thrifting, I mean come on, you’re buying a piece already owned and used by someone else. That must be dirty, you might think but hey, Fashion doesn’t need to be brand new. Fashion knows no brand.

For you fashion savvy, thrift loving people, I made these Top Things you should remember when you go to an Ukay-Ukay store. (Especially in the Philippines)

If you’re reading this, whether or not you’re a fan of ukay-ukay, I hope you  appreciate these tips. 

Before Going


– You got to make sure that the thrift store you’re going to is safe and located at a place really familiar to you. There are hundreds of Ukay-Ukays in Metro Manila. There must be more than twenty (20) Thrift stores fully operating in Cubao, Quezon City only. We should be careful of our belongings and money. You don’t know what might be lurking around those areas. Try reading about the ukay-ukay branch first and bringing a friend or two would be really helpful.

– Dress appropriately and accordingly! Its crazy hot in most stores. There is Air Conditioning in a few stores, but these don’t really work that well. If possible, look as basic and avoid wearing anything that might indicate wealth. Store clerks are vultures. They have the ability to change prices according to how much they think you can pay for it. Watch out! I used to visit ukay-ukays wearing boots and a coat and got charged really high (like 150) for clothes that were hanging at 50php and below. Total shocker!

– Make a budget. Allocate money thats meant for clothes and hide the rest. Most people get too overwhelmed by the price of the clothes they could buy that they spend more than what they planned. Dont be an over spender, (me) dont buy too much.


When you’re there

– Get ready for battle. If the branch isn’t packed with people, it’s fine to take your time in choosing and “rummaging” clothes. Explore the place and decide whether you wanna check out the bags section or look more at the coats and jacket areas. If the place is crowded, make sure you hold on to your finds so that they won’t get nabbed by other Thrift shoppers.

– Make sure you’re always checking your belongings. Keep your phone, wallet and other important items safe and tucked in your bag and if possible, avoid taking them out as not to attract any attention.

– Never leave your things at the baggage counter if it’s not being manned by a guard. 

– Prioritize the items on sale. Look for tags ranging from 20php – 60php first. Look for anything thats would suit your style or would look great on you. If there are none, move on to the next areas. 

– Dont worry about the smell. You’re sanitizing and washing that later on.

– Check every part of the clothing. Make sure that there aren’t any damage on the piece. Even the smallest hole or stain should be noticed. You’re buying pre-loved clothes not clothes that are supposed to be thrown away.

– Search every nook and cranny. You’ll find the most amazing pieces buried deep within the pile. For most thrift shops, clothes are hanged. You should check every piece if you wanna really feel the ukay-ukay vibe.

– Be sure to check the sizes of your chosen pieces. It may look really good but it would be a waste if it doesn’t fit you. 

– Lastly, Never try them on. These clothing have never been washed. They’ve been touched by other people and has reached who knows how dirty, places. Wear them only after sanitizing and washing the clothes.


When paying

– Haggle! Haggle! Haggle! If your total bill is 235php, ask if it could be 200. If the clerk doesn’t agree, ask if it could be priced for 210php. Meet halfway with the clerk. Haggling is a really great skill. It may not be as effective when you start doing it but after a few practice, you’ll surely get the hang of it.

– Smile and be courteous. Remember that they have the authority to lower and increase prices. 

– Make friends with the branch crew. If you’re going to be a frequent customer of that branch, it’s gonna be advantageous if you make friends with the crew. You can ask them to keep pieces for you that you still wont buy. You can ask them to look out for clothing that you might be interested in buying. And ultimately may be able to give you special discounts or bundle promos. Be friendly!

– Ask for an environmental friendly yet easy to use container to put your bought clothes at. Make sure you get them all home with you.


After Thrifting


Time to sanitize

– Remember : Do not mix your newly bought ukay-ukay finds with your dirty laundry.

– What I do is that I make sure to soak my finds with boiling/heated water. 

– Boil/heat a large enough amount of water and soak your finds.

– Then proceed with the proper way of washing your clothes.

– You can opt to boil/heat them two times to really clean them

– Dry and Iron


Now you’re ready to wear them.

Wasn’t that easy? Now Ukay-ukay doesn’t look that foreign and hard for you. After reading these tips I hope your love for ukay ukay would rekindle. 

Always remember – Style does not and will never depend on the price, branded or how brand new your clothes are. It’s all about identity and diversity. 

Now looking your best is as easy as a-b-c.

What did you think about these tips? Do you like Ukay-ukay? Did you think this post was helpful? Share it with me! Comments/rants/questions are welcomed below at the comments section. 
Let’s talk? Much love! – Chardy