Sunday, November 23, 2008

Just read:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I was first intrigued by the character of Dorian Gray because of the film - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I liked the film so much that it became the topic of one of my English class projects. I digress. After watching, I impulsively decided to buy the book (The Picture of Dorian Gray) when I saw it on a shelf in Natio. And on my bookshelf it sat for about 5 years.

Much like the painting, my book looks older than when I first bought it! I finally finished reading it today. Passing the first part proved to be a real challenge. I even found myself skipping a lot of parts in the middle. Too many words, too little action - I guess that's a good way of describing books I DON'T like. Articles are okay for discussing ideas but to read about a philosophizing character in the middle of an increasingly interesting story isn't my cup of tea. (This blog entry sounds so... English...)

As you may have noticed, I'm experimenting with the Amazon Associates program.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ICAn stars in Award Winning Musical - Hairspray Nov 28

The acting bug bit her when she was in the 7th grade. Madel's love for performing in the shower prompted her to try out for the Children's Theater club. Since then, she hasn't looked back. In High School, she became a member of the prestigious Dramatics Guild (DG) where she learned to love theater in its entirety - helping out as prod, being a performer, and feeling fulfilled during curtain calls. With such deeply-rooted passion, it's not hard to imagine how much energy she brings with her on stage.

In college, her story continues. She joined Ateneo Blue Reportory and was part of the High School Musical production. That was her opportunity to work with Ma'am Chari (Arespacochaga) who encouraged her to take voice lessons and audition for the role of Tracy Turnblad. Madel recounts, "It really was my first professional audition, so...It really took a lot of courage for me to try out pero naisip ko, hey, if I don't get the part, it'll be a learning experience. Luckily, nakuha ko naman!"

Madel's why-not attitude makes it easy for her to relate with her character's positivity and spirit. She especially connects with Tracy's belief in a small-town girl's ability to make big-time changes. And no wonder - she's iCAN.

Madel Ching (ICA 2006) will be starring as Tracy Turnblad in the award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray.

For TICKETS to the Nov 28 show, contact Daph Uy (09178913589) or Ria Go (0917-8867968 / 09234526309). A regularly updated copy of the seat plan is available at