The electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY is ready to set the Manila stage ablaze with an outstanding all-American cast, many of whom come direct from Broadway, when the musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaire.

Described as ‘the No. 1 greatest musical of all time’ by The Times, UK, WEST SIDE STORY is inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and is set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York. Its ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre for ever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957. This timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair remains as relevant today as it has ever been. Kevin Hack and Jenna Burns all set to play star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria.

This new production of WEST SIDE STORY is as daring, realistic and relevant today as it was on the day of its premiere. Jerome Robbins’ original choreography has been recreated by director and choreographer Joey McKneely while Musical supervisor is the renowned conductor Donald Chan.

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WEST SIDE STORY will be staged from 10 August to 27, 2017.

WEST SIDE STORY is a Michael Brenner production, produced by BB Promotion GmbH in association with Sundance Productions, Inc. NY, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

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Oldie is but goodie

So you woke up this morning, wash your face and, then, unintentionally glanced at yourself in the mirror. Alas! That freaking fine line on your forehead is getting noticeably more prominent.


Sign of aging, as they say. But instead of frowning at the thought that you’re looking mature than your actual age, smile to relax your facial muscle and somehow even it out to avoid it from becoming more of a wrinkle.


A growing body of research hints that a person’s take on aging has its toll on his wellbeing. To wit, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) found out in a study that the attitudes of people toward aging have a dramatic effect on their physical and emotional health later in life. People tend to think about getting old aging in terms of cognitive and physical decline, while taking no account of its manifold positive aspects.


As per the new analysis published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers detailed the outcomes of their initiative after analyzing the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA) at TCD. They examined the aging process of more than 4,000 adults. After which, they discovered a handful of interesting links between how each individual viewed their aging process and their actual physical and mental conditions.

Based on their findings, older adults who have negative feelings about getting old had poor cognitive capacities and slower walking speeds after a couple of years than those who are optimistic about it. It’s still similar even after factors, such as other health changes, life circumstances, mood and medication were considered. Pessimism to aging, likewise, influenced how various health statuses manifested.


For example, risks of many health problems, including worse cognition, were higher in frail older adults. Nevertheless, those with negative attitudes on aging were reported to have bad perceptive condition compared to TILDA participants who weren’t classified as weak. Regarding those with positive attitudes about aging, the study indicated that they had likely cognitive abilities as their non-frail counterparts.


The researchers believe that the way we think, talk and write about getting old may have direct effects on our health. Aging is inevitable but it is generally unacceptable for some. Case in point is the beauty industry that thrives by turning back the clock every possible way, though painful both physically and in the wallet.


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The invisible foe hardly anyone else knows about

On average, we do breathe 20,000 times a day. But are we damaging our body, especially our skin, instead of sustaining our very existence?

While automatically we don’t cease breathing, otherwise we add to the departed ones, we probably had once or a lot of times in our lifetime gave it a second thought that it could somehow be detrimental to our physical well-being.

How will we know if we can’t see from our naked eye what’s in there that actually is perilous to us? Good thing Science proves a lot of junks just float in the air. And whether we like it or not, we do inhale and exhale such inconvenient truth. What’s scary is that how grave are its effects to pop up from underneath our skin. So it’s like a time bomb ticking within us, waiting for the pin to detach and then explode.

Over the last few years, scientists have been analyzing the dermal effects of gases, particulates, and other furtive foreign matters on the air circulating around us. They’re like a monster ready to attack us. Apparently, these pollutants are promoting premature aging to most of us, without really knowing it.

Case in point is a study done at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany. In particular, the health condition of the more than 2,000 women were examined after three decades of living with extremely filthy air in their polluted region.

As per the results, the pigmentation spots on their cheeks correlated to high pollution levels in their surroundings. The women, who were particularly exposed to high concentration of particulate matter, like soot and traffic pollution, had 20 percent more age spots and more pronounced wrinkles than those residing in provincial or rural places.

From the time the findings of the study came out in 2010, experts have further discovered how pollution makes people look older than their age. One thing, for sure, we learn from them that polluted air or living in a dusty environment may be harmful to our body, much more to the skin. This can cause damage to skin cells, leading to deterioration of the skin’s support structures or decreasing collagen.

What’s more, we understand that air pollutants can interfere with our skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels. With them, our epidermis may become dry and scaly, or the pores may close, causing unwanted pimples and blackheads.

Still can’t believe that we might have that invisible enemy lurking around?

Don’t panic. Calm down and take a deep breath. There are ways to its combat. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, hydrate with water, and avoid stress and pollutants. You can also step up your skin care with these regimens: Washing the body and face only with water, using moisturizers, taking antioxidants, and undergoing spa and facial treatments, among others. Supplementing with natural products, of course, best complements all of these.

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