Shrek the Musical—an energetic mix of contagious humor

“It’s a big bright beautiful world…”

What the world presents is quite different from the picture formed by expectations in your head. This reality—and other life’s ironies—dawned on Shrek and Princess Fiona, but the effect on their lives is something that makes everyone wonder, “Why did I not ever wish for this to happen?”
Shrek is a big, fat, ugly Ogre who was sent out by his parents at the tender age of seven. He knew from the start that there’s a “big, bright, beautiful world” out there—but not for him. He thinks that only the physically beautiful deserve it; not someone who’s hideous looking.
Princess Fiona has been locked up in a tower since she was a child. Every day, she expects that her Prince Charming will climb up the tower and rescue her from the solitary loneliness that has been her companion.
Lord Farquaad, the vain, short ruler of Duloc realizes that he needs to rescue Princess Fiona from the dragon-guarded tower and marry her, so he could be king. But he didn’t want to do the mission himself.
They are unsuspecting that their lives will change one fateful day. Sent by Lord Farquaad shortly after arriving in Duloc, Shrek, together with his new-found quirky friend, Donkey, embarks on a mission he accepts with the sole purpose of recovering his swamp from the unjust ruler. The three has different expectations. Little do they know that their stories are written with a different plot.

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Originally shown in Broadway, Shrek theMusical performs live in Manila starting on Sept. 19 till Oct. 12 at the Meralco Theater. I had the opportunity to watch the Shrektacular show during the preview night on Sept. 18.
I couldn’t contain my happiness as I was served with a cup full of firsts in a single night. I haven’t seen any of the Shrek films, so I absolutely had no idea about the story. Another first was watching a live musical. And it was also my first time at the Meralco theater.
So, how did the musical go?
First of, there’s no doubt that the story is good—perfect for both young and old audiences.
Second, the characters’ costumes and the props are magnificent; the stage design, spectacular. On the technical side, the audio is undoubtedly excellent, as everything is clearly heard. The lighting effects are well-planned and -arranged , adding to the overall grandiosity of the production.
For the cast’s performance, I give each of them two thumbs up for an undeniably great one. All of them have successfully immersed themselves in the story and took the spectators to another world. Not to mention the synchronized movements that I bet are difficult to memorize and the coordination that all of them have skillfully mastered.
Looking closely, however, one may see the glitches in the blocking, but these are too minor to affect the musical.
Starring in Shrek the Musical are Rycharde Everley as Shrek, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona, Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Jett Pangan as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio and Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Dragon. Shrek is directed by Bobby Garcia.
Applause reverberates around the theater at the end of each song. Resounding laughter can also be heard from the audience with each quirk. These reactions are enough to conclude that Shrek the Musical is a must-see.
Overall, I offer a standing ovation to the cast and crew for pulling off such an energetic and humorous night of story telling.
You may buy tickets at For details, call Ticketworld 891-9999.
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Breeze treats hardworking hero moms through 1 Laba Day

Celebrating the heroes of the home, Breeze treated more than 19,000 hardworking moms across the Philippines to a day of rest, games and exciting surprises at the first-ever 1 Laba Day. The leading detergent brand took care of their laundry chores, washing a total of 481,536 clothes, in a series of events held simultaneously in multiple barangays in Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Batangas, Cebu, and Davao.

Celebrity moms and surprise guests, including Sige Moms Christine Bersola-Babao, Gladys Reyes and Dimples Romana, headlined the nationwide events. At Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City, radio DJ Laila Chikadora also kept the crowd entertained with her witty jokes and led the fun bingo games where moms won bicycles, skateboards, inflatable swimming pools and other toys for their children. These prizes were meant to encourage moms to be Sige Moms who let their kids play and go on exciting adventures.

While the moms enjoyed their day off from doing the laundry, Breeze Laba Ladies and Laba Machines, sponsored by campaign partners Electrolux, LG, Whirlpool and White Westinghouse, took care of washing their clothes.

“We know how hardworking our mommies are, spending as much as three to four hours a day doing the laundry. Today, Breeze is taking care of washing their clothes so they can have some time for themselves and to have fun, as our way of thanking them and recognizing their admirable efforts,” said Mara Banson, Breeze brand manager. 

 “As part of the Circle of Sige Moms, our job is to encourage mommies to allow their kids to be kids, even if it means getting dirty or having stained clothes,” said Christine. “When we say yes to playing and going on adventures, we say yes to our children’s intellectual, emotional and physical growth.”

“My daughter Callie is very artsy and likes working with her hands. We love baking and often, we’d be covered in icing and food color of every hue,” said Sige Mom Dimples. “But I’m glad I allowed her to do that, because it’s very fulfilling when you see your child achieve great things because you allow them to do their own thing and pursue their passions.”

 “Being a mom is a 24/7 job,” added Sige Mom Gladys. “But because we have a dependable partner in Breeze, doing the laundry becomes easier and effortless. We can spend less time on washing clothes and have more time for ourselves and our family.”

1 Laba guarantee
Boasting of a revolutionary formulation, Breeze with ActivBleach empowers mommies everywhere to take on their endless tasks, removing even the toughest of stains in just one wash. Safe for both white and colored clothes, Breeze has a four-enzyme technology that removes more types of stains and a patented whitening technology that delivers visible whiteness in just one wash.

Breeze with ActivBleach is also the first and only detergent brand with melamine perfume encapsulation technology that blooms in wash and bursts in wear, making sure that clothes keep smelling clean and fresh even when worn. It even has a unique active system for better foam profile and quicker lather, plus percarbonate TAED bleach that takes out bleachable stains without harming the environment. 

From September 1 to 7, mommies can also win a washing machine from Breeze in the Breeze 1Laba Challenge promo. To join, participants simply need to like the official Breeze Facebook page and look for the 1 Laba Day status update. They should then leave a comment on the post, with a photo of themselves doing the 1 Laba pose holding a Breeze pack and using the hashtag #Breeze1Laba.

Take on millions of stains in just one wash with Breeze with ActivBleach, available in three sizes at supermarkets and groceries nationwide: 70g, 700g and 1450g packs.

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