Ballet Philippines’ “The Sleeping Beauty” Runs until Dec. 11 only!

Audiences still have the chance to watch “The Sleeping Beauty” presented by Ballet Philippines at the CCP Main Theater. They have shows on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10 AM and 3 PM, Friday, Dec 9 at 3 Pm and 8 PM, and Sunday, Dec 11 at 3 PM. The performances on Saturday (3 PM and 8 PM) are sponsored by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Employees Association and Knowledge Channel, respectively.

The Manila Symphony Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s music live for one last time on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 PM, with Katherine Trofeo as Princess Aurora and Jean Marc Cordero as Prince Desire.

Dance luminary Edna Vida Froilan’s reaction to the first weekend performance was nothing less than effusive on social media: “Congrats Ballet Philippines—I loved ‘The Sleeping Beauty!’ Your beautiful dancing kept me wide-awake and amazed! Carissa Adea (whom I saw as Aurora, partnered by Japanese dancer, Nobuo Fujino) was breathtaking! The fairies rocked! Guys, you still have this weekend to catch the full-length ballet at the CCP Main Theater. Don’t miss it!”

Principal dancers Candice Adea and Carissa Adea, soloist Richardson Yadao and company member Earl John Arisola also perform the roles of Princess Aurora and Desire on the remaining performances.

For more information, visit or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003 or 551-0221 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. Check them out on Facebook at Http:// balletphilippines.

Now Reading: Heaven is for Real (deluxe)

After I read Heaven is for Real for kids  written by Pastor Todd Burpo, I hastily sought for Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back deluxe copy for Adults. The current New York Times list of bestseller has sold over a half million copies in print.    Grateful of the publisher,  Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy; this book has certainly made a huge impact after reading more about Colton, a 5 year old kid who was placed on the operating table due to his bursting appendix trip to heaven.

It took 2 years for his parents to write this book, after hearing tidbits of stories from Colton during his visit. It was not mere coincidence that a toddler would know the name and the face of his great-grandfather whom he haven’t met, his sister, whom he never knew about his mom’s miscarriage and all the more how he described Jesus: The purple sash, the “markers” which are Jesus’ bruises when he was crucified and even the position of the Holy Spirit or what his parents were doing while he was being operated.

This book is accompanied by scriptures after Colton mentions his tales of visit in Heaven.If God’s Word is not sufficient for you, if the testimony of his Spirit, given to believers, is not enough for you, you will not find any true hope in the unproven tales of a child.

Every page made me look forward to every chapter. I am reminded by how my mom survived through miscarriage and how we – my brother, Dad and Mom all had a dream about my younger sister, who’s supposed to be born in 1992 introduced herself to not be forgotten. From then on, when we’re asked how many children my parents has or how many are we in the family, we always say we have one who’s watching us in heaven — just like the Burpo family.

There’s more about this book that only you can tell if its unto your faith or not. You can be one with “doubting thomas” or a person who’d still continuously be praying for others believing that it is a way to” develop a heart for needs outside your own”

“It’s good to be strong and able to bless others, yes. But we learned the value of being vulnerable enough to let others be strong for us, to let others bless us” This book not only told the story of the young boy who met Jesus, God, Mary and the Spirit but it also narrated how a family humbled themselves in times of trouble and in-need; how their faith was tested even more.

You certainly need to give yourself a chance to read this book. Let me know what you think!

* I was provided by the publisher  a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®.