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Men and Dogs

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

Doing More with your Dog

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."

On Loving Dogs

"I like dogs better [than people]. They give you unconditional love. They either lick your face or bite you, but you always know where they're coming from. With people, you never know which ones will bite.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Crazy Cute Creature Comes in an Unusual Package

Who would have thought that we can find a crazy cute creature trapped in a bizarre frame? Slowly capturing the hearts of animal lovers and becoming an internet sensation, Pig the unusual mixed breed dog has no neck and short spine making her an unusual pet.

Pig’s case is called Short Spine Syndrome making her spine 7 inches (18 cm) shorter lacking several ribs and with many other bones joined together giving her an appearance of almost half the size of the regular dogs. Her condition disabled her from swinging her head from side to side that she has to jump around like a frog to see what is behind her.

Despite her odd and distinct frame, according to her attending veterinarian Doctor Rachael Hudson-Breland, Pig does not suffer from any major health condition but owner Kim Dillenbeck must pay extra attention when she eats just to assure that she will not choke into anything. She also gets tired easily and often gets out of balance and topples over like a toddler.

Her owner, Dillenbeck said that Pig assumes that she is just a normal dog who can run around, barks a lot, and very high-spirited too. She seemed not to be in any physical pain because of her condition. In fact, Pig is a local celebrity in her hometown at Alabama and even captured the attention of local fair Do Dah Day attendees last May 2014 which was her first public excursion too. She was a star on the fairground and everybody wanted to take pictures with her.

To date, Pig survives the 9th month of her dog life and has 70,234 followers in her Facebook page named Pig the Unusual Dog.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Metrobank Card Corporation Launches Dramatic Reading Series with G. Töngi at Century City Mall

Media celebrity G Töngi, newly appointed Artistic Director of Upstart Productions, spearheads Upstart Soundstage, a series of bi-weekly dramatic readings presented by Metrobank Card Corporation at Century City Mall at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Upstart Soundstage will present a different full-length drama, comedy, or musical every two weeks, each show featuring well-known theater personalities and stage directors. No props, no sets, no costumes—just pure performance.

“Readings like this are very popular in L.A and New York,” declares Töngi, who has timed her birthday celebration to coincide with the first play in the series. “We want to do the same thing over here.” To that end, Upstart has lined up an impressive array of actors for the project: noted stage and screen personalities Audie Gemora, Noel Trinidad (one of Upstart’s board members), and Töngi herself, along with renowned directors like Anton Juan and Bobby Garcia. 

But will Manila audiences take to the concept of stage shows without any staging? Apparently, they already have: Töngi and her partners have conducted quite a few informal readings of this type, and they’ve all been very well-received. Upstart founder Joel Trinidad, Noel’s son, is not at all surprised. “I’ve always loved dramatic readings, “ he shares. “When you take away the sounds and lights and costumes, you force people to really pay attention.” Upstart Managing Director Onyl Torres, who doubles as the company’s Musical Director and Composer, likens the medium to a radio play. “You get the same emotions, the same human drama,” he says. “It’s very powerful.” Töngi concurs: “In our last few readings, people were in tears—the actors and the audience.”

Upstart Soundstage kicks off with Töngi’s birthday celebration: a reading of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance, an emotionally charged drama about a suburban couple adopting the unborn baby of a poor couple. Other proposed shows in the series—which will run continuously, every two weeks, in three-month blocks—include Pippin by Stephen Schwartz, Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, The Seagull by Anton Chekov, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, and many others. “A different show every two weeks, at a fraction of the cost of a regular show,” notes Töngi. “Where else can you experience that?”

Upstart Soundstage: The Dramatic Readings. Starting Sunday, June 15, at 7:00 pm at the event space on the 5th floor of Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati, and playing continuously every other Sunday from then on. Show schedule may change based on availability of performance rights and other factors. Tickets at P300 each, available at the door. Presented by Metrobank Card Corporation in cooperation with Century City Mall. From Upstart Productions.

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