The Phantom of the Opera in Manila this 2012?

It was stated in TV Patrol, aired on 27 January 2012, that The Phantom of the Opera will be brought in the Philippines, during the interview segment with Gabby Lopez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ABS-CBN and James Cundall, Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions after they have watched Mamma Mia in CCP.

The news went as follows:

“Rebelasyon ng producer, dadalhin sa Pilipinas ang isa pang bigating musical….

Gabby Lopez: We’ve enjoyed the show. This is only the beginning. He’s thinking of bringing The Phantom of the…

James Cundall: Well, we’ve brought Cats last year and it was a great success, and i think that next August, we’re bringing The Phantom of the Opera.”

The replay of the news segment can be watched here  at time 5:55.

Last Thursday, 2 February 2012, we watched Mamma Mia and saw these tarpaulins saying “ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S The PHANTOM of the OPERA Directed by HAROLD PRINCE COMING SOON” at the lobby of CCP:

You can also see this image at the left side of the page when u go to the website of Ticketworld Philippines:

from, 08-Feb-12

There’s still no formal announcement when will The Phantom of the Opera come here in Manila, but my hopes are high that it’s going to be this 2012.

UPDATE: The Phantom of the Opera Manila in August 2012!

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MetroDeal Kainan sa Balanghay Buffet Promo – A Big Disappointment!

We went to Kainan sa Balanghay along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue last Sunday, 07 January 2012 to claim our MetroDeal buffet voucher. This is what the promo stated “Unlimited Eat-All-You-Can International Buffet Featuring the Best Dishes from Asia & Drink for P199 instead of P500”.

Entrance of the restaurant

We got there at 6pm (start of dinner buffet). There are two areas for dining. One is inside the restaurant where it is air conditioned and the ambiance looked nicer (they said its for their regular customers only) and the other one is outside – the buffet area.

Buffet area

The buffet area looked like the extension facing the river (which is smelly) where they put up a lona, supported by wooden frames. There were some decorations. The source of lights were those bulbs at the center and sides of the wooden frames, but I think it’s not lighted enough because it still looked so dim from where we were seated.

other side of buffet area

There was a long queue in the buffet table so I looked around first to checkout the foods.

What you see in these tables are THE ONLY THINGS THAT THEY OFFERED in the buffet. There are no desserts! From left: Sweet and sour fish, Pancit Canton, Pork with sesame seeds and bean sprouts, Baked Mussels, Crispy Kangkong, Plain Rice, Chicken Soup

At first glance, I noticed that the choices of food were very limited so I asked the staff who was tending the buffet table:

Me: Asan yung ibang table nyo para sa buffet?
Staff: Eto na po.
Me: Yan na lahat yung sa buffet?
Staff: Opo.
Me: Eto lang? Eto na ba yung worth P500 na international buffet nyo?
Staff: P200 po.
Me: Sabi dun sa promo nyo sa MetroDeal worth P500 na international buffet yun ah! Kahit sa P200, eto lang???

The other people in the queue seem to have bought and have been claiming the MetroDeal vouchers like us. They also started to complain about how little the choices of food they served and how smelly the place is.

These are the closeup photos of the foods:

sweet and sour fish and pancit canton

pork with sesame seeds and bean sprouts (pork teriyaki?) and baked mussels

chicken soup and plain rice

There were 2 bowls of crispy kangkong beside the rice, as can be seen in the buffet table photo but they didn’t replenish it anymore after it went empty.

Is this what they call an international buffet?! Where are their promises of:

“countless starters, main courses and dessert options, Kainan sa Balanghay have nailed iconic dishes from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Filipino menus, with a Martian a la carte in the making.”

 “Diners can tuck into a vast array of spicily various vittles, from curry to crispy duck. Indulge in multicultural mixtures or pick a particular pabulum to patronize, bearing in mind that the buffet is all you can eat  and even includes a complimentary glass of iced tea.”


“You needn’t have the same meal twice with a selection of hot and cold starters, main dishes and delectable desserts”,

as stated in the highlights of their promo???

They did gave us the glass of iced tea, and they served us one small cup of sago’t gulaman per person for dessert. Some people didnt received one though, like my mom.

sago't gulaman

We felt like we have been ripped off!  We were expecting an “international buffet”, with more variety of foods as stated in the promo description and something like the other known buffet restaurants that charges around P500. Claiming that it’s worth P500 in MetroDeal when the original price is only P200 (as stated by one of the crew) is blatantly deceiving the consumers. Even for  a P200 buffet, it still doesn’t worth it.

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The Phantom of the Opera Manila in August 2012!

Its now confirmed – Phantom of the Opera will be shown in Manila starting 25 August – September 2012 at CCP Main Theater! The preselling of tickets exclusive for Infinity Smart subscribers and Citi card holders started at 10am today, 19March 2012 at Ticket World, up to 30 April 2012. The regular sale of tickets will start on 01 May 2012.

taken from 19-Mar-2012

The regular prices of tickets are as follows:
Premium Reserve – P7,280.00
A Reserve – P6,032.00
B Reserve – P4,680.00
C Reserve – P3,640.00
D Reserve – P2,340.00
E Reserve – P1,820.00

I edited the seatmap from ticketworld online and pasted the prices in the image for easy viewing

Citibank has a promo until 30 April 2012 – 10% discount when you purchase the ticket using Citibank card.

The discounted price will be as follows:
Premium Reserve – P6,552
A Reserve – P5,429
B Reserve – P4,212
C Reserve – P3,276
D Reserve – P2,106
E Reserve – P1,638

Note: These prices i posted are applicable only if you buy the tickets directly at ticketworld outlets. You would have to pay an additional P50 per transaction for the pickup fee if you buy at ticketworld online.

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Dinner Buffet at Hotel H2O Arctic Hall

On 23 January 2012 we went for the Chinese New Year Special Grand Buffet at Hotel H20 Arctic Hall, located at the ground floor of the building. This is not the hotel’s regular buffet (which is a breakfast buffet only at Makan Makan, located at the second floor). This seemed to be a buffet set up to cater certain number of guests for the special occasion.

The setup and the ambiance of the surroundings was nice and there was live acoustic music. The tables used were those big, round ones so those who came in small groups shared the table with the other groups.

The Menu:

Main Courses

Oriental Fried Rice

Stir Fried Seasonal Vegetables

Baked Spaghetti

Steamed Fish Fillet

Chicken Cordon Bleu in Red Wine Gravy

Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon Barbeque Sauce

Beef Medallion in Black Pepper Sauce

Sliced Fruits

Corn & Crabmeat Chowder and Chicken Consomme with Yam Dumpling

 The Chicken Consomme was bland, it was practically tasteless.

Green Salad, Thai Beef Salad and Asian Spiced Chicken Ballotine

Brewed Coffee

Chocolate Fountain and Juice Station

Unlimited coffee and juice were included.

The chocolate fountain was out of reach so we had to ask for the waiter’s assistance. The wafers, barquillos and marshmallows seemed like it weren’t replenished so we didnt manage to get any, but they did replenish the fruits.

Overall, the foods served were okay (but nothing so special) and the service was good. We availed this using the promo from Ensogo so we only paid P450 per head instead of P900 (stated as its original price).

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