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Cebu Centre for Dance to stage ‘The Nutcracker’ at SM City Cebu

On December 12 and 13, Cebu Centre for Dance will have its grand recital at the SM Cinema 1 featuring the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker.

The ballet is drawn from E.T.A. Hoffman’s story, The Nutcracker & the Mouse King, which has changed much from the original story of a little girl named Marie who fought battles with the Mouse King with Seven Heads. Today, it is most common to hear the story of a little girl named Clara, whose Godfather Drosselmeyer surprises her with a Nutcracker Doll at the family Christmas party. After the party, Clara falls asleep and dreams a series of magical events.

The Nutcracker stars Chelsea Suarez and Anika Quezon as Clara, Marco Malait as Drosselmeyer, Marco Larosa as The Prince, Jeff Tapang as The Snow King, and Kristina Belleza and Pamela Mangubat as The Snow Queen

Paul Jayson Austria as the Cavalier, with Sabrina Ruth Bogard and Honneyville Jeanne Boiser alternating as the Sugarplum Fairy

Paul Jayson Austria as the Cavalier, with Sabrina Ruth Bogard and Honneyville Jeanne Boiser alternating as the Sugarplum Fairy

This year, the Cebu Centre for Dance goes all out with the inclusion of ACTS Manila principal dancer Paul Jayson Austria in the lead role of Cavalier, opposite CCD lead dancers Sabrina Ruth Bogard and Honneyville Jeanne Boiser who will be alternating in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy. Interior designer Hannah Lim and choreographer Marius Centino will portray Clara’s parents, while other guest dancers include Allen Arvin Tan, Ian Irving Tan, Christine Lim, Catherine Belleza, Kristin Lerin, Atty. Cesar Gariando, Dr. Ernz Uy, Dr. Philip Gilbuena, Mariejan Pestano, Mikee Suson, Prose Siguenza, Allen Arisgado and Joana Nadela.

Watch The Nutcracker on December 12 at 6:00 p.m., and December 13 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available for Php 400 for orchestra seats, and Php 200 for balcony seats. Get your tickets at the Cebu Centre for Dance, Pepper Lunch in Ayala Center Cebu, and the Shakey’s outlets in Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, Robinson’s Cybergate, Cebu IT Park, and Kasambagan. For inquiries and details, call Rina at 6332. 4169637.


LONDON IN FULL BLOOM: An Exclusive Look at the recent Chelsea Flower Show

Dame Judy Dench (center in white) with gallery owner, Jerry Sibal, Edwin Josue, writer Eva Gullas and artist James Doran-Webb.

The Chelsea Flower Show in London, one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the world, returned in full glory in May 2023, captivating visitors with its stunning displays and landscape designs. Held annually on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, this year’s show proved to be a true feast for the senses, showcasing an array of breathtaking gardens, vibrant floral arrangements, and innovative landscaping. The 3-day event showcased 36 outdoor gardens, including four balcony gardens for small spaces. Inside the giant pavilion, blooms compete with each other, exotic flowers, roses, and many more.

Princess Kate Middleton walking the booths at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Dame Judy Dench, who owns several of Webb’s pieces in her garden, with James Doran-Webb and Jerry Sibal discussing the works of James.

One of the flower arrangements competing at the show.

The 2023 Chelsea Flower Show embraced a Nature’s Harmony theme, with a strong focus on sustainability and mental health. The show’s organizers emphasized the importance of sustainable gardening practices and biodiversity conservation, inspiring attendees to create beautiful outdoor spaces while preserving and protecting the environment.

One of the floral gazebo displays recycled chairs and salvaged materials.

Shops at the Chelsea Flower Show are mostly from sustainable materials.

What’s Cebu got to do with the Chelsea Flower Show in London? One person. James Doran Webb (, an Englishman working with driftwood, has been displaying his artworks for several years. James collects cast-off driftwood and shapes them into beautiful animal shapes that find places in some of the most iconic gardens. Leaping horses, owls, reindeer, and the occasional dragon, James Webb’s creations are avidly collected by landscapers to add accent to gardens in all sizes, using cast-off wood, fitting perfectly with the sustainable element—something Mr. Webb has done quite well for the last decade.

The impressive dragon of James Doran-Webb


The Philippine International Flower Festival will be held at the PICC in Manila from January 14 to 18, 2024. Watch out for more info from our website!

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