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Giselle Sanchez Salaminkera press preview

Preview: Giselle Sanchez is Salaminkera

Giselle Sanchez is Salaminkera

Giselle Sanchez is Salaminkera

I had the chance to preview Salaminkera at the press briefing held at the Manila Penninsula Hotel. Back then I had the slightest idea what to expect. When they told me it was a one-woman play, I pictured Giselle Sanchez doing a monologue for the entire duration of the show. I also expected it to be short and straight to the point. Giselle is known for witty humor, which is something that I was looking forward to.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that the production was actually far more intricate than I had imagined. Perhaps the script evolved through time, but the cast consisted around 10 people, which includes dancers and “volunteers” from the audience. Giselle even sings from time to time.

Salaminkera is so cute and adorable, I would take her home to hang in my bedroom.

Salaminkera tries to outwit someone from the audience

Salaminkera tries to outwit someone from the audience

Part of me feels that the running time is longer than it should be. The main meat comes at the second half of the show, where Salaminkera tries to outwit members of the “audience”, comedy-bar style. One of the questions goes like this: how many legs does a centipede use to run? 98, because two will be swung like arms. Harharhar.

There are a lot of scenes that could have been cut from the production. Perhaps these are late additions to satisfy sponsors? There were also some timing issues here and there, but nothing too jarring.

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Giselle’s glass-accented costume was well thought of, and radiates brilliantly when hit by stage lights. What better costume for the mirror lady than spandex and a corset made of glass? She even has a salbabida around her waist!

As far as props go, using an LED display on the mirror is a sweet touch. I found the lighting in the area to be either inadequate or overbearing at times, but this should be the least of their worries since the target venue will be huge mall.

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Still, there were a lot of funny lines and interesting moments. Giselle’s acting is a little over-the-top, even for a stage production, but she carries it well and maintains the energy the entire time. Her punch lines are spot on. For that, I give her an five truckloads of piping hot kudos. ‘Yung special. With egg.

Simply put, Salaminkera an interestingly intense production that shows potential to become a full scale production. Who knows, she could be the next Darna or Captain Barbel! The fact they are kicking this off as a free show is just an added bonus for the average Juan. Or Juana, as the case may be.

Giselle Sanchez has a moment of panic upon seeing members of the press

Giselle Sanchez has a moment of panic upon seeing members of the press

Apparently Salaminkera comes from very humble beginnings. When Giselle Sanchez was first approached by George de Jesus III with the script, they envisioned playing for a very small audience. This all changed when executives from Merck heard about the play. Seizing the opportunity they offered to become its major major sponsor.

On second thought, I haven’t really seen any other sponsors.

Sangobion brand ambassadors

Sangobion brand ambassadors

Sangobion is an iron supplement made primarily for women. The primary content is ferrous gluconate which is organic and easily absorbed by the body. In addition, Sangobion contains other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B12, folic acid, and Sorbitol. It fights signs of iron deficiency such as fatigue, paleness, lack of concentration, dizziness, and weakness.

Sangobion iron supplement for women

Sangobion iron supplement for women

Women will also be delighted to learn that on the actual day of the event, every purchase of Sangobion will entitle you to one raffle ticket. The prize is a trip to somewhere special in the country. I conveniently forgot the details, since I was rejected for not passing the “female” requirement for the raffle. Boo hoo.

Salaminkera with Sangobion brand ambassadors

Salaminkera with Sangobion brand ambassadors

The show came at the height of Vice Ganda’s controversial joke which used Jessica Soho as the punchline. Although Vice Ganda apologized, Jessica Soho was still visibly shaken. After the show, we asked Giselle what she thought of it, to which she responded saying that Vice was just doing her job as a comedian, and that people need to lighten up a little. When asked what she thought about having to involve the MTRCB, she felt it was unnecessary and that we should support comedians who are only trying to earn a living.

Giselle Sanchez with Merck executives and Sangobion brand ambassadors

Giselle Sanchez with Merck executives and Sangobion brand ambassadors

That’s it, folks. Watch out for Salaminkera at 3 p.m. on June 8 at the Glorietta 1 Activity Center.

Thanks to Angie Limbaco and First Tier Brands for the … oh wait I didn’t get a loot bag! :(

Full press release follows.

Giselle Sanchez – Salaminkera photos

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