PEP Gift Guide Day 66: Mike Tan wants a book to harness "the power of the actor"

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The Power of the Actor is the first book by Ivana Chubbuck, who coached such Hollywood stars as Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry.


66 DAYS TO GO. For people who love to read, receiving a book for Christmas is always a thrill.

Kapuso actor Mike Tan knows this too well, that's why he never forgets to include books in his Christmas shopping list.

He tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview, “For me, depende sa character [ng pagbibigyan ko].

“Hindi ako mahilig magbasa, pero gusto ko yun yung ibinibigay ko sa mga tao.

“Alam mo yun, hindi siya ganun kamahal... Or depende sa ugali nila, pero nai-improve nila yung sarili nila dun, pati yung knowledge nila.”

For his personal wishlist, Mike also wants a book that can help him improve his craft.

“Actually, isa lang ang gusto ko, yung hinahanap kong book ni [Ivana] Chubbuck.”

The Power of the Actor: The Chubbuck Technique is a book written by renowned Hollywood acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck.

Mike explains why he wants to own a copy: “Yung book niya is for acting. Yun yung gusto kong basahin, kaya lang usually out of stock. Pero yun yung gusto kong book na basahin ngayon.”

Published by the Penguin Group in 2005, the book is sold on paperback for P798 in leading bookstores nationwide.

In Amazon.com, the book is described as “The first book from the instructor who has taught Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor guides you to dynamic and effective results."

The Chubbuck Technique, which is thoroughly discussed in the book, is also said to be "the leading edge of acting for the 21st century."

“Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but rather as a way to drive and win a goal.

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“In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck’s script-analysis process.

The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field.”

Now, we don’t all have friends who are actors—though many probably wish they were—so we don’t necessarily have to pick this particular book to give away.

Got a friend who is into cooking? The recipe book Dessert Comes First (P1, 499) by food blogger Lori Baltazar is a good choice.

Got a friend who just moved into a new home? Style and Substance: The Best of ELLE DÉCOR (P1, 890) might just be what she needs.

Got a friend who aspires to be an entrepreneur? He might find The 4-Hour Workweek (P880) by Timothy Ferris interesting.

Whatever field or hobby your friends might be into, there will certainly be an appropriate book for them.

Unlike other items, books are absolutely entertaining, educational, and not as expensive, which is why they make great gifts for the holidays!


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