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“A Portrait” Gets Restored (A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO: 1965)

The restoration of the 1965 film A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS FILIPINO, directed by celebrated National Artist for Theater and Film, LAMBERTO AVELLANA, is now complete. The restored classic premiered last night, April 25, 2015 at the CCP Little Theater. The project was co-financed by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FCDP), the…

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Katherine Trofeo on her last show - photo by Zard Eguia
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BP’s Katherine Trofeo “Kisses the Day Goodbye”

As the curtain fell on the last show of Ballet Philippines’ Sapphire Season, the company bid a tearful farewell to esteemed principal dancer, Katherine Trofeo. The dancers, scholars, and artistic team led by Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales presented her with roses onstage, one by one as a video highlighting Katherine and her extraordinary artistry….

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DALOY Summer Workshop
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Daloy Dance School Gives You Your Chance to Dance

If you’re looking for a dance workshop that doesn’t conflict with your busy schedules this summer, Daloy Dance School has found a way for you to rekindle your passion for dance! Daloy is a dance company based in Quezon City that sees dance as a deeper human language. The company aims to create a newer look at…

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01 Mikkie Bradshaw as Barbara Smith, Jamie Wilson as John Smith, Goldie Soon as Mary Smith
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Two Wives, Two Lives! (Repertory Philippines’ RUN FOR YOUR WIFE)

It doesn’t take a genius to get the point of Repertory Philippines’ latest production. After all, we’ve been bombarded with its themes for the longest time. One can argue that it’s run-of-the-mill “two wives” plot is too much bear, but with Ray Cooney’s narrative and style, matched with an outrageously amazing cast, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE becomes…

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Mad About Mozart
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Young Artists Series bares it all this summer!

Catch Young Artists Series’ (YAS) MAD ABOUT MOZART: Sex, Seduction, Death, and Transcendence on April 22, 7pm. Mad About Mozart: Sex, Seduction, Death, and Transcendence — will present excerpts from the seminal operas and oratorios of Mozart integrated with dance, stream of consciousness narrative, and mixed media. All performers – singers, dancers, actors, and musicians – will…

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Repertory Philippines re-stages Ray Cooney’s RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

As part of its 2015 lineup, Repertory Philippines launches RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, a sexy comedy written by Ray Cooney. Since its launch in 1983 at London’s West End, it had a successful nine year run in the UK. After that, the show has been staged most notably in New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Manila….

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PETA Summer Workshops
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PETA Summer Workshop Opens this April!

The Philippine Educational Theater Association opens fifteen intensive theater arts class for its annual summer workshop starting April 7 to May 20, 2015

Rediscover yourself through theater and art with PETA’s unique integrated theater arts approach! The Integrated Theater Arts Approach manages to combine all the vital aspects of good theater such as creative drama, creative writing, music and sound, and body movement into all the courses that PETA offers this April.

Valediction sa Riles
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Valediction sa Riles

Matutulog ako ngayong may pinaghalong inggit at panghihinayang. Pero mas higit dito, ako ay masaya. Sa iyong dibdib ay nayakap mo ang isa sa mga sana’y naibigay ko rin sa aking mga magulang noong minsa’y ako’y nabigyan ng pagkakataon. Ang Diploma ng Letran. Alam kong may kanya-kanya tayong bigat ng pagpapahalaga sa kakapirasong (kapiraso nga ba?) papel na iyan….

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RAHOMON (1950)
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Wandering Truths (RASHOMON: 1950)

Last weekend, I saw PHSA and DSL’s staging of RASHOMON at the CCP. I was quite amazed with the production, and more so, at how its story still affects me. Last night, I got to see RASHOMON once again and I’m still in awe. Its plot, direction, design, performances, and screenplay are the reasons why…

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Dulaang Sipat Lawin's RASHOMON
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The Tragedies of Truth (Dulaang Sipat Lawin’s RASHOMON)

In his book, Something Like an Autobiography, Akira Kurosawa narrates that during the filming of RASHOMON (1950), his three assistant directors came to see him. They approached him, puzzled and unhappy. They said they didn’t understand the story. Kurosawa, in his most subtle of ways, replied, “if you read it diligently, you should be able…

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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A Few Good Blockbusters

JURASSIC PARK (1993) is one example of a Hollywood produced blockbuster that we still crave to see every once in a while. It’s sequels, however, fell flat that we can’t help but relive the original delight of seeing a well-made blockbuster and celebrate its triumph.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014) is yet another of its kind. It reaches far beyond what one expects of a blockbuster, and delivers an outstanding array of performances, storyline and a thesis on the human mind. Director Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD; 2008 and LET ME IN; 2010), brings us a well developed plot about the tragedy that is man, and his unending search for peace through savagery.

What makes this film so exceptional is that it thrives on an unswerving sense of rhythm. Each fight is firmly rooted on managed motivations, a character change relies heavily on previous plants, and even each teardrop falls just in time to deliver that appropriate emotional tone.

Yes, for a war movie, there is so much crying. I cried, too. This one supremely exceeds my expectations!

DAWN isn’t too ambitious. Unlike other blockbusters, that tried futile attempts to scale the world and make America it’s undying hero, this film conservatively covers only two communities in a limited ape milieu, and the results are just astounding. Sometimes,

BM 2.0
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The Pointe of Ballet

Ballet Manila’s press preview of BM 2.0, some two weeks ago, was a tough act to follow. Immediately after my first BM experience, I can’t wait to type-in my thoughts and share how a 30-minute preview can stay with you for the rest of the week. It wasn’t just a sneak peek. It was a…

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Premiere Night T-BIRD AT AKO Remastered
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Nora o Vilma? Vilma o Nora?

Sulit ang halos tatlong oras na paggapang ko sa trapik noong Mierkules makahabol lang sa Premiere ng T-Bird at Ako (1982). Kung mas pinili ko na lang na bumalik sa bahay at sumuko, hindi ko masasaksihan ang muling Pagkikita ng mga magkakatunggali. Maraming pulis, maraming nakabantay. Naglalakihan ang mga braso, pero kaga-gwapo. Dalawang bus ng mga…

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T-Bird At Ako (remastered)
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Danny Zialcita’s Magic Continues (T-BIRD AT AKO: 1982)

Last night’s World Premiere goes to show that we still care about our arts, our culture and its legacies. This restoration by ABS CBN makes us remember an age where an unparalleled culture of fandom and rivalry were the real main events. With brilliant direction from Danny Zialcita and an ever-engaging screenplay by Portia Ilagan, T-BIRD AT AKO (1982) is a testament of…

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