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The Ampalaya Monologues

The AMPALAYA MONOLOGUES returns for a Halloween Hugot

There are more things scarier than a ghost, like the fear of falling for someone who wouldn’t love you back, the fear of being single for the rest of your life, or the fear of being cheated on; most people would rather see a ghost than witness their partner flirting with someone else. These are…

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Ballet Philippines' SARONG BANGGI

Music and Dance for the Filipino Family (BP’s SARONG BANGGI)

Rediscover local musical treasures in a new ballet about the Filipino family. Ballet Philippines’ SARONG BANGGI features new works by six exciting Filipino choreographers set to classic folk songs from around the country, arranged and orchestrated by Ryan Cayabyab, the country’s best-loved composer. Renowned fashion designer Rajo Laurel designs the costumes for this ballet. The show…

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Tanghalang Pilipino's MGA BUHAY NA APOY

Women Voices (A Feminist Reading of Kanakan-Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY)

SPOILER-ALERT: This is a critical reading of Kanakan-Balintagos’ material, and this discourse has delved deeply into the plot. There are major spoilers in the succeeding paragraphs. Proceed with caution, or might as well, go see the play first.  *** Literary critic and feminist Elaine Showalter’s liguistic model argues that even until now, women speak in the language…

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Ballet Manila's ROMEO AND JULIET

“Graceful Poetry” (Ballet Manila’s ROMEO AND JULIET – a Review)

The plot twist on the streets of Mantua, in Act 5 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, has forever been the tragedy’s mark.  Since its time, until now, audiences still gasp and sigh when the plodding Friar John missed the despairing lad that had just defied the stars. We know, with little hope by then, that this…

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Tanghalang Pilipino's MGA BUHAY NA APOY

Irma Adlawan stars in Tangahalang Pilipino’s MGA BUHAY NA APOY

In Tanghalang Pilipino (TP)’s MGA BUHAY NA APOY, a Manila-based family comes face-to-face with the harsh reality of extremely strained relationships resulting from the cowardly denial of some painful truth about their past and from the utter disregard for their glorious indigenous Palawan cultural roots and spiritual traditions. Kanakan-Balintagos’ stage play MGA BUHAY NA APOY,…

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The Normal Heart Jellicle Online Contest Winners

Super thank you sa inyong mga sumali sa ikalawang online game natin para sa Jellicle Blog. In fairness, overwhelming ang response ngayon. Nawa’y sa ginawa nating ito’y nakatulong na rin tayo sa pagpo-promote ng THE NORMAL HEART ng Necessary Theater na magsisimula sa Biyernes, October 2, 2015 sa Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium. Ngunit dahil ito…

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POC's Ang Bagong Harana

“Ang Bagong Harana” serenades Philippine Opera Company’s 15th

In the midst of so many foreign pop acts and musical productions from Broadway and the West End, one small theatrical effort made waves four years ago. It was a musical revue featuring traditional and contemporary Filipino songs, sung not by legends of Classical singing, but by a troupe of dedicated artists. The show was…

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The Normal Heart

Larry Kramer’s THE NORMAL HEART returns to the Manila stage!

THE NORMAL HEART will have it’s Manila re-run starting October 2 at 8pm at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza Makati, and will have a two-weekend run until October 11, 2015.

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PBT’s ‘Dancing with One Voice’ Premieres Today at the CCP!

In the 29 years Philippine Ballet Theatre has been in existence, this September 26th will mark the first time a ballet company performs on stage with opera stars alongside finalists from highly acclaimed The Voice Philippines – an interesting mix indeed. PBT’s cofounder Julie Borromeo smiles at the fact that this will be ‘…the first…

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Jellicle Podcast: Bituing Walang Ningning the Musical

THE JELLICLE PODCAST: Bituin Walang Ningning The Musical

Click on the play icon below to listen to the podcast. Hello, dear Jellicle readers and listeners! As promised in FB, I am very much pleased to bring to you our latest Jellicle Podcast on the re-run of Resorts World Manila’s BITUING WALANG NINGNING THE MUSICAL. In this podcast, we feature the four lead cast…

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Chuva Choo Choo: The Mister Kupido Musicale

When music makes everything else forgiven (a CHUVA CHOO CHOO: The Mister Kupido Musicale Review)

Watching the press preview of Stages Production Specialist Inc.’s newest comedy musical CHUVA CHOO CHOO – THE MISTER KUPIDO MUSICALE is like listening to FM Radio on a lazy Sunday afternoon. You can do something else and still get experience. Gets? The musicale tells the story of two sisters who dream of becoming famous singing stars. After witnessing a…

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Bituing Walang Ningning The Musical

RW’s “BITUING WALANG NINGNING: The Musical” Shines Again

Resorts World Manila (RWM), through Full House Theater Company and Ultimate Productions, and in partnership with VIVA Communications, sets its sights on producing another memorable run with more musical numbers and added star power as it brings back ‘Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical’, starting October 8, 2015. From its outstanding cast, remarkable stage design, and…

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Moymoy Lumumboy Book 2

Jun Matias’ MOYMOY LUMUMBOY Returns!

Lampara Publishing House beams with pride with the launching of Moymoy Lulumboy Book 2: Ang Nawawalang Birtud on September 19 at the SMX Convention Center, Meeting Room 5. Moymoy Lulumboy became a byword among the young adults all over the country who love to read original Filipino novels when the book Moymoy Lulumboy – Ang Batang…

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HENERAL LUNA (2015): My Top Three Scenes

I know. I didn’t do much justice with my 250-word review of HENERAL LUNA (2015). I was just too overwhelmed after I saw the film, that I was, admittedly, lost for words. Now that my mind is quite clear to make a more detailed review, allow me to share my three most favorite scenes. But…

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