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News: Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled their line up of programs for 2020.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its 2020 performance season.  CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado presented the CCP’s year-long programming in a press conference held recently at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

CCP welcomes the new year with forthcoming productions from its resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  Local and international outreach performance tours are likewise set for some of the resident companies throughout the year.

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A scene from Dulaang UP’s production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

A University Theater Season is set in 2020 wherein select university-based theater groups take to the CCP venues to showcase next-generation talent in their productions of original Filipino works, adaptations of classics and experimental work.  The season of university theater productions ramps up to the 13th International University Theater Association’s (IUTA) Congress and Festival to be held in August.

International Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu leads a stellar international cast from Italy and Manila in the staging of the opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian-language libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”

Ternocon II, a unique competition involving the young designers in a mentoring atelier workshop with established designers in a process that engages the history, technique, and construction of the classic Filipino terno, culminates in a grand fashion concert where the winners are announced.

Other events include concerts (Triple Threats), festivals (CCP Jazz Festival in Baguio City, Banda Rito Banda Roon: Symphonic Band and Clarinet, The Rainbow LGBTQI Arts; Festival of Arts and Ideas), plays (Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Batang Mujahideen” and “Lam-Ang, an Ethno-Epic Musical”), a production of “Senadala at Persyanus: Ang Bagong Mukha ng Moro by community-based theater organization Komedya ng Don Galo, and other productions. 

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Markki Stroem will be part of the Triple Threats concert series. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Highlights of the 2020 CCP season calendar include the inauguration of the CCP’s newest venue Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater), the first CCP Arts and Social Media Festival, Launching of Rare Digitized CCP Performances Collection of the CCP Library and Archives, and the Genesis Magazine Anniversary Edition, CCP Digital Time Capsule, Luces: Festival of Illuminations, CCP Arthouse Cinema screenings, Philippine Hip-Hop Dance Championship and the like.

 The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) will soon be available digitally in 2020 including a Digital Installation, Website launch, Mobile Application, and Offline Version as well.

 There are also the CCP regular events such as the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country; the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of raw, untested and unstaged one-act plays, followed by an Extra Virgin LabFest to be held in other regions; Cinemalaya, the largest independent film festival with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers.

 Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP continues to hold various training and workshops for national rondalla, national folk dance for teachers, choral groups, and summer dance, to name some.

 Must-see exhibitions include the following: “1986 People Power Revolution – The aftermath from Cultural Center of the Philippines to Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: The Center in the Midst of Change”,  “Valerio Nofuente and Emmanuel Sanchez Collections: The Banned Library Materials During the Martial Law Era”, “Allegories And Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect”, Launching of the 21AM (21st Century Arts Museum), “1st of May: The Roles of Amado Vera Hernandez and Isabelo Florentino De Los Reyes in the History of the Labor Movement in the Struggle for Social Justice and Liberation”, Severino Rivera Reyes (1861-1942) “Father of the Tagalog Sarsuwela”, “Launch of the CCP Print Folio: 20/30 I & II: A Limited Edition Print Portfolios in Celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of CCP”, Cinemalaya Eye Fix, among other shows.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

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  • The fully editable and interactive Digital CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, to be distributed free to public schools and universities.
  • Interactive Digital Wall Installations, which not only feature full info on current shows but also layerable timeliness on the different arts, along with a Time Capsule.
  • CCP Digital HD to extend the lifespan of high-budgeted productions to be launched with Virgin Lab Fest’s “Mga Kontrabida” by Lasallian Dustin Celestino.
  • A Dulaang UP production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna“, the last work of Antonio “Tony” Mabesa+, translated by Nicolas Pichay.
  • The First Social Media and the Arts Festival in May, a brainchild of Irene Rada who is retiring this year.
  • The opening of CCP’s New Black Box Theater, which Tess Rances herself assured will finally push through.
  • The revival of Triple Threats concerts featuring Markki Stroem, among others, and
  • Spinifex Group’s dynamic Audiovisual Light and Video Matting for the CCP Facade in September, 2020

 For more information, please call CCP at 8832-1125 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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News: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CCP

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Enjoy the yuletide season while watching free movies as the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Cinema under the Stars, a three-night special event featuring screenings of the best Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo, and select family-friendly films, surrounded by the glittering parols and featuring performances as part of the CCP’s Sinag: Festival of Radiance from December 13-15, 2019 at the CCP Front Lawn at 6pm.

Sinag: Festival of Radiance is a light and sound show showcasing the CCP’s fifty years of excellence in the field of performing, literary, visual and multi-media arts and its continuing partnership with its regional network.

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The 20-feet sundial art installation by artist Toym Imao Jr. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Abner Delina Jr. hosts the program. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

The performances complement the beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lantern makers, now led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa, as well as the 20-feet sundial art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr.  Located at the CCP Front Lawn, the installation represents the role of arts and culture in society over time.
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Sir Ariel Yonzon of the Cultural Center of the Philippines led the Organizing Committee for this event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Creator of PANDESALAWAL film Direk Che Espiritu graces the event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Program for the event consists of the following:

December 13, Friday

6pm-6:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance – a light and sound spectacle

6:30pm-7pm – Diskarte by Mich Cervantes and Agu Crisostomo – Short film

            Asan Si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada – Short film

7pm-7:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Christmas in Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

        Pan De Salawal by Che Espiritu – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

December 14, Saturday

6pm-6:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Maligaya Sana Ang Pasko (by RESBAK) – Short film

                          Paper Cut by Patricia Baguio Camino – Short film

                          Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

 

December 15, Sunday

6pm-6:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm –

      Christmas In Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

      Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria – Short film

      Doon Sa Kabila Ng Bulkan by Ellen Ramos – Short film

      Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa – Short film

      Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

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Performance Photos: Tanghalang Pilipino’s ethno-epic musical, Lam-ang

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The first week run of Tanghalang Pilipino’s presentation of Lam-ang was a success and is now preparing for its 2nd week. And to accomodate more audiences, they added special weekday shows set on December 11, 12 and 13.

Lam-ang is an ethno-epic musical that re-imagines and reinterprets Biag ni Lam-ang, the oldest among the folk epics of Luzon. This play, which aims to rediscover a significant portion of Philippine culture and heritage, is inspired by the published Ilocano version of Isabelo delos Reyes and Tagalog translations of Angel Acacio and Ariel Tabag.

This musical takes us back to the times when we were our own selves by ourselves in our own little worlds. It chronicles the conquests of Lam-ang from the land of Nalbuan while envisioning local traditions that are being lost, ancient customs and lores that are being forgotten, and vestiges of our affluent past that are in danger of disappearing forever.

The production of Lam-ang also features the collaboration of award winning actors led by JC Santos and Anna Luna with Tex Ordoñez-De Leon, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Karenina Ng, JV Ibesate, VJ Cortel, Francis Gatmaytan, Rapah Manalo, Miah Canton, Antonette Go, Gabo Tolentino, Alys Serdenia, and Lhorvie Nuevo.

The Creative Team of “Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following:
Eljay Castro Deldoc (New Book and Lyrics), Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics), Fitz Edward Bitana (Direction), Marco Viaña (Direction and Set Design), TJ Ramos (Musical Direction and Sound Design), JM Cabling (Choreography), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design) and Lighting Design by Meliton Roxas, Jr.

Here are some Lam-ang performance photos taken by Erickson dela Cruz;

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Hazel Maranan as Namongan.
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Jonathan Tadioan as Tandang Guibuan.
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Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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Remus Villanueva as Lakay Lokan.
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Tex Ordoñez-de Leon as Baglan, with Hazel Maranan (Namongan) and Remus Villanueva (Lakay Lokan).
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Ybes Bagadiong as Ka-ul.

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Alvin Maghanoy bilang Batang Lam-ang.
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JC Santos as Lam-ang.
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Joshua Cabiladas as Gumakas.
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Ybes Bagadiong (Ka-ul) and Lance Reblando as Taraok.
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Anna Luna as Kannoyan.

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Lam-ang” closes on December 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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News: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 2019 Christmas Concert at the CCP

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CELEBRATE the Yuletide season with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on December 20, 2019, 8:00 pm at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Guest soloists are percussionist Aimee De la Cruz, child soprano Alexa Kaufman and clarinetist Franz Jensen Andra. Maestro Herminigildo Ranera leads the PPO.

Program includes two works by Samuel Barber (“Adagio for Strings” and “Die Natali op.36”), Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, op.26”, Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”, Felipe De Leon’s “Payapang Daigdig”, Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”, Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra”, and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien op.45”.

Aimee Mina-De la Cruz holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Saint Paul University Manila under the Extended Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, and a Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts from the University of the Philippines. As a soloist, Aimee performed under the baton of the late Maestro Oscar Yatco with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and also with the PhilBanda Wind Orchestra at the Singapore International Band Festival. Most recently, she was one of the featured soloists in the “OH-Asian Percussionists” Concert in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Alexa Isobel Kaufman is the youngest member of the Philippine Opera Company. Likewise, she is the youngest student of Emeritus Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Music and Gawad CCP Maestra Fides Cuyugan Asensio. She has undergone vocal coaching with National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, tenor Francisco Aseniero and soprano Karla Gutierrez and has attended several Masterclasses by Mr. Nick Lizaso, Mr. Robbie Guevarra, Mr. Ronnie Fortich, Ms. Menchu Lauchengco and Mr. Maynard Peñalosa.

Franz Jensen Andra is currently a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Ariel Sta. Ana, principal clarinetist of The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently won 2nd prize at the First Macao International Clarinet Competition in the 18 years under category. Franz is one of the finalists of the First FilKor Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and was featured as soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in their Family Concert of 2019. At present, Franz is the concert master of the community-based General Trias Youth Symphonic Band, and also a member of the Sta. Cecilia Band 89 of General Trias, Cavite and The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

Ticket prices are P1500/1200/800/500/400, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. For inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704.

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino presents ‘Lam-ang’ into an Ethno-Epic Musical

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Lam-ang takes centerstage this December as Tanghalang Pilipino’s third production for this MAKIDIGMA season (33rd Theater season, 2019-2020). This ethno-epic musical promises to present this oldest folk epic in Luzon with utmost respect for to its purest elements but, with some contemporary innovations in consideration of the sensibilities, level of artistic appreciation and cultural education of our contemporary audiences. Unforgettable songs, movements, dramatic actions and rituals artistically blend the old with the new in this musical.

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Topbilling this production is TV, movie and theater actor JC Santos, a graduate of Theater Arts from University of the Philippines, Diliman. Previous to “Lam-ang”, JC appeared in many stage productions including “Orosman at Zafira,” and “Isang Panaginip na Fili,” He received warmest accolades for his well-received turn as Roland in “Constellations“, which paved the way for him to find a niche in mainstream showbiz.

Lam-ang” marks JC’s stage comeback after years of devoting his time to the small and big screens.

“This is also my first time to bag a lead role in a musical. And, on top of that, this is my first with Tanghalang Pilipino,” adds JC Santos. “I am extremely honored to be part of this production and to work with all these talented artists.”

Also making her Tanghalang Pilipino debut is Anna Luna, who impressed audiences with her performance in the stage and movie versions of “Changing Partners“. Anna plays the beautiful Kannoyan, Lam-ang’s first love.

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“Kannoyan will teach Lam-ang that the power of a lifelong love is far stronger than any loss or victory in a war,” expresses Anna. “I am so honored and grateful for the trust given to me to play this landmark role of Kannoyan.”

Both JC and Anna have lead roles in full-length film entries in this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival, JC stars in “Tayo muna habang hindi pa tayo” with Jane Oineza while Anna stars in “O” alongside with Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Lauren Young. The films are shown in cinemas last October.

Respected stage veteran Tex Ordoñez-de Leon, former resident actor of Tanghalang Pilipino, lends her powerful voice to Baglan. Tex, a prolific stage actress, once recorded a duet with Gary Valenciano.

JC, Anna, Tex are joined by a host of the most versatile young stage actors in the country, including Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Alys Serdenia, Miah Canton, Rapah Manalo, VJ Cortel, Gry Gimena, Gabo Tolentino, Francis Gatmaytan, and the members of the multi-awarded Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company – Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, JV Ibesate, Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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The cast and artistic team of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Lam-ang. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following: Eljay Deldoc (New Book and Dramaturgy); Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics); Fitz Edward Torres Bitana (Director); Marco Viaña (Director and Set Designer).
Torres is also the composer of songs with TJ Ramos as musical director and sound designer; with JM Cabling as choreographer. The costume designer is Bonsai Cielo and the Lighting designer is Meliton Roxas Jr.

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(From L-R) Marco Viaña, Eljay Deldoc and Fitz Bitana. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” runs from December 6 to 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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News: International Tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL is finally coming to Manila! -Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

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NOVEMBER 2019 – GWB Entertainment along with GMG Productions & Virtus Live are delighted to announce that the international tour of the multi award-winning show MATILDA THE MUSICAL is finally making its way to Manila for the very first time. Matilda opens at The Theatre at Solaire in March 2020. The stage adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl classic was originally produced for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL begins performances in Manila on 05 March at The Theatre at Solaire.

Sign up for the GMG Newsletter and be one of the first to purchase tickets to the show, plus receive a special discount. Tickets will be exclusively accessible to those who are part of the newsletter beginning November 26, 2019 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 26, 2019 at 3:00PM.

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Exciting news! Just for Matilda, the producers are launching the Tuesday Special: One price across all
orchestra seats, and one price across all balcony seats.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is now in its seventh year in London where it continues to delight audiences of all ages.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the RSC in 2010, and is the recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical and a joint Best Actress Award for the four girls who shared the title role.  Based on the beloved story by the Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox), MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus, who helms this exhilarating and ingenious production with book by playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL premiered at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, playing to sold-out audiences from November 2010 to January 2011.  Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, the RSC transferred the production to London’s West End in October 2011 where the show continues to play to sold-out houses at the Cambridge Theatre.  Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favorite novel of millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.

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The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.

For detailed background information on the show and the characters please visit: www.matildainternational.com

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News: SOLAIRE GIGS’ KWERDAS featuring Ice Seguerra and Noel Cabangon, November 23 at The Tent at Solaire

SOLAIRE GIGS presents KWERDAS featuring Noel Cabangon and Ice Seguerra

What better way to reward oneself after a week of hard work than to spend the weekend chilling with friends and loved ones. Solaire has come up with the ideal entertainment for the working crowd. It is launching “Solaire Gigs,” an intimate concert series featuring today’s hottest music acts with drinks galore and favorite bar chow thrown into the mix.

“Solaire Gigs” kicks-off with “KWERDAS” an evening with two of the country’s best acoustic artists – ICE SEGUERRA and NOEL CABANGON who will be performing their hit songs along with current ones and other crowd favorites. Ice and Noel will have something for everyone when they perform this November 23 at The Tent at Solaire.

Totally spontaneous and unstructured, braver audience members will be invited to join the performers up onstage to jam with Ice, Noel, and a six-piece band while the rest can sing-along to their hearts’ content from wherever they are.

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Ice Seguerra (Photo courtesy of Solaire Gigs)

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Chill out this November at Kwerdas. Buy your tickets now at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 8891-9999

For reference and inquiries, please contact:

Krizia Cortez
Public Relations and Communications Manager
Solaire Resort & Casino
Telephone Number: + 63 2 8883 8784
Mobile Number: +63 998 586 1327
E-mail: kriziacortez@solaireresort.com

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News: Celebrate The Eraserheads’ Legacy with “Ultraelectromagneticpop!” Vinyl Launch

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Sony Music Philippines, in partnership with Offshore Music, honors the lasting impact of The Eraserheads on Pinoy pop culture by hosting the official vinyl launch of Ultraelectromagneticpop! —the game-changing debut album released in 1993 under BMG Records.

Be the first to own the 25th edition remastered vinyl, which will be exclusively available on November 24, Sunday at Eastwood Central Plaza in Quezon City from 11am onwards.

A tribute party wouldn’t be complete without performances and tribute covers from the country’s finest music acts including The Itchyworms, Barbie Almalbis, Cheats, Nathan & Mercury, Pinkmen, We Got!, and Nobody’s Home.

Limited-edition merchandise such as shirts, pins, stickers and caps will also be up for sale courtesy of Offshore Music.

Groundbreaking debut

Ultraelectromagneticpop! made waves in the summer of 1993 with songs such as “Tindahan ni Aling Nena,” “Pare Ko,” “Ligaya,” and “Toyang” becoming seminal hits. The Eraserheads’ first major label record not only catapulted the band into the canon of OPM greats, but also ushered into the Pinoy rock explosion of the ‘90s.

“It was also the album that proved that anyone can make music,” shares The Eraserheads’ Ely Buendia. Initially recorded on a shoestring budget, the record is currently being archived by the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology for its massive cultural importance.

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Remastered vinyl release

25 years after its groundbreaking release, the debut album from the alt rock legends is finally out in vinyl format for the very first time with limited pressing of 2,500 copies only.

During its pre-order period last month, the first batch of 25th anniversary vinyl reissue of Ultraelectromagneticpop! immediately sold out in less than four minutes, setting another unprecedented record in local music history.

The Eraserheads Ultraelectromagneticpop! 25th Anniversary Numbered Limited Edition vinyl are pressed at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI) Camarillo, California, and packaged using premium quality Old Style Tip-On Gatefold Jackets by Stoughton Printing Company.

Music fans and vinyl junkies will surely enjoy this audiophile-grade release, which was exceptionally remastered by Bernie Grundman. The renowned audio engineer, who was responsible for giving the album a more pristine makeover, has worked on several critically acclaimed recordings including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Prince’s Dirty Mind, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

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Ely Buendia also personally handpicked the Grammy Award-winning maestro after collaborating with him on Apartel’s sophomore album, Full Flood. “You don’t give Bernie Grundman instructions, you just trust his ears,” shares the Offshore Music head honcho and The Eraserheads’ frontman. “The remaster sounds bigger and clearer to me.”

The Eraserheads Ultraelectromagneticpop! 25th Anniversary Numbered Limited Edition vinyl is out on November 24 via Sony Music Philippines.

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Invitation: The Guitar Friends & Gitara Manila present ENCORE! Iconic Pieces of the Classical Guitar

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Get ready for a night of beautiful artistry and music

Y Space at the Yuchengco Museum, The Guitar Friends & Gitara Manila present

ENCORE!

Iconic Pieces of the
Classical Guitar

Performances by:
DUO MANILA

(Monching Carpio & Dr. Ivar Fojas)

featuring:
The beneficiaries of the

Maestro Jose Valdez Guitar Scholarship Fund,
Aaron Aguila, Edel Mark Bitao, Bea Rose Cena,
Leandro Ong, Iqui Vinculado, PWU Guitar Ensemble
andSt. Scholastica’s College Guitar Ensemble

Thursday, November 21, 2019

6:30pm

Tickets:
Php 700 (Regular)
Php 500 (Seniors & PWDs)
Php 300 (Students, YGC Employees &
Embassy Employees in RCBC Plaza)
For tickets and reservations contact:
yspace@yuchengcomuseum.org
OR (02) 8-889-1234

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NEWS: POLISH JAZZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER WILL PERFORM AT THE CCP

Artur Dutkiewicz – Photo by Rafael Latoszek (medium)

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland presents leading Polish jazz pianist and composer Artur Dutkiewicz in a solo concert on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM and Piano Improvisation Workshop on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 12 noon. Both events will be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

Called the “Ambassador of Polish jazz” by the Jazz Forum Magazine in 2012, Dutkiewicz has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world from the USA through Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Artur Dutkiewicz studied composition and arrangement where he graduated from the Jazz Department at the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland), receiving a diploma with distinction. He was a finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington, USA.

Artur Dutkiewicz has taken part in dozens of renowned jazz and music festivals around the world. These include the Hague’s Northsea Jazz Festival, Warsaw’s Jamboree, Hamburg’s Campnagel Theater, Bern’s Festival Kleiner Bunchen, Nuremberg’s Jazz Ost West, Cannes’ MIDEM, Milan’s Music Oggi, Paris’ Festival D`Europe Centrale, Budapest’s Sziget Festival, Havana’s Jazz Plaza Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Duesseldorf’s Jazz Rally, Berlin’s World Culture Festival, Milan’s Notturni in Palestro Festival, Beijing’s BJ Ninegates Jazz Festival, Helsinki’s Kontu Festival, and Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival.

In 2011 Arthur Dutkiewicz performed at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin during the World Culture Festival, arranging and playing a piece for 30 pianos with pianists from around the world, gathering an audience of 35,000 from around the world.

Besides playing in solo recitals, he is leader of the Artur Dutkiewicz Trio which plays modern jazz. His last albums “Mazurki”/solo, “Prana”, “Traveller”/trio, have been superbly received by audiences and critics alike.

His CCP program entitled ImproMazurka is as follows: Antonin Dvorak’s Theme from the 2nd part of New World Symphony; Dutkiewicz’s Africa Mazurka, Polish Mazurka, Chased Mazurka, Morning Mazurka, Mazurka Oberka; the Polish Christian song The Lord is my Shepherd; Ignacy Paderewski’s Nocturne in C Major, Op. 16 No. 4 and Minuet in G Major, Op. 14 No.1; and Alexander Tansman’s Les Iles Philippines.

Ticket prices for the concert are at P1,000 and P800 with 50% discount for students and 20% discount for senior citizens.

For more information regarding the concert please contact the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704. For information regarding the Piano Improvisation Workshop please contact 8832-1125 loc. 1604/1605 or email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com

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News: A Series of Cultural Events in Commemoration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500th death year anniversary

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On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, a theater play entitled “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” by renowned italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory will be staged on November 21, 2019, 7 pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The event is held in cooperation with the Philippine Italian Association, Italian Embassy, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. with the support of OMAN AIR, Rustan’s, Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, East West Bank.

Who doesn’t know Leonardo da Vinci?

The painter, the musician, the scenographer, the machines and automation inventor, the anatomist, the philosopher, the civil and war engineer, the scientist… and even a master cook!

Leonardo excelled in an extraordinary number of different fields, often envisioning prototypes centuries ahead of their actual invention.

His legacy is vast but still seems freshly inspiring for the trust Leonardo endlessly placed in the power of Reason and his sensitivity to Beauty.

500 years have passed from the death of Leonardo da Vinci and on this important anniversary, cultural events in Italy and throughout the world are remembering and celebrating the multi-faceted genius and icon of the Renaissance.


Alessandro Milani (President, Philippine-Italian Association, PIA) (image 01)
Alessandro Milani, President of Philippine-Italian Association, PIA (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)

Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s latest project, with the special collaboration of Filipino actor, director and screen/play writer Carlito (Lito) Casaje brings the immensely multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci to life on the stage. Being Leonardo da Vinci is a one-act play, which uses theater to present the Italian genius’ true life, art history and science. Through the format of an impossible interview, Finazzer Flory “physically” becomes Leonardo. Dressed in period costumes and wearing make-up which reconstructs da Vinci’s face, he performs in Renaissance language original texts written by Leonardo himself, among which the famous “Trattato di pittura” (Painting Treaties). Finazzer Flory’s Leonardo answers questions about his childhood, his civil and military activities, and how to become a “good painter” (bono pittore), and about the relationship between Painting and Science, Painting and Sculpture, Painting and Music. He comments on “The Last Supper” and the figures of the apostles, replies to his enemies’ attacks, prophecies man’s flying, and finally offers maxims and aphorisms to live by in our times. The theatre play has been toured in USA, Russia, Japan, France, Italy and Switzerland, among other countries.

Likewise, a masterclass and short film screening of “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” will be held on November 20, 2019 at the CCP Dream Theater at 2 pm. The masterclass will deal with the topic of interdisciplinary through the conjugation of: Art and Science, Memory and Imagination, Tradition and Technology, Theater and Cinema.

LEONARDO in MANILA media conference at the CCP (image 01)
 

Other events in celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary include the following:
  1. Introduction on the secrets of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” by Mr. James Freney – November 13, 2019 at the Italian restaurant Caruso, in Bel Air, Makati.
  2. Cook-Off with Leonardo – November 5,-6, 14, 2019 at the LPU (Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila) Culinary Institute.
  3. Film Presentation – November 19, 2019  at Cinematheque Center Manila.
  4. Dinner and lecture on “Leonardo da Vinci, wine and cuisine” by Chef Salvatore Arria, and Mr. Luca Galli, sommelier – November 20, 2019 at the Italian restaurant Pnte di Rialto, in Venice Piazza mall, Taguig.

Alessandro Milani (President of Philippine-Italian Association, PIA) with Ms. Irene Rada (CCP Public Relation)
Alessandro Milani with Ms. Irene Rada (CCP Public Relation)
 

The above mentioned events are part of a series of cultural and artistic activities in Metro Manila aimed at remembering and spreading knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci and the relevance of his achievements in our contemporary world to be held from November 5 until November 21.

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News: Repertory Philippines’ 2020 season holds a mirror up to human life

(5) 2020 Season Directors

Throughout its 53-year illustrious history, Repertory Philippines has allowed audiences to see the world with new eyes. By transporting them back in time or putting them in the shoes of another, REP has always reflected humanity in all its great diversity. For its 83rd season, REP is holding up a mirror to different experiences, highlighting stories that are both unique and familiar.

With Liesl Batucan on her first season as REP’s Artistic Director, audiences can expect a new creative spirit that remains faithful to REP’s legacy while bringing it forward, as she assembles a brilliant and diverse core of creatives who will be making their debut in the REP director’s chair; celebrated thespians who will be treading the REP boards for the first time; and REP veterans who will be making their much-awaited theater comeback.

Tarek el Tayech (as HE), and Missy Maramara (as SHE) are caught in a delightful mess in the romantic comedy Stage Kiss.

The 2020 season opens with The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick of 2014, Stage Kiss by American playwright Sarah Ruhl, which runs from February 7 to March 1, 2020. This romantic comedy takes audiences backstage and introduces them to She and He, two stage actors who find themselves cast as lovers in a 1930s melodrama. But She and He have a romantic history together, and after sharing several stage kisses as their characters, they unintentionally rekindle their love. A deliciously witty and insightful play about life imitating art and art imitating life, Stage Kiss stars Missy Maramara, Tarek El Tayech, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso and Mica Pineda, among others, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna, renowned and multi-awarded filmmaker of critically-acclaimed movies Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin, and Azucena.

Gab Pangilinan (as Marela) contemplates how Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA ominously intertwines with their lives in Anna in the Tropics.

From March 13 to April 5, 2020, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz comes to the REP stage. When Juan Julian arrives in Tampa, Florida in 1929, he unwittingly heralds change in the Cuban cigar factory where he has been employed as a lector. As he reads aloud from Leo Tolstoy’s passionate Anna Karenina, the workers soon find the story creeping into their lives and informing their decisions. Marriages collapse, affairs are pursued, and tensions run high as the workers are confronted with the threat of automation. To be directed by New York-based noted production designer Joey Mendoza and starring Ana Abad Santos, Jake Macapagal, Paolo O’ Hara, Brian Sy, Gab Pangilinan, Gie Onida and Madeleine Nicolas, Anna in the Tropics paints a sympathetic portrait of oppressed laborers and lovers who flout tradition, as it shows the transformative power of literature.

Gian Magdangal (as Billy Bigelow) and Nikki Gil (as Julie Jordan) grapple with issues of love, forgiveness and redemption in the award-winning musical Carousel.

The universally-loved and enduring favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel caps off the season and runs from May 1 to 24, 2020. Helmed by much lauded young director Toff de Venecia, the production showcases a star-studded cast led by the luminous pairing of Nikki Gil and Gian Magdangal, who will both be making their REP debut. The musical follows a poor young couple, millhouse worker Julie Jordan and carousel barker Billy Bigelow. When they both lose their jobs because of their whirlwind love affair, Billy is pressured into committing theft to provide for their unborn child. After everything goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. Hailed as TIME Magazine’s Best Musical of the 20th Century, Carousel explores the heartbreak and complexities that make its characters so tragically and wonderfully human.

Snow White and the Prince brings a beloved fairy tale to life for families everywhere.

REP 2020 ends with REP Theater for Young Audiences’ (RTYA’s) children’s musical Snow White and the Prince by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. From the same writers of REP’s mega hit 2018 production Rapunzel, Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairytale comes this witty new take on a beloved classic. Running from September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021, this play is directed by none other than the legendary Joy Virata. When Snow White meets her prince at the ball, they fall in love. But when the magic mirror tells the Evil Queen that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she burns with jealousy. She vows to vanquish Snow White, but the young girl flees into the forest and befriends seven unusual miners. Children of all ages will delight in this fun re-telling of this beloved fairytale that reminds us that people united in goodness are more powerful than the forces of evil.

Ed Lacson Jr. directs for REP Unplugged, REP’s edgy take on alternative theater, which will be launched in June 2020.

For the first time in REP history, audiences will get to experience REP Unplugged, an edgy and exciting new staging concept that is independent—or “unplugged”—from the rest of the season. Directed by theater wunderkind Ed Lacson Jr., REP Unplugged is alternative theater and will be performed in unconventional performance spaces. It will be launched in June 2020 during the interim between REP’s first three plays and its children’s production. Featuring an out-of-the-box approach and a fresh take on theater, REP Unplugged is ready to shake things up.

For the full experience of REP’s 2020 seas0n, purchase season passes now. Season subscribers can get access to REP’s 2020 plays at up to 30% off. The Gold Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) costs Php 4,900, the Silver Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) is only Php3,700, the Gold Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 4,200, and the Silver Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 3,150.

For show-buying and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase your season passes by calling Ticketworld at 891-9999, or through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, or like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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Performance Photos: ATLANTIS THEATRICAL’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

The Cast of Sweeney Todd MNL (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group) Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

For its final musical offering for their 20th Anniversary season, Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group presents SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET this month of October that will run until 27th, 2019 at the Theatre at Solaire. It was previously announced that Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga and rock icon Jett Pangan lead the cast as Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd, respectively. Joined by Ima Castro as the Beggar Woman, Andrew Fernando as Judge Turpin, Gerald Santos as Anthony Hope, and Nyoy Volante as Adolfo Pirelli. Also joining them are Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante as Johanna, Luigi Quesada as Tobias, Arman Ferrer as Beadle, and Dean Rosen as Jonas Fogg. Completing the ensemble are Steven Conde, Sarah Facuri, Christine Flores, Jep Go, Kevin Guiman, and Emeline Celis Guinid.

Here are some Performance Photos, courtesy of Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) :

SWEENEY TODD is directed by Mr. Bobby Garcia. Set design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, Musical direction by Gerard Salonga along with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Costume design by Rajo Laurel. Choreography by Cecile Marinez, Lighting design by Aaron Porter, Hair and Make-up design by Leslie Espinosa, Vocal direction by Manman Angsico, and Sound design by Justin Stasiw.

For Tickets, Go to www.ticketworld.com.ph or contact 891-9999.

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News: Family Concert with the PPO at the CCP this October

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Tricks and Musical Treats, a PPO Family Concert“, an orchestra appreciation concert for children and families will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert will feature the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a program subtitled “A Voyage to the Fantasy Isle of Harmony”. The program will feature young talented instrumentalists in a fantasy island setting with main actor Liesl Batucan and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Nikki Junia will have an inter-active segment with the children who will play percussion instruments. Herminigildo Ranera conducts the orchestra.

The concert introduces the symphony orchestra and its music to children and families in a fun-filled way. The show will be directed by award-winning actor Liesl Batucan.

Pre-concert activities will start at 2:00 PM with a musical instruments petting zoo wherein children can experience playing different orchestral instruments assisted by the members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Trick or treat and activities will take place at the Main Theater Lobby at 2:00 PM. The children are encouraged to come in their best fantasy or island setting-inspired costumes.

For more information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3704 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.

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