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PR: PETA SHOWS TO STREAM ONLINE VIA PAY-PER-VIEW STARTING NOVEMBER 27, 2020

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 The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is ready to open to doors of its virtual theater, welcoming the first online edition of the PETA Laboratory! Dubbed K.E.-POP: Kalinangan Performers Overcoming a Pandemic, this year’s PETA Lab offers a wide array of new and old works relevant to the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online streaming festival features a total of six shows streaming via www.ktx.ph from November 27-29, December 4-6, 2020.

PETA Artistic Director and PETA Laboratory Director Maribel Legarda describes PETA Lab 2020 as a tribute to the artist’s capacity to be creative and resilient despite COVID-19. “It’s going to be a mixed bag of things,” she says, “We hope that these explorations will be very interesting for our audiences, especially in these times of isolation and disconnection.”

PETA Lab 2020 is offering two sets of new works with three productions in each set: PETA Lab Set A brings audiences Maskian, a dance piece on mask-wearing throughout history until the pandemic, written and choreographed by Carlon Matobato; WFH, a Zoom-based theater piece on the struggles of employees during quarantine, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Meann Espinosa; and Hello, a devised work about isolation amongst young people, directed by Ian Segarra and Keiko Yamaguchi, sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

 

Alongside this, PETA Lab Set B presents Finding Z, a play on mental health written by Jean Gladys Vicente and directed by Ian Segarra and Julio Garcia; Harinawa, a play on extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Lotlot Bustamante; and Second Set: 2 Meters Apart, a docu-musical about the experiences of parents, teachers, children, and frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic directed by Norbs Portales with music by Ada Tayao.

 

The cherry on top for this year’s PETA Lab is something that has not been done for the previous years: PETA is streaming three of its past, well-loved productions. Audiences can now revisit one of PETA’s most in-demand hit musicals, Liza Magtoto and Vincent De Jesus’ Care Divas, along with the voter’s education musical Vincent De Jesus’ Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo, at Ang Limang Milyong Boto, and, for the first time on screen, the historical and landmark musical, Carlos “Charley” de la Paz and Lucien Letaba’s 1896 – the first and only sung-through musical of PET, which tells the story about the Philippine revolution. In addition, PETA has also shot a full-length documentary that weaves through its 54 years of work as one of the country’s groundbreaking theater companies. Directed by Dudz Teraña, Living Voices, is an in-depth look into the rich history of an institution that has withstood time and tide, featuring tales of humble beginnings – also available with this year’s PETA Lab offerings!

 

Coming to our screens starting November 27, these new explorations are PETA’s response to the changing times we are currently facing, by creating works of art and bringing back performances that echo the stories of Filipinos today. “We would really love and need the energy that the audiences bring to us, because of course, we miss that,” says Maribel Legarda about migrating theater to the virtual stage, “That’s the gaping hole that will never be filled. But given this condition, we’re more than willing to accept this challenge – explore and create new ideas and new stories, and at the same time, introduce who we are as artists.”

Support the arts. Support theater artists!

Watch PETA’s streaming festival from November 27 to 29 and December 4 to 6 via www.ktx.ph.

Tickets are only 120 pesos and 220 pesos.

For more information follow PETA’s social media pages:

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Twitter @petatheater  | Instagram @petatheater

YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline

 

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PR: LINE UP OF FILMS TO STREAM AT QCINEMA 2020 FROM NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 6

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Cinephiles from across the country will now get to savor the delights of the QCinema International Film Festival.
 
There’s no need to go to Quezon City for this special edition of QCinema.  No need to rush to the cinemas, brave the Metro traffic, nor line-up for movie tickets.  QCinema brings the international film festival experience to anyone in the country, right in the comfort of their homes, through any internet-connected device.
This is made possible through QCinema’s partnership with UPSTREAM and GMovies.
The film festival, which runs from November 27 to December 6, will stream two sets of films for five days each.
It opens its virtual doors with ten award-winning and highly acclaimed films available for rent for only P 150.00 each.
 
The films include QCinema grantees Cleaners by Glenn Barit; Oda sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar; Balangiga Howling Wilderness by Khavn; and Babae at Baril by Rae Red.  
 
Aside from these films, QCinema also hosts the Asian premiere of Genus Pan by Lav Diaz; the Southeast Asian premiere of Song Without a Name by Melina León and Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro; and the Philippine premiere of Rom by Tran Thanh Huy;  Suk Suk by Ray Yeung; and Corpus Christi by Mateusz Pacewicz.
 
Genus Pan is a look at how much human beings are like animals.  The film is the only Philippine entry at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.  It also won for Lav Diaz the best director award in the same festival.
 
Song Without a Name is a 2019 Peruvian drama film directed by Melina León. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It is also the Peruvian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. The film is about a mother who takes her newborn baby to a health clinic, but the baby and clinic both disappear.
 
Rom is the first Vietnamese film to receive the New Current Awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The film is about the residents of an apartment complex that is slated for demolition.
 
Divine Love is a Brazilian drama screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Divine Love tells the story of a religious woman who uses her position at work to help struggling couples save their marriage. While waiting for some praise, she is confronted with a personal crisis.
 
Suk Suk is a 2019 award-winning and critically acclaimed Hong Kong drama film about two secretly homosexual married men in their twilight years.  This film premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.

Corpus Christi is about a reformed criminal who is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release. He dresses as a priest and ministers a small town parish. It premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and is the Polish entry in the 92nd Academy Award.

Limited number of tickets will be released per film and will be made available starting November 24.

QCinema Festival Bundles will also be made available for P 750.00 each.  Bundles give access to five films plus will give away QCinema-branded items.

To rent a film, go to upstream.ph to choose a film.  Viewers will be guided to GMovies to pay for the ticket. To avail of QCinema bundles, go to qcinema.ph.

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News: CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES LIGHTS UP IN RED TO SUPPORT GLOBAL LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY CAUSE

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The facade of the Cultural Center of the Philippines‘ (CCP) Main Building will be illuminated in red color on September 1, 2020, Tuesday from 7pm until 8pm.  The lighting event is CCP’s support to a worldwide cause of the live events industry led by the National Live Events Coalition (NLEC-PH).

The live events industry is a wide network of collaborators – planners, organizers, suppliers, talents, and freelancers.  NLEC-PH was formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its critical impact on the live events industry to amplify the voices, to empower, and to be advocates for every event practitioner.

While the NLEC-PH has made strides in coordinating with the government (with the Inter-Agency Task Force, in particular) in seeking support for the industry, thousands are still unemployed and companies are still struggling. Millions of our counterparts across the globe in the live events industry are still seeking aid, unemployment benefits and government assistance.

In the past couple of weeks, there have been campaigns across Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in support of the Live Events Industry where many event venues, outdoor spaces, theaters, arenas, iconic buildings and landmarks were lit red to shine a light on the crisis during the pandemic.  Movement in the United States plans to light red hundreds of buildings on September 1st, to call for urgent government assistance.

In order to raise awareness in the Philippines, the NLEC-PH is encouraging its fellow technical providers and rental companies to join in the campaign “Light up in Red” on the same date and time in support for all live event stakeholders.

The CCP fully supports these initiatives; and, as convenor of the Association of Philippine Performing Arts Spaces (APPAS), enjoins all its member-art spaces to participate in solidarity with NLEC-PH.

Ariel S.R. Yonzon, Associate Artistic Director for Production and Exhibition, CCP, said:  “The live events industry sector is a unique conglomeration of talent, skilled labor and service supply chain – many of whom have been direly affected by the pandemic; with mass gatherings embargo and quarantine protocols, in place.  We are all eager to get back to work and do what we love most – to interact and socialize, to present and perform, to fully experience live events with all our senses beyond mere virtual substitutes.  With Red Light September 1, let the light shine on our plight.”

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News: CINEMALAYA SETS SAIL WITH ITS DIGITAL EDITION THIS AUGUST

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THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival continues to sail on its 16th year with its digital edition slated on August 7 to 16, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s biggest independent film festival will be screened on Vimeo.

Co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., this year’s film festival will feature Short Films in Competition.

Out of 244 entries submitted, 10 short films were selected and will vie for the Best Film award. These are: ANG GASGAS NA PLAKA NI LOLO BERT (THE BROKEN VINYL RECORD) by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori; ANG PAGPAKALMA SA UNOS (TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE) by Joanna Vasquez Arong; EXCUSE ME MISS, MISS, MISS by Sonny Calvento; FATIGUED by James Robin Mayo; LIVING THINGS by Martika Ramirez Escobar; PABASA KAN PASYON by Hubert Tibi; QUING LALAM NING ALDO (UNDER THE SUN) by Reeden Fajardo; THE SLUMS by Jan Andrei Cobey; TOKWIFI by Carla Pulido Ocampo; and UTWAS (ARISE) by Richard Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay.

In Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert, an old vinyl record alters a closeted gay man’s life. Meanwhile, memories catch up as a girl visits a ravaged port city in Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos.

Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss tells the story about a department store sales lady who unearths the ultimate secret to regularization; while Fatigued is about an employee who overslept and must wake-up from a nightmare.

Living Things is about a woman who discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee. Pabasa kan Pasyon follows a Bicolano family that turns to religion to make both ends meet.

In Quing Lalam Ning Aldo, a transgender sampaguita farmer decides to renovate their neglected kitchen as soon as she hears that her son is going home. The Slums, on the other hand, follow a documentary team who progressively intervenes and trespasses  into the lives of a poor family living in the slums as they try to cope with the loss of
their TV.

In Tokwifi, a 1950s mestiza star, trapped inside a television that fell from the sky, dreams up a romantic romp with a Bontok Igorot man who does not know how to kiss. Meanwhile, Utwas narrates how a young boy discovers the ocean as he tries to learn how to dive and fish.

Aside from the main competition, the Cinemalaya will have a specially-curated Short Films in Exhibition, featuring 20 short films namely:

1. GULIS (LINES) by Kyle Francisco
2. IGIB (FETCH) by Joey Paras
3. GRAND GESTURES by Cody Abad
4. HIMAGSIK NG HIWAGA (REVOLT OF THE MYSTIC) by Geoffrey Solidum
5. PAON (BAIT) by Seb Valdez
6. TAHANAN by Mick Quito
7. TARANG (LIFE’S PEDAL) by Arvin Belarmino
8. SUMASAIYO, (YOURS TRULY,) by Jermaine Tulbo
9. ANG MERON SA WALA (BEYOND NOTHING) by Arby and Christine Laraño
10. DISPLACED by Aedrian Araojo
11. JEPOY by Avid Liongoren
12. KUNG SAAN PATAG ANG BUNDOK (WHERE THE HORIZON MEETS THE
MOUNTAIN) by Dolliete Cristi Mari Echon
13. OCTOGOD by Shievar Olegario
14. PINAKANAKAPAGPAPABAGABAG-DAMDAMIN (MOST DISTURBING
FEELING) by Jermaine Tulbo
15. HABAK (CHARM) by Christian Paolo Lat and Mia Salisbury
16. SI GLORIA AT SI JUAN by Gilliano Salvador
17. ANG NAWALANG HALIGI (PILLAR) by Sarah Mya Regacho
18. DAMA DE NOCHE by Lawrence Arvin Sibug
19. MATA by Bryan Kenette Padilla
20. THE ROOFTOP by Avirup Biswas

 

Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia, will also continue its run this year. Visions of Asia, one of the major components of the film festival, will screen award-winning indie films from Asia.

Cinemalaya will also pay tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the Philippine film industry – director Peque Gallaga and actress Anita Linda.

Screenwriter Ricky Lee, in partnership with Cinemalaya, will conduct a scriptwriting masterclass. There will also be a virtual reunion of his writing workshop alumni.

Don’t miss out on other Cinemalaya components such as the Cinemalaya Retrospectives, featuring past Cinemalaya films, and Cinemalaya Campus, among others.

For more updates, please visit the CCP and Cinemalaya websites. Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts.

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NEWS: The Virgin LabFest 2020 KAPIT is EXTENDED this July

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DUE to insistent public demand, the Virgin Labfest 2020: Kapit will have its extended run on Vimeo, starting July 2 to 15, 2020.

For two more weeks, theater fans will have a chance to watch and experience the theater festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays on the virtual stage.

Fifteen main features, staged readings and revisited plays will have their extended run, namely Nicko de Guzman’s Bagahe, Tyrone Casumpang’s BlackPink, Jay Crisostomo’s Dapithapon, Dingdong Novenario’s Dominador Gonzales – National Artist, Herlyn Alegre’s Fangirls, Luisito Nario’s Gin Bilog, Buch Dacanay’s Jenny Li, Bernice Dacara’s Matira Matibay, Norman Boquiren’s Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw, Claro De Los Reyes’ Mongoloida’s Casa De Pun, Juliene Mendoza’s Multiverse, Daryl Pasion’s Papaano Turuan Ang Babae Humawak ng Baril, Floyd Scott Tiogangco’s Pilot Episode, Kim Vergara’s The Boyboy and Friends Channel, and Jobert Gray’s Titser Kit.

Sign up with Vimeo to subscribe.  Avail the Regular Package (Php100) to access all the extended plays.  Or opt for the Premium Package (Php100) to access the plays with special features. Log on to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vlf2020kapit.

With the assistance from Japan Foundation, all plays will have English subtitles.

Read the VLF 2020: Kapit Souvenir Program: https://bit.ly/3cQi894

Engage with the VLF community.  Join the VLF online hangout place! https://bit.ly/36QdOp0

Share your VLF experience using the hashtags #VLF2020 #VLFKapit #CCPOnline #CCP50

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News: Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat, Michael Cinco x Ballet Philippines Autumn-Fall 2020 are among the CCP shows in line up to be stream online this May

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Miss going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines and watch its world-class shows? The CCP Online premieres archival recordings and shows in HD that celebrate Filipino artistry and talents.

This May 19, CCP puts the spotlight on the Visayan culture and traditions in “Perlas ng Silangan” (Pearl of the Orient Sun). Made possible through its Cultural Exchange Department, the collaborative dance drama featuring four leading regional performing groups, namely the Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts of Angeles City, Pampanga; Maskara Theater Ensemble of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod City; the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe Rondalla from NCR; and the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU-IIT Iligan City. The show was presented on October 10 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster on May 21. With music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes, the Shakespeare’s classic romance tale of star-crossed lovers offer audiences a captivating feast for the senses.

It’s a sarsuwela night on May 23 with Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat. Written by Severino Reyes who is regarded as the father of the Tagalog sarsuwela, it follows the story of Tenyong who outwits the people trying to separate him from his love interest Julia. The literary masterpiece speaks against imperialism, revealing scenes that depicted the cruelty of the Spanish friars and how patriotic Filipinos died in their hands.

Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat. Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz © 2012

 

Fashion and ballet come together on May 26 with the Michael Cinco x Ballet Philippines Autumn-Fall 2020. Produced to celebrate the golden anniversary of BP, the one-night gala features Swan Lake-inspired dance choreography by Alden Lugnasin and the couture fashion collection by designer Michael Cinco.

 

Agnes Locsin’s neo-ethnic masterpiece, Ballet Philippines’ Encantada, premieres on the virtual stage on May 28. Presented as the opening salvo for BP’s 42nd dance season, it centers around the sovereign spirit of the mountain. The show featured guest artist Georgette Sanchez and BP principal dancer Candice Adea as the Encantada, Jean Marc Cordero as Estranjero and Katherine Trofeo and Carissa Adea as the Babaylan.

 

The hit superhero musical, Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, saves the day on May 30. Based on graphic novel of the same title by Carlo Vergara and performed by Tanghalang Pilipino actors, it follows the adventure of a gay beauty salon owner who transforms into a voluptuous superhero who saves her town from marauding zombies, power-tripping fashion forward aliens and a giant dancing frog.

Catch these shows at CCP YouTube channels. Watch as much as you can for free. The shows are live for a week. Subscribe to their YouTube channel at bit.ly/CCPOnlineYT!

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NLEC PH, AN ALLIANCE OF VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY RECENTLY FORMED

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Live Events was the first to feel the impact of the crisis when events were cancelled as early as January 2020 when news of the pandemic broke out. Live Events is now deemed the last to recover.

LIVE EVENTS is an “experience industry” with a chain linking various sectors – from Theatre, Weddings and Social events, AVL (audio-video and lights) and staging suppliers, Agencies and Activations, Concerts, Gigs and Festivals, Freelance Production Workers, Conventions and Venues.

What many don’t realize is how large this ecosystem is and the impact on this industry is far, wide, and deep.

Formed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its critical impact on the many people behind this industry, various sectors of the Live Events Industry banded together last April 29, 2020 in alliance to what is now aptly named the NATIONAL LIVE EVENTS COALITION PHILIPPINES (NLECPH).

The mission of NLEC PH is to support the people “behind the scenes” and help the many voices that make up the live events industry.

The Live Event industry is not just a temporary shutdown of businesses – it is an entire year of income, trade and jobs essentially wiped out. Far from a retail industry, where, however devastating it may have been, the retail industry can get to a point where it can reopen, mobilize and bring its staff back in. The vast majority of the Live Events industry are focused on the delivery of one single large event across the entire year, and that has all been eliminated. NLEC PH is genuinely and actively at the forefront of every live show comprised of planners, producers, agencies, audio, visual, lights and stage suppliers, and a united freelance live event workforce.

The vision of National Live Events Coalition PH is to unite the various sectors of the Live Event Industry without political agendas, hidden schemas or business interests. It exists to provide advocacy, resources and a network that connects and supports all of the businesses, contractors and our workforce – the lifeblood of every event.

The current goals of NLEC PH are as follows:
1. Create an awareness campaign that the ‘Live Event Industry’ is a large sector.
2. Work together with the government in creating realistic plans and strategies for safety precautions for our audience and workforce from ingress to egress.
3. Call attention to the catastrophic effects of Covid-19 on the business of live events.
4. Ensure that every sector of the industry is included in the ongoing national conversation in seeking help and assistance for our industry.

Among the personalities who are supporting this alliance include Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Rowell Santiago, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, FDCP chair Liza Diño-Seguerra, Pangasinan Congressman Christopher “Toff” De Venecia (son of Manay Gina De Venecia and former House Speaker Joe De Venecia), and many more.

For further information, visit the NLECPh Secretariat on Facebook — www.facebook.com/nlecph.secretariat.5

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News: Virgin LabFest 2020 goes on Virtual Stage in time of COVID

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THE Virgin Labfest braves a new front and adjusts to new realities as the playwrights, directors and actors take a further leap of faith to bring the annual festival of untried, untested and unstaged works on a virtual stage. In response to the COVID 19 crisis, the theater festival will have its lockdown edition, slated on June 10 to 28, 2020.

Dubbed “VLF 2020 KAPIT: Lab in the Time of Covid (A Virtual Labfest Lockdown Edition),” the 16th edition will feature nine new works, three revisited works, and six staged readings.

The nine main performances are: “Doggy” by Dustin Celestino, directed by Roobak Valle; “Pilot Episode” by Floyd Scott Tiogangco, directed by Giancarlo Abrahan; “Dapithapon” by Jay Crisostomo IV, directed by Sigmund Roy Pecho; “Papaano Turuan ang Babae Humawak ng Baril” by Daryl Pasion, directed by Erika Estacio; “BlackPink” by Tyron Casumpang, directed by Jethro Tenorio; “Multiverse” by Juliene Mendoza, directed by Fitz Edward Bitana; “Titser Kit” by Jobert Grey Landeza, directed by Adrienne Vergara; “Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw” by Mark Norma Boquiren, directed by Mark Mirando; and, “Gin Bilog” by Luisito Nario, directed by James Harvey Estrada.

In “Doggy,” a man’s fiancee’s sexual peculiarity becomes his source of repressed anger. Frustrations surface after a game of “Never Ever Have I Ever,” when he learns that his fiancee was more sexually adventurous with her previous lovers.

Pilot Episode” shows a young gay man who just quit his job through a text message, and how his parents attempt to de-escalate his extreme manic-depressive episode.

Dapithapon” follows the story of three boys in their senior high school years who have to confront their greatest fears in a single day: flunking out of school, impossible parental expectations, and an unhealthy infatuation with a teacher. They fervently cling to one another and try fruitlessly to preserve their friendship before they are forever parted by circumstance.

Returning home from an encounter against the NPA, a man reunites with his pregnant wife in “Papaano Turuan ang Babae Humawak ng Baril.” The sweet homecoming turns out to be the complete opposite when the wife is confronted with her husband’s impossible request.

An online rehearsal by the cast of Papaano Turuan ang Babae Humawak ng Baril for the Virgin Labfest 2020 lockdown edition.

In “BlackPink,” a father discovers that his youngest son who is a staunch fan of Blackpink was prohibited by his school principal to dance “Kill This Love” in their Family Day talent contest, and the only way for him to join the competition is if he finds other male students to dance with him. Will he be able to join the Family Day? and dance the BlackPInk hit song?

The cast of BlackPink, one of the participating plays in the Virgin Labfest 2020 lockdown edition during online rehearsals.

Multiverse” reunites two estranged brothers – a writer and a recovering alcoholic. The two reconnect through their mutual love of comic books. As they discuss the concept of alternate realities and dimensions prevalent in most comic book stories, they imagine how much better their relationship would have been in another reality. What if a different reality slowly reveals itself to the two estranged siblings?

When a young student gets into trouble in his new school and becomes what punishment the Principal might sanction him with, he hides inside a dilapidated storage room. He feels safe until “Titser Kit” finds him there.

First reading done online by the cast of Titser Kit, one of the participating plays in the Virgin Labfest 2020 lockdown edition.

Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw” is a painful tale of two Ayta children whose friendship is tested as they choose different paths. One follows her mother as she seeks the American dream, never thinking of who is hurt along the way. The other remains with their people, working always against oppression.

In “Gin Bilog,” old issues are rehashed in a drinking session of family and friends.

The cast of Gin Bilog, one of the featured plays in the Virgin Labfest 2020 lockdown edition during an online rehearsal.

The Revisited Plays include: “Fangirl” by Herlyn Alegre, directed by Charles Yee; “Anak Ka Ng” by U Z Eliserio, directed by Maynard Manansala; and “Wanted: Male Boarders” by Rick Patriarca, directed by George De Jesus III.

Also catch the Staged Readings: “Jenny Li” by Buch Dacanay, directed by Nour Hooshmand; “Dominador Gonzales – National Artist” by Dingdong Novenario, directed by Joel Bunny Cadag; “LadyMasters” by Rouchelle Dinglasan, directed by Joy Cerro; “Matira ang Matibay” by Bernice Dacara, directed by Alon Segara; “Bagahe” by Nicko de Guzman, directed by Joel Saracho; “Mongoloida’s Casa de Pun” by Claro delos Reyes, directed by Guelan Luarca.

Online rehearsal by the cast of Dominador Gonzales: National Artist, one of the featured staged readings in the Virgin Labfest 2020 lockdown edition.

There will be a VLF Playwright’s Fair, one of the components of the theater festival. A collaboration of the CCP Intertextual Division, the VLF Team and The Writers’ Bloc’s Rody Vera, the fair features Filipino writers. There will be online discussion and digital marketing platform for the expertise, services, publications and other products of writers of theatrical productions.

The VLF Playwrights Fair is free and open to public. It will be held online every 7:00 p.m. during the VLF 2020. Check the FB page of VLF 2020 for the complete line up of speakers and activities.

“The Virgin Labfest is here, and it remains strong and able to adjust to new realities. The festival has a firm fan base which has filled the CCP theaters year in and year out. Let’s continue to tell our stories on the virtual stage,” said festival director JK Anicoche.

Established in 2005, the Virgin Labfest is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, its resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and the playwrights’ group Writer’s Bloc Inc.

For more details, visit the CCP website and official social media accounts, and the VLF Facebook account.

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News: CCP ARTHOUSE CINEMA’S EUROPELIKULA PRESENT ‘DIAMANTINO’

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FOR its second offering this year, Europelikula, a monthly showcase of festival films from European Union member  countries jointly curated by CCP and the EU Delegation, will screen “Diamantino” by Gabriel Abrantes aand Daniel Schmidt on February 29, 5pm, at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

The film tells about the world’s premiere soccer star, named Diamantino, who loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace.  Searching for a new purpose, the international soccer icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

Europelikula aims to foster cultural exchange, specifically through film, between Europe and the Philippines.  It is a new section under the CCP Arthouse Cinema, a program by the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division which aims to promote appreciation among “newbies” and cineastes.

The CCP ArtHouse Cinema provides free screenings of indie films, award-winning Filipino animation, documentaries and themed sections, accompanied by talkbacks with directors, actors, and critics.  Other sections include Cinemulat, Pelicoolab: Gawad Alternatibo Specials, Cinemalaya Flashback Fridays, and World Cinema Series.

Starting February 29, Europelikula will be giving out freebies for early birds. CCP Film Society cardholders must RVSP to ccp.fbnmd@gmail.com and arrive earlier than 2:45pm, or their slots will be given to walk-in audience. For walk-ins, registration is in front of the theater, and starts 30 minutes before screening.

For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 8832-1125, local 1702 & 1705.  Or visit the CCP Facebook accounts and website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph)

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News: SIX ‘VIRGINS’ TO LIFT CURTAINS AT VLF 16

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SIX ‘Virgins’ playwrights made it to the 16th edition of the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of untried, untested, unstaged and unpublished theater works, happening on June 10 to 28, 2020, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The VLF virgins who will make their debut in the upcoming theater festival include: Sorsogon-based writer Jobert Landeza who penned “Titser Kit”; Mark Norman Boquiren, with his “Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw”; Floyd Tiogangco, with “Pilot Episode”; Daryl Pasion, with “Papaano Turuan Ang Babae Humawak ng Baril”; Luis Nario, with “Gin Bilog”; and film director Bibeth Orteza who is the only woman playwright, with “Bituing Marikit.”

Completing the final list are: Tyron Casumpang, with “Black Pink”; Anthony Kim Vergara, with “The Boy Boy and Friends Channel”; Juliene Mendoza, with “Multiverse”; Jay Crisostomo, with “Dapithapon”; Juan Ekis, with “‘Nay May Dala akong Pansit”; and Dustin Celestino, “Doggy.” These six playwrights have participated in the previous editions of the festival.

For the Stage Readings, six works have been selected; three of which are written by “virgin” playwrights, namely “Jenny Li” by Buch Dacanay, “Matira ang Matibay” by Bernice Dacara, and “Mongoloida’s Casa de Pun” by Claro delos Reyes. Other featured stage reading works are: “LadyMasters” by Rouchelle Dinglasan, “Bagahe” by Nicko de Guzman, and “Dominador Gonzales — National Artist” by Dingdong Novernario.

VLF festival director JK Aninoche expressed his gratitude to all the writers who “have shared their visions and voices to us.” The 12 finalists chosen for full-staging were selected from the 290 submitted entries.

VLF founder and former festival director Rody Vera and dramaturg Ina Azarcon Bolivar helped in selecting this year’s unique set of plays.

“I’m very excited on the richness of thought-making and breadth and depth of representation of human condition and contemporary life in this year’s edition of the VLF. Masayang may mga kasana sa pagsulong at paglikha. I’m looking forward to the VLF as a collaborative development platform for untried, untested and unstaged plays,” shared Aninoche.


Co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, acclaimed theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and Manila-based playwrights’ group Writer’s Bloc Inc., this year’s VLF follows the theme “Rurok.” Established in 2005, the VLF aims to provide Filipino playwrights a venue to present their unpublished, untried, untested and unstaged works to the theater-going public.

Follow VLF on Social Media, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph for more information and promo. Connect with VLF by using hashtags: #virginlabfest #vlf16 #vlf2020 #vlfrurok #CCPVirginLabfest #untrieduntestedunstaged

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News: IMAGO DROPS UNPLUGGED COLLECTION OF ALL-TIME HITS

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OPM rock band Imago is back to give new flavor to the hits of their past with the release of “Imago: Unplugged.” Produced by Buddy Zabala, the EP is a collection of stripped-down versions of songs the band popularized over their storied career. The EP features six tracks, including the hits “Sundo,” “Akap,” “Taralets,” and one of their latest singles “Pag-ibig na Walang Balik,” sung by the band’s newest vocalist Kiara San Luis.



Talking more about the EP, the band says “A majority of the songs of Imago started with an acoustic guitar and we wanted to show these songs in that birthing state where it had shape and form already while being raw and bare.”

On top of the “Unplugged” EP, the band is also busy creating new tracks to continue their evolution, including their latest single “Partida (featuring BenteDos).” This new track blends together San Luis’ sweet vocals and a surprising hip-hop twist with featured artist BenteDos, exploring themes of the risk-taking involved when heading into a romantic relationship.



Imago: Unplugged – EP and Partida (feat. BenteDos) are now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music under Universal Records.

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Performance Photos: PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) draws its 52nd Theater Season to a close by responding to an issue that has long been met with silence: the HIV epidemic in the Philippines.

Together with esteemed HIV advocacy organizations The Red Whistle and LoveYourself, PETA launches the Acting on HIV campaign with Rody Vera’s anthology drama ‘Under my Skin‘, directed by Melvin Lee, as the frontliner.

Inspired by real people and events, “Under My Skin” accurately depicts the realities, triumphs, and struggles of people living with HIV, while navigating an important conversation about acceptance and tolerance.

Under My Skin introduces us to a number of characters: Dino, an HIV-positive teen whose status is discovered through a contraction of tuberculosis; Mary Rose, a mother who unknowingly passed down the virus to her son after contracting if from her husband; a gay beauty parlor employee experiencing work-related discrimination, and more. Their stories of love, pain and acceptance are revealed through Dr. Almonte, who is studying the spread of the devastating virus.

Under My Skin” features stellar theater actresses Ms. Cherry Pie Picache and Ms. Roselyn Perez alternating as the lead character Dr. Gemma Almonte. They are joined by Anthony Falcon, Mike Liwag, Gio Gahol, Migs Almendras, Eko Baquial, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Dylan Ray Talon, Ekis Gimenez, Dudz Teraña, Jarred Jaicten, Erold Enriquez, Jason Barcial, Joseph Madriaga, Rach Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

Here are some captivating scenes from the play, captured by photographer Erickson dela Cruz:

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The cast and artistic team of PETA’s Under My Skin. Photographs by Erickson dela Cruz.

Under My Skin is showing at the PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City started last February 7 and will run until March 22, 2020 (Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays/Sundays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm).  For tickets and showbuying inquiries, please contact PETA at petatheater@gmail.com / 725-6244, or TicketWorld at www.ticketworld.com.ph / 891-9999.

For more info, Visit PETA’s Official Website: www.petatheater.com/undermyskin

 

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News: AJ Mitchell Live in Manila

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Gather all your friends for AJ Mitchell’s Manila mall shows!

American pop sensation AJ Mitchell is set to serenade and meet his Filipino fans for an upcoming series of mall tours.

The eighteen-year-old pop singer-songwriter will be performing in select Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, from January 17 to 18, 2020 with the following schedule:

      • 01/17/20: Uptown Bonifacio (Friday, 7pm)
      • 01/18/20: Venice Grand Canal Mall (Saturday, 3pm)
      • 01/18/20: Eastwood City (Saturday, 7pm)

    “This will be my first time in the Philippines,” the teen heartthrob reveals in an interview.
    “I’m so excited to experience the culture and see as much as I can while there. I can’t wait to eat the amazing food and hopefully see some of the beaches as well.”
    With Nathan Huang of Nathan & Mercury and featuring Any Name’s Okay as opening act, the American recording artist will perform some fan favorites, including the mid-tempo jam “All My Friends” and the global smash “Slow Dance.”

Getting to know AJ Mitchell

With a slick and show-stopping voice, charismatic personality, and sharp songwriting chops, it’s no surprise that the fast-rising star has already charted three hits on the US top 40 radio chart in a span of less than two years: “Girls,” “All My Friends,” which peaked inside the top 25, and the Ava Max duet “Slow Dance,” now ranked #29 and still climbing.

In terms of streaming, AJ Mitchell has racked up more than 100 million streams and 4.15 million monthly listeners on Spotify, cementing himself as 2019’s most promising male artist.

Outside the US, the Philippines is considered to be one of the biggest music markets of AJ Mitchell, whose latest single “Slow Dance,” a collaboration with hit-maker Ava Max, is currently making waves in local streaming playlists and top 40 radio stations. “I was pleasantly surprised when I first learned this and I’m so excited to finally get to meet some of my Filipino fans,” the young musician/performer opens up about the warm reception on his previous and recent releases.

As for Ava Max, the pop phenom who has shown significant international attention with “Sweet and Psycho,” which topped the charts in 26 countries and landed a top 10 peak at the Billboard Hot 100 last year, the All My Friends singer has always been vocal about admiring her work ethic and talent. “Working with Ava Max was such an incredible experience. After sending her the track, she sent back her verse within hours. Even on the very first take she sounded so amazing that we immediately knew she was the one for the song.”

New album in the works

This year, AJ Mitchell will be releasing his debut full-length album under Sony Music. “This has been a wild ride so far and every day I think of how blessed I have been,” the budding pop personality reflects. “Over the next few years, I have so much more I hope to accomplish. Right now I can’t wait to finally release my first album called Skyview. Beyond that, I hope to have a #1 song, win a Grammy, go out on an international tour, and so much more.”

AJ Mitchell’s latest single “Slow Dance” is now available on all music streaming and download platforms worldwide.

You can watch the official music video of “Slow Dance” on Youtube, and stream the track in its entirety on Spotify.

 

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News: Free Season Pass, a Holiday treat from Repertory Philippines

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Finding the perfect Holiday gift can be a difficult task for many. How do you choose something meaningful, special, and unique for your family and friends? Luckily, Season Passes for the 2020 season of Repertory Philippines are now available for purchase, letting audiences enjoy an awesome line-up of world-class theater productions for up to 30% off. That includes the upcoming Broadway musical Carousel—touted by TIME Magazine as the greatest musical of the 20th century—which has the theater world buzzing.

REP’s new season has a lot in store for audiences, what with Liesl Batucan on her first year as REP’s Artistic Director. The season opens with The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, Stage Kiss, which runs from February 7 to March 1, 2020. A witty romantic comedy, Stage Kiss stars Missy Maramara and Tarek el Tayech along with Robbie Guevara, Jamie Wilson, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso and Mica Pineda, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna.

From March 13 to April 5, 2020, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics plays for Manila audiences. A tale of intrigue and passion set in 1929 at a cigar factory in Florida, Anna in the Tropics is directed by Joey Mendoza and starring Joshua Spafford, Skyzx Labastilla, Paolo O’Hara, Brian Sy, Gab Pangilinan, Gie Onida and Madeleine Nicolas.

The highly anticipated Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel runs from May 1 to 24,2020. Directed by Toff de Venecia, Carousel promises a stellar, world-class musical show with a star-studded cast led by Nikki Gil, in her much-awaited theater comeback, and Gian Magdangal, who are working with REP for the first time.

Families get to enjoy REP Theater for Young Audiences’ musical Snow White and the Prince. A fun and colorful retelling of the classic fairy tale, Snow White gives kids a lot to sing and dance to. Running from September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021, this children’s musical is directed by Joy Virata.

With the Gold Pass, you can get premium seating in orchestra center. See Stage Kiss, Anna in the Tropics, and Carousel for just P4,200. You can also watch all 3 shows plus Snow White and the Prince for P4,900. The Silver Pass gives you open seating on the orchestra side and Stage Kiss, Anna in the Tropics, and Carousel for P3,150. You can also watch all 3 shows plus Snow White and The Prince for P3,700.

And just when you thought the deal couldn’t get any sweeter, you can get free season passes too! In time for the holidays, REP is giving you 1 free season pass with every 4 that you buy.

For show-buying, block-buying, and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase tickets by calling TicketWorld at 8891-9999, 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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