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News: CHERRY PIE PICACHE ADVOCATES FOR HIV WITH PETA’S “UNDER MY SKIN”

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) closes its 52nd Theater Season and welcomes the first quarter of 2020 with Rody Vera’s Under My Skin, a provocative, relevant, and heart-wrenching drama anthology top-billed by multi-awarded actress Cherry Pie Picache.

Inspired by real people and events, the play accurately depicts the realities, triumphs, and struggles of people living with HIV, while navigating an important conversation about acceptance and tolerance. The play, which is part of PETA’s creative campaign “Acting on HIV“, aims to re-examine the issue of HIV and AIDS, as the numbers of recorded cases rapidly increase every day.

I’ve always wanted to do a play with PETA, so I am very excited to be finally doing it now,” Cherry Pie shares. “Most of what I’ve been doing lately is getting involved with different advocacies. So when our director and my good friend Melvin Lee told me that Under My Skin is going to be an advocacy play on HIV, I was enthusiastic to join even if I was worried in the beginning.”

I suppose and I hope that I’ve proven and established myself as an actress. I believe na tapos na ‘yung time ko na pang-sarili,” she expresses, regarding involving herself in advocacy theater. “I want to use my position, wherever I am now, to influence and advocate for certain issues. I am learning a lot and I really like the learning process. I was also interested kung nasaan na ba ang Pilipinas sa usaping HIV. It’s very timely because we should all give a part of ourselves to make people aware.”

Ms. Cherry Pie in PETA’s Under My Skin

Cherry Pie has been in the performing arts since she was young. At 9 years old, she was already working with Orlando Nadres, a writer-director for stage, TV, and film in the 1970’s. Cherry Pie’s most recent theater production was Buwan at Baril sa E? Major, written by Chris Millado, in 2017. The production was first staged by PETA in 1985, tackling different lives bound by repression under the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The commitment that Cherry Pie has for her craft is something she has in common with her role in Under My Skin. “Dr. Gemma Almonte is very dedicated,” she describes her character, whom she shares with veteran theater actress Roselyn Perez. “She is very objective like most doctors are. But inside, she’s very involved. Andoon ‘yung empathy niya.”

Cherry Pie is hopeful that Under My Skin will not only be a learning experience for audiences, but will also contribute positive change and action to combat the HIV and AIDS crisis in the country. More importantly, she sees the play as a beacon of hope. “I hope that the play will encourage and inspire people that HIV is nothing to be ashamed of,” she says.

There should no longer be a stigma. HIV is not and should not be a death sentence anymore. We, as a community, as a society, have the responsibility to get involved,” she adds.

Under My Skin provides a holistic learning experience. Apart from the play, audience members can stay for a talkback and debriefing with HIV experts and avail of free HIV screenings. The Under My Skin photo exhibit by The Red Whistle, which features 100 portraits of people from the theater industry who are HIV and AIDS advocates, is also available for audiences to experience.

Under My Skin is directed by Gawad Buhay! Awards nominee Melvin Lee. He is joined by his artistic team: Eric Dela Cruz (dramaturg), Migs Cortes (music/sound designer and arranger), Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije (production designers), Ian Torqueza (lights designer), Steven Tansiongco (video designer), and Nicole Primero and Bubbles Deriada (choreographers) from Airdance.

The Cast and Artistic Team of PETA’s Under My Skin

The cast also features TV, film, and theater artists Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Anthony Falcon, and Dylan Talon, together with a roster of PETA artists: Eko Baquial, Gio Gahol, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Ekis Gimenez, Dudz Teraña, Jarred Jaicten, She Maala, Gold Villar-Lim, Bene Manaois, Mico Esquivel, Erold Enriquez, Jason Barcial, Joseph Madriaga, Rach Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

Under My Skin is presented by PETA, The Red Whistle, and LoveYourself PH, in partnership with UNAIDS and Unilab. The play runs from February 7 to March 22, 2020 at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets go to www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999, www.petatheater.com/undermyskin.

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News: THE BAND’S VISIT COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce that musical theatre performers Jep Go, Dean Rosen, Steven Conde, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo and Leanne Mamonong complete the cast of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens in March at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

Jep Go, a finalist of Team Lea on The Voice,  has appeared in musicals such as SWEENEY TODD, BEAUTIFUL, ETO NA! MUSIKAL NAPO, and MADAGASCAR. He will be playing the Telephone Guy, the hopeless romantic patiently waiting for his girlfriend to call him at the town’s only payphone.  Dean Rosen, who has appeared in SWEENEY TODD, BEAUTIFUL, WAITRESS, and SPAMALOT, plays Zelger, the cheeky and self-asserting friend of Papi’s who sets Papi up with Julia.  Steven Conde, who has appeared in SWEENEY TODD, WAITRESS,  and KINKY BOOTS, plays Simon, the second in command of the Egyptian Police Band, eager to try his hand at conducting.  Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, whose credits include BEAUTIFUL, MATILDA, KINKY BOOTS, and JERSEY BOYS, will play Camal, a musician trying to contact the Egyptian embassy and competes with the Telephone Guy for the use of the town’s singular payphone.  Leanne Mamonong is a recording artist who has also taken to the stage with Metta Assumption Theatre under the tutelage of Ana Valdes-Lim. They join previously announced cast members Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Dina), Rody Vera (Tewfiq), Mark Bautista (Haled), Nino Alejandro (Avrum), Reb Atadero (Papi), Bibo Reyes (Itzik), Jill Peña (Iris), Maronne Cruz (Julia), and Floyd Tena (Sammy).

THE BAND’S VISIT opened on Broadway in 2018 and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the acclaimed film, THE BAND’S VISIT tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travellers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.  It features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses, and will mark its International Premiere in Manila.

Bobby Garcia, who will be directing the musical, says, “I couldn’t ask for a better cast than this to bring to life these rich, complex, and  human characters. THE BAND’S VISIT has become a modern musical classic, in my eyes, and I think it will be treasured for generations to come. I am extremely proud that we get to tell this story in Manila and bring to life this gorgeous musical with a cast unlike any other.”

THE BAND’S VISIT will have set design by Faust Peneyra, musical direction by Farley Asuncion, musical staging by Cecile Martinez, lighting design by Adam Honoré, costume design by Odelon Simpao, vocal direction by Manman Angsico, projection design by GA Fallarme, hair and make up design by Jaydee Jasa, and sound design by Justin Stasiw.

THE BAND’S VISIT will launch Atlantis’ 2020 season, dubbed as ATLANTIS TWENTY TWENTY. The season will also feature an all-new revival of the award-winning family musical OLIVER!, presented through a special licensing agreement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and Music Theatre International, and ON YOUR FEET!, presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

THE BAND’S VISIT runs from March 13 to 29, 2020 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
Show buying and fundraising opportunities are available now. Email shows@atlantistheatrical.com for inquiries. Tickets are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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News: Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty world premiere -A modern retelling of a classic story

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A beautiful princess who was cursed by an evil fairy so that she will fall on a sleep-like death after pricking her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel, only to be awakened after a hundred years by true love’s kiss – this is the story of Sleeping Beauty which has gained worldwide popularity through narrations in various media.

Ballet Manila, the Philippines’ most solidly trained classical ballet company, will bring this classic fairy tale to life with the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty featuring an original choreography by Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja Elizalde. As part of the ballet company’s 24th performance season, On Pointé, this grand spectacle will also be the last installment of Macuja Elizalde’s Princess Trilogy. The shows are scheduled on January 18 at 6:00 PM and January 19 at 3:00 PM at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

Sleeping Beauty will be a modern retelling of the story of Aurora, Prince Philip, and Maleficent with new elements that were conceptualized by the prima ballerina herself with the help of Ballet Manila’s co-artistic director Osias Barroso, who is also the show’s choreography assistant and rehearsal master.

A production that reflects the company’s sophisticated talent and creativity, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty will be different from the classic ballet by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa. It will explore the origins of the story and explain what urged Maleficent to cast the spell on Aurora. New characters will also be introduced such as the Keeper of the Golden Plates, and the royal couples from the other installments of the Princess Trilogy. Moreover, Macuja Elizalde further modified the story by shortening the show and removing its divertissements. With these and more, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty will truly give a fresh and contemporary take on a story that has been around for centuries.

However, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty is not only about new characters, interesting crossovers, and unexpected twists. With this show, Ballet Manila’s goal is to preserve traditional aspects of ballet. The production will stay true to the story’s central plot about first love, enchantment, and goodness prevailing over evil, as well as the ever-majestic music of Peter Tchaikovsky.

All in all, Sleeping Beauty will showcase how Ballet Manila has always identified with the classics and the Russian Vaganova method, and will manifest the company’s classical ballet abilities.

But more than a spectacular presentation, Sleeping Beauty is an apt offering to start 2020 as the company rises from the recent tragedy after its home, Aliw Theater was ravaged by fire. With Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Manila is all set to show Filipino ballet fans that they will continue to dance, beautifully, majestically.

Leading the ensemble is principal dancer Jasmine Pia Dames who will take on the role of Aurora, while her fellow principal dancer Romeo Peralta will be her love interest, Prince Phillip. Other cast members include Mark Sumaylo, Rissa May Camaclang, Joan Sia, Gerardo Francisco, Rafael Perez, Alvin Dictado, Shaira Comeros, Joshua Enciso and Emma Harris.

To buy tickets for the shows, visit any Ticketworld outlet, call 891 9999, or go to www.ticketworld.com.ph. For more information, visit https://balletmanila.com.ph/ or https://www.facebook.com/BalletManilaOfficial/.

Here are some photographs from Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty Press Launch that was happened last Thursday (January 9) taken by Erickson Dela Cruz:

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Ballet Manila’s principal dancers. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

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(From L-R) BM co-artistic director Sir Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Ma’m Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Principal dancers Jasmine Pia Dames and Romeo Peralta.
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The Cast of Ballet Manila’s SLEEPING BEAUTY.
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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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News: ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BAND’S VISIT

Atlantis Theatrical’s THE BAND’S VISIT

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is thrilled to welcome four additional cast members to its 2020 season opener, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens in March.

Four of the brightest musical theatre stars, Reb Atadero, Maronne Cruz, Jill Peña, and Floyd Tena, join the Asian Premiere of the musical that The New York Daily News called, “Overwhelmingly joyous . . . The Band’s Visit takes place in the desert and, like a mirage, it shimmers. But better. Because this hushed, heart-melting musical is real—and truly magical.”

Reb Atadero. (Photo provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

Reb Atadero has appeared in musicals such as ANG HULING EL BIMBO, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, SPAMALOT, GREASE, ALTAR BOYZ, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK, amongst many others.  In The Band’s Visit, he will play Papi, the shy worker at Dina’s cafe who turns to Haled to help him overcome his fear of girls.

 

Maronne Cruz (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

This will mark his first production with Atlantis. Maronne Cruz, whose list of credits include WAITRESS, COMPANY, and ANG HULING EL BIMBO, plays Julia, Papi’s equally shy blind date, upset by the lack of attention she is getting.

 

Jill Peña (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

Jill Peña, who has appeared in numerous plays and musicals including BEAUTIFUL, COMPANY, KINKY BOOTS, ANNIE, and CARRIE, plays Iris, Itzik’s no-nonsense and headstrong wife who has resigned herself to the choices she has made in life.

Floyd Tena (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

Floyd Tena, who has appeared in HIMALA, BINONDO, and ETO NA! MUSIKAL NAPO plays Sammy, Dina’s ex-lover who she unexpectedly bumps into while she is out to dinner with Tewfiq.  This will also be his first production with Atlantis.

They join previously announced cast members Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Mark Bautista, Nino Alejandro, and Bibo Reyes.

Bobby Garcia, who directs the musical says, “Slowly but surely, we are assembling a cast for THE BAND’S VISIT as magical as the musical itself. This is a show that swept me off my feet when I first saw it with its tender charm about our common humanity and how music can be the driving force that brings us all together. I look forward to assembling the rest of what promises to be an unforgettable cast.”

THE BAND’S VISIT opened on Broadway in 2018 and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.   Based on the acclaimed film, THE BAND’S VISIT tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.  It features music and lyrics by David
Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses.

THE BAND’S VISIT will launch Atlantis’ 21st season, dubbed as ATLANTIS TWENTY TWENTY.  The season will also feature an all new revival of the award-winning family musical OLIVER! Through a special licensing agreement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and MTI, and ON YOUR FEET, which is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

THE BAND’S VISIT runs from March 13 to 29, 2020 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Show buying and fundraising opportunities are available now. Email shows@atlantistheatrical.com for inquiries. Tickets are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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News: Philippine Leaf Awards announces their finalists for the 2019 LEAF THEATER

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The Philippine Leaf Awards proudly announces the finalists for LEAF THEATER 2019. This covers performances from October 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kim Molina (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Joanna Ampil (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Shiela Valderrama – Martinez (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Aicelle Santos (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Krystal Kane (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Tanya Manalang (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Sandino Martin (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Vien King (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Arman Ferrer (Mabining Mandirigma /Tanghalang Pilipino)
Gian Magdangal (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
David Ezra (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Bituin Escalante (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Marriela Munji Laurel (Binondo/MA-Yong Foundation)
Carla Guevara-Laforteza (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Maronne Cruz ( Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Bernadette Mamauag (Noli Me Tangere The Opera/J&S Production)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Nino Alejandro (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Rody Vera (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Vince Lim (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Bibo Reyes (Waitress/Atlantis Theatricals)
Juancho Gabriel (Spring Awakening/ Ateneo Blue Repertory)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST FOR A MUSICAL

Spring Awakening (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical (MA-Yong Foundation)
Ang Huling El Bimbo (Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
Mabining Mandirigma (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Rak of Aegis 7/(PETA)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Ejay Yatco (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

Von de Guzman (Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical/MA-Yong Foundation)
Eugene Belbis (Sleeping Beauty/Kids’ Act Philippines Inc)
Herminigildo Ranera (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/J&S Production)
Jesse Lucas (Roses for Ben/Artist Playground)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Ed Lacson (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Chris Millado (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Missy Maramara (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Dexter Santos (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Jerry Sibal/Jose Jeffrey Camanag (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/ J&S Productions)

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OUTSTANDING PLAY

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Nana Rosa (Dulaang UP)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Missy Maramara ( Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Bibeth Orteza (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Peewee O’Hara (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Delphine Buencamino (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Jill Pena (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Jenny Jamora (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Roeder Camanag (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Marco Viana (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jonathan Tadioan (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Ron Capinding (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Brian Matthew Sy (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Randy Villarama (Dancing Shoes/Twin Bill Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Stella Canete (Ang Bahay ni Bernarda Alba/Dulaang UP)
Sherry Lara (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Joan Cabunag (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino)
Krystle Valentino (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Jannah Baniasia (Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig/ CSB School of Design)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Brian Matthew Sy (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Norman Penaflorida (Nakakapagpabagabag/Artist Playground)
Mitoy Sta Ana (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Seth Dela Llana (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
M. Butterfly National Tour (Frontrow Entertainment)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Manila Notes(Tanghalang Pilipino/Japan Foundation)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Marat/Sade (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Carlitos Siguion Reyna (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alexander Cortez (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Riki Benedicto (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Francis Matheu (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Ed Lacson Jr. (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Joy Cerro (Marat/Sade, UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART (Musical or Non Musical)

Mural (Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS)
Tao Po (Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
La Luna Roja (Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
The Weight of Words (Black Canvas Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN AN EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Elle Ocampo (Mural/Jocson College/CLDCAS)
Mae Paner (Tao Po/Rise Uo/Juana Change Movement)
Tami Monsod (La Luna Roja/Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Leo Rialp (La Luna Roja/Fundacion CentroFlamenco)
Ed Lacson Jr (Tao Po/Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
Jayson Gantan Pabalan (Mural/Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

Tigmamanukin (Artist Playground)
Sleeping Beauty (Kids Acts Philippines Inc.)
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)
Nia & Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale (Gloria Fantasyland/Dapitan)

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL/THEATER GROUP

Uyat Artista (Angeles City)
Tanghalang Sandaang Pulo (Alaminos Pangasinan)
Aklan Performing Arts Network (Western Visayas)
Kanlaon Theater Guild (Negros Occidental)
Barasoain Kalinangan (Malolos Bulacan)

OUTSTANDING SCENOGRAPHY

Nia and Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale/ Gloria Fantasyland
Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino
Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino CSB
Himala/9 Works Theatricals
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS

Imbukada (Belison, Antique)
70th Anniversary PESA (Phil Electronic Suppliers Assoc)
San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Conference
Pinoy Playlist, BGC
Koryo Mindanao

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

Noel Maximo (San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp Conference)
Rodel Mercado (70th Anniversary, Federation of Electrical Suppliers)
Basilidas Pilapil (Koryo Mindanao)
Peter Macrohon (Imbukada)

 

THE AWARDING CEREMONY IS SET ON FEBRUARY 8, 2020 (SATURDAY)
at CARLOS P. ROMULO AUDITORIUM RCBC PLAZA, MAKATI CITY, 2 PM – 5 PM

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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: SPOTLIGHT ON ‘HIV’ ADVOCACY WITH PETA’S 52nd SEASON FINALE “UNDER MY SKIN”

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) stages Under My Skin, written by Rody Vera and directed by Melvin Lee, as its 52nd Theater Season finale. The play refelects PETA’s advocacy for raising awareness and starting conversations towards pressing issues, which now sheds light on the different faces behind HIV and AIDS.

Under My Skin is an anthology drama about the stories of Filipinos living with HIV. We are introduced to a number of characters affected by the epidemic, and their stories are woven together by epidemiologist Dr. Gemma Almonte, who ultimately hopes for a change in public preception, an increase in compassion, and a society afflicted not with ignorance and prejudice, but with compassion and understanding.

Mr. Rody Vera. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

A commissioned piece requested by TV and film director Andoy Ranay in 2016, playwright Rody Vera shares that Under My Skin is actually beased on people he personally knows and loves. “I decided to write in multiple stories that will somehow mirror the overwhelming increase of HIV cases. And yet nobody seems to be as alarmed, thinking that it’s just a ‘gay’ disease,” Rody says.

UNAIDS reports cite the Philippines as the No. 1 Country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimate of 70,000 cases by the end of 2018. According to the HIV/AIDS & Art Registry of the Philippines under the Department of Health, there are 35 newly diagnosed cases of HIV everyday as of June 2019. It’s an alarming spike from the data of 2008 that reports only one new case per day, and the ages affected are now becoming even younger. To combat this global epidemic, UNAIDS established 90-90-90 -a new target for HIV treatment by 2020: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

That is the reason why PETA chooses Under My Skin to take center stage in the launching of the “Acting on HIV” campaign. In partnership with advocacy organizations LoveYourself and The Red Whistle, with the support of UNAIDS and Unilab, Under My Skin exhibits Rody’s intention to use theater as a platform to educate and stir action. “I wanted to address the misconceptions, the fears, as well as the opportunities for correcting these,: he says.

Director Melvin Lee believes that it is a timely avenue to discuss and confront topics such as this in order to spark conversations among the people. “A change in mindset is important. that HIV is not just a ‘gay’ issue since it can affect anybody of any age. It is not simply a private concern, but one that is a public concern. The spread of HIV is a multi-faceted issue,” says Melvin. He also shares that the challenge of Under My Skin is how to present the different stories as truthful as possible. “The material’s strength is the authenticity of the stories and it has to be told in the most raw form and truthful fashion,” Direk Melvin says.

Under My Skin will be a significant addition to the current efforts of HIV advocacy plans in the country’s theater scene, but Melvin and Rody believe that this will be a standout play, especially with PETA’s evident tradition and success in tackling sensitive topics through the arts in the past. “The play will not only provide the pertinent information about the disease but it will also showcase the wide range of characters that will inspire compassion and humanity in audiences,” Melvin shares. “In doing so, then we will hopefully affect and we can contribute together in the eradication of the stigma on HIV.” Likewise, Rody hopes that both audiences and artists will be moved on an individual level, and also up to the levels of implementing policies and supporting initiatives to address HIV and AIDS. “Under My SKin addresses not only the nature of the disease but also how society views it, their perceived carriers, and the patients,” Rody explains. “It covers medical, political, social and economic factors. It even covers religious and moral issues. Dealing with HIV is not just about dealing with the virus alone.”

Under My Skin stars TV, film and theater artists Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Anthony Falcon, and Dylan Talon, together with a roster of PETA artists; Eko Baquial, Gio Gahol, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Ekis Gimenez, Erold Enriquez, Jarred Jaicten, Joseph Madriaga, Jason Barcial, Dudz Teraña, Rachelle Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

The Cast and Artistic Team of PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

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

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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.

JC Santos. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

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.

Anna Luna. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

“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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Performance Photos: Dulaang UP’s Fuente Ovejuna

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Fuente Ovejuna, the last directorial work of much respected veteran actor Sir Tony Mabesa is the second offering of Dulaang UP for their 44th theatre season. It was originally written by the Spanish playwright Lope de Vega in the 1600s and now translated to Filipino by Sir Nicolas “Nick” Pichay. The play was based in a actual historical event, the 1476 uprising of peasants in a Castillan village against their cruel feudal lord Commendador Fernan Gomez De Guzman.

Actors from stage, film and television are featured in the production sharing the stage with talented student-actors: Leo Rialp, Carlo Tarobal, Ross Pesigan, Harriete Damole, Chloe Rialp, Adriana Agcaoili, Francis Mata, Christian Barinaga, Alvin Trinidad, George De Jesus, Greg De Leon, Ricci Chan, Jacques Borlaza, Jojo Cayabyab, Allan Palileo, Bong Antonio, Brian Arda, Fred Layno, and Tristan Bite will take the stage along with the Dulaang UP Ensemble.

Completing the creative team are seasoned designers composed of Faust Peneyra (Set Design), Shax Siasoco (Lights Design & Technical Direction), Jethro Joaquin (Sounds Design), Eric Pineda (Costume Design), Carlo Pagunaling (Hair and Make-up Design), Gaby Pascua (Property Master), Greg de Leon (Musical Director and Composer), Raymond Roldan (Co-composer), Chaz Caberos (Dramaturgy), Stephen Viñas (Choreography), Precious Conn Sy (Promotional Photos), and Steven Tansiongco (Video and Poster Design).

Here are some of the Performance Photos captured by Jellicle blogger and Photographer, Erickson Dela Cruz:
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Carlo Tarobal as Comendador Fernan Gomez de Guzman. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Hariette Damole as Laurencia.
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Ross Pesigan as Frondoso.

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FUENTE OVEJUNA’s PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

First Week (Filipino) November 8, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 9, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
November 10, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

Second Week (English)
November 15, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 16, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
November 17, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

Third Week (Filipino)
November 22, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
November 24, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

Fourth Week (English)
November 29, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
December 1, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

The play will run until December 1, 2019 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.  Regular tickets are priced at Php 500. Discounts are available for bulk purchases and senior citizens.  Contact 09175198879 for inquiries.

Srcs: ticket2me.net

& pop.inquirer.net

 

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