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PR: “M.45” | Tanghalang Ateneo’s Finale for its Digital Theater Season Opens this June 12, 2021

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On its 42nd Theater Season, Adaptation | Pagbabanyuhay: Bagong Anyo ng Buhay, Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools, is proud to present M.45, the forty-five minute climax of “Makbetamaximus: Theatre of Destruction”, a 30-day deconstruction of William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” as translated by National Artist Rolando S. Tinio. M.45 boils, bubbles, & burns a bitches’ brew that pushes the boundaries of theatre both live & online. The ingredients are the “29 Days of Sodomo Robotbot” performances featuring more than 200 artists from April 12 to May 10, served with the main course, ”Pakbet Da Muzikal”, a new rap musical written by Layeta Bucoy, conceptualized & directed by Khavn.

M.45 opens in a post-pandemic carinderia somewhere between Mondomanila & Ilocandia, where the streets of purgatory run red with pig’s blood & chicken feet. The animal mascots that once lusted for power have now been roasted & desecrated. The fountainhead of the performance is Ferdz Pakbet who mistakes fake news for a prophecy & starts rolling heads down the chopping board while getting high on the latest pesticide. Vengeance abounds as threats of drug lords and the dead infiltrate the feast. Pakbet becomes a headless horse running around the stage, copulating with ghosts as the DJ crashes cymbals to signal cannibal time. Castration is the suicidal wife of back-stabbing, front-stabbing, & side-stabbing. Abandon ambition. Time for graves to spit out spears. Be our VIP & fine dine with us at
M.45: All You Need To Make A Play Is Macbeth & A Gun!

M.45 features a cast composed of the Tanghalang Ateneo ensemble—namely Deivid Encarcion, Jam Binay, Nicole Chua, Francesca Dela Cruz, Robert Bradly Hao, Carlos Hombrebueno, Mikaela Regis, Austin Gonzales, Coco Pineda, and Kyle Tan—and alumni, alongside guest actors Bryan Bacalso, Soc Delos Reyes, Lester Abuel, Juan Julian Barrion, Bea Racoma. It also features beats by Caliph8 & Lowkey.

The show dates of M.45 shall be June 12, 14, 17, and 19, 2021. Tickets are worth Php 200 for general viewing and Php 300 for general viewing coupled with the souvenir program, which is inclusive of the additional service charge. Tickets can be purchased through Tanghalang Ateneo’s  ticketing partner, Ticket2Me, through this link: https://ticket2me.net/e/33251/tickets

For questions and additional details about the show, kindly contact Sandra Torrefranca at 0939-903-8291. You may also connect with Tanghalang Ateneo through the following social media networks:
                Facebook: www.facebook.com/TanghalangAteneo
                Twitter: www.twitter.com/TAOfficial_
                Instagram: www.instagram.com/tanghalangateneo

 

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PR: PETA’s ‘RAK OF AEGIS’ GOES ONLINE

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A treat for theater fans and OPM lovers! Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) together with Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang–Aawit (OPM) and The Philpop Musicfest Foundation (Philpop) are proudly presenting the pay-per-view streaming of the jukebox musical Rak of Aegis on July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 2021 via www.ticket2me.net.

Rak of Aegis Online is the banner project of PETA’s fundraising campaign dubbed as #TakePETAbeyondCOVID, and a part of the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) 2021 celebration.

Featuring songs from the popular 90’s band Aegis, the jukebox musical tells the story of impoverished community Barangay Venezia, which has been submerged in floodwater for two months.

Since 2014, Rak of Aegis has captured the hearts of audiences with its humor, music, message of resiliency, family, and community. Now, finally, Villa Venezia and its well-loved residents will grace the screens, with a newfound relevance to the show’s message.

This streaming of Rak is a testament that the resilience of those in Villa Venezia exists not only in the play, but also in the Filipinos trying to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the artists who have strived to thrive and survive despite the crisis currently faced by the local theater industry.

Tickets for Rak of Aegis Online will be available online by May 2021. The streaming cast as well as further ticketing details will be announced soon.

Stay tuned for more information. Follow PETA’s social media pages: Facebook
www.facebook.com/petatheater; Instagram @petatheater; Twitter @petatheater; YouTube
www.youtube.com/petatheateronline.


RAK OF AEGIS Online Media Launch


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News: CCP REMEMBERS DEPARTED ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS THROUGH AN ONLINE MEMORIAL SITE

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines, through the Office of the Artistic Director and the Intertextual Division, pays tribute to artists, cultural workers, and media practitioners who have gone before us during the COVID-19 pandemic through an
online memorial site.

Launched on April 9, 2021, via CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page, the “Hanggang sa Muli: Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat sa mga Pumanaw” memorial website features obituaries, with short biographies and photos of the Filipino artists, cultural workers, CCP employees, patrons of arts and culture, and media personalities who have passed away from March 2020 to the present.

The site will also serve as a bulletin board to inform the general public about the passing of an artist and/or cultural worker. It is virtual space where the creative community can mourn, celebrate the life of the departed, and offer support to each other in time of grief. It is a good venue to share their expressions of grief and the good memories they have with the departed through comments and posts.

Through the Hanggang sa Muli website, the CCP wishes to bring comfort to a difficult and challenging time. It is a virtual place where families, friends, and individuals may gather and connect online to celebrate the life, works, and great contributions to the country of their loved ones.

As it gives tribute and preserves the legacy of these members of the artistic community, the Hanggang sa Muli memorial website also presents a chance for the younger generation to honor, learn, and gain inspiration from the dearly departed.

The memorial site serves as a permanent platform which the Filipino people, especially the young generations, to learn and gain inspiration from the life and works of these great artists and cultural forces. While it primarily aims to preserve the legacy of the departed artists and cultural workers, it puts the spotlight on their contributions in the development and preservation of the Philippine arts and culture.

You can visit the online memorial site at https://hanggangsamuli.culturalcenter.gov.ph/. You can check also the official
Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/hanggangsamuli.ccp.

The website will be continuously updated.

 

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PR: PETA MAKES ITS WORKSHOP PROGRAM FOR KIDS AND TEENS AVAILABLE ONLINE THIS SUMMER

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This summer, Philippines Educational Theater Association (PETA) is not letting distance get in the way of giving kids and teens an invigorating way to explore their creative interests and talents. Dedicated to continuing its annual summer program, PETA is offering its summer workshop through its online platform to make for a productive summer for young aspiring artists despite the ongoing
quarantine.

With five (5) courses to be conducted on Zoom, this year’s summer workshop will engage kids and teens in an interactive, fun-filled virtual atmosphere that will make each class a meaningful experience. Opening on May 24, parents may enroll their children ages 7 to 17 years old in any one of these courses:

Children’s Theater is for kids ages 7 to 12 and will focus on nourishing the creative spirit in children. Each activity will help build each child’s confidence by immersing them in rhythmic movements, dance, singing, games, painting, and puppetry. They will also have the opportunity to work on collaborating with others through role-playing and storytelling exercises. Not only is this workshop a great platform for kids to express their artistic potential and nourish their creativity, it can also serve as a wonderful opportunity to meet and make new friends.

Acting for Teens is offered to budding actors ages 13 to 17. This course will teach the fundamentals of acting through an intimate online workshop carefully crafted for beginners. Participants can expect to discover the art of channeling emotions and using body language to create a sincere and engaging performance.

Musical Theater for Teens is for teens who want to develop their musical performance skills. Activities will highlight the connections between body, music, and storytelling, helping each participant improve upon their musicality by interpreting pieces effectively.

Writing for Performance – Teens is offered to young, aspiring writers. This introductory course is aimed at helping teens navigate the challenges of writing performative pieces. More than lessons on the rudiments of writing, participants will be engaged in writing exercises that will help free them of creative blocks as well as empower them as young writers.

With safety and health precautions remaining to be a priority for everyone this 2021, an online avenue for artistic expression and exploration may just be the spark of inspiration kids and teenagers need to start or refresh their creative journey this summer. That being so, PETA is hosting a giveaway of two (2) slots to two eligible participants. Now anyone ages 7-17 years old can get a chance to join this year’s summer program completely free of charge! Interested parents/individuals can join via PETA’s instagram page @petaworkshops.

To enroll directly, go to www.bit.ly/PETAOnlineWorkshop or contact Betita at 0929-891-9538 or betitasarmiento@petatheater.com. Registration opens on April 4 on a “first come, first served” basis.

You may find PETA on Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater, Twitter @petatheater and Instagram @petatheater and @petaworkshops.

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PR: TEN “TULOY PO KAYO PALABAS” THAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR MUST-WATCH CALENDAR

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With over 500 featured artists, 50 workshops, 200 performances, and more than 100 films in nine platforms to experience, it can be confusing and challenging to choose from the numerous variety of activities at the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s biggest online multi-arts open community festival, dubbed “Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan, Palabas at Palitan,” running since March 19, until March 21, 2021 via tuloypokayo.com.

While every event on the schedule is worth checking out, we narrow down and list some activities on the second weekend of the multi-arts festival that would really make you feel the most welcome. 

  1. Meet and greet the screenwriter/director and actors of award-winning film John Denver Trending in live sessions on March 27; followed by a virtual tour of Pandan, Antique, where the Cinemalaya 2019 Best Film was shot.  These live sessions will happen after the special screening on John Denver Trending on March 27, 11:30am on the CCP Vimeo Channel (https://www.tuloypokayo.com/tmc/)
  2. Go on Virtual Tours in more than 40 museums and galleries from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Experience more than 50 online art exhibits featuring Filipino artists in their studios and creative spaces.  Head to Museum Mile (https://www.tuloypokayo.com/museum-mile/).
  3. Experience the rich Mindanao culture through the 15-minute patikim of Popong Landero and Kuntaw Mindanaw, highlighting folk and neo-ethnic music from Davao.  This will be on March 27, 10am.
  4. Did you miss the Cinemalaya last year?  You have a chance to see the films in competition again through Tuloy Po Kayo.  Check out last year’s winning films – Tokwifi (Best Film), Living Things (Best Direction), Pabasa Kan Pasyon (Best Screenplay), Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Audience Choice), and Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (Special Jury Prize) – as well as the other short film finalists.

Access these films for free on the CCP Vimeo Channel, which you can access via https://www.tuloypokayo.com/tmc/.

For full schedule, check out the CCP Media Arts Division Facebook page.

  1. Give some curtain calls to Xavier Stage from Cagayan de Oro as they introduce their company and present their latest production “Nang Lumuha Ang Tala” on March 27, 9:30am, at the virtual Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo stage.
  1. Tuloy po kayo to the dance studio of Gawad CCP Awardee Agnes Locsin. Watch Dasal and Bathala dance performances on March 27, 2pm, at the virtual Tanghalang Huseng Batute.
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  1. Lea Salonga invites everyone to her creative space on March 28, 4:30pm, as she shares her Broadway theater experiences and sings Broadway songs from the musicals she starred in.
  1. Listen to opera royalties Arthur Espiritu and Camille Lopez Molina as they do annotations of excerpts from the opera Lucia Di Lammermoor on March 28, 4pm.  The opening of Act III of the opera classic will precede this.
  1. Words are at play in various literary events featuring Mary Ann Salvador, Kataga Lucena, Ian Casocot, and Valenzuela Arts and Literature Society, among others.  For full schedule of literary events in Tuloy Po Kayo, check out the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page.
  1. Watch Jerrold Tarog’s short film “Ang Kabaligtaran ng Gunaw,” with a Behind-the-Scenes cut video, on March 28, at 5pm.  Featuring the original concept and choreography of Ronelson Yadao, with music also from Tarog, the short film brings to life the poem with the same title by playwright Eljay Castro Deldoc.

Together with the CCP Dance Workshop members, the film brings together the different art forms to create a unique collaboration, reminding the public and artists alike the importance of artistic expression and undaunted creativity amid the pandemic.

To experience all these and more, go to tuloypokayo.com. For more information and updates on Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan, Palabas, Palitan, follow the CCP official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph).

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PR: TULOY PO KAYO’s PALITAN: ART MARKETS IN THE TIME OF COVID

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TULOY PO KAYO, the CCP’s largest online multi-arts open community festival, is not just a place for learning in/about the arts (Palihan) and engaging performances (Palabas).  Through its Arts Exchange (Palitan) component, it is also a venue for business-to-business exchanges and networking opportunities for Filipino artists and performing groups to expand their reach beyond Philippine borders.

Happening on March 19 and 26, 2021, Palitan aims to make both local and international partners and stakeholders aware that the Filipino creative works and products still continue amid the enforced quarantines.

A platform to introduce and promote talented Filipino artists, Palitan has different activities the public can engage in.

There will be a virtual booth for exhibition and business meetings for artists and performing arts companies to establish possible future partnerships with various stakeholders including international partners from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Embassies, Philippine Consulates, the Department of Tourism and its overseas offices, international programmers, arts impresarios, and festival organizers.

Each arts company will be available via their company zoom account when guests visit their virtual booth exhibit.  For schedules, please visit https://artseducation.culturalcenter.gov.ph/ccpdirectory/categories/tuloy-po-kayo).

There will be pre-arranged business meetings between confirmed performing arts companies and participating international partners and stakeholders, too.

The arts company will present or pitch their works and/or productions in a one-on-one interaction with international partners, arts programmers, arts impresarios, and festival organizers.

From 2 to 4pm on March 19 and 26, there will be streams of various productions of the participating performing groups via the CCP Arts Education Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ccpartseducation).

A special feature talk by the international global network about buying and selling productions in the time of the pandemic, towards the new normal, slated on March 19, 8:30pm will also be on the CCP Arts Education Facebook page.

A re-branding of Pasinaya, Tuloy Po Kayo 2021 invites the audiences to the artists’ creative spaces.  Featuring Palihan, Palabas at Palitan, the online art festival is one of CCP’s ways to provide venues to Filipino artists to share their creations, while introducing and developing audiences to the arts through a series of performances, workshops and exhibits.

With over 500 featured artists, 50 workshops, 200 performances, more than 100 films in 9 platforms, you can access the festival through the Tuloy Po Kayo site (tuloypokayo.com).

 

TULOY PO KAYO!

Palihan. Palabas. Palitan

(The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival)

March 19 – 28, 2021

https://www.tuloypokayo.com/

 

Taking off from PASINAYA: The CCP Open House Festival, the CCP gathers as many artists as possible from the various art disciplines and puts together TULOY PO KAYO: The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival, the very first and the biggest online multi-arts festival in the country! Audiences are invited to enter the artist’s home, studio, and performance space, to observe and be part of the creative process. We believe that culture and the arts must continue to flourish, to provide joy and comfort, to guide, and to inspire Filipinos – Tuloy ang Sining!

The CCP VAMD will have a number of options for those interested in the visual arts. The three-day festival weekend starts with Friday workshops under the PALIHAN banner. Saturdays and Sundays are for PALABAS. On Saturdays, we have our regional partners – get to know artist initiatives and art spaces outside Metro Manila, and how the pandemic pushed for innovations in their programs and community connections. Sundays are for our Thirteen Artists – get an exclusive look into the studio spaces of selected artists from each batch of the CCP’s Thirteen Artists Awards, and how their artistic process progressed during the pandemic. And for the whole duration of the festival, check out the virtual tours and online exhibits of over forty museums from all over the Philippines in our MUSEUM MILE.

Here’s how to check out Tuloy Po Kayo:

  1. Go to www.tuloypokayo.com
  2. On the upper center part, you’ll be able to see a Menu bar showing the different forms such as Palihan, Palitan, Palabas, etc. Click your desired option.
  3. Choose the venue you want to go to. (For example: Bulwagang Juan Luna for visual art programs)
  4. Upon clicking the BJL venue, you will  be taken to a new page that shows the stream schedule and the Zoom link.
  5. Press Launch Meeting and you will be able to launch Zoom on your browser or mobile device.
  6. For the Palabas, there will be a link posted under its tab that will redirect you to the CCP’s Vimeo page to watch the films.

BEFORE YOU START WATCHING – Please take note of the ratings and warnings.  If you are underage, we strongly urge you to view the plays with your parents.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy TPK 2021!

 

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMS

PALIHAN: Friday, March 19, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez

9-9:30am What’s in a sculpture with Avie Felix

10-10:30am Editorial Cartooning with Renan Ortiz

11-11:30am Puni (Leaf Art) with Rheeza Hernandez

12-12:30pm Monotype Printmaking at the Association of Pinoyprintmakers Studio with Anton Villaruel (LIVE!)

 

PALABAS: Saturday, March 20, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Linangan Artist Residency (Cavite)

10:30-11am Salingoy Art Group (Bicol)

11:30-12nn Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (Aurora)

1-1:30pm Regional Art Forum (Cebu)

2-2:30pm Mariyah Gallery (Dumaguete)

3-3:30pm Himbon (Iloilo)

4:30-5pm Panagtagbo (Davao)

5:30-6pm Lupad Artists Collective (Zamboanga Del Norte)

6:30pm-7pm Arkadia Collective x House 115 (Cagayan de Oro/Misamis)

 

PALABAS: Sunday, March 21, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Virgilio Aviado (13 Artists 1970)

10:30-11am Joe Bautista (13 Artists 1972)

11:30-12nn Nestor Vinluan (13 Artists 1974)

1-1:30pm Mariano Del Rosario (13 Artists 1978)

2-2:30pm Jean Marie Syjuco (13 Artists 1990)

3-3:30pm Nunelucio Alvarado (13 Artists 1992)

4-4:30pm Martha Atienza (13 Artists 2015)

5-5:30pm Doktor Karayom (13 Artists 2018)

 

PALIHAN: Friday, March 26, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez

1-1:30pm Re Cycles: Collage and Zine-Making Workshop with Charles Salazar and Gerome Soriano

2–2:30pm Young at Art Exclusive Preview with Karl Jincgo (LIVE!)

3–3:30pm How to Read Abstract Painting with Arianna Mercado

4–4:30pm Mat Weaving with Tagolwanen Weavers Association

 

PALABAS: Saturday, March 27, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Nomina Nuda (Laguna)

10:30-11am Vocas Art Space (Baguio)

11:30-12nn Bellas Artes Projects (Bataan)

1-1:30pm Ariniego Art Gallery (Dumaguete)

2-2:30pm Baji Arts Collective (Bohol)

3-3:30pm Giatay Collective (Cebu)

4:30-5pm Balud Arts Network (Davao)

5:30-6pm Kublai Milan (Cotabato)

 

PALABAS: Sunday, March 28, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Lao Lianben (13 Artists 1976)

10:30-11am Phyllis Zaballero (13 Artists 1978)

11:30-12nn Agnes Arellano (13 Artists 1988)

1-1:30pm Alwin Reamillo (13 Artists 1994)

2-3pm Mideo Cruz (13 Artists 2003) & Raquel de Loyola (13 Artists 2009)

4-4:30pm Kawayan de Guia (13 Artists 2009)

5-5:30pm Riel Hilario (13 Artists 2012)

 

Schedules subject to change without prior notice. For more information, visit event page: https://fb.me/e/Fnd7TU9z

 

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PR: PHILIPPINE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’s VIRTUAL POCKET PERFORMANCE on MARCH 19

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The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra stages its online concert dubbed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances to be streamed on March 19, 2021 at 8pm, Friday through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website.

Program for the March 19 concert, which is focused on the Holy Week Special, features the following pieces such as “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg to be played by Roland Guerrero (Cello), “Tanging Yaman” by Nonong Buencamino and Manoling Francisco to be performed by Michael Del Rosario (Violin), “Ave Verum Corpus” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to be interpreted by Ernani Pascual (French Horn); and “Lift Up Your Hands” by Cecille Azarcon–Picasso (arranged by Angelita Pasamba) to be rendered by Christian Tan (Violin), Ma. Angelica Uson (Violin), Ferdinand Dumlao (Viola), and Herrick Ortiz (Cello).

The PPO Online Pocket Performance Series, which runs from February to July 2021, is a program of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra that can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms.

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PR: TULOY PO KAYO AT THE CCP

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TAKING cues from the Pasinaya, the country’s largest multi-arts open house festival, the Cultural Center of the Philippines welcomes netizens inside its virtual theaters through the CCP online multi-arts open community festival, happening on March 19 to 21 and March 26 to 28, 2021 via the various online platforms of the CCP.

Dubbed “Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan. Palabas. Palitan,” the concept of the festival comes from the tenet of Philippine psychology that touches on the Filipino’s desire to welcome his kapwa or fellow man into his home.  For this festival, the audiences are invited to the artists’ creative spaces.

The artists and groups of all art forms welcome them to their homes, ateliers, salons, performance spaces and venues, and invites them to be part of the whole creative process.  They will show how they continue to create art despite the forced isolation, share their art forms and new talents discovered during the pandemic, and explore the spaces where they now create.

The festival is also a protest of sort to the ongoing pandemic.  “Tuloy Po Kayo” (TPK) embraces the idea that no pandemic can stop artists from creating great works, finding new means of expressions, and sharing their ingenuity with others no matter what the medium is.

TPK gathers as many artists as possible, engaged in as many art forms as possible.  Taking the new realities into consideration, TPK focuses on the revitalization of the industry through the presentation of a broad spectrum of artistic activities in all artistic genres.

This is CCP’s way to revitalize the Philippine arts scene, which has been greatly affected by the pandemic.  The center aims to provide venues to Filipino artists to share their creations, while introducing and developing audiences to the arts through a series of performances, workshops and exhibits.

For two weekends, the netizens can enjoy and join over 260 artistic and cultural activities, various workshops, performances from both solo artists and performing art groups from all over the country, exhibitions and virtual museum tours, and arts market, among others.

A re-branding of Pasinaya, the online multi-arts festival feature three-part program – Palihan, Palabas and Palitan.  Happening on March 19 and 26, Fridays, Palihan features workshops conducted by various artists and artistic groups; while Palabas, which is slated on March 20, 21, 27 and 28, puts the spotlight on performances, productions, shows, and other activities from the CCP resident companies, regional groups and other participants.

Palitan, meanwhile, is all about business-to-business art exchanges with international and local festival organizers, art programmers and creative stakeholders.

The journey starts at the virtual lobby of the TPK site.  From there, the participants can choose which venue they want to explore.  There are the virtual Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Tanghalang Manuel Conde, and Bulwagang Juan Luna.

Once they are inside the venue, they can choose which activity they want to participate in.  Each workshop, performance or artistic activity will be 15 minutes long.  The activities begin from 9am to 7pm in the evening.  There will also be film screenings via the CCP Vimeo Channel.

Unlike in Pasinaya, where participants can only get through one venue, what makes TPK different is that participants can jump from one venue to another, from one show to next since everything is digital.  And if they miss a show or workshop, they can head to Archive.  All the shows which premiered remain online for the duration of the festival.

All daily offerings will include as many types as possible for greater access and variety.  Museums and venues offer virtual house tours of their facilities and exhibitions.  Online games similar to what was offered during Cinemalaya will also be included in the line-up of presentations to choose from.

Through “Tuloy Po Kayo,” the CCP hopes to show to the audience that despite all difficulties, art, artists and culture thrives.

For full schedule of Tuloy Po Kayo and how to enjoy the artistic journey, follow the CCP official social media accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CulturalCenterofthePhilippines), Twitter (www.twitter.com/theCCPOfficial), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/CulturalCenterPH).  Visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) for more details.

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News: Marian Rivera joins Tanghalang Ateneo in their 2021 presentation of “Oedipus Rex”

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On its 42nd Theater Season, Adaptation | Pagbabanyuhay: Bagong Anyo ng Buhay, Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools, will be presenting Password: 03d1pu5_R3x, a present-day adaptation of Sophocles’ first play from the immortal Oedipus trilogy. The production is one that will make use of Rolando S. Tinio’s Filipino translation of the play, to be adapted and directed by Ronan B. Capinding.

Password: 03d1pu5_R3x occurs in the current global situation of pandemic isolation and despair, thereby pushing the boundaries of theatrical performance while courageously commenting on the tragedies imminent with the rise of populism within the country and the rest of the world.

Password: 03d1pu5_R3x unfolds in the midst of a national pandemic, with Oedipus serving as the nation’s strongman President. Faced with the need to investigate the unsolved murder of the legislator Laius years ago, identified as the sole culprit of the terrible scourge, Oedipus sets out to uncover the truth—inadvertently exposing his own unwitting involvement as the crime’s perpetrator, for which he himself has declared a draconian penalty.

This innovative production allows the downward spiral into the hard facts of the famed Sophoclean tragedy to mirror prevalent political struggle, ethics in the post-truth electronic age, and the pitfalls of rabid fanaticism, showing that the truths of this ancient Greek tragedy remain just as tragic in the current times.

The cast of the production features the Tanghalang Ateneo ensemble alongside veteran actors Marian Rivera-Dantes, Miren Alvarez-Fabregas, Katski Flores, Gabe Mercado, Marlon Rivera, and Yan Yuzon.

The show dates of password: 03d1pu5_R3x shall be February 22, 25, and 27, 2021. Tickets are worth 150 PhP for general viewing and Php 250 for general viewing coupled with a souvenir program. Tickets can be purchased through Tanghalang Ateneo’s ticketing partner, Ticket2Me, and their prices are inclusive of the platform’s transaction fee.

For questions and additional details about the show, kindly contact Kristelle Angelyne Ventura at (0966) 307 5975.

You may also connect with Tanghalang Ateneo through the following social media networks:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TanghalangAteneo
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TAOfficial_
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tanghalangateneo

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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:

Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater

Twitter @petatheater  | Instagram @petatheater

YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline

 

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino streams “Heneral Rizal” on Youtube after its successful Cinemalaya premiere

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After the successful premiere of “Heneral Rizal” at the recently-concluded Cinemalaya 16: Stream Consciousness, Tanghalang PIlipino in cooperation with Voyage Studios makes the hit short film even more accessible to everyone by streaming it on Tanghalang Pilipino’s official Youtube page.

“Heneral Rizal”, written by Floro Quibuyen and directed by Chuck Gutierrez, provides a closer look at General Paciano Rizal, the brave general and a loving older brother to our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The short film sheds light on the real story of Paciano. “Heneral Rizal” features a stellar performance from TP Artistic Director Fernando “Nanding” Josef as the titular character.

You can watch “Heneral Rizal” by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/PansamanTanghalanHeneralRizal

Help and support Tanghalang PIlipino on their mission to continue inspiring the public with relevant artistic
presentations during these trying times by donating via the fundraising Pantawid Ng Tanghalan.

To donate, please visit KTX via https://bit.ly/KTXPantawidNgTanghalan

BPI Account Name: Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation, Inc.
Savings Account Number: 3131-0387-46
Bank Branch: BPI – Harrison Plaza

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#PangsamanTanghalan para sa bayan! Please subscribe to TP’s official YouTube channel here:
http://youtube.com/tanghalangpilipino

For sponsorships and collaborations, you can email them at
tanghalangpilipinomarketing@gmail.com or contact 0999-8843821.

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News: PETA LAUNCHES NEW BATCH OF ONLINE THEATER WORKSHOPS

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Driven by its advocacy for education based on the principles of theater, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) continues to reinvent its workshop curricula to cater to the needs of not just individual artists and enthusiasts, but also of organizations and institutions. With the success of the recently concluded Creative Pedagogy classes, a newly crafted course aimed at helping educators cope with the demands of blended learning, the creation of new online workshop courses, on top of the expansion of current ones, has proven to be a step in the right direction.

This August, Stream 2 of Let’s Get Creative Plus offers a lineup of courses in varied topics. This month will see the return of the Acting for Stage and Acting for Screen classes, the online version of the highly requested Creative Musical Theater class, as well as two new introductory courses: Introduction to Writing for Performance and Introduction to Visual Arts. Taught by PETA’s finest artist-teachers, each course will bring a unique learning experience to each participant:

  • ACTING FOR STAGE

August 24, 26, 28, September 1, 3  (Weekdays)

August 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5 (Weekends)

Led by actors and directors, Ian Segarra and Dudz Teraña, PETA’s signature acting curriculum is once again brought onto the online realm. This course will give participants an intimate online space where they can master the craft of theater acting by learning the rudiments of script analysis, scenework, and character creation.

  • ACTING FOR SCREEN

August 24, 26, 28, September 1, 3 (Weekdays)

August 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5 (Weekends)

Designed to get participants to shake off their camera shyness, actor and director Phil Noble will guide workshop students as they learn and improve on the technical aspects of acting in front of a camera, including character creation and monologue performance.

  • CREATIVE MUSICAL THEATER

August 25, 27, 31, September 2, 4 (Afternoons)

August 25, 27, 31, September 2, 4 (Evenings)

Topping polls for online course requests, PETA is finally bringing its highly-anticipated CMT workshop online to be taught by composer and musical director, Jeff Hernandez. A course made to develop one’s musicality through activities rooted in experimentation and discovery, it is a sure way to boost one’s creative potential for musical performance on stage.

  • INTRODUCTION TO WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE

August 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

A course made to empower aspiring writers, J-mee Katanyag, writer and actor, will be leading participants in brain-stimulating exercises aimed at freeing writers of creative blocks in writing performative monologues, songs, short narratives, poems, or even in keeping a journal.

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ARTS

August 22, 23, 29, 30,

September 5

A creative journey designed to help participants gain confidence in their drawing skills, this course is also aimed at exercising one’s mindfulness amidst stressful times. Actor and designer, John Moran, will be leading participants in a series of creative projects infusing different elements of the arts such as the exploration of lines, shadows, light, texture, and movement. 

 

Conducted via Zoom, these courses will provide participants with an optimal online learning experience with a limited number of ten to twelve (10-12) students per class from the safety and comforts of their own home.

With safety and health precautions remaining to be a priority for everyone amidst the threat that COVID-19 poses, PETA continues to maximize the digital platform in bringing its services to patrons and partners alike. To this end, PETA has initiated the revival of its extension programs by launching its digital iteration—pioneered with a partnership with De La Salle Zobel and paving the way for the creation of a specialized wellness workshop, aimed at the emotional and mental wellness of students at a time where support through a sense of community is more important than ever. This, together with the expansion of Let’s Get Creative Plus, is PETA’s way of continuing its advocacy for education in the time of crisis.

Interested to enroll in any of these online workshops? Find out more at www.bit.ly/PETAOnlineWorkshop, or contact Betita at  0926-406-6858 or betitasarmiento@petatheater.com 

You may find PETA on Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater, Twitter and Instagram @petatheater, and YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline

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NEWS: THE CCP KAISA SA SINING MINDANAO ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 1ST GADOR AWARDS

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Kaisa Sa Sining (KSS) Mindanao announces the recipients of the 1st GADOR Awards namely Joey Ayala (Davao City), Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez (Iligan City), Nestor Horfilla (Davao City), Agnes Locsin (Davao City), Sunnie Noel (Marawi City & Dipolog City), Maria Wanan Todi (Lake Sebu), Integrated Performing Arts Guild (MSU-IIT Iligan City), and Sining Kambayoka Ensemble (MSU Marawi City).

Joey Ayala

The Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Centers is a partnership program of the CCP thru its Cultural Exchange Department (CED) that was launched in 2014 and is aimed at strengthening further the CCP’s linkages and cooperation with regional educational institutions, non-government organizations and local government units in order to broaden public participation in the arts, promote and showcase artistic excellence and facilitate a vibrant collaboration between and among communities.  In the past six years, the cooperation and exchanges between and among CCP and the KSS network have become more dynamic.  To date, the KSS network has already grown to a total of 50 organizations in 46 areas/communities in the regions: 19 in Luzon, 14 in Visayas and 17 in Mindanao.

The Gador Awards: A Salute and Gratitude to Outstanding Mindanao Artists, Cultural Workers & Organizations, was one of the action plans and projects that the KSS Mindanao agreed to implement during a KSS regional forum held in Koronadal City last 2018.  In fulfillment of this plan, the CCP CED facilitated the conceptualization and planning of the project.  In early June 2019, a five-member technical working committee (TWC) was formed by the CED composed of key representatives from four KSS Mindanao organizations with CED as the lead facilitator.  The program guidelines were made and disseminated to all the KSS Mindanao network in August 2019.  The nomination period was from August 2019 to January 2020.  The Selection Committee (SC) was formed in December 2019 composed of prominent leaders/artists/practitioners from various communities and sectors in Mindanao.  The final deliberation and selection was held on February 13, 2020 in Davao de Oro.

Agnes Locsin

The Gador Award aims to give recognition to deserving Mindanao individuals and/or organizations who have exemplified commendable work and services in cultural and artistic endeavors, and have been in the forefront of the research, development, preservation, education and promotion of arts and culture in Mindanao for at least ten (10) years or more.  The general criteria indicate that an awardee must have made exceptional accomplishments in creative work, leadership, resource management, education, artist support, audience development, community service, solidarity and partnership.

When asked why is it important to recognize the achievements of the artists, cultural workers and organizations in Mindanao?  Felimon Blanco, Artistic Director of Teatro Guindengan of La Salle University Ozamiz City, which is one of the KSS Mindanao, shared – “Mindanao is always celebrated through the ingenious works of its highly artistic and creative people.  But, rarely has it been given national prominence due to its “distance” to the “center”.  The Mindanao experiences are very distinct as these celebrate the rich cultural heritage and vibrant artistic practices of the region.  Recognizing the people behind these initiatives in Mindanao means elevating these for the rest of the world to take notice of the artistic excellence and cultural integrity of grounded artists and cultural workers.  The Gador Award will create a stamp in the history of Mindanao arts and culture, that highlight exemplary works and advocacies that are worth emulating.  It is hoped that this will inspire the next generation of Mindanao artist-leaders to continue practicing high artistry and cultural integrity in their works that are grounded on peoples’ traditions in Mindanao”.

The Chairperson and President of another member of the KSS Mindanao, The Musikahan sa Tagum Foundation Inc., Alma L. Uy, RN, maintained that the Gador Award is long overdue for Mindanaoan artists and culture specialists who deserve to be recognized for their valuable contributions and achievements in the flourishing of arts and culture not just in Mindanao but in the whole country as well.

Dr. Christine F. Godinez Ortega, Founder and Board Chair of the Mindanao Creative & Cultural Workers Group and a former Professor at the MSU Iligan Institute of Technology, another member of the KSS Mindanao, adds “Mindanao’s artists and cultural workers continue to pursue cultural and artistic activities without any recognition or promise of awards because what they do are significant for future generations.  CCP had always reached out to the regions but I am happy that the CCP has embarked on this program to give recognition to Mindanao’s artists and cultural workers.  This is one more opportunity for Mindanao’s artists and cultural workers to shine because they are the bearers of native cultures and traditions, and they are not just resourceful but, are equally gifted in their innovations and their contemporizing various artistic forms to show what is beautiful and diverse about Mindanao”.

CCP CED Department Manager, Chinggay Bernardo expressed, “In our continuous cultural community outreach work in four decades, we have witnessed the unique and superior artistry, dedication and perseverance of many Mindanaoan artists and cultural workers.  So, we fully support the institutionalization of an awards program that will regularly give recognition to outstanding achievements of Mindanaoan artists, cultural workers & organizations.  The Gador Awards, the most recent initiative and joint project of the CCP KSS Mindanao network, will certainly encourage and inspire the Mindanao artistic & cultural community to aim for excellence and do public/community service”.

The 17 CCP KSS Mindanao are: Ateneo De Davao, Central Mindanao University Musuan-Bukidnon, City of Cotabato, City of Glan, City of Koronadal, City of Tacurong, Consortium of Universities & Colleges-Cagayan De Oro City, DMC College Foundation-Dipolog City, Dumendingan Arts Guild-Pagadian City, La Salle University-Ozamiz City, Mindanao State University-Marawi City, MSU Iligan Institute of Technology-Iligan City, MSU TCTO-Tawi Tawi, Musikahan Sa Tagum Found. Inc.-Tagum City, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges Gen. Santos City and Marbel, and St. Francis Xavier College-San Francisco-Agusan Del Sur.

Due to the present quarantine and travel restrictions, the GADOR Awards Ceremony is being held virtually.  It began last July 2 and is ongoing up to July 16 from the home base of the awardees.  For more information, contact the CCP CED at tel. no. (632-8) 832-3674 and 832-1125 locals 1708-1709 or email at ccp.ced2014@gmail.com.

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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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