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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

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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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News: PETA ONLINE PERFORMANCES ON NATIONALISM AND HEROISM THIS JUNE

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) launched its family-themed Storytelling Sundays series last month, featuring a mix of music, shadow puppetry, animation and performances by various storytellers. This June, PETA’s Storytelling Sundays focuses on the themes of nationalism and heroism, as Filipinos celebrate Independence Day to honor past and modern-day heroes.

As the country begins to face the new normal and other challenges brought by the General Community Quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic, PETA’s Storytelling Sundays aim to fit its featured stories to teach lessons on current social issues to audiences. “For three Sundays of June, we’re devoting to stories that center on heroism – what makes a hero out of even ordinary Filipinos,” says Storytelling Sundays writer Felinda Bagas. “No matter who we are, what our situations are, we can all be heroes for our country.”



The first of the June series opens June 7, with two stories: Marvino’s League of Superheroes by Rae Rival-Cosico, performed back to back with song-turned-story Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino by singer-song writer Noel Cabangon.

In time for Independence Day, on the second week of June, PETA will feature stories about Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria De Jesus, Ngumiti si Andoy by Xi Zuq and Ang Lakambini at Ako by Becky Bravo, on June 14.

For June’s finale episode, Storytelling Sundays revisits and reinvents of one of PETA’s beloved plays, Christine Bellen’s Batang Rizal on June 28, a condensed adaptation for the digital platform with new animation. This line-up of stories aims to inspire a love for country and people across all ages, during a time when we need it most.

Aside from the theme of nationalism, Storytelling Sundays gives a treat for Father’s Day on June 21 with Russell Molina’s Tuwing Sabado and Ano’ng Gupit Natin Ngayon?, two stories about fatherhood that tell how, in so many ways, our fathers and father-figures influence who we are, how we think, and what kind of persons we could be.

Storytelling Sundays this June is presented by an exciting roster of storytellers: Rak of Aegis’ well-loved ‘Tolits’ Jerald Napoles and Pepe Herrera, renowned folk singer Noel Cabangon, Noel Comia, Jr. and Bourne Livelo from Tagu-taguan Nasaan Ang Buwan?, PETA’s own Gold Villar-Lim, and master storyteller Bodjie Pascua who will be making a comeback in one of the episodes.

PETA’s Shé Maala continues to host Storytelling Sundays, “Shé narrates about the world of storytelling, its importance, and even talks about what elements make a good story,” says Felinda Bagas. “Through our host, our viewers have the chance to better understand the value of the stories, and maybe also learn to become great storytellers and artists themselves.”

As June’s episodes deal with heroes, fathers, and Filipinos, PETA hopes to show viewers how the characters of the stories help us recognize who we are, understand what we feel, and understand other people and their actions and motivations. “I think this is particularly important when we talk about heroes or historical events,” says Felinda Bagas. “These children’s stories bring heroes closer and more relatable to listeners. Our heroes were just like us, and now we get to understand what made them extraordinary. We get to relate to the situations that gave them strength and courage to fight for a whole nation’s freedom.”

“We have a really full program,” shares PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda. “It’s very exciting and we’re excited to perform it for audiences.” With the upcoming line-up for Storytelling Sundays, presented by notable artists both in theater and on screen, PETA hopes that all viewers will enjoy and hopefully learn from them – maybe even find something in the stories to hold on to, to help us cope with everything happening in our country and all over the world right now.

Storytelling Sundays streams through PETA’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/petatheater.

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News: PETA STREAMS STORYTELLING PERFORMANCES

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) continues to create art and reach audiences through the digital space this quarantine. This time, PETA is bringing the spotlight to one of our oldest, but often overlooked, traditions in the Philippines: storytelling.

PETA began to produce online content during quarantine in mid-March, beginning with its online workshop series, Let’s Get Creative, before branching out to other activities like live music jams, live streams, webinars, and a more immersive online workshop for kids called Let’s Get Creative PLUS.

This time, PETA launches another initiative called Storytelling Sundays, which offers free performances for families during quarantine. These performances will be streaming live from PETA’s official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel, encouraging audiences to have a communal experience of watching a show together, while teaching children Filipino values through literature.

Storytelling Sundays was launched last May 17 as a tribute to Rene Villanueva, who was a notable writer not only for theater but also for children’s books. “He was one of the key writers for Batibot, our version of Sesame Street,” says PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda who remembers Rene so fondly. “He was very involved with PETA and I think this would be a wonderful platform to be able to give tribute to this man who passed away too soon.”

The first episode of Storytelling Sundays features two performances of Rene’s stories directed by Legarda. Hosted by She Maala. First is a Palanca award-winning short story for children Nemo, Ang Batang Papel narrated by Ian Segarra with shadow play animations by John Moran, and Ang Mga Zimbragatzee ng Planetang Zing narrated by Norbs Portales with live creative sound by Ada Tayao, illustrations by Mikou David.

Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1419335944920725 

Click here to Watch Nemo, Ang Batang Papel.

 

Click here to Watch “Ang Mga Zimbragatzee ng Planetang Zing”

 

The second episode of Storytelling Sundays will stream on May 24, features Bodjie Pascua, who many of us grew up knowing as “Kuya Bodjie” from the television series Batibot. He will be reading a very relevant story by Jeanette Patindol called Tight Times about families having less food to eat, fewer things to use, and fewer places to go. He is joined by a young storyteller, 10-year-old Frances Villadarez, winner of the 2019 Lampara Storytelling Competition who will be reading Segundo Matias Jr.’s Sikat ang Mommy Ko!.

While Storytelling Sundays appeal to children and the youth, older audiences who grew up with the well-loved classics Batibot, Hiraya Manawari, and more, will also enjoy PETA’s online series as a light-hearted but nostalgic piece that celebrates our own culture and heritage of storytelling.

“Even adults, kids at heart, are more than welcome to come and listen,” says Legarda, noting that up and coming artists can learn the basics of performing through Storytelling Sundays. “It’s also for them to understand what storytelling is, how important it is, and what the elements are in making a story.”

The last episode for streaming for the month of May features Felinda Bagas’ Girl in a Box directed and performed by Ian Segarra on May 31.

As we go through the third month of quarantine this COVID-19 pandemic, PETA finishes up the month of May by bringing Storytelling Sundays as one of our sources of comfort and learning.

Through this series, PETA hopes to honor all sorts of storytellers through various art forms. In the same manner that quarantine has given us the space and time for reflection, PETA revisits the origins of our artistry as Filipinos, where storytelling is essence and key to the works of theater that we know and love today.

The Sunday Storytelling series will be streaming live every Sunday of May,  7:00pm via PETA’s Facebook Fan Page www.facebook.com/petatheater and YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/petatheateronline.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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News: Philippines’ Superstar Ms. Nora Aunor to portray Lola Doc in Tanghalang Pilipino’s PansamanTanghalan

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Featuring the country’s one and only superstar Nora Aunor, “Lola Doc,” a monovlog by Layeta Bucoy scheduled to premiere on Tanghalang Pilipino (TP)’s online project “PansamanTanghalan” in celebration of the multi-awarded actress’ birthday this May 21, talks about the pains of losing one’s husband in the middle of a pandemic, remaining strong for your family, and courageously facing the risk of being stricken by this deadly virus to attend to the sick.

This is the first time that the “Superstar” will do a monovlog, to be presented by Tanghalang Pilipino. “Isang napakagandang akda tungkol sa ating mga bagong bayani, ang mga doctors, at ang kanilang mga sakripisyo. Naka-ilang beses rin akong take sa monovlog bago maging satisfied sa aking nagawa.” says Nora.

Nora admits that it is not easy making a scene by herself, but this challenge is really one of the most painful points of the material – the agony of facing the pandemic alone.

The superstar expresses gratitude to TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, who performed the well-received “Lolo Doc” monovlog, for inviting her to be “Lola Doc.” Aunor adds that this participation is her contribution to the local arts scene, which was affected severely by the pandemic.



Layeta Bucoy initially explored the monovlog form with Uleb Nieto and Bicol-based theater group Sining Banwa led by Sari Saysay. “Lola Doc” will premiere at the official Youtube channel of Tanghalang Pilipino this May 21, 2020, 6:00PM.

“PansamanTANGHALAN” is supported by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, OKADA, Asian Institute for Distance Education and ABS-CBN’s ticketing platform KTX, Island Rose, Cocolife, AIDE, and OKADA. #PangsamanTanghalan is now streaming! You can subscribe to our official YouTube channel here: http://youtube.com/tanghalangpilipino

For sponsorships and collaborations, you can email us at tanghalangpilipinomarketing@gmail.com or
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News: Virgin LabFest 2020 goes on Virtual Stage in time of COVID

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEWS: ANG HULING EL BIMBO streams via YouTube from May 8 to May 9

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Fullhouse Theater Company’s ANG HULING EL BIMBO (The Musical), will be available for streaming starting 12:01 AM, May 8 until 11:59 PM, May 9 only!

Brought to you by Resorts World Manila, Full House Theater Company, and ABS-CBN! Isang nakakaindak, nakakaaliw, nakakatindig balahibong palabas gamit ang musika nina Marcus, Raymund, Buddy at Ely.

This initiative by Full House Theater Company is in partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig. Online donations collected through the show will be given to families that have been most affected by the quarantine.

You can view show from May 8 to May 9, 2020 in the following Social Media sites:

FACEBOOK: ABS-CBN
YOUTUBE: ABSCBNOnline

Ang Huling El Bimbo is a story of friendship told through the songs of the most iconic Pinoy rock band from the 90’s. It is an original story that resonates with people who understand how the powerful bond between friends shapes our lives. It will also be a nostalgic journey, driven by songs that have become part of the collective Pinoy psyche.

Stay safe, dear Jellicle Readers!

DSWD Authority/Solicitation Permit No. DSWD-SB-SP-00010-2020, Nationwide.

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino goes online with PansamanTanghalan, Bridging the Gap between Onstage and Online.

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The NCOV-19 pandemic may have caused stage productions to prematurely close, but Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), has prepared a slew of programs on its temporary home – the digital platform.

Aptly-billed “PansamanTANGHALAN,” this program aims to defy the limitations brought about by this crisis and with the use of the online platform, to continuously educate and awaken the cultural consciousness of Filipinos, not just in the country, but all over the world.

“To say that this is a trying time for the industry would be an understatement. A lot of us are anxious on how this pandemic would usher in a new norm, but as artists, we have to soldier on and find ways to effectively reach our audience in dire need of inspiration,” says TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef. “So, I hope everyone will join us in our temporary home, our ‘PansamanTANGHALAN,’ the digital world.”

In partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, “PansamanTANGHALAN” released Virgin Labfest (VLF) 14’s “Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng Kontrabida” last April 22, on Wednesday, at exactly 3 p.m. The play stars TP Actors Company Senior Member JV Ibesate with Jay Gonzaga, Earl Figuracion, Richard Manabat and Lian Silverio. This particular play, written by Dustin Celestino and directed by Roobak Valle, was revisited for the 15th season of the VLF. Also another VLF entry was released last April 28, “Hintayan ng Langit” written by Juan Miguel Severo which stars real-life couple Nonoy Froilan and Edna Vida Froilan. It is Directed by Sir Raffy Tejada. Hintayan ng Langit was also adapted into a film in 2018, starring Gina Pareño and Eddie Garcia, and directed by Dan Villegas.

Last April 24, TP’s latest production “Batang Mujahideen,” written by Malou Jacob and directed by Guelan Luarca- Varela, have premiered online via the CCP Youtube channel. This critically-acclaimed staging features the members of the TP Actors Company with guest artist Iman Ampatuan.

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This May, a timely reading of a new monologue by revered playwright Layeta Bucoy entitled “Doc Lolo” will be performed by no less than TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef will signal the launch of TP’s reinvigorated Facebook page. “Lolo Doc” tackles the timely plight of our elderly frontliners during this pandemic.

Engagement projects will also be launched on TP’s other social media accounts – Twitter and Instagram.
TP is also launching its own Youtube channel carrying exclusive, fresh content, especially curated for the digital market and fans of TP and Philippine theater. It presents highlights and musical numbers from past productions “Balag At Angud,” “Nang Dalawin Ng Pag-ibig Si Juan Tamad,” among others.

This Youtube channel will also be the launching ground for future projects as online presentations. It will also feature a fresher version of TP classics and hits. Guests artists will take part in this endeavor.

In celebration of Apolinario Mabini’s death anniversary this May 13, TP will partner with an industry giant to premiere the latest staging of “Mabining Mandirigma.” Topbilled by international theater star Monique Wilson with David Ezra and Arman Ferrer, this staging is the most successful of the four runs of the musical, directed by Chris Millado.

Also in the works are exclusive online workshops to be given by TP friends, alumni, and current members of the Actors Company.

TP is also a part of “Open House,” an ongoing online fundraising project for the benefit of the Performing Arts community, which has been greatly hit by the current enhance community quarantine.

“PansamanTANGHALAN” is supported by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, OKADA, Asian Institute for Distance Education and ABS-CBN’s ticketing platform KTX, Island Rose, Cocolife, AIDE, and OKADA.

#PangsamanTanghalan is now streaming! You can subscribe to our official YouTube channel here: http://youtube.com/tanghalangpilipino

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

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NEWS: PETA LAUNCHES YOUTUBE CHANNEL WITH SHAKESPEARE RAP MUSICAL “WILLIAM”

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) rap musical William, described by BBC News as “a modern twist on Shakespeare,” has managed to capture the interest of students and local theatergoers since it was first staged at the PETA Theater Center in 2011. Now, after a decade, William returns to us – this time, accessible on our screens with one click of a finger!

In commemoration of William Shakespeare’s 404th death anniversary last April 23, PETA launched its Shakespeare in the Time of COVID, an online series celebrating the works of the renowned poet and playwright. Beginning with Sonnets & Songs, a reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a reimagining into Filipino songs by various composers and singer artists like Michael Williams, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Cabangon, Myke Salomon and Bituin
Escalante to mention a few, the series will be culminated with the streaming of Ron Capinding’s William directed by Maribel Legarda.

William won Outstanding Play, Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Play, Outstanding Original Script, Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play (Ian Segarra), Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Play (Meann Espinosa), and Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Play (Jojo Atienza) in the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards.

The play is set in a high school in Metro Manila, where five young students are forced to study Shakespeare by their terror class adviser, Ms. Lutgarda Martinez. In the process of studying, these students realize the beauty of Shakespeare’s works and also re-discover themselves through the Bard’s characters. Touching on themes of adolescence, parents’ unconditional love and friendship, William promotes respect for one another, and advocates love for reading and appreciating literature.

The show features ten original rap songs composed by Jeff Hernandez. Songs such as “Pucha Bro”, “Nosebleed”, “O Shakespeare”, “What’s In A Name” are fusions of various music genres, like rock, soul, funk, RnB and hip-hop. William also utilizes FlipTop, a popular form of rapping among today’s Filipino youth. These rap numbers, choreographed by John Tan from Urban Dance Crew, are performed with various hip-hop genres like crumping and breakdance, as well as ballroom and jazz.

Viewers can access the free 72-hour livestream of William via PETA’s YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/petatheateronline) starting April 26 (which also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday!) at 7:00 PM. Afterwards, viewers can look forward to watching more of PETA’s plays on the channel which already contains videos of Sonnets & Songs, condensed sessions of PETA’s Let Get Creative! online workshops (live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on PETA’s Facebook page), highlights and recaps of #TalkTuesdays (live every Tuesday on PETA’s Facebook page) which currently features PETA Lingap Sining’s mental health and wellness webinars called Lusog Isip Talks, and more.

During this time of crisis, PETA hopes to bring the theater experience to their audience’s homes until the curtains rise again.

For more performances, workshops, and webinars, subscribe to PETA’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/petatheateronline and turn on the option for notifications. Follow PETA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @petatheater for more updates and announcements.

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REVIEW: PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN has stories that need to be told

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Diseases are caused by persevering bacteria and unflagging viruses, but epidemics are brought about by the consequences of human choices – be it deliberate or not. And what happens in an epidemic is what PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN thrives to share. In it are varying stories of characters living amidst widespread stigma and systematic discrimination.

Jonathan is diagnosed with HIV, and with an emotionally absent partner in Greg, he reaches out to Syd, his former lover, and his friend. It is now up to Syd how he’ll manage to juggle his love and for Jonathan, for Mario – his current boyfriend, and for himself.

Another case is that of young Dino, a non-stop DOTA player who generally depended on the kindness of gay men in his community to finance his gaming addiction, however at the expense of his body. Upon receiving his confirmation after an HIV test, Dino and his mother will journey together to recall the past, and to face a new life ahead.

Mary Rose, a mother of three, just found out that she has HIV and had transmitted the virus to her children. She learned that she acquired it from her husband who has been injecting drugs and has been engaging in risky behaviors.

And then we have a comedy-bar comedienne, a gay hairdresser, a bunch of (arguably) discreet gay men, who – in snippets – tell us their individual struggles as they wander through society’s fossilizing stigmas and discrimination.

Rody Vera’s material weaves all these intersecting tales while having Dr. Gemma Almonte at its center. Dr. Almonte is an infectious disease specialist and an advocate, and she guides us through Vera’s multi-charactered plot, narrating each journey  – both tragic and redeeming.

And Vera’s text can be very unapologetic. Here, Vera thrives so wonderfully through its frankness. His discourse is straightforward, unambiguous and responsible. He sprinkles a few expletives here and there, but only when necessary, and only if it establishes character and society.

But what’s most striking is how Vera interconnects these stories the way wildfire epidemics marginalize communities and, ultimately, societies. UNDER MY SKIN creates this feeling of undeniable interconnectedness and fond interdependence. As to how diseases spread and how pandemics rise, Vera exhibits how cure and compassion can also make use of such source lines.

Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije’s design for the stage visualizes the seemingly invisible, yet ever-present. In its center is a dynamic symbol of what could be an infinite virus that kills, or that glory hole we strive for, or that moment of wishful ecstasy through gratified penetration. In its foreground are the flowing plasma of bodily fluids – delicious, delicate, dangerous. Gorgeously matched by Steven Tansiongco’s video projections, this production’s vision to teach and reach explodes so incredibly.

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Yet how to sustain interest is Director Melvin Lee‘s arduous task. Here, Lee efficiently juggles the varying discourses on epidemics: the tales and the myths, the tragedies and redemptions, without underselling important facts and figures. What’s most interesting is how Lee carefully choreographs the usual sexual innuendos through physical agility – dismissing the unnecessary, blistering run-of-the-mill soft pornography, so common in materials such as these.

And it is through this agility does Lee depict those underlying dangers of unsafe and risky behaviors. Through arial silk, we see the symbolic shaky balance between love and betrayal, truth and lies and ultimately life and death. That, dear Jellicle Readers, is an example of theatrical triumph.

Roselyn Perez is a familiar face on stage, more so, that she portrayed Dr. Emma Brookner in The Necessary Theater’s production of A NORMAL HEART to great acclaim. But her Filipina Dr, Almonte is closer to home, and her nuances are quite familiar. She’s the matriarch of the characters around her, a loving mother and a formidable woman in the center of a plague.

Dudz Teraña breaks the solitude as the comedy bar comedienne. Here, Teraña exceeds presence and exhibits great control as he tells the story of his character, to much of the audience’s delight.

Eko Baquial balances heartbreak and compassion with utter fondness and endearment as Syd. Gio Gahol as the character Greg can be both adoring and repelling, while Mike Liwag’s Jonathan personifies the disease and the fear, as well as the self-pity it seeds into the human mind. And Gold Villar as Mary Rose projects the initial uncertainty of mother and her family’s future, now that a lifelong syndrome has struck her family and her home.

While UNDER MY SKIN is still, arguably, a political material, it still presents a critical issue that we need to hear and discuss. Vera’s material interestingly digs further in while examining the Filipino psyche during a plague. The material is very keen on enumerating actual symptoms and its effects, not just in the body, but also in the mind. It probes the temporary threats of the medicines, yet it highlights its promise for a better life. In it are more exact details on the journey of people living with HIV, as well as the people around them.

What this production clearly shows is how far we’ve come in terms of fighting HIV and AIDS, and what a beautiful story it is. However, our culture and preconceived judgments alter a promising denouement. Science has started a winning fight against the virus, but it can only do so much. Our Hearts, with its acceptance, compassion, and empathy, can lovingly go a very long way, most especially in places where Science cannot.

 

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