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Performance Photos: PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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News: International Tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL adds One More Week!

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Producers of Matilda usher in the new year with exciting news! GWB Entertainment along with GMG Productions & Virtus Live have just announced that they have added one more week to the Manila season of the international tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL. The multi award-winning show, which is making its way to Manila for the very first time, opens at The Theatre at Solaire on March 5, 2020 and will now be running until March 22, 2020.

The stage adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl classic was originally produced for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For the shows that are in the final week, the producers have created the Two-Price Special for Tuesday, and Sunday Evening: One price across all orchestra seats, and one price across all balcony seats.

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

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

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

The Producers are also happy to announce the principle cast for the Manila season:

Hayden Tee as Miss Trunchbull,

Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey,

Nompumelelo Mayiyane as Mrs. Phelps,

Claire Taylor as Mrs. Wormwood, and

Stephen Jubber as Mr. Wormwood

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

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

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News: ON YOUR FEET! MANILA HAS FOUND ITS GLORIA ESTEFAN

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s upcoming production of the Broadway and West End hit musical ON YOUR FEET! has found its lead star who will play the iconic and multi-awarded singer Gloria Estefan.

After a long search, Gab Pangilinan, who has starred in musicals such as BEAUTIFUL, ANG HULING EL BIMBO, SIDE SHOW, MULA SA BUWAN and RAK OF AEGIS, will take on the coveted lead role of Gloria, one of the most celebrated and successful singers of all time. Gloria Estefan, who has won 7 Grammy Awards, herself approved the casting of Gab after viewing her audition videos which were sent to her by Bobby Garcia, director of the production.

Gab says of her casting, “Being cast as the one and only Gloria Estefan is beyond anything I’ve ever imagined. She has made impossible things possible in her life worth many lifetimes and her incredible life story has touched the lives of so many young dreamers, including mine. What a huge blessing it is to be given the opportunity to portray Gloria, a truly iconic woman of hope and strength. It will be a challenge but one that I welcome with open arms. I am so grateful. I can’t wait to start working on this. And also, I can’t wait to put my dancing shoes on!

GAB PANGILINAN. Photo by Paw Castillo. (provided by ATEG)

Bobby Garcia, who will soon be directing the international premiere of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical THE BAND’S VISIT, says, “From the moment she stepped in to audition, it was clear that Gab was the front runner for Gloria.  Her preparation, focus, grasp of the material and of Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine’s music and style were evident throughout the audition process.  Gloria viewed the audition videos and immediately loved Gab.  We are thrilled that one of Philippine musical theatre’s brightest young stars will be taking on the role of this remarkable and inspiring woman who has rocked the music industry for four decades. If there is anyone who can get a Manila audience to Conga other than Gloria herself, it’s Gab.”

ON YOUR FEET! is the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other, and became an international sensation. Universally crowd-pleasing and uplifting, ON YOUR FEET! is a celebration of greatest hits that will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Featuring “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “1-2-3,” “Live For Loving You,” “Conga,” and many more, ON YOUR FEET! is a portrait of a legendary artist that reveals fierce determination and visionary creativity matched with the exhilarating energy of the Miami Sound Machine. ON YOUR FEET! features music and lyrics by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and a book by Alexander Dinelaris. ON YOUR FEET! is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Emilio and Gloria Estefan. ON YOUR FEET! is part of Atlantis Twenty Twenty, a season of musicals that includes the international premiere of THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens on March 13 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati, and the classic musical OLIVER!

ON YOUR FEET! will run at the Circuit Performing Arts Theater, Makati from November 13 to December 6.  For show buying and group packages, contact Atlantis Theatrical at shows@atlantistheatrical.com.

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News: Daloy Dance Co. will perform a 3-hour interactive dance called Transcendance on Valentines Day

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Choreographer, contemporary performer, movement facilitator, Ea Torrado will offer a 3-hour interactive performance called Transcendance – A Daloy Movement on February 14 at Kondwi in Makati, as part of the 2020 Fringe Manila Art Festival, with live music by DJ Ed Croix. The performance will include an opening performance by K.Go, a Brooklyn-based artist, called “Hungry Ground”.

Originally trained in Ballet, Ea started Daloy Movement in 2014 as an embodied research on dance as a healing practice. She arrived at a place of fulfilment after many years as a company dancer first with Ballet Manila then Ballet Philippines and wanted to break free and shift her footing to a new flavour of expression. Coming from the highly technical, precise, and formalized movement world of Ballet, her exploration and exposure to Physical Theatre, Yoga, somatic practices, and community work, introduced Ea to a language of dance that is both rawfully beautiful and inclusive.

In a Daloy Movement Jam, all bodies and all backgrounds are welcome. The participants move to bracing music as Ea guides through winged verbalization of anatomical cues and imagery prompts that birth the space for each body to flow through the state of order, swell exponentially into chaos, and be trance-ported back into order again.
Titled, “Transcendance”, the movement jam aims to destroy and transcend the popular notion of love as clinginess and death without the other.

Daloy Movement also espouses the principle of a fluid payment scheme where the participants pay based on their economic capacity and their perceived value of the experience. This serves as a reflection of the body’s accessible and encompassing availability to be free. Expect to be enthralled by a live show of mind-body dance and cathartic release that our ancient ancestors knew very well.

Transcendance” is co-presented by Daloy Dance Company, Kondwi, and 10 Days of Art for Art Fair PH.

When asked, why is the title Transcendance? Ea asnwers, “Hmmm perhaps to Transcend through dancing And to transcend the common misused meaning of love in pop songs that is associated with clinginess or dying without the other etc.”

Ea Torrado

Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea creates visceral and evocative works that have been presented in numerous sites and stages in Manila and abroad. Rigorously trained in classical ballet from a young age, Ea has essayed principal and soloist roles in traditional and contemporary full-length dances, and toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad. She is the founder and artistic director of Manila-based dance theatre group, Daloy Dance Company. Her creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. She was awarded the prestigious Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). She is also a member of World Dance Alliance- Philippines and (ICONS) International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography.

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Daloy DC is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies and workshops by Ea Torrado and her guest artists.

Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017 and Best Classical Dance Company of 2017, and Outstanding Contemporary Dance Group by The Philippine Leaf Awards 2019, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad, Japan, Korea, Thailand and USA, among others. They have also worked with guest teachers from Sweden, Singapore, USA, Australia and Canada. Capturing the energy and philosophy of Ea Torrado’s exploration of the human body as an instrument to provoke reflection and dialogue, Daloy has co-produced Walang Hiya Festival, Sayaw Galaw, Ugnayan Community Program, Tanghal at Talakay, and Daloy Movement— dance workshops that utilise dance as a tool for personal development, empowerment and change.

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KGo With Opening Performance titled ‘Hungry Ground’

K.Go is a Manila born experimental movement artist & biomythographer from Connecticut currently based in New York. She is inspired by questions around migrations, time travel or timelessness, shape shifting or shaping, queering and queer futurity. She has shared her work at Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dancers Unlimited, Miguel Gutierrez’s Landing 3.0 at the Gibney Dance Center and is currently working with artist Lu Yim, at the Center for Performance Research. She is continuously grateful to have opportunities to share and move with others.

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News: “Joseph The Dreamer”, An inspired re-imagination fit for the times

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Gathering some of the most promising and most formidable names in the local theatre industry, Trumpets’ presents a reimagined production of its hit musical, “Joseph the Dreamer.”

Joseph the Dreamer” goes onstage February 21 to March 7 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater and promises to recreate moments of sheer nostalgia for people who have experienced the magic of previous stagings. The updated material is aimed at reaching a newer, younger audience and has been given new twists and takes that make it more vibrant and playful yet somehow more profound.

Trumpets President Butch Jimenez says, “The time is ripe for younger generations to experience this incredible musical and the best way to reach them is to have millennials at the helm of this new production. We did not have to look far to assemble the best artistic team. “

Renowned concert director and stage actor Paolo Valenciano, who grew up witnessing the magic of “Joseph the Dreamer,” makes his theater debut as Director. He has assembled only the finest young artists to form his team. Nelsito Gomez, accomplished theater actor and rising new director, sits at his right hand as Associate Director. Myke Salomon, acclaimed Musical Director of “Rak of Aegis” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” puts on that hat once again for “Joseph.”

Hip-hop group A-Team’s choreographer Mike Arda also lends his talent for the musical. The dance numbers for this his first theater adventure will be as energetic and powerful as those his award-winning crew is known for.

Trumpets veteran and skilled scenographer Mio Infante, Sound Engineer Rards Corpus, and Lighting Director Dong Calingacion, who are all known for their brilliant work in their respective fields of expertise, round-off the artistic team.

Born and bred for theater Sam Concepcion (“The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “High School Musical,” “Peter Pan”) returns to Trumpets and his first love playing the title role of Joseph after time away from theater making a name for himself in mainstream entertainment. Playing his love interest, Asenath, is Kayla Rivera, who headlined a string of hit musicals including ATEG’s “Beautiful.

The King of Philippine Musical Theater Audie Gemora, who played Joseph in earlier runs, returns as Joseph’s father, Jacob.

Also returning is the original Benjamin, Carlo Orosa, who now plays multiple key characters that show off his flair for comedy including the role of Egypt’s Pharaoh.

A former member of the JTD ensemble and one of many Mrs. Potiphars, powerhouse performer Bituin Escalante is now Rachel, Jacob’s wife and Joseph’s mother.

It is so good to have Sam, a mainstay of Trumpets, and Kayla, a Trumpets first-timer, in one production. Sparks really fly between them,” shares Audie. “And it is also nice to share the stage with returning cast members Carlo and Bituin.”

Completing the cast are Mitzi Lao, RJ Dela Fuente, Carlos Canlas, Paul Anthony Valdez, Neo Rivera, Jim Ferrer, Renz Bernardo, Edrei Tan, Matthew Barbers, John Paul Fausto, Joshua Ade Valenzola, Guido Gatmaytan, Aldo Vencilao, Alys Serdenia, Jo Mari Logdat, Coleen Paz, Samantha Libao, Kathleen Francisco with two child wonders Elai Estrella and Eli Luis.

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The cast of 2020 Trumpets’ Joseph the Dreamer. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz.

Joseph The Dreamer” is based on the anointed life of Joseph and his journey towards becoming one of the most beloved characters in the Holy Bible.

Written by Freddie Santos based on the cantata by Cam Floria’s “Joseph, Whatever Happened to the Dreamer?”, the musical, rechristened “Joseph the Dreamer,” was first staged at the St. Teresa’s Auditorium Cebu in 1989. The modest staging was such a hit that the show quickly snowballed and had numerous runs shuttling back and forth between Manila and the provinces. It has played at the Meralco Theater, Cebu Plaza Ballroom, Waterfront Ballroom, 8000 seater Cebu Coliseum, the Ultra, San Agustin Gym in Iloilo, Bacolod Convention Center, Davao Convention Center, Dagupan Coliseum, Cuneta Astrodome and was even aired on television.

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2020 TRUMPETS’ Joseph The Dreamer Cast. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Its record-breaking ten-year-run was brought to a new high when pop superstar Gary Valenciano played Joseph in the 1999 staging. These were followed by school runs in the early 2000’s and full runs at the SM Megamall theaters.

Because of the increasing clamor for its return, Trumpets has long dreamt of bringing back “Joseph the Dreamer” and on February 21, that dream finally comes true.

Be part of the dream! Catch Trumpets’ “Joseph the Dreamer,” one of the most awaited stage productions of 2020.

For tickets, please visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or Trumpets, Inc.’s official Fan Page.

 

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino goes Experimental with Peace Play “Batang Mujahideen”

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Heralded for well-acted, finely-produced classical plays, Tanghalang Pilipino goes experimental in their upcoming production of Malou Jacob‘s “Batang Mujahideen,” tells the promising tale of children soldiers in Mindanao, who are caught in between the conflict of Muslims and Christians. “Batang Mujahideen” goes onstage at the Tanghalang Batute of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from February 21 until March 8. 2020.

Playwright Ms. Malou Jacob. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

According to Jacob, a respected writer and playwright, “Batang Mujahideen” reflects the chaos of the 21st century.

Batang Mujahideen” taps artist, playwright and Tanghalang Ateneo’s Artistic Director Guelan Luarca to helm this play.

This play hopes to be catalyst of empathy and social action,” says Guelan, who shares staging credits with the members of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company (AC). “This production also features AC, not only as actors and artists, but as ethical, engaged researchers and citizens.” Through “Batang Mujahideen,” Guelan hopes to highlight the inevitable connection between Art and Politics.

Batang Mujahideen’s Director, Mr. Guelan Varela-Luarca. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Sharing his vision about the play, Guelan shares, “Batang Mujahideen will use experimental, non-traditional modes of theater production: Documentary theater, devised theater, multimedia; movement and dance, traditional, experimental, and postmodern forms, research performance, metatheater, among others.”

He emphasizes that the point is to always, constantly obviate that this is a mediated narrative, filtered through the sense-impressions of Manila-based artists, and by way of the imagination of Malou.

With the guidance of a dramaturg and consultants from Mindanao, we offer this play as a mere representation of a reality in Mindanao which is far richer, far more human, far more complex than we can yearn to portray,” clarifies Guelan. “The audience will always be uncomfortably aware that this is a play, a performance, an interpretation of a reality we are honored to portray,”

Guelan promises to exhaust the entire production’s training as artists and performance makers to tell Malou’s important historical fiction about a part of our nation which we, in the capital, all to often ignore.

“Batang Mujahideen” features the multi-awarded members of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company (AC), who reaped awards for critically-acclaimed productions of “Der Kaufmann (Merchant of Venice),” “Ang Pag-uusig (The Crucible),” and recently headlined the hit show “Katsuri (Of Mice and Men).

Members of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company are Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Doray Dayao, JV Ibesate, Lhorvie Nuevo, Antonette Go, Ybes Bagadiong, Manok Nellas, and Eunice Pacia. (Photos by Erickson dela Cruz © 2020)

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketworld, CCP Box Office, KTX (Kapamilya Tickets) and Ticket2Me, or you may contact Tanghalang Pilipino at (02) 832-1125, local 1621, 0915 6072275 or 0999 8843821. You may also visit Tanghalang Pilipino Facebook page for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Cherry Pie in PETA’s Under My Skin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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News: THE BAND’S VISIT COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(From L-R) BM co-artistic director Sir Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Ma’m Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Principal dancers Jasmine Pia Dames and Romeo Peralta.
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The Cast of Ballet Manila’s SLEEPING BEAUTY.
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News: Free Season Pass, a Holiday treat from Repertory Philippines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For show-buying, block-buying, and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase tickets by calling TicketWorld at 8891-9999, or through www.ticketworld.com.ph . For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph , or like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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News: ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BAND’S VISIT

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

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

Reb Atadero. (Photo provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

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

 

Maronne Cruz (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

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

 

Jill Peña (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

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

Floyd Tena (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

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

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

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

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

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

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST FOR A MUSICAL

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

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Ejay Yatco (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL PRODUCTION

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

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OUTSTANDING PLAY

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE

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

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

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

OUTSTANDING EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART (Musical or Non Musical)

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

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN AN EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

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

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

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

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL/THEATER GROUP

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

OUTSTANDING SCENOGRAPHY

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

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS

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

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

(posted by Mr. Camilo Villanueva Jr.)

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

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

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News: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CCP

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

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

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

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

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

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Program for the event consists of the following:

December 13, Friday

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

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

            Asan Si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada – Short film

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

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

        Pan De Salawal by Che Espiritu – Full length film

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

 

December 14, Saturday

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

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

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

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

                          Paper Cut by Patricia Baguio Camino – Short film

                          Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian – Full length film

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

 

 

December 15, Sunday

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

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

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

7:30pm-9:20pm –

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

      Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria – Short film

      Doon Sa Kabila Ng Bulkan by Ellen Ramos – Short film

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

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

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

 

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