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Peta's Rak of Aegis, Rep's August: Osage County lead Philstage Gawad Buhay!’s 2014 1st/2nd-quarter citations

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:28:00 +0000

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07.19.2014 THE PHILIPPINE EDUCATIONAL Theater Association’s “Rak of Aegis,” a musical-comedy production about a fictional urban-poor community coping with floods that features the songs of the iconic pop-rock band Aegis, grabbed the lead in the 1st/2nd-quarter citations of the 2014 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 16 citations in the performance and technical categories. “Rak of Aegis,” written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda, got nods in the following categories: Outstanding Original Musical, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical, Stage Direction for a Musical (Legarda), Original Libretto (Magtoto), Musical Direction (Myke Salomon), Choreography (Gio Gahol), Costume Design (Carlo Pagunaling), Sound Design (Salomon and Happy Constantino), Set Design (Mio Infante), Female Lead Performance in a Musical (Aicelle Santos and Joan Bugcat), Female Featured Performance in a Musical (Kalila Aguilos) and Male Featured Performance in a Musical (Salomon, Pepe Herrera, Jerald Napoles and Juliene Mendoza). Meanwhile, Repertory Philippines’ production of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “August: Osage County,” directed by Chris Millado, followed closely with 13 citations. It was cited in the following categories: Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play (Millado), Lighting Design (Katsch Catoy), Sound Design (Jethro Joaquin), Set Design (Miguel Faustmann), Female Lead Performance in a Play (Baby Barredo), Female Featured Performance in a Play (Pinky Amador, Liesl Batucan, Shiela Francisco and Tami Monsod) and Male Featured Performance in a Play (Richard Cunanan and Hans Eckstein). Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of “Mga Ama, Mga Anak,” a translation into Filipino by Virgilio Almario and José Lacaba of Nick Joaquin’s short story and later three-act play “Three Generations,” got eight nods, including citations for its two alternating male leads (Robert Arevalo and Spanky Manikan) and three of its featured female actors: Madeleine Nicolas, Celeste Legaspi and Banaue Miclat. Tying with the eight citations of “Mga Ama, Mga Anak” is Resorts World Manila’s production of the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” under its newly formed Full House Theater Productions (the newest member company of Philstage). “Priscilla” received nods for, among others, Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical (Jaime del Mundo) and Male Lead Performance in a Musical (Red Concepcion). In dance, both Ballet Manila’s “Aramica,” choreographed by Bam Damian for BM’s “Heart2Heart: Ballets and Ballads” production, and Ballet Philippines’ “Muybridge Frames,” choreographed by Denisa Reyes for BP’s “Art of Dance,” got four citations each. (See complete list of citations below.) Now on its sixth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by members of the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury will select the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season. Awarding ceremonies will be in early 2015. Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Peta, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets, Actor’s Actors, Inc., 9 Works Theatrical, and Philippine Opera Company and RWM’s Full House Thea[...]



Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness (16 nominations) and Tanghalang Pilipino’s Der Kaufmann (12) lead 2013 Gawad Buhay! race

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:57:00 +0000

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 02.22.2014 Peta’s ‘D’Wonder Twins of Boac’ and TP’s ‘Ibalong’ tie for third place with 10 nominations each TRUMPETS’ “THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS,” a musical adaptation of the 1908 play by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, with music by Rony Fortich and libretto and direction by Jaime del Mundo, dominates the 2013 Gawad Buhay!: The Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts with 16 nominations. Close behind with 12 nominations is Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Der Kaufmann,” Rody Vera’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” based on the late National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation. “Der Kaufmann” was directed by Vera and Tuxqs Rutaquio. “Bluebird” earned nominations in the following categories: Outstanding Original Libretto and Outstanding Stage Direction (Del Mundo), Musical Direction and Musical Composition (Rony Fortich), Choreography for a Play or Musical (Nancy Crowe), Costume Design and Set Design (Mio Infante), Lighting Design (John Batalla), Sound Design (Rards Corpus), Female Lead Performance in a Musical (Chimmi Kohchet-Chua), Male Lead Performance in a Musical (Anton Posadas), Female Featured Performance in a Musical (Lynn Sherman), Male Featured Performance in a Musical (Joel Trinidad), Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical, Outstanding Original Musical, and Outstanding Production for Children—Play, Musical or Dance. “Der Kaufmann,” meanwhile, earned the jury’s nod as nominee in the following categories: Outstanding Translation or Adaptation (Vera), Costume Design (Rutaquio), Lighting Design (Batalla), Sound Design (TJ Ramos), Female Lead Performance in a Play (Regina de Vera—the lone nominee in her category and automatically the winner), Male Lead Performance in a Play (Jonathan Tadioan), Female Featured Performance in a Play (Raquel Pareño), Male Featured Performance in a Play (Lou Veloso and Marco Viaña), Outstanding Stage Direction (Vera and Rutaquio), Outstanding Ensemble for a Play, and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play. Peta’s “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” and TP’s “Ibalong” are in third place with 10 nominations each. Ballet Manila’s “Tatlo Pang Kwento ni Lola Basyang,” meanwhile, earned nine, while three productions have eight nods each: Actor’s Actors Inc.’s “Red,” Repertory Philippines’ “The Producers” and Ballet Philippines’ “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (See complete list of nominations at right.) Now on its sixth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury selects the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season. Awarding ceremonies will be in April 2014. Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, Peta, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets, Actor’s Actors Inc., 9 Works Theatrical and Philippine Opera Company. 2013 GAWAD BUHAY! COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINATIONS Outstanding Original Script No nomination Outstanding Original Libretto • Nicolas Pichay, “Rock Supremo” (BP) • Layeta Bucoy, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP) • Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets) • Rody Vera, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta) • Rody Vera, “Ibalong” (TP) Outstanding Translation or Adaptation • Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (TP) Outstanding Musical Direction • Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino, [...]



The spellbinding Ang Nawalang Kapatid

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 02.22.2014 Dulaang UP’s all-student production takes on the mighty ‘Mahabharata’–and triumphs DULAANG UP’s “ANG NAWALANG KAPATID” (with remaining performances today and tomorrow at Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman) is billed in press announcements as a musical adaptation of the Indian epic “Mahabharata,” the theatrical transposition courtesy of Floy Quintos and the music by Ceejay Javier. That billing is misleading, or at least thoroughly inadequate. Because, while “Ang Nawalang Kapatid” indeed simulates the form of a musical, with characters telling their stories through song and melodic motifs lending shape and propulsion to the narrative, what director Dexter Santos has created is a production that blends music, movement, text, character, color, drama and design into an astonishing theatrical experience that beggars description as a mere musical. That is not a knock on Javier’s score, which is one of this production’s strengths—lean and disciplined at only about eight songs (“Lukso ng Dugo” is a standout), the rest piquant instrumentals, done live by a five-piece band. Rather, it is a recognition of the breadth of imaginative firepower Santos has managed to conjure on the cramped Guerrero stage. Diversity, noise Peter Brook had once described the “Mahabharata”—one of the world’s greatest and oldest texts, a Sanskrit poem said to be about 15 times the length of the Bible—as incorporating “diversity, multiplicity, noise, movement, activity, on such a rich and extraordinary scale...” Brook, of course, is the esteemed British director who brought the “Mahabharata” to the stage in 1985, in a now-legendary 11-hour production that ran from sunset to sunrise at a stone quarry in Avignon, France. (He condensed the play into a five-hour film version in 1989.) We’re not saying Santos is Brook (that’s not a slur, either—who is, anyway?), but the best compliment one can give his “Ang Nawalang Kapatid” is that, in its fiercest moments, not only does it live up to Brook’s appraisal of the text; it also seems to partake of the mystical, sacral life force at the heart of this most ancient of stories. Quintos’ Filipino retelling retains the poem’s original framing device—the narrator Vyasa inviting the elephant-headed god Ganesha to record his central story of a primeval kingdom destroyed by a cosmic war between family members, the bloodbath then leading to an Edenic rebirth (in the formulation of Brook’s playwright Jean-Claude Carrière, “le grande poème du monde,” or “the poetical history of mankind”). But the narrative has been streamlined even further—the five Pandava brothers that make up one side of the clan now reduced to three; their first cousins the Kauravas, originally a hundred brothers, now only one, the firstborn Duryodhana; and Draupadi, the princess shared as wife by all five Pandavas, assigned only to the oldest, Yudisthira. Melodious Filipino Out of that stripped-down foundation, Quintos tells the story in plainspoken if melodious Filipino (“Mahabharata—ang dakilang kasaysayan ng sangkatauhan! ‘Yan ang aking itutula, ‘yan ang aking itatala,” promise Vyasa and Ganesha in the beginning). A keen decision, because what Santos has proceeded to do to bring the text to life would have made any attempt at a richer, more poetic language superfluous. Within the confines of Ohm David’s two-tiered rock-cavern set drenched in the red sandstone tinge of Agra Fort (Gino Gonzales did the costumes, John Batalla the lighting), Santos unpacks from his capacious theatrical arsenal a dazzlingly stylized world of the simplest props and the most vivid gestures evoking a whole universe of men and deities, heroes and legends caught up in all-too-familiar jealousies, betrayals and frailties. The mating gazelles felled by King Pandu, launching the curse that would doom his bloodline, are performed by male dancers whose poses suggest the erotic statuary in the[...]



9 Works Theatrical’s Grease leads Philstage Gawad Buhay’s 2013 4th-quarter citations

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:10:00 +0000

9 WORKS THEATRICAL’S production of the evergreen Broadway musical “Grease” in November last year grabbed 13 nods to lead the fourth-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts. “Grease’s” citations include outstanding production of existing material for a play or musical, outstanding ensemble, direction (Robbie Guevara), musical direction (Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino), choreography (Arnold Trinidad and Francis Matheu), lighting design (John Batalla), sound design (Chuck Ledesma) and set design (Mio Infante), as well as the lead performance of Gian Magdangal and the featured performances of Reb Atadero, Iya Villania, Carla Dunareanu and Peachy Atilano. In second place is Ballet Philippines’ “A Christmas Carol,” which garnered 12 citations, including outstanding modern dance production, outstanding ensemble, choreography (Edna Vida-Froilan), lighting design (Dennis Marasigan), sound design (Jethro Joaquin), set design (Ricardo Cruz), and nods for Nonoy Froilan’s lead performance and the featured performances of Carissa Adea, Denise Parungao, Jean Marc Cordero, Richardson Yadao. The ballet is also cited in the category of outstanding production for children (play, musical or dance). Repertory Philippines’ “The Producers,” meanwhile, received 11 citations, among them outstanding musical production and direction (Jaime del Mundo) and nods for the lead performances of Robbie Zialcita and Topper Fabregas, and the featured turns of Audie Gemora, Noel Rayos and Joel Trinidad. Tanghalang Pilipino’s modern Filipino opera “San Andres B.”, which for purposes of consideration in the Gawad Buhay! awards was classified under the musical category, received 9 citations, while Ballet Manila’s production of “The Nutcracker” had 8. The Gawad Buhay! jury, an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts, has also decided to open a new category for Outstanding Production for Children (Play, Dance or Musical), to acknowledge the growing number of productions from Philstage companies specifically mounted and designed for such audiences. All Philstage children’s shows are eligible for outstanding production consideration only in the fourth quarter of the year, since many of them have longer runs that may span two or more quarters, compared to other shows. (See complete list of citations below.) Now on its fifth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury will select the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season. Awarding ceremonies will be in early 2014. Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, Peta, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets, Actor’s Actors Inc., 9 Works Theatrical and Philippine Opera Company. COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2013 FOURTH-QUARTER CITATIONS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES: Outstanding Original Script No citation Outstanding Original Libretto No citation Outstanding Translation or Adaptation No citation Outstanding Musical Direction • Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino, “Grease” (9 Works Theatrical) • Onyl Torres, “The Producers” (Repertory Philippines) Outstanding Original Musical Composition • Josefino Toledo, “San Andres B.” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production • Edna Vida-Froilan, “A Christmas Carol” (Ballet Phili[...]



BRAVO! BEST OF THEATER 2013: The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:19:00 +0000

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12.21.2013 When was the last time the homegrown song-and-dance variety outnumbered the Broadway imports? WHEN “KATY” OPENED on Jan. 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, not only was it the first local production to raise its curtain this year, it was also a harbinger of sorts. Spotlight Artist Centre’s revival of the grandmama of contemporary original Filipino musicals, produced by the trailblazing Musical Theater Philippines of Celeste Legaspi and Girlie Rodis 25 years ago, brought in its wake an unprecedented number of old and new Filipino musical works—14 in all, a record. In our nine years of assiduous theater-watching, there never has been a musical year as eclectic as 2013. On top of the usual Broadway imports (about 12 this year—when was the last time local material outnumbered foreign ones?), there were two revivals of major Filipino works (“Katy” and “Himala, The Musical”—the latter in a thoughtfully mounted 10th-anniversary concert presentation that unveiled a leaner, more compelling version); and one take on an old work that retained the music but opted for a stripped-down amateur staging (UP Repertory’s “Lean,” based on Gary Granada’s musical on the late activist Lean Alejandro—a lyrical work that demands proper reconsideration, flecked with lines like “Ang panahon ng ligalig ang siyang magpapanday sa ating pag-ibig”). There were also fresh works from debuting theater companies that captured enthusiastic word of mouth, particularly among the younger crowd (Culture Shock Productions’ “Sa Wakas” and Bit by Bit Company’s “Maxie The Musicale”), while two poles-apart musicals served notice that they could hold a candle to foreign spectaculars with imaginative, opulent stagecraft (Trumpets’ English-language “The Bluebird of Happiness” and Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of the Bicol epic “Ibalong”). This being Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial year, a slew of flag-waving musical dramas dedicated to the revolutionary hero also marched upfront, from the unfortunately incoherent (Gantimpala Theater’s “Katipunan, mga Anak ng Bayan”) to the earnest but hysterical (Philippine Stagers Foundation’s “Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela”), to the majestically orchestrated and staged but quite befuddlingly written (TP’s “San Andres B.”—not a musical but a contemporary opera, but included here for purposes of this yearend roundup). The one novel production on Bonifacio turned out to be a nonmusical play—Dulaang UP’s “Teatro Porvenir,” which offered a heretofore unknown view of Bonifacio and his cohorts as amateur theater artists, and how the creative impulse could both be inspiration and distraction in a time of revolution. (“Me puwang pa ba ang sining sa gitna ng himagsikan?,” went one character.) But, with the onslaught of musicals local and foreign, plays like “Teatro Porvenir” were quite scarce on the calendar. One appreciated, then, the annual bounty of new plays at the Virgin Labfest, and productions like The Necessary Theater’s “Red;” or Patrick Marber’s “Closer,” the first offering of the newly formed Red Turnip Theater; even BB Gandanghari’s bravely self-produced (if ill-directed) venture “Halik ng Tarantula” (Rene Villanueva’s Filipino translation of Manuel Puig’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman”), for bucking the song-and-dance juggernaut. Still, there is much to cheer in the local companies’ moxie to fight fire with fire—to serve up homegrown musical fare alongside the Broadway extravaganzas that have hogged the stages and commanded the lion’s share of press attention and ticket sales. The larger picture appears to be encouraging: Despite the entry of international touring groups with mammoth shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” and the upcoming “Wicked,” the continuing expansion of local theater, whether in largely musical dire[...]



Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness leads Philstage Gawad Buhay’s 2013 3rd-quarter citations

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:25:00 +0000

TRUMPETS’ “comeback” musical production “The Bluebird of Happiness,” with music by Rony Fortich and libretto and direction by Jaime del Mundo, leads the third-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 18 nods in the performance, creative and technical categories. “Bluebird” earned citations for, among others, its libretto and adaptation work (Del Mundo), musical composition and direction (Fortich), choreography (Nancy Crowe), costume and set design (Mio Infante), lighting design (John Batalla), and the individual performances of its child actors: Female Lead Performance in a Musical for Alessa Zialcita and Chimmi Kohchet-Chua, and Male Lead Performance in a Musical for Anton Posadas and Guido Gatmaytan. Also cited are Lynn Sherman and Joel Trinidad in the featured performance categories. “Bluebird”’s other mentions are for Outstanding Stage Direction (Del Mundo), Outstanding Ensemble for a Musical, and Outstanding Original Musical. Placing second with 14 citations each are Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia,” which transposed Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” into the Nazi era, with Jews in a concentration camp forced to perform the play; and Ballet Manila’s “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” a celebration in dance of Severino Reyes’ enduring folk tales. Following them are two Ballet Philippines productions—“Rock Supremo” with 11 citations, and “Giselle” with 10. (See complete list of citations below.) The Gawad Buhay! jury, an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts, has decided that, starting this year, a new category will be opened for Outstanding Production (Play, Dance or Musical) for Children, to acknowledge the growing number of productions from Philstage companies specifically mounted and designed for such audiences. However, since many children’s productions run for weeks, even months, longer than the typical three-week schedule of other shows, all Philstage children’s shows will be considered for citation in the fourth quarter of the year, leading to the Gawad Buhay! final nominations for 2013. Now on its fifth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury will select the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season. Awarding ceremonies will be in early 2014. Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, Peta, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets, Actor’s Actors Inc., 9 Works Theatrical and Philippine Opera Company. COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2013 THIRD-QUARTER CITATIONS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES: Outstanding Original Script No citation Outstanding Original Libretto • Nicolas Pichay, “Rock Supremo” (Ballet Philippines) • Layeta Bucoy, “Sandosenanang Sapatos” (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets) Outstanding Translation or Adaptation • Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets) Outstanding Musical Direction • Francis de Veyra, “Rock Supremo” (BP) • Rony Fortich, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets) Outstanding Original Musical Composition • Diwa de Leon, “Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende/“Ang Mga K[...]



Lea Salonga, Cecile Licad and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde reunite in The Legends and the Classics Encore

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:39:00 +0000

Three iconic Filipino artists--Lea Salonga, Cecile Licad and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde--reunite onstage in “The Legends and the Classics Encore,” for an incomparable showcase of song, music and dance. Presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company and Ballet Manila, “The Legends and the Classics Encore” runs October 12, Saturday, 8 p.m.; and October 13, Sunday, 5 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert brings together anew the outstanding talent and impeccable showmanship of three Filipinas who have shone brightly on the international stage and brought home countless accolades for their country. Each of them represents a lifelong dedication to the arts--in theater, music and ballet--where success is forged only through long years of training, unwavering commitment and an ironclad will in pursuit of excellence. “The Legends and the Classics Encore” will highlight individual spot numbers, including medleys of Broadway hits and romantic standards from Salonga; immortal piano pieces from Licad; and lyrical ballet numbers from Macuja-Elizalde. But what will make it even more unforgettable are the triumvirate’s collaborative performances. Also featured are the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, and Ballet Manila. Roxanne Lapus directs. “The Legends and the Classics” was the winner of last year’s Aliw Award for Best Concert Collaboration. Coincidentally, the three stars have received top accolades from the same awards-giving body in different years. Macuja-Elizalde was 2012 Aliw Entertainer of the Year, the first classical artist so honored. Licad was the 2010 Aliw Lifetime Achievement Awardee. Salonga was Aliw Entertainer of the Year in 2004. Even concert director Roxanne Lapus was Aliw's Hall of Fame Awardee in 2011. Macuja-Elizalde gives gredit to lawyer Katrina Legarda for the original concept of bringing together the three performing artists in one show. That planned show never materialized but the idea stuck in the ballerina's mind. “I was determined to do it, plain and simple. As an artist, I sincerely wanted to perform alongside these two Filipino icons before I retire from the stage, which is not too far from now. So I made it my own personal mission to make it happen,” she relates. Because of public clamor, Macuja-Elizalde decided to produce the concert anew this year. She promises a more refined show, retaining the bulk of last year's repertoire but also presenting new numbers particularly from Licad. Salonga, Licad and Macuja-Elizalde have had stellar careers in their respective fields. All three have followed similar paths, starting young and then eventually making their mark on the international stage. Salonga began her career in musical theater at the age of seven. With her lead role in “Miss Saigon,” she took the West End and Broadway by storm, winning a Tony Award and a Sir Laurence Olivier Award, among the numerous accolades she reaped. Licad made her debut with a full orchestra when she was just seven and launched her international career as a piano virtuoso when she became the youngest gold medalist of the prestigious Leventritt Competition at age 19. Macuja-Elizalde learned her first ballet steps at eight and went on to study ballet in Russia. After graduating at the top of her class, she was invited to join the legendary Kirov Ballet as soloist--the first foreigner and Filipino to be given that honor. With BPI Credit Cards, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Mekeni, Uratex, Solaire, El Nido as major sponsors, The Legends and the Classics Encore is also supported by Island Rose. Steinway Gallery Singapore is the official piano sponsor. Tickets are available at all TicketWorld outlets. For details, check out www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 8919999. [...]



26th Aliw Awards (2013)--complete list of winners

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:00:00 +0000

This is an official announcement from the Aliw Awards. The 26th Aliw Awards had its awards night on October 8, 2013 at the Manila Hotel. Winners below in boldface. For questions/inquiries, e-mail Frank Rivera at frank_aliw@yahoo.com.ph. BEST CHILD PERFORMER • Bea Borres (Bagaberde) • Ryzza Mae Dizon (JOWA/ Araneta Coliseum) • John Gabriel Barlis (Penitensya ni Tiyo Renato/Tanghalang SLU) • Yedda Lambujon (Katy/Spotlight Artist) • Trixie Esteban (Ibalong/Tanghalang Pilipino) BEST NEW ARTIST • Abra • Jashael • Myka Javier • Young JV • Nicole Ramos BEST NEW ARTIST (GROUP) • Chicsers • Upgrade • Snap Backs • West End Mamas • Franciscan Quintet BEST DANCE COMPANY • Bungkos Palay (Munoz, Nueva Ecija) • Sinagtala Dance Company (Davao City) • PLM Hiyas ng Maynilad Dance Company • St. Dominic Savio College Dance Group • Salinlahi Dance Theater Company • Ballet Manila BEST CULTURAL GROUP • Tanghalang SLU (Baguio City) • LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble (Tacloban ,Leyte) • Camiguin Enigmata Creative Circle • Sipat Lawin Ensemble • PUP Banda Kawayan (Morong, Bataan) BEST CHORAL GROUP • SDS Chorale Group (Surigao Del Sur) • DFA Chorale • UST Singers • SLU Glee Club (Baguio City) • UE Chorale BEST INSTRUMENTALIST • Lourdes De Leon-Gregorio (Harp) • Diomedes Zaraza Jr.(Violin) • Renato Lucas (Cello) • Joseph Esmilla (Violin) • Cristine Coyiuto (Piano) • Nitoy Malimlim (Drums) BEST EMCEE (FEMALE) • Toni Gonzaga • Iza Calzado • Pia Guanio • Pops Fernandez • Issa Litton BEST EMCEE (MALE) • Luis Manzano • Jojo Alejar • Michael Lim • Chris Tiu • Sam YG BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN • Beverly Salviejo (Library) • Boobay (Zirkoh) • Jaya (Sebastian Comedy Bar/Tacloban) • Jack en Poy (Insider Bar) BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER (MALE) • Andrew Fernando • Eugene Delos Santos • Ronan Ferrer • Al Gatmaitan • Arthur Espiritu BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER (FEMALE) • Karla Gutierrez • Clarissa Ocampo • Nenen Espina • Thea Perez • Margarita Gomez BEST CROSSOVER/BROADWAY PERFORMER • Jonathan Badon • Ana Feleo • Lionel Guico • Fame Flores • Cris Villonco BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN • Adarna (Dulaang UP) • Sandosenang Sapatos (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Hiwaga ng Ibong Adarna (Tanghalang SLU) • Hansel and Gretel (Kids Acts Philippines) BEST NON-MUSICAL PRODUCTION • Collection (Dulaang UP) • Penitensya ni Tiyo Renato (Tanghalang SLU) • Owel (Virgin Labfest 9) • Red (TNT/Teatrino) • Oresteyas (Tanghalang Ateneo) BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION • Katy (Spotlight Artist Centre) • Piaf (Atlantis Production) • Ibalong (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle (4th Wall Theater Company) • Stageshow (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Tarahiti, Bubunok Babaha (LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble) BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (NON-MUSICAL) • Marlon Rivera (Owel/Virgin Labfest 9) • Jun F. Pablo (Sayaw ng mga Seniorita/Gantimpala Theater Foundation) • Dan Rommel Riopay (Penitensya ni Tiyo Renato/Tanghalang SLU) • Ricky Abad and Myra Beltran (Ang Oresteyas/Tanghalang Ateneo) • Bart Guingona (Red/TNT) • Anton Juan (The Maids/World Theater Music Project) BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (MUSICAL) • Bobby Garcia (Piaf/Atlantis) • Tuxqs Rutaquio (Ibalong/Tanghalang Pilipino) • Joey Lianza (Tarahiti, Bubunok, Babaha/LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble) • Jaime Del Mundo (Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle/ 4th Wall Theater Company) • Robbie Guevarra (They’re Playing Our Song/9 Works Theatrical) BEST ACTOR (NON-MUSICAL) • Reb Atadero (The Graduate/Repertory Philippines) • Paul Jake Paule (Ang Oresteyas/Tanghalang Ateneo) • Joaquin Valdez (Red/TNT) • Bart Guingona (Red/TNT) • Joel Lamangan (Sayaw ng mga Seniorita/Gantimpala Theater Foundation) BEST ACTRESS (NON-MUSICAL) • Sherry Lara (Kapit/Virgin Labfest 9) • Blanche Buhia (Art/Sige Ma/Isla Palasan/ [...]



26th Aliw Awards (2013)--complete list of nominees/finalists

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:00:00 +0000

This is an official announcement from the Aliw Awards. The 26th Aliw Awards will have its awards night on October 8, 2013, 7 p.m., at the Manila Hotel. For inquiries, e-mail Frank Rivera at frank_aliw@yahoo.com.ph. BEST CHILD PERFORMER • Bea Borres (Bagaberde) • Ryzza Mae Dizon (JOWA/ Araneta Coliseum) • John Gabriel Barlis (Penitensya ni Tiyo Renato/Tanghalang SLU) • Yedda Lambujon (Katy/Spotlight Artist) • Trixie Esteban (Ibalong/Tanghalang Pilipino) BEST NEW ARTIST • Abra • Jashael • Myka Javier • Young JV • Nicole Ramos BEST NEW ARTIST (GROUP) • Chicsers • Upgrade • Snap Backs • West End Mamas • Franciscan Quintet BEST DANCE COMPANY • Bungkos Palay (Munoz, Nueva Ecija) • Sinagtala Dance Company (Davao City) • PLM Hiyas ng Maynilad Dance Company • St. Dominic Savio College Dance Group • Salinlahi Dance Theater Company • Ballet Manila BEST CULTURAL GROUP • Tanghalang SLU (Baguio City) • LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble (Tacloban ,Leyte) • Camiguin Enigmata Creative Circle • Sipat Lawin Ensemble • PUP Banda Kawayan (Morong, Bataan) BEST CHORAL GROUP • SDS Chorale Group (Surigao Del Sur) • DFA Chorale • UST Singers • SLU Glee Club (Baguio City) • UE Chorale BEST INSTRUMENTALIST • Lourdes De Leon-Gregorio (Harp) • Diomedes Zaraza Jr.(Violin) • Renato Lucas (Cello) • Joseph Esmilla (Violin) • Cristine Coyiuto (Piano) • Nitoy Malimlim (Drums) BEST EMCEE (FEMALE) • Toni Gonzaga • Iza Calzado • Pia Guanio • Pops Fernandez • Issa Litton BEST EMCEE (MALE) • Luis Manzano • Jojo Alejar • Michael Lim • Chris Tiu • Sam YG BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN • Beverly Salviejo (Library) • Boobay (Zirkoh) • Jaya (Sebastian Comedy Bar/Tacloban) • Jack en Poy (Insider Bar) BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER (MALE) • Andrew Fernando • Eugene Delos Santos • Ronan Ferrer • Al Gatmaitan • Arthur Espiritu BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER (FEMALE) • Karla Gutierrez • Clarissa Ocampo • Nenen Espina • Thea Perez • Margarita Gomez BEST CROSSOVER/BROADWAY PERFORMER • Jonathan Badon • Ana Feleo • Lionel Guico • Fame Flores • Cris Villonco BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN • Adarna (Dulaang UP) • Sandosenang Sapatos (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Hiwaga ng Ibong Adarna (Tanghalang SLU) • Hansel and Gretel (Kids Acts Philippines) BEST NON-MUSICAL PRODUCTION • Collection (Dulaang UP) • Penitensya ni Tiyo Renato (Tanghalang SLU) • Owel (Virgin Labfest 9) • Red (TNT/Teatrino) • Oresteyas (Tanghalang Ateneo) BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION • Katy (Spotlight Artist Centre) • Piaf (Atlantis Production) • Ibalong (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle (4th Wall Theater Company) • Stageshow (Tanghalang Pilipino) • Tarahiti, Bubunok Babaha (LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble) BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (NON-MUSICAL) • Marlon Rivera (Owel/Virgin Labfest 9) • Jun F. Pablo (Sayaw ng mga Seniorita/Gantimpala Theater Foundation) • Dan Rommel Riopay (Penitensya ni Tiyo Renato/Tanghalang SLU) • Ricky Abad and Myra Beltran (Ang Oresteyas/Tanghalang Ateneo) • Bart Guingona (Red/TNT) • Anton Juan (The Maids/World Theater Music Project) BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (MUSICAL) • Bobby Garcia (Piaf/Atlantis) • Tuxqs Rutaquio (Ibalong/Tanghalang Pilipino) • Joey Lianza (Tarahiti, Bubunok, Babaha/LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble) • Jaime Del Mundo (Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle/ 4th Wall Theater Company) • Robbie Guevarra (They’re Playing Our Song/9 Works Theatrical) BEST ACTOR (NON-MUSICAL) • Reb Atadero (The Graduate/Repertory Philippines) • Paul[...]



Ely Buendia sings for PETA's endowment fund campaign

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:22:00 +0000


This September, Buendia performs his greatest hits in a solo concert with a 12-piece band at The PETA Theater Center. The concert, entitled "Ely Buendia Sings for PETA," is part of Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) Endowment Fund Campaign, which aims to raise funds in time for the theater company's 50th Anniversary in 2017.

Buendia's music defined a generation. His fusion of different musical styles changed the sound of Pinoy rock in the 90's and paved the way for new alternative bands. Now 20 years in the business, Buendia shares his success by supporting other causes close to his heart.

As far as he remembers, he first encountered PETA when he was in grade school, "PETA, led by Soxie Topacio, came to our school and did a presentation. I've been familiar with their group ever since."

In 2012 he was formally introduced to the company when he became a guest of Noel Cabangon's "Tuloy ang Byahe" concert last year. This initial involvement introduced Buendia to PETA's cultural work and unique creative programs.

"Nakakabilib ang PETA. Talagang Filipino pride," he says. "I am drawn to PETA because their work highlights the talent and artistry of Filipinos... They produce original Filipino theater, and talk about the Filipino experience. Pinoy na Pinoy."

"I want to help PETA continue its legacy because their work should be seen and experienced by future generations of Filipinos." Also, "Support for the arts doesn't come easy. We have to help each other."

PETA President Cecilia B. Garrucho says, "It is a rare opportunity for PETA to have a mainstream artist like Ely to support our work. and we are very honored to have a Filipino music icon perform in our home."

"Ely Buendia sings for PETA" will be held at The PETA Theater Center on September 20, 8 p.m.. Tickets are sold at P1000 (balcony side), P2000 (orchestra side, balcony center), P2500 (orchestra center), P5000 (VIP). Contact 7256244 or 0917-5183654 to reserve. Tickets available at Ticket World through www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 8919999.


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Ibalong, D’Wonder Twins of Boac lead Philstage Gawad Buhay!’s 2013 1st/2nd-quarter citations

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:16:00 +0000

TANGHALANG PILIPINO’s “Ibalong,” a dance-musical reimagining of the Bicolano epic, topped the 1st/2nd-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 15 citations in the performance and technical categories. “Ibalong” was adapted for the stage by Rody Vera, with the neo-ethnic rock music provided by Carol Bello and direction and set design by Tuxqs Rutaquio. It garnered citations in the following categories: Outstanding Original Musical, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical, Stage Direction (Tuxqs Rutaquio), Adaptation or Translation (Rody Vera), Musical Direction (Carol Bello), Musical Composition (Carol Bello), Choreography (Alden Lugnasin), Costume Design (Leeroy New), Lighting Design (Katsch Catoy), Sound Design (TJ Ramos), Set Design (Tuxqs Rutaquio), Female Lead Performance in a Musical (Delphine Buencamino and Jenine Desiderio), and Male Featured Performance in a Musical (Cheeno Macaraig and Jonathan Tadioan). Meanwhile, the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) “D’Wonder Twins of Boac,” which transposed Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” into the dying days of the old studio system of Philippine movies, was a close second with 14 citations. The adaptation was again courtesy of Vera, with music by Jeff Hernandez and direction by Peta artistic director Maribel Legarda. “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” was cited in the following categories: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical, Stage Direction (Maribel Legarda), Adaptation or Translation (Rody Vera), Musical Direction (Jeff Hernandez), Musical Composition (Jeff Hernandez), Choreography (Carlon Matobato), Costume Design (John Abul), Sound Design (Jeff Hernandez), Set Design (Lex Marcos), Female Lead Performance in a Musical (Cris Villonco), Female Featured Performance in a Musical (Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino and Gail Billones) and Male Featured Performance in a Musical (Lao Rodriguez). Both “Ibalong” and “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” are musical productions. No original straight play was cited as an outstanding production in the first two quarters, but Actor’s Actors, Inc.’s staging of John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play “Red” was cited in the newly created category of Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play, as well as in seven other categories: Best Ensemble Performance for a Play, Stage Direction (Bart Guingona), Lighting Design (Jolu Escano), Sound Design (Dodo Lim), Set Design (Damien Anne and Baby Imperial-Anne), Male Lead Performance in a Play (Bart Guingona) and Male Featured Performance in a Play (Joaquin Valdes). Tying with “Red” is 9 Works Theatrical’s “They’re Playing Our Song,” which also got eight citations, including for its two leads, Nikki Gil and Lorenz Martinez. Meanwhile, in dance, Ballet Philippines’ “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” grabbed 11 citations, including Outstanding Modern Dance Production and Outstanding Ensemble in a Dance Production. (See complete list of citations below.) Now on its fifth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury will select the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season. Awarding ceremonies will be in early 2014. Philstage is the only alliance of professional per[...]



Arnel Ignacio and Eula Valdes topbill Atlantis Productions' The Addams Family, opening Nov. 15

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:44:00 +0000


This November, Atlantis Productions stages the family musical comedy event of the season " The Addams Family." Film, television and stage personalities Eula Valdez and Arnel Ignacio will play the lead roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams, respectively.

"The Addams Family" is a smash-hit Broadway musical comedy created by "Jersey Boys" authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa.

The musical features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before--keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.


Valdes, last seen on the Atlantis stage as Claudia in "Nine," takes on the iconic role of Morticia Addams, made famous in the hit films by Anjelica Huston. Ignacio, meanwhile, who plays Gomez Addams, was last seen on stage in "The Full Monty."

K-la Rivera, who received an Aliw Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her musical theatre debut in Atlantis’ "In the Heights" as Nina, and then played the feisty Princess Jasmine in Disney’s "Aladdin" to critical acclaim last year, also joins the cast as Wednesday Addams.

Bobby Garcia, who directs the musical, says, "It has always been a great way for us to end the year and start off the holiday season with a family musical comedy. And this year 'The Addams Family' is that show. It’s wacky, zany, good fun that really celebrates and sends up the Broadway musical comedy form. And it is perfect for the entire family. I am thrilled that Eula and Arnel take on the iconic roles I grew up with! Snap! Snap!"

The show runs November 15-December 1, 2013 at the Meralco Theater. Select shows are now available for showbuying and fundraising opportunities. For more information, contact Claire at Atlantis Productions, 8927078.


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UPLB Department of Humanities presents Banwa!

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:31:00 +0000


The University of the Philippines Los Baňos Department of Humanities-Division of Speech Communication and Performing Arts under the College of Arts and Sciences announces the Philippine premiere staging of “Banwa!”--a play written by Om Velasco and directed by Joey Ting. “Banwa!” is inspired by Edward Mast’s “Jungalbook,” which in turn was based on the original novel “Jungle Book” by Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling.

In the Visayas region, “banwa” means “town.” The play’s Filipino adaptation revolves on the Philippine concept of community and related issues such as territoriality, culture, folklore, ritual and the laws that bind the town's resident. The central child character Kawayan, raised in the thick jungle full of wild animals, is torn between choosing to live with these creatures or to go rejoin the human community.

UPLB student-actors playing multi-dimensional animal characters are Christian Alfajora, Brylle James Galang, Kristofer Abe Pojas, Mark Salas and Lester Avan, also a film actor who recently attended the Korean horror world premiere of “The Flu,” a film where he plays a significant role. Trevor Lim, Gife Laforteza and Ronald Paolo Luna play the lead role of Kawayan.


Joey Ting, an established television-theater director and film-theater critic, directs and leads the artistic team with Jeremy Dela Cruz (movement); Janelle Cabrera and Renz Nollase (set design); Maria Carina Quintos and Alecx Bagotsolon (costume design); Ma. Angel Dayao (music consultant); Alfred Dalisay (original music composition and arrangement); Karla Napay (light design); Julio Luna (sound design); Ivan Malaluan, Dave Soltura and Mylene Mamalias (student director apprentices); Nilo Berdin III and Arby Duero (student choreographers) and production team with Jea Agnes Buera (managing director); Charissa Caňeso and Keira Eco (production managers); Nashla Locsin and Bianca Veluz (stage managers); Harold Medina and Nikki Villaluna (technical directors).

“Banwa!” opens on September 25-28, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Senior Social Garden (SSG), UP Los Baňos, Laguna.

For inquiries and ticket reservations, call Chachi Caňeso 0916-3390541 or Keira Eco 0906-8785837. Visit and like the “Banwa!” Facebook page.


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Opening this August 2013

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:12:00 +0000

Ateneo Entablado’s ‘Ang Buhay ay Pelikula,’ ADMU Rizal Mini-Theater, Aug. 13-31 ATENEO ENTABLADO (Enterteynment para sa Tao, Bayan, Lansangan at Diyos), as part of its 31st season entitled “Personalan Na!,” is staging Dennis Marasigan’s 1989 Palanca Award-winning play “Ang Buhay ay Pelikula” this August. Directed by Jethro Tenorio, “Ang Buhay ay Pelikula” offers parallels between real-life situations and how the Philippine film industry works as a system. A movie producer who is also a mother must make a choice between film aesthetics and practicality because many are depending on her and on the industry for their welfare. Principles are tested in a battle between producing art and making money. The show runs Aug. 13-17, Aug. 20-24, and Aug. 27-31, every 7:30 p.m. (and 3 p.m. during Saturdays), at the Rizal Mini Theater, G/F Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. For tickets, call Via Cardaño (0926-5523319) or visit facebook.com/ateneo.entablado. Repertory Philippines’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ Onstage Greenbelt 1, Aug. 17-Dec. 15 To mark its 21st year of producing well-loved musicals for children, Repertory Philippines’ Theater for Young Audiences presents a musical-theater adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland”—with book and lyrics by Jim Eiler, and music by Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. The musical retells the madcap adventures of Alice through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole, as she meets Wonderland’s famous and popular residents such as the King & Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Gryphon, Mock Turtle, Dormouse, Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Dutchess, Cheshire Cat and of course, the White Rabbit. The cast includes stalwarts such as Liesl Batucan, Bituin Escalante and Joel Trinidad, and young actors such as Nacho Tambunting, Reb Atadero, Kyla Rivera and Bym Buhain. Joy Virata is the director. “Alice in Wonderland” opens Aug. 17 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City, and runs until Dec. 15. For tickets, call tel. 5716926/5714941 or 8919999, or email shows@repertoryphilippines.com. Visit www.repertoryphilippines.com or www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines ‘Pamana’ (a docu-musical on Ninoy and Cory Aquino), Meralco Theater, Aug. 21-25 The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Indie.Go Media and Peta present “Pamana,” a musical tribute to Ninoy and Cory Aquino that opens Aug. 21 and runs until Aug. 25 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The musical play—written by Rody Vera with music by Ryan Cayabyab and Manoling V. Francisco, S.J. and musical direction by Vince de Jesus—will not have actors playing Ninoy and Cory. Instead, the two will be present through photos and documentary videos projected on a large screen, while their impact on the nation will be told through the lives of three ordinary Filipinos. Headlining a large cast are Malou de Guzman, Jett Pangan, Kakki Teodoro and Bodjie Pascua, with Viva Voce providing vocal accompaniment. Maribel Legarda directs. For tickets, call 7256244, 0906-4817333 or 8919999. Visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. Actor's Actors, Inc.’s ‘Red,’ Teatrino Theater, Aug. 23-24 The highly acclaimed production of John Logan’s “Red,” first staged at in February at the College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Art with Bart Guingona as director and lead star along with Joaquin Valdes, returns for two nights, on Aug. 23-24, at Teatrino Theater in Greenhills. “Red,” a play about the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, speculates about the intriguing origins of a collection of Rothko works now displayed at the Tate Gallery in London. The play introduces a fictitious assistant who eng[...]



Call for entries to P1-M English musical playwriting competition

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:30:00 +0000

THE IGNACIO B. GIMENEZ Foundation Inc. (IBGFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated in part to supporting the promotion of Filipino arts and culture, has launched a first-ever English musical playwriting competition, with a grand prize of P1 million.

The competition is open to all Filipinos who are 18 years old and above, amateurs and published writers alike.

Entrants should write a script (libretto) for a musical play of approximately 90 minutes in length and is suitable for dramatization. This should include the CD recording of the songs incorporated in the story. The plays must have a maximum of 25 characters including major and minor roles. It can be on any subject and must be written entirely in English.

The play entered in the competition must not, at the time of submission, have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or media to any other person or company. All entrants must certify the originality of their submitted entries.

Three winners will receive the following cash prizes: first place, P1 million; second place, P500,000; third place P300,000.

The panel of judges includes distinguished names from theater, film, the academe and live entertainment: producer and talent manager Girlie Rodis and actress/singer Celeste Legaspi (the producers of the classic original Filipino musicals “Katy!” and “Larawan”); actor Leo Martinez; advertising stalwart Emily Abrera; theater and film director Soxie Topacio; newspaper editor Alicia Herrera; and university professors Ludendorffo Decenteceo and Luciana Urquiola. Rodis is board chair.

“I’m sure that the chance to take part in this competition will be a huge incentive for talented Filipinos out there, guided by their principles and dreams to explore the wonderful and rich repertoire of playwriting, hone their writing skills, imagination, and have fun in the process. I look forward to reading their stories,” said Ignacio B. Gimenez, president and founder of IBGFI. Gimenez is also part of the competition’s panel of judges.

The contest opened on Aug. 8 and is now accepting entries. Closing date for all entries (with completed entry form, synopsis, manuscript, CD recording of songs) is by 12 noon of March 31, 2014.

Application form, competition guidelines and awards information are available on the competition websites www.ignaciobgimenezfoundationinc.com, www.buyandsellph.com/ignaciobgimenezfoundationinc and www.facebook.com/ignaciobgimenezfoundationinc.


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The Glass Menagerie at DLS-College of St. Benilde--two more performances today

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:04:00 +0000


Playwright-director George de Jesus reimagines Tennessee Williams' “The Glass Menagerie” for the School of Design and Arts Theater of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The production has remaining performances today at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Set in '80s Manila, the Wingfields are now the Wenceslao family: Amanda the matriarch (Stella Cañete Balucas Mendoza), and her children Laura (Anna Luna) and Tom (Eric dela Cruz). The would-be suitor is now Jim Ordoñez (Joshua Deocareza).

Sound design and scoring by Simo Dacanay. Lights, costume and production design are by graduating majors of the Technical Theater and Production Design programs of DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts.

For tickets, please call or text 0917-3045522.


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PETA and Lampara Publishing invite kiddie participants to Kwentong Bata, Kwentistang Bata 2

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000


“Kwentong Bata, Kwentistang Bata,” the Lampara Story-telling Competition, is now on its second year. Following the success of last year’s competition, Lampara Publishing, one of the Philippines’ leading children’s books publishers, and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), invite elementary school students to join this year’s competition.

There will be two categories: Category A-Grades 1-4; and Category B-Grades 5-7. Finals will be held at the Manila International Book Fair on Sept. 15 at the SM Mall of Asia SMX.

Teachers and parents tell stories to impart lessons and traditions to children. Now, children not only listen, but also tell their own stories. Last year’s almost 200 participants prove that storytelling is alive and kicking among Filipino youth.

Contestants, parents and coaches can look forward to great bonding experiences as they not only compete for great prizes, but also join in creative workshops. Through the workshops, they can gain confidence and skills in performing and expressing themselves.

Big prizes await the top three winners this year. Registration forms are available at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City and in all Precious Pages outlets. Deadline for registration is on August 17. Register now for a fun experience of bonding, creating and performing exciting and value-laden children’s stories!

For more information, contact Patricia Liwanag or Tin Palattao at Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata Secretariat: 7256244, 4100821-22, 0917-9002665 (Patricia Liwanag) or 0917-5704733 (Tin Palattao). Or e-mail petastorytelling2013@yahoo.com.


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Globe supports Katy! rerun, July 26-August 4

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:52:00 +0000


Globe Telecom is supporting the return of the iconic Filipino production “Katy!”, scheduled to run at the Meralco Theater July 26 to August 4, in line with the company’s thrust of developing and promoting local talents.

“Globe is an active supporter of projects that harness Filipino talents,” says Yoly C. Crisanto, head of Globe corporate communications. “We are hoping that by lending our resources to an original Filipino musical, we could be instrumental in further encouraging our artists to perfect their craft as well as promote local productions not only among discerning theater aficionados but to the general public as well.”

Just recently, Globe partnered with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) on the highly-successful and long-running production of “Batang Rizal,” an educational, interactive comedy-musical theater play which went on a tour around the country to give a fresh look on the life and works of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Written by Christine Bellen, it featured all-original music composed and arranged by Vincent de Jesus, with direction by Dudz Teraña.

This time, “Katy!,” which was originally staged in the ’80s, chronicles the inspiring story of legendary jazz chanteuse Katy dela Cruz, who rose from the ranks to become one of the most illustrious, internationally-acclaimed and highest paid Filipino performers of her time. From the 1930s onwards, throughout a prolific career that stretched over six decades, the live-wire act endeared herself to both foreign and local audiences with her mesmerizing stage presence, classic style and elegance, as well as her playful wit and irreverence.

The musical, which seeks to perpetuate the legacy of the Filipino jazz icon, features a powerhouse cast led by Isay Alvarez in the title role, Tirso Cruz III, Dulce, Epy Quizon, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, the AMP Band, and Aicelle Santos who plays the young Katy.


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Virgin Labfest 9--play entries and showdates

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:04:00 +0000


SET A
(June 26, 3p.m & 8 p.m.; July 6, 3 p.m.; July 7, 8 p.m.)

• “Kudeta! Kudeta!” (Written by Jimmy Flores, directed by Ariel S.R. Yonzon)
• “Kapit” (Written by George de Jesus III, directed by Melvin Lee)
• “Imbisibol” (Written by Herlyn Alegre, directed by Lawrence Fajardo)

SET B
(June 27, 3p.m. & 8 p.m.; July 6, 8 p.m.; July 7, 3 p.m.)

• “Isang Daan” (Written by Liza C. Magtoto, directed by Ed Lacson Jr.)
• “Chipline” (Written by Dominique La Victoria, directed by Charles Yee)
• “Owel” (Written by Eljay Castro Deldoc, directed by Marlon Rivera)

SET C
(June 28, 3p.m. & 8 p.m.; July 3, 3 p.m.; July 5, 8 p.m.)

• “Pamamanhikan” (Written by Bernadette Neri, directed by JK Anicoche)
• “Ambong Abo” (Written by Em Mendez, directed by Roobak Valle)
• “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” (Written by Carlo Vergara, directed by Chris Martinez)

SET D
(June 29, 3p.m. & 8 p.m.; July 3, 8 p.m.; July 4, 3 p.m.)

• “Pramoedya” (Written by Benjamin Pimentel, directed by Chris Millado)

SET E
(June 30, 3p.m. & 8 p.m.; July 4, 8 p.m.; July 5, 3 p.m.)

• “Pagsubli” (Written by Aizel Cabilan, directed by Melvin Lee)
• “Ang Unang Regla ni John” (Written by Em Mendez, directed by George de Jesus III)
• “Kuneho” (Written by Guelan Luarca, directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz)

Virgin Labfest 9, a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays, will run June 26-July 7 at CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) and the Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference Room). The event is a joint venture of CCP, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writers’ Bloc, Inc. in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Tickets are priced at P300 with festival passes at P1,200. For tickets/inquiries, call CCP Dramatic Arts Division 8321125 locals 1606 to 1607, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.


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2012 Philstage Gawad Buhay!--complete list of winners

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:02:00 +0000

The 2012 Philstage Gawad Buhay! was held last night, June 16, 7 p.m., at the Star Theater in Star City, CCP Complex along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. The complete list of winners below, in bold (a couple of categories have two winners). Natatanging Gawad Buhay! (Lifetime Achievement Award) • Fides Cuyugan-Asencio • Nonon Padilla • Denisa Reyes Outstanding Play • “Bona” (Peta) • “Doc Resureccion, Gagamutin ang Bayan” (TP) • “Haring Lear” (Peta) • “Next Fall” (Rep) • “Walang Kukurap” (TP) Outstanding Musical Production • “Jekyll and Hyde” (Rep) • “Stageshow” (TP) • “Walang Sugat” (TP) Outstanding Classical Dance Production • “Don Quixote” (BM) • “Giselle” (BM) Outstanding Modern Dance Production • “Alamat: Si Sibol at si Gunaw” (BM) • “Anting” (BP) • “Pusong Wagas” (BP) • “Rama, Hari” (BP) • “Songs” (BP) Outstanding Stage Direction • Chris Millado, “Stageshow” (TP) • Alice Reyes, “Rama, Hari” (BP) • Tuxqs Rutaquio, “Walang Kukurap” (TP) • Tuxqs Rutaquio, “Doc Resureccion, Gagamutin ang Bayan” (TP) • Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, “Jekyll and Hyde” (Rep) Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play The Casts of • “Bona” (Peta) • “Next Fall” (Rep) • “Walang Kukurap” (TP) Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical The Casts of • “Camp Rock” (Rep) • “Jekyll and Hyde” (Rep) • “Stageshow” (TP) • “Walang Sugat” (TP) Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Dance The Casts of • “Alamat: Si Gunaw at si Sibol” (BM) • “Anting” (BP) • “Don Quixote” (BM) • “Giselle” (BM) • “Rama, Hari” (BP) • “Sinderela” (BM) Outstanding Original Script • Reuel Molina Aguila, “Maliw” (TP) • Layeta Bucoy, “Doc Resureccion, Gagamutin ang Bayan” (TP) • Layeta Bucoy, “Walang Kukurap” (TP) • Nicolas Pichay, “Isang Araw sa Karnabal” (TP) Outstanding Book or Original Libretto • Mario O’ Hara, “Stageshow” (TP) Outstanding Adaptation or Translation • Hazel Sabas-Gower, “Sinderela” (BM) • Bienvenido Lumbera, “Rama, Hari” (BP) • Ed Maranan, “Alamat: Si Gunaw at si Sibol” (BM) Outstanding Musical Direction • Ryan Cayabyab and Jed Balsamo, “Rama, Hari” (BP) • Jeffrey Hernandez, “Stageshow” (TP) • Felix Rivera, “Disney’s Camp Rock” (Rep) • Jed Balsamo, “Crisostomo Ibarra” (BP) • Onyl Torres, “Jekyll and Hyde” (Rep) Outstanding Musical Composition • Jed Balsamo, “Crisostomo Ibarra” (BP) • Ryan Cayabyab, “Rama, Hari” (BP) Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production • Osias Barroso Jr. and Gerardo Francisco, “Alamat: Si Gunaw at si Sibol” (BM) • Hazel Sabas Gower, “Sinderela” (BM) • Alden Lugnasin, “Pusong Wagas” (BP) • Alden Lugnasin, “This is My Life” (BP) • Redha, “Les Petite Mots” (BP) • Alice Reyes, “Rama, Hari” (BP) Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical • Denisa Reyes, “Stageshow” (TP) • Paolo Infante, “Disney’s Camp Rock” (Rep) • Natalie Everett, “Jekyll and Hyde” (Rep) Outstanding Costume Design • Michael Angelo Albay, “Alamat: Si Gunaw at si Sibol” (BM) • Salvador Bernal, “Rama, Hari” (BP) • Dennis Maristany, “Anting” (BP) • Raven Ong, “Jekyll and Hyde” ([...]



Ballet Philippines’ Rama, Hari leads 2012 Gawad Buhay! race (complete list of nominations below)

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:34:00 +0000

By Elmar Beltran Ingles Contributor [Published in today's issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer] Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘Stageshow’ and Repertory Philippines’ ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ tie for second place with 13 nominations each IN A PERFORMANCE SEASON dominated by musicals and revivals, Ballet Philippines’ (BP) production of the dance-musical “Rama, Hari” dominates the 2012 Gawad Buhay!: The Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts with a record-high of 22 nominations. First staged in 1980, this adaptation of the Indian epic “Ramayana” got the jury’s nod as nominee for the following categories: modern dance production, stage direction (Alice Reyes), adaptation or translation (Bienvenido Lumbera), ensemble performance in a dance production (the entire cast), musical direction (Ryan Cayabyab and Jed Balsamo), musical composition (Ryan Cayabyab), choreography (Alice Reyes), costume design (Salvador Bernal), lighting design (John Batalla), sound design (Rards Corpus), set design (Salvador Bernal), female lead performance in a musical (Kalila Aguilos), male lead performance in a musical (OJ Mariano), male featured performance in a musical (Noel Rayos), female lead performances in a dance production (Carissa Adea and Katherine Trofeo), male lead performances in a dance production (Jean Marc Cordero and Richardson Yadao), female featured performance in a dance production (Rita Winder), and male featured performances in a dance production (Earl John Arisola, Paul Timothy Cabrera and Cyril Fallar). Because of its distinct multidisciplinary staging technique and style, the jury decided to place “Rama, Hari” in two award categories where the production and its dancers are nominated in the dance category, and the singing artists in the musical category. Tanghalang Pilipino’s (TP) “Stageshow,” a musical that reenacts an era in Philippine cultural history when bodabil/stage show was the dominant form of entertainment among Filipinos, received 13 nominations, including a lone nomination and automatic victory for its playwright, the late Mario O’ Hara, in the outstanding libretto category. Tied with “Stageshow,” also with 13 nominations, is Repertory Philippines’ (Rep) production of the Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde”—a tale of love, redemption, and the seductive power of evil. (See complete list of nominations below.) The awarding ceremonies have been set for June 16, 8 p.m. at the Star Theater in Star City at the CCP Complex along Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Now on its fifth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts organized by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group Inc. (Philstage), the country’s only alliance of professional performing arts companies. It is juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, reviewers and artists. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the members of the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year. The nomination process does not distinguish between one-act and full-length plays, or between full ballets and short modern pieces. The Philstage Board of Directors is composed of Trumpets’ Audie Gemora, president; Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) Maribel Legarda, vice president; BP’s Paul Alexander Morales, secr[...]



Resorts World Manila's Musikat Jam begins tonight with Some Enchanted Music: Broadway Hits Concert

Fri, 31 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000

Resorts World Manila, the country's premier one-stop, nonstop tourism and entertainment destination, brings the biggest and brightest stars from here and abroad in a series of world-class musical performances collectively called "Musikat Jam." On June 1, the musical celebration begins with a trip to Broadway as RWM presents "Some Enchanted Music: Broadway Hits Concert." Catch the country's finest theatre icons, including Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Audie Gemora, Pinky Marquez, Cris Villonco, Gina Respall, Sheila Valderrama-Martinez, Bo Cerrudo, Jon Joven, Tanya Manalang, and Michael Willams as they perform all-time Broadway favorites at the state-of-the-art Newport Performing Arts Theatre. [From the presscon held recently to announce RWM's Musikat Jam, here's Bo Cerrudo and Pinky Marquez performing I Have a Love/One Hand, One Hand from West Side Story:] On June 4, RWM presents "All That Jazz!" Witness local jazz artists Bituin Escalante, Arthur Manuntag, Lynn Sherman, and Mel Villena light up the stage as they perform with the AMP Big Band and the Resorts World Manila Dancers at Taps, located inside the exclusive Genting Club. On June 5, some of the country's premier classical performers, along with international guests, bring dramatic excerpts from the world's greatest acts to life with "Best Of Opera". Performers include Noel Azcona, Adam Diegel, Arthur Espiritu, Andrew Fernando, Maria Rachelle Gerodias, Margarita Gomez-Giannelli, Cammille Lopez-Molina, Mako Nishimoto, Victoria Wefer, and Magdalena Wor, together with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, Viva Voce, Nonon Baang and Fame Flores. On June 6, experience a night of soulful music as Lani Misalucha serenades audiences with her concert "One More Time" at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre. On June 7, revel in the power and intensity of one of the country's most influential rock artists in "Rock with Bamboo", also at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre, with opening act Draybers Band. On June 8, the festival of musical delights will be capped off by Malaysian chart-topping singer-songwriter Eric Moo as he brings his world-class act to Manila with his "Come Back to You" concert series. Fans can expect to be crooned by his soulful renditions of award-winning popular hits at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre. To know more about the acts included in the Musikat Jam, visit www.rwmanila.com or call Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833. [...]



Gantimpala Theater holds new season auditions May 28

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:59:00 +0000

Gantimpala Theater will hold its 36th theater season auditions on May 28 (Tuesday), 2 p.m.-6 p.m., at the new Gantimpala Office, former Rizal Park Library, (beside the Manila Planetarium) P. Burgos St. corner Ma. Orosa St. Luneta, Manila.

The auditions are open to all professional and non-professional actors/actresses, 18 years old and above; bring a two-by-two-colored ID photo and a resume.

Audition panelists are Roeder Camañag for “Florante at Laura,” Roobak Valle for “Kanser” and “Ibong Adarna,” Jose Jeffrey Camañag for “El Filibuisterismo,” Gean Allain de Leon for “Ang Prinsepe at ang Pulubi” and Joel Lamangan and Jun Pablo, co-directing “Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan.”

For details, call 8816424 or 0921-5286308.

The season auditions come on the heels of one of the summer traditions of Gantimpala Theater, its annual workshop, which ended recently with “ Ang Kinang ni Kahlim,” presented at the Theater Auditorium of Sta. Isabel University, last May 11, 2013.


“Ang Kinang ni Kahlim” was the culminating showcase of those who attended the Gantimpala workshops. Among the new actors featured in the recital were Alvin Duckert, Aljonas Ponio, Macson Anthony Macaraig, Ayana Beatrice Poblete, Jayson Carl Santos, Andrea Mariana De Leon and Kristel Rose Alcazar.

The recital production received appreciative applause from the audience; Jun F. Flavier Pablo, chairman and president of Gantimpala Theater, and Sr. Araceli Loredo of Sta. Isabel University, were also in attendance.

In his short speech, Pablo said: “I am very much impressed with the good job done. I hope that that after your workshop experience with us, you continue to enhance your skills and pursue what you have started. I know that this signals the beginning of your life-long love affair with the theater.”

For more information about the 36th Theater Season, call the Gantimpala Marketing Office 9985622 or 8720261. Like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gantimpala.


[Photo: Macson Anthony Macaraig as Kahlim and Jonas Ponio as Miguelito]

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Glee's Dan Domenech and Rachel Ann Go star in Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Disney’s Tarzan, opening June 14

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:36:00 +0000

Viva Atlantis Theatricals' production of “Disney's Tarzan” opens June 14 at the Meralco Theater. Based on the smash hit animated film and Edgar Rice Burrough's classic novel, “Disney’s Tarzan” tells the story of a baby taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas in West Africa. As Tarzan grows up, loved and cared for by his adoptive mother, Kala, he desires to gain acceptance from his father, Kerchak, as he struggles with his uniqueness. Soon he meets Jane and their worlds are changed forever. Tarzan must decide to accept his identity and choose who his family is. This well-loved tale of high flying jungle adventures has been reimagined for the stage with a book by David Henry Hwang and the award-winning songs of Phil Collins. Swinging into Manila from New York is Dan Domenech, who was last seen on Broadway as Drew in “Rock of Ages.” Domenech has also appeared in the hit musical TV series “Glee.” His most recent stage triumph was playing Aladdin in “Disney's Aladdin,” and now he is more than ready to take on the role of another Disney hero as Tarzan. “I am so psyched to be doing this show. I've just started rehearsing and already I know we have something really special. The cast is amazing. Everyone is so open and welcoming and just so wonderfully talented. Rachelle Ann Go as Jane is lovely. And what a voice she has!” says Domenech. Rachelle Ann Go is also a TV host and actress, a multi-awarded recording artist and an in-demand performer for shows here and all over the world. Two years ago, she added theater actress to her roster of achievements when she took on the role of Ariel in Disney's “The Little Mermaid” to critical acclaim. “I have fallen in love with Jane and how brave and adventurous she is,” says Go. “I am also so honored to be a part of this cast. I learn so much just from watching them work and being with them. I am also thrilled to be working with Dan. I was so intimidated when they told me at first that our Tarzan will be a Broadway actor, coming from New York. But it was so nice to finally meet him, sing with him and realize he is so down to earth and humble. He makes everyone around him feel comfortable.” The Viva Atlantis Theatricals production of “Disney's Tarzan” runs June 14-July 7, 2013 at the Meralco Theater. Tickets on sale now. For details, call Viva Atlantis Theatricals 6877163 or Ticketworld 8919999. [...]



Nonie Buencamino pays tribute to Daisy Hontiveros Avellana with haunting Sa Ugoy ng Duyan

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:44:00 +0000

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Performed at the necrological rites for National Artist for Theater Daisy Hontiveros Avellana this morning, May 17, 2013, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines.

With Ballet Philippines dancers (choreography by Denisa Reyes) and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Olivier Ochanine. Music and lyrics of Sa Ugoy ng Duyan by National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro.

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