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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Joel Molina & Perry Escaño " A Tale of two Gentlemen"

Joel Molina & Perry Escaño " A Tale of two Gentlemen"

Aside from educating its youth market,
exposing them to various theater
forms, historical novels and literary
works of National Artists that are
made into stage plays, Gantimpala
Theater prides as a company that
discovers and nurtures promising
talents through its summer workshop

Continuing with this tradition of
discoveries are Joel Molina and Perry
Escaño. These gentlemen might be
considered as relative unknowns to
most lifestyle and entertainment
editors, and the public may not even
care who they are what they do but for
Gantimpala Theater, the duo inches
their way, slowly but surely to
mainstream entertainment.

Joel Molina (2004 workshop graduate)
regular appears on television thanks
to the many commercials wherein he
plays lead. Presently, he is the
field reporter for a food-seasoning
product with the catchy line, "ikaw,
naka-meaty ka na rin ba?" Other
prominent roles are the suitor seen
running away from the father of his
beloved that he did for a very popular
flip-flop and he essayed the part of
an urban professional on the verge of
sneezing for a vitamin C brand.

Fans and supporters of the latest Sam
Milby, Zanjoe Marudo and Toni Gonzaga
starrer, You Got Me, also saw him as
part of Gonzaga's SWAT Team.

Perry Escaño (graduate of workshop
class 2003), meanwhile, is busy
filming independent full length and
short films. His biggest role to date
is that of Big Boy Gallardo in the
Will Fredo phenomenal maiden offering
Compound. As Big Boy, Escaño provided
the requisite heat in the movie as the
husband of Romina (Liza Diño) and the
boy toy of Jay (Jake Macapagal).
Compound will have a summer tour in IloIlo
Robinson's Apr 11-17,Boracay Apr 20-22
& Puerto Galera May 5-7,2007

On primetime TV, he was the hired
tormentor of Mark Herras in I Love NY
and now, he plays as one of the
corrupt cops headed by Antonio
Aquitania in Super Twins and as Fred comic
sidekick of Ramon Christopher in GMA-7
Lupin to be aired soon.

As member of Gantimpala Theater's
Actors Company, the two were in the
Four Classics, Molina as Padre Salvi
in Kanser (Noli Me Tangere) and Escaño
was Kabesang Tales in El

Escaño and Molina are proofs that the
discipline and professionalism that
one gets from theater are advantageous
to someone planning to embark on a
career in entertainment or the
dramatic arts.

For those who wants to follow the
footsteps of Joel and Perry,
Gantimpala Theater invites young men
and women, ages 13 years-old and
above to its annual summer musical
theater workshop which starts on April
11 to May 19, Monday-Wednesday and
Friday, 1pm to 5pm.

Enrollment and registration is
currently on going at the Gantimpala
Theater Office, 2/F Open Air
Auditorium Building, also in the
Luneta. Tuition fee is P5, 000
(inclusive of recital fee).

For other queries, please call 528-
0603/536-5860 or 0921-5286308.

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