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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gantimpala Theater at Second Pearl Theater Festival

To celebrate its 31st season, Gantimpala Theater, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), present the Second Pearl Theater Festival, featuring the re-staging of Rene Villanueva’s Hiblang Abo and Dong delos Reyes’ Bien Aligtad.

Hiblang Abo (2nd prize, 1980 CCP Playwriting Contest), is about the grief, weariness, fears, and sadness of Huse, Pedro, Blas and Sotero, four men who live inside the home for the chronologically advanced.

Tony Espejo directs the drama that stars Lou Veloso (Huse), Dante Balaois (Pedro); Ces Aldaba (Blas) and Bodjie Pascua (Sotero), with support from Molts Meneses (doctor/lawyer) , Francis Cruz III (nurse) and April Dolot (Mrs. Salvacion).

Bien Aligtad (1st prize 1985 CCP Playwriting contest), is about the life of a small time criminal that helps his community by sharing with them his loot, thus earning their love and admiration, much to the dismay of the authorities especially now that a movie about his life is forthcoming, solving a problem named Bien is giving them endless headaches and has made them the people’s laughing stock. .

The cast are Jojit Lorenzo (Bien Aligtad); Hope Matriano (Takyang Bagting); Joey David (Abeng Barbero); Doreen Bernal (Huling Harapipak); Alexis Aubrey Fernandez (Salome/Miriam) ; John Rhoderey and Joseph Matthew Dizon (Bien’s children); Ronnie Bertubin, Paul Sy and Ed Murillo(tres berdugos) plus the GTF Actors’ Company as koro.

Roobak Valle is director, choreographer and production designer of this movement drama.

The Second Pearl Theater Festival is a biennial project of Gantimpala Theater. Winners of the CCP Playwriting contests are being re-staged to present to the public the many artistic and production contributions of the company that helped in the development of Philippine dramaturgy.

In this connection, we invite you to join us on October 22 and 23. for Hiblang Abo and on November 6 and 8 for Bien Aligtad. Both performances are for FREE, 7:00p.m., at the Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium.

For further queries, please call 528-0603/536-5860 or write to:

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