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Friday, March 28, 2014

Tanghalang Pilipino Offers 2014 Summer Theater Adventure

Tanghalang Pilipino proudly offers 2014 SUMMER THEATER ADVENTURE at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

WORKSHOP DATES: April 1-27, 2014 / Tuesday to Saturday Classes

TANGHALANG PILIPINO (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is proud to present the 2014 Summer Theater Adventure, a month-long program of various theatrical activities in different age levels designed to unleash the creative potentials of aspiring theater artists. TP’s acting workshops have been highly-acclaimed by parents, students and educational institutions for the intensive training and excellent experience it imparts on the participants.

The 2014 Summer Theater Adventure is composed of classes for children, teens and adults facilitated by some of the country’s most outstanding thespians and practitioners in the field. Special lectures are also given by TP’s outstanding alumni. Each workshop culminates in a recital held at the CCP – Tanghalang Huseng Batute, where students get the chance to be seen by talent scouts.

Course Details:

Children’s Dramatic Theater 1
5-8 years old
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am -12nn

Children’s Dramatic Theater 2
(9-12 years old)
16 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-12nn

Creative dramatics for children using games, storytelling techniques, movement, music and masks as tools of expression. Participants perform in a showcase production at the end of the course.

Teen Theater
16 sessions
(13-16 years old)
Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm -5pm
An introduction to performance skills for young adults, the workshop integrates creative drama, music, writing, movement and visual arts to explore themes concerning the youth. Script analysis and voice for theater are likewise incorporated in the course.

Beginning Acting
(17 years old & above)
16 sessions
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5pm
A practical application of the rudiments of acting, including concentration, spontaneity, improvisation, confidence, body and voice preparation, characterization and script analysis to create a unique and authentic life on stage.

Production & Stage Management
(17 years old and above)
16 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10pm
Organizing the production, communicating across different disciplines, and keeping everything running smoothly. Learn about the seamless management of the technical as human aspects of a production.

Basic Directing (18 yrs. old and above)
Basic Playwrighting (18 yrs. old and above)
Basic Digital Photography (15 yrs. old and above)

WORKSHOP FEE: Php8,000.00
(Inclusive of All Materials & Recital Fee)

For Reservations:
• Call us at 822.6920, 832.3661 / 832.1125 loc. 1620 / 1621 / 0917-7500107/
0908-8941384/ 0915-6072275
• Email us at
• Visit us at 2/F PDC Bldg., CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dean Teodoro Publishes Vantage Point: The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries

The UP College of Mass Communication is pleased to announce the publication of Dean Luis V. Teodoro's Vantage Point: The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries.

Vantage point is a collection of Dean Teodoro's opinion pieces generated from more than a decade of writing for Manila newspapers such as Today, Business Mirror, and Business World. The articles are political commentaries on the use of power by those that wield them, be they individuals or institutions within and out of the government, or even by those beyond the country's shores, colonizers of the past and present.

The book is jointly published by CMC and the UP Press under the Media and Communication Series. The series publishes scholarly books on Philippine communication effects, processes, industries, and products, including works on critical analyses of media industries, journalism studies, new media and society, and cultural and politics in media texts.

Vantage Point is available at the UP Press. For more information, please call 9253243 and 9266642.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Keys to Discovery: An Afternoon at the Museum

Invitation from our friends from Keys School Manila:

Keys to Discovery: An Afternoon at the Museum
30 March 2014, Sunday, 3pm to 6pm
National Museum - National Art Gallery
Ticket Price: Php 900

For inquiries, please email:
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tribute Concert for Lucio San Pedro at Lopez Musem

The Lopez Museum and Library and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) invites you to a concert organized as a tribute to Maestro Lucio San Pedro on April 5, 2-4 pm.

OFY Quorum and their Prep Club will play songs written by San Pedro, such as “Sa Ugong ng Duyan”, “Katutubong Awitin”, and “Leron-leron Sinta”. Guests to the event will also be able to view the museum's latest exhibition, Complicated.

Lucio San Pedro, a prolific artist with more than 60 years of artistic creation, is noted for his works that are highly evocative of the folk elements. Through his compositions, he strove to reflect the Filipino soul and stayed true to his musical philosophy of “creative nationalism.” He has written hymns, masses, choral works, songs for solo voices, chamber music, incidental music, even background music for movies. Conferred National Artist for Music in 1991, his popular compositions include “Sa Mahal Kong Bayan”, “Simbanggabi”, and “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”.

OFY is a joint venture between ABS CBN Corporation and First Philippine Holdings. Ang Misyon established OFY along with its after-school music education program, Sistema for the Filipino Youth, which offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to achieve their full musical potential through music lessons, with the ultimate hope of creating a positive impact on their communities.

The Lopez Museum’s latest exhibition, Complicated, explores at the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial pasts. It features commissioned works by guest artists Leslie de Chavez, Mike Adrao, and Ea Torrado juxtaposed with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, and other artworks from the collection.

To watch OFY practicing for the concert, please click here. To read more about Complicated, please click here.

Concert ticket costs Php 500 (Php 450.00 for students and museum members) and includes admission to the museum. For more information and ticket reservation, contact Tina Modrigo at 631-2417 or email
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ateneo Art Gallery Summer Art Workshop

Appreciate Philippine art and culture, explore different materials, and, enhance your creativity and imagination!

Ateneo Art Gallery
Summer Art Workshop 2014

Children's Art Workshop
Learn about Philippine myths and folktales
Discover beauty and enchantment in Rodel Tapaya’s artworks
Create masks and collages 
APRIL 7, 8 and 10; 9am-12noon

BATO-BALANI (10-13 yrs)
Teens' Art and Writing Workshop
Learn about Philippine myths and folktales
Discover the inspiration behind Rodel Tapaya's paintings, sculptures and installation
Develop your own mythology and write stories about modern magical creatures
Design artwork-inspired desserts 
APRIL 22, 23 and 24 ; 9am-12noon

Facilitator: Bong Oris

Venue: Ateneo Art Gallery

To reserve slots or inquire about the classes:
Call: +63 2 4266001 ext. 4160 or +63 2 4266488
Email :

Fees are INCLUSIVE of materials and snacks
Discounted rate | Php 2,520 for Ateneo Students and Children of Employees
Early Bird Rate | Discount of 5% will be given to those who will sign up by April 1, 2014

Payments can be made either by check (payable to Ateneo de Manila University) or cash. Kindly proceed to Ateneo Art Gallery Office located at Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
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Eugene Cubillo: Beautiful Chaos at Ysobel Art Gallery

Eugene CUBILLO: Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos is a third solo art exhibition of Eugene CUBILLO showcasing his urban collective of daily life experience that reflects as a visual diary of the artist through painting. Using oil and acrylic paint, found objects, mixed media and different techniques in his art process to create beauty out from chaos, associating playing cards in his medium – to let the materials speak for themselves: life is like a gamble. 

Shows open on Saturday, March 29, 6PM and runs until April 9, 2014 at YSOBEL Art Gallery 2nd Floor Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 

For more details, contact mobile 09285071117; 09332227952; Tel. 5764758 or email
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

3rd Cine Haraya: Tondo's Short Movie Festival at SM Manila

Cine Haraya is the Short Movie Festival of Tondo organized by Dulaang Tobias Foundation. It promotes Filipino & Christian Values through Short Movie Media. Movies will be judged on the heart and vision of the story and in light of Dulaang Tobias’ Mission-Vision.

Haraya means Imagination, Belief, Illusion.

The festival's mission is to promote Filipino & Christian Values related to the lives and orientation of Tondo through Movie Media by encouraging new breed of moviemakers in Tondo.

The main goals and objectives of Cine Haraya 2014 are:
• To promote the culture of the Movie arts in Tondo especially in Schools
• To educate young artists interested in Movie Making

Direk TONY Y. REYES is the head of Cine Haraya 2014. It is a joint project of DULAANG TOBIAS FOUNDATION, MULTI-MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT ARTS FOUNDATION, AND STAR MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT INC. , in cooperation with Department of Education City School of Manila.


Students will be encouraged to join by making a 15 minuter movie of any inspirational or educational interest. Amateur movie makers may join 20-30 minute movie.

All entrants to the festival attended the TALENTO GALING TONDO (TGT) MOVIE MAKING WORKSHOP (TGT 2013 and TGT 2014), facilitated by award winning master directors like Peque Gallaga, Lorie Reyes, Soxie Topacio, Ipe Pelino, Cloyd Robinson, Neal Buboy Tan, Mark Meily, Cinematographers Carlo Mendoza, Gary Gardoce, Scriptwriter Jojo Nones, designers Mitoy Sta. Ana, Edel Templonuevo, headed by Blockbuster Director Tony Y. Reyes.

Here are the list of Entries to be Shown @ SM Manila Cinema 4 on March 22 and 23, (Sat and Sun) 2014.

School Category

(15 minuter movie in full High Definition)
“Panyo” by Leny Fernandez of Jose P. Laurel High School
The film is about bullying in school. Genre: drama/contemporary social issue.
“Infinitum” by Edna Villegas of T. Paez High School
Romance-horror. About endless love till the other life.
“Anino” by Dondie Bernardino of Don Bosco Technical School Makati
(“Anino” is competing for Amateur Category)
“Selfie” by Caroline Domino of St. Joseph School
Comedy. About human goodness in their heart and family.

Amateur Category

(20 minuter in full High Definition)
“Kordon” by Mark Jason Sucgang (Suspense/drama)
“Poetiko” by Wilbert Goquingko (Action-drama)
“Siga ng Tundo” by Ronnie DeGarriz (Comedy)
“Galub” by Paolo Magsino (Action-drama)
“Mandarasal” by Ernani Antonio (Drama)
“Imaginary Friend” by Diane Rose Tila (Suspense-drama)
“Sepulturero” by Christian Villete (Horror)
“Luha ng Kahapon” by Jek Jumawan (Drama)
“Tatay kong Stateside” by Ronnie DeGarriz (Comedy-drama)
“Yanie” by Edgardo Jocson (Comedy-drama)
“Ikaw at Ako” by Rusty Guarin (Drama Love Story)
“Sulyap” by Renz Nicodemus (Horror-drama)
“Anino” by Dondie Bernardino (Suspense-drama)

SPECIAL EXHIBITION/SCREENING – “May Tingkad din ang Takipsilim” by Jonathan S. Orano


3rd CINE HARAYA Tondo’s Short Movie Festival

March 22, 2014 (Sat) SM Manila Cinema 4

9:30 AM

10:00 am – 10:30 am

10:30 – 1:05 PM

1:05- 1:35

1:35 –4:15






March 23, 2014 (Sunday), SM Manila Cinema 4

SCHOOL SCREENING (Only School Category Film Entries will be viewed, Movies are –“ Infinitum”, “Panyo”, “Selfie”. With special screening of “Anino” and “May Tingkad din ang Takipsilim”

10:00 – 10:30 - Open House/Fall in line

10:30 – 12:10 - 1st screening

12:10 – 12:40 - Fall in line next batch of audience

12:40 – 2:20 - 2nd Screening

2:20 – 2:50 - Fall in line next batch of audience

2:50 – 4:30 - 3rd Screening

4:30 – 5:30 - Forum/Q&A/Presentation Video of Workshop Process (TGT) and Shooting

5:30 – 6:30 - Break Preparation for the Awards Night

6:30 – 9:00 - Awards Night

School Category – 100 pesos for high school and college students. 200 for professionals and regular viewers.
Amateur Category – 200 pesos for regular viewer and college students, 100 pesos for high school students.

Viewers may UPGRADE their tickets to avail E-Plus Card of SM Cinema. For only 50 pesos add-on, you will enjoy the benefits of the E-PLUS CARD such as using it nationwide in different SM malls, business establishment and free pop corn and raffle during the CINE HARAYA MOVIE SCREENING at SM Manila.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Heat Show at Sigwada Art Gallery

Rezureccion Art Project in partnership with Sigwada Art Gallery

" H E A T "

Opening on March 29, 2014
6:00 PM | Sigwada Art Gallery
2212 Nakar Street, San Andres Bukid, Manila

Entrance Fee: P1.00

Featuring the works of:
Frances Abrigo | Dave Alcon | Daniel Aligaen | Mark Arcamo | Jes Aznar | The Badger | Kean Barrameda | Marius Black | Francis Bejar | Bibi Belgica | Miggy Borja | Abbey Calucin | Jonathan Cena | Emard Cañedo | Jhom Centeno | Kim Cinco | Levi Cruz | Mideo Cruz | Rai Cruz | Chesca Co | Sarah Co | DAX | Leo dela Rosa | Maku Felix | Nii Foronda | Jane Fortuna | Josef Fortuna | Isobel Angeli Sy Francisco | Eleanor Giron | Shalimar Gonzaga | Mike Herrera | Luis Hernandes | Aleja Infante | Ina Jardiolin | Lester Jamorabo | Gino Dantes Javier | Jonathan Joven | Elli KillingwithCuteness | Bon Labora | Toby Leyba | Tootoots Leyesa | Abbie Madamba | Alfran Marfil | Surge Mark III | Piaget Martelino | Kaye Martinez | Sara Martinez | Merry Mary | Leida Membrere | Buhay Mendoza | Roby Mendoza | Angel Milabo | Angelo Padilla | Janno Padilla | Tamara Piranha | Expi Perez | Fatima Potenciano | Lorenz Pring | Guacrico Ramos | Iya Regalario | Paeng Rolluqui | Ku Romillo | Adz Rosales | Paolo Rosero | Carriel Ann Santos III | Ed San | Ayra Sayat | Eko Silverio | Rem San Pedro | Jooley Shen | Troy Silvestre | Eko Silverio | Niai Sola | Stephanie Tan | Janelle Tang | Rasel Trinidad | Joum Valera | Chris Verayo | Marija Vicente | Lhean Villanueva | Mark Vilanueva | Cha Roque | Mek Yambao

Organized by Recci Bacolor, Hubert Gariando, Sharla O'Hara and Bryan Araneta

Coincide with the launching of The HEAT Zine

With live musical performances, poetry recitals, performance art and graffiti.

Exhibition last until April 26, 2014
For more info visit Rezureccion Art Project
or email

Official hash tags:

Organization Partners: Agimat: Sining at Kulturang Pinoy / Kanto

Disrobing Desires and Naughty Provoking Thoughts
by Philip Paraan

“Sex sells!”, is an advertising mantra that has proven its hold on language of commercial experience. The objecthood of sex and intimacy—whether norm or as the objective itself has been teeming in porn/movies, in the pervy covers and centerfolds of FHM and Playboy and seen in the cult following of Abante’s Xerex as sources of cheap thrills, emotions sexual thoughts.

Straddling between an orgasmic Freudian party and an intimate pillow talk, here is an art show that reveals a breakdown of the grammar of sex and how it is viewed in between and beyond private fantasies and erotic curiosities of men and women as sexual beings.

Welcome to a steaming and naughty romp on sex and sexuality put into forms, visual and tactile, pointing to bodily seductions and objects of desires. These artistic propositions are legible grids of thinking and introspection on the much tabooed topic of carnal pleasures and simultaneous desires of men and women, real and fictional.

Although, erotically charged and filled with sensual underpinnings, the show is a spectrum of necessarily permissive and intrusive views which identify and humanize the mechanics of animal desires and will to physical pleasures.

More than a peek at a sex circus, it engages a witty repartee, a flirting of an intellectually-connotated sex talk about behavioral roles, and sexual mores and influences of pop culture which throb and judder at each artwork.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gantimpala Theater Offers Summer Musical Theater Workshops

Yes, it’s that time of the year, we already feel it, and the heat is on! Yes, summer is here! This is the time for annual Santacruzans and fiestas, the season when pubescent young men experience their first manly rites of passage - circumcision, the occasion to visit beaches and don the bikinis and board shorts, the period to attend workshops with the hope to unleash the inner artist, build esteem and confidence and gain new friends.

Gantimpala Theater, one of Manila’s leading dramatic arts companies, continue its summer tradition of rearing the young and the thespians in the field of theater as it opens its doors with three workshops.

Headed by Artistic Director Joel Lamagan and Chairman and President Jun F. Flavier Pablo, Gantimpala Theater offers CHILDREN’S MUSICAL THEATER (kids ages 5 to 12 years old), TEENS AND ADULTS MUSICAL THEATER (from 13 years old and up) and ADVANCE MUSICAL THEATER (open to those who already attended a musical theater workshop).

Classes are every Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9am to 12nn (Childrens), 1pm to 5pm (Teens and Adults) and 6pm to 9pm (Advanced) starting April 21 to May 24, 2014.

Facilitators are theater actress Lodie Atis for Children’s Musical Theater, director, playwright and librettist Jose Jeffrey Camanag for Teens and Adults Musical Theater, actor, singer, director, ALIW Awardee and URIAN nominee Roeder Camanag for Advance Musical Theater.

Enrollment is on-going at the Gantimpala office located at the Former Rizal Park Library along P. Burgos corner Ma. Orosa Sts., Luneta Manila. It is also beside Planetarium. Tuition Fee is P6,000.

This year’s workshop is in partnership with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).

For details, call 528-06-03 / 881-64-24, text 0921-528-6308 / 0935-393-5485.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vargas Museum Acquires Sculptures by Gary-Ross Pastrana and Stanley Ruiz

The collaborative work of Silverlens Represented Artist Gary-Ross Pastrana and New York-based designer Stanley Ruiz has been acquired by the Vargas Museum with the support of Silverlens Galleries, Blanc Gallery, and the Japan Foundation.

With the support of the Japan Foundation, Blanc, and Silverlens Galleries, the U.P. Vargas Museum acquires sculptural pieces by 13 Artist grant recipient Gary-Ross Pastrana and New York-based Filipino Designer Stanley Ruiz. The sculptures will be formally presented on March 4, Tuesday, 4:00PM at the museum grounds and will coincide with the reception of the Curatorial Workshop organized by Vargas Museum and Japan Foundation.

Both artists are graduates of the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts and have exhibited locally and internationally in the field of design and contemporary art practice. Originally created as a collaborative installation for a design laboratory initiated by the Japan Foundation, the sculptures were created in response to the Berg Space at First United Building (formerly Perez-Samanillo Building), a building designed by Juan Luna’s son, Architect Andres Luna de San Pedro. Both artists were inspired by the art deco elements of the architecture and lines of the building, in addition to the historical elements of Escolta.

Gary-Ross Pastrana is an artist/curator who is known for his installations, while Stanley Ruiz is an industrial designer whose work encompasses design, function and artistic practice.

The sculptures created by Pastrana and Ruiz complement the modernist elements of the U.P Vargas Museum building as well as its growing outdoor sculpture collection alongside the works of Abdulmari Imao, Cian Dayrit, Florante Caedo and Duddley Diaz and in the wider context of the other sculptural pieces around U.P. Diliman campus by National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Napoleon Abueva. Ildefenso Marcelo, and Renato Rocha.

U.P. Vargas Museum Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines Tel +63 928 1927; +63 981 8500 local 4021, 4022 or 4024. Hours: Tues – Sat 9:00 am to 5:00 pm email: web:


About the Artists

Gary-Ross PASTRANA (b. 1977) graduated with his BFA from University of the Philippines. Known for his sculptural installations, he was the Philippine representative to Busan Biennale in Korea (2008) and participated in Aichi Triennial (2010). He is a recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines(2006), and was also the co-founder/curator of Future Prospect, an alternative art space in Cubao, Philippines. Pastrana’s works are about things broken apart, and the sudden space between the separated parts. In Busan Biennale (2008), he showed Collapsible Stream, a boat airmailed from Japan to Korea in pieces, created during his artist residency in Kyoto. He has exhibited in cities such as Manila, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bangkok, and Hong Kong among others. He lives and works in Manila.

Stanley Ruiz (b. 1976, Quezon City) is an industrial designer and media artist whose works are primarily expressed through objects that lie within the domains of design, craft, sound performance, and media arts. His works explore the synthesis of the natural and the man-made, human and object interaction, hardware hacking and customization, with a deliberate bent towards craft as a method of production. He has exhibited extensively in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He was the Philippine delegate to the 4th Asia-Europe Artcamp in Helsinki, Finland, where he presented his work Sound Economy.Ph (1976-2006) - a project that used Philippine economic data as an algorithm in audio-visual composition. Born and raised in Quezon City, he published the independent punk ‘zine Voice Out! and played in several underground bands in Manila from the early to late-90’s. He moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2004 and the following year founded the folk-inspired experimental noise group Gunung Sari.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Tanghalang Pilipino Opens its 28th Season Dubbed as DIS/EASE

Tanghalang Pilipino formally opens its 28th season dubbed as DIS/EASE. This theme tackles the instability of the human personality that eventually leads to ramifications such as illnesses, psychological and social imperfections, and tragedies.

The various productions presented in the upcoming season are not here to dishearten anyone but TP’s aim is to stay true to the company’s objectives to use artistic modes to reflect life’s complex human and social realities.

Just like most of their plays it reflects human pathos and sufferings but also leaves the audience with great virtues and wisdom hidden in the stories presented. Corrective values surface in opportune times within the play to heal and restore the vitality of the land as well the individual spirit and soul of those who came to watch their show.

For this season, the said theatre season reflects on the uncomfortable scenarios that is plaguing our society, thus the title DIS / EASE. The concept for this season sprung from the idea of Noli Me Tangere – or “Touch Me Not, ” - Cancer of the Society.Each play represents a social diseases that no matter how deadly and corrupting they are, we seemed to not mind them or are so immune or at ease with their existence in the society and are not aware that it is slowly enveloping.

To talk about more about the upcoming season is Tanghalang Pilipino’s Artistic Director Tata Nanding Josef who was generous enough to give us some insights regarding the different productions of DIS/ EASE.

“KLEPTOMANIACS is a sung-through musical about our current social condition,” Tata Nanding shared. “This play is inspired by the Napoles scandal and it talks about a country’s search for a NEW HERO, someone with integrity. “ Tata Nanding further emphasizes that “young people today are looking for models in the society from the highest position in the land to every leader of the nation.”



A rap-through musical by (awards) Layeta Bucoy, direction by (awards) Tuxqs Rutaquio, featuring a popular master rapper and the Actors Company. This original Filipino musical is inspired by the Napoles scandal. This will highlight the struggle of a group of young Filipino student leaders to check and police their own ranks against their own early inclination and natural lust for power and the strong temptation toward materialism, corruption and dishonesty. A reality search for the future President, senators and congressmen of our country, hopefully, all of a different breed from all those in our midst right now.

PLAYDATES: JULY 11, 12, 13 – 18, 19, 20 – 25, 26, 27


TICKETS: REGULAR: Php 800; STUDENT: Php 400. 20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

The famous play by Arthur Miller is a strong story about “human values of doing commerce, where everyone is a commodity,” Tata Nanding said. ”In the play there is no humanity. Dito pagmatanda ka na useless, you are practically put aside.” According to him, in PAHIMAKAS NG ISANG AHENTE (Death of a Salesman) “Nawawala ang real essence ng human existence. The characters here focuses on materialism and what can be bought.”


Playwright: ARTHUR MILLER, Translation: ROLANDO TINIO, Director: CHRIS MILLADO

This play addresses loss of identity, an obsession to keep clinging to the old glorious days gone by, a man’s inability to accept change within himself. He is tired of the bigger new world that he is living in now. It underscores denial, contradiction and order vs. disorder.

PLAYDATES: AUSGUST 15, 16, 17 – 22, 23, 24 – SEPTEMBER 5, 6, 7


TICKETS: REGULAR: Php600; STUDENT: Php300. 20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

In YUN NA NGA! KUNG YUN KA! (COSI E SE VI PARE), Tata Nanding explained that this fits the Season’s theme as it is a story “about 2 families who refuse to accept the reality of life. There’s a lot of pretense by putting up a social facade and very much disillusioned by their false pride. The play is a comedy farce about individuals who does not have a sense of honesty.”


Playwright: LUIGI PIRANDELLO, Filipino Translation: JERRY RESPETO, Direction: FLOY QUINTOS

An expressionistic parable that explores the relativity of truth, the vanity and necessity of illusions. This will be an ensemble work that will underscore our tendencies to live lives far beyond our real lives, farthest from our real, true selves and worth. This will be directed by (Award) Floy Quintos.

PLAYDATES: SEPTEMBER 26, 27, 28 – OCTOBER 3, 4, 5 – 10, 11, 12 – 17, 18, 19


TICKETS: REGULAR: Php 600; STUDENT: Php300. 20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

At the time I interviewed Tata Nanding the play that was in the line-up was “OF MICE AND MEN.” Somehow it didn’t pushed through. However, it is welcoming to know that they have a Sarsuwela in the list.

The sarsuwela, also known as the drama simbolico, was a traditional theater genre that dominated the Philippine theater scene for over one hundred years. It was first introduced by Dario Cespedes, a Spanish producer and owner of asarsuwela troupe in the 19th century. Its storyline was commonly based on domestic issues that often exemplified a strong sense of Filipino nationalism and anguish against the country’s foreign imperialists. (From my old Broadwayworld article - Tanghalang Pilipino’s WALANG SUGAT Opens Tonight, 8/16)

It is seldom for a legitimate theatre company to produce one of the earliest theatrical forms like a Sarsuwela in their productions. And this is not just any Sarsuwela, it’s BALANGIGA.

Looking at the month where this will be shown it is just a smart guess that this would be an inspirational production as BALANGIGA is in Samar and it was affected during the Typhoon Yolanda. It is a story about actually one of the bravest and smartest incidents of Philippine History that happened during the Philippine American War.

BALANGIGA (Sarswela)

Playwright: RODY VERA, Director: GARDY LABAD

A Filipino musical (sarswela) on the Balangiga massacre which happened during the Philippine American war in 1901 where 48 members of the US 9th infantry were killed by Samar townspeople.

PLAYDATES: NOVEMBER 28, 29, 30 – DECEMBER 5, 6, 7 – 12, 13, 14


TICKETS: REGULAR: Php800; STUDENT: Php400. 20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

LARO SA PANAGINIP (Dangerous Liaisons) is based from 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and was transformed into a historical drama entitled Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton with Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman. But for the new generation, we’ve got “Cruel Intentions,” a modern take of this story starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. Still whatever version you may have the story, play and movies revolve around greed.

“People have this tendency to sometimes want everything for themselves to suit their needs and wants,” Tata Nanding pointed out. “Some of them would refuse to accept that other people also have their own needs. They have this mindset that ‘I will not allow you to be happy without satisfying myself first’.”

Thus, people’s greed has its own ramifications and if this Personal disease isn’t corrected from within. (My personal note and NOT Tata Nanding: well you saw what happened to the Pork Barrel Scam – personally, a lot of people suffered from a few people’s greed)

LARO SA PANAGINIP (Dangerous Liaisons)


A most engaging dissection of one woman’s obsession to possess everything she desires to satisfy her limitless osycho-physical needs. She uses the weaker characters for the lust; some succumb to her wiles, but other more virtuous souls succeed in suppressing her venomous vice.

PLAYDATES: February 20-22, 27, March 1, 6-8, 2015


TICKETS: REGULAR: Php800; STUDENT: Php400. 20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

FOR TICKET INQUIRIES: CHERRY BONG EDRALIN 0917-750-0107 / 0918-959-3949 / Email:
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Theater Arts Workshops at the PETA Theater Center

Quezon City, Philippines -- Want a fresh start this summer? Actors and aspiring actors can now spend their summer in a more fun and active way. Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) annual Summer Theater Arts Workshop is open for another month of creative learning. The available workshops are not just for those young ones—but also for those who are young at heart.

PETA’s student-centered workshops highlight the limitless creative potential of each participant, allowing students to fully express themselves, boost their confidence, and mount their own stories into original productions.

The month-long classes held at The PETA Theater Center are culminated by a full showcase at the 400-seater PETA-Phinma Theater, giving each participant the chance to shine under the limelight of a legitimate stage. Courses run for an average of 14 to 20 sessions ending in a showcase performance for all participants from each of the different courses.

PETA’s Children’s Theater courses enable children to explore and experience music, movement and dance, visual arts, storytelling, drama improvisation, poetry and simple story writing.

Coupled with lots of fun and games, PETA’s creative processes will also develop and enrich every child’s imagination, inspiration, self-confidence, self-appreciation and appreciation of others, nature and culture.

The Teen Theater course challenges the experimental and adventurous nature of the youth through the unique PETA Integrated Theater Arts approach. The course mixes creative drama, creative sounds and music, creative writing, creative body movements and dance, visual arts as well as improvisational theater and new media, allowing teens to express their talents and articulate youth power as they mount their own original piece on relevant youth concerns as part of their recital.

Young aspiring actors, from 17 years old and up, can acquire fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes in improvisational theater production, theater history, theater appreciation, aesthetics and criticism through the Theater Arts course.

PETA is also offering various advanced courses. The Basic Acting course features a series of dialogues with seasoned theater artists, coupled with motivated acting exercises which can turn anyone into a budding stage actor.

The Creative Musical Theater 1 and 2 courses has various sessions on voice, composition, performance, and music explorations.

The workshop will run from April 7 - May 18, 2014 at The PETA Theater Center, located at No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City, For enrollment inquiries and for further details, contact PETA at 725-6244 loc. 14-15, 0906 5564800,
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Pasinaya CCP Open House Festival 2014

Cultural Center of the Philippines
City of Manila
Intramuros Administration
Jeepney Tours
National Museum
Bahay Tsinoy
1335 Mabini
MET Museum
San Agustin Museum
Museo Pambata

16 March 2014

The “largest multi-arts festival in the country” with this year’s theme, Pasinaya Goes the Extra Mile. More than 150 shows in music, theater, dance, visual arts, film, and literature to choose from. 3000 artists participating and with an expected viewership of over 50,000 - the Pasinaya transforms Manila and the art and culture mile between the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex and Intramuros into the most creative place on Earth. Pasinaya partners with the City of Manila, Intramuros Administration, Jeepney Tours, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, 1335 Mabini, MET Museum, San Agustin Museum and the Museo Pambata.

Pay what you can.
(Php50 suggested donation)

To view the Pasinaya 2014 schedule, click here.
To view the 1st CCP Pasinaya Festival Online Photo Competition Mechanics, click here.
To Pre-register, click here.


1. Regular Pasinaya Wristband (Pay what you can, See all you can): Php 50.00 suggested donation
- regular lane access

2. VIP (special) Ballers: Php 300.00
- special lane access to all CCP venues

3. VIP Box (contains 6 seats at the Main Theater): Php 3,000.00
- designated, reserved box for 6 pax at the CCP Main Theater
- special lane access to the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo), CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino) and CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute)


March 16, 2014
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Dharma Sunday at FGS Mabuhay Temple

Dharma Sunday returns this month with an English prayer, Buddhist lecture and film showing and discussion on March 23, 2014.

Award-winning poet Dr. Marjorie Evasco will talk about Learning the Lesson of Meaningful Practice (A Buddhist Aesthetic in the Praxis of Poetry) for the Buddhist Lecture Series and the Dharma Cinema Circle will feature the film Groundhog Day from the late Harold Ramis.

The prayer and lecture will be held at the Prajna Lecture Hall (5th floor) of the FGS Mabuhay Temple, Manila, while the film showing will be held at the Audio Visual Room (6th floor). Registration for this open and free event will start at 8:30 am.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NOVA Gallery Presents Bacolod-based Artist Roderick Tijing in "The Return of the King"

Bacolod based artist Roderick Tijing expresses his sense of returning to his roots as a painter. The title "The Return of the King" represents Roderick's newest take on his painting exploration. Here is what he has to say:

"The 'King' represents the people or anyone who leads his people may it be a General in the frontline, an artist, a musician, politician, a church leader, a cowboy, a farmer, a player, a philanthropist or anyone who was away for awhile and now has return to lead or to resume the things they do best. In this case for me, as an artist, i am returning to my old form, my old style that I love; landscapes or painting scenes but with a twist now as i developed through time, with my own characters."

Roderick further explains that his inspiration was drawn from his trips to Europe as he ventured through many of Switzerland's castles and landscapes. The many stories he picked up during his travel inspired him to read about the life of former Kings and Queens and to know more about the ways of their livelihood during their reign. His thoughts have converted his imagination to add his twist of characters and situations that only Roderick can perceive. A parade-like instance of vivid scenery and whimsical plots gives Roderick his own interpretation of what artists can conspire.

"The Return of the King" will introduce viewers to a new twist in Bacolod's arts guild as the show opens on March 28 (Friday) at 6PM. The exhibit will be held at NOVA Gallery 12A La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. Makati City.

Exhibit will run from March 28 to April 18, 2014.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

RTD on Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines

The Office of Research and Publication invites you to the Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines.


Nick Deocampo
Patrick Flores
Eulalio Guieb III
Bienvenido Lumbera
Carlo Pangilinan
Nicanor Tiongson
Rolando Tolentino


Patrick Campos

CMC Auditorium, UP College of Mass Communication
19 March 2014, 1:00 PM

Open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Limited seats only.

About the RTD
Cinema in the Philippines has, by now, had a long history, and recent changes in local cinema has also been remarkable. Certainly, film criticism in the Philippines is not static. It is continually developing, partly in response to the changes in cinema, but, beyond that and more importantly, as a discrete field. The RTD is an opportune venue to reflect on the poetics and practice of film criticism in the Philippines. In particular, following broad questions would hopefully be addressed:
What has been the history of film criticism in the Philippines?
In your view as a critic, where is it or should it be going?
What have been the principles and presuppositions of your own critical practice, through the years, that could shed light on the foregoing questions?
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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Abel Ilokana Exhibit Launch at the National Museum

In celebration of National Women's Month, the National Museum, in partnership with Senator Loren Legarda, cordially invites you to attend an exhibit launch,"Abel Ilokana: Celebrating Women Weavers from Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte, and Abra," on Friday, March 7, 2014, 4:00 pm at the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery, 4/F Museum of the Filipino People, Finance Road, Ermita, Manila.

The temporary exhibition will be housed inside the Hibla Gallery, and will run from March 7 to March 30, 2014 only. For details and other inquiries, kindly call the National Museum at 527 1143 or email
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Call for Nominations: 2014 UP Gawad Plaridel (Category: Transmedia)

The UP College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) is now accepting nominations for the tenth recipient of the U.P. Gawad Plaridel, the University of the Philippines’ highest award for an outstanding media practitioner.

The U.P. Gawad Plaridel bestows honor on Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service. The award is named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (nom de plume, Plaridel), the selfless propagandist whose stewardship of the reformist newspaper La Solidaridad helped crystallize nationalist sentiments and ignite libertarian ideas in the 1890s. Like Plaridel, the recipient of the award must believe in the vision of a Philippine society that is egalitarian, participative and progressive; and in media that are socially responsible, critical and vigilant, liberative and transformative, and free and independent.

For 2014, the U.P. Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding TRANSMEDIA practitioner(one who excels in at least two media platforms). This year’s recipient will join the roster of awardees - Ms. Eugenia Duran-Apostol (2004, Print); Ms. Vilma Santos (2005, Film); Ms. Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo (2006, Radio); Ms. Cecilia “Cheche” L. Lazaro (2007, Television); Mr. Pachico A. Seares (2008, Community Print Media); Mr. Kidlat Tahimik (2009, Independent Film); Ms. Eloisa “Lola Sela” Cruz-Canlas (2011, Radio); Ms. Florence “Rosa Rosal” Gayda (2012, Television); and Mr. Jose “Pete” Lacaba, Jr. (2013, Print).

Here are the award guidelines and nomination form. These documents may also be downloaded from the UP CMC website ( Deadline for submission of nominations is on 31 March 2014. 

 For questions/clarifications, please call the Office of Extension and External Relations at 981-8500 loc. 2668 or 920-6864 or email
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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Face the Art: Beatriz Robles at Water Dragon Gellery

Face the Art: Beatriz Robles
8th Solo Exhibition
Opens March 14, Friday, at 6 p.m.
March 14 - 28, 2014

Face the Art is Beatriz Robles' eight solo exhibition. With a brush in hand, she moves boldly forward with each stroke. Like a painter, says the artist, "the makeup artist is faced with a blank canvas of his own--the smooth skin of a face. Both may be painting on different surfaces, but in essence are quite the same. Both play with light and dark to accentuate features or play them down."

Beatriz Robles studied Fine Arts, Major in Creative Writing, at Ateneo de Manila University. She has exhibited her works at One Workshop Gallery and Heritage Gallery. She was also a finalist in the GSIS Painting Competition in 2009.Daugther of artist Rene Robles, Beatriz is also a writer and classical musician. She has contributed articles to magazines such as Mega, FHM, Uno, Chalk, BluPrint, and Candy. She has also self-published her first book, Life Through Letters: A Writer's Journey from Sunset to Sunrise. She is also principal clarinetist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

About the Water Dragon Gallery

The Water Dragon Gallery at RCBC Plaza is a space dedicated to offering fine artworks for sale. Located at the second floor of the Yuchengco Museum, the gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For gallery information, email
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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Art in the Park 2014

Save the Date!

Art in the Park
23 March 2014, Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Jaime Velasquez Park
Salcedo Village, Makati City
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