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Operas, musicals and a state-of-the-art venue

TENOR Rogelio Peñaverde Jr. leads operatta.

The 150th birth anniversary of national hero Apolinario Mabini came to a fitting conclusion with Dulaang UP’s “Ang Muling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini” by dramatist Floy Quintos and composer Krina Cayabyab (at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater); with direction by Dexter M. Santos.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

57th PEN Congress: Mabini, moral regeneration, corruption atbp.

FORMER Supreme
Court Associate
Justice Adolf
Azuna, now with
the International
Commission of
Jurists,delivers the
2013 José Rizal

Most of our national heroes were flawed human beings, as Nick Joaquin so startlingly revealed in his “A Question of Heroes” (Filipinas Foundation, 1977). But I submit that Apolinario Mabini—due to his intellect, uprightness and uncompromising stand—was the least flawed.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

CCP prepares for a varied 2015 season


A great opera. Musicals and a monthly harana (serenade) highlighting the beauty of Filipino music (and open to the public). A festival in which the poet and the spoken word are kings. Composers to take center stage. A dance-musical on heroes.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

How dressing up as a nun in Grade 7 got Leo Rialp hooked on theater

WITH FrancesMakil-Ignacio in
Dulaang UP’s “The Seagull/Ang
Tagak,” directed by Tony Mabesa

It was at the Ateneo de Manila, with its Jesuitical emphasis on the humanities and theater as character formation, that Leo Rialp, director and actor for the stage, screen and TV, developed a love for theater.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Pangasinan’s Waterworld to boost water sports

GIANT waterslide

The scene at El Puerto Marina, a leading resort in Lingayen, capital of Pangasinan, was festive.

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »