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‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year

“CONFRONTATION” scene in “Rak of Aegis” press preview. AMADÍS MA. GUERRERO

The team that was responsible for the hit musical play “Care Divas”—writer Liza Magtoto and director Maribel Legarda—has done it again with “Rak of Aegis” (Philippine Educational Theater Association, at the Peta Theater Center, Quezon City).

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

‘Magkabilaan’ concert at Peta celebrates 20-year dance partnership


Two groups, both multiawarded, which have been instrumental in popularizing Philippine folk dances among audiences abroad are the London-based Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company and the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe. They will stage a 20th anniversary concert on April 25-26 at the Peta Theater Center in New Manila, Quezon City (behind the Quezon City Sports Center).

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

CCP strengthens links with regions


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has taken a major step in strengthening linkages and cooperation with educational institutions, nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and local governments all over the country.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Singers wanted for musical on Lipa ‘miracle bishop’

SR. JULIE Micosa, director JoeyNombres, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Bro. Don de Castro, Prof. Bernadette Abrera andMayor Jun Verzosa PHOTOS BY AMADÍS MA. GUERRERO

In 1951, six bishops declared that the miracles in Lipa City, Batangas—dramatized by a shower of petals (from roses said to have originated inexplicably from, of all countries, atheist Russia)— were a hoax.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

CCP establishes Center for Choral Performance

CCP VICE president and artistic director Chris Millado, Menchi Mantaring of the CCP Artist Training Division, and Madrigal Singers choir master Mark Anthony Carpio during the press conference

It was a press conference more dramatic than usual, and on the stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines at that, a brainchild of CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Riotous comedy ‘Noises Off’ up next for Repertory Philippines

Miguel Faustmann directs “Noises Off”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Repertory Philippines

After the gut-wrenching melodrama that was “August: Osage County,” with its bravura, back-to-back (or front-to-front) performances by Baby Barredo and Pinky Amador, it’s business as usual for Repertory Philippines. Meaning, up next is a wacky comedy.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mindoro’s dance festival stunning, a sight to behold

GOLDEN girl muse

Apart from the captivating ambience of Puerto Galera, there is much to discover and experience in the province of Oriental Mindoro, an hour and 10 minutes ride via fast craft from the Port of Batangas City.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

H.R. Ocampo scrapbook-paintings to be auctioned off March 8

PAINTINGS on H.R. Ocampo’s scrapbook

A major auction of works of Philippine masters led by National Artist Hernando R. Ocampo will be held on March 8 at Salcedo Auctions in Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is billed, fittingly, as the Important Philippine Art sale. Things get going at 2 p.m.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Uncategorized | Read More »

F. Sionil José’s latest novel


The most recent novel of National Artist F. Sionil José, strangely titled “The Feet of Juan Bacnang,” is, like most of his oeuvre based on his thoughts, reflections, advocacies—if one may use that abused word—on the state of the Philippines circa late 20th century. Also on his background and experiences, the experiences of others, readings, news reports, common knowledge and the like.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Sining Kambayoka–40 years of soaring on Pilandok’s flying ‘banig’

SCENE from SK’s “Broken Dreams”

It all began in January-February 1974 when playwright-director Frank G. Rivera and other colleagues from the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) were invited by Rufino Ignacio, vice president for academic affairs of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, to do a three-day workshop there.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Heads up, travellers–‘Drive Tourism’ is here

CLOCKWISE, from left: Ground-breaking of Subic Children’s Road Safety Park attended by conference officials Roberto Garcia, Ramon Jimenez, Mina Gabor, and Jean Dodt; Philippine and foreign delegates face the media; Kontra-Gapi dancers and musicians led by Edru Abraham (standing in background)

There are many kinds of tourism: Sports tourism, health and wellness tourism, “extreme adventure” tourism, dive tourism, cruising tourism, retirement tourism, and even English-as-a-second language tourism.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »



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