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From tennis superstars to Peta’s super musical

MAHESH BHUPATHI at breakfast with

It was a call from radio broadcasting maverick and veteran impresario Francis Lumen that I had been waiting for—an invitation to have face time with Indian tennis champion Mahesh Bhupathi, who has been flying into town regularly to organize the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) matches here in November.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

How Nanding Josef became rich–but not of the material kind

The veteran actor-teacher, who taught Zoology and dreamed of becoming a doctor before the theater bug bit him

By his own reckoning, actor Fernando “Nanding” Josef—now artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino—has spent 40 years in theater. This, he said, is instrumental in his getting the kind of unique education he would never have learned in the classroom.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The calmly beautiful Miss Bulaong’–aka CB Garrucho

As Lady Macbeth in Peta’s production of “Macbeth,” directed by German director
Fritz Bennewitz

Aunt Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, the essayist, once called the actress Cecilia Bulaong “the calmly beautiful Miss Bulaong.” That was a long time ago, and for some reason the phrase has stuck in my mind. Later Bulaong got married, became a mother and reinvented herself as CB Garrucho—which has since become her professional name.

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Contemporary Filipino theater–between book covers

TANGHALANG Pilipino’s 25th anniversary book

One fine day, Nanding Josef, the articulate artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), resident drama group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, called up to announce that TP’s 25th anniversary was fast approaching. And would I like to write a book about the organization and its accomplishments?

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »