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Sheila Francisco gets her ‘once in a lifetime’ dream to hold a concert

AS BLOODYMary in the 2001 Royal National Theatre
production of “South Pacific,” directed by TrevorNunn

Sheila Francisco’s upcoming first solo concert, “Once in a Lifetime,” has been a long-time dream of hers. For years, the seasoned theater actress has been keeping a journal where she jots down songs for a possible line-up, in case she gets to have her own show.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Tanghalang Pilipino’s season opener is a play ripped straight from the headlines

“KLEPTOMANIACS,” written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, opens July 11 at CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

The stench of the Janet Lim-Napoles pork barrel scandal has reached the theater circle, and it has galvanized playwright Layeta Bucoy to write the libretto of a rap-musical called “Kleptomaniacs,” running at the CCP Little Theater from July 11 to 27.

Posted: May 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

‘San Andres B’–a new Filipino opera takes an atypical look at the Great Plebeian


Don’t expect a retelling of history when you watch Chino Toledo’s opera, “San Andres B,” which opens Nov. 29 at the CCP Little Theater. The production’s artistic team says the opera is about awakenings and coming of age—a reimagining of Andres Bonifacio as a hero of equal or even greater stature than Jose Rizal.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Theater | Read More »

Menchu the Magnificent in one stellar concert

Singing Jason Robert Brown’s “Stars and the Moon,” an exceptional showcase of
storytelling through song. GIRLIE RODIS

The big revelation during Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s concert at the CCP Little Theater last Aug. 15 was that she is actually a woman of three faces.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘At your Serbis, Elmar Ingles’

ELMAR B. Ingles, 1964-2013—playwright, arts administrator, culture advocate

“Elmar, look where we are now,” exclaimed Celeste Legaspi onstage when she received her Philstage Natatanging Gawad Buhay! for Lifetime Achievement a few years back. Celeste singled out the Philstage executive director who, aside from overseeing the awards night at the CCP Little Theater, had also convinced a number of reviewers of national dailies and arts professors from different universities to band together to watch and judge the year-round shows of the professional performance groups comprising Philstage.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »