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25 landmark plays of Philippine theater

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“OROSMAN at Zafira,” the 2008 reimagined dance theater production directed by Dexter Santos for Dulaang UP, based on the original text
by Francisco Baltazar. Deviating from the standard komedya where the conflict is between theMoros and the Cristianos, this verse play is
about warring kingdoms in the Middle East.

A recent list by Entertainment Weekly of the best plays of the last 100 years prompted a timely question from the Script Analysis class I am conducting for the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company: Why is there no such list for Philippine theater?

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

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

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

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 »

From a 16-year-old novice playwright to Palanca winners–why the Virgin Labfest has become a theater oasis

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THE CAST of “Ang Goldfish ni Professor Dimaandal,” by Eljay Deldoc

As it celebrates its 10th year, the Virgin Labfest should perhaps rethink defining itself as just a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays. It is all that—but, more importantly, the Labfest has become an oasis for the Filipino playwright, whether fledgling or not.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Ribbing, repartee and remembering at the 6th Gawad Buhay!

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In his speech during the Philstage Gawad Buhay 2013 Awards held last week at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris Millado, the artistic director of that institution, hailed the event as more of a “celebration” and “not a competition.”

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

CCP establishes Center for Choral Performance

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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 »

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