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

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its 10th year, the Virgin Labfest should perhaps rethink defining itself as just a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays.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!


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

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 »

Baby Barredo on Bibot Amador: ‘It was a platonic relationship’

BABY Barredo (with Pinky Amador in a scene from “August: Osage County”): “We stuck to
our guns ... [Rep is] now 46 years old; never did we import an actor to play a lead role. Today,
there is so much theater—and practically all the founders are from Rep.”

The raves are still pouring in, even as Repertory Philippines’ “August: Osage County” is on its last weekend. The lion’s share of the praise goes to Baby Barredo, the company’s cofounder, artistic director and now the play’s main performer after an absence of more than a decade. Barredo remains at the top of her game at 72—an age she is not ashamed to admit.

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

CCP’s ‘Pasinaya’: Whirlwind art tour from sun-up to -down

ELEMENTARY students having their field trip at Museo Pambata

On its 10th year, the Pasinaya Open House Festival of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to grow bigger as it expands to various museums and galleries in Manila. The festival is on March 16.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »