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Magical ‘Musikal!’

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A HISTORIC night, as over 200 Filipino theater artists gathered
at CCP’s Main Theater to perform excerpts from 22 well-loved
original Filipinomusicals, in celebration of CCP’s 45th anniversary
JAY PANGILINAN

While ABS-CBN assembled its bevy of celebrities for its annual, highly publicized dress-and-glam-up festival known as the Star Magic Ball, the palatial Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) played host to an event of even grander and genuinely international scale.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

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 »

Where have our audiences gone?

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I was fortunate enough to get cast in Tanghalang Pilipino’s critical hit “Stageshow,” the last and most fabulous play by the late, great Mario O’Hara. Doing the show was both exhilarating and disappointing, though. Exhilarating because every time we performed it, something magical was happening to all of us. It was so irreverently Pinoy and unflinchingly human. And during every show we felt Mario’s spirit watching over us laughing, the way he probably used to do every Christmas.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Travel | Read More »

Tanghalang Pilipino mounts Mario O’Hara’s last play, ‘Stageshow,’ opening Oct. 10

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In the days of yore, the comedian Canuplin made a name for himself in the entertainment world, modeling his antics after the great Charlie Chaplin, “the eternal tramp.”

Posted: October 8th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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