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Monique Wilson: ‘Art and activism are the lifeblood of my work’

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MONIQUE Wilson leading “One Billion Rising” rally

Monique Wilson is an extra-busy woman these days. A few days after arriving from New York, she was in Tacloban to lend a hand to relief efforts for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Then she was off to Kidapawan, Cotabato, for another activity related to her longtime advocacy of women’s rights and social justice, which would also see her visiting the displaced sakada of Hacienda Luisita and documenting their plight.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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

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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 »

Monique Wilson to receive St. Scholastica’s Hildegarde Award for Women in Media

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MONIQUE Wilson, Sister Mary John, Jonathan Rondina of St. Scholastica’s College

International stage actor and women’s rights advocate Monique Wilson will receive the Hildegarde Lifetime Achievement Award for media and the performing arts from St. Scholastica’s College on March 8.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Dancing for a cause

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ACTOR Monique Wilson dances with students from St. Scholastica’s College. AP

Last Valentine’s Day, I was on an “international” date—with one billion women and men. Together we danced on the streets of different cities all over the world—Manila, New York, London, Bangladesh, Rome, Belgrade (Serbia), the City of Joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo—bringing to life “One Billion Rising,” the global campaign calling for the end of violence against women (VAW).

Posted: March 9th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Monique Wilson: ‘The fire in my belly was not fame’

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At the recent “Mint Knows Monique” lecture at Meridian International College last week, students and fans got to know Monique Wilson on a deeper level—from her naughty childhood moments and her life in London during “Miss Saigon” to her unwavering passion for theater and her One Billion Rising campaign against violence against women.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

One billion women to rise on Feb. 14–Filipinos at the forefront, led by Monique Wilson

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Awash in purple light and its floor covered in rose petals, the stage of Music Museum in Greenhills was filled with women—kids, teens, mothers, artists, celebrities, even seniors who survived the war—all enthusiastically dancing to an upbeat tune.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Monique Wilson speaks up vs violence against women

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MONIQUE Wilson and Eve Ensler

Monique Wilson is finally out and proud. The woman behind New Voice Company, the theater group behind such hit productions as “The Vagina Monologues,” “Angels in America,” and “Rent,” has finally declared she is gay.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Eugene Domingo, Monique Wilson, Leo Valdez, Aiza Seguerra among 25th Aliw Awards theater nominees

The Aliw Awards, celebrating its 25th year, will have its awards night on Nov. 26, 7 p.m., at the Manila Hotel. This year’s edition honors productions and performances in Filipino theater and live entertainment for the period Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012. Frank Rivera and Sonny Valencia head Aliw’s screening committee.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Headlines,Super | Read More »

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