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Where have our audiences gone?


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 »

‘Orosman at Zafira’ at CCP–one more time for Balagtas


Another major work of our greatest poet Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas), apart from “Florante at Laura,” is “Orosman at Zafira.”

Posted: November 17th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Stageshow’ and the National Theater Festival —the return of the native


By native, we mean, of course, original Filipino material, which for much of this year seems to take a beating from either a general lack of visibility or the lackluster quality of many new homegrown offerings.

Posted: November 17th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Living La Vida Imelda’ to be staged at National Theater Festival

The 2012 National Theater Festival (NTF) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), which will run from Nov. 8-18, will feature 16 theater groups from across the nation.

Posted: October 28th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

From Luzon to Mindanao: A harvest of plays in National Theater Festival

RODY Vera as 1950s singer Bobby Gonzales

The first National Theater Festival (NTF) in 1992 was off to a fiery start—literally.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »