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All in the family–for better or for worse

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CELESTE Legaspi,
Robert Arevalo and
Marco Viaña in a
scene from “Mga
Ama, Mga Anak”
ERICKSON DELA CRUZ II

The challenge of making a venerated work relevant, interesting and engaging to viewers born in a different time always keeps a director and his creative team on their toes. Revisionism—where the director and his creative team edit text, alter passages and make contemporary entire settings—can make the transition easier for young viewers.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Crazy little thing called love

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It may be true that all men are created equal, but history has proven that no two love stories are written—or read—the same.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Once the son, now the father–Robert Arevalo returns to the stage, and to ‘Mga Ama, Mga Anak’

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AREVALO in rehearsal with costar Cris Villonco

Last seen in the Chito Roño movie “The Healing” and in the teleseryes “Genesis” and “Indio,” actor Roberto Arevalo returns to the stage to play the patriarch in Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of “Mga Ama, Mga Anak,” which opens at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater on Feb. 21, under Joel Lamangan’s direction.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

José Rizal as a member of Nick Joaquin’s pantheon of dubious heroes

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ILLUSTRATION BY JERITO DELA CRUZ

It has been the facile conclusion that the “pacifist” Rizal became our national hero over the “war freak” Bonifacio because it thus suited the Americans’ pacifying campaign against us.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Write a musical play, get a chance to win P1M

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JURORS LeoMartinez, Luciana Urquiola, Alicia Herrera, Emily Abrera, Girlie Rodis (board chair), Celeste
Legaspi, Soxie Topacio, Ludendorffo Decenteceo and Ignacio Gimenez, also the competition founder-benefactor

Calling all Filipino playwrights here and abroad. Write a musical play and if it’s good or great, you stand a fighting chance to win one million Filipino bucks.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Daisy Hontiveros Avellana–Why she will always be the ‘First Lady of Philippine Theater’

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DAISY Hontiveros Avellana, 1917-2013. “I just hope to be remembered as a good
human being. And that I tried my best.”

When I first worked with Daisy Hontiveros Avellana, she was all of 88. By then she had survived five heart attacks, was suffering from crippling arthritis, had seen the loss of a baby, her husband, and even of her house to fire. I was asked by her daughter Ivi Avellana-Cosio to join a staged reading of Ladislas Fodor’s “The Vigil” to be performed at Far Eastern University (FEU). We rehearsed in the garage of their Pasig home and she sat there, script on her lap with an impish grin puffing up her cheeks.

Posted: May 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mad about movies


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THE IDEAL in prewar years, built by Pablo Antonio Sr.,National Artist for Architecture, himself an in-law

One of the best things about growing up Roces was having our own cinema, the Ideal, exclusive Philippine exhibitors of MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) movies. Among the thrills it gave me and my cousins, aside from the obvious one of getting to watch movies for free, was meeting the likes of Charlton Heston, the epic star (“The Ten Commandments,” “Ben-Hur”), and the debonair Ricardo Montalban. They were friends and occasional house guests of uncle Marcos Vidal Roces, who himself rivaled them in looks.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

What ‘Portrait of the Artist’ is all about

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National Artist Nick Joaquin’s “Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” occupies an unparalleled place of honor in the history, not only of Philippine dramatic literature but in all of Philippine literature as well.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Letters from Ninoy


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I first met Ninoy about 30 two years ago when I was producing and hosting “The Late Nite with June and Johnny,” a talk show that aired at 10 p.m. Fridays on GMA Channel 7. It was a co-production; I had to shoulder expenses and GMA provided the air time, as at that time Freddie Garcia didn’t believe that a talk show aired so late would rate. Thankfully I was proven right, and it became so popular.

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Why I write


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I’m most loving when I write because writing is an unselfish act. After I’ve crafted my ideas, beliefs and sentiments, and read its expressions, I feel immensely refreshed. It’s as if the morning dew settled on my skin to cool my soul.

Posted: February 12th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The Nick Joaquin he knew

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Tony Joaquin: Nick Joaquin was “too much of a free spirit” (photo by Romy Homillada)

Ever creative and enigmatic, Nick Joaquin ranks among the greatest Filipino writers of all time. He certainly towers over everyone else when it comes to writing in English. Here was that rare exemplar who could do everything well. He wrote poems, short stories, novels and plays, and constructed powerful journalistic essays under his pen name [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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