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Appealing soundscape, vocal brilliance in ‘Rak of Aegis’

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SCENE from “Rak of Aegis,” written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda. JEFF HERNANDEZ

There’s no need for a Tolstoy, a Wilde or even a Hendrix quote to prove music’s ability to swallow a person whole.

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

Enrollment in Peta’s summer workshops now open

Enrollment in the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s annual summer workshops is now open, with courses on Children’s Theater, Teen Theater, Theater Arts, Basic Acting, Advanced Acting and Creative Musical Theater.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

‘Rak of Aegis’–fitful narrative, heart-rending music

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SCENE from Peta’s “Rak of Aegis,” directed by Maribel Legarda

Myke Salomon is able to break apart Celso Abenoja’s compositions for seminal rock band Aegis into fun and sometimes funny new arrangements in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s “Rak of Aegis,” which is running at Peta Theater Center until March 9.

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

Sining Kambayoka–40 years of soaring on Pilandok’s flying ‘banig’

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SCENE from SK’s “Broken Dreams”

It all began in January-February 1974 when playwright-director Frank G. Rivera and other colleagues from the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) were invited by Rufino Ignacio, vice president for academic affairs of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, to do a three-day workshop there.

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

The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

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BART Guingona and Joaquin Valdes in The Necessary Theater’s “Red,” written by John Logan, directed by Bart Guingona. THE NECESSARY THEATER

When “Katy” opened on Jan. 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, not only was it the first local production to raise its curtain this year, it was also a harbinger of sorts.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Maxie The Musicale’ –long and loud, but heartwarming

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In Bit by Bit Company’s “Maxie The Musicale,” the irrepressibly ebullient Jayvhot Galang as Maxie and the impossibly handsome Jojo Riguerra as Victor, the policeman that Maxie has a crush on, cut striking, beautiful figures on stage.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How theater transformed Angeli Bayani into the toast of Cannes

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ANGELI Bayani: “The international [stints] resurrected my passion for storytelling. You fight to tell your story the best way that you can.”

Two moments are etched forever in the mind of indie film star Angeli Bayani, who is riding the twin waves of success brought about by the international acclaim surrounding her two films: Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” and Lav Diaz’s “Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.”

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Theater | Read More »

Peta brings back Stella Adler acting classes this December

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) once again offers professional actors the opportunity to receive training from a renowned acting school based in New York. Flying from the Big Apple is The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, which has produced graduates who have taken the road Hollywood and Broadway.

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

He acts with Eula Valdes, Wilma Doesnt –and supplies their bangles, too

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PAOLO Rodriguez wearing his own bead accessories

During a break from rehearsals one day, Paolo Rodriguez found out that some women in the cast were willing to skip a meal in order to save money to buy a pair of earrings.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How Nanding Josef became rich–but not of the material kind

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The veteran actor-teacher, who taught Zoology and dreamed of becoming a doctor before the theater bug bit him

By his own reckoning, actor Fernando “Nanding” Josef—now artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino—has spent 40 years in theater. This, he said, is instrumental in his getting the kind of unique education he would never have learned in the classroom.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Gardy Labad grieves for his beloved Bohol

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IN FRONT OF Baclayon Church, and by the altar of Loboc Church—two centuries-old churches, among the oldest in the Philippines, heavily
damaged by the earthquake that struck Bohol this week. “Bohol lost the material symbols of its inner life, its soul and spirit,” says Labad.
“These churches were landmarks and icons of our deepest beliefs and spirituality. The cultural genius behind these monuments revealed our
people’s innate artistry, our determination to build structures for our faith, our creative adaptation to our climate and our sense of history.”

It was 6 a.m. in Dubai when Lutgardo “Gardy” Labad first heard the worrying news. He was up early to prepare for a drama workshop he was conducting for the OFW community there. A cousin of his texted that a strong earthquake had struck Bohol, and that the floor in their ancestral house had cracked.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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