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‘The only thing wrong with the Filipino audience is that there isn’t enough of it’

As Candida opposite Naty Crame-Rogers’ Paula in the 1965 film of “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino”

‘Okay, I’m nuts!’ When she was about to play Mary Tyrone, the drug-addled mother of a dysfunctional family in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Daisy Avellana went to a well-known doctor to research on drug addiction. She needed guidance on how an addict—a woman at that—moved, thought and comported herself.

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

The unfinished Maria

MARIA was patterned after Tingting’s daughter Liaa Cojuangco, when she was a teenager. The artist had a crush on her and clipped her photos from newspapers. ART BY ANTONIO MAHILUM

Mariang Alimango is one of several Cinderella-type stories in Philippine literature. In the 1990s I wanted to make it into an illustrated children’s book in two languages, the Filipino part by Virgilio S. Almario, who has since become National Artist, and the English part by me.

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Tony Perez–why he’d rather write a play on the Filipino psyche than one tackling ‘ephemeral’ social issues


Growing up in San Fernando, Pampanga, where his father, an army colonel, was based, Tony Perez tended to be reclusive, although he was happy enough with his toys.

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

After films, Peta to focus on Philippine literature


After going to the movies, so to speak, and making Shakespeare lots of fun, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) is shifting gears and concentrating on Philippine literature.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

UP Playwright’s Theater brings back ‘Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang”

A scene from the hit children’s play, “Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Be enthralled by the colorful creatures of Philippine folk literature and mythology as the UP Playwrights’ Theater puts the spotlight once again on “Umaaraw Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang,” Dulaang UP’s hit production last season. The play is adapted from Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s children’s short story “The Magic Circle,” written by Rody Vera and directed by José Estrella.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »