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6th Philstage Gawad Buhay! complete list of winners

SANTI Santamaria, executive producer of 9Works Theatrical’s “Grease,” leads the cast and creative team in receiving the award for Outstanding Production of Existing Material for aMusical. “Grease” was directed by Robbie Guevara.

      Outstanding Original Libretto Rody Vera, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta) Outstanding Translation or Adaptation Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Musical Direction Josefino (Chino) Toledo, “San Andres B” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Original Musical Composition Josefino (Chino) Toledo, “San Andres B” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production Carlo Pacis, “A […]

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Social media, for good or ill

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Supertyphoon “Yolanda” showed the best and the worst of social media. In the immediate aftermath, at least, there was none of the irreverent humor that Filipinos are known for, we who make fun of anything and anyone, even and especially our own misfortune. The enormity of the tragedy was such that not even the worst kibitzers on social media had the guts to post any wisecrack.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

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 »

Frencheska Farr: Hopelessly devoted to her… tattoos

Left and inset, her back and wrist tattoos. “It made me happy that I got to express myself and I got to do what I wanted to do,” she says. PHOTOS BY WALTER ANG

Singer-actress Frencheska Farr has two tattoos. Instead of visual designs, she has two statements branded on her body.

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

‘I am 63. I can say what I like’

PADILLA: “The arts programs should not be handled by politicians but should be left to artists and designers who will make them flower.”

The reprimands and raves from his colleagues have died down, and to Felix “Nonon” Padilla’s mind, he has said his final piece.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »