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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

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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 »

Frencheska Farr: Hopelessly devoted to her… tattoos

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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’

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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 »

Tony Mabesa–lion of the theater

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The Japanese military banned Hollywood movies during their traumatic occupation of the Philippines in the 1940s. As a result, Philippine theater flourished. The Avellanas formed the Philippine Artist League, Gerardo de Leon’s troupe performed at the Life Theater in Quiapo, Manila; and Narciso Pimentel staged plays at the Met.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

OPM exec, theater prime mover Elmar Beltran Ingles, 49

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MANILA, Philippines—More than a week after veteran actress Amable “Ama” Quiambao succumbed to heart attack, Philippine theater lost another prime mover, Elmar Beltran Ingles, who died Tuesday morning in his apartment.

Posted: July 9th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Fides Cuyugan Asensio–grand dame of the Philippine stage

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Fides Cuyugan Asensio is the recipient of this year’s Philstage Gawad Buhay! for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts, along with director Nonon Padilla and choreographer Denisa Reyes.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘I’m fascinated by folk spirituality and how the sacra and profana can coexist in our culture’

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FLOY QUINTOS: “It matters to me what audiences say [about my plays] and that is a game I will indulge myself in.” Photo by Walter Ang

In a 1997 article we wrote on the most significant theater events of the previous year, we quoted Tanghalang Pilipino artistic director Fernando Josef as lamenting that the Cultural Center of the PHilippines (CCP) Playwriting Contest’s “No Winner” results had basically represented to him the dearth of playwrights in Philippine theater.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Triple Threats of Philippine Theater’ to hold solo concerts at CCP

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It is an industry term, we were told the other day. The term “triple threat” in the theater world refers to a performer who can sing, dance and act at the same time.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘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 year’s performances to remember–so far

Jamie Wilson in Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ “The Full Monty,” directed by Chari Arespacochaga

COUNT THEM—22 productions in just the first five months of the year, from the small two-character drama (“Red”) to the all-stops-out musical extravaganza (“Ibalong,” “Katy”). Local theater is at its most prolific and exciting in years; and so, before the last days of summer ring the curtain down on the old season to usher in the new by June—and with memory the only antidote to the ephemeral nature of theater—we thought we’d look back and salute the performances that lit up the stage and occasioned cheers in the previous months.

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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