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Bituin Escalante in concert: ‘I will grab it by the horns!’

REHEARSING a number with two equally accomplished performers—
sister Kalila Aguilos and mom Gigi Escalante BITUIN ESCALANTE

Bituin Escalante can go easily from diva to man drag. She was recently seen in Resorts World Manila’s production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” as a glam diva, and now she is playing the stern Coachman in Repertory Philippines’ “Pinocchio,” a children’s musical.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Theater calendar from September to October

Shrek the musical. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/Backroom

Dulaang UP’s ‘Measure for Measure’/‘Hakbang sa Hakbang,’ Guerrero Theater, until Sept. 7

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Theater | Read More »

Ribbing, repartee and remembering at the 6th Gawad Buhay!


In his speech during the Philstage Gawad Buhay 2013 Awards held last week at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris Millado, the artistic director of that institution, hailed the event as more of a “celebration” and “not a competition.”

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

Is there a Filipino way of doing Shakespeare?

Tanghalang Ateneo’s “Sintang Dalisay” (2011)— “Romeo and Juliet” transposed to the Sama Badjao culture of Mindanao using the Filipino translation by National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio and the 1901 awit (Filipino narrative poetry) “Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo” by G.D. Roke.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is arguably (or perhaps inarguably) the greatest playwright this planet has ever produced. For many of us, his plays, especially the major tragedies like “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “Othello,” and “King Lear,” were required reading in college. Back then, it was almost unthinkable to graduate from high school and university without having to struggle with at least one of his works.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is silly, daring, heartwarming

“PRISCILLA” lead stars Red Concepcion, Jon Santos and Leo Valdez
in costumes designed by Edgar San Diego. RESORTS WORLD MANILA

It is clear just by looking at the promo materials that Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) ongoing production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is energetic, transgressively comical, and very, very, very gay.

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »