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25 landmark plays of Philippine theater

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“OROSMAN at Zafira,” the 2008 reimagined dance theater production directed by Dexter Santos for Dulaang UP, based on the original text
by Francisco Baltazar. Deviating from the standard komedya where the conflict is between theMoros and the Cristianos, this verse play is
about warring kingdoms in the Middle East.

A recent list by Entertainment Weekly of the best plays of the last 100 years prompted a timely question from the Script Analysis class I am conducting for the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company: Why is there no such list for Philippine theater?

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | 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 »

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

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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 »

Retrospective trilogy of Tony Perez plays opens Sept. 30

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Tanghalang Pilipino will stage “Tatlong Tabing: Three Plays by Tony Perez,” which includes “Sierra Lakes;” “Bombita”; and “Nobyembre, Noong Akala Ko’y Mahal Kita.” “Perez has spent over two decades eloquently dissecting the Filipino psyche,” says TP artistic director Fernando “Nanding” Josef.  “He’s an important and prolific playwright in contemporary Philippine drama. His plays deal with [...]

Posted: September 26th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tanghalang Pilipino turns silver

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Tanghalang Pilipino celebrates its 25th season by opening in August with José Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” in commemoration of the National Hero’s sesquicentennial. To be directed by Audie Gemora with pop singers Mark Bautista and Gian Magdangal alternating as Crisostomo Ibarra and Cris Villonco as Maria Clara, the musical’s libretto is by National Artist for [...]

Posted: June 27th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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