‘Ampalaya Monologues’ one-night only run celebrates TAP’s 1st anniv | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Mark Ghosn, artistic and creative director



To celebrate one year of ‘hugot’ artistry, the Theater in Alternative Platforms shall present a one-night only anniversary show of the very popular “Ampalaya Monologues” on October 15, Saturday, from 6 pm – 10 pm at the Peta Theater Center located at Eymard Road, E. Rodriguez Q.C.


“Ampalaya Monologues” shall showcase 15 of their best monologues and five new ones. There will be a combination of dance, live music and other exciting surprise twists. As a prelude, some of today’s best Spoken Word artists in the country will be featured as special guests.


“Ampalaya Monologues” is an episodic play that features a collection of short monologues about love, heartaches and bitterness, as written by Mark Ghosn. Inspired from Eve Ensler’s play Vagina Monologues, the show is set in an actual bar and tells the inspiring stories of diverse individuals who’ve tasted the different flavors of bitterness that love has to offer.


The story of the character on each monologue varies— there’s the bitter queen who got dumped for her own best friend, the boy next door who’s trying to get out of the friend zone, the single lady who is a forever third wheel, the NBSB and her almost-lover, the LDR couple, the womanizer who got cheated on, the guy experiencing his first moved-on moment, and many more. No matter what your heart’s story is, there’s an “Ampalaya Monologue” ready to pull its string.


The monologues are performed by theater actors from TAP – Theater in Alternative Platforms. Through “Ampalaya Monologues,” TAP has created a powerful art movement and a whole new performance arena, gathering audiences in galleries, coffee shops, parks, bars, and other venues, to bring the art of theatre closer to people, making it more accessible and relatable to today’s generation.


For the anniversary show on October 15, the cast and monologues to be presented are as follows: “Panata ng Pusong Bagong Laya” with Mark Ghosn; “Sa Pagitan ng Tayo Ba at Hindi Na” with Rain Gutierrez; “Hanash ng Soloista” with Janine Lloce; “Hindi Pwedeng Hindi Na” with Dave Ramones; “There’s A Basha in All of Us” with Mariko Urimoto; “Violet Ang Color ng Pag-ibig” with Berna Manipon; “Mga Bulong sa Hangin” with Gracia Paterno; “Akin Ka Na Lang, Please?” with Yves Gutierrez; “Ang Huling Tagay na Ilalaklak Ko Para Sa’yo” with Yan-yan Gervero; “Mga Sayaw sa Ilalim ng Mga Ilaw ng Pinakamahabang Pebrero” with Patty Arro; “Inukit sa Mga Tala” with Elizabeth Concepcion; “Saan Nagtatago Ang Mga Nawawalang Paalam?” with R’love Rojas; “Huwag” with Ace Alfaro; “Hanggang Throwback Na Lang” with Hogi Cadlum; and “Ikaw, Si Distance at Ako”with Euwie Von Loria.


Special guest performers of the prelude include: Spoken Word Artists—Kookie Tuason, Maimai Cantillano, Zuela Herrera, Brian Vee, Rod Marmol, Mark Dimaisip, Rommel Pamaos and Vim Nadera.  Musicians—Pauline Lauron, Unwind, Chasing Deadlines and Suicidal Genius. Live Art – Cavity Collectives.




The writer, Mark Ghosn, has not been in an official relationship his whole life. But he has known a lot of people who has been in-and-out of so many relationships that he is, in a way, thankful for it. He is the shoulder to cry on, the go-to person for love quotes and advice, the kind of friend who will listen as you go heal your broken heart. And so one day, he decided to sit in front of a computer and turn these bitter stories into art in a form of monologues, and so, “Ampalaya Monologues” was born.


For ticket inquiries, message Peta on facebook at www.fb.com/PETATheaterCenter. You may also call (02) 725 6244 loc. 23 or text 09273917379. Also available on www.ticketworld.com.ph


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