gantimpala theater announces 35th season audition!

a theater act in gantimpala

Gantimpala Theater, one of the countries leading dramatic arts companies,  marks its 35th season this June. In an industry where only the most dedicated, most passionate and most professional, Gantimpala stands out, for having the daring to produce original Filipino plays since the presentation of their initial salvo, Bonifacio Ilagan’s Katipunan Mga Anak ng Bayan at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)

For more than three decades, theater loving Filipinos have watched and enjoyed the company’s productions. During its reign as one of the original artistic companies of the CCP, it gave life to “untried and untested plays” which were play writing contest winners of the premiere arts and culture institution.
When it became an independent theater foundation, plays based on the Philippines’ cultural and literary heritage unfold on stage – the corrido Ibong Adarna, the beauty of spoken Tagalog poetry in Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, novels of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, plays and short stories written by our National Artists for Theater and Literature, and original Filipino musicals written by today’s playwrights based on well-known fairy tales and Philippine folklore.
Tony Espejo, Artistic Director reminisces: “When we were still at the CCP during the days of Bulwagang Gantimpala, I was to go out for lunch when a utility man approached me, an elderly guy mopping the floor. He said, ‘Mr. Espejo congratulations at salamat po.’ I asked him why. He replied, ‘kasi lagi po akong nanood ng mga plays ninyo lalo na pag historical, kasi hindi po ako nakapag-aral so kapag gusto ko pong matuto, lagi po akong nanonood ng mga productions ninyo. That really touched me.”
a filipiniana act in gantimpala theater
He continues, “It amazes me that the effects of the plays are multiplied ten folds. Until today, there are bank tellers, who when I present my pass book, recognize me and inform me that they have seen the Four Classics, or just the other day, when I was doing my early morning jog, a man went out of his car, approached me, and thanked me. He recently saw my picture in one of the papers and said to me that in high school, he saw all our plays. And now, it is his son who watches them. These recollections make me smile because they are affirmations that, we atGantimpala Theater must be doing something good.”
Another “good news” from the company, its recently concluded summer workshop had 27 attendees that includes mainstream TV star and commercial model Ivan Dorschner.
To continue with this “tradition of doing good,” Gantimpala Theater announces its one-day-only-audition on June 11, Monday, 2-6pm, at the Rehearsal Hall, Open Air Auditorium Building, located inside the historical Rizal Park.
The audition is open to all professional and non-professional actors, ages-18-years old and above.  Those who are interested must bring a 2 x 2 photo and resume.
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cultural center of the philippines and cinemalaya announces the entries for new breed and director’s showcase categories…

Cinemalaya Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines
announces the entries to this year’s New Breed and Director’s Showcase
category scheduled to make their premieres during the Cinemalaya
Festival starting July 20 till the 29th at the Cultural Center of the
Philippines and the Ayala Cinemas in Greenbelt Makati and Trinoma
Quezon City.

In keeping with Cinemalaya’s vision of encouraging Filipino filmmakers
to produce works that interpret the Filipino experience with fresh
insight and artistic integrity, these films were found to best reflect
and enrich Filipino identity and culture.

In the New Breed Full Length Feature category, the films are:

Palo’s “Santa Nina”,

Gino Santos and Jeff Stelton’s “The Animals”,

Vincent Sandoval’s “Aparisyon”, Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo”, Lemuel Lorca
and Jerry Gracio’s “Intoy Syokoy ng  Kalye Marino”, Alfred Aloysius
Adlawan’s “Ang Katiwala”, Marietta Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala”, Paul Sta.
Ana’s “Oros”, Julius Sotomayor Cena’s “Mga Dayo”, and Loy Arcenas’

In the New Breed Short Film Category, the films are:

Nadjoua Bansil’s
“Bohe: Son of the Sea”,

Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Ang Paghihintay sa
Bulong”, Mario Celada’s “Pasahero”, Sheron Dayoc’s “As He Sleeps”,
Marianito Dio Jr.’s “Sarong Aldaw”, Emmanuel Escalona, Jr.’s
“Balintuna”, Hannah Espia’s “Ruweda”, Chuck Gutierrez’s “Ulian”,
Richard Legaspi’s “Manenaya”, and Jarell Serencio’s “Victor”.

In the Director’s Showcase Category, the films are: Adlofo Alix, Jr.’s
“Kalayaan”, Joey Javier Reyes’ “Mga Mumunting Lihim”, Raymond Red’s
“Kamera Obskura”, Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw”, and Lawrence Fajardo’s “Posas”.

The New Breed, Full Length Feature category is regarded as an
important entry point of new aspiring filmmakers.

Cinemalaya takes a two-pronged approach to provide budding filmmakers
a headstart:  funding and monitoring.

Cinemalaya provides a seed grant of P500,000 which the filmmaker
matches as a gesture of commitment.  On the monitoring aspect,
veterans in the field lend their experience and expertise in guiding
the new filmmaker to meet professional standards set by Cinemalaya in
the financial, artistic and technical aspects of filmmaking,
particularly casting decisions.
As regards casting, advisers of Cinemalaya encourage filmmakers to
undertake casting auditions and engage the new filmmaker in a
discussion on casting selection after which the applicant is asked to
revise, if necessary.

Recently, Emerson Reyes’ entry MNL 143 was disqualified for refusal to
comply with competition rules governing submission of test videos of
casting choices. After a special meeting between the Cinemalaya
Foundation and its institutional partner the Cultural Center of the
Philippines (CCP), the decision was appealed to the committee for
reconsideration. The committee agreed to reconsider the entry as long
as Mr. Reyes submits the required video for evaluation. Mr. Reyes
declined the offer of reconsideration.

Cinemalaya Foundation Chairman Tonyboy Cojuangco said that the task of
monitoring involves a tough balancing act.  “We need to keep a balance
between the foundation’s desire to catch potential technical and
artistic flaws and the new filmmaker’s passion to make bold decisions.
Keeping this delicate balance, we believe, has been the strength of
Cinemalaya as it continues to produce films that are daring in its
storytelling yet cognizant of industry standards,” he said.

The Cinemalaya Foundation and the CCP believe that the appeal of
Cinemalaya films to both local and international audiences is proof
that the Cinemalaya Festival has taken root.
Now on its eighth year, Cinemalaya is proud to have produced and
showcased winning entries of new filmmakers, many of whom are now
regarded with much respect and esteem.

Some of these are: Auraeus Solito’s Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros
(Best Film, 2005 Montreal World Film Festival & Three (3) awards at
the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival); Jim Libiran’s Tribu
(Young Filmmaker Award, 2008 Paris Cinema Festival); Sheron Dayoc’s
Halaw (Netpac Award, Berlinale 2011); Chris Martinez’100, (Audience
Prize, 2008 Pusan International Film Festival and Emile Guimet Award,
2009 Vesoul Asian Film Festival); Pepe Diokno’s Engkwentro (Grand
Prize, Orizzonti Award and Luigi De Laurenti’s Lion of the Future
Award, 66th Venice International Film Festival);  Marlon Rivera’s Ang
Babae sa Septic Tank (nominated in the 42nd Berlin International Film
Festival for Best First Feature and in Vancouver International Film
Festival for the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema); Loy
Arcenas’ Nino (New Currents Award, 16th Busan International Film

The Cinemalaya Film Festival Competition is a joint project between
the Cinemalaya Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


from “same-sex marriage, who are for, who are against”…LET THE CELEBRITIES SPEAK!

FROM A ‘FRIEND’ (on same-sex marriage): “I go for it. I respect each individual’s happiness.”

from sip & sip: the forum below was taken from thank you for the celebrity-respondents who agreed for same sex marriage. i salute you, guys! IT’S A BRAVE, NEW WORLD!!! 🙂

Same-sex marriage (Part 2): Who are for, who are against

PhilstarBY MR. RICARDO F. LO (article taken from

Here’s a reaction to the first part of this mini-survey on one of the hottest issues today — same-sex marriage, from Rev. Roderick I. delos Santos Sr. of Bacolod City:

…The problem with homosexuals is that they exchange the truth of God for a lie therefore any homosexual act is sin. Some homosexuals claim that their relationships cannot be unnatural since it is perfectly natural for them to practice such act. But God condemns not the homosexual but the act that they commit. Therefore, they suffer God’s wrath (Romans 1:26-32). I hope and pray that they will know this truth from the Scripture and obey God rather than man.

And here are the rest of the respondents:

eddie garcia: one of the most veteran and greatest actors of Philippine Cinema.


• Eddie Garcia — I have no objection. Buhay nila ‘yon, so bakitnatin pakikialaman kung doon sila maligaya? Ika nga, “No skin off my nose.”

• Cesar Montano — Sorry, I’m already married, hahahaha! Seriously, as a Christian living in a Christian nation, if I want to know the true answer of Christ to that question, I should check out theBible. The answers are all there.

ms. gemma cruz-araneta: the first filipina miss universe winner.

• Gemma Cruz-Araneta — No objection, but call it something else to avoid confusion. Perhaps it’s Mother Nature’s way of subduing world population because this planet is filled to bursting.

julius babao: newscaster

• Julius Babao — I’m in favor of it. I have gay and lesbian friends who have been living together for a long time and they are happy. I think it will be fair for all if same-sex marriage is legalized in this country.

• Sen. Chiz Escudero — Am not against it but I don’t think our country and people are ready for it at this time.

• German “Kuya Germs” Moreno — Hindi ako agree. Hindi naayon sa natural na sistema. Kung nagmamahalan, lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae, magsama na lang at huwag na magpakasal. Angpurpose ng marriage ay magka-anak. Sa parehong sex, hindi naman magbubunga ang kanilangpagmamahalan, so bakit pa magpapakasal?

ricky davao: great actor

• Ricky Davao — Equal rights! Love and respect! Legalize it!

• Karen Davila — In the Philippines, more than same-sex marriage, what is important is for members of LGBT community to have equal rights, privileges and opportunities. For responsible same-sex couples, I would like to see them being able to adopt a child legally, have inheritance rights as heterosexual spouses do, and perhaps the same tax breaks for long-term unions. I don’t think the Philippines is ready for it, but there are ways to show our LGBT community that we are understanding their needs and see them as equals.

• Ai-Ai de las Alas — The issue of marriage is complex lalo na kung ang pag-uusapan eh kung sino ang dapat ikasal o hindi. Personally, I believe that in the final judgment, it is God who will judge us. And my faith tells me that He will judge us based on purity of our hearts and the nobility of our intentions.

jon santos: comedian

• Jon Santos — I support it, along with any law that allows us to enjoy the same rights and privileges.

• Jojo Alejar — Been having same sex in my marriage for years and see no problem with that. On a serious note…Marriage is a union. Yes but it doesn’t stop there. It’s a union with a purpose which is to procreate. Kaya bilib ako sa mga bading na kahit hindi nagbubuntis ay lalong dumarami.

(E-mail reactions at You may also send your questions For more updates, photos and videos or follow me on www.twitter/therealrickylo.) – FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo (Philstar News Service,

ang pahayag ni miss bemz benedito, chairperson ng LADLAD Partylist, ukol sa open letter ni robert manuguid silverio

ms. bemz benedito with mr. boy abunda

foreword from robert manuguid silverio:

Mataas ang respeto at paghanga ko sa grupong LADLAD na siyang unang nagbukas ng kamalayan sa isipan ng mga miyembro ng LGBT’s (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Transgenders) na kaya pala nilang ipaglaban ang kanilang mga karapatan bilang tao. Malaki ang naging mga sakripisyo at paghihirap nila.

Pero sadyang may mga bagay na hindi natin maintindihan sa mundong ito, mga bagay na sadyang mahiwaga. Tulad ng dalawang taong nag-iibigan ng wagas o ng dalawang mag-asawang nilalang na nagsama ng matagal, nakapagtataka kung bakit nagkakalayo pa rin sila…

Ang blogger na ito kasi ay sadyang naniniwala na dapat maipasa-batas na ang SAME SEX marriage dito sa Pilipinas.

Nguni’t gumuho ang lahat sa isang iglap. At humihingi ako ng patawad sa lahat ng mga miyembro ng LADLAD- sa aking paglayo at pamamaalam.

Naririto sa ibaba ang naging pahayag sa amin ni Miss Bemz Benedito, Chairperson ng LADLAD Partylist, ukol sa aking open letter sa kanila. Minarapat naming i-blog din ang kanyang pahayag upang makita ng lahat ang panig ng LADLAD.

Maraming salamat po.

sip & sip 😦

ms. bemz benedito


Robert Manuguid Silverio: Kapatid maraming salamat sa open letter mo na ito. Isa ito sa mga nagpapatunay na may kalayaan ang bawat miyembro na magsalita at maghain ng kanyang saloobin sa mga bagay na sa tingin niya ay hindi tama or kulang.

“Payagan mo sana ako na sumagot ng ilang punto. Una, kahapon ay nakusap ka namin ni Adel Dexter M, at sa iyong pinadalang text message ay sabi mo ay ayos na, okay na at naiintindihan mo na. Nagulat lamang ako na hindi pa pala. Pero walang problema.

“Sa punto ng same-sex marriage, ay siguro naman ay saksi naman ang mga matatagal ng miyembro ng Ladlad at ang di mabilang kong statements sa loob ng dalawang taon bilang chairperson kung paano ko ibinandera na isa itong basikong karapatang-pantao na dapat iginagawad sa mga LGBT.

“Tama po kayo, hindi siya kasali sa plataporma dahil nagdesisyon ang mas nakararami na unahin muna ang anti-discrimination bill na labin-tatlong taon ng nakabinbin sa kongreso.

“Ang lahat ng bansang may same-sex marriage law ay may tinutuntungan ng anti-discrmination law. Lahat ay naging proseso din at hindi nakuha ang laban ng buo sa isang iglap.

“Marahil mali kami na minsan ay nasasabi namin mas prayoridad ang ADB (Anti-Discrimination Bill), pero yun po ay hindi upang ibasura ang panukala sa same-sex marriage.

“Ito ay pinupunto namin ng hindi iuwi ng ating mga kritiko ang debate natin ng karapatang-pantao sa same-sex marriage lamang.

“Si Revceejay Agbayani ay kamakailan lamang ay nahalal na isa sa BOT (Board of Trustees) ng Ladlad at alam natin na siya ang nangunguna sa laban ng marriage equality subalit naiintindihan po niya.

“May mga bagay na dapat unahin, katulad ng sana manalo muna tayo. Ang partidong Ladlad po ay hindi pag-aari ng mga opisyal, nominees, trustees o ng iisang grupo o tao lamang. Partido po tayo at parating ang lahat ng boses ay pakikinggan at ang nakararami ang susundin.

“Ginoong Robert M. Silverio, hindi ka po iniiwan ng Ladlad. Kung iniwan ka namin ay hindi na namin sasagutin ang mga hinaing mo na parati mo pong malayang napapadala sa text at email. Ikinalulungkot ko po ang desisyon ninyo subalit igagalang ko din po ang anumang desisyon ninyo. Maraming salamt at bukas parati ang inyong partido.”

Nagmamahal din sa iyo,


(Ang Sinta Ng Pinoy LGBT’s)