THE “88” OF INIFINITY! (the real final ‘white ethereals’ of sssip’s awe blog site)…

FRIENDS

“88”.

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THE SCOUS OF THE 11TH WORLD JAMBOREE WHO ALL PERISHED IN A PLANE CRASH IN 1963, TOGETHER WITH THEIR SCOUT PRIEST IN THE MIDDLE.
THE “20” YOUNG SCOUTS OF THE 11TH WORLD JAMBOREE WHO ALL PERISHED IN A PLANE CRASH IN 1963, TOGETHER WITH THEIR SCOUT PRIEST IN THE MIDDLE, AND 3 OTHER SENIOR SCOUT MASTERS.
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bruce
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clare
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cory
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fallen 44
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francis
gregorio
gregorio
heath
heath
jam
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james
james
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jay
jill
jill
julie
julie
karen
karen
kurt
kurt
paul
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"ROBBIE"
“ROBBIE”
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“te amo adios”, a short film by arnel ramos felix, joins the 22nd filipino international cine festival

the invitational letter of the 22nd FACINE (filipino international cine festival) to director arnel ramos felix
the invitational letter of the 22nd FACINE (filipino international cine festival) to director arnel ramos felix
"te amo adios" film poster
“te amo adios” film poster
arnel ramos felix: the director of "te amo adios"
arnel ramos felix: the director of “te amo adios”
leon miguel: the lead actor of "te amo adios"
leon miguel: the lead actor of “te amo adios”

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“TE AMO ADIOS” is a short film that was shown Cinemalaya 2015’s Cinemalaya Film Institute and Cinemalaya Campus. Its director, Arnel Ramos Felix is a product of the Cinemalaya Film Institute and also a documentary film director. This is his first short film and he felt happy that Filipino Hollywood actor, in person of Leon Miguel- agreed to be the male lead actor of this film. It garnered good reviews and feedbacks when it was shown at the last Cinemalaya Film Festival.
“I am so happy now that FACINE invited us to be a part of their international film festival”, director Arnel said to a blogger over a text message. “This is a good luck sign for me that I will continuing pursuing my dream as a film director.”
Goodluck, direk Arnel. And more films to come!!!

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s Kanser@35, the Musical to have another gala performance on october 3!

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Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s
Kanser@35, the Musical
Saturday, October 3
1PM (matinee)
7PM (gala performance)
at AFP Theater


for tickets, call GTF Marketing Office 998 5633, 872 0261 and look for Ms. Glenda Agravante or call GTF’s Kanser@35 Production Manager Ms. Charyl Chan-de Guzman 736 2112

michael pangilinan, myramae menesses and jacob benedicto in "kanser, the musical"
michael pangilinan, myramae menesses and jacob benedicto in “kanser, the musical”

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miggs cuaderno, binati ni ken chan!

BABY MIGGS EMBRACES TIGHTLY HIS TROPHY AS FAMAS BEST CHILD ACTOR! WE LOVE YOU, BABY MIGGS! (PHOTO COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM)
BABY MIGGS EMBRACES TIGHTLY HIS TROPHY AS FAMAS BEST CHILD ACTOR! WE LOVE YOU, BABY MIGGS! (PHOTO COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM)
BABY MIGGS: SOON TO BECOME A DASHING YOUNG MAN... JUST WAIT.
BABY MIGGS: SOON TO BECOME A DASHING YOUNG MAN… JUST WAIT.
BABY MIGGS IN HIS AWARD-WINNING PORTRAYAL AS A SPECIAL CHILD WITH A UNIQUE HITTING TALENT IN THE FILM "ASINTADO"
BABY MIGGS IN HIS AWARD-WINNING PORTRAYAL AS A SPECIAL CHILD WITH A UNIQUE HITTING TALENT IN THE FILM “ASINTADO”

(foreword from Sssip: Totoo namang napakagaling na child actor ni baby Miggs namin, eh! Nu’ng panoorin namin siya sa mga unang pilot telecasts ng bagong teleseryeng Destiny Rose, na kung saan ay siya ang gumanap na batang Ken Chan na baklang lead character du’n sa nasabing teleserye, ilang beses niya kaming pinaiyak! Truly! Mas convincing pa ang pagganap ni Miggs keysa sa mga totoong baklang bata, kasi mas may angst ang isang tunay na lalaking bata na gumaganap sa papel na bakla. Totoo ‘yan. Napanood din namin siya sa Cinemalaya film na Asintado, at ang galing-galing talaga niya doon! Noon pa siya dapat nanalo sa pelikulang iyon! Ang hirap nu’ng character niya doon na medyo retardate na bata pero asintado sa larong Torador ng mga bata. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, BABY MIGGS!— “88”)*

Isa sa mga nagwagi sa naganap na 63rd Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards noong Linggo, September 20, ay ang Kapuso child actor na si Miggs Cuaderno. Nasungkit niya ang Best Child Performer award para sa kanyang pagganap sa pelikulang Asintado.

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ken and miggs

Ang lead star ng Destiny Rose na si Ken Chan, very proud sa achievement ni Miggs, na gumanap bilang young Joey sa naturang Afternoon Prime series.

Dinaan ni Ken sa kanyang Instagram ang kanyang mensahe para sa batang aktor. “CONGRATULATIONS!!! @miggscuaderno for winning best child performer at the 63rd #FAMAS Awards! Sobrang proud ako sayo! Masaya din ako na ikaw ang nagbigay buhay kay young Joey ng #DestinyRose. Maraming salamat sayo bunso!”

(SINULAT NI MS. MICHELLE CALIGAN, COURTESY OF GMANETWORK,COM, LINK BELOW).

See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/entertainment/shows/destinyrose/articles/2015-09-22/18840/Ken-Chan-proud-of-Miggs-Cuadernos-FAMAS-award#sthash.7pr2FB5y.dpuf

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“MGA LARUANG APOY”: THE COMPLETE CAST PROFILE, ARTISTIC STAFF AND MORE!

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“MGA BUHAY NA APOY”

 

HOW PROUD ARE WE OF OUR FILIPINO ROOTS? HOW BRAVE ARE WE IN CONFRONTING THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR PAST?
In Tanghalang Pilipino (TP)’s MGA BUHAY NA APOY, a Manila-based family comes face to face with the harsh reality of extremely strained relationships resulting from the cowardly denial of some painful truth about their past and from the utter disregard for their glorious indigenous Palawan cultural roots and spiritual traditions.

Kanakan-Balintagos’ stage play MGA BUHAY NA APOY, Tanghalang Pilipino’s second offering for its 29th Theater Season is not just about the healing of the shattered relationships between a mother and her children in one specific Filipino family broken apart by domestic filial conflicts.

MGA BUHAY NA APOY theatricalizes the inevitable destruction, not only of the basic family unit, but of an entire human society that has been relentlessly ignoring its primary responsibility of caring for its earthly beginnings–the natural resources, the endemic inhabitants of ancestral lands, the intangible cultures of the indigenous peoples, the unseen spirits that take care of the air, land and sea, the ancient human values that have timeless relevance, that are all needed to save, not just one mother or one family, but beloved Mother Earth.

The ensemble is a strong group of reliable, exceptionally talented artists lead by Ms. Irma Adlawan, one of Philippine Theater’s best, Peewee O’Hara, Malou Crisologo, Carol Bello, Russell Legaspi, Karen Gaerlan, Raymond Dimayuga, PHSA’s Kyrie Samodio, and Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company members Jonathan Tadioan, Doray Dayao, Lhorvie Nuevo.

The artistic team is made up of Production designer Architect Paulo Alcazaren, Lighting designer Dennis Marasigan, Costume designer James Reyes, Music composer Diwa de Leon and Dramaturg Ericka Estacio.
MGA BUHAY NA APOY opens on October 2, 2015 and will run until October 25, 2015 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For tickets and other information, call 09178763678| 09273629081 (Marketing and Sales Department).

ARTISTIC STAFF PROFILE:

PLAYWRIGHT& DIRECTOR

Kanakan-Balintagos, the filmmaker formerly known as Auraeus Solito, is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Palawán-Filipino filmmaker. His feature films have been shown in major film festivals around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Montreal and Berlin. He was included in Phaidon Press’ book Take 100 which featured 100 New Directors who are the Future of Film.

His first feature film The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros won 15 international awards including 3 awards at the Berlinale (The Teddy award, International Jury Prize and Special Mention from the Children’s Jury). It is also the first Philippine film nominated for Best Foreign film at the Independents’ Spirit Awards in the US. It has been shown in more than 50 film festivals around the world. He is the first Filipino to make it to the premiere independent film festival in the world, the SUNDANCE Film Festival -two years in a row for both The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros and his second feature Tuli. His dream film Busong (Palawan Fate), the first part of the Palawan Trilogy, was recently screened at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

A filmmaker of all genres, he has worked on documentaries, short films and a music video Ang Huling El Bimbo by the Eraserheads which won the Asian Viewer’s Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

He was also a playwright, actor and director of Theater when he was a student at the University of the Philippines, and was founder of the UP Tropa Experimental Theater Company and was touted the enfente terrible of Philippine Theater during his time in the University.

He comes from a lineage of Shaman-Kings from the indigenous Palawán of South Palawan. He is now using his tribal name Kanakan-Balintagos which was dreamt by his shaman-uncle which means “Hunter of Truth”.

PAULO ALCAZAREN | Set Designer

Paulo Alcazaren is an urban designer and landscape architect with a body of work covering over 200 projects in 14 countries. He practiced twelve years in Singapore with his own firm, before coming back to Manila in 2002 to continue his practice. He is also a writer and photographer, editing BluPrint Magazine for ten years, contributing to over a dozen books on urban history or design, and continuing his 19-year old Philippine Star column on design, entitled City Sense.

Alcazaren sits on the board of Nayong Pilipino, the Heritage Conservation Society, and Escuela Talyer. His background in the arts has been via folk, modern, and jazz dance in various performing groups under Cora Inigo, Tony Fabella and Douglas Nierras. He is married to broadcaster and Palanca Award winner Twink Macaraig, and is father to Urian Awardee indie filmmaker Whammy Alcazaren, and notorious troublemaker Juancho Alcazaren.

DIWA DE LEON | Music Director

Diwa de Leon is a multi-awarded full time composer, arranger and music producer who has been working with films, tv shows and commercials in the Philippines for nearly 20 years. Born to a musical family, he wrote his first composition, a short piano piece, at age 5 under the tutelage of his father. He is highly invested in the performance and promotion of the HEGALONG, a two-stringed Philippine traditional lute, which lead him to create his Hegalong Project. The Hegalong Project is a series of original music that highlights the Hegalong and combining it with a genre of music from today, such pop, rock and jazz.

Diwa has won awards for his film scores including the 2013 Gawad Urian for Best Music for the film Baybayin, Cinemalaya 2012 Best Music for Kamera Obskura, Cinemalaya 2011 Best Music and Best Sound for Busong, and Cinema One 2008 Best Music for Kolorete. As a live musician, Diwa has performed in international tours that include musical festivals from the USA, Germany, China, Sweden, and Malaysia both as a solo artist and as part of Makiling band. He is also known as The String Player Gamer in his YouTube channel, where he regularly uploads videos of himself performing his arrangements of popular video game and pop culture music, sometimes clad in colorful costumes of iconic characters. He has more than 30,000 YouTube subscribers and 9,000 Facebook Page likes and is considering making YouTube a fulltime career in the future.

As a founding member of the world music band, Makiling, Diwa has co-produced and recorded 3 albums with the band. Diwa also released his 1st solo CD Memories on Two Strings featuring 25 original works for Hegalong and is available online through his website, www.diwadeleon.com.

He graduated valedictorian at the Philippine High School for the Arts in 1997, and finished his Bachelor of Music in Composition degree at UP College of Music, Diliman.

DENNIS N. MARASIGAN | Lighting Designer

Dennis N. Marasigan is a theater, film and television director, writer, production and lighting designer, actor, producer, teacher, and learner. He finished BA Theater Arts and Master of Public Administration (UP Diliman) and the Asian Institute of Management’s Managing the Arts Program.  He served in the faculty of various educational and institutions and, through various grants and scholarships, observed theater practices in Moscow, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Canada.  He worked in various capacities at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), was Executive Director of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Artistic Director of TANGHALANG PILIPINO, and President of the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE).  

As Lighting Designer, he has worked with most of the country’s major performing groups and toured with Philippine cultural missions to parts of Asia, North America and Europe.  He won the first PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay for Outstanding Lighting Design for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Kudeta.

He is currently Secretary of the Philippine Association of Theater Designers and Technicians (PATDAT) and heads the Theater Arts program at the Meridian International College. He continues to mentor young artists while finding time for his creative pursuits in the various media and performing arts.

JAMES REYES | Costume Designer

James Reyes started a career in advertising right after taking up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. After 11 years as an art director/creative director at Campaigns & Grey, he decided to go full time in the world of fashion. He was a finalist at the Mega Young Designers’ Competition and the Paris Young Designers’ Competition, both in 2002. He opened his atelier in 2005 which specializes in bridal and special occasion fashions for both men and women. He also does part-time wardrobe styling for TV commercials and print ads, as well as backstage styling for fashion shows for brands like Bench Body and Rustan’s. He became president of the Young Designers’ Guild of the Philippines in the same year. In 2007, he was a featured designer for Ensembles, a brand specializing in women’s corporate fashions. He has presented his collections for Philippine Fashion Week, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, Metro Magazine Fashion Series, PDI’s Face-Off series and the Fashion Watch series. His first taste of costume design for theater was with Tanghalang Pilipino’s  Eyebal series in 2012. Since then, he has done several costume design projects with Tanghalang Pilipino like Walang Sugat, Sandosenang Sapatos, San Andres B., Kleptomaniacs, Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente (Death of a Salesman), Juego de Peligro, Mabining Mandirigma and for CCP’s Rigoletto and Musikal!. He has done costumes for Ballet Philippines and Repertory Philippines and is set to do more design work for the CCP and Tanghalang Pilipino this coming season. He is currently a new member of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

ERIKA ESTACIO | Dramaturg

A former architecture major in UP Diliman, Erika shifted to Theatre Arts to pursue her true love. She has worked for, acted in, and directed various Dulaang UP and UP Dulaang Laboratoryo plays, as well as a couple of productions outside the university.

She is also an aspiring playwright, having studied under Floy Quintos and Glecy Atienza. So far, she has written three plays that were staged for UP Dulaang Lab: the mini-musical Wanted: Dead or Dying (2012) for her practicum finals; the one-act drama Pag-Ibig Parang Ulan (2013), an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, and the original one-act Bright Moon(2014).

Last year, she was awarded Best Director in the first ever Short + Sweet Festival Manila for her entry Death in Ten Minutes written by Joem Antonio. As a dramaturg, she has previously worked for Dulaang UP’s Collection (2013) and Teatro Porvenir (2013), as well as for UP Dulaang Lab’s Ang Ahas (2014) and CCP Virgin Labfest’s Mga Buhay na Apoy (2014). This is her first Tanghalang Pilipino production.

CAST PROFILE:

IRMA ADLAWAN | LEDA SANTOS

THEATRE/ TV/ FILM ACTOR.

IRMA, has been a member of TANGHALANG PILIPINO Actors Company from 1991-1998 under the tutelage of FELIX (Nonon) PADILLA.

MALOU CRISOLOGO | SELMAH

She started doing theater work in the 80’s. She then tried her wits into film and television until the present. She maintains to be a freelance film, theater and television practitioner. Her numerous endeavors as an actress paved the way to her doing other production jobs behind the camera: production manager, assistant director, director, event organizer, acting coach, producer, etc.

At present she is often seen in various kapamilya teleseryes of ABS-CBN. She is still known as “Yaya Tonyang” of Agua Bendita, the treacherous “Octopina” in Mutya, the doting Nanay of Inday Bote, and soon she will be appearing with Coco Martin in FPJ’s remake of Ang Probinsyano.

Aside from acting, she juggles her passion in teaching acting and being an actor’s development coach.

But her greatest work to date is being a loving mother to her son, Julian. A role she is and will always be proud and grateful to God for.

RUSSEL LEGASPI |ARAN

Emerging from Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, some of his professional credits include, Mulan, Pinocchio, Pragres, Insiang, Kudeta, Romeo & Juliet, Golden Child, Passing, Landscape, Baby B, Kabanata X, Gabun, Mother Courage, Three sisters, Titus Andronicus, Bombita, Twelfth Night, Le MaladeImaginaire, Ring Round the Moon, Teatro Porvenir, Measure for Measure, Fluid and a number of plays from VLF. He had the privilege in working with Chris Millado, Dennis Marasigan, Ana Valdes-Lim, Floy Quintos, Loy Arcenas, Dr. Alex Cortez, Jose Estrella, and Nestor Jorfilla, to name a few.

He fiddles with playwriting, which a number of his plays have been staged such as 5 Women in the Same Dress, Valley Mission Care, and most recently Elysium Airways. Off-stage, he devotes his time working on curtaincallmanila.com

KAREN GAERLAN |AURORA ALBA

Gaerl, as she is more commonly referred to is a graduating student in Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her theater credits include Dulaang UP’s The Seagull Ang Tagak/Nina, Noli the Opera/ Andeng, Teatro Porvenir/Oryang, The Country Wife/ Alithea, UPPT’s Fake/La Loba Negra. She’s a part of VLF 6’s 3SOME by Suryatmoko, read Guelan Luarca’s Ang Kaligayahan ni Nelsonat ng Ibang Tao and Kanakan-Balintagos’ Mga Buhay na Apoy in CCP (2014).

She is known for Cinemalaya X’s The Ordinary Things We Do that won a Special Jury Award and rendered Mariquina’s Broken Strings that got nominated for Star Awards for Movies 2015 and for Best Theme Song for Independent Film.

This is her first production under Tanghalang Pilipino.

CAROL BELLO | AUNTIE LILI

Maria Carolina Toribio Julian Barona Rodriquez-Bello a.k.a. Carol Bello trained to sing when she was five years old through her sister Carina’s strict guidance. She first acted with her mother Lourdes as her most appreciative audience. Carol played the role of Lola Abe-a in Aureus Solito’s Maikling Buhay ng Apoy in 1991.

Growing up with a father that accepted her frequent loud wails as a baby, Carol overcame her weak lungs and eventually became a singer in church, school and local band scene. She was a vocalist of the short-lived band Carol Affection in 1996. Since 1999, Carol has been singing and co-composing for Filipino world music pioneer Kalayo Band, formerly known as Pinikpikan Band. She also composes and directs music for theater.

As part of her feminist agenda, Carol founded and led the all-women performing group Inkantada. She is a Chinese Martial Arts and free diving enthusiast.

PEEWEE O’HARA |YAYA NATY

  • Has taught Speech, English and Theatre for 25 years at Trinity University of Asia
  • Pioneer of Tanghalang Pilipino
  • A Gawad Buhay Awardee for the play Mga Mansanas sa Disyerto (Apples in the Desert)
  • Has done several plays including: Walang Kukurap, Mga Ama, Mga Anak, Orpheus Descending, Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig, As You Like It, Huling Huli; and Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Andal
  • Has also teleseryes like Dahil May Isang Ikaw, Maria La Del Barrio and Analiza.

JONATHAN TADIOAN | KUYA BENJ

Jonathan Tadioan is a senior member of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company (2005-present), and an 8th time Philstage Gawad Buhay Nominee. Tad has done more than four dozen productions under Tanghalang Pilipino, from musicals to straight plays, and classic to contemporary. He was part of Himala when it was sent to Shanghai as the official Philippine entry to the Asian Contemporary Theatre Arts Festival in 2011. Recently he was part of the 6th Theatre Beijing Olympics in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. He also has been doing community work such as Theatre for Development in AIDS awareness (T4D) and Theater for Development in a Post- Haiyan context (T4D-PHC).
He is a Teacher, Artist, and Educator.

JV IBESATE | KUYA RINGGO

JV is currently part of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company (AC) and was last seen on TP’s Mabining Mandirigma and Ballet Philippines’ Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical. He has also been part of the following Tanghalang Pilipino productions: Kama: Isang Dula ng Pagnanasa (La Ronde), Walang Kukurap (Excerpts), Prinsipe Munti (The Little Prince), Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente (Death of a Salesman), Kleptomaniacs, Sandosenang Sapatos, Ibalong, Der Kaufmann (Ang Negosyante ng Venecia), Jun Ispater (VLF 9), Melanie, Prinsesa ng mga Bilang, and Ewww, Nakakadiri ang mga germs! JV was part of the Philippine delegation to the 6th Beijing Theater Olympics last November, where they performed the hit children’s musical, Sandosenang Sapatos. He was also selected as a scholar/participant in the 1st New York-Manila Musical Theater Workshop held at the CCP last January 2014. JV graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communication, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

KYRIE ALLISON S. SAMODIO | TOPAZ

13-year old Kyrie Allison Samodio is a Grade 8 Theatre Arts major at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA). She has immersed herself in various fields in the arts, from ballet to creative writing – but her true loves are theatre and singing. She honed her acting chops by participating in summer workshops with Trumpets, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, and Tanghalang Pilipino, where she was chosen to perform the lead role in their recital Seven.

Developing her musical side under the tutelage of Ms. Nenen Espina, she has had a duo concert for Paco Park Presents entitled Sister Act, and has also sung in various local and school events. She also works as a voice talent, dubbing character voices for cartoons and animated features for airing on local television.

DORAY DAYAO| ALING GUSING

Doray is currently an Apprentice of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. Aside from being active on stage, she also challenges herself in backstage work as Stage Manager and Technical Staff. She is also involved in civic work through Tanghalang Pilipino.

LHORVIE NUEVO | PARIMANIS

Lhorvie is currently an Actors Company Scholar under Tanghalang Pilipino (TP). Her theater credits under TP are: Sandosenang Sapatos as Sequins, Ibalong as Bonggo, Der Kaufmann as Jessica, Mga Ama, Mga Anak as Bessy, Kleptomaniacs, Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente as Letta, Prinsipe Munti as Ahas, Juego de Peligro as Elena and the recently staged Mabining Mandirigma. She also performed as Meg in Layeta Bucoy’s Melanie (UNICEF and TP collaboration project for HIV/AIDS awareness) and as Baki Baktirya in Ewwww Nakakadiri ang mga Germs, a theater development project that tackles health and hygiene.

 

About TANGHALANG PILIPINO FOUNDATION INC.

 

Established in 1987, Tanghalang Pilipino or TP is the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It continues to adhere to its mission of strengthening the heights of Philippine theater and engaging the youth in scrutinizing social realities through artistic expressions. Learn more about TP by visiting tanghalangpilipino.com, or through http://www.facebook.com/tanghalangpilipino. You may also call us at (02) 832.1125 local 1620 / 1621.

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ms. nora aunor, among others, receives the highest award given by the cultural center of the philippines!

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“2015 GAWAD SINING AWARDS HELD AT CCP”

 

 

THE Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awarded eleven individuals and two organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture recently at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

 

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP. The award was conferred on Denisa G. Reyes for Dance; Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music; Antonio O. Mabesa for Theater; Roberto Chabet for Visual Arts; Ricardo A. Lee for Literature; Nora C. Villamayor a.k.a. Nora Aunor for Film and Broadcast Arts; Paulo G. Alcazaren for Architecture; Ben S. Farrales for Fashion Design; Leoncio P. Deriada for Literature, Talaandig School of Living Tradition for Cultural Work, Armida Siguion-Reyna for Cultural Advocacy, and Basilio Esteban Villaruz for Cultural Research. The Missionary Society of St. Columban received the Tanging Parangal for Heritage Preservation.

 

Denisa Reyes holds an impressive line of choreographic works that won critical recognition in the international dance scene. Her works focus on Philippine and Asian Contemporary dance and the possibilities of presenting current local issues through dance expressions.

 

Fides Cuyugan-Asensio is an icon in the development of opera and musical theater in the Philippines. She has also realized her nurtured gifts to conceptualize and stage the art and craft of theater in the country. She continues to promote young classical singers through the Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines, the non-profit organization she has established.

 

Antonio Mabesa is a theater artist and mentor who has involved himself in nearly every field of theater arts. While he is known as one of the country’s premier directors, directing over 130 stage productions, he is also an actor who has worked with the top theater companies and film directors.

 

Roberto Chabet, the first curator of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is credited with having introduced conceptual art into the Philippine art scene. He spearheaded the acquisition of notable works of Filipino masters and contemporary artists. He also founded the 13 Artists Exhibit.

 

Ricardo Lee championed the use of Filipino in fiction since the 1960s and screenplay writing since the 1980s. His numerous books are the embodiment of his creative and imaginative power enriching Philippine Literature and Cinema.

 

Nora Aunor is a multi-awarded Filipina actress, singer, and producer. She has also topbilled several stage plays, television shows, and concerts, and has received numerous national and international awards and nominations. She is regarded as the “Superstar in Philippine Entertainment Industry”.

 

 

Paulo Alcazaren has been contributing works to the field of architecture that are not only aesthetically pleasing but environmentally sensitive as well. Owing to his education of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines, his works and that of his company, Paulo G. Alcazaren and Associates (PGAA), have adeptly integrated verdure in the urban setting.

 

Ben Farrales took his imagination to the next level and brought indigenous designs and materials into dazzling creations we see today, worn by prominent personalities in elegant balls, society affairs, and fashion shows. His patterns are based on the Muslim culture, taking the malong fashion in other parts of the world like Canada, Los Angeles, and New York through an exhibit called “Maranaw.”

 

Leoncio Deriada has won all the prestigious literary awards including the Palanca Hall of Fame for his works in English, Filipino and Hiligaynon. His most important contribution is his having encouraged and trained young writers in West Visayas and produced prize winners for writing in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon besides English and Filipino.

 

The Talaandig School of Living Tradition is a haven for pre-school children who learn reading, writing and arithmetic alongside traditional Talaandig values and mythologies, dance techniques, and music. The knowledge on the Talaandig people including their roots and identity are disseminated in the form of entertainment such as storytelling, chanting, music and instrument playing.

 

Armida Siguion-Reyna’s contribution to both the musical theater and the film industry is far reaching. In the field of musical theater, the television program “Aawitan Kita” for which she has produced, hosted and sang was aired for three decades. Her outstanding contribution to the arts is underscored by the awards she has received from different award-giving bodies.

 

Basilio Esteban Villaruz holds the distinction of establishing and sustaining the 34-year old program at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the UP Dance Company. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected in the field of dance.

 

Since their arrival in the Philippines in 1929, the Missionary Society of St. Columban has been housed in the Malate Church (also known as the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), and has continued to cater to the Malate area’s ecclesiastical needs. They have gone beyond their spiritual service to the congregation by also taking care of the church that they have called home.

 

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, which is given every three years, is awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form. The award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in research, curatorship and administration, have helped to develop and enrich Philippine art. The Tanging Parangal is given to individuals or organizations to honor their outstanding contributions to the development of the arts in the country. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena)

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CCP PRESS RELEASES

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“CRAFT AS CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE CCP”

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is proud to present the exhibition HANDMADE featuring the craft-based works of artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba. The exhibit is on view at the CCP’s Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) until October 18, 2015. The artists will have their exhibit closing event on October 15, 2015 which will begin with an artist talk at 4pm and cocktails at 6pm. 

The use of craft in contemporary art means a dedication to materials and processes, though not entirely as a path to perfection and polish. On the contrary, the craft approach to art production shuns aesthetic perfection. Art that comes out of craftwork is a celebration of individuality amidst the spirit of globalism. It provides a concreteness and tactility that cyberspace can only offer virtually. It is in contrast to certain tendencies in globalism that promote a sense of cultural uniformity. 

In their exhibit, artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba create diverse art highlighting the Handmade. They express personal experience rather than give voice to a collective social message. Consider Turalba’s leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory, or Palallos’ sewing fabric to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or Lim-Torres’ installation composed of paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril. HANDMADE is curated by Leo Abaya.

(HANDMADE is open to all and can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm at the CCP. For more information about the exhibit, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com. )

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Henrik Schaefer (Conductor)

“GERMAN CONDUCTOR IN PPO’S OCTOBER CONCERT”

GERMAN conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on October 9, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm. The second concert is part of the PPO’s 2015-2016 concert season.

Program includes the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op.46, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Schumann’s Symphony No.3.

Henrik Schaefer’s conducting career began with a ballet production of the Rite of Spring with the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since then, he has become a sought-after Wagner conductor, and his repertoire includes all the great Mozart operas as well as the romantic Italian and French operas. He has appeared as guest conductor at the operas in Leipzig, Rouen, Chemnitz, Seoul, the Opera Hedeland, the Norrlands Opera, the Hongkong Opera and the Opera of Gothenburg.

Henrik Schaefer’s opera repertoire includes The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Eugen Onegin, Faust, La Traviata, La Boheme, Falstaff, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Hänsel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan, and Parsifal.

As a concert conductor he is a worldwide acclaimed guest with the Tokyo Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Holland Symfonia, Norrköping Symphonie Orchester, Sapporo Symphony, Brabants Orkest, Sendai Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan, the Swedish and Dutch Radio Orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Hongkong Philharmonic and the orchestras in Nürnberg, Aalborg, Antwerpen, Enschede, Aarhus, Tromsö and Madrid.

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“A Joyful Noise! The UST Singers’ Thanksgiving Concert”

THE University of Santo Tomas Singers, under the baton of its conductor Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., will stage “A Joyful Noise! A Thanksgiving Concert” on October 10, Saturday, 8PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The UST Singers recently arrived from their very successful 28th International Concert Tour of Europe, where they performed in key cities in Germany and Italy. Highlighting this trip was their monumental win at the 4th Florence International Choir Festival in Florence, Italy where they were proclaimed the Grand Prize Winner, bagging a total of 8 awards, including 4 First Prizes, the Best Male Soloist Award, and 2 special awards for Prof. Calalang.

Consequently, this will also serve as a send-off concert for the 32-member ensemble as they embark on another concert tour of South Korea, where they will be concertizing in the cities of Changwon, Jinju, Daegu, Busan, and Seoul. The choir will be featured as guest artists at the Busan International Choir Festival and Competition and the Daegu International Choir Festival.

The UST Singers is the premier mixed choir of Asia’s oldest Catholic university, the University of Santo Tomas. It has earned distinction as one of the world’s best choirs, having won 80 top prizes internationally, including the Choir of the World Grand Prize twice (in 1995 and 2010) at the oldest international choir competition, the Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd in Wales, the United Kingdom.