(from sssip: video above not connected with the play “Kanser”, we simply grabbed it at Youtube.com. Video above courtesy of felixbautista).*

Dr. Jose Rizal’s teachings and messages for the Filipino people is still the most valuable strength for our country. It’s the still the most precious GEM to reckon with-  messages that was implied through his two classic novels- Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Without those two novels, the Philippines could have been left UNGUIDED. Not knowing their true Filipino selves.

Stories, characters, symbolism, representations and anecdotes created by Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, were so eternal, lasting, profound. And until now, those situations still EXIST. Continuing on with the present-day SOCIETY.

Through the play KANSER (a play with music), which is Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s longest-running play, and to date, also the longest-running play in Philippine Theater history, Rizal’s legacy, especially to the Filipino youth could be felt over and over again.

A lot of many respected theater performers have appeared and acted on this play- the likes of Tommy Abuel, Pen Medina, Grace Amilbangsa, Alan Paule, Cris Pastor, Joel Molina, Christine Joy Mangahis, to name a few.

And this year, a new round of actors/actresses- all respected on the theater scene- appears on this new version of KANSER. And we do feel, with their outright dedication and willingness to offer a part of themselves to breathe life anew to the said classic play, we felt we must pay TRIBUTE to them, in our own simple way.

And here it is. THE CAST OF THIS YEAR’S “KANSER” (a play with music). IN PICTURES!!!


(“KANSER” schedules: AFP Theater- Sept. 2, 9 a.m., 12 noon Sept. 3, 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m./ STAR THEATER- Sept. 9, 9 a.m., 12 noon /SM SOUTHMALL Sept. 16, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.)*


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CCP to Celebrate Arcellana’s Literary Legacy

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“CCP to Celebrate Arcellana’s Literary Legacy”


THE Intertextual Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) invites teachers, students and lovers of Philippine Literature to the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of National Artist Francisco Arcellana on September 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater.  This event is free and open to the public.


There will be performances inspired by Arcellana’s literary works and the launching of the National Artist Francisco Arcellana Commemorative Postage Stamp by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philpost. Arcellana stamps and books that feature him as author will also be exhibited.  The Arcellana family will grace the event to lead the ceremonies.


The Arcellana Centennial Celebration is a chance to get familiar with the works of the Filipino literary genius, Francisco Arcellana. He was an accomplished fictionist, essayist, critic and poet in his own right. He authored well-anthologized stories such as “The Mats,” “The Flowers of May,” “How to Read,” “The Wing of Madness,” “Divide by Two”, and “A Marriage was Made”. Some of his works have been translated into Filipino, Malaysian, Italian, German and Russian.

Born on September 6, 1916 in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Arcellana was part of the generation of writers that reinvented the literary form short story in the English language. He also taught and held key positions at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman where he mentored Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Erwin Castillo, Charlson Ong, Marra PL. Lanot and Mailin Paterno-Locsin.


The Arcellana Centennial Celebration is the offering of the Intertextual Division, formerly known as Literary Arts Division, for the 47th anniversary of the CCP, which will officially start in September.





“Lakas maka-On The Wings Of Love!”, wika ng photographer na si Jhay-R Lagrimas sa bagong konsepto ni direk Frannie Zamora para sa poster at promo materials ng dulang KANSER ng Gantimpala Theater Foundation.

Ano bang laban ngayon ng Al-Dub at Kath-Niel ngayon sa tambalang KL-Carlo? Hahahayyy…

Anyway, totoo naman ang sinabi ni direk Frannie sa amin minsan na ang nobelang Noli Me Tangere ni Dr. Jose Rizal (into which the play KANSER was adapted) ay basically, isang LOVE STORY talaga. Isa itong kuwento ng pagmamahalan nina Crisostomo Ibarra at Maria Clara. Kaya napapanahon lamang na dito i-sentro ang pinaka-pambentang aspeto ng dula. Na mas tatangkilikin ng mga kabataan. Sub-plot na lang dito ang mga banat ni Rizal sa Politika at Lipunan.

Sa isa pang dula kasi ni Rizal- ang El Filibusterismo– ay doon niya sinentro ang talaga Politikal na aspeto. Pero sa Noli Me Tangere, talagang love story lang.

Puspusan na ngayon ang rehearsals ng mga cast na kasama sa dulang ito. Dahil sa Setyembre 2 na ang una nilang pagtatanghal sa AFP Theater.

Tignan na lamang sa itaas ang larawan nina Carlo Manalac at KL Dizon bilang sina Crisostomo Ibarra at Maria Clara. Tunay namang kaibig-ibig, di po ba?





(words by robert manuguid silverio)

PHOTO ABOVE BY MR. JHAY-R LAGRIMAS of right click photography

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THE ten finalists for Cinemalaya 2017 were announced at the Cinemalaya 2016 Awards night held on August 14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The finalists for the full length feature are:

·         BAGAHE (The Baggage) by Zig Dulay. An OFW escapes from her rapist boss and dumps her fetus at the comfort room of an airplane hoping to go back to the Philippines and be with her family.


·         ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA by Mes de Guzman. A woman is desperate to bring back her husband and her children, but only a popular “family without tears” can restore her hopes to rebuild her own family.)

·         UNANG PATAK NG ULAN SA BUWAN NG MAYO (The First Drop of Rain in the Month of May) by Cenon Obispo Palomares.  Twelve-year-old Bobong falls in love for the first time – with Perla Sirena, a perya mermaid.  But as he transitions to manhood, his small farming village is also going through spiritual and moral crises.  May is almost over yet not a single drop of rain has fallen on their parched land.  And as everyone gets sick, thirsty, and desperate, Bobong discovers their dark secrets and witnesses how low desperate people could go.


·         LOLA IGNA by Eduardo Roy, Jr. Life is what you celebrate.  All of it.  Even its end – Joanne Harris One death. One title. One decision that will change everything. 


·         ANG GURO KONG DI MARUNONG MAGBASA (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read) by Perry Escano. “In this barrio, the number of child warrior grows when their illiterate teacher disappears and education is ignored”.


·         PACBOY by Thop Nazareno. This is the story of Kiko, an 11-year old boy, who was looking for the world famous Filipino boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao, the man he thinks is his father, but instead finds a has-been boxer, George, who became a father figure to him at a time when he needed a father to look up to.


·         NABUBULOK by Sonny Calvento. Luna is missing. Jason Harper, her American husband, is alleged of killing her. As Jason intends to leave the country, circumstances conspire to avert his plan.

·         REQUITED by Nerissa Picadizo.  A dramatic biking love story with splashes of adventure. “Requited” is about a disease-stricken biker who wants to conquer a treacherous terrain on one final adventure that pitted him against nature and the woman he desires.


·         RESPETO by Treb Monteras II. An amateur young hiphop rapper and a grumpy veteran poet cross paths during a stand-off between riot police and squatters.  Both are compelled to interact and deal with each other’s problems, healing the wounds of the past and having a new perspective on writing their respective verses.


·         BACONAUA by Joseph Israel Laban.  After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village in a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight – their sea has turned red.  Floating on their waters are thousands of apples.  No one knows where it came from.  Some see it as a bad omen from the baconaua – a creature of myth.  A few think it’s a miracle from heaven.  While others fear a more sinister source.


The finalists each received a Php750,000 production grant from the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation.

Cinemalaya, which recently held its 12th edition on August 5-14 at the CCP and Ayala Theaters in Cebu, Solenad, Nuvali, Glorietta, Greenbelt, TriNoma, UP Town Center and Fairview Terraces, has supported and promoted the production of 127 full feature independent films and 106 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

The 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will be held on August 4-13, 2017.

mercedes cabral delivers an astonishing performance in the international film- ‘rosita’ (an acting film review)…

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It’s a very simple European film with sexy undertones. But what mattered most in this unpretentious small film was the pure and concise message it implied. It spoke of LOVE.

And LOVE solidifies itself in many forms- in flowers, oceans, hills, …. and human beings, too. In the film ROSITA, love was shown in the very being and image of the actress who portrayed it- no less than our own gem and pride- Ms. Mercedes Cabral.

She was the epitome of love itself in the movie. And she delivered it well, without any harsh efforts on her part, she simply did her job, polished her acting skills, minimized her moves and all- and simply used her eyes and subtle ways of reacting in the most difficult scenes of the movie. Yes, it spoke of international acclaim. We meant, her acting skills.

It was simply astonishing. Only her lips moved, highlighted by her brows and her eyes, supplicated by her cheeks, roundish ass and well-sculpted body figure. Mercedes, indeed, was a wonder.

Too bad this was only a small independent European film, if it could have been a mainstream Hollywood film, the more chaos and “promos” could have made Mercedes a real “hot one”.

ROSITA told of a story in which every Filipinos could relate to. That, of finding someone to LOVE in the twilight years of your life. Rosita’s character came to rescue a European family out to be totally eaten-out by their strong, independent culture. With Rosita’s entrance upon being invited-in to be the father’s new mistress, changes came. But beautiful ones at that.

Even when the son left because he fell in love with Rosita, too, we could say, was a beautiful change. It was a new horizon explored.

Thank you for the director and the story-maker of this film for putting Filipinos in a good light- seen in a more profound and wonderful way. Thank you… thank you!!!

With ROSITA, life could never be the same again-





(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio)

mercedes cabral with blogger sssip
mercedes cabral with blogger sssip (PHOTO BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL)
shandii bacolod (mercedes cabral's manager) with blogger sssip
shandii bacolod (mercedes cabral’s manager) with blogger sssip (PHOTO BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL)