JOIN NA SA GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION ACTING WORKSHOP!

gtfxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxfloranteIN PREPARATION FOR THEIR UPCOMING THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION WILL HOLD AN EXTENSIVE ACTING WORKSHOP FOR THEATER. MALAY NIU, KAPAG NAPANSIN NILA ANG GALING NINYO SA PAG-ARTE, GAWIN PA NILA KAYONG MGA BIDA SA MGA SUSUNOD NILANG PAGTATANGHAL! KAYA JOIN NA KAYO. TIGNAN NINYO NA LANG ANG MGA DETAILS NA NAKALAGAY SA POSTER SA ITAAS. MAKAKASAMA PA NINYO SA WORKSHOP ANG ILANG MGA SIKAT NA ARTISTA!!!

SAMANTALA, SA AUGUST 5 NA ANG UNANG ARAW NG PAGTATANGHAL NG KLASIKONG DULANG “FLORANTE AT LAURA” NA MULA SA DIREKSYON NI ROEDER CAMANAG. SI PAUL JAKE PAULE ANG GUMAGANAP NA FLORANTE AT SI ELLRICA LAGURADIA ANG LAURA.

 

SEE U THERE.

 

(robert manuguid silverio)

CARLO OBISPO’S “1-2-3” OPENS THE 12th CINEMALAYA PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT FILM FEST ON AUGUST 5 AT THE CCP

CARLO OBISPO’S “1-2-3” OPENS THE 12th CINEMALAYA PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT FILM FEST ON AUGUST 5 AT THE CCP

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CARLO Obispo’s 1-2-3 will open the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 5-14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

 
1-2-3 will be shown at 7 p.m. following the Cinemalaya opening ceremony at 6 pm on August 5.  The event is open to the public.
 
1-2-3 follows the overwhelming circus of unfamiliar and harsh realities of a country boy’s search to find his sister, locked up in a brothel.  Luis is just one of the teenage boys in the idyllic and fishing island of Silag.  He goes through the issues of adolescence with his childhood sweetheart, Maricar, while his younger sister, Lulu busies herself by joining amateur singing contests in hopes of becoming a star.  One day, a talent manager discovers her singing and offers her to undergo vocal coaching in Manila, and later to join a popular TV singing contest.  Lulu eagerly takes the opportunity and leaves for the city, thinking her dreams are finally coming true.  However, after a few months, Lulu’s family loses communication with her.  This drives Luis to go to Manila in search for his sister.
 
In the cast of 1-2-3 are Carlos Dala as Luis, Barbara Miguel as Lulu, Therese Malvar as Maricar, Sue Prado and Patricia Javier.
 
Director Obispo also wrote the screenplay of the 1-2-3.
 

Obispo is a Cinemalaya alumnus.  He directed his first full-length film Purok 7, which was one of the finalists in the full-length feature category in the 2013 Cinemalaya.  Born and raised in Camiling, Tarlac, Carlo ‘Arc’ Obispo went to Saint Louis University to major in Philosophy, minor in Communication Arts.

 
This year’s Cinemalaya carries the theme “Break the Surface”.  Nineteen new digital independent films will compete in the full-length feature and short feature categories.  In addition to the Main Competition, Cinemalaya will offer Festival’s Best, Asian Showcase, Cinemalaya Documentaries, Tribute to Francis Pasion, and Cinemalaya Institute showcase. The Cinemalaya Campus, a major component of the Festival, will be held on August 9-10 at the CCP Little Theater.  The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, which is considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region, will have its 28th run during Cinemalaya.
Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the 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.

PAUL JANSEN AGUILAR: ANG BAGONG PADRE SALVI NG LONGEST-RUNNING PLAY NA “KANSER” NG GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION!

PJ AGUILAR: THE NEW PADRE SALVI OF GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION'S "KANSER"!
PJ AGUILAR: THE NEW PADRE SALVI OF GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION’S “KANSER”!

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Maka-ilang beses na naming napapanood taon-taon ang longest-running stage play in the history of Philippine Theater- ang “Kanser” ng Gantimpala Theater Foundation. Nuong nagdaang taon naman, first time naming mapanood ang musical version ng nasabing play at mas lalo kaming humanga sa napaka-klasikong approach ng dulang ito na tumutusok sa puso ng bawat kabataan.

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Si Michael Pangilinan (na ayaw nang umarte muna ngayon) ang gumanap na Ibarra last year sa musical version ng nasabing dula. Pero para sa amin, ang pinaka-intriguing na character ng dula ay ang role na Padre Salvi. Si Padre Salvi, sa stage adapatation na “Kanser” ay isang guwapong Prayle (Spanish Priest), bata pa, tahimik, malihim, pero may itinatagong mga lihim at “devilish” intentions.

Kaya naman sa nasabi pa ring dula, na kay Padre Salvi na karakter ang suspense, drama, intrigue, hate and mystery. Kung sino mang aktor ang gaganap sa papel na ito, tiyak na mapapansin at hahangaan.

And now, after Michael Pangilinan who portrayed Ibarra last year, ang teenage heart throb/model/newcomer naman na si Paul Jansen or PJ Aguilar ang siyang gaganap sa papel na Padre Salvi naman for this year’s new performances of the longest-running play na “Kanser”. Sa totoo lang, sa nobela ni Dr. Jose Rizal, parehong guwapo ang mga karakter na Ibarra at Padre Salvi. At pareho din silang nagkagusto kay Maria Clara.

Salamat kay direk Franniel Zamora na personal na pumili kay PJ Aguilar upang gumanap na Padre Salvi. Minsan na kasing tinuruan ni direk Frannie itong si PJ ng Acting Workshop nu’ng minsang mag-lecture siya as a guest celebrity lecturer sa Elites Acting Workshop (facilitated by blogger Robert Silverio) last year. Napansin niya na agad noon ang potensyal ni PJ na maging isang magaling na aktor.

Tuwang-tuwa naman ang mabait na Godfather ng Elites Model Management na si Mr. Martin Bellosillo sa magandang pangyayari na ito sa career ni PJ. Alam niya, isa itong malaking break para kay PJ at makikilala si PJ ngayon bilang isang de-kalibreang aktor- sa hanay nina Joel Torre, Tommy Abuel, at iba pa, balang araw.

Ang gaganap na Ibarra this year ay si Carlo Manalac. Si Ms. KL Dizon naman ang gaganap na Maria Clara. And take note, si Roeder Camanag naman ang gaganap na Pilosopong Tasyo for this new theater season performances of “Kanser” ng Gantimpala Theater Foundation.

At siyempre, si direk Frannie Zamora pa rin ang direktor nito, na nanalo last year sa Aliw Awards as Best Director for a Musical Play- for “Kanser@35: The Musical”!

This is just the start of the good road you are heading for, PJ!!! Break a leg!

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

photos of pj ong, courtesy of his facebook account and the photographers who took those pictures. thanks.—ssssip*

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CCP PRESS RELEASES…

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“OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2017 EXHIBITION VENUE GRANTS”

 

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)’s Visual Arts and Museum Division (VAMD) is accepting proposals for the 2017 Exhibition Venue Grant Program. Deadline for submission is on September 30, 2016.

Artists, curators, and non-commercial art organizations and institutions are welcome to submit exhibit proposals for the different exhibition venues of the CCP, namely the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery at the fourth floor), Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery), Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery), Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery), and the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theatre Lobby).

Floor plans of exhibit areas are available upon request.

Interested parties may also propose site-specific installations and exhibitions in outdoor sites and alternative spaces within the CCP complex, and are also encouraged to engage with selected works from the CCP Visual Arts Collection.

Non-Filipino artists and foreign cultural organizations whose exhibit proposals have significant bearing on Philippine art and culture may submit proposals.

Proposals should contain the exhibit concept, preliminary studies, physical and logistical requirements of presentation, background information about the individual/organization, and documentation of previous works, exhibitions, write-ups and press releases.

When deemed necessary, proponents may be requested to submit or supply further information or additional materials in connection with their proposals, or the CCP may also collaborate with the artist/s towards the development of a project.

All proposals submitted shall be reviewed by the CCP VAMD and presented to the CCP Artistic Programs Committee for approval.

Proposals may be sent via email to ccp.vamd@gmail.com or addressed to Visual Arts and Museum Division Production and Exhibition Department, 4th floor CCP Main Theater Building, Cultural Center of the Philippines Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

The CCP is a venue for experimental and multidisciplinary works. It is non-commercial in nature and by tradition promotes progressive art. It has served as a launching pad for artists to enter the local and international art community.

For more information, contact the Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505, or (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visitwww.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

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“PIANIST INNA MONTESCLAROS GIVES A HOMECOMING CONCERT AT CCP”

 

PIANIST Maria Regina “Inna” Montesclaros will give a homecoming concert at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 19, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Billed as “Inna Montesclaros in Concert,” the program consists of D. Scarlatti’s Sonata in B Minor L.33 & L.449, R.Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major Op. 17, S. Currier’s Scarlatti Cadences and Brainstorm, F. Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52, and S. Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 Op. 83.

 

Inna is a prizewinning pianist. 

 

In  2010, she won the Silver Prize at the 1st International Piano Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam, and in November, the Bronze Prize and was the sole winner in the Concerto B Category at the 4th International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the Philippines, she won five First Prizes in prestigious piano tilts, namely: PTGP Beethoven Concerto Competition, Category C (July 2010) and Mozart Concerto Competition Category B (November 2006); NAMCYA, Category A-2 (November 2004); Picazo Competition (June 2004), and Miriam College Center for Applied Music Competition for Young Artists, Category A (2005).

 

In Manila, her teachers are Prof. Cecile B. Roxas and Dr. Raul Sunico.

 

She recently obtained her Bachelor of Music (Honors Program) from the Royal College of Music (RCM) London, United Kingdom under Prof. Ian Jones.  She is set to pursue postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK in September.

 

Tickets are priced at Php600. Students and senior citizens will get 50% and 20% discounts respectively.

 

For inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at tel. no. 832-3704.

 

 

Myth photo exhibit at CCP

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“Myth photo exhibit at CCP”

 

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents the exhibition Myth from 14 July to 21 August 2016 at the CCP’s Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery).

 

Although composed of an installation of photographs, Myth is not so much about the individual images, as it is about questioning how and why artists Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria have accumulated, kept, and eventually selected the images for the exhibition. The images that shape this exhibition are from a survey of years’ worth of photographs; the pictures varying from ones taken from personal archives, to a few taken while on the sets of films, to a couple of found photographs of strangers from lives long lived and past.

 

Jippy Pascua is an artist and a filmmaker. He studied Creative Advertising in Canada and since 2008 has been working on creating films. His short film Excerpts premiered in the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival as part of the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition Programme. His works have been exhibited in various venues individually and as part of a collective of artists working mainly with film and photography called Tito &Tita.

 

Born in 1991 in the Philippines, Dennese Victoria’s images revolve around the themes of truth, memory, and personal history. She studied Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and in 2011 interned at a weekly TV documentary where she then worked and filmed with the team and their other projects until 2014.

 

Artists Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria will be giving a talk on the exhibition on 18 August, 4pm, at the CCP’s 4th floor MKP Hall.

 

Exhibit viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505 or (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, e-mail ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

Youth Theatre of Viet Nam at CCP

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“Youth Theatre of Viet Nam at CCP”

 

THE Youth Theatre of Viet Nam will perform in a gala presentation on July 13, 2016, 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.  The group will also perform in an outreach presentation on July 14, 6 p.m. at the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.

 

The two shows are part of the Viet Nam Cultural Days in the Philippines slated on July 12-16, 2016 in Manila and in Bulacan. The event commemorates the 40th anniversary of Philippines -Viet Nam bilateral relations, with a twin event Philippine Cultural Days in Viet Nam to be held in Viet Nam. Both are under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Tourism (MOSCT) of Viet Nam.

 

The Youth Theatre of Viet Nam was founded on 10 April 1978. With nearly 40 years of active engagement in artistic activities, the group has achieved many accomplishments in and out of Viet Nam. Through its participation in national and international festivals and exchanges, exciting interpretations of Vietnamese music, with contemporary and folk dances are brought to varied audiences all across the globe. The group has an impressive pool of accomplished directors and artists that stages productions to showcase Viet Nam’s proud performing arts traditions:  Program Director – Honored Artist Trong Thuy (Silver Award at International Music Festival); Le Anh Tuyet (Silver Award at International Music Festival); young artists,  Ton Son, Kien Trung, Anh Tuan; together with the dancers, Minh Ly, Mai Lan, Truong Son, Thanh Cong, Giang An, Thu Hien, Hoang Hien Huyen Luong, Kim Tuyen; and the traditional music band.

 

The Viet Nam Cultural Days in the Philippines delegation shall be headed by the Deputy Minister of Culture Sports and Tourism, His Excellency Vuong Duy Bien.

 

The accompanying exhibition Vietnamese Lacquer and Brocades exhibition will open on July 13, 2016, at 2:30 in the afternoon, at the NCCA Gallery B in Intramuros, Manila. Exhibition viewing will run until 15 July 2016.

 

The exhibition shall feature a collection of traditional lacquer products; Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume), wedding costume of ethnic Red Dao people, and other Vietnamese ethnic minority groups of H’Mong, E De, Lo Lo, etc.; a collection of dolls in ethnic costumes; and different kinds of brocades. This exhibit aims to introduce to the Filipino public, a facet of Viet Nam’s rich textile tradition and cultural heritage, to foster better appreciation of the creativity and genius of its peoples. 

 

The Viet Nam Cultural Days in the Philippines is being presented in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in the Philippines, the Malolos Local Government and San Isidro Labrador Parish Church in Bulacan.

 

All events are open to the public. For more information/ticket reservations, please call Ms. Veronica Amboni or Ms. Nica Escover via telephone, 527-2206 or 527-2192 loc. 613 to 614, Ms. Annie Luis at 527-2192 for the CCP performance on July 13, and CCP Cultural Exchange Department at 832-1125 loc. 1708 for the July 14 outreach presentation in Bulacan.

 

GERALD SANTOS OFFERS A MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCE IN “MEMORY CHANNEL”!

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Once in a while, you see something that lasts forever. A gentle smile, a warm hug, a smiling set of eyes that looks upon you, deeper within your soul…
Once in a while, you see again and feel, an actor, an artist- portraying a very delicate role and offers a magnificent performance that changes everything around you. A spark of great impression and adoration. A kind of acting performance- so worthwhile, so lasting…
And yes, once in a while, you meet again Mr. Gerald Santos- the kind of artist and person that you respect so much. And the world seems to stop.
In the movie “Memory Chanel”, which became an entry to the recently-concluded World Premieres Film Festival, Gerald showed so much acting greatness, well in fact, it was his very first film. It’s like that he’s been acting forever, and delivering a role which was so hard to portray, was exactly quenchable. Satisfying. Alluring.
In one poignant scene wherein Gerald was having panic attacks, one blogger almost cried. Because he delivered it in a very sensitive and sympathetic way. Like a boy lost in a jigsaw puzzle.
He portrayed a character who suffered a brain injury after an accident- a young male singer

who became a cover boy in glossy magazines- but got lost somewhere along the way.
Many doctors tried to treat him but failed. Until one “impostor doctor” (acted-out in the film by Eppy Quizon) tried to rescue him but it was only an “act”. That doctor turned-out to be a bad one and only made him suffer more along the way.
There’s something deeper in Gerald style of acting that a blogger had never seen before. There was subtlety, restraint, innocence, rawness and charm. Like that of a boy that you’d want to hug and care for. Like that of a Teddy bear you’d want to embrace forever.
His scenes with Eppy Quizon were all so powerful. When he cried out loud shouting- “Hindi

ako bakla! Hindi ako bakla!”, Gerald simply further proved that with a simple line, he could give so much convincing power and overwhelming feelings. And that, is what we call WHAT ACTING IS ALL ABOUT.
No other actor could give so much justice to the role, except Gerald. And thanks to director Rayn F. Brizuela, because he chose Gerald to portray it.
“Memory Channel” is yes, an “edgy” film. It crosses boundaries, sexuality and mind-journeys of self-realizations.
Maybe, the game is not over yet, as what the ending of the film suggested.

Because for Gerald Santos, this is just the start of a new journey for his passion for acting.
And we feel, a new actor is indeed born. From now on, Gerald is not just a great singer-
BUT AN ACTOR OF SUCH A HIGH CALIBER.
More acting roles soon, please.
(written by robert manuguid silverio)
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BELOW, BY MS. LHYNEE Lhynne Imperial (PHOTOS TAKEN DURING THE PREMIERE NIGHT OF “MEMORY CHANNEL” AT CINEMA 5 OF SM MEGAMALL LAST JUNE 30)
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ANG NAPAKA-BONGGANG MARKETING EVENT LAUNCH NG GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION PARA SA KANILANG 39TH SEASON!!!

FULL HOUSE PRODUCTIONS MERGES WITH GANTIMAPALA THEATER FOUNDATION ON ITS 39TH SEASON!!
FULL HOUSE PRODUCTIONS MERGES WITH GANTIMAPALA THEATER FOUNDATION ON ITS 39TH SEASON!!
THE VERY MABAIT AND CHARMING DIREK JUN PABLO, PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION DELIVERS HIS FAREWELL SPEECH
THE VERY MABAIT AND CHARMING DIREK JUN PABLO, PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION DELIVERS HIS FAREWELL SPEECH

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It’s not just a very simple event, but we can say by now, isa itong napaka-bonggang marketing event launch ng Gantimpala Theater Foundation para sa kanilang 39th theater season.

Bakit namin nasabing napaka-bongga? kasi in terms of artistic presentation sa programang pinalabas nila on that day of June 25, 2016 (almost a week that passed by now) talagang napamangha kami. It was directed by GTF’s present Chariman of the Board na si Roobak Valle, at talaga namang napakaganda ng presentation nila. So artistic, so enduring…

Unang nagsalita ang past Chairman of the Board na si direk Jun Pablo, at nagpasalamat ito sa lahat ng mga taong sumuporta at tumulong sa kanila the last 39 years of existence ng Gantimpala Theater Foundation (GTF). Hindi nakalimutan ni direk Jun na banggitin ang pangalan ng yumaong si Tony Espejo (who died years ago) na siyang naging pioneer man ng GTF.

Naroon din si direk Joel Lamangan, ang artistic director ng GTF at nakakatuwa ang kanyang naging speech para sa lahat ng mga naroroon, especially the marketing people. Hindi seryoso ang speech ni direk Joel pero malalim at makahulugan.

Mawawala ba ang resident theater directors ng GTF na sina direk Frannie Zamora, Roeder Camanag at Roobak Valle. Bale sila pa rin ang mga magiging direktor ng apat na classic plays na taon-taong tinatanghal ng GTF para sa mga estudyante at different school campuses. Ang wala lang ay si direk Jeffrey Camanag, na siyang direktor ng El Filibusterismo.

Si direk Frannie pa rin ang magdidirek ng “Kanser”, si direk Roeder sa “Florante at laura” at direk Roobak sa “Ibong Adarna”.

Naroon din ang mga artistic staffers nila at isa-isang pinakilala sa programa.

pero ang napakaganda sa programang pinalabas ay ang mga ‘excerpts” and “readings” na pinakita’t tinanghal nila sa lahat. Ang ganda-ganda ng execution at ng backdrop setting. Ang finale ay isang musika mula sa dulang “Kanser@35: The Musical” kung saan lahat ng mga theater actors na nagsipag-reading sa excerpts ay tmingin sa screen at nag-bow sa apat na classic plays na pinakita. Tapos, umulan na ng mga confettis!!! Bongga talaga!!!

Among the great theater actors/actresses who participated in the readings of the four classic plays ay sina Malou Crisologo, Adrianna Agacaoili, Wowie de Guzman, Jojit Lorenzo, Valerie Tan, at iba pang pool of GTF theater performers.

Um-attend din sa event na ito sina direk Soxy Topacio (of PETA) and direk Perry Dizon, na pareho din namang nanggaling sa Gantimpala and they’re both there to  give support.

AND BY THE WAY, SA 39TH SEASON NG GTF, ANG FULL HOUSE PRODUCTIONS AY NAKIPAG-MERGE NA SA KANILA. BALE ITO ANG MANGANGASIWA NA NGAYON NG KANILANG MGA CORPORATE EVENTS! MAS BONGGA, DI BA?

More power to gantimpala Theater Foundation on their 39th season!!!!

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

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MR. JHAY-R LAGRIMAS/ RIGHT CLICK PHOTOGRAPHY

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS TAKEN BY: MR. JHAY-R LAGRIMAS AND RIGHT CLICK PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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CCP SPECIAL CONCERT SERIES I OPENS WITH PIANIST OLIVER SALONGA

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SUPERB young pianist Oliver Salonga is the first featured artist of the CCP Special Concert Series 2016 which will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino at 7:30 PM.

 

Praised for his emotional energy and technical brilliance, Oliver Salonga has enthralled music aficionados in concert halls in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Australia and the Philippines. The two-time winner of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) is an alumnus of the Philippine High School for the Arts where he was awarded Outstanding Graduate Artist for Music.

 

Oliver Salonga recently obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Norman Krieger. He also minored in Music Analysis, Music Management, Audio-Engineering and Collaborative Arts. In 2009 and 2011, respectively, he obtained his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under 2001 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize for his superior musical talent. Under his guidance, Salonga won the Gold Medal in 2008 Jeonju International Piano Competition in South Korea. He has been invited to the world’s most prestigious competitions including the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (2010), Scottish International Piano Competition (2011), and Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition (2011).

 

He is currently under the guidance of Prof. Angela Cholakyan, Russian concert pianist and pedagogue, at the Soochow University in China and serves as her assistant. He also handles piano duo ensembles and piano students in the preparatory division. With her partnership, Oliver has won 2nd prize in 2015 Steinway National Piano Competition and 2nd prize in 2015 Yamaha Piano Competition in China.

 

His program is as follows: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat Major, Op.110; Chopin’s Introduction and Variations on La ci darem la mano, Op.2; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 and Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole, S.254.

 

Salonga will also give a piano masterclass at the CCP Little Theater on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

 

Other featured artists of the CCP Special Concert Series are award-winning guitar Trio Triple Fret on August 24, 2016 and brilliant soprano Bianca Camille Lopez on September 28, 2016.

 

For information regarding tickets, regular and student subscriptions, please contact the Paulo Perez of the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3704.  For information regarding the piano masterclass, please email the CCP Artist Training Division atccp.artist.training@gmail.com or 832-1125 loc. 1604.  ###

VIRGIN LABFEST 12 WRITING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

“VIRGIN LABFEST 12 WRITING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM”

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is pleased to announce the ten fellows accepted to the Virgin Labfest 12 Writing Fellowship Program which will take place on July 5 – 17, 2016.

 

The fellows are Reina Krizel Adriano, Adrian Kevin Agonoy, Ramidette Bernal, Andrew Bonifacio Clete, Nicko de Guzman, Bennard Fajardo, Sarah Masiba, Reena Joyce Medina, John Michael Peña, and Kahil Makisig Yu. Glenn Mas is the Workshop Facilitator and Dennis Marasigan is the Culminating Program Director.

 

The Virgin Labfest 12 Writing Fellowship Program is a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage. The Fellowship Program is part of the Cultural Center’s desire to train young aspiring playwrights. It consists of lectures, script critiquing, writing sessions and interactions with known playwrights, directors and selected actors.

 

The ten (10) fellows accepted to the Program will be mentored by Glenn Sevilla Mas, a multi award-winning playwright, and will be given access to all Virgin Labfest 12 plays and selected rehearsals as part of their mentorship. The Fellowship Program will conclude in a stage reading of the fellows’ works directed by Dennis Marasigan on July 17, 2016 at the CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernandez at 6 p.m. This culminating program is free of charge and open to the public. The Virgin Labfest 12 Writing Fellowship Program is a project of the CCP Artist Training Division of the Arts Education Department.

 

For further inquiries, kindly email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 832-1125 local 1605.