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.
The CCP National Rondalla Workshop 2016 will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines from Tuesday to Saturday, March 29 to April 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in various venues of the CCP. The Workshop is open to rondalla groups all over the country which have been in existence for at least two (2) years and who wish to further hone their skills in rondalla technique and performance. This training program follows the highly successful first and second CCP National Rondalla Workshop held in April 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The Workshop trainors are led by Elaine Espejo Cajucom of the Celso Espejo Rondalla and the UP Rondalla, and faculty member of the UP College of Music. The Workshop module includes sectional rehearsals per rondalla instrument, note reading sessions, individual rondalla ensemble cliniquing sessions, and plenary sessions wherein all the participants gather together to learn a common piece.
The Workshop will culminate in a program at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
Miss Bulalacao is one of the finalists for this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2015 on November 4-17 in select theaters around Manila. It is Director Ara Chawdhury’s debut feature after winning grand prize at the Sinulog Film Festival 2015 for Operation Prutas.
Shot entirely in the scenic island province of Biliran by award winning cinematographer Christian Linaban, it is produced by Jill Anoba-Yap and Bianca Balbuena for Cinema One, with Panumduman Pictures, Above the Line Productions and Epic Media.
Chawdhury says that she got the inspiration for the script from The Sims, various films, and her experiences growing up in Naval, Biliran. “I was pregnant and bored, so I looked around me and thought of what I could shoot in my mom’s village. We lived with our helper’s family and an addition to the family was our maid’s husband’s son who, when he first came to us, was flamboyant and proud. I already knew the husband beat the wife every now and then. So it wasn’t hard to imagine why the boy stopped singing Regine Velasquez every morning. I thought, maybe if he was the pregnant one, his dad would go easy on him.”
The result is a one and a half hour black comedy about a young drag queen, Dodong, who joins a barangay gay pageant to gain acceptance in his father’s community. He is instead met with hostility from his father, who chases him to a jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night on his entire life, and even stranger 9 months when he realizes he is pregnant. With only his stepmother, Lisa, as support, Dodong deals with ridicule from a barangay who does not believe him – until the rumors become a headline in a tabloid. “Bakla: Ina ng Dios”
The film stars Cebuano bred performance artist Russ Ligtas in his first lead role in a film. Of the experience, Russ says “Even as someone who is part of the LGBT, shooting the film revealed so many things about my own prejudices. I am humbled to be part of it.” Chawdhury says she is hoping the film is accurate in its portrayal of life in the storm besieged Region. “Region 8 is one of the poorest regions in the country, even before Haiyan. I am hoping this film sheds some light on the culture and attitudes of people who have to survive on family bonds and community spirit, and how the individual suffers for this.”
Aside from Ligtas, the film also features Chai Fonacier, Ferdinand Mesias, Tessie Tomas, Nanette Inventor, and Mon Confiado, among others. Tomas, who is a native waray speaker, was glad to reconnect with her heritage. “Miss B is a cleverly wacky story that challenges our beliefs on faith. I am proud to be a part. Kaupay na man la!”
Mon Confiado says he was impressed by Operation Prutas, and jumped at the chance to work with the production behind it upon receiving the script. “Kakaibang kwento. Nakakatawa pero di siya nagpapatawa. Nakakaiyak pero hindi ito nagdadrama. Mababaw pero malalim ang kwento. Nakakatuwa na bumabalik na ang sigla ng mga Regional Films!”
Producer Bianca Balbuena had this to say, “Regional stories are important fibers in Philippine cinema because of the little stories that we dont hear in the cities we live in, they are very intimate and refreshing but also universal in terms of emotions and feelings.”
While the cast is a mix of actors from Manila Cebu and Davao, the crew is entirely Cebuano.
“I’ve never worked with a more professional cast and crew. This is more or less the same crew that’s been working on the previous Cebuano Cinema One entries. I guess, the efficiency of this production is just a result of all those years of trial and error.” Chawdhury says.
“Biliran used to be part of Leyte before receiving province status in 1992. So the island is besieged by storms, and we shot right in the middle of Habagat season. We were not expecting the weather to be as kind to us as it did then. The people were incredibly accomodating as well. I guess it helps that we expressed wanting to Some of the scenes were shot in the diving resort we were staying in, Agta Beach Resort. The owners’ ancestral house is featured in the film as Maam Mercy’s house.” she added.
Miss Bulalacao will premiere at the CinemaOne Originals Film Festival in select theaters in Manila which is slated for November 4-17, 2015.
“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, internationally acclaimed film director returns to his first love: theater, and directs Auraeus Solito’s play on his own voyage of rediscovering his roots.
SCHEDULE OF SHOWS:
October 2, 9, 16, 23 Friday | 8:00PM
October 3, 10, 17, 24 Saturday | 3:00PM & 8:00PM
October 4, 11, 18, 25 Sunday | 3:00PM
VENUE: CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
Orchestra Center – Php1,500.00
Orchestra Left & Right – Php1,000.00 ARTISTIC STAFF: Director and Playwright : Kanakan Balintagos Dramaturg : Ericka Estacio Set Designer : Paolo Alcazaren Lighting Designer : Dennis Marasigan Music Director : Diwa De Leon Costume Designer : James Reyes
Irma Adlawan, Malou Crisologo,Russell Legaspi, Karen Gaerlan, Carol Bello, Peewee O’Hara, Raymond Dimayuga AND, the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company- Jonathan Tadioan, Doray Dayao & Ms. Lhorvie Nuevo
For show buying and sponsorships: Jannessy Arrienda-Umali Marketing Manager Tanghalang Pilipino 832.1125 local 1620/1621 0917.8763678 / 0917.9932008 email@example.com
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings present the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra (ABSCBNPO) and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) under the batons of Gerard Salonga & Olivier Ochanine in a joint concert and conference on April 30, 2015, Thursday, 6:00pm at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). Guest artists include Filipino concert pianist Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, Taiwanese pianist Chi-Ying Hung, NAMCYA 1st Prize Winner in Marimba Thristan ‘Tum-Tum’ Mendoza, singers Jade Riccio & Malvin Beethoven Macasaet, and 12-year-old pianist Brian Berino.
The conference part of the CONCERENCE will have annotations as well as Question & Answer segments conducted by Jamie Bernstein – director of the film documentary ‘Crescendo: the Power of Music’ & the daughter of the legendary quintessential Artist Leonard Bernstein, and Tricia Tunstall – author of ‘Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, & the Transformative Power of Music’. The concert portion will feature a vast array of works written by the great Classical Music Masters from the 18th Century to the present, from Beethoven to Bernstein, from traditional to popular.
This CONCERENCE will benefit Ang Misyon, Inc. (AMI) – the non-stock, non-profit mother foundation of Sistema for the Filipino Youth (SFY) and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY). Inspired by the global phenomenon El Sistema, SFY is an after-school music program that offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to achieve their full musical potential through the Classical Music discipline, with the ultimate hope of creating a positive impact on their respective communities. The OFY is a donor-based youth orchestra comprised of fifty-five of the SFY Scholars, handpicked from various ensembles that already exist, and are spread throughout the Philippines. AMI provides the Scholars with free music education, performance allowances, transportation assistance, meals, instruments, & uniforms. AMI was born to help eradicate poverty in the Philippines through social change, simultaneously enhancing the country’s identity by creating career paths in Classical Music orchestral performance and redeveloping its Arts & Culture scene.
Tickets are Php1000, Php800, Php600, Php800, Php500, Php300, Php300, Php100 with 20% discount for Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities, Government & Military Personnel and 50% discount for Students with ID.
For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.
PPO BEGINS THE SEARCH FOR NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) announces the international search for a music director and principal conductor for its resident orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).
The new conductor will take over from Maestro Olivier Ochanine who will be concluding his tenure by April 30, 2016.
A Search Committee will be formed by CCP management to screen candidates for the position.
The CCP will announce the PPO’s new music director in January 2016.
The new director will hold the post for the next 3years, starting in June 2016.
The new PPO director must exemplify solid musicianship, strong sense of leadership, artistic discipline and respect of peers, extensive program repertoire and orchestral rapport.
He will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of the PPO’s thrusts, programs, concert season, training of musicians and other related activities. He is expected to conduct at least twenty performances per year, including the regular PPO season, Outreach tours, Young People’s concert and other special events of CCP. He will also be in charge of a Development Program for members of the PPO and ensure that the level of musicianship and artistic quality meet the highest standards.
CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado said: “As we conduct this search for the new music director, we are also thankful for the contribution of outgoing conductor Maestro Olivier Ochanine. Through the five years he has been with the orchestra, he has taken the effort to make the orchestra and its music closer to its audiences especially the young people. He has made time to listen and immerse himself in the local music scene and this has made his tenure with the PPO a special one. This is a quality that I hope the next music director shall also possess — a commitment to excellence and the desire to share this excellence with the broadest publics.”
Interested conductors are requested to submit their application packet by June 15, 2015. Required documents are the following: curriculum vitae with photo, letter of intent stating the applicant’s vision for the PPO, symphonic repertoire, sample souvenir program of performances, press releases, link to performances on YouTube, referrals from other orchestras, photocopy of the first page of passport (for foreigners only) and letter of endorsement.
The application packet may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the PPO Search Committee, PPO, Lower Basement, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, 1300 Philippines.
SYMPHONIC SUNSETS AT MAKILING
The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ang Misyon Inc. (AMI) present the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth in a performance on May 2, 2015, 5:00pm at the Tanghalang Maria Makiling, National Arts Center in Los Baños, Laguna.
Entitled Symphonic Sunsets at Makiling, the program consists of works written by the great Classical Music Masters from the 18th Century to the present, from Beethoven to Bernstein, from traditional to popular.
Guest artists include Filipino concert pianist Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, Taiwanese pianist Chi-Ying Hung, National Music Competitions for Young Artists 1st Prize Winner in Marimba Thristan ‘Tum-Tum’ Mendoza, singers Jade Riccio and Malvin Beethoven Macasaet, and 12-year-old pianist Brian Berino.
Likewise, the event will have a conference part featuring annotations as well as Question & Answer segments conducted by Jamie Bernstein – director of the film documentary ‘Crescendo: the Power of Music’ & the daughter of the legendary quintessential Artist Leonard Bernstein, and Tricia Tunstall – author of ‘Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, & the Transformative Power of Music’.
An open theater located in the slopes of Mt. Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna, the Tanghalang Maria Makiling is a National Arts Center structure that can accommodate up to a thousand audiences complete with state of the art lights and sound system suitable for low, medium and large scale productions and performances.
Established in 1976 as a haven for young and aspiring artists, the National Arts Center is tucked away in mythical Mt. Makiling, Laguna. Its various buildings and facilities are scattered over 13.5 hectares of the Makiling Forest Reservation and also houses the Philippine High School for the Arts, a government-run secondary educational institution for gifted young artists. The NAC’s unique location offers a perfect vacation hideaway and its laid-back and contemplative atmosphere sets the mood to relax, unwind and recharge one’s energies.
For more information, contact the CCP Sales and Promotions Division at 832-3704 or 832-3706.
“Good morning! Team Gerald, 48 days na lang at GERALD SANTOS METAMORPHOSIS CONCERT NA SA PICC PLENARY HALL, 8PM!!!! Ahhhh! Sobrang nakaka-excite na may nerbyos ang nararamdaman ko! Bili na kayo ng tickets sa SM TICKETS (4702222 ) O text kayo sa 09284782957.. Team, suportahan nyo ako dito ha… ingat kayo today!” — (by Gerald Santos)
The Biennale College – Cinema winners of the third edition have been announced. The Biennale College has been one of the most interesting projects of Venice Film Festival. Each year three mini-budget films are selected in order to be produced and screened for the next festival. The selection has been made out of 12 previously selected projects. Each film will be funded with 150,000 euro and it will be screened at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
One of the three chosen projects is:
“Blanka”, from the Japanese director Kohki Hasei and produced by the Italian Flaminio Zadra is now being shot in Philippines. The story of the film is about an 11-year-old girl that has been abandoned by her own mother decides to travel in order to find and buy a new one.
That was it. That’s how I came about meeting the handsome and chubby producer of the film Blanka, no less than Mr. Flaminio Zadra, a gentle Italian film maker who loved the beaches of Palawan and adores a filipino film director by the name of Brillante Mendoza. It was an afternoon of very artistic and highly intellectual talks, as the sudden outpouring of the rains outside a cozy bar in an M.H. del Pilar vicinity gave a more lasting impression and surreal depth in the bonding session of artists, mixed-in with bottles of beers, chips and a heavy mug of coffee (for the blogger).
“I can say I am a frustrated film director that’s why I ended-up as a producer”, Mr. Zadra joked-around. “But basically, I really love the cinema.”
It was not really a serious interview-session-type of a bonding. The afternoon went on just like a casual talk, as the blogger was just invited to mingle-in with them- through the courtesy of Mr. Don Gordon Bell, also an actor and part-time photographer. Together with them on that afternoon was Mr. Michael James, Don’s contemporary as a film actor doing international films in the Philippines way back in 1970’s.
If the outcome of the film Blanka (quality-wise) will be good, according to Mr. Zadra, the film will land in the Venice International Film Festival. The Japanese director of the film, Kohki Hasei, has done several prestigious films to his credits- that includes the film Gold Dog, which director Kohki shot in Smokey Mountain several years back.
“We are also planning to enter the film at Busan International Filmfest”, Mr. Zadra added. “They promised to give us extra support in the distribution of the film.”
The Asian Cinema Fund or ACF will provide the post-production services and added support to the making of the film Blanka. The whole staff, cast and crew of the film are now deep into work and most of the scenes are being shot in Hobbit House bar-restaurant along M.H. del Pilar in Malate, Manila.
Don Gordon Bell and Michael James appears in the film as tourist-victims of street-kids who pickpockets their wallets.
“Playing the lead role of Blanka is an 11 year-old girl named Cydel Gabutero”, Mr. Zadra said again. “And she can act! We discovered her on Youtube and she got an offer to sing at The Voice, but she declined it because of this film project. Her role here is that of a street kid who’s trying to look for her mother. She becomes distorted with so many things, including an adoption process, but finally, she meets a blind musician and she discovers a part of herself. She realizes she has a talent in singing and in the musical field.
“I told our director that the film must cradle more on the relationship of the girl to the blind musician”, he added. “We want to show here the beauty of discovering a part of yourself rather than show the ugliness and dirt of the city streets. Because that’s what the film is all about.”
Mr. Flamino Zadra also loves the Philippine Cinema. He knows Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. And he hopes, the future of the Philippine Cinema will grow stronger soon.
Yes, that’s my afternoon with a handsome Italian, as I saw him more, rather than a handsome film producer, too.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
GROUP PHOTO AND BLACK & WHITE SOLO PHOTO OF MR. FLAMINIO ZADRA, TAKEN BY: MR. DON GORDON BELL
Salamat sa magandang adhikain ni Vince Tanada at ng Philippine Stagers Foundation na mas higit pa nating pagpugayin ang buhay ng Santo Papa Francisco. Nu’ng nakaraang 14th year anniversary presentation ng PSF na ginanap sa Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle, Malate, Manila, dalawang araw pa lamang ang nakalilipas (Marso 31, 2015), pormal nang dineklara ni Vince na ang susunod nilang dula para sa bago nilang theater season ay ukol sa buhay ni Santo Papa Francisco. Ito ay pinamagatan ni Vince na ‘POPE-PULAR, THE MUSICAL”. Opo, isa itong musical play sa muli, pero sa pagkakataong ito, hindi na mga sarsuwela ang mga awitin, kundi mga Pop songs na, at mas mainam naman dahil mas kaabot-abot sa panlasa ng mga estudyante’t kabataan ang musikang “pop”, na lilikhain ni Pipo Cifra para sa dulang iyon.
Nagbigay na ng endorsement at go-signal ang isang grupo ng lehitimong mga Katolikong lumalaban sa Sining at Pananalig na gawin ni Vince ang nasabing dula, kaya naman mas lalong naging matapang si Vince ngayon upang makipaglaban pa ng husto sa kanyang adbokasiyang makapagbigay ng Edukasyon at Entertainment sa mga kabataan. Nagbigay kasi muli kamakailan lang ng Memorandum ang Pangulong Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) at ang Department of Education na ipinagbabawal ang mga dula sa pagpapasali nito sa “curriculum at practicum” sa mga pampublikong eskuwelahan. Kaya naman sa pagkakataong ito, walang magagawa si Vince kundi ang suportahan na lamang ang mga pribadong eskuwelahan sa kanyang mga dulang nagtuturo sa pagka-artistiko ng isang nilalang at sa tunay na diwa ng Nasyonalismo. Limang Pilipinong “Modern-Day Heroes” ang magpapakulay sa dulang “Pope-Pular, The Musical”. Magku-krus ang mga landasin ng mga Pilipinong Bayani na ito sa dulang sinusulat na ngayon ni Vince. DAHIL LAHAT NG LIMANG BAYANING ITO AY MAY MGA PANANALIG NA MATINDI PALA KAY SANTO PAPA FRANCISCO. Meaning, they are real-life devotees of Pope Francis. Kung paano sila papasok sa buhay ni Papa Francisco? Panoorin na lang ang dulang ito na sinusulat na ni Vince para sa padating nilang new theater season sa PSF. IBUBUNYAG NAMIN SA MGA SUSUNOD NA ARAW AFTER HOLY WEEK ANG MGA PANGALAN NG LIMANG PILIPINONG BAYANI (MODERN-DAY HEROES LANG PO SILA) NA IYON. Sa presentation teaser na ginanap sa 14th anniversary celebration (mentioned above), magandang nagampanan ni John Paul San Antonio ang papel ni Pope Francis, habang namimili pa talaga si Vince kung sino ang gaganap sa actual na dula na itatanghal na nila sa buwan ng Hulyo. Ilan sa mga sa gusto ng blogger na ito ay si Poul Garcia, o kaya’y si Cruz Jv, o mas mainam ay si Jomar Tanada Bautista ang gumanap na Santo Papa sa papalapit na new theater season nila.. Ang mga taong patuloy na lumalaban sa Sining, sa Teatro, sa kinabukasan ng mga kabataan, tulad ni Papa Francisco, ay hindi matatalo sa laban. Lalo lamang silang mamahalin ng mga kaluluwang nagpatibay sa katapangan at dedikasyon na inialay nila sa buhay at kultura. Humayo pa kayo, Vince Tanada and the Stagers!
(WORDS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO)
PHOTOS OF THE EVENT PARTY BY: MR. ULYSSES ‘BONG’ MANUEL
The “two” had a friend… an unseen friend who guided both of them and joined them on their journeys…
an anonymous friend who doesn’t want to be identified, but simply stays on the background…
But this friend embraces, cares, loves so deeply…
Whoever he is, the “two” thanks HIM.
Now, there’s another young man in person of Gerald Santos…
A blogger had seen him grown, his independent career, away from the mainstream packaging and media hypes, STOOD ON ITS OWN.
With the great guidance of his manager, Mr. Cocoy Ramilo, Gerald has proven to everybody that even without the “backings” of giant TV networks, once you’ve got real great talent- YOU WILL STAY. YOU WILL SOAR HIGHER, TOO.
And Gerald had now greatly shown that to everyone.
His METHAMORPHOSIS will soon be celebrated via a great and major musical concert at the PICC Plenary hall on the month of June.
Entitled: GERALD SANTOS: METHAMORPHOSIS.
And joining him as guests on his major concert are the members of the cast of his San Pedro Calungsod musical play.
It can be so emotional, indeed.
A young man of simplicity, humbleness and sincerity-
Gerald Santos, mingles with the soul of a “friend”.
LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN…
JUST LIKE FOREVER.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
note: thanks to JESUIT COMMUNICATIONS for the music video above they uploaded on youtube.com– sssip*