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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
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