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Tanghalang Pilipino turns silver (2011-2012)

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Tanghalang Pilipino turns silver
By Walter Ang
June 27, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Pilipino celebrates its 25th season by opening in August with José Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” in commemoration of the National Hero’s sesquicentennial.

To be directed by Audie Gemora with pop singers Mark Bautista and Gian Magdangal alternating as Crisostomo Ibarra and Cris Villonco as Maria Clara, the musical’s libretto is by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera with music by Ryan Cayabyab. Costume and set design are by National Artist for Theater Design Salvador “Badong” Bernal.

TP premiered “Noli” in 1995 with Gemora as Ibarra, Monique Wilson as Maria Clara and Regine Velasquez as Sisa. It has gone through several restagings and has toured Malaysia and Japan.

TP, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, was founded by Felix “Nonon” Padilla, who also served as artistic director. After his departure, Herbert Go and Dennis Marasigan served as art…

Seven year itch for Virgin Labfest

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Seven-year itch for Virgin Labfest
By Walter Ang
June 20, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Now on its seventh year, Virgin Labfest, a festival that focuses on staging new plays, is breaking tradition. Instead of presenting four sets of trilogies, it will present only three sets.  As an alternate, and a logical progression, it will now stage one full-length (two-act) play in lieu of the fourth set.

The fifth set, which "revisits" three selected productions from the previous labfest, remains.  This year's revisited set includes "Ondoy" by Remi Velasco, "Balun-balunan, Bingi-bingihan" by Debbie Tan, and "Higit Pa Dito" by Allan Lopez.

The labfest has always gone by its tagline of being "a venue for playwrights, directors and actors to bring to life 'untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged' plays" and its popularity has grown throughout the years for both audiences and aspiring playwrights.

Quantity and quality
VL founder and a…

Philippines joins international theater festival in Prague

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Philippines joins international theater festival in Prague
By Walter Ang
June 20, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines has joined the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011, an international theater festival considered the largest scenography event in the world. 

The quadrennial exhibits a variety of performance design disciplines such as costume, stage, lighting and sound design, including theater architecture for dance, opera, drama, site specific, multi-media performances and performance art.

It's been held every four years since 1967.  This year, it started last week and will end on the 26th, with more than 60 countries participating. 

At the last quadrennial held in 2007, Rolando "Rollie" De Leon had been a guest artist doing foam art demonstration for the Costume Design Working Group of Organisation Internationale des Scenographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Theatre. 

He was disappointed that there was no major exhibit from the Phil…

Lithuania Day kicks off Philippine monodrama festival

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Lithuania Day kicks off Philippine monodrama festival
By Walter Ang
June 6, 2011 Philippine Daily Inquirer

Members of the diplomatic corps were in attendance at a reception hosted by the Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania for the 93rd National Day of Lithuania.

Hon. Romualdas Vildžius, Consul ad honorem of Lithuania personally greeted and welcomed guests before giving his welcome remarks.  Guest of honor was the Department of Foreign Affairs' Undersecretary for Policy and former ambassador to Lithuania Erlinda Basilio.

Introduced that evening was a group of journalists and scientists from the Lithuanian Journalist's Union currently in an expedition of the Philippines following locations visited by Lithuanian journalist Matas Salcius in 1933 and hoping to "find traces" of Lithuanian scientist Pranciskus Baltrus Sivickis, who worked in the country in the 1920s and founded a biomarine station in Mindoro.

Held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Silangan Ha…