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CCP prepaid cards now available

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CCP prepaid cards now available
By Walter Ang
April 29, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Cultural Center of the Philippines now offers prepaid cards that can be used towards paying for tickets to selected shows.

Available in P2,500 and P5,000 denominations, the prepaid cards allow the user to avail of a 20% discount off ticket prices. Cards can be bought at the CCP Box Office; cash payments only, credit card payments not accepted.

"It's the perfect gift for any occasion," says CCP president Raul Sunico. "For graduations, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or simply give it as a token of love or appreciation. Businesses or organizations can also use it for employee recognition, sales and performance incentives and as corporate gifts."

"For more than 40 years, CCP has received more than 300,000 audiences in 700 performances with more than 10,000 artists," says CCP artistic director Chris Millado.

The CCP has several resident performing arts …

How Dennis Teodosio became a prolific playwright

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'Sugod lang nang sugod!'--How Dennis Teodosio became a prolific playwright, with help from the Virgin Labfest
By Walter Ang
April 27, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Except in the year 2011, Dennis Teodosio holds the distinction of being the only playwright to have been produced in every single installment of the Virgin Labfest (VL) since it began in 2005.

VL has grown into a much-anticipated annual event where new plays are given their world premieres, usually up to at least nine new one-acts per festival.

The fest is organized by Writers Bloc, a playwright group founded by Rody Vera that holds free critiquing sessions for established and aspiring playwrights, and Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), resident theater group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Teodosio has had a total of nine one-acts, up to two per festival in some years, staged for VL.

Last year, he submitted a full-length play. His "Totong Hilot," about a boy who yearns to become a hilot like his grandfa…

Contemporary dance highlighted in Dance Week 2013

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Contemporary dance highlighted in Dance Week 2013
By Walter Ang
April 22, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

To celebrate Philippine National Dance Week and International Dance Day, Contemporary Dance Network Manila (CDNM) is presenting "X-hilirate! Contemporary Dance Map 2013," a metro-wide, week-long series of dance shows and related activities.

"Contemporary Dance Map is laid out once again, this year in its original format: with several studio shows spread out across the metro in the span of a week that culminate at the UP annex garden on April 29," says Angela Lawenko-Baguilat.

Lawenko-Baguilat, University of the Philippines (UP) Dance Company artistic director, is the chair of CDNM, an organization of contemporary dance companies, artists, school-based organizations, and institutions, whose goal is to promote contemporary dance in the Philippines.

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Member groups of CDNM will present their latest works in their respective studios. "As the pioneering group…

Musicals, Shakespeare, Pinoy opera–Tanghalang Pilipino announces 27th season (2013-2014) lineup

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Musicals, Shakespeare, Pinoy opera–Tanghalang Pilipino announces 27th season lineup
By Walter Ang April 20, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Pilipino, resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will open its 27th season (2013-2014) with a children’s musical.
Luis Gatmaitan’s Palanca award-winning children’s book “Sandosenang Sapatos” will be adapted for the stage by Layeta Bucoy with music by Noel Cabangon and Jed Balsamo.
“The musical was commissioned by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People in cooperation with CCP as part of the celebration of the 28th National Children’s Book Day in July later this year,” says artistic director Fernando “Nanding” Josef.
“The play is about a shoemaker who dreams of having a daughter who will become a ballerina but ends up with a crippled daughter. Audiences will see how he shows her his love.”
TP board member and Inquirer columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes will have a special guest role in the show.
“Sandosenang …

Nor Doming, actor and director-cinematographer, makes sorbets, too

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This actor (and director-cinematographer) makes sorbets, too
By Walter Ang
April 13, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Actor and director Nor Domingo has sweet side to him outside of the theater world: he makes tropical fruit flavored sorbets.

Domingo was recently seen in Philippine Educational Theater's "Haring Lear" (a Tagalog adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" featuring an all-male cast) as Goneril and a restaging of "Care Divas" as Jonie.

Lest audiences assume Domingo only portrays female characters (Goneril) and cross-dressing gay men (Jonie) on stage, he was also in Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption's "The Crucible" as the unmistakably male John Proctor.

"I am also a cinematographer for television commercials and films," he says. Last year he shot two full-length features: "Sta. Niña" for Cinemalaya and "Slumber Party" for Cinema One Originals.

Projects aside, being married with two children,…

Bitten anew by the theater bug, Arnell Ignacio goes 'The Full Monty'

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Bitten anew by the theater bug, Arnell Ignacio goes "The Full Monty" 
By Walter Ang
April 6, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Arnell Ignacio has joined the cast of Viva Atlantis Theatricals' (Vat) inaugural production "The Full Monty." Ignacio will play Harold Nichols, one of six jobless men who set out to stage a strip show where they plan to go "the full monty"-or strip all the way.

Adapted for the stage by Terrence McNally with music by David Yazbek, the musical is an Americanized version of the 1997 British comedy-drama movie of the same title.

Vat is the newest theater-producing outfit in town, formed via a partnership between theater group Atlantis Productions, headed by artistic director Bobby Garcia, and music, concert, film, home video, and television (and now including theater) conglomerate Viva Entertainment, headed by Vic Del Rosario.

Headlining the production is singer Mark Bautista as Jerry Lukowski. Bautista made his stage debut two years a…

'Made of Gold': Lavish book celebrates nearly 30 years of Metrobank art contest

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'Made of Gold': Lavish book celebrates nearly 30 years of Metrobank art contest
By Walter Ang
April 8, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Made of Gold, a coffee table book featuring winners of past Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (Made) competitions, was launched as part of the bank's 50th anniversary.

The Made competitions, organized by the Metrobank Foundation, started in 1984 solely as a painting competition and eventually included sculpture, interior design and architecture categories.

Written by artist and critic Cid Reyes, the book documents "the significance of the Made competitions in the Philippine art scene and its involvement in uplifting culture and art as catalysts of nation-building."

Metrobank founder and group chair George Ty created the foundation in 1979 to "share the fruits of [the bank's] success with society." He serves as the foundation's chair.

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The 252-page book is hardbound with gilted edging and features in full co…

Philippine exhibition opens at Quai Branly Museum in Paris

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Philippine exhibition opens at Quai Branly Museum in Paris
By Walter Ang
April 8, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Musee du quai Branly (Quai Branly Museum) in Paris, France will host "Philippines: Archipel des échanges" Philippines: An Archipelago of Exchange), an exhibition featuring artwork and artifacts from the country's pre-colonial period.

"To date, this is the biggest exhibition in scope dedicated to the Philippines in Europe," said museum president Stéphane Martin.

The exhibition aims to show the Philippines' Austronesian roots and maritime culture before the arrival of Europeans through selected pieces such as sculptures, pottery, textiles and personal ornaments from various collections in the Philippines, United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Austria.

The exhibition will be at the museum's Garden Gallery and contains three sections: the traditional works of the northern highlands of Luzon; the textiles, costumes and ornaments of war…

9 Works Theatrical's 9PO is the new orchestra on the block--with a difference

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New orchestra on the block--with a difference
By Walter Ang
April 1, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

9PO is the new orchestra in town. It's an affiliate group of 9 Works Theatrical and "was formed to cater to the growing demand for professional musicians," says conductor Joseph Tolentino.

"The 'P' stands for philharmonic, pit and pop-representing what 9PO is capable of servicing in terms of orchestral demand.

"Traditionally, a philharmonic orchestra consists of an ensemble with a large number of musicians. Usually the repertoire consists of mainly classical pieces.

"A pop orchestra's repertoire caters more towards the general public outside of the classical realm, such as show tunes, popular movie themes, etc.

"A pit orchestra is an accompanying orchestra for works that require orchestral accompaniment. An example of such works would be musicals, ballets, and operas. This was how 9PO started."

Daunting
Tolentino had been a musician in sev…