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Filipino costume and set designer Clint Ramos wins Obie Award

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Filipino costume and set designer Clint Ramos wins Obie Award
By Walter AngMay 25, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Set and costume designer Clint Ramos received the 2013 Obie Award for Sustained excellence of Costume Design at the 58th Annual Village Voice Off-Broadway Theater Awards ceremony.
He was also the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design and a nominee of Outstanding Costume Design for his work on "Wild With Happy" at The Public Theater.
Earlier this year, he also received the 2013 Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Best Costume Design for his work on Huntington Theatre Company of Boston's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
Ramos has designed costumes and sets for numerous productions in New York, across the US and internationally.
"It's been a great year so far. I got recognized for two disciplines that I am passionate about. It feels great," he says via email.
One of his current costume design credits…

Cris Villonco--how she became the most versatile actress of her generation

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Cris Villonco--how she became the most versatile actress of her generation
By Walter Ang
May 18, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cris Villonco has been cast in English and Filipino productions, plays and musicals, dramas and comedies, classic and contemporary material, in character and lead roles, and earlier this year, even in a male role (well, a female cross-dressed as a male, as Viola/Cesar in Philippine Educational Theater Association's "'D Wonder Twins of Boac," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night.").

But if life had taken a different turn, she would have been a politician by now.

"Pa-laos ka na," was what her own mother told Villonco in her senior year of high school in the mid-2000s. This was an assessment of her entertainment career: flourishing as a child singer but stalling as a teenager that nobody knew what to with.

Villonco first gained popularity through her appearances in "Aawitan Kita," the seminal television…

Stella Cañete—accomplished thespian, kitchen whiz, entrepreneur

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Stella Cañete—accomplished thespian, kitchen whiz, entrepreneur
By Walter Ang
May 10, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Stella Cañete was recently seen on stage in Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas’ stagings of “The Seagull” and its Filipino adaptation “Ang Tagak,” both as Polina; and “Collection,” as Tatiana Olandres. She was also in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s “Imaginary Invalid” as Angelique and its Filipino version, “Le Praning Du Sining,” as Toinette.

During her time off stage, Cañete loves to cook and confesses to an obsession with cookbooks and cooking shows. As a child, she made sure to catch shows like “Cooking It Up with the Dazas” and even a Chinese cooking show that used to be on the air.

“I couldn’t understand a thing the host was saying but that didn’t stop me from making my own interpretation,” she says.

She used to follow recipes diligently but eventually she started to deconstruct them by changing procedures and altering ingredients. “I have some original recipes …

Joseph and Francis Matheu: twin brothers–and twin theater artists

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Joseph and Francis Matheu: twin brothers–and twin theater artists
By Walter Ang
May 4, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

When Joseph Matheu was born, no one knew he was going become a brother to twin Francis just two minutes later. "The doctor didn't know because during our mom's check-ups, he would hear only one heartbeat," says Joseph.

Their mother was a biology teacher and their father was a chef. "Growing up, our toys were microscopes," says Francis. In college, both took up Hotel and Restaurant Management.

However, following in the footsteps of either parent wasn't meant to be.

Joseph is now a theater and live events lighting designer, with credits such as Triumphant Peoples Evangelistic Theatre Society's (Trumpets) "Little Mermaid," Gantimpala Theater's "Kanser," and Ballet Philippines' "Romeo and Juliet." He's also been television show Eat Bulaga's resident lighting director since 2007.

Francis is an …

Jojo Mamangun, Former Ballet Philippines dancer, shoots Filipino indigenous peoples

Jojo Mamangun, Former Ballet Philippines dancer, shoots Filipino indigenous peoples
By Walter Ang
May 2013

"When I was younger, I didn't have the means to shoot as much as I wanted," says former Ballet Philippines dancer Jojo Mamangun. "I didn't have the time nor resources for photography. A roll of 36 exposures cost a whole day's meal for me. My previous career was my priority back then. Sometimes, I was only able to hold my camera only for cleaning once a month!"

Mamangun had always been inspired by beautiful pictures and was curious to know how they were created. While attending Philippine High School for the Arts, he learned the basics from his father.

"He used to be a serious hobbyist. I would look at old slides my father took from his trips. He taught me about aperture, shutter speed and film ASA (American Standards Association). It was still called ASA at that time and not ISO (International Standards Organization)," he says laughing.

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