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Filipino theater designers featured in 2015 intl exhibitions in Prague and Moscow

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Filipino theater designers featured in 2015 int'l exhibitions in Prague and Moscow
By Walter Ang
March 28, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines is preparing its display entries and delegates to two international theater design events this year: the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) 2015 in the Czech Republic and the "Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015" exhibition at Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow, in Russia.

To be held from June 17 to 28, the PQ exhibits a variety of performance design disciplines such as costume, stage, lighting and sound design. It's been held every four years since 1967.

US-based students
Two designers whose works are included in the entries to PQ, set designer Lex Marcos and costume designer Raven Ong, are both currently in the United States, on opposite coasts, taking up master's degree programs in set design and costume design, respectively.

Marcos is taking up a Master in Fine Arts i…

Sheila Francisco sings, acts--and cooks

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Sheila Francisco sings, acts--and cooks
By Walter Ang
March 14, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sheila Francisco is currently playing the ultra conservative mom Marie Dindon in 9 Works Theatrical's "La Cage Aux Folles."

While younger audience members have been watching her in plays recently, they may not know that her entry into the theater profession was through musicals.

She was recruited by Freddie Santos to perform for Trumpets' "Joseph the Dreamer" in 1991. A decade's worth of musicals in Manila and Singapore later, she was chosen by Trevor Nunn (director of the original productions of "Cats" and "Sunset Boulevard," among other musicals) to play Bloody Mary in the Royal National Theatre's revival of "South Pacific" in London.

Love of singing
"I have to credit my father, Ramon Francisco, for my love of music," says Francisco. "He loved music and would require us kids to listen with him when he'd play…