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Tanghalang Pilipino's Regina De Vera, 26, makes it to Juilliard

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Tanghalang Pilipino's Regina De Vera, 26, makes it to Juilliard
By Walter Ang
May 30, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Regina De Vera, a resident actor of Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), has been accepted to The Juilliard School's Masters of Fine Arts in Acting program.

She is one of 18 applicants admitted to the program out of 1,900 hopefuls from all over the world. Her first semester of a four-year course begins September this year.

While De Vera has received financial aid from Juilliard, it's far from the total amount needed. The aid is $28,000 but the total cost of attending (including housing, supplies, insurance, etc.) is $61,290, she posts on Facebook.

If she can raise the funds on time, she will have the chance to study in the school that has produced the likes of movie stars Robin Williams and Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Interstellar"), TV stars Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") and Elizabeth McGovern ("Downton Abbey&…

Pinoy Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino gets Tony nominations--again

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Pinoy Broadway producer gets Tony nominations--again
By Walter Ang
May 16, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jhett Tolentino has just added two more Tony Award nominations to his name-Best Play for "Hand to God" (still running), and Best Revival of a Play for "This Is Our Youth" (which ran from September 2014 to January this year).

Both these productions are in the running for this year's awarding ceremony, which will be held on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and will be hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth (originator of the role Galinda/Glinda in the musical "Wicked.")

No, he's neither an actor in the cast nor a part of the artistic team. He and his business partner Joan Raffe, through their company JoanJhett Productions, served as coproducers for these two productions.

More and more Broadway (and Off-Broadway) productions now accept investors who are given the privilege of being named producers in the billing; as such, th…

Pinoy theater actors in LA TV comedy sketch show

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Pinoy theater actors in LA TV comedy sketch show
By Walter Ang
May 9, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater actors Reuben Uy and Giselle Töngi are now part of gag show "Pun Plip Pridays" on a local Los Angeles TV channel.

The show airs on KSCI-TV LA 18, a channel for the Filipino-American community in Southern California, and is syndicated to KIKU station in Hawaii.

The show is touted as the "first-ever televised original sketch comedy show written, produced and performed by an all-Filipino American team."

Recent credits
Töngi's recent credits on stage include playing Ulla in Repertory Philippines' "The Producers," and as Marlene Dietrich in Atlantis Productions' "Piaf."

"I sent in my resume and demo reel from Manila as I heard that LA 18 was looking for a host/producer that spoke Tagalog for its show 'Kababayan Today,'" she says. "I interviewed over Skype and was offered the job shortly after."

Reuben Uy w…

Chrome and Che Ramos-Cosio: Husband and wife, exercising actors

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Chrome and Che Ramos-Cosio: Husband and wife, exercising actors
By Walter Ang
May 2, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Being physically fit helps us do more as we juggle many roles. We hardly get sick even if we usually work late into the night," says Che Ramos-Cosio.

Her husband and fellow actor, Chrome Cosio, agrees. "There are many benefits to being physically fit. You have more energy, you don't tire easily. You have better endurance to do a wider range of different things."

Ramos adds, "Especially now as parents of an also active two-year-old girl, we still have enough energy to work, take care of her, and have fun as a family."

Ramos was last seen in Red Turnip Theater's "Rabbit Hole," while Cosio was in Philippine Educational Theater Association's "D'Wonder Twins of Boac" (an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"). Both are familiar faces in the annual Virgin Labfest, and both have either…