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A Filipino 'Ramayana' dazzles on the Asean stage

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A Filipino 'Ramayana' dazzles on the Asean stage
By WALTER ANG
April 30, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Integrated Performing Arts Guild (Ipag), the resident theater group of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, represented the Philippines in the Asean Plus Ramayana Festival held in Bangkok.

Ipag performed at the National Theatre and The Royal Field along with groups from other Asean nations and India.

The festival was part of Thailand's Asean Culture Expo, which aimed to promote the variety of cultures among its member countries.

The "Ramayana" is a Sanskrit epic poem about Rama, an avatar of the god Vishnu, who saves his wife Sita, an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi, after she's abducted by Ravana, a multi-headed demon king.

Asean countries have their respective versions; the Philippines has Maranao versions which include a portion in the Darangen epic song, from which the singkil dance is derived, and the story of Maharadia Lawana (Ki…

Philippine Opera Company's musical revue 'Harana' to tour U.S., Canada

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Philippine Opera Company's musical revue 'Harana' to tour U.S., Canada
By WALTER ANG
April 27, 2016
Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/139021/ph-opera-co-s-musical-revue-harana-to-tour-u-s-canada

The Philippine Opera Company (POC) will serenade U.S. and Canadian audiences this year with its musical concert revue "Harana: A Cultural Journey" starting in May.

"Harana" means serenade in Filipino, a traditional form of courtship where a suitor woos a lady's affection with love songs outside her home as she watches from an open window or balcony.

The revue will feature traditional and contemporary songs in different genres such as children's songs, tribal chants, farming songs and courtship ditties.

There will be song-and-dance tributes to iconic comediennes such as Nida Blanca and Sylvia la Torre, featuring songs like "Waray Waray" and "Kung Ako'y Mag-aasawa."

Kundiman, traditional Filipino love songs, will also be p…

Giselle Garcia presents Philippine dramaturgy practices at int’l symposium

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Dramaturg Giselle Garcia presents Philippine practices at int’l symposium
By WALTER ANG
Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 23, 2016

Giselle Garcia is representing the Philippines at an international dramaturgy symposium in Singapore.

"Mapping Out, In & About" happens today, April 23, at Black Box, Centre 42 Art Center, 42 Waterloo St., and April 24 at Theatre Studio, Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr., Singapore.

This inaugural symposium of Asian Dramaturgs' Network features more than 15 Asian-based dramaturgs from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Australia. Talks are open to the public.

Garcia will present an overview of dramaturgical work in the Philippines and specific case studies.

Dramaturgs have a range of work roles in theater, though one of their major functions is to provide research materials and insights to the director, designers and cast of a production.

The research can range from the sociopolitical milieu of a …

Look! Chinoy theater actors Reuben Uy and Herbie Go in Super Bowl commercials

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Look! Chinoy theater actors Reuben Uy and Herbie Go in Super Bowl commercials
By WALTER ANG
Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 23, 2016

Theater actor Reuben Uy has been cast in a US commercial for Toyota Prius that aired during the pre-game segment of this year's Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the US National Football League.

The ad begins with a child staring at the sky from his bedroom window. His father fetches him in a red 2016 Prius and a montage of scenes follow where the child stares at the sky from the car's backseat.

The child grows up to become an astronaut played by Uy.

As the father looks at an old photo of himself and his son, the camera cuts to Uy, in a space suit, standing on what is presumably another planet, looking out into space (where the Earth and the moon can be seen).

The 60-second ad, titled "Higher," can be viewed on Youtube.com/ToyotaUSA.

There are also Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese voiceover versions, presumably targeted at Asian …

Filipino stories onstage in New York and San Francisco

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Filipino stories onstage in New York and San Francisco
By WALTER ANG

Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 16, 2016

Ma-Yi Theater Company's "House Rules," a comedy about two sets of Filipino-American siblings who realize their respective parents won't live forever, is ongoing in New York until April 16.

Fil-Am theater artists involved in "House Rules" include playwright A. Rey Pamatmat, director Ralph Peña, sound designer Fabian Obispo, and actors Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Tiffany Villarin and Tina Chilip.

Peña, who is also Ma-Yi's artistic director, recently directed "Macho Dancer: A Musical" at the 2015 Virgin Labfest in Manila.

Chilip was in Ma-Yi's revival of Peña's play "Flipzoids" and is thrilled to be working with the theater group again.

"Ma-Yi does amazing work," she said. "In this production, I get to collaborate with these insanely talented people whose work I've admired. I'm really proud to work…

School-based theater groups join Kilos Sining 2016

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40-plus school-based theater groups join Kilos Sining festival
By WALTER ANG
April 9, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

More than 40 college and university-based and community-based theater groups* participated in Kilos Sining sa Paaralan (KSP), a theater education program held from February 6 to March 7 to celebrate National Arts Month (February) and World Theater Day (March 27).

The program had three major components: Danas-Dula, where participants watched productions staged by participating schools and professional groups; Sanay-Danas-Dula, discussion sessions on how to evaluate/review the shows they'd seen; and Usapang Teatro sa Unibersidad at Kolehiyo, a symposium on theater-making processes.

The event was organized by Tanghalan ng Mag-aaral, a network of university and college-based theater groups; Guro sa Sining ng Bayan, a network of teachers advocating for theater as an education tool, and Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Pangkultura sa Kamaynilaan at Karatig Pook, a network of th…

In San Francisco, Bindlestiff Studio stages 'Tagalog,' three short plays about love

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In San Francisco, Bindlestiff Studio stages 'Tagalog,' three short plays about love
By WALTER ANG
April 5, 2016
Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/138357/in-san-francisco-tagalog-three-short-plays-about-love

Filipino-American theater group Bindlestiff Studio will stage "Tagalog: A Festival of One-Acts" this month in San Fracisco, featuring three plays about love to be performed in Tagalog with English supertitles.

"Dalawang Gabi" (Two Evenings) by Maynard Manansala is a lighthearted comedy of impossible love between a college professor and her student, directed by Aureen Almario and Joe Cascasan.

"Hintayan ng Langit" (Heaven's Waiting Room) reunites Lisa and Manolo, former lovers who've not seen and heard from each other in years, in an otherworldly location. Directed by Allan Manalo. The play is by poet Juan Miguel Severo, known for the viral Youtube video of his spoken word poem "Ang Huling Tula na Isusulat Ko Para Sa'y…

'Dark and terrible' character lures Gabs Santos back to the stage

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'Dark and terrible' character lures Gabs Santos back to the stage
By WALTER ANG
April 2, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

After a three-year hiatus, Gabs Santos returns to the stage in Egg Theater Company's (ETC) staging of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman," in a Filipino translation by George de Jesus.

Santos will play Katurian, a writer living in a police state who is questioned about his macabre stories that resemble gruesome child murders that have been committed recently.

De Jesus says, "With the coming elections and the incessant specter of dictatorships and martial law, this production reminds us that there is a fine line between the freedom of an individual to tell a story and its impact on the security of society."

The play's use of suspense and "unreliable" testimonies from its characters won it the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play in the United Kingdom and the 2004-2005 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New …