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How Bibo Reyes shed 70 pounds

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How Bibo Reyes shed 70 pounds
By WALTER ANG
May 28, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Young actor Bibo Reyes has lost 70 pounds over the past ten months through diet and exercise.

"When people ask what I did or am doing, I usually just tell them 'discipline,'" says the 25 year old actor who was seen onstage recently in two Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (Ateg) productions -- "Saturday Night Fever" (which toured Kuala Lumpur and Singapore after its Manila run) and "Bridges of Madison County."

In September, he'll be part of Ateg's "Jersey Boys," a musical about the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock 'n roll group The Four Seasons.

Nyoy Vollante will play Frankie Valli and Christian Bautista will play Bob Gaudio.

Balance
"When we think about weight loss, we tend to talk about drastic diets and workouts when, really, the answer is simply 'balance,'" says Reyes, who'd always been o…

Liesl Batucan is new associate artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino

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Liesl Batucan tackles a new role-as associate artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino
By WALTER ANG
May 21, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Liesl Batucan has been appointed as the new associate artistic director of Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She fills the position formerly held by Tuxqs Rutaquio.

After Batucan played the titular role in the restaging of "Mabining Mandirigma," a musical about Apolinario Mabini, TP artistic director Fernando "Nanding" Josef and president Jolly Gomez invited her to a meeting to discuss "the future of Tanghalang Pilipino."

"At the time, I wasn't aware of the full extent and scope of that enigmatic phrase, but because I love Tanghalang Pilipino and because its future is important to me, I said yes," recalls Batucan.

The gentlemen offered her the position, citing the "breadth and range of her body of theater work, as well as her training, d…

Virgin Labfest, Shakespeare, John Arcilla in Tanghalang Pilipino's 2016-2017 season

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Virgin Labfest, Shakespeare, John Arcilla in Tanghalang Pilipino's 2016-2017 season
By WALTER ANG
May 21, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Pilipino's planned 2016-17 season opens with the Virgin Labfest. While the annual festival of new plays had always been a co-project of playwrights group Writer's Bloc and TP since it was founded, it is now officially part of the company's season offerings.

Midsummer Night's Dream
To commemorate the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, TP will stage "Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw," Rolando Tinio's translation of "A Midsummer Nights Dream," with dramaturgy by Rody Vera and to be directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna.

Audie Gemora is slated to play fairy king Oberon and Liesl Batucan is slated to play fairy queen Titania.

Planned cast includes Marco Viana as Lysander, Lhorvie Nuevo as Helena, Toni Go as Hermia, JV Ibesate as Demetrius, Jonathan Tadioan as Nick Bottom, Aldo Venci…

Clint Ramos bags Tony nomination for his costumes for Lupita Nyong'o

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Dulaang UP alum Clint Ramos bags a Tony nomination
By WALTER ANG
May 7, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

New York-based set and costume designer Clint Ramos has been nominated for a Tony Award for his costume design for "Eclipsed," a play featuring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave", "Star Wars'" Maz Kanata, "The Jungle Book's" Raksha).

"I am very shocked, honored and humbled," he says. "Even though I've worked hard to be the best designer I can be, I still don't take anything for granted. This is a big deal and I know that, and I am very humbled by it."

This is his first Tony nomination. Ramos' set and costumes for the production have been described by critics as "meticulously detailed" (Variety) and "evocative" (Hollywood Reporter).

Nyong'o plays one of five women who survive the second Liberian Civil War. Written by Danai Gurira and directed by Liesl Tommy, the prod…