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Dulaang UP’s #R < / 3 J Aug 26 - Sept 13, 2015

Theater By August 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Catch Dulaang UP’s # R < / 3 J, a multimedial hallucination on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. # R < / 3 J retells the story of the star-crossed lovers transforming Verona into a concrete jungle at the heart of Metro Manila – teeming with corruption, revolt, advertisements, sex, social media and condominium units. This theatrical project seeks to dramatize, through a pastiche of movement, music, intertext, video and design, the postmodern tragedy of our generation.


Dulaang UP Stages Jacobean Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

This September, Dulaang UP continues its tradition of bringing world classics to the Filipino audience through the first major Philippine production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. Dark and visceral, The Duchess of Malfi is widely held as the greatest of Webster’s works and the most gripping of the Jacobean tragedies. It has mesmerized and shocked audiences since it was first staged 400 years ago in 1613.

The Duchess of Malfi is renowned for producing what could probably be theatre’s most compelling female protagonist and two of its most twisted villains.

The play follows the story of a recently widowed duchess as she decides to go against her scheming brothers by secretly marrying her personal steward. The discovery of her deception engulfs everyone in a tumultuous and maddening whirlpool of envy, incest, greed, destruction, and death. The characters’ struggle for and against their desires forces us to ask ourselves, “How far will we go for pleasure?”

DUP’s production also features Ang Dukesa ng Malfi as translated into Filipino by Palanca awardee Allan Palileo. The play is adapted and directed by theater icon and DUP Founding Artistic Director Tony Mabesa, well known for his staging of world and Filipino classics. New York-based Obie award winner Clint Ramos and Eric Pineda collaborate for the set and costume design respectively; Choreography by Peter Alcedo, Jr., Lights design by Meliton Roxas, Jr., and Sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi runs September 11- 29, 2013 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 and look for Ms. Camille Guevarra or Ms. Samanta Clarin.

You may follow Dulaang UP on Facebook for updates, click HERE.


Revisiting Battalia Royale – A Dialogue

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By April 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

If you are a fan of Philippine Theater, and/or the production Battalia Royale, or interested in Contemporary Community Theater and Contemporary Theater Community, Crowdfunding Theater and The Blank Ticket Concept, you may wanna drop by the Pugad Lawin Studio this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3PM.

Open to the public meryenda + Talk/dialogue/ kuwentuhan on revisiting Battalia Royale, independent theater, Sipat Lawin Line-up for 2013, Grand Shift to Contemporary Community Theater and Contemporary Theater Community, Crowdfunding Theater and The Blank Ticket Concept. 

Bring meryenda to share! 🙂 Send a private message to confirm attendance. Bring friends!

 For more information, visit the Facebook event page here:

Or connect with Sipat Lawin Ensemble on Facebook.


Himala the Musical Gala Night – March 15, 2013

Theater By February 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

I have been involved in theater since 2000, and worked with The U.P. Repertory Company, Dulaang U.P., Tanghalang Ateneo, Tanghalang Pilipino, and in the process has met many members of other theater organizations, and that has made me familiar with all the struggles a stage actor or even worker, face for the love of the art. So I was quite happy when I learned that an organization was made to support the theater actors of the country, in the form of the Theater Actors Guild (TAG).

In an effort to provide health cards for the Theater Actors Guild (TAG)’s members, the organization, with the leadership of Kalila Aguilos, is mounting its first major fundraising activity. Local theater actors often sacrifice their health among other things for the sake of “the show must go on” and would rather suffer than deny the audience of the joy of watching live theater.* The fundraising activity is a small step but it is definitely a start, so let us all help out and support our local theater actors by buying tickets to the Himala gala night on March 15. This small token of support will go a long way.

 *Some text by Ria Pangilinan.

After almost a decade, Himala returns with a 10th anniversary celebration of its music. Be captivated with the stellar voices of May BayotIsay Alvarez SeñaCynthia Guico, Jon Joven, Oj MarianoDulceMia Reonal Bolaños, Myke Salomon, and the University of the East Chorale with some of the original cast members and new artists as you listen to the songs of Vincent DeJesus and Ricky Lee with piano accompaniment by Jed Balsamo under the direction of Soxie Topacio.

Limited performances only from 15 March to 24 March 2013 at the PETA-PHINMA Theater located along Eymard Drive near Quezon City Sports Club.

The PETA Theater Center
No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila
Quezon City, Metro Manila

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Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang Last Performance Week

Theater By December 3, 2012 Tags: , , No Comments
Catch the final week of Umaaraw Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang – a stage adaptation based on Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s children’s short story, written by Rody Vera, and directed by Jose Estrella
Dec 5, 6, 7 -7pm
Dec 8 and 9 -10am and 3pm

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre
2nd flr Palma Hall UP Diliman

For tickets, contact Sam Clarin or Camille Guevara at Dulaang UP Office at (632) 926-1349, (632) 981-8500 local 2449 or (632) 433-7840


Dulaang UP’s Ang Tagak Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By October 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Dulaang UP’s second offering on its 37th Season, The Seagull/Ang Tagak, is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be master dramatist Anton Chekhov’s greatest work. In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes in art and life that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull/Ang Tagak is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa. The production stars theater veterans Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Nadine Samonte, and Karen Gaerlan.

It was staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translated by Rolando Tinio). The production is on its last run this week.

Here are some production photos from the Filipino version October 3rd. (The entire set is HERE.)

** These are photos from Acts 1 through 4.

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak

Dulaang UP's Ang Tagak


PETA’s BONA – August 24 to Sept 23, 2012

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Bona, a film about a young schoolgirl played by Nora Aunor who became a die-hard fan of Gardo, a wannabe actor portrayed by Philip Salvador, reemerges this August as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) opens its 45th theater season.

Originally directed by National Artist for Film and one of PETA’s founding members Lino Brocka and written by Cenen Ramones, was also an official entry in the 1981 Cannes International Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and was cited as one of the “100 Best Films of the World” by The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Aunor’s portrayal of Bona won her the Best Actress Award in the 1980 Gawad Urian Awards.

Layeta Bucoy, who wrote the stage adaptation, shares her insight about the difference of the new Bona to the film: “Eugene’s Bona is more empowered; she is financially independent and even supports her family. [Eugene, as Bona], I believe, has the stamina, range, and imagination for a physically and emotionally taxing role.”(1)

Set in contemporary Manila, PETA’s stage adaptation of Bona revolves around Eugene Domingo, a spinster call center agent who sees the televised pitiful background of Gino Sanchez immediately becomes a fan of the Star of Tomorrow wannabe. In her desire to help him jumpstart his showbiz career, she gives him everything she has and turns her back to everything she values. Blinded by her belief in him, she allows all his faults to freely slide as she finds herself drowning in the surreal quicksand of worship and pity where manipulation blurs the line between prey and predator, the dismissive god and the faithful worshiper.

Director: Soxie Topacio
Writer: Layeta Bucoy
Music: Teresa Barroso
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Edgar Allan Guzman, Phil Noble, Joey Paras, Jeff Henson-Dee, She Maala, Olive Nieto, Dudz Teraña, Junevir Tabor, Juliene Mendoza, Raffy Tejada, Jason Barcial, BJ Forbes, and Anna Luna

You may visit the PETA Theater’s website for detailed information on the performance schedules, and who to contact. The schedule is found here: