For the photo documentation for the Virgin Labfest 6, I made it a point to get there early so I could pick a good seat. I watched each show or set twice so I would know where to sit to get the best angles or shots. For this particular show on July 2nd, I had asked the usher if I could sit in the center front row; but I was told the center front rows were reserved so I had to content myself with sitting on the front row of stage right.

I was able to take good photos of the previous play of the same set, Isagani, because the usher told me the guests for whom the front row seats have been reserved had not arrived yet. I was allowed to sit on the center front row. Come Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan, I was asked to return to my seat.

That was just my luck, because I was seated right in front of the big prop window, with all my views to the actors on the center of the stage blocked. It was really frustrating.

Here are the photos I managed to take nevertheless.

All of them are really too dark, I like to think these photos are studies on chiaroscuro. 😉

Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan
written by Debbie Ann Tan
directed by Issa Manalo Lopez

Stage Manager: Wilmark Oliver Tabio
Sound Designer: Sharon Perlas
Costume Consultant: Ram Tolentino
Set Designer: Myka Francisco
Choreographer: Arnie Umayam

Bembol Roco as Gilbey’s
Missy Maramara as Brandy
PJ Paule as Whiskey

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

(I had personally liked this part about writing on the floor so I took a photo of it.)

Gilbey’s and Brandy, 20 yrs apart, are husband and wife, pimp and whore, who love each other dearly.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

(This is just to show how bad my seat was.)

Brandy with her repertoire of roles as nurse, baker, cook, tutor, does her trade with perfunctory ease that brings to the table, Gilbeys’ sole diet: chicken gizzard.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

However, life gets more difficult. They decide to take in a boarder, someone who could help them in this covert trade, as well.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

Enter Whiskey, a virile lad who looks and acts nice. He convinces the couple to take him in as bedspacer.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

Days pass, the couple reveals their trade to Whiskey and insinuates an offer to work for them as a “plumber.”

But three is always a crowd. And soon enough, jealousies and hate begin to tear this odd trio apart.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

Whiskey professes his love for Brandy. Gilbeys suspects Whiskey of being a traitor and a thief. Brandy is torn between the two.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

But Gilbeys and Brandy’s love for each other runs deep. A love that links the matter of eating chicken gizzards.

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan (2010)

Bembol Roco on VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan

Bembol Roco as Gilbey's

Missy Maramara on VLF6: Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan

Missy Maramara as Brandy

Issa Manalo Lopez directs Balunbalunan, Bingibingihan

Issa Manalo Lopez laughing with Missy Maramara during the curtain call

Here is a slideshow of the photos from the entire set. They’re all really dark, even though I already cranked up the curves…

The photos were taken as photo documentation for Teatro Pilipinas and Tanghalang Pilipino but all photo copyrights belong solely to me.

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