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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.

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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.

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Dulaang U.P.’s Collection runs from Feb 13 – Mar 3, 2013

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By February 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

What price do we pay.. when everything is for sale?


What happens to a society that is overrun by greed and materialism? By shifting moral values and by acquisitive desires?

Collection, the much-awaited new work from acclaimed playwright Floy Quintos is a dark comedy that paints a disturbing picture of society obsessed with conspicuous consumption, surface glamour, and the endless, unsatisfying pursuit of the Next Big Thing. Collection closes Dulaang UP‘s 37th Season.

In this artistic vision of a materialist hell, a fictional government agency, the National Commission on the Disposal of Philippine Patrimony, has sanctioned the sale of historical and national treasures like the Banaue Rice Terraces, the Chocolate Hills and the Malolos Constitution. The proceeds go to a national lottery designed to alleviate poverty through dole outs.

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UP Fair 2013 – Schedule, Line-up and Ticket Price

Music By January 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Every February, we all look forward to the biggest musical event happening at the Sunken Garden of the University of the Philippines Diliman – the UP Fair. More than just a musical event, there are food booths and little stores selling all kinds of interesting stuff and offering services like henna tattoos, palm reading, and the likes. There are also fair rides like the ferris wheel and the octopus, among others (but of course I have to say ferris wheel because it is absolutely my favorite ride of all time), and all kinds of booths offering freebies, from condoms to photos, depending on participating sponsors. You get my drift. In effect, we can say that aside from the Lantern Parade, with the corresponding Oblation Run, and our graduations with the sunflowers, it IS the biggest event of the campus every year. One whole week of all these things! How much fun can it get?!

I can say much about the UP Fair, but I will reserve that for the next week when I might be blogging about every single night I am there, or maybe just one or two, depending on my very hectic schedule. Let me say this for sure though, UP Fair 2013, we are so ready for you! Are you ready for us though?

Here are the most updated schedule, line-up, and other relevant information regarding the UP Fair 2013.

Do come back here for updates in the coming days.

One important thing is: the ticket prices are now standardized, as opposed to previous years when ticket prices varied  depending on the host organization or the line-up, but this year, every night, the ticket price is Php100. Such an awesome deal that “affordable” could not possibly be more than an understatement.

So, UP Fair 2013, we are really so ready for you! And we know that you never disappoint.

(You may click on the links for further info regarding the organization, the band, a company or any partner.)

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UP Fair 2013 Detailed Information:

February 12: Bulkantahan
Unang Pagsabog Para Sa Pagbabago
(Iuvenis Orbis Geological Fraternity)

brings you:UP Fair 2013’s Opening Night
BULKANTAHAN
February 12 (Tuesday)
Sunken Garden
Starts at 5:30pm
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UP Solidaridad 2012 Writers Workshop

Music and Arts By August 19, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Interested in being a writer? Or just love writing? Join the UP Diliman’s Solidaridad (UP Systemwide Alliance of Campus Publications and Writers’ Organizations) Writers Workshop.

 

For updates and more information, Like UP Solidaridad on Facebook -> http://www.facebook.com/pages/UP-Solidaridad-Diliman/363178903710514

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Dulaang UP’s Amphitryon Production Photos

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By June 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Because my photos are really, really late, here’s a recap of what this was all about.

Celebrating its 35th Theater Season, Dulaang UP presents its fourth production, Amphitryon, a Roman comedy by Heinrich von Kleist with Filipino tranlation by Jerry Respeto and direction by Jose Estrella.

Amphitryon follows the story of King Amphitryon and his wife Alcmene, who became victims of Jupiter, a Roman god. Jupiter disguises himself to make love with Alcmene during the quest of King Amphitryon in Thebes. As the king return to his kingdom victorious from the battle they had won, Jupiter disappeared leaving Alcmene bearing their child. With what happen between the two of them, will Alcmene realize the person whom she made love with was not truly her husband and will Amphitryon discover that a god came to her wife during the time he was in his quest?

Click on the thumbnails to view the posters that came out.

       

The cast includes Neil Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera.

Comprising the artistic team are Lex Marcos (Set Designer), John Batalla (Light Designer), Raven Ong (Costume Designer) and TJ Ramos (Sounds Designer).

Amphitryon ran from February 16 to March 6, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The following production photos were taken on the last show.

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Dulaang U.P.’s Noli Me Tangere: The Opera July 18-August 12, 2012

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By June 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

The restaging of the musical treat of 2011, Noli Me Tangere: The Opera kicks off Dulaang U.P.’s new season. The critically-acclaimed operatic retelling of Rizal’s opus by National Artist Felipe Padilla de Leon with libretto by another National Artist Guillermo Tolentino comes hot on the heels of its sold out four-week run last November. It is directed by DUP Artistic Director Alexander Cortez, with music direction by Camille Lopez-Molina and features some of the country’s finest classically-trained singers. It is also the birth centennial tribute for National Artist Felipe de Leon with libretto by another National Artist, Guillermo Tolentino.

Noli Me Tangere: The Opera returns on stage from July 18 to August 12, 2012 and is also DUP’s tribute to Padilla de Leon’s birth centennial.

The show will run from July 18 to August 12; 7pm on Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd flr. Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Q.C.

Tickets are priced at Php250.00 each with discounts for bulk tickets, senior citizens and UP Diliman students only. Text Camille for tickets at 0917-903-0727.

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Dulaang U.P.’s Rizal X

Teatro Pilipinas By June 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

 

Rizal X cast includes Maita Ponce, Jean Judith Javier, Reuben Uy, Red Concepcion, Reb Atadero, Yanah Laurel, Bea Garcia, Natasha Cabrera, Jules Dela Paz, Alchris Galura, Nicco Manalo and the Dulaang UP Ensemble.

Comprising the artistic team are William Elvin Manzano for Music and Lyrics; Happy Days Ahead for Musical Arrangement; Katte Sabate and Chic San Agustin as head writers and dramaturges; Leeroy New for Set Design; Voltaire De Jesus for Lights Design; Mitoy Sta. Ana for Costume Design; Ohm David as technical director; Irish Pangilinan as musical director; Jojit Lorenzo for Photography; Tuxqs Rutaquio for Poster Design.

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Personal Thoughts from David Henry Hwang’s Talk

Musings, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By September 25, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I woke up at nine in the morning and thus arrived thirty minutes late for David Henry Hwang‘s talk and playwrights’ forum at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall in U.P.’s CAL Building.

Playwrights' Forum: A Talk by David Hwang

L-R: Chris Millado, Loretta Greco, Lloyd Suh, David Henry Hwang

I was there to document so the first thing I did was take photos. I know Mr. Hwang was talking about how to write a play when I got there but I could not listen to the full details while I was trying to be as un-intrusive as possible with my documentation.

The hall was packed with students as well as faculty members.

Playwrights' Forum: A Talk by David Hwang

Jorge Ortoll and May Adrales on the panel (lower left)

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Of Poets and Warriors – Orosman at Zafira

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 17, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Imagine living in a time when poetry was simply an everyday language. Beauty was magnified ten folds, pandemonium was disguised in lyrical verses, and love was simply glorious. Chaos translated to poetry is Orosman at Zafira, a play written in the 1850s by Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas). It tells the story of three warring tribes in thirst for power, a plot we could still relate to today.

Orosman at Zafira 2010

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My Favorite Photos from Dulaang U.P.’s Orosman at Zafira 2010

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 14, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

When I first saw Orosman at Zafira in 2008, I was utterly moved to tears. Though I was not a part of the production, it felt like I was, too. I must have seen the show in its entirety at least four times and never did it lose the magic for me. I was always blown away. I was always moved to tears no matter how many times I saw it. Orosman at Zafira of 2008 was one of the best plays I saw that year.

Orosman at Zafira of 2010, despite the new faces but for three in the main cast, still moved me. Though I could not help but miss the old faces (and what beautiful faces they were), the magic is still there. I am happy that Philippine Theater has Dexter Santos and grateful for and immensely proud of the talent that he so generously shares with us. May there be more of this talent around us and let it touch and reach others in the only way it can. I am utterly grateful for the opportunity to have been able to shoot this exceptionally beautiful production that continues to touch my heart.

There were more than 600 photos from that night. I chose my favorites and still ended with 30. (Which shouldn’t be so bad since it’s 5% but I was for some reason gunning for 10). I would like to commend production designer Tuxqs Rutaquio and lights designer John Ilao Batalla. And, Paolo Rodriguez, the accessories are absolutely lovely!

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