01 Feb 2013
in Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Adele Victorino, Alexander Cortez, Alya Honasan, Arkel Mendoza, Dexter Santos, Dulaang U.P., Dulaang UP, Floy Quintos, Jackie Amper, Janine Santos, Jean Judith Javier, Jeremy Domingo, Jules dela Paz, Leo Rialp, Natasha Cabrera, Red Concepcion, Roeder Camanag, Teetin Villanueva, University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman, Via Antonio, William Manzano
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.
31 Jan 2013
in Music Tags: Bulkantahan, Freedom Fair, Igni7e, Igni7e: Flare up your Passion, Kontrakultura II, music, Roots: Music and Arts Festival, Speak UP, University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman, UP Fair, UP Fair 2013
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.)
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
February 12 (Tuesday)
Starts at 5:30pm
19 Aug 2012
in Music and Arts Tags: University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman, UP Solidaridad, workshop, writers, writing
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
28 Jun 2012
in Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Diana Malahay, Dulaang UP, George de Jesus, Jose Estrella, Lex Marcos, Natasha Cabrera, Neil Sese, Paolo O' Hara, photography, play, theater, University of the Philippines
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.
21 Jun 2012
in Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Alexander Cortez, Camille Lopez-Molina, Dulaang U.P., Felipe de Leon, Guillermo Tolentino, Noli Me Tangere: The Opera, opera, theater, University of the Philippines
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.
27 Apr 2012
in UP Stuff Tags: academic costume, graduation, graduation attire, Sablay, University of the Philippines, UP Diliman
I never really thought much about the UP Sablay until recently, when a Facebook friend posted a photo of someone lamenting the fact that the Sablay is no longer exclusive to UP, as other universities have started using a similar one in their graduation ceremonies.
18 Jun 2011
in Teatro Pilipinas Tags: Diliman, Dulaang U.P., Dulaang UP, Rizal X, theater, University of the Philippines
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.
25 Sep 2010
in Musings, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: David Henry Hwang, musings, playwriting, theater, University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman
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.
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.
Jorge Ortoll and May Adrales on the panel (lower left)
17 Aug 2010
in Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Dexter Santos, Dulaang UP, Orosman at Zafira, photography, theater, University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman
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.
14 Aug 2010
in Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Dexter Santos, Dulaang UP, Orosman at Zafira, photography, theater, University of the Philippines
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 saw them through their movement rehearsals, their music rehearsals with Carol Bello, even the Cirque du Soleil DVD watching in Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY) and I was with members of the production before, in-between and sometimes even after the rehearsals. For some reason, I was even at the cast party. (Yes, I had a tremendously huge amount of free time back then).
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.