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Photos: VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By July 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Kafatiran is a story of love and freedom. At the dawn of the Philippine revolution, another revolution is brewing. Deep within the ranks of the Katipunan is a special faction composed of young men who are smart, art-loving, and sometimes a bit too mild-mannered. Young Antonino Corpus wants to join this special faction and goes through some tests to know if he does belong into this group. Unfortunately, the night of Antinino’s recruitment is also the night that sparks the Philippines revolution and the recruitment house is surrounded by several guardia civil. Should they leave the place where they are free to be themselves so that they can attain true freedom? Should they finally come out?

VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran

VLF7 Revisited: Kafatiran


Photos: VLF7 Revisited: Evening at the Opera

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

Miranda Beloto, wife of Governor Bingo Beloto is obsessed with the idea of bringing to her impoverished province the first staging of a full length opera. As she prepares to face her corrupt, insensitive husband, she must also deal with the pressure from her own manipulative mother. It seems that Miranda’s foolhardy vision of beauty is all she can cling to in the face of so much brutality. Or is she herself a crucial part of the vicious cycle of corruption?

VLF7 Revisited: An Evening at the Opera

VLF7 Revisited: An Evening at the Opera

VLF7 Revisited: An Evening at the Opera


Photos: VLF7 Revisited: Kawala

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By July 3, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A famous actor and his snobby manager.
A posh, religious husband and wife.
A promiscuous gold digger.
A mysterious priest.
And an innocent young woman.
Seen through the eyes of a puzzled elevator boy,
“Kawala” tells the story of intertwined lives in a condominium and how they affect an important life choice of a confused employee.

VLF7 Revisited: Kawala

Rae Red

Paolo O’Hara

Peewee O’Hara
Tess Jamias
Regina de Vera
Jerry O’Hara
Chris Pasturan
Lao Rodriguez
Jelson Bay

VLF7 Revisited: Kawala


Virgin Labfest 8 Schedules June 27-July 8, 2012

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By May 16, 2012 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Schedule of Performances


SET A: June 27, 3pm & 8pm / July 7, 3pm / July 8, 8pm

Pagsubli – Aizel Cabilan
Direction: Melvin Lee

Symposium – U Eliserio & Maynard Manansala
Direction: JK Anicoche

Digital Divide – Ricardo Novenario
Direction: Andoy Ranay


SET B: June 28, 3pm & 8pm / July 7, 8pm / July 8, 3pm

Hayop – Mar Anthony dela Cruz
Direction: Erik Matti

Ang Unang Regla ni John – Em Mendez
Direction: George de Jesus


Official Entries to the Virgin Labfest Year 7!

Theater By April 27, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

How fast time passes, it seems like its only been a month since I bought my Nikon D90 body so I can document the Virgin Labfest 6, and yet it’s now time for Virgin Labfest 7. Soon enough I have to be back in Manila to work full time for Teatro Pilipinas yet again. (This serves as a reminder that the website should be up by end of this month, which is basically in a few days time… oops!)

Rody Vera has released earlier this afternoon the list of the official entries to the Virgin Labfest 7. Soon, playwrights will be looking for directors and staff and then directors and playwrights will be looking for actors, then rehearsals will begin… and by June, bloggers will be writing nonstop about the plays. And I hope this year I or my blog will not make such a fuss.

Anyway, these are the official entries to the Virgin Labfest 7. Congratulations and best of luck to everyone! We are all excited for what everyone will come up with, whatever it is, I’m sure it will be a showcase of talent, as it always has been.

Nine new One Act Plays and One Full -Length Play.

These are the Virgin entries to the 7th Virgin Labfest – June 29-July 10


VLF6 Photos: Sundan Natin Si Eversan (Set E)

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By October 5, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Playwright: Shungiku Uchida
Director: Yoshi Toshihisa
Stage Manager: Kerstin Pinto

Randy Villarama
Kat Castillo
Angelina Kanapi
Peewee O’Hara
Jerry O’Hara
Chrome Cosio

Ever-san, a Filipina and the first foreigner who passed the Japanese nursing examination at first try, is the greatest inspiration of Ligaya, Joy and Che.

VLF6: Sundan Natin Si Eversan


VLF6 Photos: Carmi Martin (Set D)

Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 18, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

These photos were taken on the June 29th 8pm and June 30th 3pm shows. My thanks to Nicco Manalo for giving up his seat on the front center row so I can take decent photos.

Carmi Martin
written by J. Dennis Teodosio
directed by Paul Santiago

Paul Jake Paule as Adonis
Ariel Diccion as Gabriel


VLF6 Photos: A Fist Full of Sand (Set D)

Photography, Theater By August 13, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

A Fist Full of Sand
written by Arlo de Guzman
directed by Katte Sabate

Video Design: J. Victor Villareal
Music Design: Alden/Noemer Sy
Stage Managers: Ava Santos and JV Canta

Trency Cagaanana as Character 1
Pat Valera as Character 2
Olive Nieto as Woman in Abaya 1
Maryjane Alejo as Woman in Abaya 2
Zaf Masahud as Man in Jihab
Nikka Angeles as Oud Player 1


Notes on the photos of VLF 6’s Huling Habilin ng Sirena

Photography, Theater By August 12, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I just really had to write about what I thought of the photos from this particular play and my experience in taking them. This play was the so far, the hardest of all the plays to photograph, for the sole reason that it was too dark. When I do post-processing, I actually just move the curves. That is just basically what I do all the time. For this set however, I had to Despeckle too every now and then. I thought about adjusting the Brightness, but I found out that adjusting the Brightness only made the photos more glaringly red – which was painful to the eyes. In the end, I opted not to.


Virgin Labfest 6 Photos: Huling Habilin ng Sirena (Set D)

Photography, Theater By August 9, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Huling Habilin ng Sirena
written by Layeta Bucoy
directed by J. Victor Villareal

Sound Designer: Noemer Sy
Stage Manager: Glenda M. Alday

Nicco Manalo as Sarah Jane
Abner Delina, Jr. as Sabiniano
Jerald Napoles
William Elvin as Batotoy
Alex Dorola Yasuda as Sid


Virgin Labfest 6 Photos: Sa Package Counter (Set C)

Photography, Theater By August 7, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I saw Set C twice (though missed Suor Clara and about half of Package Counter) but this was the reason I have two angles for this play (as well as the next one, Matyag). These photos were taken on the June 24 and July 2 3pm shows.

Sa Package Counter
written by Isa Borlaza
directed by Hazel Gutierez and co-directed by Chic San Agustin

Stage Manager: Raflesia Chiarra Bravo
Asst. Stage Managers: Tin Vinarao and Pat Gascon

Yong Tapang and Exzell Macoma

Don and Lito work at a package counter in a department store.

VLF6: Sa Package Counter (2010)

VLF6: Sa Package Counter (2010)

Sharing inane stories of false hopes, achievements and dreams, they chance upon a bag, left unclaimed by a customer.


Virgin Labfest 5

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By June 25, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments


Venue : Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Tanghalang Manuel Conde
Time : No set time
(But usually 3pm and 8pm)
Date : Jun 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30 2009
Jul 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 2009

Tickets to the Virgin Labfest are at P200 for main exhibition sets, P100 for the symposium and “Pay What You Can” for play readings.

For more details, please contact Tanghalang Pilipino at 832-3661, or the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

Untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays from playwrights emerging and established find barebones staging in this theater festival of new works now on its fifth year; Directors, actors, designersand staff from various theater companies in Metro Manila converge in this two week festival that also features a Workshop for first time playwrights, talkbacks, and the book launch of the “Best of the Virgin Labfest”.

To check out the specific schedules, click here:

You can also download festival guide and/or calendar here:


Since the poster print is too small as well as for your easy reference, here are the sets:

SET A – School of Life

(Mga Dulang Walang Pinag-aralan)
June 23: 3pm, 8pm
July 4: 8pm
July 5: 3pm

by Job Pagsibigan, to be mounted by Sipat Lawin Ensemble

Ang Huling Lektyur ni Misis Reyes
by Tim Dacanay, directed by Hazel Gutierrez

Isang Mukha ng Pandaraya
by Oggie Arcenas, directed by Roli Inocencio


SET B – It’s Complicated

(The Buhul-Buhol Trilogy)
June 24: 3pm, 8pm
July 3: 8pm
July 4: 3pm

by J. Dennis Teodosio, directed by Roobak Valle

Ang Mamanugangin ni Rez
by Clarissa Estuar, directed by Paolo O’Hara

So Sangibo A Ranon Na Piyatay O Satiman A Tadman
by Rogelio Braga directed by Riki Benedicto


SET C – Blood Sports (Trilohiyang Dinuguan)
June 25: 3pm, 8pm
July 3, 3pm
July 5: 8pm

Kitchen Medea
by Kiyokazu Yamamoto directed by Yoshida Toshihisa

Doc Resurrecion: Gagamutin ang Bayan
by Layeta Bucoy, directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio

by George de Jesus III, directed by George de Jesus III


SET D – The Family That _______s Together (Tatlong Dulang Walang Diyos)
June 26: 3pm, 8pm
June 30: 3pm
July 2: 8pm

Boy-Girl ang Gelpren ni Mommy
by Sheilfa Alojamiento, directed by Carlo Pacolor Garcia

by Reuel Molina Aguila, directed by Edna Vida

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
by George Vail Kabristante, directed by Paul Santiago


SET E – Life is a Trap

(Three Plays in Search of Escape)
June 27: 3pm, 8pm
June 30: 8pm
July 1: 3pm

Isang Araw sa Peryahan
by Nicolas B. Pichay, directed by Chris Millado

by Liza Magtoto, directed by Sigrid Bernardo

Hate Restaurants
by David Finnigan, directed by J. Victor Villareal

The Virgin Labfest 4 Revisited
June 28: 3pm, 8pm
July 1: 8pm
July 2: 3pm
Ang Kalungkutan ng mga Reyna
by Floy Quintos, directed by Floy Quintos

Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte
By Rogelio Braga directed by Nick Olanka

Uuwi na ang Nanay kong si Darna
Job Pagsibingan’s adaptation of Uuwi na ang Nanay Kong si Darna by Edgar Samar, directed by Catherine Racsag


Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference room)

June 25, 6pm
Tim Dacanay’s adaptation of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by himself

June 27, 6pm
Breakups and Breakdowns
by Joel Trinidad, directed by himself
Dingdong! Death Is At The Door!

June 30, 6pm

July 2, 6pm
Noong Minsan May Nanungkulan sa San Lazaro
Joshua Lim So’s adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi
Directed by Dennis Marasigan


July 3, 6pm (Tanghalang Manuel Conde)
American Huangup
directed by Chris Millado

July 5, 6pm
Creative Writing Workshop showcase
Facilitator: Glenn Sevilla Mas


A Book Launching was also held:

June 23, 6pm Little Theater
The anthology, which includes 15 plays from years 1-4 of the Virgin Labfest, will be launched on the opening day of the Virgin Labfest.


Since I completely missed last year’s Labfest, whether as audience or performer (or whatever for that matter), I will be coming in to see Labfest Revisited to watch Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte, along with the two other plays on its set.

It is written by our dear friend Ogie Braga, who also wrote the play I did for U.P. Repertory Company in the Labfest 3, Sa Pagdating ng Barbaro. It is directed by another dear friend Nick Olanka, who is also from the U.P. Repertory Company and also directed Sa Pagdating ng Barbaro.

I, along with other friends from the U.P. Repertory Company, will be watching Ang Bayot.. along with the two other plays on its set on June 28 either at 3pm or 8pm (but most likely 3pm).

It’s been quite some time since I last set foot on CCP…