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?
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?
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.
Regina de Vera
On an early Sunday afternoon, I found myself heading over to the Cultural Center of the Philippines to catch the first show of Virgin Labfest 7 Revisited.
While in line for my ticket, I browsed the different materials that were available by the entrance.
VIRGIN LABFEST 8
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
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.
These are the Virgin entries to the 7th Virgin Labfest – June 29-July 10
Playwright: Shungiku Uchida
Director: Yoshi Toshihisa
Stage Manager: Kerstin Pinto
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.
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.
written by J. Dennis Teodosio
directed by Paul Santiago
Paul Jake Paule as Adonis
Ariel Diccion as Gabriel
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