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Do you know the way to Maragondon?

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I knew I was off to a great start when I began my private celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary with the Gantimpala Theater musicale “Mga Anak ng Bayan,” written by Bonifacio Ilagan and directed by Joel Lamangan.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A rock musical on OFWs

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Last Sept. 7, I was literally swept off my feet by the musical within a play titled “Lorenzo.” I fully concur with Archbishop Socrates Villegas who wrote in the introduction to the booklet describing details of the musical that: “Every Filipino must watch this. It sets our sense of patriotism afire again as we hear Lorenzo declare ‘I am a Filipino… I am a Christian.’ It makes us proud that we are Filipinos, whether living in the Philippines or toiling in distant lands.”

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A magical play

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The title of the play says it all: “Umaaraw, umuulan: Kinakasal ang Tikbalang,” referring to a folk belief about sun showers—raining even as the sun shines—being a sign that a tikbalang wedding is going on (the tikbalang being a mythological horse-like creature, similar to the Greek centaur and the Indian kinnara). I was skeptical about [...]

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The stolen stage

The art of the theater is symbolized by two masks—one smiling, standing for comedy, and the other crying, standing for tragedy. Of late, Filipino performers may be seeing more of the tragedy mask, as foreign productions flourish on these shores and local productions languish.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Theater and babies’ lives

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“May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do. May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work. And may the best of you—for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments—succeed in framing that most basic of questions, ‘How do we live?’ Godspeed.”

Posted: March 25th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Befriending William

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William Shakespeare is the English world’s greatest poet and playwright. Though he lived in the 16th century, his works have shaped the way students everywhere use the English language in declamation and think of drama as a literary form. His plays and sonnets are taught in high school and, whether or not they are correctly understood, every other line of English verse students get to memorize usually comes from Shakespeare. Yet, in many Filipino classroom settings, Shakespeare remains as distant as literature itself, and as intimidating as mathematics. Who is Shakespeare and why study him?

Posted: September 17th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A tribute to an artist

I READ in the Inquirer’s Entertainment section about Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero who is the director of the UP Mobile Theater. (“When Freddie met Tetchie,” Inquirer, 3/5/11) <br /> I remember Mr. Guerrero from a play, titled “Basketball Fans and Wanted: A Chaperon,” that was performed at the grandstand of Oriental Mindoro High School. I enjoyed [...]

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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