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Thursday, March 6, 2014

National Rondalla Workshop on April at the CCP

Press Announcement:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines announces that it shall be holding the CCP National Rondalla Workshop on April 8-12, 2014 (Tuesday to Saturday) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at various venues of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The Workshop is open to rondalla groups all over the country who have been in existence for at least two (2) years and who wish to further hone their skills in rondalla technique and performance.

The workshop modules include sectional rehearsals per rondalla instrument, note reading sessions, individual rondalla ensemble cliniquing sessions, conducting sessions for conductors, and plenary sessions wherein all the participants gather together to learn a common piece.

Rondalla ensembles who have the complete rondalla instruments which include the banduria, octavina/laud, guitar and bass may apply for the Workshop. A minimum of six participants will be accepted for the Workshop. This will culminate in a performance at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

For more information, please contact the CCP Artist Training Division at 832-1125 loc. 1604/1605 or emailccp.artist.training@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pasinaya Goes the Extra Mile to Highlight Other Cultural Sites

Visit other Philippine cultural sites in Manila with special Art Jeepneys that will take you around for free.  Give them a helping hand with small token donations for their  upkeep.

Press Release:

In celebration of its 10th anniversary this year, the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival on March 16, Sunday, “goes the extra mile” and extends its reach and boundaries beyond the CCP Complex to include other cultural sites such as the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata and 1335 Mabini.

The expansion of Pasinaya to include other cultural institutions in the area surrounding the CCP, according to CCP Artistic Director Chris Millado, makes Manila and Pasay the most creative places on earth, at least for a day during the Pasinaya celebration. “We hope to infect the whole city with this spirit of creativity,” Millado said.

A one-day open house festival held annually at the CCP, the Pasinaya is the biggest multi arts festival in the Philippines featuring the participation of thousands of artists and hundreds of artistic and cultural groups. It offers to the public on a unique “Pay what you can, See all you can” donation scheme the opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP Performance Season.

More than 3,000 artists and 300 institution-based, community-based and school-based artistic groups will participate in the 2014 CCP Pasinaya. In addition to the performances, there will be workshops, and lecture-demonstrations.

Pasinaya is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and is headlined by the CCP’s own resident companies, namely Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Philippine Madrigal Singers and Tanghalang Pilipino. For this year's Pasinaya, CCP partners with Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata, 1335 Mabini and Jeepney Tours.

On March 16, Pasinaya at the CCP begins with an early morning pre-show at 7:30 with the Marine and Bugle Team heralding the festivities. This will be followed by the official opening ceremonies and street parade.

At the Pasinaya partner institutions, performances and various cultural activities will also be offered under the “Pay what you can, See all you can” donation scheme, starting at 2 pm. Art jeepneys will ferry audiences to partner museums for free.

For more information about Pasinaya, please call CCP Performing Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1607.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

Via Philippines Offers Online Bus Booking System with Jam Liner and Philtranco

(Left-right) Jam Liner and Philtranco’s VP for Marketing Christine Guevarra, Jam Liner and Philtranco’s President and CEO Dennise Trajano, Via Philippines’ Sales and Marketing Manager Maricar Chao and Via Philippines’ Finance Manager Leonora Wenceslao
(Left-right) Philtranco Liner’s VP for Operations Rodelio Domingo, Jam Liner and Philtranco’s President and CEO Dennise Trajano, Via Philippines’ Sales and Marketing Manager Maricar Chao, and Via Philippines’ Finance Manager Leonora Wenceslao  
Good news!  Now you can book your bus trips in advance so you don't have to wait in line anymore. More convenient, less worry, safer trips, fun travel adventure . . .

Press Release:
Via Philippines, the Asia’s largest travel network, announces its partnership with two bus liner giants in the Philippines namely, Jam Liner and Philtranco Liner last Feb. 14, 2014 in Manila City. As Via Philippines continues to grow not only in the country but in Asia, the company is committed to deliver to its travel agency partners’ clients the “travel with convenience” solution through their new bus online booking system launched last February 22, 2014.

With Via Philippines’ online bus booking system, reservations or bookings can be done easily with just a few clicks away. Via’s accredited travel agencies would just simply input their point of origin and the destination and then, it’s done. Their clients don’t need to go through long queues in bus terminals and scramble to secure bus’ seats.

The available bus destinations where accredited travel agencies can choose from are the following: Legaspi, Naga, Clark/DMIA, Bulan, Sorsogon, Gubat, Sorsogon, Donsol, Sorsogon, Lipa, Batangas, Batangas City, Sta. Rosa Laguna and Lucena, Quezon.

Via Philippines expressed enthusiasm as a partner of the two big bus liner companies in the country. “I am pleased that Jam Liner and Philtranco Liner chose us to be their partner in offering the people the ideal vacation experience. Through this effort, we are expecting that more people will be interested and encouraged to travel as buying tickets is now made easier and more convenient. This will also provide our valued travel partners with a variety of travel products that they can offer to their customers.” statement of Mr. Ramesh Samineni, Via’s Business Head for South East Asia.

About Via Philippines

Via Philippines Asia’s Leading Travel Network with 20,000 travel partners across 2,400 towns and cities of India, 6,000 travel partners across 186 towns and cities of the Philippines, and present in 1,700 cities across Asia Pacific through its 50,000 travel partners and over 170,000 hotel partners around the globe.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

August: Osage County . . . Time for Some Drama

A family drama that will resonate with most of us. August:: Osage County by Repertory Philippines is about family relationships, it's imperfections, trials, and forgiveness.

It takes a powerhouse cast to make this one explosive play.  With Ms. Baby Barredo taking the lead as Violet,Sheila Francisco taking the role of her opinionated sister, Pinky Amador and Liezl Batucan as the next generation of strong women in the family, you can expect memorable, powerful scenes.  The menfolk have delivered their roles in the best possible way that helped highlight the stand out acting of the women.

The set design and lighting helped the scenes become more vivid for the audience, not putting too much strain on the imagination.  The story flow was clear with the efficient blocking in the three-level stage.  I must admit that I was a bit worried that Ms. Barredo might lose her balance and slip with the heights required of her to climb and descend.  With the challenges---physical, mental, and emotional-- that Ms. Barredo had to overcome in developing her role considering her age, I felt that she deserved nothing short of a standing ovation.  With Pinky Amador, Sheila Francisco, and Liezl Batucan's powerful exchanges and overall memorable performance, the show was a success in several levels.  The male actors, though shorter in appearance, was just as wonderful as their female counterparts. Every actor did their part well including the young, rebellious granddaughter.  The whole drama was in good taste with no over-the-top acting that could have easily ruined the mood.  

Great set, good ligthing, amazing actors . . . what more can I say?  Another great show from Repertory Philippines.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mga Ama, Mga Anak, Nick Joaquin's Social Drama begins Feb. 21

Press Release:
Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents its final offering for its 27th Theater Season, opening at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) this February 21st. “Mga Ama, Mga Anak,” written by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin based on his short story “Three Generations”, and translated by National Artist Virgilio Almario and Jose “Pete” Lacaba, Jr., into Pilipino from his original English play “Fathers And Sons”, is a poignant drama in three acts.

Featuring TV, Film and Stage luminaries Robert Arevalo and Spanky Manikan, alternate as Zacarias Monzon, Celeste Legaspi and Jackie Lou Blanco, alternate as Sofia Monzon, and young actress Cris Villonco (Bessie). The story revolves around a former town ilustrado and Caretela king Zacarias Monzon, his fall from power and wealth, and his gnawing conflicts with his son and his family. Cruelty, hedonism, disloyalty, and suffering marred his past. Now, so close to death, Zacarias still has the reins over his resentful son, his confused grandson, and a benevolent martyr of a mistress, until they decide it was time to cut loose and be responsible for what they are and what they will be. Award-winning director and stage actor Joel Lamangan directs this production for Tanghalang Pilipino.

TP exemplifies Filipino literary classics and artistry, and focuses on social realities through artistic expression on stage. Also leading the sterling cast is Tanghalang Pilipino’s Artistic Director and premier actor Fernando ‘Nanding’ Josef who plays Celo Monzon, Zacarias’ son. Noted actress Madeleine N. Nicolas (Nena), Peewee O’Hara (Mrs. Paulo), Banaue Miclat Janssen (Nena) and Marco Viana (Chitong) are also in the cast, as well as understudies from the TP Actors Company -- Lhorvie Anne Nuevo, Nicolo Magno, Jonathan Tadioan and Doray Dayao. Production Design for the play is by Tuxqs Rutaquio, Lighting Design is by Monino Duque, and Sound Design is by TJ Ramos. “Mga Ama, Mga Anak” is on stage on Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm, from February 21 to March 9, 2014, at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre).

Tickets available at all TicketWorld outlets at PhP800 / PhP400 (students with IDs), with a 20% discount for senior citizens, government employees and PWDs. For inquiries, contact TicketWorld at 891-9999 and Tanghalang Pilipino at (02) 832-1125 local 1620-1621, 0917-750-0107.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MNL X: Festival of Dance, Theater, and Performance Art at the CCP

Press Release:
PResNt (Performance Research Network) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will be holding the first MNL X: Festival of New Performances on Feb. 19-23 at the CCP Tanghalang Batute. In this festival, dance, theater and performance art combine to present a contemporary performance experience.

In addition to performances, it will offer workshop and a forum free of charge and open to the public. Tickets to shows are priced at P350.00.

MNL X is presenteby independent artists and companies from Manila. Featured artists and companies are Jay Cruz, Tess Jamias, Eisa Jocson, Arco Renz, Transitopia Plus, Kolab Co., Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Destiyero Theater Commune, INC (Innovative Noise Collective), Games People PLay, and Art isTalk.
PResNt (Performance Research Network) is a community of independent artists and contemporary performance companies. PResNt is geared towards creating investigative and exploratory platforms addressing new modalities in performance.

For inquiries about MNL X (Workshops, Forum, Performances) and other information, contact 0917.544.0408 (Alex) or 0917.506.4517 (Alon) or e-mailperformance.research.network@gmail.com

Sunday, February 16, 2014

PPO Presents "Romantic Brahms" for February Concert

Press Release:
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performs music about love and tragedy in a concert on February 21, 2014 at the Meralco Theater at 8:00 pm. Guest soloist is American violinist Odin Rathnam. Olivier Ochanine conducts.

Entitled “Romantic Brahms”, the concert features American violinist Odin Rathnam, who performs what is considered one of the top three concertos for the instrument - Johannes Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77. Richard Wagner's evocative and touching music from his opera "Tristan und Isolde" is performed in the "Prelude and Liebestod", which makes use of a very special chord known as the 'Tristan' Chord, and which is seen by many musicologists as a catalyst for composers to move away from traditional tonal harmony. Also in the program is Tchaikovsky's beloved "Romeo and Juliet Overture", whose beautiful love theme has been featured in countless TV series and movies including "Pushing Daisies", "A Christmas Story" and "The Three Musketeers".

Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, Rathnam has established himself as one of the most passionate and versatile artists of his generation. He has received unanimous praise from critics and audiences for his "captivating temperament," "brilliant technique" and “recalling the legendary violinists of the past.” He is a veteran performer at many major European and American festivals including the Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal, Denmark's Tivoli and Vendsyssel Festivals, Deia International Festival in Mallorca, Boswil Festival in Switzerland, Aspen, Caramoor and Endless Mountain Music Festivals. He has also appeared in recital on the Market Square Concerts series, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, where he first appeared at the age of 15. As a soloist, he has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Colombian National Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, the York Symphony, the EMMF Orchestra, The New Amsterdam Symphony and the Randers Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.

Rathnam is extremely committed to the development of young musicians, and his numerous students have been accepted at major conservatories throughout the United States and abroad, several going on to win prizes in national and international competitions. Rathnam performs on a late 19th century violin crafted by an unknown maker, in the manner of Guarnerius Del Gesu’s middle period, and on an Italian violin by Batolomeo Calvarola, built in 1755.

He received his early training at Juilliard Pre-College and Mannes College of Music with Sally Thomas. He continued at Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki.

Ticket prices are P1,500 / P1,200/ P800/ P500, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight (8) or four (4) shows. For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).


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