Thursday, February 23, 2012

PLEASE CONTINUE SUPPORTING! Another series of MUGNA next week, and one of these is V-day's staging of Eve Ensler's "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer" (MMRP). I'm doing "The Destruction Artist". This will be on March 1, Thursday, 8pm at the Luce Auditorium in Silliman University, Dumaguete City directed by Nanay Dessa Quesada-Palm. 

I'm quite scared right now because I'm the only courageous man in the cast of powerful local actresses. But of course I must bear in mind that this is a benefit performance so I should do my best to portray the role excellently not just for myself but for the advocacy.

Anyways, I AM SELLING TICKETS at 100php each. Please text me or call me at 09263303315 if you want to buy/reserve a ticket. Salamat po sa walang sawang pagsuporta.

INTRODUCING THE CAST of V-DAY Dumaguete's production of Eve Enslers "a Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer" (MMRP) 2012
 Suzanne Lu-Bascara

 Francelle Angelli Bagaforo 
 Naddie May K. Orillana 
Jacqueline Veloso-Antonio
 Arlene Delloso-Uypitching 
Myrish Antonio
 Jessica Frances delos Santos
Hochi Benitez
 Earnest Hope Tinambacan
Director: Dessa Quesada-Palm

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TANGHAL 6 VISAYAS in Dumaguete City

(design by Yuen Anfone)

Every theater enthusiast in Dumaguete is now excited for the upcoming TANGHAL 6 Visayas. TANGHAL is an annual theater festival for university and college-based theater groups in the Philippines. It is the flagship project of the NCCA National Committee on Dramatic Arts for the National Arts Month celebration every February. The festival offers best performances of university theater companies all over the country, as truly showcasing the harvest of Philippine theater.

This year NCCA decided to bring the festival to the regional level, and in the Visayas region it will be held here in DUMAGUETE CITY on FEBRUARY 27-29, 2012, hosted by Silliman University and the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) headed by its artistic director Dessa Quesada-Palm.

Dumaguetenos! Don't miss a single performance. We are expecting theater groups from Bacolod, Cebu, Bohol, Antique, Ilo-ilo, Leyte and of course Dumaguete. Allow this schedule of activities to guide you.

MUGNA TIME!!!!!!!!!!!


Please note that the program below is subject to change.


1:00-2:00 PM

OPENING CEREMONIES Venue: Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium

2:00-3:30 PM
ENTABLADO 1: Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) presents 
Kaluwasan sa Damgo ni Greta
Post Performance Dialogue
Venue: Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium

4:00-6:00 PM
SULYAP 1: Teatro San Antonio of St. Anthony's College presents 
Pagkamatay ni Mr. Dela Cruz 
Venue: Silliman Assembly Hall

SULYAP 2: University of the Philippines Leyte
Venue: Silliman Assembly Hall

6:30-7:45 PM
Antequera and Punta Cruz Cultural Collective of Bohol presents Tawag sa Bantayan & Tamblot
Post Performance Dialogue
Venue: Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium


8:00 AM-12 NOON
WORKSHOP 1: Using Traditional Forms for Playwriting by Joji Benitez
Venue: The Music Sala of the New COPVA Building

WORKSHOP 2: Contemporary Playwriting by Glenn Sevilla Mas 
Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Multimedia Center

WORKSHOP 3: Mounting a Production by Rudy Reveche
Venue: Luce Auditorium Ballet Studio

WORKSHOP 4: A Seminar on Asian theater: Overview of Thai, Japanese, and Indonesian Theater by Gardy Labad
Venue: Audio-Visual Theater 2, Multimedia Center

1:30-3:30 PM
USA Little Theater of University of San Agustin, Iloilo presents Ciento Cincuenta: Mga Bagong Kabanatang Noli at Fili
Post Performance Dialogue
Venue: Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium

4:00-6:00 PM
SULYAP 3: Silliman University presents Tiririt ng Ibong Adarna
Venue: Silliman Assembly Hall

SULYAP 4: College of San Agustin, Bacolod
Kanlaon Theater Guild presents Circulo
Venue: Silliman Assembly Hall

6:30-7:45 PM
ENTABLADO 4: Maskara Theater Ensemble of University of St. La Salle presents Room Service
Post Performance Dialogue
Venue: Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium


8:00-11:00 AM
CONFERENCE 1. Panelist Presentations: “How Does Each of the Main Entries and One of the Fringe Entries Tackle the Theme ‘Tradisyon at Inobasyon’ (Tradition and Innovation)”?
2. Open Forum discussion
3. Synthesis
4. 15-minute Report on Aesthetic Conference
Moderator: Alex delos Santos

Discussion on National University and College Theater Organization (NUCTO)

Venue: Silliman Assembly Hall

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 18, 2012. what a day!

Thanks to everyone who watched our play yesterday at the Luce Auditorium "Ang Tiririt ng Ibong Adarna" originally by the Philippine Educational Theater Education back in the 90s written by Elmer Gatchalian and music by Noel Cabangon. The show was a huge success. We still can't believe we were able to revive such beautiful piece. Thanks to our director/producer Linwell Bongcasan for taking the challenge.

I would also like to personally thank those who helped me out and joined us at Hayahay Tree House Bar for RockEd's "Safety Series" event here in Dumaguete dubbed "Let's Talk About Sex" with Wanggo Gallaga and Gang Badoy, which i directed.

We learned a lot. That's for sure.

Thanks also to those who appreciated my new song. Please do share it to your friends and spread the good news. hahahaha!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hate her 'coz she's up there

I still don't understand why she's hated. I loved her since her Day 1 in Xfactor UK. She has a very strong personality and she's very passionate about everything she does. Tendency is that people misunderstand her and find her bratty at times. Well, that's how some artists start off in this industry. What I like about her is that she learns from her mistakes and strives harder to do better. She's a natural talent and nobody could take that away from her. I just wish people would see her talent more than anything else.

To cher:
Just go on creating beautiful music 'coz we believe in your talent. Applause from the Philippines.

This is my top favorite among her songs. Sarcasm overload!
I was so thrilled when I first saw this music video. The most controversial graduate from Xfactor UK meets her male counterpart from Xfactor USA. haha!

Where do we go?

One of my favorite foreign alternative singers/songwriters is Jack Johnson. I actually bought copies of two of his albums - Curious George and In Between Dreams - because I am fascinated with this guys originality. Despite the "relaxing" general feel of his songs, they still have this certain power and sincerity that could lead you to ponder over several things. One of his songs that I am referring to is "Good People". It's basically about the effects that the boob tube brings into our lives (based on my interpretation).

In this song, Jack Johnson asked "Where all the Good People Go?", and such question struck me when I first heard this song back in 2006. It urged me to find an answer so I decided to write my own song as a response to it.

Well, here's my answer to your question Jack!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

DILI SAYANG (my story with Prof. Evelyn Rose Aldecoa)

One of the first shows that I watched at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium when I entered Silliman University in 2001 was "Fiddler on The Roof". It was a fantastic show and I just found myself standing and applauding as the cast lined up for curtain call. I was touched, entertained, but at the same time jealous of the cast. "Nganong wala koy apil ani?" I asked myself. "I have to be on that stage. I must join a musical production in Silliman!"
I was just a freshman - an ambitious freshman. I scanned through the program notes, and looked for the name of the person who is behind this MAJOR production. hmmm... directed by: EVELYN ROSE ALDECOA. Suddenly, I noticed the applause gets louder, and an elegant woman went on stage to take a bow. It was Ms. Evelyn Rose Aldecoa herself. Watching her on stage, I promised to myself, “someday... somehow, I will get to work with her, and that day would be MAJOR".

(the cast of Fiddler on the Roof 2001. Photo from Ms. Blanche Banot)

I had to wait for almost a year for that moment to arrive. I was in second year college when Kuya Michael Alar, who was one of our youth leaders at Silliman Church, saw me walking from Guy Hall on my way to the Cafeteria. He approached me and asked "bass singer man ka sa Men's Glee club diba? Invite tikaw bai! Join sa Souled-Out Singers. We are in need of bass singers." I did not know what to answer at first, so he explained further that SOS was not a university-based choir but a gospel singing group organized by "Ms. Evelyn Aldecoa. "SHOULD I SAY NO?! That would be stupid. So of course I immediately said YES. He gave me further details about the rehearsals, etc. so one Sunday afternoon, I was at the gate of the Aldecoa's waiting for the SOS members to arrive. I did not expect to see a lot of familiar faces. Most of them were in the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" and are campus figures. They warmly greeted me and welcomed me to the group. It was an awesome feeling to be in that circle. I was nervous, especially when ma’am Evelyn and her sister Ma’am Jenny greeted me and started to ask some questions. I wanted to melt then and there, but the moment they started cracking jokes and when the group started to sing, the nerves just turned into excitement. “I belong here”, I said to myself. It was indeed an honor to be part of the SOS family. The music… the fellowship… the friendship…the food… and the fun – a lot of good memories with SOS.

(SOS concert at the Luce Auditorium with tenor Jonathan Badon. Photo from Mark Ybanez)

(SOS concert in Cagayan de Oro city, Oct. 30, 2004. Photo from Mark Ybanez)

(SOS christmas party/cosplay in 2004, if memory serves. Photo from Mark Ybanez)

Later in 2003, ma’am Ev asked some of us from the bass section of SOS to be part of “the King and I” that she was staging. She needed some skinny, bass singers to portray as monks! YEHEY! I was one of the monks. “This is the beginning!” I thought to myself. I mean, I am not a theater first-timer because I have been in theater since elementary as a member of Liyab Cultural Group back in my hometown, and I was able to attend a PETA-designed workshop when I was 13. But this, I thought, was the MAJOR chance I have been waiting for.
Well, our part in the play was short. We had to pass through the stage twice while humming, then appear at the King’s death scene. It was short, but important! We set the mood. Haha!

(Cast of "the King and I" in 2003. Found me? Photo from Blanche Banot)

(Oh yes, that's me! The tall, old, bald guy)

And now, for the biggest surprise, after one of our SOS rehearsals in 2005, mam Ev approached me and asked me if I wanted to join her next production, the Man of La Mancha. I smiled in delight and immediately said yes! Then she continued… “I want you to play Don Quixote.” … there was silence… and I thought “hmmm… the name sounds familiar.” LOL! Maybe detecting my ignorance, she explained to me that DQ is the main character of the story, and that it fits me perfectly in terms of “physical” requirements, “bony, hollow-faced with eyes that burn with inner vision”.

In a state of shock, I uttered only one word. ”Sure???” Then, I immediately realized that it was stupid to show skepticism to “the Evelyn Aldecoa” so I immediately said “sige ma’am.” I HONESTLY FREAKED OUT, especially when the SOS members told me that the actors who portrayed Don Quixote in the past were "Elmo Makil" and "Dominador delos Santos". Who would not panic?! But ma'am Ev assured me that things would go well and that there's nothing to worry about. And who would not trust Evelyn Aldecoa’s powers?

Then, the rest is history. 
(the power cast of Man of La Mancha in 2005. Photo from Blanche Banot)

(a scene from Man of La Mancha - Don Quixote with Aldonza (Sheila Pabalate) and Sancho Panza (Rosbert Salburo)

It was a pleasure working with Ma’am Evelyn. I learned professionalism, theater etiquette, acting lessons, and gained high respect for theater. She was a “director” in the rehearsal room, but she was a mother, a friend, and a mentor outside. My acting was not perfect, but I know she was happy with my performance.

Right now, I feel overwhelmed with grief. Rest in Peace Prof. Evelyn Rose Aldecoa. I will miss you. You once told me "SAYANG HOPE... SAYANG... short-lived imong acting career. Sayang jud." You said that with genuine sadness in your eyes when you knew that I decided to work in a BPO after the successful production of Man of La Mancha. But what you didn't know madam is that I've always wanted to be as successful as you are in the field of theater. I promised to myself that one day, God willing, I will go back home (theater) and follow your footsteps. So when fate gave me the chance to return home (through the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts - YATTA), one of the things that I aimed to do was to make you proud.

And just before you left, I had the chance to tell you about my numerous activities within and outside YATTA as a theater artist-teacher. I was like a young boy showing my medals to his mom. I saw the spark of delight back in your eyes, and you showed so much support to all my endeavors in theater, like a mother cheering on her son. "That's very good! Keep yourself busy doing theater works", you told me.

Madam, I know that this is the path that you wanted me to choose, and I will not stop here. There’s no turning back. You inspired me so much. This might sound selfish, but your passing pushes me to do even better in this field, and that is because I hope that you’ll be watching over me from heaven and you will see me grow. Promise, I will make you proud, aron dili SAYANG ma'am Ev... dili SAYANG.

I will miss you forever. Rest in Peace with the Lord.

(thanks to SU Speech and Theater students for this beautiful photo of mam Ev.)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday treat to friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The best thing I love about this season is the REST that I get. Oooooh! Life! Home means vacation and time for personal creative works. 

And so being home and having the luxury of time, I was able to make a photo slideshow and added subs for this song that I wrote sometime early this year. Here's my holiday treat to all of you who visit my blog. Thanks for spending time reading my blog. GOD BLESS YOU! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!