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October 26, 2012

Sayaw ng mga Seniorita at the National Theater Festival

Love - be it romantic, platonic or erotic - is beautifully defined in Gantimpala Theater’s Sayaw ng mga SENIORITA, a dramatic - comedy play written by Jose Javier Reyes, under the direction of Jun Pablo, which will initially be shown during the National Theater Festival, presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Multi-awarded directors and actors give life to attention grabbing personalities that only Reyes can create - Soxie Topacio as Rading de Guzman, antique collector and dealer and birthday celebrant, Joel Lamangan as Terry Magubat, the rich yet miserly businessman, Arnell Ignacio as Romeo Cajanding, bikini-open producer and talent manager of starlets, Manny Castañeda as Dr. Gerry Almario, aesthetic and cosmetic surgeon of the stars and Bb. Gandanghari as Raquel Villasor, homecoming queen and socialite.

“Sayaw ng SENIORita” gives audiences a peek on the lives of gays in their ‘prime.’ The surprise birthday party of Rading, (who is now a scintillating 60 year-old), becomes an opportune occasion for the “sisterhood” to be funny, examine, to be incensed, loquacious, melancholic, melodramatic of their present situations and optimistic of what lies ahead.

Defining “love” as their respective characters, Topacio as Rading says, “Love is always a surprise, you would not know when it is coming. But when it comes, do not be afraid, embrace it fully!”

Lamangan, being Terry states, “Love, just like money makes the world go round. Love is all is nonsense. Men only love gays because of the money we give them. Ginagawa nila tayong ATM!”

For Romeo, Ignacio puts it as, “I believe, ladies and gentlemen that love is like a rosary full of mysteries. All that I have experienced so far are the sorrowful, I wonder when will the joyful or glorious come, thank you very much.”

Castañeda, as Dr. Almario explains, “Love is sacrifice. Loving is a choice. But whoever or whatever you choose, choose the one that makes you complete and more beautiful.”

Gandanghari, the homecoming queen Raquel says, “Love knows no gender. Love does not survive with lies. Love begets love and in the end, love is all that matters.”

Also in the pink-themed play are Doreen Bernal, as the yaya of Rading and Bea Alonzo fanatic and China Cojuangco, as Myrna Almario, the ever-loyal and unsuspecting wife of Doc Gerry.

The reasons for the rainbow colored days and nights of the SENIORitas are Chase Cervera as Ollie Samson, nurse and loving partner of Rading, Johnron Tañada as Ericson, bikini-open runner up, Christian Paul Meteoro as Troy, the aspiring starlet, Royce Chua as Lance, the hip-hop dancer and Dax Alejandro as Kuya Ed, the condominium security guard.

Helping director Pablo and playwright Reyes achieve the SENIORitas fantabulous world are Monino Duque (Lights Designer), Dong Calingacion (Technical Director), Glenda Alday (Stage Manager) and Alice Borbe (Production Manager).

The NTF shows are slated on November 16, Friday, (3pm/8pm), at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City.

Succeeding November 23, Friday, (7pm), November 24, Saturday (3pm/7pm), December 1, Saturday (7pm), December 2, Sunday (3pm/7pm), and December 7 (7pm), December 8, (3pm/7pm), at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo Quezon City.

The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), Café Ysabel and Everbilena fully supports “Sayaw ng mga SENIORita”.

For the CCP shows, please call the CCP Box-Office at (63 2) 832-3704 (direct line) and (63 2) 832-1125 local 1409.

For the AFP shows, for tickets, block buying and sponsorships, call (63 2) 998-5622 or (63 939) 908-7633.
Schedule/Venue
AFP Theater
Camp Aguinaldo

De Jesus Ave., Camp Aguinaldo
EDSA corner Col. Bonny Serrano Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


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