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October 30, 2013

Gantimpala Theater's The Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan Experience

Dagupan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna and Bulacan were the five provincial destinations of Gantimpala Theater's Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan. More than 100,000 audiences have experienced the Joel Lamangan and Jun Pablo directed musical with Sandino Martin as Andres Bonifacio, Anna Fegi and Rita de Guzman as Gregoria de Jesus and RJ Jimenez as Emilio Jacinto.

Thrilled were the people who watched the musical described as “Andres Bonifacio in steroids,” by blogger Michael King Urieta.

October 28, 2013

15 Cheers at UP College of Music

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music opens its 2nd semester of faculty concerts with Arwin Tan conducting the Novo Concertante Manila on Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:30 in the evening, at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium.

The concert is entitled “15 CHEERS,” to highlight the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the founding of Novo Concertante Manila, which had its premiere performance at the historic AHA Auditorium during Tan’s student days as a choral conducting major.

October 27, 2013

Amihan : Indayog at Lahi - A Fundraising Show @ the Meralco Theater

Eskritoryo Pilipinas and Polecats Manila will be producing a fundraising show on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7pm in the Meralco Theatre entitled Amihan: Indayog at Lahi, a pole dance and aerial arts show that will be performed by Polecats Manila.

Amihan: Indayog at Lahi brings to life the beliefs of several Filipino ethnic groups that the ancient world was divided into layers. The show aims to reintroduce Filipino folklore through modern dance, and will feature pole fitness, aerial hoop, and aerial silks.

Part of the proceeds from the show will benefit Eskritoryo Pilipinas’ reading and writing program, which introduces Filipino mythology to grade school students. Eskritoryo Pilipinas is currently working with Virlanie Foundation and Mary Immaculate Parish Special School, and hopes to bring the program to new partner schools.

October 26, 2013

Philippine Animation Festival - Animahenasyon 2013

Organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), this year’s “Animahenasyon 2013: 7th Philippine Animation Festival” will be held in West Visayas State University in Iloilo on November 19 to 22.

Iloilo, one of the Next Wave CitiesTM for 2012, is proving to be a reliable world-class location for IT-BPM operations. Thus, it is a perfect location for showcasing the best in Filipino animation services.

October 25, 2013

Sala sa Init Sala sa Lamig by Don M. Salubayba

The UP Vargas Museum opens Don M. Salubayba’s exhibition titled Sala sa Init Sala sa Lamig on October 23, Wednesday, 4PM at the Lobby and West Wing Gallery of the museum.

Salubayba plays with the phrase “sala sa Init, sala sa lamig”, a common Filipino saying that conveys ambivalence, unpredictability and indecision. This expression also alludes to the volatile environment of the country, both literally and figuratively: a tropical weather on the one hand, and on the other, a political culture sustained by accommodation and largesse.

An Evening of Bel Canto : The Art of Beautiful Singing

Bel Canto which literally means "The Art of Beautiful Singing" is a vocal fad made popular during the late 17th century that requires singers to possess incredible virtuosic vocal technique and impeccable musicality.

Composers such as Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti wrote music with limpid melodic lines that would encompass a singer's whole vocal range with a lot of ornate embellishments. Operas like I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor are some of the well-known bel canto opera.

October 24, 2013

Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros @ The PETA Theater Center

Bit by Bit Company, in cooperation with the PETA Theater Center and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, proudly brings to the stage “Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” a coming-of-age musical about a gay teen who is torn between his love for a young cop and his loyalty to his family.

Based on Michiko Yamamoto's screenplay “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (ufo Pictures, 2005), “MAXIE THE MUSICALE: ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS” features book and lyrics by Nicolas B. Pichay, music by William Elvin Manzano, JJ Pimpinio and Janine Santos, and direction and choreography by Dexter M. Santos.

October 20, 2013

Laugh To Live - A Live Concert For A Cause

Laugh to Live is a benefit concert under LIFE Program that will feature the country’s iconic Queen of Rock’n Roll Ms. Elizabeth Ramsey, international jazz artist Stella Ignacio and our very own children from Payatas and Cottolengo Filipino under the musical direction of Mel Villena with the AMP Nonet Band.

Guest performers include,Soul Diva-Jaya, pop-jazz artist-Jessica Fernando, new pop-rock band-Kley and other surprise guests.

October 19, 2013

World Renowned Pianist, Richard Clayderman Live in Manila

World renowned pianist, Richard Clayderman, is coming to Manila for his very first concert! MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines)proudly presents Richard Clayderman: The Romantique Concert Live! In Manila on November 16, Saturday, 8 in the evening at the PICC Plenary Hall.

Check out for ticket details. Richard Clayderman has done what virtually no other French act has ever done -- established an international career as a best-selling recording artist and concert performer.

The most popular pianist in the world has sold over 80 million records with his biggest hit, Olivier Toussaint’s “Ballade Pour Adeline&rdquo (Watch the music video here:, selling 22 million units worldwide.

Dubbed “The Prince of Romance” by US First Lady Nancy Reagan, the French-born pianist is back with a new album aptly titled Romantique ---- a gorgeous collection of classic love songs which combines his 'trademark' originals with classics and pop standards.
Ticket Prices: 
VIP Center: P7000
VIP Left/Right: P6300
Level 2 Left/Right/Center: P5500
Level 2 Far Left/Far Right: P4800
Level 3 Left/Right/Center: P3400
Level 3 Far Left/Far Right: P2300

Contact Details:
For ticket inquiries, please call SM Tickets at (63 2) 470-2222.
PICC Plenary Hall
CCP Complex

Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
Vicente Sotto cor. Atang Dela Rama Sts., CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

Saturday November 16, 2013

October 15, 2013

Philippine Children’s Choir Festival @ the CCP

Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir will hold the fifth edition of its annual choral festival billed as Halina’t Umawit – A Philippine Children’s Choir Festival on October 26, 2013, 7pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The festival gives the country’s outstanding children’s choirs a venue to showcase their talents in their own forte.

October 14, 2013

Tula, Awit, Dula ni Frank G. Rivera - Pagpupugay sa Outstanding Artist Teacher

 Malugod na itatanghal ng Philippine Centre of the International Theatre Institute (I.T.I.), isang World Performing Arts na organisasyon sa ilalim ng pagtangkilik ng UNESCO, ang “ TULA, AWIT, DULA NI FRANK G. RIVERA” kaugnay sa pagdiriwang ng ika-45 na taon ni Frank G. Rivera sa teatro na gaganapin sa Emilio Aguinaldo College Theatre, Ermita, Lungsod ng Manila sa Oktubre 18, 2013 (Biyernes) sa ika-3 ng hapon (Matinee) at ika-7 ng gabi (Gala).

Isa rin itong benepisyong pagtatanghal na naglalayong matulungan si Frank na ngayon ay dumaranas ng sakit na kanser. Itinatampok sa pagtatanghal ang mga aktor ng tanghalang mga kasapi ng Sining Kambayoka, CEU Dramatics Guild, Alab-Artistika, Philstagers, Earthsavers- UNESCO Artists for Peace at A.C.T.I.O.N. kabilang sina Liesl Batucan, Roeder, Alegria, Njel de Mesa, Vince Tanada, Montet Acoymo, Shirley Halili Dance Group, Cynthia at Lionel Juico, Jim Pebanco, Fray Paolo, Dang Elio, Wally Tuyan at Joel Lamangan, Isagani Cruz at iba pang mga espesyal na sorpresa na pinangungunahan ng Aliw Entertainer of the Year 2013, Dulce at Aliw Awardeee Entertainer of the Year 2012 na si Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. Magsisilbing host sina Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Ramon Magsaysay Outstanding Asian Awardee at Dr. Arthur P. Casanova, Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Awardee. Video ni CJ Andaluz ng Pixel Media Arts at sa direksyon ni Joey Nombres.

1st Philippine Ukulele Festival @ SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

While stringed instruments are famous amongst Filipino music lovers, the ukulele is seldom played in the country due to its scarcity. Music stores in the Philippines offer limited options for ukulele enthusiasts; most of the time, only the basic types of ukulele are sold and only one or two brands are carried by selected stores, leaving customers frustrated.

Thus, the country’s first all-ukulele shop was born. Having opened last November 2012 at The Collective in Makati City, Ukulele Philippines not only offers high-quality instruments, but it also gives every Filipino the opportunity to appreciate and create wonderful music using this beautiful 19th century piece of art.

A Salute and Benefit to an Outstanding Artist Leader - Frank G. Rivera


The Philippine Centre of the International Theatre Institute (I.T.I.) a World Performing Arts organization associated with UNESCO presents “ TULA , AWIT, DULA ni FRANK G. RIVERA” to celebrate his 45 years in theatre at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Theatre, Ermita, Manila on October 18 (Friday) at 3PM Matinee and 7PM Gala. This is likewise a benefit show to assist the medical needs of Frank currently afflicted with cancer. With Theater Actors from the Sining Kambayoka, CEU Dramatics Guild, Alab-Artistika, Philstagers, Earthsavers- UNESCO Artists for Peace and A.C.T.I.O.N. featuring Liesl Batucan, Roeder, Alegria, Njel de Mesa, Vince Tanada, Nenen Espina, Jim Pebanco, Fray Paolo, Dang Elio, Wally Tuyan and Joel Lamangan, plus other very special surprise guests. Hosted by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and Arthur Casanova. Video by CJ Andaluz. Stage direction by Joey Nombres.

October 13, 2013

Sarah Geronimo - Perfect 10 The Concert

The Popstar Princess is set to get on the concert stage once again as she celebrates her 10 years in the industry through this much-awaited show at the Araneta Coliseum.

After the success of her two-night 24/SG concert last year, Sarah is now preparing for another worldclass treat for her fans and supporters. The concert titled Perfect 10 will be on November 15, 2013, 8PM.

October 9, 2013

Filipinos Dominate World Championships of Performing Arts 2013

Team Philippines Dominates World Championships of Performing Arts

(The Freeman)

Child star Cha-Cha Cañete from the hit kiddie gag show “Goin’ Bulilit” took home two medals at the recently concluded 17th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) that took place in Hollywood, California. The competition ran from July 12 to July 21.
Earning much praise and recognition, Cha-Cha’s talent wowed the crowd and judges as she performed in five different categories during the prestigious competition. Just at the young age of eight, she was awarded silver medals for her performances of “The Climb” and “Climb Every Mountain” in the Pop and Gospel categories, respectively.

Passions Rekindled in a PETA Theater Workshop

Educator Marianne Miguel teaches voice and chorale music to young children and teenagers at St. Scholastica's College and St. Paul College. Last year, she enrolled in Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Workshop Weekends' Creative Musical Theater class.

Miguel came from a family of musicians. She is the granddaughter of world-renowned Filipino violinist Carmensita Lozada who reaped awards here and abroad.

October 7, 2013

" Tula, Awit, Dula ni Frank G. Rivera" A Fundraising Event to Support Frank's Continuing Battle Against Cancer

To all of Frank G. Rivera's friends, colleagues, former students and actors, fans and supporters: "...IT IS INDEED A FITTING TIME TO RETURN FRANK's IMMENSE LOVE FOR HUMANITY WITH LOVE FROM OUR COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS AND TEACHERS..."

"Tula, Awit, Dula ni Frank G. Rivera" Tickets are now available for performances on October 18th, Friday at 3pm and 7pm, at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Theater, Ermita, Manila. Ticket Prices are at Php1,000 and limited seats for Php500; Php300 tickets are also available exclusively for Emilio Aguinaldo College Students. 

This is a fundraising event to support Frank's continuing battle against lymphoma cancer. It is also in celebration of his 45 years in Theater.

For Ticket Reservation: You may contact Dang Elio  thru FB or @ cp
0917-8626-323 and  landline number (02) 871-6862 so we can arrange (pick-up or meet-up) with a production staff nearest you. 

Thank you so much in advance for your support and generosity...

Libera - Asia's Best Loved Boy's Choir @ the PICC Plenary Hall

The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.

The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as “normal” and “ordinary”. However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Celestial sounds for a new time.

October 6, 2013

Repertory Philippines - The Producers @ Onstage Theater Greenbelt 1

In celebration of its 46th year, Repertory Philippines proudly closes its 76th theater season with THE PRODUCERS.

Adapted from the 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name, The Producers was written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with songs arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, homosexual stereotypes, and Nazis, along with many show business in-jokes

October 5, 2013

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz @ the CCP Main Theater

The Broadway musical phenomenon WICKED is set to cast its spell over Filipino audiences when it opens on January 22, 2014. Presented by VISA and SMART Infinity, WICKED will play for a strictly limited season at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Winner of 50 major awards including a Grammy®, 3 Tony Awards®, and 6 Helpmann Awards, WICKED will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Broadway this October. The musical has been Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years and has thrilled over 37 million audience members worldwide over the last decade.

Ke$ha Live In Manila

Pinoy music-philes have a major reason to rejoice, as the Araneta Center officially announces Ke$ha’s debut concert in Manila in October. Fresh from dishing out her signature party anthems and wicked beats across major cities in Europe and the US, the music superstar brings the party to the Big Dome to promote her most recent album, “Warrior.”

October 3, 2013

Jon Santos - Man of Steeletto's @ Teatrino Promenade Greenhills

Comedy that's magnitude 8. Laughter at signal number 4. Get ready for a flood of jokes and earthshaking impressions from the one and only ? Jon Santos: Man of Steelettos. Watch Jon Santos on October 18 & 19, 2013 at Teatrino Promenade Greenhills!

Contact Details:
For tickets, call TicketWorld at (63 2) 891-9999, Music Museum at (63 2) 721-6726, or Viva Concerts at (63 2) 687-7236.
Greenhills Promenade

Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Friday October 18, 2013
Saturday October 19, 2013

October 2, 2013

Ang Bagong Harana - A Musical Journey Every Filipino Should Take

Mounting a show like this is an act of faith. All around, the commercial theater and concert scene is full of imports, both the ideas and the actual productions. When we at the Philippine Opera Company decided to make a tradition of our Harana series, we said to ourselves “This is going to be a tough job. But we want to do it because we need to be reminded of how beautiful our music is, and how much our souls can be enriched by hearing these sung again.

So, with a cast of ten dedicated singers, plus the members of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, we set out creating the production. The stirring arrangements of multi awarded arrangers were more than enough basis for the staging and the choreography. As the production took shape, we felt more and more inspired and encouraged by the over-all picture that we were painting for an audience: a picture of an Age of Innocence that we Filipinos so badly need to return to.

The Restaurant of Many Orders @ the CCP

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) celebrates the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation with the production “The Restaurant of Many Orders” by the Koike Hiroshi Bridge Project on October 16 (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m. at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

The theatrical production is based on the same titled novel of Kenji Miyazawa, Japanese poet and one of the greatest authors of children’s literature. It is the first and only series of stories for children published during his lifetime. “The Restaurant of Many Orders” is a remarkable production that uses diverse and energetic physical expressions. It enlightens the audience on how the humans can be in harmony with nature.

October 1, 2013

Closer - A Play By Patrick Marber @ Whitepace

Closer is the third play written by English playwright, Patrick Marber. The play was premiered at the Royal National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in London in 1997. It won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award and later the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1998.

Closer made its North American debut at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway on 25 January 1999 where it ran for 172 performances on Broadway and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and was nominated for both Tony and Drama Desk awards.

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