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October 29, 2014

Call for Participants: ASIAN Youth Choir for One (AYCO) in Seoul, South Korea

The Music for One Foundation, a performing arts-based humanitarian organization, is inviting participants from the Philippines to join in this year’s Asian Youth Choir for One (AYCO) which will be held on November 22 - December 5, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.

With the goal of promoting performing arts and culture without borders through music that promotes peace, this international youth choir will be composed of 40 musicians coming from 10 ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and South Korea. The organizers are in search of four representatives from each country which should be composed of 3 choir members, and 1 could be a representative of an institution or school. Musicians who are 20-29 years old are eligible to apply.

October 28, 2014

AGYU: Patungo sa Paraiso - A One of a Kind Theater Play

A one of a kind theatre performance comes to stage which not only aims to be a truly unique experience but also be culturally relevant. De La Salle College of St. Benilde’s Arts Management program and Siklab Productions bring you AGYU: Patungo sa Paraiso, showing on November 26 to 29 at the Black Box theater of DLS-CSB.

This piece is directed by Delphine Buencamino, a freelance theater actress, choreographer and teacher. She crosses over the worlds of theater and dance working with companies like the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Tanghalang Pilipino. Performers Al Garcia, Merdin Mojica and Raflesia Bravo along with dramaturges Giselle Garcia and Amihan Ruiz work hand in hand with Delphine in bringing Philippine oral tradition to the setting of modern day Manila. Choreography will be accompanied by the original compositions of Pepe Manikan, member of the band Eternal Now and full time faculty at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

October 26, 2014

Disney's “Beauty And The Beast” to enthrall Pinoy fans from Jan. 9-25, 2015

The hit Broadway musical that drew record audiences during the past 20 years with its wonderful songs and music, spectacular production, fabulous costumes and superb acting will awe and enthrall Filipino music and theater enthusiasts when Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is staged in Manila in January, 2015.

The beautiful and timeless story of love and transformation behind one of the most-loved fairy tales of all time will hold fans spellbound when the original Broadway musical spectacular makes its debut on January 9-25, 2015 at the Main Theater (Nicanor Abelardo Hall) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

October 24, 2014

Romeo and Juliet: The Musical in Star City

As a season offering to all young adults, Kids Acts Philippines proudly presents “Romeo and Juliet” edited with additional lyrics by Luigi Nacario and music by Eugene Belbis.

This William Shakespeare’s novel will be staged by maintaining the classic requirement of the play from costumes to the set. The music is composed through a fusion of western and eastern with contemporary flavor. “Romeo and Juliet” is simplified without sacrificing the original texts of Shakespeare to let young adults understand and comprehend on how the play is written. In the play, dialogues are sung with full observance of how phrases are being read.

October 22, 2014

Sayaw Pinoy 2014 National Dance Competition

Call for Participants: Sayaw Pinoy 2014 National Dance Competition
The National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the leadership of Josefina B. Guillen has organized the 2014 Sayaw Pinoy: The NCCA National Dance Competition as part of its efforts to promote dance in its various forms. This year the competition is on folk dance, contemporary and hip hop.
The program aims to stress the importance of the competition as it raises the artists’ consciousness of the value of artistic excellence. It provides opportunity for artists to exploit and maximize their true potential. It also hopes to teach emotional fitness through teamwork as the group experience will bring about dependability, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship, discipline, creativity and awareness of the value of the art of dance. Consequently, acquiring the value of working together as a team towards common goals which will extend to daily undertakings beyond the competition.

October 21, 2014

Indigenous Peoples Festival By NCCA

A celebration of Philippine indigenous cultures

Most of the indigenous groups of the Philippines will gather together from October to November to celebrate their traditional cultures and heritage in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month.
Said to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples (IP) by far, Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, annually held by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr., will showcase traditional cuisines, games, rituals, dances, songs, practices and crafts in effort to engender wider awareness and appreciation for indigenous cultures, which are constantly under the threat of vanishing. It will also as a venue for different indigenous ethnic groups to interact with each other and to learn from one another as well as to express their views on issues concerning them.  

October 16, 2014

Open Auditions to the Theater Production of Lualhati Bautista's Dekada '70


OPEN AUDITIONS to the theater production under ‪#‎NDMstudios‬ of Lualhati Bautista's ‪#‎DEKADA70‬. To be directed by award-winning, best-selling writer-director, Frank G. Rivera, this official play version of the classic novel will be brought to life for the very first time. The massive callbacks and final open auditions will be held at ‪#‎FISHERMALL‬ (Quezon Ave., QC 3rd Flr. ‪#‎CrossfitHalcyon‬) on Oct. 25, 2014 (10am-2pm). Interested thespians should prepare a dramatic monologue, a song and curriculum vitae (bio-data).

October 14, 2014

Why You Need To Watch "Chicago: The Musical" in Manila

4 Reasons to Watch 'Chicago: The Musical' in Manila


Brassy, saucy, and toe-tappingly good, Chicago: The Musical is set to jazz up Manila this December. Set in the roaring '20s, Chicago showcases the alluring city of Chicago, giving audiences a killer tale of crime, song, and dance.

Chances are, you have probably seen the Oscar-winning film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger. You still shouldn't miss out on catching this Broadway hit when it stages here in Manila very soon. Aside from the obvious fact that the movie and theater experience are very much different, we list four more reasons why you need to watch Chicago in Manila.

October 13, 2014

Choral Lifeline: Mentorship on Children's Choir

The Neo Nocturne, a non-sectarian mixed choir, believe that choral performance in the Philippines has already reached a level of maturity as evident in the generous harvest of accolade and recognition of choral groups in the archipelago and abroad.

As part of our 7th Season project, Neo Nocturne will present the Choral@turo 2014 at the Fleur-de-Lis Auditorium, St. Paul University in Manila on October 25, 2014 at 5:30. Choral Lifeline: Mentorship on Children's Choir will also present topics that are tried and tested elements with the Mandaluyong Children's Choir which will be useful as well for other choir settings such as adult mixed choir or youth choirs.

October 4, 2014

Musica Y Poesia: An Evening of Fine Guitar Music and Poetry

The UP College of Music presents Musica Y Poesia: An Evening of Fine Guitar Music and Poetry at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 23 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music. The concert is part of its on-going faculty concert season for academic year 2014-2015.

Spearheaded by the Strings and Chamber Music Department of the UP College of Music in Diliman, the featured artists in this concert are guitarist Lester Demetillo, guest narrator Patricia Silvestre, and pianist Geraldine Gonzales.

October 1, 2014

PAG-IBIG Fund Chorale under Anthony Go Villanueva is the Government Choral Competition 2014 Grand Champion

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Government Choral Competition: Grand Champion - PAG-IBIG Fund Chorale under Anthony Go Villanueva, 1st Runner Up - PAGCOR Chorale under Crispin Ralph V. Reyes; 2nd Runner Up - City Government of Makati Employees Chorale under Maria Victoria Llamas (Also winning Best Conductor for Maria Victoria Llamas and Best Arrangement of the Competition Song by Ily Matthew Maniano); 3rd Runner Up - Pangasinan Provincial Chorale under Joy T. Nilo

UST Conservatory of Music in Two Events at CCP

The UST Conservatory of Music celebrates the 30th year of its much acclaimed “Sampung Mga Daliri atbp” at the CCP Main Theater on Saturday October 4 at 7 pm.

An annual showcase of the Conservatory talents highlighting various repertoire played on ten grand pianos by selected alumni, faculty, and students, the event also boasts of its outstanding ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra/Symphony Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Voice faculty, Coro Tomasino, and Liturgikon Ensemble that will be performing alongside the piano groups. Featured pieces are Invitation to the Dance (Weber), Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Brasileira (Milhaud), Ang Maya (Estella), Inday (Buencamino), Take the A Train (arr. By Emi Muniji), Movie Themes (arr. By Naldy Rodriguez), and culminates with the Cuenco Medley (arr. By Fr. Manuel Maramba, OSB), honoring the late National Artist and UST Faculty Ernani Cuenco who conceptualized “Sampung Daliri” in 1984. Conductors include Herminigildo Ranera, Daniel Bartolome, Alberto Mesa, and Ronan Ferrer.

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