Rody Vera and Nanding Josef to teach advanced theater classes

ADVANCE CLASSES OFFERED AT Arts in the City, FVR Park, 26th Street cor 7th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig . 1) ACTING FOR TV, FILM AND COMMERCIALS by Nanding Josef and 2) PRODUCTION WORKSHOP ON SHAKESPEARE’S MERCHANT OF VENICE by Rodolfo Vera. We are now accepting participants for the workshop. For more details, call TP at 822-6920 / 836-3661 / 832.1125 loc 1620/1621 / 0915-6072275 or 0908-8941384 or AIC at 889-3028. Classes starts on May 7, 2013.

Tanghalang Pilipino Artistic Director Nanding Josef will conduct a Special Acting Class for aspiring TV, Film and Commercial actors at the ARTS, (Performing Arts Studio on 26th Avenue Bonifacio Global City) this Summer.

Nanding Josef, fondly called Tata Nanding by the members of the artistic and cultural communiities, who started his acting career in PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) under the leadership of National Artist Lino Brocka, was also mentored and directed by the most illustrious theater, TV and film directors, notably, National Artists Rolando Tinio, Ishmael Bernal, Joel Lamangan, Gil Portes, Mel Chionglo, Soxie Topacio, Tony Mabesa, Behn Cervantes, Nestor Torre, Jonas Sebastian, Nonon Padilla, Gardy Labad, Anton Juan, including internationally acclaimed German Director Fritz Bennewitz who hosted his two (2) months training in Weimar, East Germany in the 1980’s. 

Tata Nanding’s special acting and teaching skills were honed through many years of hard work as an actor-educator in the tri-media of theater, TV and film. His longest years of theoretical and practical lessons in acting were with PETA, and then with Tanghalang Pilipino. His accomplishments as a theater artist led to his appointment as Division Chief of CCP’s Dramatic Arts Office, as Chairman of the National Committee on Dramatic Arts under NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), as Executive Director of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Mt. Makiling, and then, as Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tata Nanding had conducted Acting classes for PETA, Tanghalang Pilipino and for school-based and community-based organizations and institutions here in the Philippines, in some Asian and European countries. For about five(5) years, he was the acting trainor of the GMA7’s Starstruck Actors.

His memorable and notable performances include character roles in the films Bona, Deathrow, Ouija, Cinco, Patient X, teleseryes, Majika, Guns and Roses and a string of MMK episodes, notably, the episodes Lugaw (Rene Requiestas’ story), Cap (US war veterans) and Aso. In 2004, Tata Nanding was also awarded “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Special” (MMK’s Lugaw) in the 1st Golden Screen Entertainment Awards.

This Summer, Tata Nanding will share his acquired skills in Acting with a limited number of students who intend to venture into, or enhance their skills in TV, Film and Commercial Acting. The class schedule is as follows: May 7 to 16, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9am to 12noon, for a total of six(6) sessions or eighteen hours(18) hours. Interested enrollees will be interviewed before final admission. 

Playwright / Lyricist Rody Vera has written more than 20 original plays, and has adapted and translated various plays into Filipino. He is also a singer and a performer. He was the former Artistic Director of Patatag Singing Group and was musical director to some of its album recordings. He was Artistic Director of PETA from 1995 to 1997. He has appeared in a few musicals and films, notably: Sister Stella L and Grand Musical 1896. His plays won Carlos Palanca Memorial awards. Titles include: Kung Paano Ko Kinatay si Diana Ross (Second Prize), Ang Paglalakbay ni Radya Mangandiri – Isang Pilipinong Ramayana, Balangiga (2nd Prize), Luna: Isang Romansang Aswang (1st Prize), and Dreamweavers (2nd Prize). He has also written a few plays that were performed by Pintig Cultural Group, A Fil-American Theater Group based in Chicago: Sky Legends (3rd Prize), and a musical, The Bells of Balangiga. Senyor Paciano is his first film script. It won the 2nd Prize in the National Centennial Literary Awards in 1998. He was also awarded the Bellagio Study Grant by the Rockefeller Foundation. Some years back, PETA had staged Balete, his adaptation of another Sionil novel, Tree.

For inquiries, reservation, registration and other info, please call cherrybong at 09177500107 or Lei 0915-6072275 or Enzo 0935-3784781 at 8321125 loc 1620 or 1621.


Join Lonely Planet No More: A Travel Writing Seminar

Fully Booked, Writer’s Block Philippines and Lonely Planet present Lonely Planet No More: A Travel Writing Seminar. Learn how to organize your thoughts and realizations when traveling with Greg Bloom, author of Lonely Planet Philippines, and Writer’s Block Philippines!

When: May 18, Saturday, 2PM

Where: Atrium, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street

Speakers:Greg Bloom, author of Lonely Planet Philippines Country Guide and Writer’s Block Philippines

Improve your writing craft and get expert advice from professional travel writers! Discussion Highlights:

  • Travel Writing Tips
  • Anatomy of A Travel Feature
  • Print and Online Travel Writing
  • Getting Published
  • and more!

Please email to reserve seat.

Dulaang Laboratoryo presents Vlad Gonzales’s “Pitong Patibong” this May

Dulaang Laboratoryo presents Vlad Gonzales’s “Pitong Patibong” (based on Bertolt Brecht’s “The 7 Deadly Sins of the Petty Buorgeoisie”)

When: May 10, 2013 – May 12, 2013
Where: Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY), Faculty Center Bldg.,
UP Diliman, Quezon City.


Write a story and be a Microsoft champ

  • PROMO DURATION. Promotion period is from April 29 – June 30, 2013
  • ELIGIBILITY – WINNERS. Who can win? All 2013 high school or college students from Philippine schools are eligible to be named as a Microsoft Champ.
  • ELIGIBILITY – NOMINATORS. Who can nominate? Anyone is free to nominate a High school or College student to be a Microsoft Champ.
  • PREMISE. Microsoft Philippines is looking for students who deserve to be recognized as a Microsoft Champ. Anyone is free to nominate a student who they feel deserves to be recognized for their achievements. The student may also nominate his or herself.
  • AWARDING. Eight students will be chosen from the top nominations. These students will officially be awarded as Microsoft Champs, and will be recognized as brand ambassadors of HTC Philippines. These top students will also be awarded with prize packages.
  • TO JOIN like , and  Facebook pages. Go to the Microsoft Philippines Facebook page, and enter the Honor the Microsoft Champs Tab. Click JOIN and complete the following details:
    1. a. Name, Age, School, Education & Year level (College or High school)
    2. b. Story explaining why he/she deserves to be awarded (200-400 words)
  • Deadline of submission of entry is at 11:59pm on June 30, 2013.
  • From all the nominations, Microsoft Philippines, HTC Philippines and National Book Store will choose the top students based on the following criteria:
    1. a. Creativity 30% – the idea behind the story
    2. b. Quality of Content 50% – how well the story explained why the student deserves to
    3. c. Execution 20% – how well the story is written (grammar and spelling style)
  • All entries fitting the descriptions below are disqualified from winning:
    1. a. Entries depicting offensive content
    2. b. Entries depicting illegal content
    3. c. Entries depicting dangerous content
    4. d. Entries containing plagiarized content, or whose content is not owned by the submitting user.
  • Determination of winners will be held on July 8, 2013 in the 8th floor of 6750 Ayala Office Tower, Ayala Ave. Makati City, Metro Manila. Names of Judges are listed below:
    1. a. Mae Rivera-Moreno – Microsoft Business Group Lead for Windows
    2. b. Tovia Va’aelua – Microsoft Business Group Lead for Windows for Office
    3. c. Jonica Pena – Microsoft Marketing Communications Manager
  • The top 8 nominated students and their nominators will be announced as winners. Each winning student nominee will receive a Windows 8 OS, Office 2013 Home and Student 2013, and HTC 8S phone, and their nominator will receive PHP 3,000 worth of National Book Store gift certificate. Gift certificate is valid until fully consumed. Microsoft Philippines will shoulder the 20% tax for prizes exceeding PHP 10,000.
  • Once candidates are chosen from the winning nominations, proof of the students’ standing and reported achievements such report cards, certificates, etc. will be asked from the candidates.
  • Winners will be announced on Microsoft Philippines Facebook page on July 9, 2013 and notified via registered mail. Prizes not claimed within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the notification will be forfeited in favor of Microsoft with prior approval from DTI.
  • Winners from GMA can claim their prize in 7th floor of Equitable tower Paseo de Roxas Makati City, Metro Manila from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on working days. Prizes of provincial winners will be sent via courier. Microsoft Philippines will shoulder shipping cost for provincial winners. Winners must present a valid ID and the registered mail.
  • Prizes are not convertible to cash but transferable
  • All employees of Microsoft Philippines, National Book Store, HTC Philippines and its advertising agency up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promotion.


Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 2557 Series of 2013

Salingoy stages Rimpos Art-Lit exhibit

Salingoy Art Group, Inc., with the Naga City government as patron and partner, stages Rimpos Art-Literature Exhibit, a collaboration between Salingoy female visual artists and writers in honor of the celebration of Mothers’ Day 2013. Rimpos (to nurture), came up as the name of the event as an appreciation and a tribute to the nurturing of Mother Earth and Mother Nature, of Ina, Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, and the human (and non-human) mothers all over the world. The art-lit exhibit opens at Naga Art Gallery, Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum on May 4, 2013 at 4 p.m.

A coffee table book, The Nurturing: Life Inspirations from Rimpos written by Eilyn L. Nidea, will also be presented. It contains short life sketches of the artists and writers, as well as the pictures of the paintings, and complete texts of the poems and essays showcased at the exhibit.

Artists involved are the following: Evelyn Calara, Avril Daja, Anne Daliva, Maricris F. Gomez, Micah DT. Hilotin, Lorna T. Margate, Grace Nieves, Ruth C. Perez, Sylene B. Sabino, and Lea N. Uvas.

Writers include Elbert O. Baeta, Catherine A. Dilao, Jerome M. Hipolito, Rosette V. Imperio, Jusan V. Misolas, Eilyn L. Nidea, Lourdes L. Nieva, Stephen Prestado, Rea P. Robles, Irmina V. Torres, and Pauline Mae Zenit.

Maria Magdamit of Albay is guest visual artist and sculptor, and also the curator of the exhibit.

This is for the benefit of Arteng Kaakian, a monthly free art workshop and feeding program for the street children of Naga City , in cooperation with Animo 64, Kabataang Barangay and Bikolanong Totoo.

Tickets for P25 each are available at the Naga Art Gallery, Naga City Hall, and ACTO Office.

Pre-viewing of paintings can be done from April 28-May 2, 2013, at the art gallery 2:00-5:00 in the afternoon. A painting can be reserved with a certain fee/amount.

Official entries to Virgin Labfest 9 announced

Congratulations to the nine one-act plays to be presented at Vilrgin Labfest 9: 

9 One-Act Plays

1. Dominique La Victoria’s CHIPLINE

2. Herlyn Gail Alegre’s THE INVISIBLE MAN

3. Liza Magtoto’s ISANG DAAN

4. Bernadette Neri’s PAMAMANHIKAN

5. Em Mendez’s AMBONG ABO

6. Jimmy Flores’ KUDETA! KUDETA!

7. George de Jesus’ KAPIT


9. Eljay Castro Deldoc’s OWEL

1 Full-length Play

Benjamin Pimentel’s PRAMOEDYA

VLF 8 Revisited

Guelan Luarca’s MGA KUNEHO


Aizel Cabilan’s PAGSUBLI

May 4 is National Comic Book Day

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, All roads lead this year’s big event, NATIONAL BOOK STORE, CASTLE GEEK, and NEUTRAL GROUNDS present :


FREE COMICS – This year is the biggest yet! As we give away THOUSANDS of Comic Books from various publishers ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Get 3 FREE COMICS per person!

Plus check out the highly anticipated COMICX HUB FREE COMIC – KOMIKS ALL-STAR! Featuring Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah’s CARLO VERGARA as Cover Artist.

COMIC BOOK TALKS – Listen in to Experts as they talk about the COMIC BOOK Industry! 


ARTIST SIGNING – See the updated Artist Signing Schedule including Jimbo Salgado of BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED and Julius Gopez of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS!

PLUS! BE PART OF HISTORY as we set the record for having the most number of sketches done in one comic book event!


CARLO VERGARA (Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah)
DAN BORGONOS (Green Hornet Strikes, Voltron)
EMAN CASALLOS (Jennifer Blood, Ninjettes)
EMIL CABALTIERRA (Transformers Annual)
FRITZ CASAS (Queen Sonja)
GIO PAREDES (Kalayaan)
IAN STA. MARIA (Sky World)
JEFFREY HUET (Birds Of Prey)
JIMBO SALGADO (Batman Arkham Unhinged, Judge Dredd)
JONATHAN LAU (Peter Canon Thunderbolt)
JULIUS GOPEZ (Red Hood And The Outlaws)
ROB CHAM (Stories)
ROD ESPINOSA (Courageous Princess)

Come One, Come All!

PETA Theater Center launches Roofdeck Series

Looking for something new? Craving to showcase your knowledge in pop culture and geek-hood prowess? 

Then we just might have what you need. For the months of May and June, PETA is adding a new line-up of crazy activities for those of you who want to simply enjoy and have a good time. 

All nights will be at the PETA Roofdeck. Booze and chow will be available! SEE YOU SOON.

PEN to launch books by Wigley, Galan, and Aguila

The Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold book-club discussion on John Jack Wigley’s “Falling into the Manhole” (creative nonfiction); Ralph Semino Galán’s “Discernments” (literary criticism); and Augusto Antonio Aguila’s “The Heart of Need” (fiction)—on April 27, 5 p.m., at Solidaridad Bookstore, Ermita, Manila.

The books are published by the UST Publishing House.

“Falling into the Manhole” is a collection of personal narratives and memoirs.

“By writing these stories, I have explored the interrelationship of race, class and gender, not as abstract issues but as actual encounters and episodes, providing me with a ‘voice,’” writes Wigley, an “Amerasian” (American-Asian) who writes about growing up in the periphery of Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

“Through memoirs and personal narratives, Wigley tells fragmented stories about his life while unconsciously discussing local (Nora Aunor, Chat Silayan, Lea Salonga) and foreign (Madonna, Meryl Streep) texts with clarity and conviction, using an honest voice that is both vulnerable and transcendent,” says writer-teacher José Wendell P. Capili.

Critic-scholar Oscar Campomanes says Galan’s “Discernments” is distinguished by its “hybrid style” and “its well-conducted deployment of sly techniques of sublating the creative-critical and the theoretical, subsuming, without overpowering, the creative and theoretical aspects into the primary or governing function of critique.”

Critic-professor Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo says in “Heart of Need,” Aguila shows “a sharp eye for the multifarious details that make up the Metro Manila sprawl, from its seedy boarding houses and its shadowy bars, to its tree-sheltered campuses; and a keen ear, attuned to its multiple accents, chiefly those of the ordinary folk… despite the bleakness of some of its scenes, here is a fresh young voice, raised in affirmation of life.”

The public is invited. Solidaridad is on Padre Faura Street; tel. 2541068.

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cultural Center of the Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino present SANDOSENANG SAPATOS

Wheelchair bound Susie goes to dreamland demanding that the Shoe Fairy gives her a pair of feet the night before her shoe maker father’s birthday. She wants to fulfill her sick father’s wish of having a ballerina for a daughter. Unfortunately, the Shoes in Susie’s dream maintain that she can only talk to the Shoe Fairy the night before her own birthday — yearly, the Shoe Fairy gives her a pair of shoes and yearly, for a night in dreamland, she is able to dance. Forced to leave her dream, Susie wakes up and gives her father a music box containing a dancing ballerina. 

Unable to fulfill her father’s wish, she goes back to dreamland, only to be thrown out by the Shoes for she should take care of her sick father instead of loitering in dreamland. After Susie’s father dies, she finds herself in dreamland the night before her 12th birthday. As per their yearly ritual, the Shoe Fairy shows herself to Susie. This time around, not only does Susie refuse to talk to the Shoe Fairy, she also refuses to accept the fairy’s expected gift of a pair of shoes. The Shoe Fairy reveals that the shoes she’s been giving Susie does not really come from her. She tells her that on that night, the eve of her 12th birthday, Susie will meet the real source of the shoes. Susie’s father appears bearing a pair of shoes. He gives the pair to Susie. With the pair of feet the Shoe Fairy annually gives Susie, she wears the pair of shoes and for the first time, she is able to dance with her father. 

When Susie wakes up on the day of her 12th birthday, she happily tells her mother and older sister that her father visited her in her dream. Her mother and her sister tell her that her father’s love for her is so huge that not even death can take it away from her. They start to prepare for Susie’s birthday celebration by cleaning the house. As they are cleaning Susie’s father’s room for making shoes, they discover a huge box containing 12 pairs of shoes. The pairs of shoes are of different sizes and each pair comes with a note. Each note is Susie’s father’s letter for her, each one expressing his love, each pair of shoe carrying his hope that though Susie does not have a pair of feet, she’ll still be able to walk and even dance through life as a complete person bereft of bitterness but with an understanding of life as huge as his love for her. 

Musical Adaptation/ Libretto- Layeta Bucoy

Based on the book of Dr. Luis Gatmaitan

Set Designer/Director-Tuxqs Rutaquio
Composer- Noel Cabangon
Co-Composer/ Arranger/ Musical Director – Jed Balsamo 
Lights Designer- Katsch Catoy
Sound Designer-TJ Ramos
Costume Designer-Leeroy New & Slim’s Fashion & Art School
Choreographer – Gerald Mercado

Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company:
Jonathan Tadioan
Doray Dayao
Regina de Vera
Marco Viana
Ralph Mateo
Nicolo Magno
Remus Villanueva
Jovanni Cadag

with guest artists: 
Trixie Esteban and Tessa Prieto-Valdez

July 13 -21, 2013 
July 18, 2013 (Thur) 10am and 3pm
July 19, 2013 (Fri) 10am and 3pm
July 13 and 20, 2013 (Sat) 10am and 3pm
July 14 and 21, 2013 (Sun) 10am and 3pm
Tanghalang Huseng Batute
Cultural Center of the Philippines

Regular Price: Php600
Student price: Php300
20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWDs. (Please present valid ID)

For inquiries on ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships, special performances, please contact:
Cherry Bong Z. Edralin
Marketing Manager
Cultural Center of the Philippines
2/F Production Design Bldg. CCP Complex
Roxas Blvd. Pasay City
P +632 8321125 local 1620-1621
F. +632 8323661
Mobile:0917-750-0107 / 0918-959-3949
Wireless landline: +632 218-3791

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