Grand Dame of SEA Children’s Theater Continues to Make Waves

Despite her numerous achievements in the realm of theater, University of the Philippines University Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio has not been content to sit back and relax. Instead, the Grand Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater continues to make waves. In the past year, Prof. Lapeña-Bonifacio has finished translating Filipino stories about the sea into English. She has also partially finished the second volume on a planned three-volume set entitled “The Complete Plays of Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio.” This volume focuses on children’s plays.

Prof. Lapeña-Bonifacio most enjoys her theater work in the Teatrong Mulat Museum, the annual staging of her 33-year-old papet pasyon, and staging other local and international theater productions. Teatrong Mulat represented Philippine puppetry theater and staged perfomances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

UP Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing, is continuing to accept entries for the second Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop on Young Adult Literature which will take place on October 6-9, 2017.

For inquiries about the second Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop, contact 9818500 (2117) and look for Isa Lorenzo, or email

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