PETA offers summer theater courses

Create new memories and see life experiences through the lenses of theater with our Theater Arts for Seniors course! 

Courses offered are: Children’s Theater 1 (ages 6 to 8) Children’s Theater 2 (ages 9 to 12) Teen Theater (ages 13 to 16) Creative Musical Theater (ages 16 & up) Visual Arts (ages 16 & up) Theater Arts for Seniors (ages 60 & up)

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Manila Improv Festival opens July 8

Experience a merry mix of “tales” with “Chinese characteristics” as The Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) officially open the Manila Improv Festival along with ImproMafia of Brisbane, Taichung Improv and the trio from The Beijing Collective.

Don’t miss this incredible night of laughter, fun and comedy at PETA Theater in Quezon city!

Regular price: Php 450
Student price (show ID): Php 250
Senior citizen & PWD: Php 360
Watch All You Can Festival Pass: Php 2,500 (for all 11 shows!)

2 ways to reserve your seats!

(1) text SPIT at +63 915 451 9116 or e-mail us at

(2) call Ticketworld @ 891 9999 or visit (with service charge)


PETA presents Haring Lear

STUDIO CONNECTIONS INTERNATIONAL, In partnership with School of Design and Arts Dela Salle College of St. Benilde, presents PETA’S HARING LEAR, Bienvenido Lumbera’s adaptation of Shakespear’s King Lear.

The play is set in a post nuclear landscape that highlights the dramatic descent of a king into madness. As he is plunged into the world of anarchy, the themes of vision and blindness are explored masterfully by Shakespeare in this drama of purgation. Lear becomes mad at the same moment when he gains a vision of the cruelty of the world and the evil nature of his daughters. He discovers the real meaning of loyalty, love, and fidelity in his servants and his youngest daughter, Cordelia, whom he banished

ABNER DELINA JR Cordelia/Lakayo
ROI CALILONG Hari ng Francia
JEFF HERNANDEZ Duke ng Cornualles
JASON BARCIAL Duke ng Burgonia.

DIRECTION: Nonon Padilla

LIGHTING DESIGN: Jonjon Villareal

MUSIC: Dodjie Fernandez


PLAYDATES: Fridays / February 27, March 6, 2015 / 7:30 pm
Saturdays / February 28, March 7, 2015 / 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sundays / March 1, 8, 2015 / 2:00 pm

VENUE: School of Design and Arts (SDA) Theater
Dela Salle College of St. Benilde
P.Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) St Malate Manila


Regular Prices: 1000, 800
Student Prices: 500, 400

20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens
and PWD (persons with disability)
**please present valid ID

Gala Night (Celebrity Night) – February 27 at 7:30pm
Regular Prices: 1,500, 1,000
Student Prices: 750, 500

20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens
and PWD (persons with disability)
**please present valid ID

* Special performances also available upon special arrangement

PERFORMANCE: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes

For ticket reservations, showbuying,sponsorship,and other inquiries, pls contact:

Marketing Director
Mobile: 0917-750-0107, 0918-959-3949
Wireless: 218-3791


PETA closes 47th season with Cherry Orchard remake, Arbol de Fuego

Capping The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s 47th season is Arbol de Fuego, Rody Vera and Loy Arcenas’ reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard. After three successful Rak of Aegis runs, and original Filipino production, FnL, PETA simmers down from the fitful comedy-musical first half of the season with a grounding of a world classic this February 2015. Arbol de Fuego_CherieAward-winning writer Rody Vera, and world-renowned New York based designer-director Loy Arcenas work together for the second time on a Chekhov classic. The two have collaborated on the production Three Sisters, and have done so for film as well in the critically acclaimed Cinemalaya entry, Niño. This time, Loy and Rody tell the story of an aristocratic family’s decline in 1970’s Negros Occidental. Middle-aged matriarch Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio, played by veteran actress Cherie Gil, comes home from Madrid being forced to sell their estate to pay off the family’s huge debts. The Jardeleza’s throw party after lavish party, reminiscing their opulent past amidst their depleting wealth.

Touted as Loy Arcenas’ theater comeback since Three Sisters, Arbol de Fuego boasts of a stellar cast. Alongside Gil is Urian best actress awardee Angeli Bayani, British Independent Film Award nominee Jake Macapagal, Bembol Roco, Anna Luna, Leo Rialp, Raffy Tejada, Riki Benedicto and many others. Arbol de Fuego opens on February 20, 2015 with shows from Fridays to Sundays, 3:00pm and 8:00pm at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.

For more information, contact PETA at 725 6244 or 0917 5765400 or email us at

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The Sandbox Collective conjures The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd

Social media has been abuzz lately about The Sandbox Collective’s most exciting (and curious) endeavor – The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd. Everyone from philosopher Albert Camus to designer Karl Lagerfeld has been quoted on their philosophies and thoughts on the ‘absurd’ (whether taken at face value or its core essence inspired by the post-World War II French theatrical movement). These were then followed by the hashtag, #ImaginariumMNL.

On September 22, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center, the veil has been lifted as Manila’s newest performing arts group, The Sandbox Collective, following the success of its critically acclaimed production of the Off-Broadway musical “Dani Girl,” a musical good for the soul, launches The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd.

Running from October 28 to 31, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center, the festival will feature performances, presentations, and collaborations of various media, including film, fashion, dance, visual arts, improv, spoken word, music, food and beverage, and theater.

With the global movement shifting towards artistic expression and experimentation, “The Imaginarium” comes at an opportune time. Across cultures, there is a growing interest in the unconventional and oftentimes bizarre. In recent years, crowds have flocked towards mercatos, trade fairs, music festivals, specialty stores, and fringe movements – looking for vitality and renewed authenticity of their own lifestyle and experiences.

“We believe the game is changing,” shares The Sandbox Collective’s managing artistic director Toff de Venecia. “There’s a new generation of cultural connoisseur and practitioner who isn’t afraid of stepping outside of the box anymore and being unconventional or different. They’re about celebrating and championing what’s new and creative.” He shares that The Sandbox Collective’s market, composed of mostly students and young professionals, a.k.a. millennials, are exposed to what’s happening in other parts of the world, primarily because of travel, word-of-mouth, the Internet, and social media. “It’s no longer about being particularistic to the genre,” shares Toff, “but creating an overall experience, a meaningful experience.”

With that, The Sandbox Collective assembled a young team of curators and influencers who, for the past months, have been brimming with energy and excitement in reaching out to their respective markets and solidifying The Imaginarium’s multi-faceted programming. For dance and physical theater, the group tapped Daloy Dance Company’s PJ Rebullida; for music, critic and music aficionado Ren Aguila; for film, magazine editor Don Jaucian; for visual arts, media practitioner and editor Raymond Ang; and for food and beverage, EDSA Beverage Design Group’s David Ong. “We’re honored to have them join us for the festival,” shares Toff, adding, “They add energy and insight to both the product and the process that help facilitate wonderful experiences for our audience.”

It is this cross-pollination of cultures that The Sandbox Collective, with its multi-disciplinary approach to the performing arts, hopes to foster through The Imaginarium – “that we find spaces in which we can work together, instead of separately or against each other, and raise a proverbial middle finger to the establishment.” Toff ends, “It is no longer about exclusivity, rather, inclusivity.”

The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd, will cap off The Sandbox Collective’s 2014 season before it returns in 2015. The festival will run for four consecutive days at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila from October 28-31, 2014. There is a limited amount of tickets being sold for most stages and/or special events so advanced reservation and transaction is encouraged. As with most festivals, the schedule is a proposed estimation and is subject to change within a one to two-hour window.

For ticket bundles and inquiries, please contact 585-6909 or 0917-8996680. You may also call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Follow The Sandbox Collective on FB: TheSandboxCollective | Twitter: @TheSandboxCo | Instagram: @TheSandboxCo. You may also visit to find out more about our shows and our festival programming, including talkbacks, packages, ticket bundles, special promos, and student and teacher discounts.

The Imaginarium is co-presented by PETA Theater Center with official makeup sponsor MAC Cosmetics, and media partners: YStyle, Metro, Chalk, The Lifestyle Network, MYX, and Circuit Magazine.

PETA closes theater season with “RAK OF AEGIS”

The music of the legendary pop-rock band Aegis conquers the local theater scene as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) closes its 46th Theater Season with “Rak of Aegis”,  a Pinoy rock comedy-musical featuring the songs of Aegis. Opening January 31 at The PETA Theater Center, “Rak of Aegis” will run for 6 weeks, Fridays to Sundays until March 9, 2014.

The highly anticipated new musical is a playlist of chart-topping Aegis songs such as “Luha,” “Halik,” “Sundot,” “Christmas Bonus,” and “Basang-basa sa Ulan” performed by a mix of talented theater artists led by Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña, Aicelle Santos, and Joan Bugcat.

The cast also includes Kakai Bautista, Neomi Gonzales, Jerald Napoles, Pepe Herrera, Myke Salomon, Poppert Bernadas, Gie Onida, Julienne Mendoza, Ron Alfonso, Phillip Palmos, Gold Villar, Gimbey Dela Cruz, Jet Barrun, Paeng Sudayan, Carlon Matobato and John Moran.

A story of love, fame and resilience, “Rak of Aegis” is set in a subdivision frequently marred with flood. The story revolves around Aileen, a young promodizer caught in the web of finding love and seeking fame to support her family. A story inspired by Filipino’s resilience, the play showcases the capacity of Filipinos to overcome the greatest peril.

“Rak of Aegis” will be a box filled with musical and visual spectacles showcasing Pinoy’s innate love for music. The musical is created by the same women behind PETA’s hit comedy musical “Care Divas,” PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda and Palanca Award-winning writer Liza Magtoto, with arrangement and direction by actor-musician Myke Salomon.

“Rak of Aegis” features set design by Mio Infante, choreography by Gio Gahol, lighting by Jonjon Villareal, costume design by Carlo Pagunaling, shoe design by Maco Custodio and  accessory design by Joan Pamintuan.


Get ready for the PETA Summer Program

Spend the most PETA-rrific summer with us! THE 2014 PETA SUMMER PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN THIS APRIL!

We are offering discounts on all courses when you are:
– enrolling in January and February 2014
– enrolling in groups of three or more
– participating at least thrice in the workshops
– a BPI Jumpstart cardholder
– referred by a PETA member
– member of Theater Actors Guild

This summer, we are offering classes for ALL AGES! Classes on Children’s Theater, Teen Theater, Acting, Musical Theater, and Theater Arts will be offered. Enroll now!

Contact Chris Divinagracia at 09065564800 or email us at Get discounts and be part of the most PETA-rrific summer yet!

Check out the list of courses here!


William Shakespeare rap musical to be staged at Star Theater from January 31-February 16

What could be more interesting than introducing William Shakespeare through rap rhythm and hip-hop beats?

As the Philippine Educational Theater Association’sWilliam raps back on stage, this time at the Star Theater in Pasay City, it will never stop to teach the youth how Shakespeare shaped the world of theater and the arts.

The play’s characters represent usual High School stereotypes: a shy boy in class, a not-so-smart pretty lass, a bad boy athlete, an eager student leader, and an honor student.

As much as these students are part of different cliques, all of them struggle to understand Shakespeare and his works – some find his poetry difficult to understand, others are simply bored with the subject and most simply don’t find meaning in studying Shakespeare.

Punished due to their “insolence to Shakespeare,” they are required by their teacher to present a scene of a Shakespearean play, which allows them to rediscover how Shakespeare characters and stories are parallel to their life situations.

Since it was first staged in 2010, PETA’s rap musical William has managed to capture the interest of students and local theatergoers, even earning nods from a British news agency.

PETA’s 2014 offering will bring William to the dazzling Star Theater in Pasay City to introduce the Bard to more viewers. 

William Shakespeare, the brilliant bard from Stratford on Avon may no longer be relevant to many young people, but a rap musical about teenagers being forced to learn about him has given him a new life.

A video report by Marek Pruszewics of BBC News described the play as a “modern twist on Shakespeare” that “aims to help young people understand the playwright.”

Reminiscent of today’s popular TV musicals such as Glee and High School Musical, William is set in a high school in Metro Manila, where five young students are forced to study Shakespeare by their terror class adviser, Ms. Lutgarda Martinez.

In the process of studying, these students not only realize the beauty of Shakespeare’s works but also re-discover themselves through Shakespeare’s characters.

The musical written by Ron Capinding touches on themes of adolescence, parents’ unconditional love and friendship and promotes respect for teachers and classmates, and advocates love for reading and appreciating literature—Shakespeare or not.

William features 10 original rap songs composed by Jeff Hernandez. Songs such as “Pucha Bro”, “Nosebleed”, “O Shakespeare”, “What’s In A Name” are fusions of various music genres, like rock, soul, funk, RnB and hip-hop. “William” also utilizes an emerging form of rap, FlipTop, which is becoming more popular among today’s youth. These rap numbers, choreographed by John Tan (from Urban Dance Crew), are performed along with various hip-hop forms, such as: crumping, breakdance, ballroom and jazz hip-hop.

William at the Star Theater will run on January 31, February 1 and 2, February 4 to 7, and February 14 to 16. For tickets, contact PETA at Tel. No. 725-6244, 4100821-22, and 0917-5765400,

(To purchase tickets online through Ticketworld, CLICK HERE)


In a country where singing has become a national sport and pastime, it is not unusual to find rows of KTV bars and karaoke machines in every home. In fact, most Filipino social gatherings lead to a glass shattering karaoke sing off shared by friends and family.

Ending its 46th Theater Season, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) presents “RAK OF AEGIS”, a rock-comedy musical featuring the music of a karaoke favorite, the Aegis band. “RAK OF AEGIS” OPENS JANUARY 2014 AT THE PETA THEATER CENTER. For tickets and show buying information, contact PETA at 0917-5765400, 7256244 or 

Watch out for more updates on the cast of this RAK-ing musical.

For tickets, go to

Last chance to catch Lola Basyang this weekend

It’s our last weekend at The PETA Theater Center. Hear the stories of the country’s premier storyteller in “Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang” from October 11 to October 13 at 10 am and 3 pm!

“Watching “Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Theater Center over the weekend was a welcome break from the diet of teleseryes as well as local and Hollywood films we’ve had lately,” says Bhenj Agustin of Manila Bulletin

Tickets: PHP 400 (students), PHP 600 (regular), PHP 800 (VIP). VIP ticket buyers get a chance to meet the cast, receive autographed playbills, and be called first during audience interaction! Call 725-6244 or email us at to inquire.