Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SEASON 28 IS UPON US : A Primer by Nanding Josef

Tanghalang Pilipino formally opens its 28th season dubbed as DIS/EASE.  This theme tackles the instability of the human personality that eventually leads to ramifications such as illnesses, psychological and social imperfections, and tragedies.

The various productions presented in the upcoming season are not here to dishearten anyone but TP’s aim is to stay true to the company’s objectives to use artistic modes to reflect life’s complex human and social realities.
Just like most of their plays it reflects human pathos and sufferings but also leaves the audience with great virtues and wisdom hidden in the stories presented. Corrective values surface in opportune times within the play to heal and restore the vitality of the land as well the individual spirit and soul of those who came to watch their show.
For this season, the said theatre season reflects on the uncomfortable scenarios that is plaguing our society, thus the title DIS / EASE. The concept for this season sprung from the idea of Noli Me Tangere – or “Touch Me Not, ”  - Cancer of the Society. 

Each play represents a social diseases that no matter how deadly and corrupting they are, we seemed to not mind them or are so immune or at ease with their existence in the society and are not aware that it is slowly enveloping.
To talk about more about the upcoming season is Tanghalang Pilipino’s Artistic Director Tata Nanding Josef who was generous enough to give us some insights regarding the different productions of DIS/ EASE. 

KLEPTOMANIACS is a sung-through musical about our current social condition,” Tata Nanding shared. “This play is inspired by the Napoles scandal and it talks about a country’s search for a NEW HERO, someone with integrity. “ Tata Nanding further emphasizes that “young people today are looking for models in the society from the highest position in the land to every leader of the nation.”


MGA AMA, MGA ANAK staged its last performance last March 9th, leaving a contented audience and a trail of good reviews from different viewpoints. We thank all the journalists who've taken time to write about our production.

Here are the links to some of the reviews:

ABS-CBN NEWS (Vladimir Bunoan)




INQUIRER.NET (Cora Llamas)

SPOT.PH  (Ricky S.Torre)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

PRINSESA NG MGA BILANG : The Actors Company Recital 2014

Tanghalang Pilipino's Actors Company presents its 2014 acting recital -- Layeta Bucoy's
PRINSESA NG MGA BILANG, on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute at the CCP, featuring the actors of the TP Actor's Company, with the special participation of Nina Virgin. Tuxqs Rutaquio directs.

For tickets, please call Tanghalang Pilipino at 8321125 local 1620-1621
or contact 0917-750-0107 for more details

Thursday, March 6, 2014


For the third and last performance weekend of MGA AMA, MGA ANAK, the following cast members will be performing:

7 Mar 2014 / Friday / 8:00pm
ZACARIAS -- Spanky Manikan
SOFIA -- Jackie Lou Blanco
NENA - Banaue Miclat
BESSIE - Cris Villonco
MRS. PAULO - Peewee O'Hara
CHITONG - Marco Viana

8 Mar 2014 / Saturday / 3:00pm
ZACARIAS -- Robert Arevalo
SOFIA -- Celeste Legaspi
NENA - Madeleine Nicolas
BESSIE - Cris Villonco
MRS. PAULO - Peewee O'Hara
CHITONG - Marco Viana

8 Mar 2014 / Saturday / 8:00pm
ZACARIAS -- Robert Arevalo
SOFIA -- Celeste Legaspi
NENA - Madeleine Nicolas
BESSIE - Cris Villonco
MRS. PAULO - Peewee O'Hara
CHITONG - Marco Viana

9 Mar 2014 / Sunday / 3:00pm
ZACARIAS -- Spanky Manikan
SOFIA -- Jackie Lou Blanco
NENA - Banaue Miclat
BESSIE - Cris Villonco
MRS. PAULO - Peewee O'Hara
CHITONG - Marco Viana

For inquiries on reservations, group sales or sponsorship, please contact TANGHALANG PILIPINO at (02) 832 1125 Ext. 1620 / 1621 , or email us at

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Banaue Miclat as Nena

Banaue Miclat has been acting on the professional stage since 1992. She began with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)'s Workshop production of "Radiya Mangandiri" (Potri Tuwan Malano Tihaya/Sita). She completed a BA Theater Arts degree from UP Diliman's Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts; playing lead and support roles for Dulaang UP since 1996. She has also worked with Tanghalang Pilipino, Repertory Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Company, Ballet Philippines, etc. Banaue moved to New York in 2004 to complete an MFA in Acting [a terminal] degree from Brooklyn college of the City University of New York (Brooklyn College-CUNY). After Brooklyn college, Banaue performed as supernumerary to numerous production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center in Manhattan between 2006 and 2009; and did a few Off-Off Broadway and regional productions before coming back to Manila in 2010. Banaue is the pioneer teacher for Voice Work for Performers and Vocal Journey for Non-performers in the Philippines. She has been a faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University's Loyola Schools since 2010, and is currently the Executive Director of the Ateneo Library of Women's Writings (ALiWW).

Sunday, February 23, 2014


My tatay was a loving father. I remember very vividly the things that he did to me, for me, with me, when I was a little boy until I was all grown up. Thinking about him and all the things that we shared always makes me miss him terribly. And, I get emotional and I start to cry. Just like now. I miss him as I think about him. I’m 65 years old, missing my father who is now in heaven, and crying quietly like a little boy.

Thinking about all the things he did for me makes me feel guilty too, because I feel that I was never able to give him or show him in return the kind of love, care, and affection that he generously showered me with.

Read the whole article here

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SPANKY MANIKAN speaks about Zacarias Monzon

Spanky Manikan plays the central role of Zacarias Monzon, alternating with actor Robert Arevalo. His attack of the role is markedly different from Arevalo's, while both actors lend veritable intensity in their portrayals. In this video, Spanky explains what a complicated character Carias is, and how he feels he is so right for the role.

2013 Gawad Buhay hails Tanghalang Pilipino's DER KAUFMANN. Gibbs Cadiz writes.

Gibbs Cadiz writes: 

“Der Kaufmann,” meanwhile, earned the jury’s nod as nominee in the following categories: Outstanding Translation or Adaptation (Vera), Costume Design (Rutaquio), Lighting Design (Batalla), Sound Design (TJ Ramos), Female Lead Performance in a Play (Regina de Vera—the lone nominee in her category and automatically the winner), Male Lead Performance in a Play (Jonathan Tadioan), Female Featured Performance in a Play (Raquel Pareño), Male Featured Performance in a Play (Lou Veloso and Marco Viaña), Outstanding Stage Direction (Vera and Rutaquio), Outstanding Ensemble for a Play, and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play.

Congratulations, Actors Company and Tanghalang Pilipino!

Read the entire article on Gibbs' blog


MGA AMA, MGA ANAK premiered onstage at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), on Friday, 21 February 2014, to a distinguished audience that included film icon Barbara Perez, award-winning screenwriter and playwright Pete Lacaba (who co-wrote the Pilipino translation of Nick Joaquin's english original " Fathers and Sons"), fashion luminaries Larry Leviste and Gang Gomez, TV broadcaster Mario Dumaual, and many others. The Gala Night performance featured Robert Arevalo in the role of Zacarias Monzon, the central character of the play. Many of those who've witnessed the opening night show marveled at the powerhouse cast of ensemble leads that gave life to possibly National Artist Nick Joaquin's greatest stage play ever written.

From left -- David Fabros, actress and film Icon Barbara Perez, film director Mel Chionglo, stage lighting wizard Monino Duque, and GMA Artist Center Manager Lou Gopez.
Tuxqs Rutaquio designed this 40s inspired vintage set of the Monzon Mansion, the locale of the play Mga Ama, Mga Anak.

PRESS REVIEW: Film stars stage comeback in Nick Joaquin play (Amadis Ma. Guerrero/ The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Three Generations is one of the iconic short stories of National Artist Nick Joaquin, at par with Summer Solstice and May Day Eve. Joaquin later made it into a play, Fathers and Sons, which was translated into Filipino by the poets Virgilio Almario and José F. Lacaba, and titled Mga Ama, mga Anak.

This play was first presented by PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) decades ago, directed by Lino Brocka and with an all-star cast including Ben Rubio, Mario O’Hara, Laurice Guillen and Bembol Roco. It was also the first theater experience for Joel Lamangan, who appeared at the end with another actor in tow, prepared to destroy an invincible dinner table which served to symbolize the power of the tyrannical father, Zacarias.

Read whole article here

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Marco Viana as Chitong

Marco is an Electronics Engineering graduate who decided to pursue a career in the performing arts. He is an alumnus of the Mapua Tekno Teatro and is currently an Apprentice of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors' Company. His theater credits include Anatomiya ng Korupsyon, Pinocchio Gusto Mo Bang Maging Tao?,Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzical, Kawala (Virgin Labfest 7), Kafatiran (Virgin Labfest 7 and 8, Nominated for Best Actor - Non Musical, Aliw Awards 2012), Bombita (Nominated for Outstanding Male Lead Performance, PhilStage Gawad Buhay 2011), Bakit Wala Nang Nagtatagpo sa Philcoa Oberpas?, Sipat Lawin Ensemble's Battalia Royale, Mga Kuneho (Virgin Labfest 8 and 9), Walang Sugat, Walang Kukurap, Ibalong, Sandosenang Sapatos, Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia (Nominated for Outstanding Male Featured Performance, PhilStage Gawad Buhay 2013), and Melanie: A UNICEF and Tanghalang Pilipino Team Up for HIV/AIDS Awareness.


Tanghalang Pilipino's last offering for its 27th Season,  MGA AMA, MGA ANAK (Nick Joaquin, Pete Lacabda, Virgilio Almario) was introduced to members of the entertainment, culture and lifestyle press via an intimate press conference on February 12, 2014, at the CCP Conference Hall. Here is a photo coverage of the proceedings covered by Manila Avid Photographers.