November 5, 2012


in celebration of Philippine arts and culture, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and National Center for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) holds the 4th National Theater Festival on November 8 - 18 2012 at the CCP theaters.
i am familiar of 6 of the 18 productions from different all-Filipino theater groups who will perform in the festival. i'm actually looking forward to restaging of these productions and would like to see all of them (crossed fingers).

LIVIN' LA VIDA IMELDA performed by Carlos Celdran. well it mainly talks about Imelda Marcos' life. her glory as the former first lady and her downfall after the Martial Law. it is another approach by Carlos Celdran in presenting history where he is very well-informed about.
OROSMAN AT ZAFIRA, the musical which i fell in love with Dulaang UP. and continued to support until its commercial release last year. this awit by Francisco Baltazar talks about the greed between three tribes and the love of our two protagonists which conquers all.
SAYAW NG MGA SENIORITA is a farse about the life of gays in their golden years. Gantimpala Theater brings known film personalities Soxie Topacio, Bb Gandanghari, Arnel Ignacio, Joel Lamangan and Manny CastaƱeda in this story of love, success and despair of the gays.
the award-winning WILLIAM by PETA is also joining the line up. a Shakespearean musical sang in rap genre to cope up with the new generation. also one of my favorites.
Tanghalang Pilipino brings two productions and STAGESHOW is one that i have to see. i heard that Liesl Batucan is great in this production which will open the festival season. she will be on the November 8, 3PM show. and another is WALANG KUKURAP -- that Layeta Bucoy play which squirts blood to the audience. a highly-political drama which i also recommend for everyone to see.

you can also check the other productions. check the schedule in the CCP website. you can get tickets by calling the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.

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