Stageshow’s brilliant performance at the opening day of the 4th National Theater Festival

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

The casts of Stageshow had its remarkable performance during the opening day of the 4th National Theatre Festival held at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines, November 8.

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Written by one of the greatest film and theater director-playwright, the late Mario O’Hara, Stageshow is about the story of stage show performers: Ester (Liesl Batucan/Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino), Chabeng (Angelina Kanapi) and Magdea (May Bayot De Castro/Mae Paner) and how they cope with their respective lives as part of the golden theatrical past. Nevertheless, the play actually focuses on the lives of Ester and her husband Tirso (Roeder Camañag/Nonie Buencamino), who is also a stage performer, as they surpass the different struggles of their real-life dilemma.

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Interaction with the casts after the show

I’ve watched the 3pm show with Liesl as Ester and Roeder as Tirso. What can I say? They both gave justice to each of the characters including the supporting casts: Bobby Gonzales (Rody Vera), Caridad (Rayna Reyes), Meyor (Lou Veloso), Indo (Gie Onida), Dulce (Pam Hundana),  Lupito (Gino Ramirez), Jimboy (Jonathan Tadioan), and Nonoy (Aaron Ching).

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Stageshow ticket

The play clearly presented the true meaning of “Ang tanghalang walang entablado…” which is somewhat a tribute to those passionate people whose life evolves in theater. I was not surprised when I got teary eyes the moment they started the show because I already felt the connection. Well, it’s supposed to be a comedy show but the effect on me was completely opposite. How ironic, isn’t it?

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

WritersBloc together with Rody Vera (the one who played Bobby Gonzales). From left to right: Allan Lopez, Rody Vera, myself, Joel Gaviola, Remi Velasco.

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Angeline Kanapi (The one who played Chabeng).

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Liesl Batucan (The one who played Ester).

This stageplay is one of the last works of Direk Mario. I can still remember the time when I first saw him in the classic Lino Brocka’s film Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang as Bertong Ketong where he nailed the character of a person with leprosy very well.

National Theatre Festival is one of the major projects of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Likewise, if you are the type of person who is fond of stage play, indie film and the arts, and who is already bored of the repetitive commercial Sci-Fi movies in the big screen, then this is the best time for you to enjoy the stage actors in their live performances. I bet you will be amazed on how each actor delivers their dialogues in every scene because there is really no room for Take Twos.

Stageshow, 4th National Theater Festival, Mario O’Hara, Ester, Liesl Batucan, Shamaine-Centenera Buencamino, Chabeng, Angelina Kanapi, Magdea, May Bayot De Castro, Mae Paner, Tirso, Roeder Camañag, Nonie Buencamino, Bobby Gonzales, Rody Vera, Caridad, Rayna Reyes, Meyor, Lou Veloso, Indo, Gie Onida, Dulce, Pam Hundana,  Lupito, Gino Ramirez, Jimboy, Jonathan Tadioan, Nonoy, Aaron Ching, Ang tanghalang walang entablado, Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Bertong Ketong, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA, CCP Sarswela Series, Walang Sugat, November 8-18 2012, November 8-18, November 8 2012, SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, 4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

There are also souvenir items including books, scripts, and original CDs of the previous works staged at the CCP that are for sale at a discounted price. In my case, I bought the original CCP Sarswela Series entitled Walang Sugat which contains a libretto and the original music at 75% off.

If you haven’t watched any of the shows yet then find yourself a perfect time since this year’s 4th National Theater Festival will run from November 8-18, 2012. Check out the full schedule below:

4th NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Time Activity Venue
November 8, 2012   (Thursday)
9:00am Conference Silangan Hall
3:00pm/8:00pm Stageplay   – Stageshow Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
6:00pm Opening   Ceremonies Main Ramp
7:30pm Exhibit   Opening Bulwagang Carlos   Francisco
November 9, 2012   (Friday)
9:00am Conference Silangan Hall
10:00am Film   Screening: A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino Tanghalang Manuel   Conde
2:00pm/7:00pm Stageplay:   Dula Ta Tanghalang Huseng   Batute
7:00pm Circulo
8:00pm Stageplay:   Duha Ka Alimpo sa Habagat… Bohol 1700 (Two Eyes of the Monsoon Storm) Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
November 10, 2012   (Saturday)
9:00am Conference Silangan Hall
10:00am Film   Screening: Bona Tanghalang Manuel   Conde
1:00pm Film   Screening: Sa North Diversion Road Tanghalang Manuel   Conde
2:00pm/7:00pm Stageplay:   Uwahig Tanghalang Huseng   Batute
3:00pm Stageplay:   Duha Ka Alimpo sa Habagat… Bohol 1700 (Two Eyes of the Monsoon Storm) Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
6:00pm CD   Launch: TnT “Titser ng Bayan” Bulwagang Pambansang   Alagad ng Sining
November 11, 2012   (Sunday)
3:00pm/8:00pm Stageplay:   Sintang Dalisay Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
7:00pm Stageplay:   The Return of the Comeback of the New and Improved Newly Scented Haring+ubu-L Tanghalang Huseng   Batute
7:00pm Livin’   La Vida Imelda Silangan Hall
November 13, 2012   (Tuesday)
3:00pm/8:00pm Stageplay – Sintang   Dalisay Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
6:00pm Book   Launch: Tanghalang Pilipino Anniversary Book Bulwagang Carlos   Francisco
7:00pm Livin’   La Vida Imelda Silangan Hall
November 14, 2012   (Wednesday)
3:00pm Stageplay:   Kakarong Musical Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
7:00pm Stageplay:   Battalia Zero a.k.a. Battalia Royale ver.Zero Main Ramp and   Promenade
November 15, 2012   (Thursday)
2:00pm/7:00pm Stageplay: Kakarong   Isa Pang Kawing Tanghalang Huseng   Batute
3:00pm/8:00pm Stageplay: William Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
7:00pm Livin’   La Vida Imelda Silangan Hall
November 16, 2012   (Friday)
10:00am Film   Screening: Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon Tanghalang Manuel   Conde
1:00pm Film   Screening: ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh Tanghalang Manuel   Conde
3:00pm/8:00pm Stageplay:   Sayaw ng mga Seniorita Tanghalang Huseng   Batute
3:00pm/8:00pm Stageplay:   Mind’s Eye Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
7:00pm Free   Admission: Hinde Kami Pobre, KSP Lang Silangan Hall
November 17, 2012   (Saturday)
10:00am Film Screening: Noli   Me Tangere Tanghalang Manuel   Conde
3:00pm/7:30pm Stageplay: Bata   Batute Tanghalang Huseng   Batute
8:00pm Stageplay: Orosman at   Zafira Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
November 18, 2012   (Sunday)
3:00pm Stageplay: Orosman at   Zafira Tanghalang Aurelio   Tolentino
6:00pm Closing Ceremony Arturo Luz Paper Clip   Area

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About Aleks

Engr. Aleksandre Pates (a.k.a. Aleks) is an I.T. Professional and Electronics Engineer by profession, but it didn’t hinder him to enrich his skills and broaden his experience in theater and literary. He is also a College Instructor/Professor, Playwright, Artistic/Creative Director, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, Resource Speaker/Lecturer of Campus Journalism, Editorial Writing, Creative Writing and Leadership Empowerment for Youth. He is a Palanca Awardee, and he was the Editor-In-Chief of The Philippine Artisan (official student publication of TUP-Manila) from 2003-2007. He is a Certified Oracle Partner Expert since 2010, and a member of the prolific playwright organizations in the Philippines, The WritersBloc. He also holds numerous positions in socio-civic and professional organizations like Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP – Manila Chapter), and De La Salle Araneta University Alumni Association, Inc.
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