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28 May 2012

Event List 2 (Updated)

Hello guys! Here's the second batch of events that I wanted to attend to.  If you haven't read the first list, check 'em  here.

Philippine Opera Company’s Ang Bagong Harana returns onstage from June 6 to10 in time for the Philippine Independence Day Celebration.

Ang Bagong Harana takes off from the success of Philippine Opera Company’s musical review “Harana” showcasing Filipino music. This time, the emphasis is on Filipino’s relationship to history, faith, nature and nationhood. No longer bound to the usual divisions of lowland, cordillera, Muslim, folk and colonial experiences.

It is more than a selection of well-loved Filipino love songs. It is a love letter to the Filipinos, to our history, our ideals, our lost past and the values that we must take with us as we journey, as a nation, into the future.

In 2008, POC produced the critically acclaimed hit Harana as a vehicle to showcase the evolution of Philippine music through song and movement. Its numerous reviews from Manila’s art cognoscenti and clamor for more shows further boosted Harana to conquer the international scene when it went on a tour of Amsterdam in 2009. Upon the group’s return, the 2010 regional tour covering the cities of Cebu, Roxas, Antique, Bohol, Dumaguete and Palawan continued to reap more success and acclaim. For the early part of 2011, Harana has performed in Bacolod,Ormoc, Tacloban and Samar.

Ang Bagong Harana will showcase the best of all the Filipino composers from different music genres: Nicanor Abelardo, Ryan Cayabyab, Willy Cruz, Francisco Santiago, Antonio Molina, Resti Umali, George Canseco, Ernani Cuenco, Levi Celerio, Jose Estrella, Constancio De Guzman and Felipe de Leon, to name a few.

It features Philippine theater’s celebrated singers: Karla Gutierrez, Aizel Prietos, Charley Magalit, Janine Santos, Marian Santiago, Lawrence Jatayna, Jack Salud, Nazer Salcedo, Marvin Gayramon, Al Gatmaitan.

Directed by award-winning director and writer, Floy Quintos, Ang Bagong Harana will have a rerun from June 6 to 9 at 8 p.m. with matinees at 3:30 p.m. on June 9 and 10 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Makati.
For ticket sales, call Philippine Opera Company at 881-7168 or 0917-5272880, Ticketworld at 891-9999,  or Harana on Facebook.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines together with MusicArtes Inc., will stage Giacomo Puccini's most famous opera *Madame Butterfly* at the CCP Main Theater for only two performances on June 22 and 23, 2012. 

This timeless masterpiece will feature Japanese soprano Mako Nishimoto, Mexican tenor Dante Alcalá, acclaimed Filipina soprano Camille Lopez Molina and international baritone Andrew Fernando, with Gerard Salonga conducting the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Last seen as a full production in Manila in 1994, *Madame Butterfly* is one of the most- performed operas worldwide, imbued with the sublime and beautiful music of Puccini. Multi-awarded international director Dr. Anton Juan will helm this compelling version which will fuse both the traditional and contemporary, with Maestro Francisco Feliciano as music director. 

Supporting the lead cast are top Filipino singers John Glenn Gaerlan, Lemuel de la Cruz, Jonathan Velasco, Nonon Baang, Jun Jaranilla, Viva Voce and graduates of the UP College of Music, UST Conservatory and St. Scholastica’s College. Talented young designer Leroy New will execute the set and costumes, with John Batalla creating the lights design. 

For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at (02)832-3704 or MusicArtes Inc. at (02)895-8098, (+63918)9085088 and all Ticketworld outlets.

SINENG PAMBANSA (National Cinema) >> This is the FDCP’s flagship program, whose basic mission is to revitalize the Filipino film industry by encouraging and supporting the production of high quality films, and by promoting the works of Filipino filmmakers to a wider public through national and international film festivals. Our main theme is “Bringing the Filipino films to Filipinos”, with the aim of instillling pride in our culture and national identity by fostering growth and development of Philippine cinematic arts.

  1. Localize film festivals and provide a venue for Filipino filmmakers to showcase their works to the community
  2. Use film as a medium to strengthen cultural pride and raise social awareness
  3. Provide an opportunity for local government units to participate in and be part of the international film community
  4. Tap our local, regional, and indigenous talents, and utilize their unique cultural elements and ethnic heritage in exploring the many-faceted aspects of Filipino national identity through the medium of film.

The 1st SINENG PAMBANSA National Film Festival, produced and organized by The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be held on JUNE 29 to JULY 3, 2012 in Davao City.

Here are the OFFICIAL FINALISTS (excluding the Animation category):


  1. “Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro” by Sigfried Barros-Sanchez (Metro Manila)
  2. “Pauwi Na,” Jose Paulo Villaluna (Manila and Bicol)
  3. “Qwerty,” Eduardo Lejano Jr. (Manila)
  4. “Anac Ti Pating,” Martin Masadao (Kalinga)
  5. “Kanana Kanu,” Jocelyn Banasan-Kapuno (Benguet)
  1. “Ang Mga Aswang,” John Raymund Macahilas (Iloilo)
  2. “Beadworks,” Ronny Poblacion (Iloilo)
  3. “Gugma Sang Panahon Sang Bakunawa,” Peter Solis Nery (Iloilo)
  1. “Tambara,” Orvil Bantayan (Davao)
  2. “Duwaya (Polygamy),” Najib Alyhar Benito-Zacaria (Marawi)
  3. “Malan,” Agustin Pagusara Jr. (Davao)
  4. “In Banka Halit Sin Duwa Sapah,” Fyred Alsad Alfad III (Jolo, Sulu)
  5. “Qiyamah,” Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Maguindanao)


  1. “Jingle Lang ang Pahinga,” Dominador Escasa Jr. (Tagaytay)
  2. “Illustrated,” Levi “Pepper” Marcelo (Manila)
  3. “Martial Law Stories,” Jose Lorenzo Diokno (Manila)
  1. “Walay Tumo’y ng Punterya (No End in Sight),” Cierlito Espejo Tabay (Cebu)
  2. “Ginabuhi It Bulig (Binubuhay ng Pagtulong),” Lester Babiera (Aklan)
  1. “Tagurih: The Kites of Sulu,” Dempster  Samarista (Sulu)
  2. “Married to Danger,” Sheron Dayoc (Zamboanga)
According to FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos:  “I am happy to note that some of these finalists come as far north as Kalinga and Benguet, and as far south as Davao, Marawi and Jolo, which means that the region-based filmmakers are now contributing their outstanding talent and creativity to the making of a true Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema.”

Freeway continues to collaborate with our National Artists to fuel the strong commitment of reintroducing the Philippines Arts & Culture to the younger generation. They've already featured 6 National Artists in the series which started in 2009 (in order): Nick Joaquin (Literature), Ang KiuKok (Visual Arts), Jose Garcia Villa (Literature), Ramon Valera (Fashion Design), F. Sionil Jose (Literature) and Vicente Manansala (Visual Arts).

On June 8 & 9, 2012, Ballet Manila will put together some of the world’s biggest ballet superstars in one spectacular show.
The powerhouse line-up includes principal dancers and celebrated stars of the world’s most prestigious companies : American Ballet Theater’s Paloma Herrera and Maxim Beloserkovsky, The Royal Ballet’s David Makhateli and Natalia Kremen, Norwegian National Ballet’s Yolanda Correa, Daria Pavlenko and Yoel Carreno, Mariinsky Theater’s Maya Dumchenko and Yevgeny Ivanchenko, and English National Ballet’s Dmitri Gruzdev. The Philippines’ own Lisa Macuja Elizalde will also be performing together with Ballet Manila.
“World Stars of Ballet” will benefit Project Ballet Futures, a sponsorship program spearheaded by Macuja that provides free training for deserving, underprivileged children from Tondo. Project Ballet Futures and two of its scholars was recently featured by CNN as noteworthy and creative poverty alleviating program. Please click on the link to view CNN feature.lah-eop-philippines-ballet.cnn?iref=allsearch
Tickets are available at very popular prices via Ticketworld. Visit or call 891 9999.


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