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Making Films for the Filipino People

from left: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes--TYANAK, FDCP Exec. Dir. Teddy Granados, Romy Suzara (SIGAW SA HATINGGABI), Gil Portes (HUKLUBAN) and Edgardo Boy Vinarao (BACAO). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes–TYANAK, FDCP Exec. Dir. Teddy Granados, Romy Suzara (SIGAW SA HATINGGABI), Gil Portes (HUKLUBAN) and Edgardo Boy Vinarao (BACAO). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

The concept seems to be at odds, making films that more of our kababayan (countrymen), more Filipinos will watch. And giving the reigns to the filmmakers, directors rather than profit-oriented producers, outfits, even networks. But this is exactly what the HORROR PLUS Film fest attempts to do. It will run from October 29-November 4, 2014 in all SM Malls and Walter Mart Cinemas. Galas of the movies will have a free entrance from October 20 to 23, in SM North Edsa & Megamall where cast members like Judy Ann Santos, Solenn Heussaff, Michelle Madrigal will make personal appearances. Please check gala schedules here: official FDCP site.

from left: Interaksyon Ent Editor and HUKULUBAN screenwriter Eric Ramos, Krista Miller (Mira), Kiko Matos (Kandro), Minda Flores (Hukluban), director Gil Portes. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Interaksyon Ent Editor and HUKULUBAN screenwriter Eric Ramos, Krista Miller (Mira), Kiko Matos (Kandro), Minda Flores (Hukluban), director Gil Portes. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The films participating in the festival include T’YANAK by co-directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, HUKLUBAN by director Gil M. Portes, BACAO by director Edgardo “Boy” Vinarao, and SIGAW SA HATINGGABI by director Romy V. Suzara. The film fest is composed of four entries so that the films may have more screening dates.

BACAO cast from left: Alvin Anson, Marife Necesito, Edgardo Boy Vinarao, Michelle Madrigal. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

BACAO cast from left: Alvin Anson, Marife Necesito, Edgardo Boy Vinarao, Michelle Madrigal. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

During a press conference outspoken director Peque Gallaga discussed the efforts of the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) and why they participated in it, “We’re very grateful to FDCP for doing these things. Sa totoo lang the budget is really, really, really low. Pero Lore and I feel, I think the same goes for Romy for Boy and Gil. It’s a pleasure to work for zero than people who tell you what to do. FDCP actually believes in artistic freedom. And I think what’s happening is FDCP has already produced 51 Pinoy indie films believe it or not.”

TYANAK director Peque Gallaga with actress Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

TYANAK director Peque Gallaga with actress Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gallaga believes the HORROR PLUS Film fest is a way of attracting audiences to the work of Pinoy directors without having the pressure of pleasing producers who don’t necessarily share the same vision, “Ang nangyayari with the Horror Film Festival, the FDCP has recognized that we have to go back to the middle ground. Dapat we should be making films, this is not a judgment of indie films I am an indie filmmaker, but we have to start making films for the Filipino people. This is a burgis person talking I am a Regal baby. It’s time that people go back to watching our films, not only for festivals. I think the Horror film festival is a good attempt to go back to the middle ground.”

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan & Lance Raymundo. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan & Lance Raymundo. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The middle ground according to him is being able to give directors and writers greater creative control, “What’s happening now and I’m not insulting anybody. The big industry is getting people, getting really good, good, good artists in the form of directors. But its like you’re hiring sculptors to do carpentry work. It’s time to return movies to the artists. (Applause) Thank you for the few who agree with me. Still I think the combination of indie and mainstream is going to be wonderful for Filipino movies to go back to the Golden age.”

Krista Miller (Mira) & Kiko Matos (Pepito) of HUKLUBAN by Gil Portes written by Eric Ramos. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Krista Miller (Mira) & Kiko Matos (Pepito) of HUKLUBAN by Gil Portes written by Eric Ramos. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gil Portes of HUKLUBAN, Adrian Cabido, Lore Reyes & Peque Gallaga of TYANAK. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gil Portes of HUKLUBAN, Adrian Cabido, Lore Reyes & Peque Gallaga of TYANAK. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gallaga’s horror flick TYANAK with Janice De Belen defined what the monster truly is. He went on to explain that it wasn’t clearly defined or identified prior to that in film, “Ang nangyari sa TYANAK it’s a reboot. Reboot means we’re doing the original story but it’s been 30 years. Ang nangyari doon we were Regal babies we were with mother. And one of my favorite directors si Charing Carlos, I don’t know which one he did na may tyanak. The tyanak were the Gutierrez twins when they were 4 years old. Hindi yon tyanak those were Santa’s Elves. Sabi ko Mother hindi yan tyanak. When I worked with Richard Gutierrez way after I told him the same thing. Hindi yan tyanak. We’ll make a movie for you, Mother didn’t know what the tyanak was. When we did TYANAK the movie we went back to Philippine folklore.”

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast mates Regine Angeles and Vangie Labalan. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast mates Regine Angeles and Vangie Labalan. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mother Liliy Monteverde of Regal had a very specific scene that she wanted Gallaga to do. He relates, “All that Mother asked us to do that’s why I respect Mother a lot. Basta dapat si Lotlot is running with the baby na may ulan. She would fall in the putik. She would look at the baby and say ‘Why God?’ And tama si Mother people loved that.”

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Regine Angeles, Vangie Labalan, Director Romy Suzara, Lance Raymundo, Alvin Anson and Hero Bautista. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Regine Angeles, Vangie Labalan, Director Romy Suzara, Lance Raymundo, Alvin Anson and Hero Bautista. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The invitation to make a horror film came from FDCP chairman Briccio Santos. “When we did the first TYANAK we wanted to show what a tyanak was. Now everybody knows what a tyanak is. Ang ginawa namin this time, we maintained the Janice and Lotlot characters. But we went deeper into what a tyanak does. Briccio said do you want to make a horror film? Sabi namin we want to do TYANAK again. Why? Because it’s the original Filipino monster. Mananaggal the Indoensians have that, the Thais have the manananggal. In all of the universe only the Philippines has the tyanak. The tyanak is a monster that hides behind compassion, it hides behind pity. In other words yung power ng tyanak you cannot kill him.”

TYANAK cast from left: Adrian Cabrido, Lore Reyes, Peque Gallaga and Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

TYANAK cast from left: Adrian Cabrido, Lore Reyes, Peque Gallaga and Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gala Pemiere Schedules

Bacao – October 20 (Monday) / SM Megamall / Cinema 7 / 7:00pm

Hukluban – October 21 (Tuesday) / SM North Edsa / Cinema 1 / 7:00pm

T’yanak – October 22 (Wednesday) / SM Megamall / Cinema 7 / 7:00pm

Sigaw sa Hatinggabi – October 23 (Thursday) / SM North Edsa / Cinema 1 / 7:00pm

from left: BACAO director Edgardo Boy Vinarao and actor Alvin Anson (Leloy). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: BACAO director Edgardo Boy Vinarao and actor Alvin Anson (Leloy). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Gil Portes (HUKLUBAN), Mailes Kanapi (TYANAK) and Interaskyon Ent Editor Eric Ramos. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan , Lance Raymundo & Romy Suzara. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan , Lance Raymundo & Romy Suzara. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Poetry of LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

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The lovely Natalia De Molina won Goya Best New Actress as Belen. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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On the white path the trunks of frustrate trees show black, on the distant mountains there is gold and blood. The sun dies . . . What do you seek, poet, in the sunset?” Antonio (Javier Camara) was quoting the poetry of Antonio Machado to Belen (Natalia De Molina). Antonio is an elementary school teacher; Belen is a young woman trying to escape her old life, Juanjo (Francesc Colomer) also had to runaway from home. The three of them form an unlikely friendship on their way to a remote town in Andalucia, Spain called Almeria.

Official Spanish entry to the Oscars VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Official Spanish entry to the Oscars VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Filmgoers who vote for the Audience Choice award can get the chance to win a round trip ticket to Spain courtesy of Qatar Airways.

Javier Camara won a Goya Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Antonio. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara won a Goya Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Antonio. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

The real inspiration for Antonio, played by actor Javier Camara, is THE BEATLES. By 1966 he was one of many people obsessed with what is considered to be the ‘GREATEST rock band of all time’. He teaches English to grade-schoolers by reading lyrics of HELP. The story was loosely based on the experiences of real life teacher Juan Carrion Gañan. It is also Spain’s official entry for the Oscar ceremonies held on 2015.

3rd and 2nd from right H.E. Amb Luis A. Calvo Castaño and Mdme Maria José Carrasco from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, David Trueba, Art Acuña and Inst Cervantes Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

3rd and 2nd from right H.E. Amb Luis A. Calvo Castaño and Mdme Maria José Carrasco from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, David Trueba, Art Acuña and Inst Cervantes Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

In 1966 John Lennon starred in a WWII film shot in Almeria, Spain called HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

In 1966 John Lennon starred in a WWII film shot in Almeria, Spain called HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

The title of the film is taken from the first line of STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER that was actually written by John Lennon during his stay in Almeria. Although he did write the song there, which had their own strawberry farms/fields, the song was inspired by an actual place behind Lennon’s aunt’s house in Liverpool called Strawberry Fields. Perhaps the strawberry fields in Almeria reminded him of that more innocent and carefree time in his life, hence the song. Lennon was in Andalucia, Spain to act in a film called HOW I WON THE WAR. The obsessed schoolteacher in Antonio had to try and interview the legendary Beatle.

from left: Natalia De Molina (Belen) Francesc Colomer (Juanjo), Director David Trueba and Javier Camara (Antonio). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

from left: Natalia De Molina (Belen) Francesc Colomer (Juanjo), Director David Trueba and Javier Camara (Antonio). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

On his way, he gives a car ride to Belen and Juanjo. The young, dark haired Natalia De Molina plays Belen. The role has won her a GOYA and CINEMA WRITERS CIRCLE AWARDS Best New Actress. To us Pinoys she’s very similar to Jasmine Curtis Smith. She has a sweet face that melts the toughest male hearts. She is trying to escape a failed romance, having a need to go away even to the remote town of Almeria. There’s a palpable sexual tension the first time she meets Antonio, even Juanjo. Both of them are too kind at heart to take advantage of this young lady on the run. The film does take an erotic turn when Belen has too much to drink and decides to take matters in her own hands, literally.

The HOT Natalia De Molina won Goya Best New Actress as Belen. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

The HOT Natalia De Molina won Goya Best New Actress as Belen. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Spain in 1966 was under the authoritarian Francisco Franco Regime, which had been in power for 26 years by then. Franco himself described his government as totalitarian. His rightwing, conservative thinking pervaded the whole country and culture. This made the older, conservative generation at odds with the youth, free thinkers and psychedelic hippie counter culture.

Dictator Francisco Franco’s name on side of a hill- conservatism pervaded Spanish Culture during his reign. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Dictator Francisco Franco’s name on side of a hill- conservatism pervaded Spanish Culture during his reign. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Director David Trueba explained, “Social regimes are always transposed to family and other relationships. In the end the regime you’re living justifies the rapport between people. So we used to live in a repressive country the relationship in the family, the couple in the school it’s going to be repressive. If you live in a different environment it’s going to be a different thing. My idea was society was fighting against the regime even before the politics.”

Goya Best Director David Trueba. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Goya Best Director David Trueba. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

from left: Francesc Colomer (Juanjo), Javier Camara (Antonio) and Natalia De Molina (Belen). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

from left: Francesc Colomer (Juanjo), Javier Camara (Antonio) and Natalia De Molina (Belen). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

That’s what happened to each of the 3 main characters in their own way. Antonio imbibes the BEATLES values of peace and love to his students. His insistence on education and devotion to knowledge is often at odds with the many poor people just trying to survive. Juanjo played by Francesc Colomer is in conflict with his domineering and yes conservative father (Jorge Sanz) who is also a cop. Belen is battling conservatism within her own family and represents the struggle of women’s rights that we take for granted today.

cast from left: Jorge Sanz (Padre), Francesc Colomer (Juanjo), Javier Camara (Antonio), Natalia De Molina (Belen) and Ramon Fontserè (Ramon). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

cast from left: Jorge Sanz (Padre), Francesc Colomer (Juanjo), Javier Camara (Antonio), Natalia De Molina (Belen) and Ramon Fontserè (Ramon). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

In 1966 John Lennon starred in a WWII film shot in Almeria, Spain called HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

In 1966 John Lennon starred in a WWII film shot in Almeria, Spain called HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara won a Goya Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Antonio. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara won a Goya Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Antonio. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

This role has earned Javier Camara a GOYA Best Actor award. He is also one of the more popular actors in Spain. He is likewise the lead in LA VIDA INESPERADA (THE UNEXPECTED LIFE) also part of the Pelicula film fest. ‘LA VIDA… is more of a comedy set in New York about an off, off, off Broadway performer welcoming his cousin from Spain for an extended stay. Hardly leading man material in terms of looks with his baldhead and potbelly, he easily charms audiences with his wit and humor. For Filipino fans, Camara has a resemblance with long time theater stalwart Miguel Faustmann (without hair). Both Miguel and Jasmine Curtis-Smith are currently starring in BONIFACIO ANG UNANG PANGULO opposite Robin Padilla in this year’s MMFF.

Javier Camara (Antonio) climbs his car to get a glimpse of John Lennon. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara (Antonio) climbs his car to get a glimpse of John Lennon. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Desert-like landscape on the way to Almeria. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Desert-like landscape on the way to Almeria. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Almeria is on the southernmost coast of Spain. Cinematographer Daniel Villar proves he is a visual poet who captured the breath taking and changing landscapes. Getting there is almost dry, desert-like. The constant sunshine, tumbleweeds, reminds one of a Spanish colony-Mexico, hence the similarities in architecture and language. The stark blue of the Mediterranean soothes their senses after a long car trip through dry hilly country. Down the coast are the cities of Malaga and Marbella and further south is the Strait of Gibraltar. Watching a film takes you there, who knows you may actually win a flight to Madre España as well?

from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, David Trueba, Inst Cervantes Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid and FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, David Trueba, Inst Cervantes Dir. Dr. Carlos Madrid and FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Greenbelt and Ayala Cinemas, PELÍCULA is made possible by Emperador Distillers, Vibal Foundation, Qatar Airways, in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, Instituto Etxepare, Ayala Museum, Alba’s Restaurante Español, New World Hotel and Espa-Fil.

Emperador DE LUXE was made from vineyards in Spain. It is also the official drink of the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Emperador DE LUXE was made from vineyards in Spain. It is also the official drink of the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista 

For the schedule, line-up of films and further information on the Festival please visit the official website of Instituto Cervantes (www.manila.cervantes.es) or log on to its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila

Javier Camara won a Goya Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Antonio. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara won a Goya Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Antonio. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Francesc Colomer (Juanjo) and Natalia De Molina (Belen). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Francesc Colomer (Juanjo) and Natalia De Molina (Belen). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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Clarisse Lukban and Cinema One Head Ronald Arguelles. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Clarisse Lukban and Cinema One Head Ronald Arguelles. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Javier Camara (Antonio) finally gets to the set of HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara (Antonio) finally gets to the set of HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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The lovely Natalia De Molina won Goya Best New Actress as Belen. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

The lovely Natalia De Molina won Goya Best New Actress as Belen. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Francesc Colomer (Juanjo) and family. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Francesc Colomer (Juanjo) and family. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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Emperador DE LUXE was made from vineyards in Spain. It is also the official drink of the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Emperador DE LUXE was made from vineyards in Spain. It is also the official drink of the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista 

Javier Camara (Antonio) and passengers push his car. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Javier Camara (Antonio) and passengers push his car. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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from left: Director David Trueba describes shot to Javier Camara (Antonio). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

from left: Director David Trueba describes shot to Javier Camara (Antonio). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. 

The set of VIVIR ES FACIL… recreating  the set of HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

The set of VIVIR ES FACIL… recreating the set of HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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from left: Ramon Fontserè (Ramon) & Javier Camara (Antonio). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

from left: Ramon Fontserè (Ramon) & Javier Camara (Antonio). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. 

from left: Claire Agbayani, Adrian Lontoc, Ronnie Lazaro and FDCP Media officer Quintin Cu Unjieng. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Claire Agbayani, Adrian Lontoc, Ronnie Lazaro and FDCP Media officer Quintin Cu Unjieng. The PELICULA Spanish film festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista 

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Goya Best Director David Trueba. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Goya Best Director David Trueba. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

In 1966 John Lennon starred in a WWII film shot in Almeria, Spain called HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

In 1966 John Lennon starred in a WWII film shot in Almeria, Spain called HOW I WON THE WAR. VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

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from left: Natalia De Molina (Belen), Javier Camara (Antonio) and Francesc Colomer (Juanjo). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

from left: Natalia De Molina (Belen), Javier Camara (Antonio) and Francesc Colomer (Juanjo). VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS (LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED) is one of many films in the PELICULA Spanish film festival running from October 9-19, 2014 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.

Yul Servo, Truth as Inspiration

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Dalawampu, tatlumpung trabahao ang pinasukan ko, shipping clerk, trabahador kung anu ano. 34 anyos nako, di ako mapalagay. Ayoko mag aksaya ng panahon. Tuwing nandito ako wala akong ginawa kung di magaksaya ng panahon.” There’s sadness in Biff Loman’s (Yul Servo) words. Even if he tries so hard to hide it or admit them to himself, he’s lost not able to make his life work.

PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE runs on the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater), from September 26 until October 19, 2014, Thursday to Sundays, with 3:00PM (Matinee) and 8:00PM (Gala) shows.

foreground from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta), Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta), Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Servo is also in the film DEMENTIA with Nora Aunor as her son in law, his wife played by Bing Loyzaga. This is the fourth time that he has worked with Superstar Nora Aunor. They were together in NAGLALAYAG (2004) by Maryo J. Delos Reyes, TV5’s Untold Story-THIRD Eye episode, and now DEMENTIA (2014) by Perci Intalan and WHISTLEBLOWER by Adolf Alix. In the previous times Yul worked with Aunor he was a little bit intimidated. This time he saw the funny side of Ate Guy. “Nakita ko pagka kalog niya, biruan nila ni Bing. Siya pa lumalapit sa tao at ok magpa picture.”

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arthur Miller wrote the brilliant, much heralded play DEATH OF A SALESMAN in 1949. But it was National Artist for Literature Rolando Tinio who translated it to Filipino capturing the subtleties, the realities that we feel as a son, mother, father, and family member. Tinio supplied the fuel for which the actors on stage burns. My own vocabulary was enriched with words in the dialogue like tagsibol (spring) and bikas (stance).

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Throughout PAHIMAKAS NG AHENTE, Yul Servo played Biff Loman on an even keel. Whatever pain, frustrations that were there was just beneath the surface. Until that moment where it’s revealed how and why he had this emotional burden that he has carried for such a long time in his life.

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

One might even say that he did play the scene still on an even keel. He shed a tear as a man does trying not to show it. Trying to hide the sobbing, that he couldn’t stop. It was all too powerful and real. How could you show vulnerability on stage at the same time hiding it? The effect on a live audience is immediate people to my left, right rows away, even I myself was moved to tears by his performance.

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

When he was cast for the role, there was no hesitation at all. This was the third time that he has worked with director Chris Millado: first was MASS written by F Sionil Jose and ISANG ARAW KARNABAL. In spite of his busy schedule between TV, film and stage work he is also a Councilor for Manila’s 3rd District.

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Director Chris Millado. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Director Chris Millado. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Martin and Zenaida Nieto, Gina Pareño (Linda) & Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Martin and Zenaida Nieto, Gina Pareño (Linda) & Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Both his parents Martin and Zenaida Nieto were there to watch him on stage for the opening night. When asked later on how he was able to bring such real emotion on stage, he recalls his own father, his own relationship even being a father himself. “Idol ko tatay ko. Gusto ko siyang gayahin. Iisipin ko siya yon.” Yul has that genuine love for his own father and visualizes him in that painful and traumatic situation. Although his family life is not as traumatic or tragic as that of Biff’s, the emotions are real and touching that it makes one easy to cry.

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director: Chris Millado

Lighting Designer: Katsch Katoy

Set Designer: Leo Abaya

Costume Designer: James Reyes

Sound Designer: TJ Ramos

Dramaturg: Giselle Garcia

from right: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Doray and Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy), Yul Servo (Biff), Doray and Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), JV Ibesate (Bernard), Nanding Josef (Willy)  and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), JV Ibesate (Bernard), Nanding Josef (Willy)
and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheenly Gener shoots a selfie with lead cast and friends. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheenly Gener shoots a selfie with lead cast and friends. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PERFORMANCE DATES:

26 September / 8PM

27 September / 3PM and 8PM

28 September / 3PM

3 October / 8PM

4 October / 3PM and 8PM

5 October / 3 PM

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PERFORMANCE DATES:

10 October / 8PM

11 October / 3PM and 8PM

12 October / 3PM

17 October / 8PM

18 October / 3PM and 8PM

19 October / 3PM

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Dido Dela Paz (Charley) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Dido Dela Paz (Charley) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

CAST

Fernando “Nanding” Josef (Willy Loman)

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy Loman)

Ms. Gina Pareño (Linda Loman)

Racquel Pareño (Linda Loman)

Yul Servo (Biff)

Marco Viaña (Biff)

Ricardo Magno (Happy)

Ding Navasero (Ben)

Mcdonell Bolaños (Ben)

Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: JV Ibesate (Bernard) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: JV Ibesate (Bernard) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

CAST

Dido dela Paz (Charley)

Bong Cabrera (Charley)

JV Ibesate (Bernard)

Doray Dayao (Ang Babae)

Aldo Vencilao (Howard Wagner)

Dan Jarden de Guzman (Stanley)

Regina De Vera (Miss Forsythe)

Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta)

Antonette Go (Jenny)

from left: Sheenly Gener, Antonette Go (Jenny) and Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sheenly Gener, Antonette Go (Jenny) and Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

VENUE:

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater)

Cultural Center of the Philippines

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda)  & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

TICKETS:

8:00 PM: Php800;

3:00 PM: Php800 / Php600

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from left: Ding Navasero (Ben), Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding Navasero (Ben), Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Yul Servo (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff), Gina Pareño (Linda) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top: Yul Servo (Biff) bottom left: Ding Navasero (Ben) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top: Yul Servo (Biff) bottom left: Ding Navasero (Ben) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yul Servo (Biff) takes his bow behind him is Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) takes his bow behind him is Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ding Navasero (Ben) dares Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top—Ding Navasero (Ben) haunts the memory of Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top—Ding Navasero (Ben) haunts the memory of Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE: Subtlety and Strength

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

I along with Ibarra Mateo and a few other writers had the unique and privileged opportunity to watch Tanghalang Pilipino’s PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) with two casts, one the production calls Junior and the other Senior. It runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater.

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Marco Viaña (Biff), Racquel Pareño (Linda), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Bong Cabrera (Charley), Director Chris Millado and Set Designer Leo Abaya. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Marco Viaña (Biff), Racquel Pareño (Linda), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Bong Cabrera (Charley), Director Chris Millado and Set Designer Leo Abaya. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thank you to Cherry Bong Edralin and the hardworking TP family for allowing writers and reviewers to bear witness to the talent of seasoned actors. Thank you for the audience who had to endure my incessant clicking in photographing during the dramatic dialogue and scenes. But the sacrifice was necessary to share their work to an even greater audience. Other play dates do not have an open camera policy, which prevents audience members from shooting pictures or using their cellphones, smart phones and tablets that may distract performers on stage.

Writer William Reyes shoots with tablet live, which was only allowed during the opening. The ‘open camera’ policy was only for that play date. Audiences, friends, fans can shoot selfies with the cast after the show. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Writer William Reyes shoots with tablet live, which was only allowed during the opening. The ‘open camera’ policy was only for that play date. Audiences, friends, fans can shoot selfies with the cast after the show. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The irony is that both casts are actually quite experienced in theater with at least dozens of plays and musicals under their belt even if ‘Junior’ is chronologically younger. We were able to compare performances especially on the lead roles. The seniors include Nanding Josef (Willy Loman), Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Dido Dela Paz (Charley), Ding Navasero (Ben), Ricardo Magno has almost equal stage time than leads for both casts as (Happy).

Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda)  & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy), Gina Pareño (Linda) & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The ‘junior’ cast is: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy Loman), Racquel Pareño (Linda), Marco Viaña (Biff), Bong Cabrera (Charley), McDonnel Bolaños (Ben). The other roles include JV Ibesate (Howard), Aldo Vencilao (Howard), Doray Dayao (Ang Babae), Dan Jarden de Guzman (Stanley), Regina De Vera (Ms. Forsythe), Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta) and Antonette Go (Jenny).

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN is one of the most translated and performed plays written from the last century. The story of broken dreams, growing old, pain and perceived betrayal within your family is universal. As human beings we’ve experienced all of this in one form or another.

from right: Marco Viaña (Biff), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Ricardo Magno (Happy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Marco Viaña (Biff), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Ricardo Magno (Happy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from left: Marco Viaña (Biff), Director Chris Millado, Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Bong Cabrera (Charley), Racquel Pareño (Linda), Doray Dayao (Ang Babae), Aldo Vencilao (Howard), Ricardo Magno (Happy), JV Ibesamis (Bernard), Sound designer TJ Ramos, Dan De Guzman (Stanley) foreground from left: Jonathan Tadioan ( Willy) and Lighting Designer Katsch Catoy. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from left: Marco Viaña (Biff), Director Chris Millado, Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Bong Cabrera (Charley), Racquel Pareño (Linda), Doray Dayao (Ang Babae), Aldo Vencilao (Howard), Ricardo Magno (Happy), JV Ibesamis (Bernard), Sound designer TJ Ramos, Dan De Guzman (Stanley) foreground from left: Jonathan Tadioan ( Willy) and Lighting Designer Katsch Catoy. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Directed by CCP’s Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado, Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente also boasts of an impressive Artistic Team, which includes Katsch Catoy for the lighting design, Leo Abaya for the set design, and James Reyes, for the costumes. National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio translated the classic American drama in Filipino. Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente runs on the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater), from September 26 until October 19, 2014, Thursday to Sundays, with 3:00PM (Matinee) and 8:00PM (Gala) shows.

from right: Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla, Actress/Producer Suzette Ranillo and Lighting Designer Katsch Katoy. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla, Actress/Producer Suzette Ranillo and Lighting Designer Katsch Katoy. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Marco Viaña (Biff), Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Marco Viaña (Biff), Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The translation of the late National Artist for Literature and Theater Rolando Tinio to Filipino was able to fully capture all the emotion and sense of loss that Arthur Miller wrote in the original. The material is perfect means to showcase the skill and artistry of actors.

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) bullies Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) bullies Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

In the lead role there is a very stark contrast in approaches. Jonathan Tadioan as Willy Loman is more of a bully, an imposing presence. His physicality allows him to do this with his heft, his beard. He’s a bully to his loving wife Linda, even to his children. One gets scared when he booms on stage screaming lines.

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy)  & Doray Dayao (Ang Babae). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Doray Dayao (Ang Babae). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tadioan is Tanghalang Pilipino’s best-kept secret, morphing into roles seemingly at will. I’ve seen him wearing a diaper, baby’s overalls and skin tights showing the family jewels as part of a comedy duo in STAGESHOW by Mario O’Hara or a mythical monster in IBALONG by Rody Vera. There’s no role that Tadioan is not able to play.

from left: Aldo Vencilao (Howard), Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Doray Dayao (Ang Babae) & JV Ibesate (Bernard). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Aldo Vencilao (Howard), Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe), Doray Dayao (Ang Babae) & JV Ibesate (Bernard). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Philip Seymour Hoffman was 44 when he played the 63 year-old Willy Loman in the 2012 Broadway revival. Lee J. Cob, (“the most heralded of all Willy Lomans”) was six years younger than Dustin Hoffman when he originated the role in 1949 at 38 years old. Jonathan Tadioan plays the role at 29 years old. Fernando Josef age-appropriately plays the role at 66.

Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef, on the other hand is the prototypical Willy Loman. He is in the twilight of his career, trying to survive in a vicious, dog eats dog world. The frailty of the character is what comes through, which is sometimes even more difficult to portray.

from right: Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Yul Servo (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The same contrast can be seen in the role of Linda. Mother and daughter actresses Gina & Racquel Pareño were cast for the same role. Gina by the nature of her voice, her elocution, what naturally shines through is the motherly, nurturing side. 2013 Gawad Buhay “Best Featured Actress” winner Racquel is better for the flashback scenes when they recall they’re younger years. This is the time when the kids were growing up. Willy and Linda were very much in love.

Racquel Pareño (Linda) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Racquel Pareño (Linda) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Marco Viaña (Biff) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Marco Viaña (Biff) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marco Viaña is another one of those notable names in the ACTOR’S COMPANY, considered as artists in residence of TP. His contribution to the role of Biff is one of energy and youth. Yul Servo’s version however is more tempered, almost cowed. Servo’s acting is subtle, unnoticeable but extremely effective. The most moving scene where real tears are shed by Biff, one hardly notices the singular tear that drops from his face. It’s the kind of crying that is very male where he tries to hide it even if he can’t. Soon audience members behind me, beside me, rows away start sniffling and crying themselves. They are unable to stop the tears, the emotions that they witness and feel from Servo’s subtle performance.

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yul Servo (Biff) & Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe) shows her assets to Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe) shows her assets to Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Every single one of the ACTOR’S COMPANY had something brilliant to contribute. Regina De Vera is the vampy Ms Forsythe and ditsy Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta) to the fake laughter of the mistress played by Doray Dayao. Dido Dela Paz and Bong Cabrera are both in the role of Charley. Their performances bring to life uniquely truthful play about the human experience.

from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta) and Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta) and Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tickets are priced at Php800.00 and Php600.00. Discount is available for students, senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWDs. (Please present valid ID). Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets (891-9999), CCP Box Office (832-3704). For more details, call Tanghalang Pilipino (832-1125, local 1620-1621 or 0971-750-0107).

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy) and Regina De Vera (Ms Forsythe). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), McDonnel Bolaños (Ben), JV Ibesamis (Bernard), Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta), Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), McDonnel Bolaños (Ben), JV Ibesamis (Bernard), Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta), Dan De Guzman (Stanley) and Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director: Chris Millado

Lighting Designer: Katsch Katoy

Set Designer: Leo Abaya

Costume Designer: James Reyes

Sound Designer: TJ Ramos

Dramaturg: Giselle Garcia

Writer William Reyes shoots with tablet live, which was only allowed during the opening. The ‘open camera’ policy was only for that play date. Audiences, friends, fans can shoot selfies with the cast after the show. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Writer William Reyes shoots with tablet live, which was only allowed during the opening. The ‘open camera’ policy was only for that play date. Audiences, friends, fans can shoot selfies with the cast after the show. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bong Cabrera (Charley) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bong Cabrera (Charley) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PERFORMANCE DATES:

26 September / 8PM

27 September / 3PM and 8PM

28 September / 3PM

3 October / 8PM

4 October / 3PM and 8PM

5 October / 3 PM

Racquel Pareño (Linda) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Racquel Pareño (Linda) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Marco Viaña (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Marco Viaña (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PERFORMANCE DATES:

10 October / 8PM

11 October / 3PM and 8PM

12 October / 3PM

17 October / 8PM

18 October / 3PM and 8PM

19 October / 3PM

from left: Dido Dela Paz (Charley) Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dido Dela Paz (Charley) Yul Servo (Biff), Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Aldo Vencilao (Howard). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nanding Josef (Willy) and Aldo Vencilao (Howard). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

CAST

Fernando “Nanding” Josef (Willy Loman)

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy Loman)

Ms. Gina Pareño (Linda Loman)

Racquel Pareño(Linda Loman)

Yul Servo (Biff)

Marco Viaña (Biff)

Ricardo Magno (Happy)

Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Marco Viaña (Biff), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Racquel Pareño (Linda)  & RicardoMagno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Marco Viaña (Biff), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Racquel Pareño (Linda) & RicardoMagno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

CAST

Ding Navasero (Ben)

Mcdonell Bolaños (Ben)

Dido dela Paz (Charley)

Bong Cabrera (Charley)

JV Ibesate (Bernard)

Doray Dayao (Ang Babae)

Aldo Vencilao (Howard Wagner)

Dan Jarden de Guzman (Stanley)

Regina De Vera (Miss Forsythe)

Llorvie Nuevo (Letta)

Antonette Go (Jenny)

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Doray Dayao (Ang Babae). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Doray Dayao (Ang Babae). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bottom from right: Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy), Ding Navasero (Ben), top right: Yul Servo (Biff)  & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bottom from right: Gina Pareño (Linda), Nanding Josef (Willy), Ding Navasero (Ben), top right: Yul Servo (Biff) & Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

VENUE:

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater)

Cultural Center of the Philippines

from left: Celeste Legaspi Congratulates Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Celeste Legaspi Congratulates Gina Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Aldo Vencilao (Howard). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Aldo Vencilao (Howard). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

TICKETS:

8:00 PM: Php800;

3:00 PM: Php800 / Php600

Discounted tickets require valid IDs. Applicable to students, senior citizens,

Government and Military Employees, and Persons with Disability (PWD).

Racquel Pareño (Linda) is a loving wife to Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Racquel Pareño (Linda) is a loving wife to Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: JV Ibesate (Bernard) & Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: JV Ibesate (Bernard) & Antonette Go (Jenny). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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McDonnel Bolaños (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

McDonnel Bolaños (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: JV Ibesate (Bernard), Ricardo Magno Happy, Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: JV Ibesate (Bernard), Ricardo Magno Happy, Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Actress/Producer Suzette Ranillo. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dido Dela Paz (Charley) & Actress/Producer Suzette Ranillo. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) cuts down his wife Racquel Pareño (Linda)  as sons from right-- Marco Viaña (Biff) & Ricardo Magno (Happy) look on. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) cuts down his wife Racquel Pareño (Linda) as sons from right– Marco Viaña (Biff) & Ricardo Magno (Happy) look on. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Marco Viaña (Biff), Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Marco Viaña (Biff), Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bong Cabrera (Charley) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bong Cabrera (Charley) & Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gina Pareño (Linda), Yul Servo (Biff) and Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ding Navasero (Ben). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) bullies wife Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) bullies wife Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gina Pareño (Linda) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gina Pareño (Linda) & Nanding Josef (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Racquel Pareño (Linda), McDonnel Bolaños (Ben) & Ricardo Magno (Happy)  top- Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Racquel Pareño (Linda), McDonnel Bolaños (Ben) & Ricardo Magno (Happy) top- Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Marco Viaña (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Willy), Marco Viaña (Biff), Ricardo Magno (Happy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: McDonnel Bolaños (Ben)& Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: McDonnel Bolaños (Ben)& Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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(center) Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) takes his bow. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

(center) Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) takes his bow. PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regina de Vera (Ms Forsythe) and Ricardo Magno (Happy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Magno (Happy), Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) and Marco Viaña (Biff). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy) & Racquel Pareño (Linda). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

(top) McDonnel Bolaños (Ben) haunts the memory of Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

(top) McDonnel Bolaños (Ben) haunts the memory of Jonathan Tadioan (Willy). PAHIMAKAS SA ISANG AHENTE (DEATH OF A SALESMAN) of Tanghalang Pilipino runs from September 26 to October 19, 2014 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Her Elegant Neck

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

1Her Elegant title

A poem by

Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

2Her elegant

Her elegant neck adorned by

the most precious pearls

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

3Jewels Made

Jewels made from the purity

of the sea desired for their rarity

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

4No Price No price can match

her kind smile

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

5She f flesh

She of flesh and bone

sweet curves of her neck

that carries these pearls

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

6She true treasure

She is the true treasure!

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

7Woman images

Woman in images

Creator of images

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

8Inspire me

Inspire me liberate your visions

of beauty with truth

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

9Ur Cntenance

Your countenance pulls my gaze

My heart is set upon you

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Railway Man and the Philippine Experience

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Written by

Jude Bautista

“My husband isn’t coping. War leaves a mark. He’s a wonderful man. I want him back,” said Pattie (Nicole Kidman). She was describing the mental state of Eric (Colin Firth) after he tried to stab a debt collector in his home. It was a whirlwind romance for Pattie and Eric. She fell for his passion for trains, which they both shared. After the wedding, it didn’t take long for her to realize something was terribly wrong.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Eric Lomax) was a radio operator in the British forces. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Eric Lomax) was a radio operator in the British forces. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The story is based on an autobiography of the same title written by Eric Lomax as part of the British Regiment in Singapore. When the Japanese captured the Commonwealth territory in 1942, Lomax and other engineers were brought north. They were forced to help plan the very ambitious Siam-Burma railway the Japanese had intended to construct connecting Southeast Asia to China.

from left: RWM Sponsorship Officer Maribelle Aure, RWM Dir Sponsorships & Partnerships Anna Chua, RWM Mgr Sponsorships & Partnerships Brian Villanueva and RWM F&B Mgr Arman Dela Paz. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Sponsorship Officer Maribelle Aure, RWM Dir Sponsorships & Partnerships Anna Chua, RWM Mgr Sponsorships & Partnerships Brian Villanueva and RWM F&B Mgr Arman Dela Paz. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Starting September 24, 2014 the historical epic THE RAILWAY MAN is exclusively shown in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall. Lead stars include Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman Stellan Skarsgaard, Jeremy Irvine and Hiroyuki Sanada.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Slave labor was used to build the Siam Burma Railroad. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Slave labor was used to build the Siam Burma Railroad. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The reason the scale of the Siam-Burma railroad had never been done before was the incredible logistical challenges. “An army of slaves” was necessary to complete the monumental task, cutting through mountains and difficult terrains through jungle and swamp. The Japanese had to be brutal and cruel beyond belief to complete the task. This was the reality faced by a young Eric Lomax and his comrades.

Nicole Kidman (Pattie). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Nicole Kidman (Pattie). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The film jumps from the early 1980’s when Pattie and Eric met and fell in love to his memories of the war. Eric Lomax was also made consultant to the film but passed away before it was completed. The film is a touching example of how forgiveness and reconciliation is possible in spite of the terrible atrocities of war. Nicole Kidman as Pattie is the one person who inspired Eric in dealing with his demons.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. 

from left: Stellan Skarsgaard (Finlay) & Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

from left: Stellan Skarsgaard (Finlay) & Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Stellan Skarsgaard is the older Finlay who enlightens Pattie of Eric’s condition. They were in the same unit together and he personally witnessed the ingenuity and courage that Eric displayed during those horrific times. Young Eric Lomax is played by Jeremy Irvine who became known for playing Albert Naracott in WAR HORSE directed by Steven Spielberg. He can also be seen in thriller THE REACH with Michael Douglas. In 2015 Irvine is in THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT a civil war piece with Noah Wiley and Haley Joel Osment.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Finlay). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Jeremy Irvine (Young Finlay). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) relives his incarceration. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) relives his incarceration. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY / SUNDALONG KANIN

Throughout RAILWAY MAN, Finlay was talking about an unspeakable torture that Eric had gone through alone apart from the unit. This became a central element that kept on repeating itself. Naturally as the film progresses there was a deliberate plan to keep this secret until the denouement or even the climax to heighten the suspense.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Here in the Philippines as viewers there were a number of tortures or even atrocities that were going through our mind. Our history is similar in a sense where, our country was also invaded and ruled over by the Japanese forces during World War II.

Dolphy was both lead actor and producer in MARKOVA COMFORT GAY.

Dolphy was both lead actor and producer in MARKOVA COMFORT GAY.

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

One of the landmark films about atrocities committed during that era was MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY (2000). It starred the most known and critically acclaimed Filipino actor comedian: Dolphy. His real life sons Epi and Eric Quizon played younger versions of his character. It was also similarly based on a real person; Walter Dempster Jr. aka Walterina Markova. Senator Loren Legarda played herself as a reporter interviewing Markova. The film is about a group of homosexual performers being used as ‘comfort gays’. Where Japanese soldiers would line up to rape them, which lasted for several years. It was a landmark film in a sense that it dealt with the issue of comfort women, which really happened at the time, and the fact it was gay men who were also being raped. Most recently the theme of comfort women was again dealt with in the Cinemalaya film SUNDALONG KANIN (2014).

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Unspeakable Atrocity

SO in our minds we were gearing up for the possibility that it was THIS unspeakable atrocity that Eric Lomax endured, in the case of RAILWAY MAN. Especially since he specifically could not talk about the torture with his wife. Needless to say, it was another kind of torture that viewers would have to discover through the course of the film.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

The theme of a homosexual abuse/rape however neatly fit every piece of the puzzle. You wouldn’t expect Eric Lomax to openly discuss it given his extremely conservative Scottish upbringing. There was also a special relationship that developed between Eric and Kempetai agent Takashi Nagase played by Japanese star Hiroyuki Sanada. SO that would have added another dimension TO that relationship. Sometimes what is NOT explicitly said in a book or film becomes more interesting food for thought.

from left: Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase) THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

from left: Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase) THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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HOLA! Editor in Chief Jose Mari Ugarte. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase) and Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax). THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

PBA Courtside Reporter Rizza Diaz and long time boy friend Rex Bacud. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

PBA Courtside Reporter Rizza Diaz and long time boy friend Rex Bacud. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) on Bridge in Burma. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) on Bridge in Burma. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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Miracle in Ballet Philippines’ GISELLE

foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

By the time I got to CCP, 6pm September 19, 2014 the lobby lights were dimmed. I caught Tess Rances on her cell phone and landline checking the power levels. She was calling MERALCO, calling on God, anyone who could help with the power situation. Parts of the city had already lost power as safety precaution against the floods. The lobby lights and air-conditioning had to be sacrificed for electricity on the stage. She assured me it was all systems go for the Giselle performance although the Phil Philharmonic Orchestra would not be there. Ballet Philippines President Margie Moran insisted the ‘show must go on’. There was a palpable anxiety even as people trickled in. The winds had somewhat died down but the rain was still pouring.

from left: Alexander Cortez, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Irene Marcos-Araneta and BP Trustee Richard Upton. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Alexander Cortez, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Irene Marcos-Araneta and BP Trustee Richard Upton. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sections of Metropolitan Manila had already been inundated since yesterday. Classes, government offices had all been cancelled. The widely anticipated NAKED TRUTH fashion show by BENCH very wisely rescheduled their mega event. BP did not have that luxury as lead stars Stella Abrera and James Whiteside were due to catch a flight back to the U.S. the very next day. It was this stormy, windy, terrible night or Abrera will not be able to perform in her country of birth any time soon. The American Ballet Theater soloist who had carved out a successful career abroad very graciously agreed to perform here. Abrera & Whiteside had to go back to similarly urgent and important rehearsals and shows there.

Their presence was part of the overall celebration of Ballet Philippines’ 45th year. BP will also have a much-anticipated musical with music and story written by Kanakan Baintagos (formerly known as filmmaker Auraeus Solito) featuring the ERASERHEADS.

from left: BP Pres. Margie Moran, BP Trustee Richard Upton, former BP Artistic Director Norman Walker, former BP member (1979-1994) Perry Sevidal and Elmer Porte. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: BP Pres. Margie Moran, BP Trustee Richard Upton, former BP Artistic Director Norman Walker, former BP member (1979-1994) Perry Sevidal and Elmer Porte. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Out of anyone’s hands is typhoon Mario disrupting plans, causing destruction of homes and even loss of life. The last thing in anyone’s minds is the ballet. No one knew what to expect, they were just ready to put up the best show whether it was to an empty house or a darkened Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

from left: Myriam Carcy, Mdme Isabelle Garachon (is an upcoming BP star), Ariane Tricaud and Thery Beord. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Myriam Carcy, Mdme Isabelle Garachon (is an upcoming BP star), Ariane Tricaud and Thery Beord. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Little by little they came. They were all a great mix of people: from young ballet students and their families to the elite in Philippine society Irene Marcos Araneta, Felicidad Sy, George Yang, Joel Cruz, Madame Isabelle Garachon, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde just to name a few. All of them braved severe weather and knew how special it was to have Abrera that one night. Soon the CCP lobby was full and abuzz with excitement. Everyone was aware of the more difficult power situation. During the cocktails, instead of complaining the lack of AC they fanned themselves with expensive abanicos plegables.

from left: Phil. Italian Association Pres. Zenaida Tantoco, Dr. Joven Cunanang and Artist Sandra Fabie Gfeller. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phil. Italian Association Pres. Zenaida Tantoco, Dr. Joven Cunanang and Artist Sandra Fabie Gfeller. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Underscoring the dangers, some members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra were stranded in Bulacan and Pampanga. So there was no live music from the prestigious ensemble. The power of the performance of all dancers that night was such that it more than made up for it. They may have fed off the crowd’s energy to make it a truly special night. As always BP’s Carissa Adea, Victor Maguad, Jemima Reyes and Emmanuel Guillermo had breathtaking performances. They were in the roles of the Peasant Pas De Quatre. Rita Angela Winder was another crowd pleaser with the very important role of Queen Myrtha. Richardson Yadao is spectacular as the villainous rival suitor Hilarion.

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera

Stella (Giselle) was worth the huge trouble. She’s tall and commands your attention the moment she appears. As a writer who is so used to spoken dialogue in theater, film, it never fails to amaze me how ballerinas are able to convey so much emotion with how they move, they’re facial expressions. Abrera does this with mastery and skill that audiences can’t help but be touched.

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) has features not unlike statuesque beauties Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo and Angel Aquino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Her facial features are very Asian and Filipina. She reminds me of statuesque models and actresses here such as Maricar Reyes, Marina Benipayo even Angel Aquino. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with her, when she’s in her element. She doesn’t have to DO anything to mesmerize you and yet there she is floating, leaping, spinning, evoking sadness, joy, falling in love. Your vision, your whole being is transfixed on her.

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Mailes Kanapi (Berthe), Gilliane Gequinto & kid. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Mailes Kanapi (Berthe), Gilliane Gequinto & kid. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Her height and long legs doesn’t seem like an advantage but they are. The execution of ballet moves is all about the lines. Hers was a perfect execution of an arabesque and especially the Grand Jeté, which is a long horizontal jump, starting from one leg and landing on the other. Her limbs create the sought after compass like movement vis-a-vis her torso. So the lines created by her body are longer, straighter, the precision is more evident, than others.

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) mourns the loss of love. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) mourns the loss of love. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside

James is in the role of Albrecht. He shows his skills as principal dancer of American Ballet Theater and before that the Boston Ballet. The word that comes from seeing him on stage is effortless. There’s immense power needed to execute the male lead’s moves especially that of carrying his partner in the air. James does all of them with effortless grace. Even the repeated pirouettes where he spins in the air multiple times consecutively brought the house down. The usually reserved crowd had to applaud his execution of that difficult move.

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs consecutive pirouettes. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs consecutive pirouettes. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

The younger female fans later on screamed with delight when he threw his sampaguita garland to them after the show. His features are similar to that of another great dancer although not of ballet. He’s like a young, brown haired, Saturday Night Fever-era John Travolta especially with his hairstyle that night. They have the same cheekbones, nose, blue eyes and cleft chin.

James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) and Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) and Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing the two of them together onstage for Giselle is nothing but magical. The many attendees who overcame the weather were truly privileged. The scenes where Giselle would visit Albrecht as a spirit was even more moving than the two of them alive. They seemed to share that elusive ‘chemistry’, especially between dancers who are used to each other’s movements. There’s a soul-like quality to Abrera’s movements that makes it seem that they are closer and more bonded than the scenes when she was alive. Stager Nonoy Froilan played the role of the Duke of Courtland only for that night as well.

from left: Butch Esperanza (Leader of the Hunt), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde) and Chin Valdez (Lord of the Court). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Butch Esperanza (Leader of the Hunt), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde) and Chin Valdez (Lord of the Court). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao is the villainous Hilarion. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao is the villainous Hilarion. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna) & Jemima Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna) & Jemima Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) gives partner James Whiteside (Albrecht) a rose. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) gives partner James Whiteside (Albrecht) a rose. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Way before the dancers took their bows, a powerful standing ovation had come from the audience. During the curtain call James Whiteside made a sweeping gesture with his hand presenting Stella to the adoring crowd. An usher presented a huge bouquet of roses to her. She pulled a rose, bowed her head low and handed it to her partner. James then kissed her hand.

He then kisses her hand.

He then kisses her hand.

Here was a woman who would give a man a rose, so humbly. It was a show of affection, an appreciation in the most public, most open way possible. She was reciprocating very publicly, on stage to the world all the support and love that he gave her. The gesture was so real and sincere; it was as if they’re lovers. But whether or not they are in real life, is immaterial, the bond, gratitude is real. Their dynamic is something to behold, to which we were all privileged to see.

Fans stayed on waiting for a closer glimpse of the cast in the lobby. When they descended on the grand CCP lobby staircase Whiteside proclaimed “We would like to thank the typhoon for attending our performance tonight!”

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) and cast descend at the CCP lobby staircase. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) and cast descend at the CCP lobby staircase. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gilliane Gequinto (Wilis), Gary Corpuz (Peasants), Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Carissa Adea (Moyna), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) and Emmanuel Guillermo (Peasant Pas De Quatre). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gilliane Gequinto (Wilis), Gary Corpuz (Peasants), Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Carissa Adea (Moyna), Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) and Emmanuel Guillermo (Peasant Pas De Quatre). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PEASANTS rejoice. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANTS rejoice. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Angeli Kanapi (Berthe) is playing a prestigious role previously belonged to Shamaine Beuncamino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Angeli Kanapi (Berthe) is playing a prestigious role previously belonged to Shamaine Beuncamino. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main photo: Stella Abrera is Giselle with crown of flowers, bottom right: Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main photo: Stella Abrera is Giselle with crown of flowers, bottom right: Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad & Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ladies of the Court. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ladies of the Court. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carissa Adea (Peasant Pas De Quatre). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Main photo from right: Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde), Stella Abrera (Giselle), Angeli Kanapi (Berthe), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court) and seated Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) bottom left: Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main photo from right: Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde), Stella Abrera (Giselle), Angeli Kanapi (Berthe), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court) and seated Restager Nonoy Froilan (Duke of Courtland) top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) bottom left: Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Carissa Adea & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Carissa Adea & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Restager Nonoy Froilan (as Duke of Courtland), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court)  & Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Restager Nonoy Froilan (as Duke of Courtland), Chin Valdes (Lord of the Court) & Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, SM Hotel and Conventions Pres. Elizabeth Sy & D.O.T Usec Edu Jarque. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, SM Hotel and Conventions Pres. Elizabeth Sy & D.O.T Usec Edu Jarque. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Emmanuel Guillermo & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Emmanuel Guillermo & Victor Maguad. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top from left: Mailes Kanapi (Berthe) tries to comfort  Stella Abrera (Giselle) Bottom: Stella Abrera (Giselle) pleases Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top from left: Mailes Kanapi (Berthe) tries to comfort Stella Abrera (Giselle)
Bottom: Stella Abrera (Giselle) pleases Ma. Celina Dofitas (Countess Bathylde). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes & Emmanuel Guillermo. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEASANT PAS DE QUATRE from left: Jemima Reyes & Emmanuel Guillermo. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Peasant kids. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Peasant kids. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Male peasants rejoice! Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Male peasants rejoice! Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle), Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht), WILLIS, Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht), WILLIS, Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao (Hilarion) pleads with Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Richardson Yadao (Hilarion) pleads with Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha). Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) is inconsolable with the loss of Giselle. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs moves that requires legs strength. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) performs moves that requires legs strength. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

top and bottom left: Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) Main photo from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

top and bottom left: Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) Main photo from left: Carissa Adea (Moyna), Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) are made for each other as partners on stage. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) top right Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and bottom right: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: James Whiteside (Albrecht) & Stella Abrera (Giselle) top right Rita Angela Winder (Queen Myrtha) and bottom right: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) reappears as a spirit. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) reappears as a spirit. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Whiteside (Albrecht) lifts Stella Abrera (Giselle) effortlessly. Rita Angela Winder is the leader of the Wilis: Queen Myrtha. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) performed magnificently with the BP company. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) as a spirit departs from James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) as a spirit departs from James Whiteside (Albrecht). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) with the whole BP company receive a raucous standing ovation. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) & James Whiteside (Albrecht) with the whole BP company receive a raucous standing ovation. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) & Chin Valdez, main photo: Stella Abrera, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Corinne Siniguian (Wilis) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

top left: Jemima Sanielle Reyes (Zulme) & Chin Valdez, main photo: Stella Abrera, Emmanuel Guillermo, Victor Maguad (Peasant Pas De Quatre), Corinne Siniguian (Wilis) and Carissa Adea (Moyna). Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: James Whiteside, Stella Abrera, Jemima Reyes, Chin Valdez, Richardson Yadao, Emmanuel and Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: James Whiteside, Stella Abrera, Jemima Reyes, Chin Valdez, Richardson Yadao, Emmanuel and Carissa Adea. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fans try to take selfies with Stella Abrera. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fans try to take selfies with Stella Abrera. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Stella Abrera (Giselle) had a successful first performance in her country of birth. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Stella Abrera (Giselle) had a successful first performance in her country of birth. Ballet Philippines’ 45th year was celebrated with a special staging of GISELLE from September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. Photo by Jude Bautista

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