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Chris Lizo: Living the PBA Dream

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Last October 21, 2014, all I could do was text him a greeting when I remembered it was his birthday. Christopher Daniel C. Lizo is my cousin who is now Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC) Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He texted back immediately and invited me to the debut of the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA. It was their very first game in the league, in the storied SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Tip off from right: NLEX Road Warriors (Asi Taulava) and Global Port Batang Pier (Yancy De Ocampo). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tip off from right: NLEX Road Warriors (Asi Taulava) and Global Port Batang Pier (Yancy De Ocampo). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

He told me he was so excited with the efforts of MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, in building the team. The NLEX Road Warriors was finally making the transition to the majors after so much success in the Developmental league. PLDT Chairman and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan will also personally make an appearance to watch the debut.

from right: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez and MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

MVP has been the singular moving force developing the SMART Gilas National team, and fulfilling the hopes of a whole nation for the sport of basketball. ALL of them who work for him have had to step up in showing their support for the game we love. CEOs and top level Execs are expected to do double duty as Team Presidents/ Operation Managers for their respective PBA squads. It’s an honor, sacrifice and huge responsibility.

Global Port Batang Pier Stanley Pringle inbounds ball in front of NLEX coaches Adonis Tierra and Ford Arao. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Global Port Batang Pier Stanley Pringle inbounds ball in front of NLEX coaches Adonis Tierra and Ford Arao. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

MVP has taken a personal hand in coming up with the coaching staffs of TALK’N TXT, MERALCO and NLEX. MVP met with team execs, MPTC Pres & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez and finalized the NLEX brain trust. Last July, Quinito Henson in his Phil Star column reported, “Six-peat PBA D-League champion coach Boyet Fernandez will pilot N-Lex which has acquired the Air21 franchise.  Fernandez, however, will finish the NCAA season with San Beda College before moving back to the PBA where he was once Coach of the Year with Sta. Lucia Realty.  His Warriors staff will consist of Adonis Tierra, Jojo Lastimosa, Sandy Arrespacochaga, Mon Celis and Ford Arao with Allan Gregorio as team consultant.”

MVP & CEOs intently watch the NLEX Road Warrior’s PBA debut. Foreground: Coach Boyet Fernandez (left) & Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa (right). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

VIP ROW from left: MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, Tollways Mgt Corp. SVP for Toll Operations Bobby Bontia, PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan, MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco and MPTC CFO/Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Foreground: Coach Boyet Fernandez (left) & Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa (right). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Paco, Manila

The PBA game seemed like a world away from our days growing up in Paco. I was the youngest of 5 boys but all of my brothers had been way older. That’s why I was closer to Chris growing up. Chris and I were born just months apart, post Crispa Toyota era. Barely off our toddler years we still took sides, he liked Crispa and I Toyota. We found a common team to cheer for when Great Taste came around with Ricardo Brown, Abe King, Arnie Tuadles, Philip Cezar, Bogs Adornado. The team had remnants from both Toyota and Crispa.

MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Right: MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Basketball was so pervasive in everything we thought and did. We’d play it EVERY free time we had. My brother Noel Bautista was an NBA, PBA, NCAA, UAAP fanatic. We’d talk about match ups and players endlessly. Much of our technical knowledge and debates came from Noel’s influence. He’s now living in Wellington, NZ with wife Hazel. His kids Nigel, Nicole and Brent are all grown up.

NLEX Road Warrior Enrico Villanueva sails in for a lay-up. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Enrico Villanueva sails in for a lay-up. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

We had a hoop installed on our garage roof. Me, Chris his brother Vincent Lizo, my brothers George, Noel, schoolmates, neighbors would play from morning until late into the night. Only George Bautista and Vincent took the game seriously trying out in college and making it to the TEAM B in DLSU. Vincent Lizo was our hope in making it to the PBA, we all had dreams at the time. He dominated in the commercial leagues: PICAA and PBL. Somehow we all lived vicariously through the success of Vince as a player, fulfilling our collective hoop dreams. Vince is now also one of the top executives in EVEREADY and still plays basketball in Alumni Leagues.

Grand slam champ and enforcer DLSU Archer Rafa Dinglasan shoots w i-phone. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grand slam champ and enforcer DLSU Archer Rafa Dinglasan shoots w i-phone. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Their close friend and teammates in the DLSU squad include Perry Ronquillo, Dong Vergere who later became coaches. Perry won a PBA Championship with Shell. Dong became a coach for UST in the UAAP (who passed away in 2011). Current Archers coach Juno Sauler was also a teammate of theirs. Juno married my other cousin Agnes Apostol.

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

METROPACIFIC

After graduating and acing the Accounting Board exams Chris worked for one and only one company throughout his career: METROPACIFIC Corporation. Much later after that he was assigned to his current post at the MPTC. Under a shared love for the game together with MPTC Pres. Ramon Fernandez they participated in the Developmental league of the PBA. Chris managed the day-to-day operations of the team, acquiring players, coaching staff while deferring major decisions to Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez has become a mentor and father figure to Chris; he was also the Ninong in his wedding. The NLEX Road Warriors earned 6 titles in the 7 years since the league was established.

NLEX Road Warrior Jonas Villanueva sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Jonas Villanueva sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zoom back to 2014 October 21st, Chris’ birthday was an auspicious date to have their debut in the PBA. This is the league where so many of our childhood dreams had come from. We watched countless legendary PBA heroes do battle in this very place SMART ARANETA. Among them a Senator- Sonny Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez namesake ‘The Franchise’, Atoy Co, Abet Guidaben, even to the days of Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Allan Caidic and our special idol ‘Skywalker’ Samboy Lim. One of them Jojo Lastimosa is in the coaching staff of NLEX.

from left: PBA legend now NLEX Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa coaches Jonas Viallanueva. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PBA legend now NLEX Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa coaches Jonas Viallanueva. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Now the NLEX Roadwarriors was a team he helped build. Chris was making his own PBA memories, helping shape current and future PBA legends in its 40th season. I was especially nervous for Chris because, there’s so much at stake. As thankful as I was seeing him in this position a win is necessary validation of all their efforts leading up to that point. They had to make a statement that the NLEX Road Warriors belonged with the best of best players in the country. There was tremendous pressure to win, even if it was a debut.

NLEX Road Warrior Asi Taulava on Free-throw line. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Asi Taulava on Free-throw line. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX is World Class

Before the game, Chris Lizo was able to talk about the transition of NLEX to the big league, “We won 6 out of 7 championships in the D League. Now the PBA is a different level. We want to prove to the management, to the owners that we can do it in the next level as well. What we’re trying to bring in the PBA is the same brand of team that we brought in the D League. We carry the NLEX brand name. NLEX is world class so we want to bring a competitive world-class team in the PBA.”

NLEX Road Warrior Mac Cardona going strong against Batang Pier Bonjay Buenafe. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Mac Cardona going strong against Batang Pier Bonjay Buenafe. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Theoretically, the developmental league player can go to the PBA. But all players have to go through the daft process and theirs was no exception, “Unfortunately we’re not allowed by the PBA to bring our core team. Our core team had to go to the draft. We did the next best thing which was buy an existing franchise. We bought AIR21, which has good core players including Asi Taulava, Jonas Villanueva, Rico Villanueva, Mac Cardona. We mixed them with our own draft choices. We think we have a good combination of youth and experience.”

right (in Yankees cap) Maja Salvador loves the PBA. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

right (in Yankees cap) Maja Salvador loves the PBA. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Their draft choice of Matt Canuelas, who played for SMART GILAS was traded to TALK’N TXT for KG Canaleta. He believes Canaleta will help NLEX be competitive immediately. There are very specific and some say lofty goals for their debut. “We think we’re going to be competitive. Having said that we’re realistic. There are a lot of strong teams GINEBRA, TALKN’TXT, SAN MIGUEL, PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS. We have an internal target. But we still think that if motivated enough, we work hard enough we can still go to the championship. Going to the finals is not beyond our reach we can still do it.”

from right: Mac Cardona, KG Canaleta and Kelly Nabong. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Mac Cardona, KG Canaleta and Kelly Nabong. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

PBA: The Best of the Best

With MVP’s top choice for a coach, Chris believes Boyet Fernandez is the right man to take them all the way, “He is defense oriented. Another thing working for him is he played professional basketball. He won a championship as a coach for Sta. Lucia. He gets the best out of players. Whether they’re veterans or rookies he’s able to define the role of each player. To that extent, Boyet has a lot of experience.”

From left: NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra confers with Asst coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra confers with Asst coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

The challenge is huge in being able to translate their success from the D League to the PBA, “You have to look at the competitiveness. D League is a good league but the PBA is the ultimate goal of all players, all teams. You know that this is the cream of the crop, the best of the best, not only in terms of players but also in coaching staff, the support staff. So we’ve dedicated all resources we can to make sure that we’ll be competitive.”

Batang Pier Stanley Pringle explodes against John Raymundo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Batang Pier Stanley Pringle explodes against John Raymundo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

It’s been a long time coming, playing the game we loved since we were kids. We’ve all grown up; Chris has his own family now with beautiful wife Carlene, daughter Andrea and son Andrei. Not all plans have come to fruition. Hoop dreams remain for us, myself, brothers and cousins. Now we can experience it vicariously through Chris who is living the PBA dream.

MVP has light moment with CEOs during tense game. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

VIP ROW from left: Tollways Mgt Corp. SVP for Toll Operations Bobby Bontia, PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan, MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco and MPTC CFO/Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warrior Eric Camson. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Eric Camson. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NEVER THE STRANGER lead singer Ace Libre is a huge PBA fan. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NEVER THE STRANGER lead singer Ace Libre is a huge PBA fan. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter with him are from left: Asst Coaches Ford Arao and Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter with him are from left: Asst Coaches Ford Arao and Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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MVP has light moment with CEOs during tense game. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

VIP ROW from left: Tollways Mgt Corp. SVP for Toll Operations Bobby Bontia, PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan, MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco and MPTC CFO/Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

2014 Top draft pick Stanley Pringle warms up for Global Port Batang Pier. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Batang Pier Yancy De Ocampo posts up against  NLEX Road Warrior Aldrech Ramos. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Batang Pier Yancy De Ocampo posts up against NLEX Road Warrior Aldrech Ramos. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo calls play with Batang Pier Terrence Romeo guarding him. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warriors from left: Acting head coach (for PBA debut) Adonis Tierra and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warriors from left: Acting head coach (for PBA debut) Adonis Tierra and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warrior Mark Borboran works in the paint. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Mark Borboran works in the paint. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Written and photographed

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

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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

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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

(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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 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.

Morgan Say & Janeena Chan. 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

Morgan Say & Janeena Chan. 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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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: Julie Mainit and Glaiza Lee. 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: Julie Mainit and Glaiza Lee. 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

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.

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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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