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The Executives Enlivens Orlac’s Hande

A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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There’s nothing like a 30 piece big band to compliment scenes and set the mood for Austrian silent film Orlac’s Handë. The 1940s jazzy, bluesy soundtrack by The Executives Band gave an upbeat tempo. In slower moments when the character is more pensive a singular guitar would perfectly accompany the scene. The live element from such a storied and skillful ensemble is something everyone can and should experience. Butch Roxas, lead guitarist of The Executives Band, composed music for Orlac’s Handë. Musical direction was handled by Butch Silverio who is also on trumpet.

from left: The Executives musical director Butch Silverio, Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier, composer Butch Roxas, Austrian Chargée d’Affaires Gabriele Zobl-Kratschmann and keyboardist Martin Macalintal. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: The Executives musical director Butch Silverio, Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier, composer Butch Roxas, Austrian Chargée d’Affaires Gabriele Zobl-Kratschmann and keyboardist Martin Macalintal. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 9th International Silent film fest opened with Orlac’s Handë from Austria to the delight of audiences last night August 27, 2015 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Austria is only one of 9 countries participating in the event that combines classic silent films with live music from top international and local bands. The fest has always had a free entrance on a first come first served basis. So please do check schedules and fall in line at least an hour before screening to increase chances of attending this extraordinary treat.

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 9 countries include [Aug 27] AUSTRIA- THE HANDS OF ORLAC with The Executives Band, [Aug 28] PHILIPPINES-BRIDES OF SULU with Kjwan, JAPAN-PEERLESS PATRIOT, FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE, A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY and A BUDDHIST MASS FOR GOEMON ISHIKAWA with Hidden Nikki, [Aug 29] THAILAND-THE OVERTURE with The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble, GERMANY-SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY with Pierre Oser & Big Jazz Balloon, SPAIN-DON JUAN TENORIO with The Ding Dong Fiel Trio, [Aug 30] FRANCE-THE CRAZY RAY with Ian Lofamia Blues Band and ITALY-THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII with The Dawn, USA- SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS with Razorback.

Austrian Chargée d’Affaires Gabriele Zobl-Kratschmann. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Austrian Chargée d’Affaires Gabriele Zobl-Kratschmann. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Orlac’s Handë is a touching tale of redemption for a concert pianist Paul Orlac (Conrad Veidt) who lost his hands in a train accident. A miraculous transplant by Dr. Serral (Hans Homma) gives Orlac a new chance at life. An executed murderer the day before the accident allows Dr. Serral to use transfer those hands to the injured concert pianist.

A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Marie Puyat has big finish. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Marie Puyat has big finish. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Directed by Austrian Robert Wiene the look and style of the film is considered to be part of the German Expressionist movement. Although it can also be considered as a precursor to the film noir look and in terms of story of later work in the 1930s and 40s. This is highlighted by the big band sound provided by The Executives Band established by the late Senator Raul Manglapus. There’s a strong element of mystery, a whodunit or how crimes were committed in the story based on French novelist Renard’s work: Les Mains d’Orlac.

The Executives Band’s Butch Roxas composed the soundtrack for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band’s Butch Roxas composed the soundtrack for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A French British production called The Hands of Orlac was also produced in the 1960s starring Mel Ferrer and Christopher Lee. France’s own entry to this year’s Silent film fest is about ray that freezes people in Paris. Their film Paris Qui Dort (THE CRAZY RAY) will be accompanied by music from Ian Lofamia Blues Band.

Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

FDCP Executive Dir Teodoro Granados during his speech noted, “The Silent Film Festival casts attention and gives recognition to archivists all over the world who tirelessly work to search, take care and restore these films so that we and future generations are able to witness such cinematic heritage. This sentiment we also share at the National Film Archives of the Philippines. It is vital for us to remember that our heritage is what keeps our cultures alive and flourishing.”

from right: FDCP Proj Dev Officer Quintin Cu Unjieng, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta, Shangri La Plaza Mktg Div Head Marlene Concio-Dualan, FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados and Black Vomit (bassist) Igan D Bayan. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: FDCP Proj Dev Officer Quintin Cu Unjieng, FDCP Head of Cinema Evaluation & Coordination Wilma Isleta, Shangri La Plaza Mktg Div Head Marlene Concio-Dualan, FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados and Black Vomit (bassist) Igan D Bayan. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Presented by Goethe Institut Phil, Instituto Cervantes Mla, the Japan Foundation Mla, Philippine-Italian Association, Film Development Council of the Philippines and Embassies of Austria, France, Thailand and United States of America. The 9th international Silent Film festival is made possible in partnership with Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, JEC Philippines (Austria), the National Film Center of the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Shochiku Co. Ltd. the embassies of Italy and Spain, Filmoteca De Catalunya, Institut Francais and EUNIC Philippines.

The Executive Band’s Butch Silverio was musical director for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Butch Silverio was musical director for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Kjwan provided music for Philippines’ BRIDES OF SULU. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kjwan provided music for Philippines’ BRIDES OF SULU. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Japan Foundation dir (Outgoing) Shuji Takatori, (incoming) Hiroaki Uesugi, Clarisse Lukban, Inst Cervantes Cuktural Affairs Head Jose Fons Guardiola, Shang Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio Dualan and Shang Plaza Mktg Officer Mimi Tecson. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Hidden Nikki provided music for Japan’s 4 classic comedies. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hidden Nikki provided music for Japan’s 4 classic comedies. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Marie Puyat of The Executives Band at the EAST WING of Shang Plaza during cocktails before the opening. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat of The Executives Band at the EAST WING of Shang Plaza during cocktails before the opening. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Executives Band with Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier and Austrian Chargée d’Affaires Gabriele Zobl-Kratschmann. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band with Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier and Austrian Chargée d’Affaires Gabriele Zobl-Kratschmann. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Thai Royal Navy Ensemble used traditional Thai instruments for THE OVERTURE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A scene from ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca, Italian Emb Attaché Tilly De Niehilo and Italpinas Architect Alessandra Abbruzzese. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca, Italian Emb Attaché Tilly De Niehilo and Italpinas Architect Alessandra Abbruzzese. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Hidden Nikki provided music for Japan’s 4 classic comedies. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hidden Nikki provided music for Japan’s 4 classic comedies. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Japan Foundation Prog Coordinator Cyril Constantino, Inst. Cervantes Head of Cultural Affairs Jose Fons, Goethe Inst Dir. Petra Raymond, Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson & PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Abe Pagtama, FDCP’s Wilma Isleta, Quintin Cu Unjieng and Teddy Granados. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Abe Pagtama, FDCP’s Wilma Isleta, Quintin Cu Unjieng and Teddy Granados. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Ding dong Fiel Trio provided the music for Spain’s DON JUAN TENORIO. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Ding dong Fiel Trio provided the music for Spain’s DON JUAN TENORIO. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Big Jazz Balloon employed traditional Filipino instruments like the kulintang. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executives Band provided music for ORLAC’S HANDE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

HIDDEN NIKKI from left: Jason Conanan, Gilbert Asuque, Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori, Tomoko Takatori, Aaron Gonzalez & Abby Clutario. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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GOT: Sex in the Seven Kingdoms Part 2

from left: Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) insists on taking Olyvar (Will Tudor) to bed with him and Ellaria.

from left: Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) insists on taking Olyvar (Will Tudor) to bed with him and Ellaria.

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Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) meets Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), a former eunuch elevated to the small council as Master of Whispers for the first time. Prince Oberyn: My paramour Ellaria (Indira Varma) would find you very interesting. You should come to the brothel and meet her. We brought our own wine not the swill they serve here. We have some lovely boys on retainer, but you did like boys before? (Lord Varys shakes his head.) Price Oberyn: Really? Girls? I hope you won’t be offended when I say I never would have guessed. Lord Varys: Not at all. But I was never interested in girls either. Prince Oberyn: What then? Lord Varys: Nothing. Prince Oberyn: Everybody is interested in something. Lord Varys: Not me. When I see what it does to people, when I see what its done to this country I am very glad to take no part in it. Besides the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things. Prince Oberyn: Such as? Lord Varys turns to look at the Iron Throne and walks away. [From GOT Season 4 Episode 6-The Laws of God and Men]

second from left: Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) insists on taking Olyvar (Will Tudor) to bed with him and Ellaria.

second from left: Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) insists on taking Olyvar (Will Tudor) to bed with him and Ellaria.

For anyone wanting to get into the Game Of Thrones worldwide craze, its highly recommended you watch it from the very beginning Episode 1 season 1 and then just watch it through to the latest season. There are many ways to do this without having to resort to illegal downloads, that more often or not have viruses that harm your computer.

from right: King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with his lover Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones).

from right: King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with his lover Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones).

HBO ON DEMAND is one such way to access previous episodes without having to download large files that occupy precious hard drive space. And allow you access to their libraries of other hits such as Boardwalk Empire in various devices, from tablets to phones. In the Philippines, one of the most convenient ways of accessing movie and TV hits is iflix. PLDT HOME subscribers can get free access to iflix for 30 days. Although GOT is yet to be part of the current line up of shows. When it does reach iflix, it will make it that much easier and practical to update yourself in the GOT universe.

Ros (Esmé Bianco) shows her wares.

Ros (Esmé Bianco) shows her wares.

When one sees nudity, especially on TV, it’s easy to think that producers are just after greater ratings or audience share. In the case of Game of Thrones there’s a lot more going on than just the usual mindless sex & violence.

Olyvar (Will Tudor) excuses himself from selection.

Olyvar (Will Tudor) excuses himself from selection.

Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire) novelist George RR Martin doesn’t filter out sex and all it’s varying forms, preferences in his books and now hit series on HBO. In a way Martin is able to recognize there’s more than just heterosexual desire, there’s homosexuality, bisexuality and so on. Although the genre is fantasy/drama, it’s a very accurate portrayal of human nature. Often there’s purpose and meaning, a statement if you will that comes with nudity and sex scenes. Its no surprise that his best selling series has been critically acclaimed and has won awards long before David Benioff & DB Weiss decided to adapt it for TV.

Jonathan Pryce plays High Sparrow, leader of the cult.

Jonathan Pryce plays High Sparrow, leader of the cult.

Religious Hypocrisy

For the most recent season 5, Jonathan Pryce is cast as High Sparrow the leader of a radical cult. They go on a rampage arresting and even executing anyone they suspect of ‘immoral behavior’. Ironically, Filipinos remember Jonathan Pryce as the Engineer in the musical Miss Saigon, which had Lea Salonga as its lead in 1987. The Engineer in that musical owned a bar frequented by U.S. soldiers and was the leading purveyor of flesh.

High Septon (Paul Bentley) has elaborate cosplay before choosing his companion in Baelish’ brothel - Season 5.

High Septon (Paul Bentley) has elaborate cosplay before choosing his companion in Baelish’ brothel – Season 5.

One of the figures they harass is the High Septon (Paul Bentley) the equivalent of a bishop or any high position in an established religion today. The High Septon frequents the brothel owned by Lord Baelish. In one occasion the High Septon takes two of them at the same time in an elaborate ceremony/cosplay.

High Septon (Paul Bentley) has elaborate cosplay before choosing his companion in Baelish’ brothel - Season 5.

High Septon (Paul Bentley) has elaborate cosplay before choosing his companion in Baelish’ brothel – Season 5.

He is dragged out from the brothel by the extremist cult of High Sparrow and is made to walk naked through the city while being hit by a stick. In the Philippines, it’s common knowledge that even a Catholic bishop or two has fathered children. The priesthood in the U.S. has been rocked by scandals of pedophilia. This is just one of several ways that Martin injects this reality in his novels.

Cult drags High Septon (Paul Bentley) out of brothel and forces him to walk naked across the city.

Cult drags High Septon (Paul Bentley) out of brothel and forces him to walk naked across the city.

Priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) seduces Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane).

Priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) seduces Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane).

The priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) since the first season has cast a strong influence on Lord Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). This leads to people being burned alive at the stake not unlike the Spanish Inquisition or the Witch-hunt by the Pilgrims. In all these cases needless lives were lost and countless people imprisoned and tortured from religious fanaticism and persecution.

The cult gains followers even across the narrow sea.

The cult gains followers even across the narrow sea.

Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)

Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)

Prostitution

Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) a.k.a. Little Finger runs the most prestigious brothel in all of Westeros. Their specialty is being able to cater to any and all kinds of pleasures no matter how niche. It’s no surprise that Baelish has translated his success into political power as a medieval J. Edgar Hoover who has a dossier on anyone and everyone of importance. From the beginning to the later seasons there have also been prostitutes who have elevated their position in one form or another. They’re not just uneducated, impoverished victims. There’s Ros (Esmé Bianco) from season 1 and Shae (Sibel Kekilli) both of them incidentally have had Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as their regular customer.

from left: Ros (Esmé Bianco) & Shae (Sebil Kekilli)

from left: Ros (Esmé Bianco) & Shae (Sebil Kekilli)

German star actress Sebil Kekilli plays Shae.

German star actress Sebil Kekilli plays Shae.

Sibel Kekilli is a German actress of Turkish descent. She did very few adult movies, but quickly out grew this and proved herself as an actress. She did indie film HEAD ON in 2004 and went on to work on German TV shows Paare (2015) and hit show Tatort. Her performance in Die Fremde (2010) has also earned her Best Actress from European Film Awards German Film Awards and German Film Critics Association. Her role as Shae was the international break through that gave her wider recognition.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) & Shae (Sebil Kekilli) genuinely fell in love.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) & Shae (Sebil Kekilli) genuinely fell in love.

Sahara Knight is offered by Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) to a client.

Sahara Knight is offered by Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) to a client.

Porn Casting

Perhaps because of the many nude scenes, GOT producers thought it would be easier to cast talents from the porn industry: Aeryn Walker, Maisie Dee, Samantha Bentley, Jessica Jensen and Sahara Knight.

Sahara Knight is offered by Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) to a client.

Sahara Knight is offered by Lord Baelish (Aidan Gillen) to a client.

Sahara Knight because of her exotic looks, brown eyes, olive skin was perfect as one of the rare treats in Lord Baelish brothel. Aeryn Walker was cast as one of the incestuous Craster’s wives.

Samantha Bentley plays a whore in Danaerys costume showing off her rear end.

Samantha Bentley plays a whore in Danaerys costume showing off her rear end.

Samantha Bentley was the prostitute who was dressed in honor of Queen Danaerys in a dress that revealed her fine buttocks.

Samantha Bentley plays a whore in Danaerys costume showing off her rear end.

Samantha Bentley plays a whore in Danaerys costume showing off her rear end.

Jessica Jensen was cast as one of three whores that took away the virginity of Tyrion’s squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).

Jessica Jensen was cast as one of three whores that took away the virginity of Tyrion’s squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).

Jessica Jensen was cast as one of three whores that took away the virginity of Tyrion’s squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman).

Maisie Dee as a gift to the king is tasted by Ros (Esmé Bianco).

Maisie Dee as a gift to the king is tasted by Ros (Esmé Bianco).

Maisie Dee-had perhaps one of the most famous scenes in GOT when King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) has Ros (Esmé Bianco) whip her with a belt then sexually assault her with a scepter. For photos of this scene click on this link to GOT: Sex in the Seven Kingdoms Part 1.

Grand Maester Pycell (Julian Glover) takes a whore (Maisie Dee)

Grand Maester Pycell (Julian Glover) takes a whore (Maisie Dee)

from right: King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with his lover Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones).

from right: King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with his lover Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones).

Homosexuality

King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) had Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) as his lover. It was an open secret. There was also a famous shaving scene as Loras wanted his lover clean of chest and pubic hair. Baelish also recruited Olyvar (Will Tudor) as his male prostitute specifically to seduce Loras.

from right: King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with his lover Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones).

from right: King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with his lover Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones).

Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) & Ellaria Sands (Indira Varma)

Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) & Ellaria Sands (Indira Varma)

Prince Oberyn Martel and his paramour Ellaria Sands were both bisexuals having both men and women in their bed most often at the same time. Oberyn once said, “Why should I deny myself the pleasure the other half of the world enjoys?”

Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) & Ellaria Sands (Indira Varma) examines young woman at Lord Baelish’ brothel

Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) & Ellaria Sands (Indira Varma) examines young woman at Lord Baelish’ brothel

from right: Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) insists on taking Olyvar (Will Tudor) to bed with him and Ellaria.

from right: Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) insists on taking Olyvar (Will Tudor) to bed with him and Ellaria.

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Lord Baelish’ brothel also gives the pleasure of voyeurism- the original porn.

Lord Baelish’ brothel also gives the pleasure of voyeurism- the original porn.

Lord Baelish’ brothel also gives the pleasure of voyeurism- the original porn.

Lord Baelish’ brothel also gives the pleasure of voyeurism- the original porn.

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Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) confronts two Lannister knights in the next room.

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Shae (Sebil Kekili) seduces Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)

Shae (Sebil Kekili) seduces Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)

Shae (Sebil Kekili) seduces Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)

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The Imp gifts his squire Podrick with the best whores in Baelish’ brothel

The Imp gifts his squire Podrick with the best whores in Baelish’ brothel

The Imp gifts his squire Podrick with the best whores in Baelish’ brothel.

The Imp gifts his squire Podrick with the best whores in Baelish’ brothel.

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Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) tries to seduce King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) unsuccessfully.

Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) tries to seduce King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) unsuccessfully.

Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) tries to seduce King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) unsuccessfully.

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from right: Exotic treat (Sahara Knight) with Sir Bronn (Jerome Flynn)

from right: Exotic treat (Sahara Knight) with Sir Bronn (Jerome Flynn)

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Samantha Bentley plays a whore in Danaerys costume showing off her rear end.

Samantha Bentley plays a whore in Danaerys costume showing off her rear end.

Cult drags High Septon (Paul Bentley) out of brothel and forces him to walk naked across the city.

Cult drags High Septon (Paul Bentley) out of brothel and forces him to walk naked across the city.

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from right: Olyvar (Will Tudor) shows Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) their selection of women at Lord Baelish’ brothel.

from right: Olyvar (Will Tudor) shows Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) their selection of women at Lord Baelish’ brothel.

from right: Olyvar (Will Tudor) shows Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) & Ellaria Sands (Indira Varma) their selection of women at Lord Baelish’ brothel

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GOT: Sex in the Seven Kingdoms Part 1

Twins Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & Cersei (Lena Heady) has had a life long incestuous affair.

Twins Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & Cersei (Lena Heady) has had a life long incestuous affair.

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Queen regent Cersei (Lena Headey): If it were anyone else I would have hoped for a private audience. But Stannis Baratheon, I’d have a better chance of seducing his horse. Have I shocked you little dove? Tears aren’t a woman’s only weapon. The best one’s between your legs. Learn how to use it. Do you have any notion what happens when a city is sieged? If this city falls these fine women should be in for a bit of a rape. Half of them will have bastards come morning! You’ll be glad of your red flower heh? When a man’s blood is up anything with tits looks good. Precious thing like you would look very, very good, a slice of cake just waiting to be eaten.

Official Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) wallpaper from HBO

Official Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) wallpaper from HBO

IF LOTR had incest, rape, homosexuality, adultery, sadomasochism, treachery, deceit, murder, conspiracy upon conspiracy it would be Game of Thrones. GOT makes LOTR & The Hobbit look like a Disney version, filtering out the worst, most vicious parts of human nature while creator George RR Martin has no qualms in mixing it in with heroism and nobility. (this is the first article of a series)

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.

The complexity of the GOT universe lends itself to the miniseries genre. The TV format with many episodes stretching seasons allows for greater character development and subplots. HBO is known for having sex and violence in its many award winning series like: The Sopranos, Sex In the City, Deadwood, most recently TRUEBLOOD and True Detective which casts movie stars Rachel McAdams, Collin Farrell & Vince Vaughn.

TRUE Detective cast from left: Vince Vaughn, Collin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel Mcadams is the latest hit series from HBO.

TRUE Detective cast from left: Vince Vaughn, Collin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel Mcadams is the latest hit series from HBO.

It’s very difficult to imagine anyone else being able to pull off GOT other than HBO. GOT has become a worldwide phenomenon subtitled in every major language from Chinese to Portuguese. At the end of season 5 it broke the downloading records with 1.5 million in one day, which is such a pity. The official collector’s DVD has so many features, interviews, behind the scenes footage that fans would really love to watch.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) feels up his sister Yara (Gemma Whelan).

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) feels up his sister Yara (Gemma Whelan).

Going back to the topic at hand, sex in GOT is almost never prurient or used simply for entertainment value although it does help to attract more viewers too. Sex or even nudity almost always has a purpose or meaning other than just satisfying one’s desire. Rape, for example, is just as effective as a weapon in destroying your enemies or showing dominance over a conquered people. This has been the case throughout history in countless wars and invasions.

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) & Margaery (Natalie Dormer) kiss during their reception.

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) & Margaery (Natalie Dormer) kiss during their reception.

Royal Weddings

Marriage especially for the highborn (nobility) was never about romance, attraction or love. They were arranged to keep the peace for the greater good of all. Often marriage is even between warring or rival clans. It was a means to keep your enemies closer and to use resources they would not otherwise be willing to sacrifice. This is the case for nearly all royal weddings: Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and so on.

“I can turn around (gives her backside) and you can pretend I’m Loras. We can have him here… anything you need and want we will do, for you are King.” Margaery (Natalie Dormer) to King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony).

“I can turn around (gives her backside) and you can pretend I’m Loras. We can have him here… anything you need and want we will do, for you are King.” Margaery (Natalie Dormer) to King Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony).

King of the North Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fell in love with Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin)

King of the North Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fell in love with Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin)

There are very few exceptions Robb Stark (Richard Madden) married Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin) out of love breaking his promise to wed the granddaughter of Lord Walder Fray. Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) fell in love with Ygritte (Rose Leslie). True love in GOT is incredibly rare and is doomed, again just like real life. Jon Snow swore a vow of celibacy as a member of the Nights Watch. He broke it in a passionate and unexpected tryst with wildling Ygritte who was dominant in sex as she was in the battlefield.

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) & Ygritte’s (Rose Leslie) true love was doomed.

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) & Ygritte’s (Rose Leslie) true love was doomed.

Twins Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & Cersei (Lena Heady) has had a life long incestuous affair.

Twins Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & Cersei (Lena Heady) has had a life long incestuous affair.

Incest

The whole root of conflict from season 1 and arguably even onwards is connected to the incestuous love affair of twins’ Cersei and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Both of them are platinum blonde. Cersei with her perfect cheekbones like a true Queen of beauties, Jaime is one of the best swordsmen and powerful knight with cleft chin dashing looks.

Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & Cersei (Lena Headey): with Lannister motto: Hear me Roar

Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & Cersei (Lena Headey): with Lannister motto: Hear me Roar

In one steamy scene Jaime rapes Cersei during a funeral. It was borne out of grief, anger, frustration and lust on Jaime’s part. That’s one of the reasons why fans relate to the series, you understand how and why he reacts that way. Sex comes from a lot of different situations and emotions not just love or purely lust.

Margaery (Natalie Dormer) has sex marathon with King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman).

Margaery (Natalie Dormer) has sex marathon with King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman).

They’re the original sex symbols for GOT since the first season. Their sexual relations bore 3 children: Joffrey, Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Myrcella (Aimee Richardson). The Royal House of Targaryen were also famously incestuous in order to preserve their bloodlines which allowed them to bond with dragons. The problem is the side effects of incest. Cersei Lannister said, “Half the Targaryens went mad didn’t they? What’s the saying? ‘Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin.”

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Incest however is not confined to nobility, Craster (Robert Pugh) lives beyond the wall. He is known to impregnate his own daughters and ‘gives away’ his sons. He calls his daughters his wives and lives with more than a dozen of them in a lone hut surrounded by frozen tundra.

Craster (Robert Pugh) marries his own daughters and gives away his sons.

Craster (Robert Pugh) marries his own daughters and gives away his sons.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.

Sadomasochism

King Joffrey, who was the product of incest, had exhibited sadism at an early age. He was fond of torturing and killing animals as a child. As king he graduated by having a singer’s tongue cut out for making fun of his family.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after being gifted with two whores by Uncle Tyrion satisfies his sadistic urges.

After having his betrothed punched and stripped of her clothes in court, his uncle Tyrion thought the young King needed to release some pent up energy. Tyrion sent him 2 whores in his chambers. King Joffrey had one spank the other at first with a belt, then with a scepter. When the whore refused he threatened her life with a crossbow. Kingsguard Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie) enjoyed lashing young girls with a bullwhip for his sexual pleasure.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) randomly shoots his subjects with a crossbow.

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) randomly shoots his subjects with a crossbow.

from right: Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) tortures Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) & turns him to Reek.

from right: Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) tortures Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) & turns him to Reek.

No one is more cruel and sadistic as Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) the bastard son of Roos Bolton. He captures Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) then tortures and castrates him. What’s even worse is the mental torture that he unleashes upon him, its so dehumanizing that Theon forgets his identity and takes on a new personality Ramsay gives him as Reek. The method is similar to PULP FICTION where the sexually dominated, enslaved character is called ‘the gimp’.

Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) has sausage for dinner after castrating Theon.

Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) has sausage for dinner after castrating Theon.

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) & Ygritte’s (Rose Leslie) true love was doomed.

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) & Ygritte’s (Rose Leslie) true love was doomed.

Collectible Bluray/DVD

Fans have always lusted after the incestuous super MILF Cersei Lannister since season 1. For season 5 Lena Heady as Queen regent Cersei is punished for her ‘unnatural’ incestuous relations. And is made to walk naked across the city. Sorry to disappoint them but Cersei’s nudity scene had body double-Rebecca Van Cleave. The VFX was able to do it very realistically that no one would ever know it was not Lena Heady’s naked body.

Queen Regent Cersei (Lena Heady) is certainly the most captivating face in the kingdom. She’s also one of the most viciously cruel characters in GOT.

Queen Regent Cersei (Lena Heady) is certainly the most captivating face in the kingdom. She’s also one of the most viciously cruel characters in GOT.

Queen regent Cersei (Lena Headey): in her ‘Walk of Atonement’ in season 5-Episode 10 –Mother’s Mercy

Queen regent Cersei (Lena Headey): in her ‘Walk of Atonement’ in season 5-Episode 10 –Mother’s Mercy

It was more demeaning than arousing, nevertheless countless fans may still need to see it again and again. In order to fully ‘appreciate’ this scene having the official DVD with extra footage would be even more indispensible. The airing of HBO episodes here in the Philippines has the more revealing scenes cut out. The extra features possibly with more nude scenes are definitely worth the price.

Queen regent Cersei (Lena Headey): in her ‘Walk of Atonement’ in season 5-Episode 10 –Mother’s Mercy

Queen regent Cersei (Lena Headey): in her ‘Walk of Atonement’ in season 5-Episode 10 –Mother’s Mercy

Watch out for the second installment of this article, which expounds on the most prestigious brothel in Westeros and porn stars cast in GOT.

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Sir Bronn (Jerome Flynn) takes a whore in Lord Baelish’ brothel.

Sir Bronn (Jerome Flynn) takes a whore in Lord Baelish’ brothel.

A whore in Lord Baelish’ brothel

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King of the North Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fell in love with Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin)

King of the North Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fell in love with Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin)

King of the North Robb Stark (Richard Madden) fell in love with Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin)

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Osha (Natalia Tena) seduces Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)

Osha (Natalia Tena) seduces Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)

Osha (Natalia Tena) seduces Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)

Osha (Natalia Tena) seduces Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)

Osha (Natalia Tena) seduces Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)

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Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is given a sword made from Valerian steel by his father Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)

Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is given a sword made from Valerian steel by his father Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)

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Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) was a well-known womanizer before he was castrated by Ramsay Bolton.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) was a well-known womanizer before he was castrated by Ramsay Bolton.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) was a well-known womanizer before he was castrated by Ramsay Bolton.

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Priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) seduces Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane).

Priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) seduces Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane).

Priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) seduces Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane).

Priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) seduces Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane).

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right: Craster (Robert Pugh) shows off Gilly (Hannah Murray) one of his dozen wives to Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo)

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Ros (Esmé Bianco) instructs a whore on how best to please a client.

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Thai-Japan Legends in 9th Silent Film Fest

The musical theme of THE OVERTURE from Thailand lends itself well to the 9th Silent film Festival. Watch it for free on August 29, 2015- 1pm, Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

The musical theme of THE OVERTURE from Thailand lends itself well to the 9th Silent film Festival. Watch it for free on August 29, 2015- 1pm, Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

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While there have been many great works and artists in previous Silent film festival editions such as Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS and Charlie Chaplin, this year is particularly impressive. First time participant Thailand has put forth a film entitled THE OVERTURE. It is based on the life of Royal Musician Sorn Silapabanleng and his son Prasidh Silapabanleng who became National Artist for Music.

Sorn Silapabanleng was given the royal title of Luang Pradit Phairoh which translates to ‘inventor of beautiful sounds’. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Sorn Silapabanleng was given the royal title of Luang Pradit Phairoh which translates to ‘inventor of beautiful sounds’. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Japan on the other hand has 4 comedy short films, 2 of which are from Yasojiro Ozu: WASEI KENKA TOMODACHI and TOKKAN KOZO. Ozu is considered as the tenth greatest director of all time in the 2002 British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound poll of Critics’ top ten directors. Audiences will also be able to catch extremely rare Filipino silent film BRIDES OF SULU for this year’s fest.

Yasujiro Ozu is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Yasujiro Ozu is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

These are just some of the legendary artists in a total of 9 different countries participating in the 9th Silent Film Festival held at Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza Mall from August 27-30, 2015. This is the only Silent Film Festival in Asia and is accompanied by top international and Filipino musicians.

Seated from left: FDCP Proj Dev Officer Quintin Cu-Unjieng, Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier , U.S. Emb Asst Cultural Affairs Officer Elizabeth Liu, PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca , Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong, French Audio-Visual Attaché  Martin Macalintal and Goethe-Inst Phil Prog Coordinator Shadin Kitma. Standing from left:  Inky De Dios (Kjwan), Ding dong Fiel (The Ding Dong Fiel Trio), Patrick Pulumbarit (Razorback-Mgr) Rommel ‘Sancho’ Sanchez, Buddy Zabala (The Dawn), Jason Conanan (Hidden Nikki), Inst Cervantes Mla Dir Carlos Madrid, Aaron Gonzales (Hidden Nikki), Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori, Jett Pangan & Jun Boy Leonor of The Dawn. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: FDCP Proj Dev Officer Quintin Cu-Unjieng, Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier , U.S. Emb Asst Cultural Affairs Officer Elizabeth Liu, PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca , Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong, French Audio-Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal and Goethe-Inst Phil Prog Coordinator Shadin Kitma. Standing from left: Inky De Dios (Kjwan), Ding dong Fiel (The Ding Dong Fiel Trio), Patrick Pulumbarit (Razorback-Mgr) Rommel ‘Sancho’ Sanchez, Buddy Zabala (The Dawn), Jason Conanan (Hidden Nikki), Inst Cervantes Mla Dir Carlos Madrid, Aaron Gonzales (Hidden Nikki), Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori, Jett Pangan & Jun Boy Leonor of The Dawn. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble will be providing the soundtrack for THE OVERTURE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble will be providing the soundtrack for THE OVERTURE. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

For this year The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble will be providing the soundtrack for THE OVERTURE. The ensemble is often assigned for Royal & state ceremonies. The fest has always had a free entrance on a first come first served basis. So please do check schedules and fall in line at least an hour before screening to increase chances of attending this extraordinary treat.

Musicians from right: Martin Macalintal (The Executives Band), Aaron Gonzalez, Jason Conanan (Hidden Nikki), Jett Pangan, Jun Boy Leonor, Rommel Sanchez, Buddy Zabala (The Dawn), Inky De Dios (Kjwan), Ding Dong Fiel (The Ding Dong Fiel Trio) and Patrick Pulumbarit (Razorback–manager). Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Musicians from right: Martin Macalintal (The Executives Band), Aaron Gonzalez, Jason Conanan (Hidden Nikki), Jett Pangan, Jun Boy Leonor, Rommel Sanchez, Buddy Zabala (The Dawn), Inky De Dios (Kjwan), Ding Dong Fiel (The Ding Dong Fiel Trio) and Patrick Pulumbarit (Razorback–manager). Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 9 countries include [Aug 27] AUSTRIA- THE HANDS OF ORLAC with The Executives Band, [Aug 28] PHILIPPINES-BRIDES OF SULU with Kjwan, JAPAN-PEERLESS PATRIOT, FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE, A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY and A BUDDHIST MASS FOR GOEMON ISHIKAWA with Hidden Nikki, [Aug 29] THAILAND-THE OVERTURE with The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble, GERMANY-SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY with Pierre Oser & Big Jazz Balloon, SPAIN-DON JUAN TENORIO with The Ding Dong Fiel Trio, [Aug 30] FRANCE-THE CRAZY RAY with Ian Lofamia Blues Band and ITALY-THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII with The Dawn, USA- SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS with Razorback.

Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thailand- The Overture

The Overture (Hom Rong) while not strictly a silent film is a contemporary piece released in 2004. Having subtitles, color and modern production only adds to the ease of understanding the film for Pinoy viewers of today. The subject of two generations of Thai musicians who influenced the combination of traditional instruments with Western music lends itself to the silent film genre. As The Thai Royal Navy Traditional Ensemble will be flying in to score the film live using: saw duang (string instrument w bow), Grajabpi (lute), ranat ek (xylophone) and taphon (drum).

The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble will use Thai Musical Instruments; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

The Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble will use Thai Musical Instruments; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

It also garnered the distinction of becoming the official selection for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language film. This is apart from winning Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and a host of other awards from the Thai National Film Association Awards, Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards and Star Entertainment Awards.

Sorn Silapabanleng was given the royal title of Luang Pradit Phairoh which translates to ‘inventor of beautiful sounds’. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Sorn Silapabanleng was given the royal title of Luang Pradit Phairoh which translates to ‘inventor of beautiful sounds’. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Sorn Silapabanleng during his time as a famous royal musician earned a title given by King Rama VI as Luang Pradit Phairoh. The title Luang is similar to ‘Sir’ as knighted by the Queen of England in the field of music. Pradit Phairoh translates to ‘inventor of beautiful sounds’.

Thai Natl Artist Prasidh Silapabanleng and wife Ladda Saratayon Silapabanleng established the Phakavali Institute of Dance and Music. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Thai Natl Artist Prasidh Silapabanleng and wife Ladda Saratayon Silapabanleng established the Phakavali Institute of Dance and Music. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

The story deals with his humble beginnings learning the traditional Thai instrument ranad-ek or wooden xylophone. Later on Sorn’s son Prasidh Silapabanleng would master the piano. The two would collaborate in combining Thai instruments with Western music. Eventually Prasidh would compose symphonies entitled: Siang Tian, Damnoen Sigh, Siamese Suite, and Cherd Nai, all adaptations of Luang Pradit Phairoh’s original works.

Thai Natl Artist Prasidh Silapabanleng; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Thai Natl Artist Prasidh Silapabanleng; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

According to an article in the Bangkok Post ‘it was Siamese Suite that put Prasidh at the forefront of composers of his time.’ What makes it even more interesting is that the seminal work debuted in Manila. It was the National Symphony Orchestra of the Philippines who had the honor of playing it for the first time and was recorded for Thai audiences back home. The debut was because of an invitation to Prasidh to participate in a UNESCO Music conference held here in 1954.

from right: Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori, Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong, Inst Cervantes Mla Dir Carlos Madrid, PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca, Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier , U.S. Emb Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer Elizabeth Liu, French Audio-Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Goethe-Inst Phil Prog Coordinator Shadin Kitma & FDCP Proj Dev. officer Quintin Cu-Unjieng. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori, Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong, Inst Cervantes Mla Dir Carlos Madrid, PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca, Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier , U.S. Emb Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer Elizabeth Liu, French Audio-Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, Goethe-Inst Phil Prog Coordinator Shadin Kitma & FDCP Proj Dev. officer Quintin Cu-Unjieng. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jason Conanan and Aaron Gonzalez of Hidden Nikki. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jason Conanan and Aaron Gonzalez of Hidden Nikki. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan- Silent Film Comedies

The Japan Foundation on the other hand has concentrated on what may be the best collection of slapstick comedies of the time: Kokushi Muso (PEERLESS PATRIOT) by Mansaku Itami, Ishikawa Goemon No Hoji (A BUDDHIST MASS FOR GOEMON ISHIKAWA) by Torajiro Saito and Yasojiro Ozu’s two comedies: Wasei Kenka Tomodachi (FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE), Tokkan Kozo (A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY). The average running time of each short film is 20 minutes.

Watch Kokushi Muso (PEERLESS PATRIOT) by Mansaku Itami, with live scoring by Hidden Nikki on August 28, 2015 (730pm) at Shang Cineplex for free. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Watch Kokushi Muso (PEERLESS PATRIOT) by Mansaku Itami, with live scoring by Hidden Nikki on August 28, 2015 (730pm) at Shang Cineplex for free. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Director Torajiro Saito is one of the most popular and prolific filmmakers of the era having more than 200 titles to his credit. Japan Foundation director Shuji Takatori noted that his films were so popular all over Japan they were projected countless times and was so in demand most were never returned to the company/studio Shochiku Co, Ltd. For his success in slapstick Saito was called ‘God of Comedy’. Takatori added, “We selected these films in cooperation with the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Shochiku Co, Ltd.”

Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yasojiro Ozu is considered not just one of the best directors from the silent era but of all time. Ozu’s TOKYO STORY has appeared several times in the Sight & Sound poll of best films selected by critics and directors. In 2012, it topped the poll of film directors’ choices of “greatest film of all time”.

Watch Wasei Kenka Tomodachi (FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE) by Yasojiro Ozu with live scoring by Hidden Nikki on August 28, 2015 (730pm) at Shang Cineplex for free. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Watch Wasei Kenka Tomodachi (FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE) by Yasojiro Ozu with live scoring by Hidden Nikki on August 28, 2015 (730pm) at Shang Cineplex for free. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Ozu is almost like a Van Gogh–like figure whose work was appreciated and recognized only after he had passed away. According to wikipedia: at age 13 used to skip classes to watch screenings like QUO VADIS! and THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII by Mario Casreini.

Watch The Last Days of Pompeii by Mario Caserini with live scoring by The Dawn on Aug 30, 2015-5pm, Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Watch The Last Days of Pompeii by Mario Caserini with live scoring by The Dawn on Aug 30, 2015-5pm, Shang Cineplex Shang Rila Plaza. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Incidentally, the Italian film exhibition for this year’s silent film fest is THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII with The Dawn providing the live soundtrack. In the same bio, Ozu at age 17 was kicked out of a dormitory for writing a love letter to a boy. Throughout his life he struggled against some sort of prejudice, was conscripted to becoming a soldier. He passed away at 63 and was buried beside his mother with the epitaph, “Nothingness”.

 

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The Dawn from left: Buddy Zabala (bass), Rommel ‘Sancho’ Sanchez (guitars), Jett Pangan (vocals) and Jun Boy Leonor (drums). Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

The Dawn from left: Buddy Zabala (bass), Rommel ‘Sancho’ Sanchez (guitars), Jett Pangan (vocals) and Jun Boy Leonor (drums). Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

from right: PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca and Austrian Cultural Attaché Lisbeth Strohmeier; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Goethe-Inst Phil Prog Coordinator Shadin Kitma, Japan Foundation Prog Coordinator Cyril Constantino, Martin Macalintal (The Executives Band), Writer Claire Agbayani, Shang Plaza Mktg Mgr MJ Mendoza & Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Goethe-Inst Phil Prog Coordinator Shadin Kitma, Japan Foundation Prog Coordinator Cyril Constantino, Martin Macalintal (The Executives Band), Writer Claire Agbayani, Shang Plaza Mktg Mgr MJ Mendoza & Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

Watch Tokkan Kozo (A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY) by Yasojiro Ozu with live scoring by Hidden Nikki on August 28, 2015 (730pm) at Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza for free. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

Watch Tokkan Kozo (A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY) by Yasojiro Ozu with live scoring by Hidden Nikki on August 28, 2015 (730pm) at Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza for free. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

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Shang Plaza Mktg Mgr MJ Mendoza; Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Alvin Rodriguez, Buddy Zabala, PIA Proj Coordinator Cristina Moricca, Music Mgr Liza Nakpil & Jun Boy Leonor. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Hidden Nikki will be providing music for JAPAN-PEERLESS PATRIOT, FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE, A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY and A BUDDHIST MASS FOR GOEMON ISHIKAWA. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

Hidden Nikki will be providing music for JAPAN-PEERLESS PATRIOT, FIGHTING FRIENDS JAPANESE STYLE, A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY and A BUDDHIST MASS FOR GOEMON ISHIKAWA. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early.

from right: Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori, Royal Thai Emb Minister Counselor & Consul Somjai Taphaopong and Inst Cervantes Mla Dir Carlos Madrid. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Claire Agbayani with The Dawn from left: Rommel ‘Sancho’ Sanchez and Buddy Zabala. Watch Silent films for free w top musicians providing live soundtrack on the 9th Silent film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza from August 27-30, 2015. Tickets will be given on a first come first served basis so check out schedules and make sure to go early. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The musical theme of THE OVERTURE from Thailand lends itself well to the 9th Silent film Festival. Watch it for free on August 29, 2015- 1pm, Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

The musical theme of THE OVERTURE from Thailand lends itself well to the 9th Silent film Festival. Watch it for free on August 29, 2015- 1pm, Shang Cineplex, Shang Plaza. Make sure to go an hour early for tickets given on first come first served basis.

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Thyro & Yumi Repeat as PhilPOP Champs

from right: VIVA Chairman & CEO Vic Del Rosario, PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan are beside PhilPOP 1M Grand Prizewinners Yumi Lacsamana & Thyro Alfaro (TRIANGULO) & Jeric Medina. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: VIVA Chairman & CEO Vic Del Rosario, PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan are beside PhilPOP 1M Grand Prizewinners Yumi Lacsamana & Thyro Alfaro (TRIANGULO) & Jeric Medina. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The catchy, fast paced rhymes by singing duo Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana did it for a second time around. This time may be sweeter as they are both songwriter and performer on the track TRIANGULO with featured artist Jeric Medina. TRIANGULO won the 1 million grand prize in the PHILPOP 2015 finals night held at the MERALCO Theater last July 25, 2015. The duo also won the grand prize in 2013 for writing /composing DATI performed by Sam Concepcion & Tippy Dos Santos. PHILPOP is the premiere songwriting competition in the country attracting nearly 9,000 entries, from Filipinos all over the world.

SIDE A Bassist Ned Esguerra (left) is PhilPop finalist who wrote FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE with him are band mates guitarist/lead vocals Leevon Cailao, drummer Ernie Severino and keyboards Naldy Gonzalez. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIDE A Bassist Ned Esguerra (left) is PhilPop finalist who wrote FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE with him are band mates guitarist/lead vocals Leevon Cailao, drummer Ernie Severino and keyboards Naldy Gonzalez. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Company performed TANGING PAG-ASA KO by Paul Armesin. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Company performed TANGING PAG-ASA KO by Paul Armesin. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Metro Pacific Investments Pres. & CEO Jose Ma. K. Lim, OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid, Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) w 1st runner up prize is flanked by BAIHANA.

from left: Metro Pacific Investments Pres. & CEO Jose Ma. K. Lim, OPM Pres. Ogie Alcasid, Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) w 1st runner up prize is flanked by BAIHANA.

Coming in at first runner up is PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA by singer songwriter Davey Langit which has a P500,000 cash prize. Second runner up is SA IBANG MUNDO written and composed by Mark Villar performed by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre, which has a P250,000 cash prize. The up-tempo pop rock sound of SA IBANG MUNDO also earned it PEOPLE’S CHOICE award with a P100,000 cash prize from Maynilad.

from right: PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab, PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, Nadine Lustre, Kean Cipriano, Mark Villar (SA IBNAG MUNDO), Noel Cabangon, First Pacific Leadership Academy Executive Dir. Roy Agustin K. Evalle  & TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana. Mark Villar wrote SA IBANG MUNDO which won People’s Choice (100k prize) and 2nd Runner up (250k prize). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab, PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, Nadine Lustre, Kean Cipriano, Mark Villar (SA IBNAG MUNDO), Noel Cabangon, First Pacific Leadership Academy Executive Dir. Roy Agustin K. Evalle
& TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana. Mark Villar wrote SA IBANG MUNDO which won People’s Choice (100k prize) and 2nd Runner up (250k prize). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A new feature for this year is the MERALCO Best Music Video won by Johann Garcia for EDGE OF THE WORLD performed by MTV VJs Josh Padilla and Yassi Pressman.

from right: MERALCO Pres. Oscar Reyes, songwriter Johann Garcia, Josh Padilla, Yassi Pressman and MERALCO SVP Al Panlilio. They won Best Music Video presented by MERALCO, which has a 100k prize. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: MERALCO Pres. Oscar Reyes, songwriter Johann Garcia, Josh Padilla, Yassi Pressman and MERALCO SVP Al Panlilio. They won Best Music Video presented by MERALCO, which has a 100k prize. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

This year’s finalists are Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana (TRIANGULO), Paul Armesin (TANGING PAG-ASA KO), Gino Cruz and Jeff Arcilla (APAT NA BUWANG PASKO), Ned Esguerra (FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE), Johannes Daniel Garcia (EDGE OF THE WORLD), Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA), Melchor Magno, Jr. (MUSIKAW), Lara Maigue (NASAAN), Ramiro Mataro (WALANG HANGGAN), Melvin Morallos (I OWE YOU MY HEART), Soc Villanueva (KILIG), and Mark Villar (SA IBANG MUNDO).

Jon Santos sang APAT NA BUWANG PASKO by Gino Cruz and Jeff Arcilla. Phil Ballet Theater performed w Jon on stage. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jon Santos sang APAT NA BUWANG PASKO by Gino Cruz and Jeff Arcilla. Phil Ballet Theater performed w Jon on stage. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

2015 Finalists from left: Paul Armesin (TANGING PAG-ASA KO), Lara Maigue (NASAAN), cellist Giancarlo Gonzales and Soc Villanueva (KILIG). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

2015 Finalists from left: Paul Armesin (TANGING PAG-ASA KO), Lara Maigue (NASAAN), cellist Giancarlo Gonzales and Soc Villanueva (KILIG). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Elements Music Camp

Interestingly enough there are a total of 6 people in the finalist- songwriters and performers who attended the Elements Music Camp. Grand prizewinners Thyro & Yumi along with featured artist Jeric Medina and First Runner Up Davey Langit were alumni. Two time finalist and former TV5 actress Lara Maigue (NASAAN) and Ramiro Mataro (WALANG HANGGAN) were also graduates of the intensive course.

Donnalyn Bartolome sings with Ramiru Mataro who wrote WALANG HANGGAN. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnalyn Bartolome sings with Ramiru Mataro who wrote WALANG HANGGAN. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Elements according to its website “brings together aspiring and professional singer-songwriters to bond and learn from one another. For five days, there will be lectures, group presentations, case studies, and a lot of breakout sessions.” Conducted in Dumaguete, it features established artists as mentors such as Gabby Alipe of Urbandub, Ebe Dancel, Gloc-9, Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar, Jungee Marcelo, Jazz Nicolas of Itchyworms, Raimund Marasigan, Gerard Salonga, Aia de Leon, Jay Durias, Alex Lim, Audie Gemora, and many more. There are a total of 60 slots available for those interested in attending, application period is until August 31, 2015.

Anja Aguilar sang I OWE YOU MY HEART by Melvin Morallos. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Anja Aguilar sang I OWE YOU MY HEART by Melvin Morallos. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab, VIVA Pres. & CEO Vic Del Rosario, PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, 1M Grand prize winners Yumi, Thyro & Jeric Medina. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab, VIVA Pres. & CEO Vic Del Rosario, PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, 1M Grand prize winners Yumi, Thyro & Jeric Medina. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Catchy, Relaxed and Confident

What eventually won it for Thyro & Yumi is how they were able to craft a catchy song describing the chaos of a love triangle. The Dawn vocalist Jett Pangan was part of the panel of judges in the finals he said, “I think the judges were unanimous in declaring their song as being so damn catchy. Their relaxed, confident performance also contributed to the goosebump factor.” 40% of the judging is done before the finals night another 60% is done on the awards night itself.

Panel of judges from left: Jett Pangan, Kris Lawrence & Paolo Valenciano. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Panel of judges from left: Jett Pangan, Kris Lawrence & Paolo Valenciano. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The very prestigious panel of judges includes: Maynilad CFO Randolph Estrellado, Quest rapper (aka Jose Villanueva III), Karylle, Louie Ocampo, Jett Pangan, Kris Lawrence and Paolo Valenciano. Kris Lawrence, Karylle and Quest were performers in previous PHILPOP Finals. Louie Ocampo is one of the premiere Musical directors.

Panel of judges from left: Maynilad CFO Randolph Estrellado, Quest & Karylle. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Panel of judges from left: Maynilad CFO Randolph Estrellado, Quest & Karylle. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, 1M Grand Prizewinners Yumi Lacsamana & Thyro Alfaro (TRIANGULO) & Jeric Medina. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT and SMART Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, 1M Grand Prizewinners Yumi Lacsamana & Thyro Alfaro (TRIANGULO) & Jeric Medina. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

For Yumi Lacsamana just being able to perform their song this year was enough of a reward by itself. The first time they won it they were songwriters of DATI and was interpreted by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos with rapper Quest. She said, “Wala sa amin ang kumpetisyon it’s more of participating. It’s more of celebrating OPM together. Doon pa lang interpreting our own work is a big deal. Nanalo na kami doon pa lang. Kasi yon lang naman ang gusto namin. The opportunity to interpret our own work, doon pa lang tumigil na kaming makipag laban. Nag enjoy na lang kami after nung na laman naming kami mag interpret.”

James Reid & rapper Pio (not in photo) perform MUSIKAW by MC Magno. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Reid & rapper Pio (not in photo) perform MUSIKAW by MC Magno. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thyro also noted that experiencing PHILPOP Finals before also helped, “Siguro number one is the experience kasi, kumbaga sa NBA Finals naka rating na kami. Hindi sa pagmamayabang pero kanina di kami masyadong kinabahan e. Di kami ganoon nag eexpect this year kasi.”

from left: PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab, 1st R. Up Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA), Grand prize winners- Jeric Medina, Yumi Lacsamana & Thyro Alfaro (TRIANGULO). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab, 1st R. Up Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA), Grand prize winners- Jeric Medina, Yumi Lacsamana & Thyro Alfaro (TRIANGULO). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Davey Langit’s Humor & Longing

Jett Pangan’s unique position of being the front man of one of the most iconic Pinoy rock bands and a rich history of performance in musicals and plays gives him a great insight on this contest. PHILPOP Exec. Dir Ryan Cayabyab was instrumental in tapping Jett as one of the panelist.

1st R. Up Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) backed up by BAIHANA. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) backed up by BAIHANA. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jett described first runner up winner PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA , “Whoever went into the top 3 caught the hearts during the pre-judging and our hearts as well as judges. Davey’s song is a genius blend of humor and longing. Being bred in the school of hard knocks, I was never big on singing or songwriting contests. But I have to say; I couldn’t be happier accepting Mr. C’s invite to be one of the judges. It opened my eyes to the immense talent of the young artists who join PHILPOP. They really bolster confidence in OPM.”

Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) with his impressive back up singers BAIHANA. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) with his impressive back up singers BAIHANA. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Davey Langit is also a popular radio DJ for Pinas FM 95.5. The station has long been a supporter of OPM being the only station to play Pinoy music 100% of the time. Davey played the guitar and interpreted his own song PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA. He had a prestigious group that backed him up in Baihana, which definitely added some vocal dimension that night.

Jon Santos sang APAT NA BUWANG PASKO by Gino Cruz and Jeff Arcilla. Phil Ballet Theater performed w Jon on stage. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jon Santos sang APAT NA BUWANG PASKO by Gino Cruz and Jeff Arcilla. Phil Ballet Theater performed w Jon on stage. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thyro thought PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA was a strong candidate even before the finals. He also liked APAT NA BUWANG PASKO by Gino Cruz & Jeff Arcilla. The track was interpreted by comedian Jon Santos who just finished a successful stint as Auntie in RWM’s BITUING WALANG NINGNING. The hit musical will have a second run this October at the New Port Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila.

(Center) Bituing Walang Ningning’s Mark Bautista is flanked by hotties from left Bella Padilla and Sam Pinto. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

(Center) Bituing Walang Ningning’s Mark Bautista is flanked by hotties from left Bella Padilla and Sam Pinto. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: First Pacific Leadership Academy Executive Dir. Roy Agustin K. Evalle, PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan & MERALCO Pres. & CEO Oscar Reyes. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: First Pacific Leadership Academy Executive Dir. Roy Agustin K. Evalle, PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan & MERALCO Pres. & CEO Oscar Reyes. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILPOP’s Driving Force

Just in the background admiring the performance of the artists is tycoon Manuel V Pangilinan. He has the foresight to pool resources of the corporations he helms to support the premiere songwriting competition in the country with the recognition of the need to bolster OPM. These companies include MERALCO, MAYNILAD, SMART, SPINNER, PLDT, NLEX, METROPACIFIC investments, SUN Cellular with Krem Top as co presenter.

from left: PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab & VIVA Pres. & CEO Vic Del Rosario. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan, PhilPOP Exec Dir Ryan Cayabyab & VIVA Pres. & CEO Vic Del Rosario. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thyro gave a word of thanks to Pangilinan, “MVP is one of the driving forces of PHILPOP. Without him it wouldn’t be as successful as this. It’s inspiring that someone like MVP helps people like us. Most of the time people like us don’t get recognized. They only recognize either the song or the artist. Its good people like MVP would spend time and effort trying to prove to the world songwriters are the heart of the song.”

Josh Padilla & Yassi Pressman performed EDGE OF THEWORLD by Johann Garcia. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Josh Padilla & Yassi Pressman performed EDGE OF THEWORLD by Johann Garcia. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Krem Top supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Krem Top supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jinky Vidal sang KILIG by Soc Villanueva. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jinky Vidal sang KILIG by Soc Villanueva. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Reid raises songwriter MC Magno’s (MUSIKAW) hand. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Reid raises songwriter MC Magno’s (MUSIKAW) hand. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PLDT HOME Telpad supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLDT HOME Telpad supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SIDE A Bassist Ned Esguerra (left) is PhilPOP finalist who wrote FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE with him are band mates guitarist/lead vocals Leevon Cailao and drummer Ernie Severino. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIDE A Bassist Ned Esguerra (left) is PhilPOP finalist who wrote FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE with him are band mates guitarist/lead vocals Leevon Cailao and drummer Ernie Severino. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bituing Walang NIngning’s Mark Bautista and Bella Padilla were the hosts of the night. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bituing Walang NIngning’s Mark Bautista and Bella Padilla were the hosts of the night. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SMART supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

SMART supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

James Reid shoots selfie w a fan’s android. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lara Maigue (NASAAN) behind her is Phil Ballet Theater. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara Maigue (NASAAN) behind her is Phil Ballet Theater. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PHILPOP Judge Louie Ocampo and OPM Exec Noel Cabangon. Photo taken at Lighthouse Restaurant, 14th flr MERALCO bldg. last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yassi Pressman floated 30 feet above stage. She & Josh Padilla performed EDGE OF THE WORLD by Johann Garcia, which won Best Musc Video (100k Prize). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yassi Pressman floated 30 feet above stage. She & Josh Padilla performed EDGE OF THE WORLD by Johann Garcia, which won Best Musc Video (100k Prize). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

MERALCO supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: James Reid & rapper Pio perform MUSIKAW by MC Magno. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: James Reid & rapper Pio perform MUSIKAW by MC Magno. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: MAYNILAD SVP-Cmml and Mktg Patrick Gregorio, Kean Cipriano, Nadine, Mark Villar & MAYNILAD Legal Regulatory Head Atty Bebette Espiritu People’s Choice presented by MAYNILAD, which has a 100k prize. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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People’s Choice presented by MAYNILAD, which has a 100k prize. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SIDE A vocalist guitarist/lead vocals Leevon Cailao sings FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE composed by their bassist Ned Esguerra. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIDE A vocalist guitarist/lead vocals Leevon Cailao sings FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE composed by their bassist Ned Esguerra. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLDT HOME Telpad supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Donnalyn Bartolome sings with Ramiru Mataro who wrote WALANG HANGGAN. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnalyn Bartolome sings with Ramiru Mataro who wrote WALANG HANGGAN. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lara Maigue is both singer and songwriter of NASAAN. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lara Maigue is both singer and songwriter of NASAAN. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT & SMART Chairman Manny V Pangilinan  & Metro Pacific Investments Pres. & CEO Jose Ma. K. Lim. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) backed up by BAIHANA. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA) backed up by BAIHANA. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Anja Aguilar (I OWE YOU MY HEART) behind her are Phil Ballet Theater. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Anja Aguilar (I OWE YOU MY HEART) behind her are Phil Ballet Theater. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

SPINNR supports PHILPOP 2015; The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Company performed TANGING PAG-ASA KO by Paul Armesin. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Company performed TANGING PAG-ASA KO by Paul Armesin. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jinky Vidal sang KILIG by Soc Villanueva. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jinky Vidal sang KILIG by Soc Villanueva. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: SIDE A lead vocals Leevon Cailao, Ned Esguerra (FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE), drummer Ernie Severino, rapper Pio, MC Magno (MUSIKAW) and James Reid. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: SIDE A lead vocals Leevon Cailao, Ned Esguerra (FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE), drummer Ernie Severino, rapper Pio, MC Magno (MUSIKAW) and James Reid. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Josh Padilla & Yassi Pressman performed EDGE OF THEWORLD by Johann Garcia. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Josh Padilla & Yassi Pressman performed EDGE OF THEWORLD by Johann Garcia. The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Sam Concepcion, Quest, Davey Langit (PARATINGIN MO NA SIYA), Melvin Morallos (I OWE YOU MY HEART) & Jeric Medina. Sam & Quest were PhilPOP performers & finalists from previous years while the rest are part of this year’s top 12. Photo taken at Lighthouse Restaurant, 14th flr MERALCO bldg. last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nadine Lustre & Kean Cipriano sang SA IBANG MUNDO by songwriter Mark Villar which won 2nd R. Up (250k prize) and People’s Choice (100k). The PhilPOP 2015 Finals Night was held at the MERALCO THEATER last July 25, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Manila Improv: Just Roll With It

Curt Mabry of Zmack (Shanghai); The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Curt Mabry of Zmack (Shanghai); The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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There was very much a Filipino Fiesta atmosphere, even when we were just waiting in the lobby of the PETA Theater last July 8, 2015. Different kinds of plastic utensils were formed into weird hats and headgear strung from the ceiling with giant garters. People could easily play with them, wear them and take pictures. A perfect set for improv performers or anyone for that matter. Set designer Leeroy New is the ingenious mind behind the weird plastic robot heads as well as the futuristic and versatile stage background.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado & Aryn Cristobal of SPIT cheer: One chance only, only one chance! The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado & Aryn Cristobal of SPIT cheer: One chance only, only one chance! The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Out of nowhere girls were chanting: “One Chance Only! Only one chance! One Chance Only! Only one chance!” Even when we didn’t know what he hell was going on the chant was infectious especially when they’re as hot as SPIT gals: Aryn Cristobal, Happy Feraren and Chal Lontoc Del Rosario.

The Beijing Collective’s Wu You; The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Beijing Collective’s Wu You; The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The chanting was for the simple fiesta game where gifts would be slowly lowered and a seated guest would try to grab anyone of them but can only have one attempt, hence the chant. The gifts were peanut butter from Lily’s, official Manila Improv festival notebooks, pens and so on but because of the enthusiasm the prize and activity seemed so much like a big DEAL. Grown ups were given the chance to become kids again, have that sense of wonder and play.

People actually went crazy for Lily’s Peanut Butter, Manila Improv Fest Notebooks & Dewberry Snack Bars. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

People actually went crazy for Lily’s Peanut Butter, Manila Improv Fest Notebooks & Dewberry Snack Bars. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

That sense of play, allowing yourself and your mind to wander at the same time be focused enough to create that’s what the 3rd International Manila Improv Festival is about. It runs at the PETA Theater Center from July 8-12, 2015. A total of 18 teams from different parts of the world and our country participated in this fun event.

from left: Kaye Ross-People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong), Hazel Ho-The Improv Company (Singapore) and Amy Currie-ImproMafia (Brisbane). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Kaye Ross-People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong), Hazel Ho-The Improv Company (Singapore) and Amy Currie-ImproMafia (Brisbane). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

From Bacolod and Cagayan De Oro to Warsaw, Poland and Brisbane Australia, they gathered here to share their knowledge and make people howl with laughter. The Tropical Improv Camp was conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015.

BACOLOD Improv Group; Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

BACOLOD Improv Group; Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

from left: Bizworld reporter Jasmine Cruz and cousin Annika Dadiva. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bizworld reporter Jasmine Cruz and cousin Annika Dadiva. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Business World writer Jasmine Cruz asked one of the obvious but important questions of the night during the open forum: What do you do when you get stuck? Luke Rimmelzwaan of Impromafia responded by stuttering, “Uhhhm…eeehhh. (Hesitates to talk; the crowd laughs at him getting stuck) it’s a good question. How do you NOT get stuck in a conversation? That’s using rhetoric now. But it’s the same principle when you’re on stage. It’s about not getting scared by that and sort of leaning into it. Try to find something, there’s no right or wrong response to anything. Its whether you commit to what happens after that.”

from left: Shaunee Pilapil –Dulaang Atenista, Luke Rimmelzwaan-ImproMafia (Brisbane) and Dave Cooper-The Beijing Collective. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Shaunee Pilapil –Dulaang Atenista, Luke Rimmelzwaan-ImproMafia (Brisbane) and Dave Cooper-The Beijing Collective. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Luke goes on, “Early on a lot of improvisers are worried they’re not going to be funny or they’re not going to clever or not going to be smart. Thing is most people are funny and smart, its just letting yourself BE that on stage. It’s as simple as not worrying of getting stumped if you do get stumped just roll with it. And something new will come out with that and something that hasn’t happened before on stage so it’s about finding those that throw you off and going haha! Lets keep going that way! I don’t know what that is but that’s new and that’s exciting.” The ImproMafia team sent to Manila is composed of Amy Currie, Natalie Bochenski and Luke Rimmelzwaan of Brisbane, Australia.

Journalist/Performer Natalie Bochenski-ImproMafia (Brisbane). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Journalist/Performer Natalie Bochenski-ImproMafia (Brisbane). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Zmack performs at PETA. Photo from official Zmack fb page https://www.facebook.com/zmackcomedy

Zmack performs at PETA. Photo from official Zmack fb page https://www.facebook.com/zmackcomedy

‘Just roll with it’ in this sense doesn’t mean just passively going along with what happens but rather making use of it. Being able to do that as a team makes it easier and infinitely more rewarding. ZMACK based in Shanghai is a Manila Improv Fest regular by now.

Curt Mabry of Zmack (Shanghai). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Curt Mabry of Zmack (Shanghai). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Their senior member Curt Mabry talks about teamwork in this field and why they even do it in the first place, “I think because it’s collaborative. All of us in ZMACK each one of us in these groups are talented in other ways. Maybe they’re actors or singers or stand up comics but its so much more rewarding to create something as part of a team. In ZMACK we’d like to call it a family. We have that kind of atmosphere. You see it a lot in many of these teams. One plus one equals a lot more than two. You get a lot more out of working with someone than you could working on your own. The ideas you come up with by saying yes to your partner on stage can be much more amazing and astonishing than something you could create on your own. So frankly it’s just rewarding and makes us a lot happier than other forms.”

Pirates of Tokyo Bay brings the house down. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

Pirates of Tokyo Bay brings the house down. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

from left: Curt Mabry-Zmack (Shanghai), Pawel Najgebauer-PIP Show (Warsaw) & Hazel Ho-The Improv Company (Singapore). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Curt Mabry-Zmack (Shanghai), Pawel Najgebauer-PIP Show (Warsaw) & Hazel Ho-The Improv Company (Singapore). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Pawel Najgebauer of the PIP Show, hails from Poland. He describes how he and team mate Piotr Sikora work, “Me in my group we don’t rehearse we just talk a lot. Maybe that’s what happens in our improv we talk a lot in the end. But during our talks we go deeper and deeper and we find something that is common between us and we bond that is what’s exposed on stage basically. So whatever you do rehearsing the bonding part is most important. You find trust between the members of the team and that’s how the magic of improv starts. When you have that you can go wherever. Your partner on the stage will just catch you. That isn’t rehearsing.” This Polish duo showed how bonded they really are with an improvised guy on guy French kiss on stage. They were definitely a hard act to follow, talk about commitment to a scene.

The PIP Show can improvise nearly anything on stage Pawel Najgebauer & Piotr Sikora including a guy on guy kiss. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

The PIP Show can improvise nearly anything on stage Pawel Najgebauer & Piotr Sikora including a guy on guy kiss. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

Master improviser of music Pepe Manikan. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

Master improviser of music Pepe Manikan. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

Improvisation was not confined on stage. The music also has to be improvised on the fly and is provided by rock star Pepe Manikan. Pepe has gained so many fans for his inspired soundtrack not just from the audience but also from the guest performers.

from left: Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado and Christopher Coleman of People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado and Christopher Coleman of People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Gawad Buhay Awardees from left: Myke Salomon (Outstanding Sound Design), Gabriella Pangilinan, Jay Ignacio of SPIT, Erin Locsin of One and a Half Men and Pepe Herrera (Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Musical). Both Myke & Pepe earned their Gawad Buhay awards for RAK F AEGIS still running at the PETA Theater Center. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Gawad Buhay Awardees from left: Myke Salomon (Outstanding Sound Design), Gabriella Pangilinan, Jay Ignacio of SPIT, Erin Locsin of One and a Half Men and Pepe Herrera (Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Musical). Both Myke & Pepe earned their Gawad Buhay awards for RAK F AEGIS still running at the PETA Theater Center. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Participating groups include: PIP Show (Warsaw, Poland), ImproMafia (Brisbane, Australia), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo, Japan), To Be Continued, People’s Liberation Improv, 3 Dudes Improv and Lamb Ink (Hong Kong, SAR), The Improv Company (Singapore), Taichung Improv (Taichung, Taiwan), The Beijing Collective (Beijing, China), People’s Republic of Comedy and Zmack (Shanghai, China), The Philipppines have teams: Bacolod Improv Group (Bacolod), Dulaang Atenista (Cagayan de Oro), One and a Half Men, Switch Improv and SPIT (Manila).

Jeanne Lambin of Lamb INK (Hong Kong). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Jeanne Lambin of Lamb INK (Hong Kong). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

One and A Half Men with Impromafia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

One and A Half Men with Impromafia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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One of the first things you notice as an audience member is the unorthodox voice over reminders before the shows. They sound like announcements in the style of the Cultural Center of the Philippines or pre flight audio before take off. There are several versions one in Filipino, Chinese, English and the one here is in gay lingo:

The Improv Company front row from left: Annie Low, Hazel Ho, Kim Tan, Yun Qing. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

The Improv Company front row from left: Annie Low, Hazel Ho, Kim Tan, Yun Qing. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

Bonggang bonggang arrival terminal sa Manila Improv festival ang stage showcase na watch niyong all tonight ay planning planning. Needs to know and needs to have ng showcase ninyong 100% attention. Partial payment participation and pasensyang kutis mo na walay eksena for you. So carry lang ba ng lumafter na lang kayo ng lumafter. Lets get loud for full support sa improvisers pag bumibilang ganoong eksena please break break the other money forever sa showcase tonight. So kung na sesense niyong mawash na kayo ma may tumbling ka na lang sa might no step yes. May audience na watch pa rin dahil winner magpigil ng kanilang antog. Ang fumone na lumej pero mawawalay ang charge sa experience niyo dahil sa walay signal FOR EYVAHHH.

from left: Earl Bracamonte, Jasmine Cruz and Noel. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Earl Bracamonte, Jasmine Cruz and Noel. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Manila Improv Festival Director Gabe Mercado could not resist shooting a selfie. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Manila Improv Festival Director Gabe Mercado could not resist shooting a selfie. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Plus pag nagpa Kring kring Gonzalez yang phone na lumesh e di wow majijirits ang sure seatmate mesh. Kerry naman ng sure ng mga performers na ichorva yan sa ishowcase nila para mag green sok ka na lang kung ma imbierna sila sayo. Ang paglafes pag nomonomo at pagdadragon ay wiz na chetels sa theater. Pero look Kerry na Kerry magpicture picture, selfie selfie, video video, chuva chuva basta wig na kit flash Gordon blue. Kerry na ipost office sa mga items sa social media accounts niyo. Para ma site sa flow ng mga friend divas niyo. At magwatchnalet na rin sila ng ating face to festival. I-carry mo narin ang mga hashtags na #manila improvfest, #itsmorefuninthephilippines, Kerry? Kerre. Jumupa na at magpabongga. Kerihin ang showcase and

win a new friend diva.

The Beijing Collective’s Wu You shoots with her tablet. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Beijing Collective’s Wu You shoots with her tablet. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: John Gilbert Arceo of Bacolod Improv with Taichung Improv from left: Josh Myers and Dennis Dziedzic. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: John Gilbert Arceo of Bacolod Improv with Taichung Improv from left: Josh Myers and Dennis Dziedzic. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CNN Phil Reporter Patricia Fernandez and Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

CNN Phil Reporter Patricia Fernandez and Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SPIT Gals from left: Chal Lontok Del Rosario & Happy Feraren. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SPIT Gals from left: Chal Lontok Del Rosario & Happy Feraren. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The following is a small excerpt from SPIT’s opening night performance:

Ariel Diccion: I thought cheerleading was the same as doing gymnastics. So when I was a kid I thought I wanted to be a cheerleader, so I taught myself to do this (executes cartwheel).

Gabe Mercado: Gymnastics?

Ariel Diccion: Opo Tay.

Gabe Mercado: Gymnastics? Alam mo gymnastics yan gateway ng pagiging bakla.

Ariel Diccion: Tay sinabi niyo rin yan sa pagkuha ko ng Psychology.

John Gilbert Arceo of Bacolod Improv; The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

John Gilbert Arceo of Bacolod Improv; The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Center in white: Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado w DULAANG ATENISTA from left: Jethro Javier, Carlo Olorvida, JC Salan, Shauna Pilapil & Matthan Luceña. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Center in white: Mla Improv Festival dir Gabe Mercado w DULAANG ATENISTA from left: Jethro Javier, Carlo Olorvida, JC Salan, Shauna Pilapil & Matthan Luceña. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Gabe Mercado: I’m very very worried about you. You know pamilya natin pay lahi ng mga bakla.

Ariel Diccion: Kasalanan pa ba yon? Kasalanan kung si Uncle Romy bakla?

Gabe Mercado: Di lang si Uncle Romy

Ariel Diccion: Who else is gay in our family?

Gabe Mercado: Uncle Kenneth, si Aunty Miriam hindi siya. Si Aunty Miriam dating…

Missy Maramara (walks in): Yes?

Ariel Diccion: Si Uncle Mario?

Improv teams are not worthy of Mla Improv Festival Director Gabe Mercado. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Improv teams are not worthy of Mla Improv Festival Director Gabe Mercado. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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SWITCH Improv w Dulaang Atenista. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SWITCH Improv w Dulaang Atenista. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Utensils were reconfigured and put together to become space helmets and anything the imagination can come up with by set designer Leeroy New. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Utensils were reconfigured and put together to become space helmets and anything the imagination can come up with by set designer Leeroy New. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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The Improv Company improvising the direction to SG from Manilaaah. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

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from left: Kenneth Keng of SPIT with Pirates of Tokyo Bay from left: Masa Kawahata, Mike Staffa & Rob Werley. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Spiky plastic head gear by set designer Leeroy New. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

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The PIP show team from left: Antoni Syrek-Dabrowski, Pawel Najgebauer, Piotr Sikora and Helen Li. They hail from Warsaw, Poland. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The PIP show team from left: Antoni Syrek-Dabrowski, Pawel Najgebauer, Piotr Sikora and Helen Li. They hail from Warsaw, Poland. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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PR Extraordinaire Tita Toots Tolentino. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

PR Extraordinaire Tita Toots Tolentino. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SPIT from left: Happy Feraren, Aryn Cristobal, Rafael Cang & Chal Lontoc Del Rosario. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SPIT from left: Happy Feraren, Aryn Cristobal, Rafael Cang & Chal Lontoc Del Rosario. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Participating Improv teams from around the world. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Participating Improv teams from around the world. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Luke Rimmelzwaan of ImproMafia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Luke Rimmelzwaan of ImproMafia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Center: John Gilbert Arceo-Bacolod Improv, w Dulaang Atenista (Cagayan De Oro) from left: Matthan Luceña, Jethro Javier, JC Salan and Carlo Olorvida—NOT in photo is Ryan Lao. The group is from Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Zmack from left: Julien Bertrand & Curt Mabry; The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Zmack from left: Julien Bertrand & Curt Mabry; The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Kenneth Keng-SPIT, Joelle Sarrailh and Amanda Bishop-Taichung Improv. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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The Beijing Collective from left: Liz Ashforth, Dave Cooper and Jay Wang. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Beijing Collective from left: Liz Ashforth, Dave Cooper and Jay Wang. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

PIP show from left: Pawel Najgebauer & Piotr Sikora. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

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Hazel Ho and Darren Foong- The Improv Company (Singapore). The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

ZMACK musical line. Photo by filmmaker and SPIT member Jay Ignacio from his fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jay.ignacio

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Opening dance for Comedy gods by Ronnie Martinez. He also finds creative ways to scream and announce the two-minute warning to performers. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Participants of the Manila Improv fest had a blast! The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Manila Improv Fest MADNESS

‘I’m really not comfortable with this’ said Jay Wang to Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE . The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

‘I’m really not comfortable with this’ said Jay Wang to Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE . The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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The magic of live theater is the uniqueness of every single performance. That is not more evident than in improv comedy where material is created live on stage as it happens. Improv is where a team asks for a word or phrase and turns it into a skit on stage. Every single actor acts or reacts and improvises creating a story or performance as they go along. An example would be the show WHO’S LINE IS IT ANYWAY with Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. It was a hit in 2006 and has a new cast for 2015. The Manila Improv festival features some of the best teams, if not the most enthusiastic from different parts of the world.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

From Bacolod and Cagayan De Oro to Warsaw, Poland and Brisbane Australia, they gathered here to share their knowledge and make people howl with laughter. The Tropical Improv Camp was conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015. Then the madness ensues at the PETA Theater Center from July 8-12, 2015 for the 3rd International Manila Improv Festival. The mornings are actually sectioned off also for improv workshops at the PETA Theater Center during the fest.

DULAANG ATENISTA from right corner to left: JC Salan, Matthan Luceña, Shaun Pilapil, Carlo Olorvida and Jethro Javier—NOT in photo is Ryan Lao. The group is from Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

DULAANG ATENISTA from right corner to left: JC Salan, Matthan Luceña, Shaun Pilapil, Carlo Olorvida and Jethro Javier—NOT in photo is Ryan Lao. The group is from Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Impromafia

One of the biggest laughs came from Impromafia, who are much like meeting Borat’s grandparents, not just with the accents but with the off color comments that come from nowhere and everywhere. Audience participation does take on another level as they consider everyone their ‘grandchildren’ especially the ones they pull on stage. You get drawn into their world and get convinced they ARE your grandparents; it doesn’t matter if you’re from Eastern Europe or the Philippines. Lolos and Lolas can be tough, swearing, doting and yes hilarious. Of course everyone can relate to the insults and barbs between family members.

Grandsons visit Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Grandsons visit Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Impromafia from Brisbane, Australia is composed of Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan. Amy says her own grandmother who is Russian inspired her, “She may not have that exact accent but can certainly be doting.” Luke who is of Dutch descent tried his grandparents accents but sounded too much like English. So in came the Eastern European accent.

‘You liked me for me and not only for my bearish physique’ said Grandpa (Luke Rimmelzwaan) of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

‘You liked me for me and not only for my bearish physique’ said Grandpa (Luke Rimmelzwaan) of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Luke Rimmelzwaan explained how they devised their shtick, “Our theme, the one you just saw is called House from the Old Country. How that one works, Amy and I used to get drunk and we play these characters. We had a really good time doing it. There was an improv competition and lets see if we can do something with this. There’s no form to it. Our structure is two chairs, cookies and everyone else. We really rely on the audience to buy into us as being authority figures, parents or grandparents. Once you do that its jus about playing with the audience. What we’re trying to do is a show involving everyone in the audience or being involved rather than just being someone who watches. Apart from that its completely free form; two voices, its just two people, who love each other but would never tell each other ever.”

Grandsons visit Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Grandsons visit Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Dave Cooper, Jay Wang and Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Dave Cooper, Jay Wang and Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Beijing Collective

Is composed of Dave Cooper, Liz Ashforth and Jay Wang. Dave looks more like a grown up version of Dexter in Dexter’s Laboratory. It wasn’t just his improvised Austrian scientist character but more of the thick glasses, glaring eyes and wild hair. Jay Wang also has numerous accents at his disposal. Filipinos will recognize his striking resemblance to rock star Chito Miranda of PAROKYA NI EDGAR. Liz has that wild, untamed edgy look with her blonde dreadlocks which apparently works well for comedy too. They work wonderfully as a team feeding off each other’s lines and unhampered imagination.

Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Jay Wang  and Dave Cooper of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Jay Wang and Dave Cooper of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Dave Cooper was also able to talk about their process when given a key word, “When we’re given an ‘offer’ a word, there’s lots of common words that people like to say like spatula. Whatever word you get there’s always a way to take that word and find something new. If you look at our set we took ‘open gate’. And we didn’t know what to do with an open gate. What we did was what does an open gate remind us of? We stepped through and found a connection to something else. Which found a connection to Germans and sausages and sauerkraut and all sorts of crazy, crazy stuff. Our improv is very grounded in reality. We do it based on emotion and getting very sad or very happy or whatever. But today we opened the gate of the Silly People’s Improv. We got silly, we had a good time thank you.”

Dave Cooper of THE BEIJING COLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Dave Cooper of THE BEIJING COLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Rodel Mercado, Ronnie Martinez, Ann Alix, Dr. Anton Juan and Dingdong Rosales of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Rodel Mercado, Ronnie Martinez, Ann Alix, Dr. Anton Juan and Dingdong Rosales of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: John Maloney, Josh Myers, Dennis Dziedzic and Amanda Bishop of TAICHUNG IMPROV. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: John Maloney, Josh Myers, Dennis Dziedzic and Amanda Bishop of TAICHUNG IMPROV. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Taichung Improv

What do you get when you put together 3 Americans: John Maloney, Dennis Dziedzic, Amanda Bishop and one South African (Josh Myers) based in Taichung Taiwan? You get the inventive Taichung Improv. The whole group is composed of far more expats and Taiwanese citizens, but it’s this quartet that shared their love for improv games for this fest.

John Maloney and Amanda Bishop of TAICHUNG IMPROV. John pulls out a line from the bag of random lines from the audience and uses it in a dialogue. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

John Maloney and Amanda Bishop of TAICHUNG IMPROV. John pulls out a line from the bag of random lines from the audience and uses it in a dialogue. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

They distinguish themselves by adding the element of competition in their act. A profession is asked from the audience. People got to vote who they liked the least and are eliminated one by one. The hilarity comes when the remaining ‘cast’ takes up the lines and reaction of the eliminated group member. The piece ends with one actor doing/imitating all the lines and actions of all cast members in one weird, comic (and difficult) scene.

Josh Myers of TAICHUNG IMPROV. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Josh Myers of TAICHUNG IMPROV. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The group is actually from different cities in Taiwan as John Maloney explains, “This is our first show in 2 years with Amanda. Our group is spread out. Tai Chung is the home base. I live in Gao Jung about 2 hours away. How do we bond? We play. We play together. Even if we’re apart for a year we come back together and that sense of play and trust, getting out there and taking risks that’s what brings people together. So even though time and distance sometimes separate us this brings us together as a family.”

John Maloney of TAICHUNG IMPROV. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

John Maloney of TAICHUNG IMPROV. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Manila Improv Festival Director Gabe Mercado could not resist shooting a selfie. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Manila Improv Festival Director Gabe Mercado could not resist shooting a selfie. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

SPIT

Silly People’s Improv Theater is not only the most established improvisational theater in the country but in Southeast Asia. 13 years in existence they have represented the Philippines in improv festivals held in cities like L.A., Hong Kong, New York City, Chicago and Amsterdam. They are also the producers of the Manila Improv Festival.

from left: Monica Cruz and Missy Maramara of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Monica Cruz and Missy Maramara of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Is it because of the complete number of members here or their youth? But they may have the most sexually appealing casts: Missy Maramara, voluptuous Chal Lontoc Del Rosario, hunky Ariel Diccion, tall drink of water host Aryn Cristobal. For the opening they dug deep, shared their awkward adolescent and college days all from the word: cheerleader.

Ariel A. Diccion of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center.  Workshops on improv for performance and teambuilding purposes can also be attended in the mornings of the performance dates in PETA. The Tropical Improv Camp was also conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015.  Photo by Jude Bautista.

Ariel A. Diccion of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Workshops on improv for performance and teambuilding purposes can also be attended in the mornings of the performance dates in PETA. The Tropical Improv Camp was also conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Chal Lontoc Del Rosario of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Chal Lontoc Del Rosario of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

It’s only the third year for the Manila Improv Festival, but soon as the word spreads how funny and educational (from the workshops) this festival is it may become an even bigger international affair. Mike Staffa from Pirates of Tokyo Bay described the Manila Improv Fest as, “A blast and July has always been kept clear off our calendars for this event.”

from left: Masa Kawahata & Mike Staffa of PIRATES OF TOKYO BAY. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Masa Kawahata & Mike Staffa of PIRATES OF TOKYO BAY. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Aristocrat supports the Manila Improv Festival and many other theater productions such as Tanghalang Pilipino. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The Aristocrat supports the Manila Improv Festival and many other theater productions such as Tanghalang Pilipino. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Amy Currie of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Amy Currie of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Mars Callo (center) with Eastern European Grandparents Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Mars Callo (center) with Eastern European Grandparents Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Workshops on improv for performance and teambuilding purposes can also be attended in the mornings of the performance dates in PETA. The Tropical Improv Camp was also conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015.

Daily Tribune’s Earl Bracamonte strikes a pose. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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from left: Dave Cooper and Jay Wang of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Maliksi Zaragosa of SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center.  Workshops on improv for performance and teambuilding purposes can also be attended in the mornings of the performance dates in PETA. The Tropical Improv Camp was also conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015.

The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Workshops on improv for performance and teambuilding purposes can also be attended in the mornings of the performance dates in PETA. The Tropical Improv Camp was also conducted at Siliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental from July 2-5, 2015.

Amy Currie and Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia by way of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Netherlands. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Aryn Cristobal looks like a Taiwanese actress but is actually from SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Aryn Cristobal looks like a Taiwanese actress but is actually from SPIT. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Bibay Cordero of SPIT does Blue Eagle cheer. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Bibay Cordero of SPIT does Blue Eagle cheer. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Who’s (Phone) Line is it anyway? PLDT Telpad supports the Manila Improv Festival. It runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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TAICHUNG IMPROV from left: Amanda Bishop, Josh Myers, John Maloney and Dennis Dziedzic. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Jay Wang and Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Jay Wang and Liz Ashforth of THE BEIJING COLLECTIVE. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

IMPROMAFIA asked for only one volunteer and got two. “Do we need to fight?” The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

IMPROMAFIA asked for only one volunteer and got two. “Do we need to fight?” The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Photog Sanny Chua is pulled from front row by Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Photog Sanny Chua is pulled from front row by Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Papa bear takes a nap- Luke Rimmelzwaan of IMPROMAFIA from Brisbane, Australia. The 3rd International Manila Improv Festival runs from July 8-12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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