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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

from left: TV5 Digital Marketing Head Bebong Muñoz, Karylle, TV5 Pres. Noel Lorenzana, Maynilad Head for Advocacy & Mktg Patricia B. Hizon and TV5 VP Atty Rod Nepomuceno. Photo taken at Lighthouse Restaurant, 14th flr MERALCO bldg. 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

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

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

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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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

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

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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.

POSTSCRIPT:

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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Ginugunita ka Namin Julia

from left: Angeli Kanapi hugs Julia Buencamino. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Angeli Kanapi hugs Julia Buencamino. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Photos by

Jude Bautista

 

Poetry by

Maningning Miclat

Before anything else I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Buencamino family for the loss of their daughter, sister Julia who passed away last July 7, 2015. Julia is herself an actress in ABS CBN’s Oh My G! An outpouring of love and support has been shown from the cast and fans online.

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and MANINGNING MICLAT FOUNDATION Exec Dir. Alma Cruz Miclat. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and MANINGNING MICLAT FOUNDATION Exec Dir. Alma Cruz Miclat. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

I was able to photograph her along with parents Nonie & Shamaine Buencamino last May 30, 2015. It was for the Ginugunita Kita concert where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. The family came out in support of Delphine Beuncamino who performed a dance accompaniment to one of the poems. The photos here are from that night. Maningning Miclat’s poems: Ginigunita Kita and Ginugunita Kita #2 are fitting farewell, included here.

Banaue Miclat-Janssen read the poetry of her sister Manining. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Banaue Miclat-Janssen read the poetry of her sister Manining. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

GINUGUNITA KITA

ni Maningning Miclat

Marikit na tala ang tanglaw sa dilim,

Sa halimuyak ng matamis na hangin,

Sa gubat ng gabi ay hinihintay ko,

Mga kislap ng nilimot na pangako.

Al Gatmaitan provided vocals with Banaue Miclat-Janssen. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan provided vocals with Banaue Miclat-Janssen. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Habang may hapdi ang sugat ng kahapon,

Di maalpasan ang diwang nakakahon,

Inaawit ang kundiman ng pagsinta

Sa dalamhati ng pusong umaasa.

Ginuguni-gunita kita,

Binubuo sa alaala.

Pinapanga-pangarap ka,

Inuukit sa haraya.

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and Mgr Ricky Gallardo. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Nonie, Shamaine and Mgr Ricky Gallardo. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

GINUGUNITA KITA #2

ni Maningning Miclat

Marikit na tala ang tanglaw sa dilim,

Sa halimuyak ng matamis na hangin,

Sa gubat ng gabi ay hinihintay ko,

Mga kislap ng nilimot na pangako.

Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation on the piano is composer Jesse Lucas. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation on the piano is composer Jesse Lucas. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Habang may hapdi ang sugat ng kahapon,

Di maalpasan ang diwang nakakahon,

Inaawit ang kundiman ng pagsinta

Sa dalamhati ng pusong umaasa.

Ginuguni-gunita kita,

Binubuo sa alaala.

Pinapanga-pangarap ka,

Inuukit sa haraya.

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Delphine Buencamino provided a dance interpretation (right) Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Behind them is cellist Patrick Espanto. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Gerson Abesamis, Nonie, Delphine & Shamaine. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buencaminos from right: Julia, Gerson Abesamis, Nonie, Delphine & Shamaine. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Mario Hernando and Concert Director Roeder Camañag. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Julia Buencamino, Angeli Kanapi, Rome and Jing Jorge. GINUGUNITA KITA was a concert last May 20, 2015 where composer Jesse Lucas set the poetry of Maningning Miclat to music. Photo by Jude Bautista

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World Premieres Film Festival Philippines Awards 2015

from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN), Ana Murugarren (THREE LIES), FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Producer Joaquin Trincado (THREE LIES), Actor Rio Dewanto, Angga Dwimas Sasongko (FILOSOFI KOPI) & Russian Emb representative for Alexander Melnik (THE TERRITORY). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN), Ana Murugarren (THREE LIES), FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Producer Joaquin Trincado (THREE LIES), Actor Rio Dewanto, Angga Dwimas Sasongko (FILOSOFI KOPI) & Russian Emb representative for Alexander Melnik (THE TERRITORY). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Photos by

Jude Bautista

from right: Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral & Leading man RK Bagatsing. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral & Leading man RK Bagatsing. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition

Grand Festival Prize

THREE LIES

Spain (directed by Ana Murugarren)

Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grand Jury Prize

CRIMEAN

Turkey (directed by Burak Cem Arliel)

Main Competition Grand Jury Prizewinner Burak Cem Arliel – CRIMEAN (Turkey). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Grand Jury Prizewinner Burak Cem Arliel – CRIMEAN (Turkey). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Special Jury Prize

END OF LOVE

Taiwan (directed by Hsu Li-Da)

from left: Taiwan Representative to the Phil Dr. Gary Song Huann Lin, Main Competition Spl Jury Prize winner END OF LOVE Director Hsu Li Da and FDCP Proj. Coordinator Quintin Cu-Unjieng. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Taiwan Representative to the Phil Dr. Gary Song Huann Lin, Main Competition Spl Jury Prize winner END OF LOVE Director Hsu Li Da and FDCP Proj. Coordinator Quintin Cu-Unjieng. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Best Actor Murat Yildrim (Sadik) of CRIMEAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

Main Competition Best Actor Murat Yildrim (Sadik) of CRIMEAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

Best Actor

Murat Yildrim CRIMEAN

Turkey (directed by Burak Cem Arliel)

Main Competition Best Actress Nora Nava of THREE LIES – Spain. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Main Competition Best Actress Nora Nava of THREE LIES – Spain. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Best Actress

Nora Navas THREE LIES

Spain (directed by Ana Murugarren)

3rd from left: Indonesian Amb. Johny J. Lumintang with Main Competition Best Ensemble Performance winner FILOSOFI KOPI from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono, Cast Jajang C. Noer, Rio Dewanto, director Angga Dwimas Sasongko and Achipelago Intl. Film Festival Director John Badalu. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

3rd from left: Indonesian Amb. Johny J. Lumintang with Main Competition Best Ensemble Performance winner FILOSOFI KOPI from left: Producer Handoko Hendroyono, Cast Jajang C. Noer, Rio Dewanto, director Angga Dwimas Sasongko and Achipelago Intl. Film Festival Director John Badalu. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Ensemble Performance

FILOSOFI KOPI

Indonesia (directed by Angga Dwimas Sasongko;

actors: Chicco Jerikho, Rio Dewanto, Julie Estelle, Slamet Rahardjo,

Jajang Noer and Otig Pakis).

THE TERRITORY won Main Competition Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

THE TERRITORY won Main Competition Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography)

THE TERRITORY

Russia (Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin)

Main Competition Technical Grand Prize winner Remy Van Heugten- SON OF MINE (Netherlands). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Technical Grand Prize winner Remy Van Heugten- SON OF MINE (Netherlands). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Technical Grand Prize

SON OF MINE

Netherlands (directed by Remy Van Heugten)

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN Team from left: Alvin Yapan, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, Male lead RK Bagatsing, Producer Alemberg Ang & FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN Team from left: Alvin Yapan, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, Male lead RK Bagatsing, Producer Alemberg Ang & FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema

Best Picture 1st Prize

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

Directed by Alvin Yapan

PIRING Team from left: Terence Velarde, Hiyas Dolor, Carlos Morales, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Ms Earth 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes, Krista Miller and Gene Padilla. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

PIRING Team from left: Terence Velarde, Hiyas Dolor, Carlos Morales, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Ms Earth 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes, Krista Miller and Gene Padilla. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Picture 2nd Prize

PIRING

Directed by Carlos Morales

from right: Main Competition Grand Jury Prize winner CRIMEAN director Burak Cem Arliel, Filipino New Cinema Best Actor Ruben Maria Soriquez OF SINNERS AND SAINTS & CRIMEAN Line Producer Neslihan Arliel. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Main Competition Grand Jury Prize winner CRIMEAN director Burak Cem Arliel, Filipino New Cinema Best Actor Ruben Maria Soriquez OF SINNERS AND SAINTS & CRIMEAN Line Producer Neslihan Arliel. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Actor

Ruben Maria Soriquez OF SINNERS AND SAINTS

Ravishing Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ravishing Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Actress

Mercedes Cabral AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

PIRING team from left: Carlos Morales, Krista Miller, Vice Gov Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves and Gene Padilla. PIRING won Best Screenplay & 2nd Best Film in the Filipino New Cinema category. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

PIRING team from left: Carlos Morales, Krista Miller, Vice Gov Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves and Gene Padilla. PIRING won Best Screenplay & 2nd Best Film in the Filipino New Cinema category. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actor

Rocky Salumbides PIRING

Filipino New Cinema Best Supporting Actress Giselle Sanchez (FILEMON MAMON). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Supporting Actress Giselle Sanchez (FILEMON MAMON). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Supporting Actress

Giselle Sanchez FILEMON MAMON

Filipino New Cinema Best Screenplay winner Carlos Morales – PIRING. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Screenplay winner Carlos Morales – PIRING. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Screenplay

PIRING

Carlos Morales

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Prod Mgr Oskie Nuñez, Line Prod Andrea Fe Quizon, Dir. Alvin Yapan, Fil New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Prod Mgr Oskie Nuñez, Line Prod Andrea Fe Quizon, Dir. Alvin Yapan, Fil New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Cinematography

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

Ronald Rebotica

Filipino New Cinema Best Editing awardee Benjamin Tolentino AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Editing awardee Benjamin Tolentino AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Editing

AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN

Benjamin Tolentino

from left: FILEMON MAMON director Will Fredo receives Filipino New Cinema Best Musical Score award from juror Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FILEMON MAMON director Will Fredo receives Filipino New Cinema Best Musical Score award from juror Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Musical Score

FILEMON MAMON

Sherwin Castillo

Filipino New Cinema Best Sound winner Bryan Dumaguina ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Best Sound winner Bryan Dumaguina ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Sound

ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA

Bryan Dumaguina

from left: Bryan Dumaguina (ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA), Alvin Yapan (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN), Ruben Maria Soriquez (OF SINNERS AND SAINTS) & Benjamin Tolentino editor (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bryan Dumaguina (ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA), Alvin Yapan (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN), Ruben Maria Soriquez (OF SINNERS AND SAINTS) & Benjamin Tolentino editor (AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Production Design

OF SINNERS AND SAINTS

Gerardo Calagui

MASKARA stars from left: Lance Raymundo, Ina Feleo and Singer / actress Ana Feleo. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

MASKARA stars from left: Lance Raymundo, Ina Feleo and Singer / actress Ana Feleo. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Intercontinental co awardee NAKED ISLAND Directed by Tiha K. Gudac – Croatia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Intercontinental co awardee NAKED ISLAND Directed by Tiha K. Gudac – Croatia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

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Intercontinental Award (2 Winners)

NAKED ISLAND

Croatia (Directed by Tiha K. Gudac)

LAST EXECUTIONER

Thailand (Directed by Tom Waller)

Intercontinental co awardee THE LAST EXECUTIONER Directed by Tom Waller – Thailand. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Intercontinental co awardee THE LAST EXECUTIONER Directed by Tom Waller – Thailand. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

In photo Gonzalo & Rosa of CINEVERDE Awardee SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD Directed by Gunter Schwaiger - Spain/ Austria. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

In photo Gonzalo & Rosa of CINEVERDE Awardee SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD Directed by Gunter Schwaiger – Spain/ Austria. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Cineverde Award

SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD

Spain/ Austria (Directed by Gunter Schwaiger),

from left: Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Will Fredo (FILEMON MAMON), Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN)  & Eurasia Intl Director Serik Zhubandykov. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Remy Van Heugten (SON OF MINE), Will Fredo (FILEMON MAMON), Producer Handoko Hendroyono (FILOSOFI KOPI), Hsu Li Da (END OF LOVE), Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN) & Eurasia Intl Director Serik Zhubandykov. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cineverde Jurors

Raymond Red – Palm D’Or winner, Feature filmmaker, Advertising & TVC director

Rolando Tolentino- Manunuri Ng Pelikulang Pilipino member,

Dean College of Mass Communications U.P

Intercontinental Award Jurors from left: Philip Cu-Unjieng, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, George David. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Intercontinental Award Jurors from left: Philip Cu-Unjieng, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, George David. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Intercontinental Award Jurors

Philip Cu-Unjieng – Exec Editor People Asia, Film & Entertainment Critic

Kara Magsanoc Alikpala – Broadcaster, producer, I Can Serve Foundation founder

George David – Pres. Film Commissioners Intl.

PIRING team from left: Terence Velarde, Carlos Morales, Hiyas Dolor, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Teri Onor, Jurors Han-Na Lee and HKIFF Dir. Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

PIRING team from left: Terence Velarde, Carlos Morales, Hiyas Dolor, Oriental Mindoro Vice Gov. Bonz Dolor, Yussef Esteves, Teri Onor, Jurors Han-Na Lee and HKIFF Dir. Roger Garcia. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filipino New Cinema Jurors

Roger Garcia – Executive Director Hong Kong International Film Festival

Han-na Lee – Korean Film Commission member, Film producer

Christian Merer – former French Cultural Attaché to the Phil , Dir of Alliance Francaise Bangkok

2nd from left Main Comp Grand Jury Prize winner Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN) with jurors from left: Ahmet Boyacioglu, Serik Zhubandykov & Chris Fujiwara. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from left Main Comp Grand Jury Prize winner Burak Cem Arliel (CRIMEAN) with jurors from left: Ahmet Boyacioglu, Serik Zhubandykov & Chris Fujiwara. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition

Chris Fujiwara – Independent Film Critic and Programmer

Serik Zhubandykov – Eurasia International Film Festival Director, Kazakhstan,

Ahmet Boyacioglu- Film on Wheels, Festival Programmer, Director and Producer

The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines.

Link to Main competition jurors / Intl Film Expo

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HAND IN GLOVE team from right: director Yusuke Inaba, Emiko Izawa and Producer Tomohiko Suzuki. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

HAND IN GLOVE team from right: director Yusuke Inaba, Emiko Izawa and Producer Tomohiko Suzuki. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner director Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Competition Grand Festival Prize winner director Ana Murugarren & Producer Joaquin Trincado- THREE LIES (Spain). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA Team. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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THE TERRITORY won Main Competition - Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

THE TERRITORY won Main Competition – Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) Directed by Alexander Melnik, cinematography by Igor Grinyakin- Russia. The World Premieres Film Festival features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. (Contributed photo)

Main Comp. Spl Jury Prize winner Hsu Li-Da – END OF LOVE (Taiwan). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Main Comp. Spl Jury Prize winner Hsu Li-Da – END OF LOVE (Taiwan). The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Filipino New Cinema Best Musical score- FILEMON MAMON Will Fredo & Best Actress Mercedes Cabral AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN team from left: Producer Alemberg Ang, Filipino New Cinema Best Actress Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing, Dir. Alvin Yapan and Fil New Cinema Best Editor Benjamin Tolentino. The World Premieres Film Festival Phil features 70 films from over 35 countries along with the Filipino New Cinema competition. It is currently the most prestigious international film fest in the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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A Heartwarming Tale of Samurai Cooking

from left: Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) & Aya Ueto (Haru). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) & Aya Ueto (Haru). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

My Delicate, My Vixen,

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Haru (Aya Ueto) turned down the proposal a second time feeling she is not worthy because of her failed marriage: “They say I am impertinent neither meek nor gentle.” Dennai (Toshiyuki Nishida), “If you are neither meek nor gentle my son needs a wife with spirit and life.” He goes down on his knees and begs her to marry him.

from left: Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki), Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki), Aya Ueto (Haru) and Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki), Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki), Aya Ueto (Haru) and Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

The dialogue above is from A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY. The Japanese title is Warrior’s Menu (Bushi no Kondate). This Japanese film is part of the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015. The festival features some of the biggest hits of Japanese cinema such as IT’S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE IRODORI, WOOD JOB and feature film based on the manga bestseller: PARASYTE.

from right: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson, PR guru Joy L. Buensalido and Japan Foundation Prog officer. Mutsuko Ikeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Renowned Japanese Filmmaker Yuya Ishii of OUR FAMILY will be at the opening night on July 9 and will conduct talks on 3pm July 10 in Lopez Center Studio ADMU and 430pm July 11, 2015 at Shang Cineplex.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY.  The Japanese title is Warrior's Menu (Bushi no Kondate).

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY. The Japanese title is Warrior’s Menu (Bushi no Kondate). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY is a compelling saga of Samurai culture through cuisine. The story written by Michio Kashiwada, Yukiko Yamamuro, and writer/director for this film Yuzo Asahara is unique in revealing that samurai spirit is not only about warfare or violence but also of honor and peace. Through every meal there’s a message of peace between the people who prepare and partake of it. Ingredients gathered from the remotest places like mountainous areas to the coastline are used to symbolize the harmony of the kingdoms.

Ingredients from all over the domain were gathered for the huge banquet. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Ingredients from all over the domain were gathered for the huge banquet. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

The film also goes against the grain of the stereotypical submissive Japanese wife. Haru is the central character and often displays common sense and reason greater than her husband Yasonobu (Kengo Kora).

This preparation was a gift from Haru to Lady Shinnoyin. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

This preparation was a gift from Haru to Lady Shinnoyin. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Synopsis

Unless you’re intimately familiar with the Edo period in Japanese history, some dialogue and background information in the film would be helpful in appreciating the film better.

Samurai class of chefs. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Samurai class of chefs. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

The Funaki clan is part of the Samurai class, which serves the Lords as chef. This is a double purpose, not only are they supposed to be skilled in cooking but is also a security measure. Those were chaotic times with upheavals and power struggles within royal clans. Assassination attempts include poisoning apart from deadly armed assault.

Toshiyuki Nishida as Master Chef Dennai presents a special dish to the Lord of the domain. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Toshiyuki Nishida as Master Chef Dennai presents a special dish to the Lord of the domain. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Dennai Funaki (Toshiyuki Nishida) is the master chef of the Funaki clan. Haru’s knowledgeable palate and deep understanding of Japanese cuisine amazed him. He was hoping that her own passion for cooking would be able to guide and rub off on his son Yasonobu (Kengo Kora). Dennai’s eldest son had died of plague, who was supposed to be the heir to his Master chef post.

left: Aya Ueto (Haru) instructs Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) in washing rice. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

left: Aya Ueto (Haru) instructs Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) in washing rice. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Second son Yasonobu had dedicated his life to Kenjutsu (swordsmanship) roughly translated in the subtitles as fencing. He sees cooking as a task for ‘women and children’. Dennai was hoping that through his marriage with Haru, Yasonobu would develop a genuine love for cooking. In one scene Dennai asks Yasonobu, “Waving a sword and shedding blood, is that all a samurai can do?”

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) cares more for swordsmanship than cooking. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) cares more for swordsmanship than cooking. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Toshiyuki Nishida (Denai) asks Aya Ueto (Haru) about a rare vegetable. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Toshiyuki Nishida (Denai) asks Aya Ueto (Haru) about a rare vegetable. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Nishida & Iron Chef’s Chairman Kaga

Samurai chef Dennai played by Toshiyuki Nishida is a 2-time Japan Academy Award winner with dozens of film titles to his credit. One of his most powerful performances was REUNION as a funeral director who dealt with the 2011 earthquake in the city of Kamaishi. REUNION was part of the Eiga Sai film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang rila Plaza. Watch out for the line up of this fest in a week or so, which allows viewers to watch some of the best Japanese films for free. Here, Nishida is the sage chef that trying to impart his knowledge to an unwilling son.

Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki) & wife Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki) & wife Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

International audiences will be delighted with the casting of Takeshi Kaga known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in (the original) IRON CHEF. For those who may not know it Takeshi Kaga is one of the more distinguished actors in Japan having lengthy roles not just in film but in theater namely musicals. You have to look closely as you may miss Kaga underneath the Samurai hair and costume. The film has banked on his fictional identity as a gourmet. He is cast here as powerful Lord Naomi Maeda who has taken over the domain that Dennai serves.

Takeshi Kaga is known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in Iron Chef. He is cast here as Lord Maeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Takeshi Kaga is known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in Iron Chef. He is cast here as Lord Maeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) is able to melt hearts and stand her ground as well. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) is able to melt hearts and stand her ground as well. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto

Haru Funaki as the central character had to be cast with someone who is obviously attractive to melt the hearts of audiences. She also had to be able to hold her own in a male dominated society, at least with her husband and role in her family.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Japanese superstar Aya Ueto more than fulfills this demanding role. She does have that endearing quality and being her own woman, even in real life. Ueto has won several New Comer awards when she debuted as a film star a few years back. She actually started out as a singer early in her career. Filipinos may see a strong parallelism with our own Sarah Geronimo who was an accomplished singer first and then successfully has a film career. Sarah has endorsed huge brands such as Rexona from Unilever alone. Sarah was rumored to endorse Cream Silk (also from Unilever) but turned out to be Anne Curtis. Ueto has been proclaimed as Japan’s Commercial Queen for 5 different years. She’s statistically the most popularly used image for TVCs, billboards and print ads in Japan.

Aya Ueto & Sarah Geronimo both rose to fame, as a singer first then became a movie star. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto & Sarah Geronimo both rose to fame, as a singer first then became a movie star. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Her husband Yasonobu (in the film) called Haru a ‘Vixen’ out of spite. She wouldn’t hesitate to disagree with him and often even go so far as to disobey his wishes. For this he would call her Vixen to connote cunning. In Japanese mythology foxes take the shape of women to seduce men and sometimes marry them and have children with magical powers.

Wedding ceremony from left: Aya Ueto (Haru)  & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch this and many more films for free at the Eigai Sai Japanese Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Wedding ceremony from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch this and many more films for free at the Eigai Sai Japanese Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Freshness especially in seafood is highly prized in Japanese cuisine. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Freshness especially in seafood is highly prized in Japanese cuisine. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

left: Yui Natsukawa as Lady Shinnoyin. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Aya Ueto (Haru) prepares fish for sashimi. The proper slicing of fish affects the taste and brings out the best flavors of the fish. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) prepares fish for sashimi. The proper slicing of fish affects the taste and brings out the best flavors of the fish. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) demonstrates master chef techniques. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Aya Ueto (Haru) was supposed to be a privileged position of samurai’s wife but insisted on doing kitchen work. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) was supposed to be a privileged position of samurai’s wife but insisted on doing kitchen work. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

One of the prepared courses in the banquet. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Samurai had to hurdle tests before they can prove themselves worthy of cooking for their Lords. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Samurai had to hurdle tests before they can prove themselves worthy of cooking for their Lords. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Riko Narumi (Sayo Imai). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

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Aya Ueto (Haru) was supposed to be a privileged position of samurai’s wife but insisted on doing kitchen work. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

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Funaki Kitchen. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Funaki Kitchen. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Remembering Junix Inocian

Junix Inocian as Gabriel John Utterson in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Junix Inocian as Gabriel John Utterson in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

We are all still in shock with the news of the death of Filipino theater stalwart Junix Inocian. PDI Lifestyle broke the clearer news of a possible cardiac arrest and the circumstances of how his body was discovered in his flat last Friday, June 12, 2015.

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) , Jack Salud (Simon Stride) and Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) , Jack Salud (Simon Stride) and Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

Junix shot to fame as the original cast of Miss Saigon in 1989 but has had countless theater and film roles in London and even Hollywood. His last film role was in MORTDECAI with Johnny Depp released January of this year. I can still remember him as the wide-eyed Kuya Mario in BATIBOT, children’s show. BATIBOT has since been revived by TV5 with new characters and is still one of the leading children’s shows that promote Filipino language and culture.

from left: The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The PDI article cited a facebook post by widow Luna Griño-Inocian confirming the loss. Incidentally, I was able to photograph her Thursday night June 11 before the news broke out .The event where I shot her was  the 7th Gawad Buhay awards show—the Philippine equivalent of the Tony’s. Luna is herself a playwright/screenwriter.

from right: Jingay Kaimo, Luna Griño-Inocian, Ana Sta Maria, Santi Sta Maria, Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora and Raul Montesa. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Jingay Kaimo, Luna Griño-Inocian, Ana Sta Maria, Santi Sta Maria, Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora and Raul Montesa. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The timing of his death was in a way auspicious. It was when we here in the Philippines were celebrating theater’s best talents via the Gawad Buhay awards just a day before the news spread online. Inocian himself loved Philippine theater having countless shows with Repertory Philippines.

They gang up on The Dawn front man Jett Pangan (center) as Dr. Jekyll from right: Red Nuestro (Bishop of Basingstoke), Jamie Inocian (Sir Archibald Proops) , Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) and Reuben Uy (Lord Savage). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

They gang up on The Dawn front man Jett Pangan (center) as Dr. Jekyll from right: Red Nuestro (Bishop of Basingstoke), Jamie Inocian (Sir Archibald Proops)
, Oliver Usison (General Lord Glossop /Minister) and Reuben Uy (Lord Savage). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

In spite of having a thriving acting career abroad he was able to demonstrate his love for his roots when he came back here 2012. I was fortunate enough to photograph Junix during his return to stage here in Manila for Jekyll & Hyde in 2012. Most of the photos here are from that musical. The lead star of the musical Jett Pangan was almost in awe of the dozens of plays and musicals of Inocian’s work in Repertory Philippines alone.

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the title role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the title role with Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn vocalist and esteemed theater actor Jett Pangan was in the lead role of Jekyll & Hyde along with Michael Stuart WIlliams. Jett described his experience, “Junix Inocian was an absolute ball to work with. He loved cracking jokes offstage but very professional once the work starts. He knew how to lighten everyone’s load. His acting. Never over the top but got his character across, a true icon.”

from left: Michael Williams as Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde, direk Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyderan from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Michael Williams as Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde, direk Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyderan from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The director of ‘Jekyll’ Menchu Lauchengco Yulo was very proud to have him as part of the cast then. Menchu has since moved on from that post to Artistic Director in Resort’s World Manila. She also plays Madre De Dios, leader of super heroes in the grand musical KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADIG LADY. After receiving rave reviews it will have a second run in July at On Stage Greenbelt.

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) and Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) and Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

I asked her to give her thoughts and fondest memories of Junix, “My fondest memory of JUNIX is his ability to make me laugh. We started in Repertory at the same time. 1978 A Fiddler On The Roof. When I started being given supporting and lead roles, I use to be very nervous… JUNIX saw that and would always find ways to relax me. I love him for that. So naturally when I heard he was gonna be in town for Jekyll &Hyde I offered him a role immediately. It was a dream come true to direct him and he was so proud of how far I had come; from very insecure and shy performer to actress and director and then associate artistic director for Repertory.”

from right: RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Outstanding Choreography nominee) Nancy Crowe, TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef and Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Outstanding Choreography nominee) Nancy Crowe, TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef and Gawad Buhay Manging Dir Audie Gemora. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Menchu on Junix contribution to Philippine theater: “If I am not mistaken, he was the first Filipino engineer to take over from Jonathan Price. And he crossed over to playing Deuteronomy in Cats in the West End. He has done lots of work for the BBC and a series of movies in London. He has shown the world what true Filipino talent is, and has opened the door to many other Filipino theater actors.”

Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Michael Williams (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 17, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Michael Williams (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 17, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Michael Stuart Williams is also one of the premiere names in Philippine theater. His most recent role is Mitzi in Resort’s World Manila’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The adaptation produced by Full House garnered 3 major awards: Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Musical (Bituin Escalante), Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical (Red Concepcion) and Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical. Williams is also co- Artistic Director in Resort’s World Manila.

RWM Grp: from right: Nominee (Outstanding Costume) Edgar San Diego, (Outstanding Choreography) Nancy Crowe, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, (Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical) RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Female Featured Perf. In a Musical awardee) Bituin Escalante and Ultimate Production Mng Dir. Christine Manalang. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Grp: from right: Nominee (Outstanding Costume) Edgar San Diego, (Outstanding Choreography) Nancy Crowe, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, (Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical) RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, (Female Featured Perf. In a Musical awardee) Bituin Escalante and Ultimate Production Mng Dir. Christine Manalang. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Williams and Junix have also worked together in Repertory Philippines: “Junix was always the jokester. There was never a dull moment with him around. This is not to say that he never took any of the work seriously. In fact, he was the go to guy if you wanted someone to thresh out a scene with. He always had a ready smile and a gag to lighten your day. It was like old times. You see, I was very young when I started and Junix had already been in Rep for a while. Then there was our stint in London for Miss Saigon. So having him back working on stage with me in Rep was like a coming home of sorts.

RWM group from right: Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical Red Concepcion, Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Jon Santos, RWM Artistic Dir Michael Stewart Williams & RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM group from right: Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical Red Concepcion, Outstanding Prod. of Existing Material for a Musical RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Jon Santos, RWM Artistic Dir Michael Stewart Williams & RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Hans Eckstein (Bisset)  and Cara Barredo (Swing). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Hans Eckstein (Bisset)
and Cara Barredo (Swing). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Williams adds that Junix had that charisma that directors like Bibot Amador and even Cameron Mackintosh needed, “Junix went against all the stereotypes. He was not conventionally handsome or super buff or anything like that and yet he would get great roles in Rep purely on his acting chops. That is to say he was handsome but not in a conventional way (like the Richard Gomez or Piolo Pascual leading men of today). His was more substance than style. Bibot knew she could count on him to deliver and he always did. And of course this was recognized by Cameron in London. I think that this is his contribution. He was consistently good and for all those who came after him, he was a shining example of dedication to one’s craft.”

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris) , Jett Pangan (Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris)
, Jett Pangan (Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde) and Cris Villonco (Emma Carew). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ from left: (Female lead Perf. Classical Dance) Denise Parungao, Dennis Marasigan (La Revolucion Filipina Librettist), BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, and (Male lead Perf. Classical Dance) Earl John Arisola. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ from left: (Female lead Perf. Classical Dance) Denise Parungao, Dennis Marasigan (La Revolucion Filipina Librettist), BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, and (Male lead Perf. Classical Dance) Earl John Arisola. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Theater actor, playwright and film director Dennis Marasigan posted this on his fb page: “The world is sadder with the passing of Junix Inocian, a true man of the theater — an actor and a technical theater person. I first met him in Dumaguete when he was still a Technical Director at the Luce Auditorium, then in Repertory Philippines where his performances in Pirates of Penzance and Fiddler on the Roof, among many others, were imprinted in my memory.”

from right: Actor/ Playwright/ director Dennis Marasigan, PR guru Toots Tolentino and Kalila Aguilos of Rak f Aegis. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Actor/ Playwright/ director Dennis Marasigan, PR guru Toots Tolentino and Kalila Aguilos of Rak f Aegis. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis Marasigangoes on, “When I was in London during the Miss Saigon days, I became his guest at one of the performances when he played the Engineer, touring me backstage before the show, and even driving me home after. He always seemed to have fun in whatever role he was doing, whether it was the lead or chorus. His greatest contribution would probably his body of work, which was always excellent, yet it never seemed to get into his head or his personality. Words will not suffice to express the grief I know I share with those who know him, more so for those who consider him family. Condolences to his loved ones, and may his soul find eternal rest.”

from left: Liza Infante Robinson ( Ensemble), Teenee Chan (Ensemble), Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield) and Natalie Everett (Ensemble) –Choreorgrapher in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Liza Infante Robinson ( Ensemble), Teenee Chan (Ensemble), Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield) and Natalie Everett (Ensemble) –Choreorgrapher in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: KPNLL Musical Dir./composer Vincent De Jesus, Robbie Zialcita, Alessa Zialcita, Cara Barredo & Raul Montesa. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan is an accomplished actor with the lead role in  Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Natalie Everett (Ensemble) –Choreorgrapher, Liza Infante Robinson (Ensemble), Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris), Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield), Cara Barredo (Swing) and Teenee Chan (Ensemble). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Natalie Everett (Ensemble) –Choreorgrapher, Liza Infante Robinson (Ensemble), Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris), Mayen Bustamante-Cadd (Lady Beaconsfield), Cara Barredo (Swing) and Teenee Chan (Ensemble). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson), Michael Williams (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde), Jett Pangan (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde), Cris Villonco (Emma Carew) and Kalila Aguilos ( Lucy Harris). Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco was Emma Carew in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Cris Villonco is also in BITUING WALANG NINGNING at Resorts World Manila opening on June 18, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: TV Patrol cameraman Ricky Bautista, Actor/ Playwright/ director Dennis Marasigan, PR guru Toots Tolentino and Mario Dumawal. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Dawn front man Jett Pangan is an accomplished actor with the lead role in  Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan is an accomplished actor with the lead role in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn gives full support for Jett from left: bassist Buddy Zabala, Beth Pangan, guitarist Kenneth Ilagan, Jett Pangan and drummer Junboy Leonor. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran until April 22, 2012 at On Stage Greenbelt. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn gives full support for Jett from left: bassist Buddy Zabala, Beth Pangan, guitarist Kenneth Ilagan, Jett Pangan and drummer Junboy Leonor. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. It ran until April 22, 2012 at On Stage Greenbelt. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn front man Jett Pangan as the lead role with Kalila Aguilos as the seductive Lucy Harris. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Presenter Sandino Martin & Pepe Herrera- Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Musical for PETA’s RAK OF AEGIS. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Presenter Sandino Martin & Pepe Herrera- Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Musical for PETA’s RAK OF AEGIS. The 7th PHILSTAGE GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS NIGHT was held at the CCP Little Theater last June 11, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cara Barredo (Swing) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” which ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cara Barredo (Swing) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” which ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris) and Director Menchu Lauchengco Yulo. Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde” ran from March 16-April 15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Michael Williams (Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde) and Junix Inocian (Gabriel John Utterson) in Repertory Phil.’s “Jekyll & Hyde”. Photo by Jude Bautista

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