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Arnold Reyes is ON FIRE!

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista
Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente): No puede aqui. Hindi ko magagawa ang iyo na kagustohan. Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita): Bakit hindi? Señor Vicente: Dahil napaka dali ng gusto mo na gawin ko. Kahit na sinong hombre na may libog ay kayang gawin ang misyon na yan! Ilan taon na ba si Cecilia he? Quince! Walang ka hirap hirap na susuko yan sa unang lalaki na magbibigay sa kanya ng mapupulang rosas! At sinisiguro ko sayo na hindi ko pa na bababa ang aking calzoncillo hihilata na yan sa aking kama!

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

The accent is Spanish speaking Filipino, in the 19th century, never mind that historically the bourgeoisie at the time didn’t really speak that way. Tagalog was in no way a basis for the national language until Pres. Manuel L. Quezon came along, that’s why he has the title ‘Ama Ng Wikang Pilipino’. Both characters, Señora Margarita and Señor Vicente didn’t even consider themselves Filipino—with references of going home to Madre España.

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Lighting Designer John Batalla, Adrienne, Dramaturg Giselle Garcia, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Elmer, Sheenly Gener, Sound Designer Jed Balsamo, Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Lighting Designer John Batalla, Adrienne, Dramaturg Giselle Garcia, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Elmer, Sheenly Gener, Sound Designer Jed Balsamo, Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & TP Artistic Dir Nanding Josef. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

We get it historical accuracy had to be compromised with communicating to today’s audience. Playwright Elmer Gatchalian’s dialogue succesfully walked that fine line between being true to the characters / their era and being understood by viewers. Just as he did with ROSARIO in the MMFF, which was also, a period piece, an homage to Manuel V. Pangilinan’s family matriarch. JUEGO was thoroughly researched, with Gatchalian consulting with the likes of Dr Nick Tiongson (Prof Emeritus U.P. Film Institute and former Dean of College of Mass Communication U.P.). Elmer currently works as Creative Consultant for TV5 and helped develop shows like: BABAENG HAMPAS LUPA, FACE TO FACE, SA NGALAN NG INA, PINOY EXPLORER and POSI+IVE.

from left: Noel Ferrer, Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian, Natl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Dr Nick Tiongson and JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Noel Ferrer, Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian, Natl Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, Director & Set Desgner Tuxqs Rutaquio, Dr Nick Tiongson and JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Going beyond the dialogue lies the real power of the performer. For me, even if one reads the line above from the ultimate lover Señor Vicente its not a spoiler. It’s not one tenth as moving or powerful versus the delivery of Arnold Reyes. He convinces us, he becomes the Don Juan, the unfailing charmer and romancer of hundreds of women.

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tanghalang Pilipino’s JUEGO DE PELIGRO had a successful run at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For the hundreds of people who saw it, laughed, was moved and charmed, many more can watch it IF we raise enough clamor for a second run. Somehow I don’t doubt that people who already saw it WILL do so because it is THAT good.

TV5 beauties from left: Malak So Shdifat & Eula Caballero with Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 beauties from left: Malak So Shdifat & Eula Caballero with Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

A lot of it rests on the lead star Arnold Reyes, this article is only following the dozens already written in praise of this young actor’s actor. Just to give an idea of his versatility his film role immediately before JUEGO was for Cinemalaya, which undoubtedly had the most torrid gay love scene with Oliver Aquino (KASAL) in the fests history.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Angel Aquino, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Iza Calzado & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Angel Aquino, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Iza Calzado & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

KASAL is the story about the contrasting acceptance between the families of a gay couple. Oliver as Paolo had a more modern and open-minded family while it was Arnold’s (as Sherwin) who was more conservative. Directed by Jay Altarejos it won Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Mycko David), Best Production Design (Harley Alcasid) and Best Musical Direction (Richard Gonzales) in the Director’s Showcase category.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Angel Aquino & Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Costume Designer James Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Angel Aquino & Playwright/Filipino Adaptation Elmer Gatchalian. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

There was no doubt in people’s minds that Arnold Reyes and Oliver Aquino’s performance in KASAL was excuse the pun a coming out party in terms of their acting prowess. Arnold has been around for a while doing a lot of notable work. In Cinemalaya alone he’s done: PISAY, ASTIG, PUROK 7, BIG TIME. He’s done several commercial films like SHE’S DATING THE GANGSTER, KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD and has seen a lot of roles in MAALAALA MO KAYA, MOON OF DESIRE, WANSAPANATAYM and countless more on TV.

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing him live however, doesn’t compare to his on screen work. There’s magnetism to Arnold especially in this role as Señor Vicente. The comparison to DANGEROUS LIAISONS the film which was also adapted from the same novel as the play is inevitable. John Malkovich was in the same role and Arnold felt intimidated while doing research for the role. “Pumayag akong gawin yung role not knowing napaka hirap pala ng piyesa na gagawin namin. Nung na pa nood ko yung DANGEROUS LIAISONS, na takot ako. Ang hirap pala nitong pinapagawa sa amin. Sinabi ko kay Tad (Jonathan Tadioan) napaka hirap ng trabaho natin pero mahal na mahal naman natin. Kasi bago matapos yung play talagang lupaypay nako.”

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

He was practically in 70% of the scenes if not more. So this took a physical toll considering it had a running time of nearly 3 hours, “Nakakapagod talaga siya. Yung adrenalin nandun kung photo op na pagod na pagod nako. Pag na rinig ko na yung national anthem ayan na naman ako. Medyo na hilo yata ako nung oras na yon.   Emotionally ang hirap ng transition, pagka hiwahiwalay ng emosyon. Ang hirap hirap niya puntahan ng instant lagi. Break lang noon pupunta lang backstage magpapalit ng damit pag pasok ibang emosyon na agad e yon ang challenging talaga”

Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

What Malkovich never had is the dashing looks of Arnold Reyes and his muscular physique and that was what a lot of female and yes, gay fans were hoping to see. There were quite a few raunchy and nude scenes that were here in JUEGO. His butt was definitely bare in more than one sex scene. As photographer shooting during the play, I received a few requests for the photo of the ‘crucial’ scenes. Alas I was luckier capturing Jonathan Tadioan’s backside that was bared nearer the audience.

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) and Jonathan Tadioan (Anton). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) and Jonathan Tadioan (Anton). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Although it was the interplay with Señora Margarita according to him that was initially more challenging than the sex scenes. His challenge was working with Shamaine Buencamino whom he admired so much as an actress, “Inalalayan niya ko. Tinuruan niya ko actually. Naging madali yung mahirap dapat na eksena. Hanggang sa eto na ginagawa na namin. Pumapasok na sa systema namin. Nagiging automatic na lahat yon. Para sakin isang magandang experience itong Juego De Peligro bilang isang actor kasi ang dami ko talagang na tutunan.”

from right: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

He approaches each role starting from scratch whether its for TV film or the stage, “Kailangan ma buo ko yung element at yung proceso para ma buo ko yung character ginawa ko sa KASAL, ginawa ko sa Juego De Peligro. Definitely ibang iba si Señor Vicente doon sa huling ginawa ko doon sa KASAL. Happy naman ako na iiba iba ko siya. As an actor malaking bonus sakin kung na iiba iba ko yung role at character na ginagawa ko e. Yon yung fulfillment ko na ibahin siya physically, emotionally, mentally. Challenge yon lagi.”

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & Vin Abrenica (Daniel). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold has always been modest and accommodating even in the face of adulation after his performance. Immediately after the premiere of KASAL last year classical music writer and film reviewer Adrian Lontoc requested I shoot a pic with lead stars Arnold and Oliver Aquino. As evidence of their comedy improv skills the two lifted their legs up and Arnold stuck his tongue near Adrian’s ear simulating a weird sex trio. I posted it on facebook and in the caption identified Adrian as the mysterious third party (not seen in the film) that was a source of conflict for the onscreen couple. Arnold shared it on his own fb page and it quickly went viral.

Presenting the Mysterious 3rd Party (Center) Adrian Lontoc was not shown in KASAL but he was the source of jealous fights between lovers from left Oliver Aquino (Paolo) and Arnold Reyes (Sherwin). Looking at Adrian I now understand director Jay Altarejos’ decision to NOT include him in the film. Photo was taken after the KASAL gala at the CCP main theater August 5, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

Presenting the Mysterious 3rd Party
(Center) Adrian Lontoc was not shown in KASAL but he was the source of jealous fights between lovers from left Oliver Aquino (Paolo) and Arnold Reyes (Sherwin). Looking at Adrian I now understand director Jay Altarejos’ decision to NOT include him in the film. Photo was taken after the KASAL gala at the CCP main theater August 5, 2014 by Jude Bautista.

For JUEGO DE PELIGRO they produced signs from the chosen lines of the actors. Adrian requested Arnold to duplicate the pose from last year’s photo while holding up ‘Hindi ko kasalanan’. Sound Designer and MANHID Musical Director Jed Balsamo responded beside them with the sign: Que Horror! From a gay role to a Don Juan to wacky snapshots, whatever the medium Arnold Reyes’ acting career is on fire!

from right Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) recreates his KASAL pose w Adrian Lontoc, JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo expresses his disdain. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) recreates his KASAL pose w Adrian Lontoc, JUEGO Sound Designer Jed Balsamo expresses his disdain. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Aldo Vencilao (Anton)  & Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta) & Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adolf Alix & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adolf Alix & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Vin Abrenica (Daniel); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Vin Abrenica (Daniel); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Jerald Napoles and Phil Star Editor Tim Yap. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Jerald Napoles and Phil Star Editor Tim Yap. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jonathan Tadioan (Anton) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015, watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Anton) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015, watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pal Roderick Paulate hugs LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) after the last show. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pal Roderick Paulate hugs LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) after the last show. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Vin Abrenica (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Writer Ibarra Mateo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton) & Writer Ibarra Mateo. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Vin Abrenica (Daniel), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena), Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela) & Dramaturg Giselle Garcia. Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIAISONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP was a huge hit watch out for its next run; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sultry Shamaine

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) seduces Lharby Policarpio (Daniel). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista
Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita): Una pa lang kita na kita pinag nasahan na kita. At nung nagtapat ka sakin ng pag ibig lalo kitang pinagnasahan. Ang pagnanasang iyon ang nagdulot sakin ng di masukat na kaligayahan. La boca habla lo que el corazón desea. Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente): (Kisses her). Señora Margarita: (Pushes him away) Larga na tapusin mo na iyong misyon! Señor Vicente: Diyan ka magaling ang mambitin! Señora Margarita: Akong iyong reyna! Señor Vicente: Si! Reyna Margarita!

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino is one of the most respected and distinguished actresses, with countless roles in MAALALA MO KAYA and WAGAS. In Cinemalaya she’s done it all. For director Loy Arceñas alone her roles ranged from a manipulative wife (ReQUIEME) to a closet lesbian in NIÑO.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Phil Star Editor Tim Yap, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Jerald Napoles and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Phil Star Editor Tim Yap, LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Jerald Napoles and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

No one, however, has ever seen Shamaine the way she is in Tanghalang Pilipino’s JUEGO DE PELIGRO running at the CCP until March 8. She is the smoldering temptress Señora Margarita, able to seduce a man in more ways than one. There’s something even more attractive when an older woman is with younger men both of them in various stage of undress.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) seduces Lharby Policarpio (Daniel). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) seduces Lharby Policarpio (Daniel). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Of course there is the fresh-faced LJ Reyes as the virtuous and married Señora Teresa and pretty young thing in Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia). The difference here is that while Arnold Reyes as the ultimate Don Juan– Señor Vicente seduces them all, it is Margarita who takes the reins in seducing and controlling him. Her guile makes her even more attractive. Her passion and lack of conscience is not any less comparing with men. Physically Shamaine is the most voluptuous in the cast, making her convincing along with her impeccable acting abilities. This is an achievement considering that the sexy Valerie Concepcion is an alternate to the Señora Teresa role.

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Seeing the leads do well is no surprise. Shamaine and Arnold Reyes have been stalwarts of the Philippine independent scene. They have more than a dozen Cinemalaya titles among them. LJ appeared in THE LEAVING with Arnold in 2010 and also did INTOY SHOKOY and THE JANITOR all from Cinemalaya.

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Incidentally both LJ Reyes and Valerie Concepcion who have seen acclaim on TV and films have made a fantastic account of themselves in one of the most revered companies in Philippine theater. Getting cast and performing well in Tanghalang Pilipino is no joke as these two lovely and famous names will tell you.

from left: Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) & LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is the French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos published in 1782 from which JUEGO is based on. The adaptation to Spanish 19th century Philippines by Elmer Gatchalian is genius. The mores, culture although from a different time and place translates perfectly. Separated by a century there were also two parallel upheavals that were part of the story; the French revolution (in the novel) and our own struggle for independence, the Philippine Revolution (for the adaptation). When you watch the play you’ll find that the thinking from that era, isn’t really too far from the thinking of today.

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Tuxqs, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Elmer Gatchalian Playwright/Filipino Adaptation. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Director & Set Designer Tuxqs Rutaquio, Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Elmer Gatchalian Playwright/Filipino Adaptation. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

My own introduction to it was seeing DANGEROUS LIAISONS the movie as a teenager released in 1988, of which I am a huge fan. It had the most spectacular cast Hollywood could produce at the time no less than Oscar winning John Malkovich as Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont and Glenn Close as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil and Michelle Pfeiffer as Madame de Tourvel. The movie met with a lot of critical success and actually won 3 Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay-Christopher Hampton, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration–Stuart Craig and Gérard James and Best Costume –James Acheson. Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer were also nominated for their roles.

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Based purely on looks even at the height of their Hollywood careers, I sincerely believe that Shamaine Buencamino is far more attractive than Glenn Close without giving anything away in terms of acting ability. The same can be said with our own Arnold Reyes, while being too young to be compared to the legendary career of Malkovich, he’s certainly more convincing as a striking seducer of women. Malkovich in the film was more of forcing his way into the hearts and bedrooms of women as opposed to the charms and looks that Reyes has in spades. LJ Reyes also has a more angelic face than Michelle Pfeiffer in similar roles. It’s this virtuous quality that Señor Vicente tries to break through out the story.

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Jerald Napoles, Nicco Manalo and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef, Jerald Napoles, Nicco Manalo and Alex Medina. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Younger Cast

Also in the film featuring younger roles are Keanu Reeves as Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny and Uma Thurman as Cécile de Volanges. Both of whom had flourishing careers after. DANGEROUS LIAISONS was before the breakout films of SPEED and THE MATRIX from Reeves. Uma not long after did PULP FICTION.

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia); Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Adrienne Vergara as Cecilia in JUEGO certainly had the most revealing scenes. She has a sexual awakening after being seduced by Señor Vicente. Vin Abrenica and Lharby Policarpio who alternate the role of Daniel are definitely more macho or manly than the geeky version of Reeves in DANGEROUS LIAISONS. All young cast members from Vergara, Abrenica and Policarpio have tremendously bright futures as actors. I’m 100% sure we’ll be seeing more of them in TV and film roles as well as theater after JUEGO.

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Costume by James Reyes

More than any other play costume has an indispensible function here. They are an indication not just of the time period but also add an insight to the characters. In spite of many occasions where the costumes do come off in bed scenes we have an immediate impression to character by what they wear. James Reyes has an ability to design costumes that capture the essence of an era. From the colorful, whimsical in SANDOSENANG SAPATOS with Tessa Prieto Valdes Reyes is able to shift to the classic, traditional piña and jusi of JUEGO DE PELIGRO.

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita) & Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spanish Language, Pinoy Humor

The adaptation has a strong Spanish influence and generous smattering of Spanish words like mujer, esposo and even Spanish lines. What makes it entertaining though is the unmistakable touch of Filipino humor that was not present in the film.

Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia): Pero Madrina di po ba yon pagtataksil? Señora Margarita: Hindi pagtataksil ang tawag doon. Ang tawag doon abilidad. Maari nating mahalin kahit sino, kahit ilan pa sila, kahit sabaysabay! Mag ingat ka kaunti ang mga opornidad para sa ating mga babae. Kaya kung ano ang meron tayo kailangan natin gamitin at samantalahin! Cecilia: Madrina, muchos gracias!

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from left: Aldo Vencilao (Anton), Jonathan Tadioan (Anton), Sherry Lara (Señora Remedios), Adrienne Vergara (Cecilia), Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente), Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita), LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa), Lharby Policarpio (Daniel), Racquel Pareno (Señora Violeta), Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) and Sasa Cabalquinto (Adela). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jerald Napoles takes USIE (Group selfie) w pals LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) Nicco Manalo and Alex Medina. USIE is pronounced 'uss-ee', rhyming with 'fussy'. Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lhorvie Nuevo (Elena) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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LJ Reyes (Señora Teresa) & Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arnold Reyes (Señor Vicente) pleads w Shamaine Buencamino (Señora Margarita). Catch Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of DANGEROUS LIASONS—JUEGO DE PELIGRO at CCP until March 8, 2015; Costumes by James Reyes. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Bernardo Commandeers HARING LEAR

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear) shoves ¬¬¬McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista
from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear) & Garry Lim (Gloster). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear) & Garry Lim (Gloster). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Haring Lear (Bernardo Bernardo): Wala na bang nakakakilala dito kay Lear? Aba hindi na ba, hindi na ba ito si Haring Lear? Ito ang kanyang mga mata, ang pagsalita ko, ganito ba, ganito ba kung lumakad siya? Malabnaw na ang kanyang pagwari. O mahina na ang kanyang pag iisip? Tulog ba siya o gising? Ang mabigat na katanungan ay kung sino siya! Gusto ko malaman sino makapagsasabi kung sino ako?

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear) shoves ¬¬¬McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear) shoves McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rather unexpectedly, especially in the beginning where Lear divides up his kingdom to his heirs, Bernardo has a booming voice befitting a king. He laughs heartily of man contented, in power relinquishing his authority to his children. Bernardo takes control of a role that also fits his stature, now at 70. His acting is not any less powerful than it was, perhaps even more so now than ever before.

CURTAIN CALL from left: Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo), McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia), Jason Barcial (Duke ng Burgonia), Buddy Caramat (Goneril), Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Abner Delina Jr (Cordelia/Lakayo), Renante Bustamante (Duke ng Albanya), Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles), George de Jesus III (Regan), and Lambert de Jesus (Kent). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

CURTAIN CALL from left: McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia), Jason Barcial (Duke ng Burgonia), Buddy Caramat (Goneril), Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Abner Delina Jr (Cordelia/Lakayo), Renante Bustamante (Duke ng Albanya), Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles), George de Jesus III (Regan), and Lambert de Jesus (Kent). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

The physicality of it all though makes one cringe. While there are no spectacular dance moves, there is the ‘wet’ scene where a tempest nearly drowns everyone in its path. AND it really does get wet on stage most especially for Haring Lear. Being in focus delivering lines, in the throes of madness and despair while water is endlessly splashing on your face is no mean feat. He more than delivers, his performance takes you to a dark place you wish you’d never have to visit.

Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

This is the acting we know from Bernardo Bernardo who was part of Ishmael Bernal’s City After Dark. Although the majority of Filipinos have come to know him as Steve Carpio in HOME ALONG DA RILES with Comedy King the late Dolphy. Recently Bernardo was also in the Cinemalaya film RONDA starring Ai Ai Delas Alas.

Bernardo is a true performer. He had an allergic reaction to the wrong make up applied on opening night to the point of being hospitalized. In spite of this he was able to get back on stage the next night.

from right: PETA Playwright & Poet Anj Heruela, Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Kakki Teodoro , Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo) & fan. Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PETA Playwright & Poet Anj Heruela, Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Kakki Teodoro , Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo) & fan. Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

This particular play adapted by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera had lead Teroy Guzman in PETA’s previous run last 2012. Even then it was well received by critics. So Bernardo being able to put his own stamp on it is even more remarkable.

Garry Lim (Gloster); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Lim (Gloster); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Another veteran actor is Garry Lim as Gloster, the ever-faithful nobleman of Haring Lear. Garry Lim was also part of the previous cast as Regan. Lim is the most tortured in a tragic cast of characters. Lim is able to give this role a sense of patience and fortitude in the face of the most difficult circumstances. Filipino words and lines roll off his tongue eloquently. Lim has also had a great number of Cinemalaya films- APARISYON, REQUIEME and AMOK roles on TV and commercial projects as well: MY LITTLE BOSSINGS, SI AGIMAT SI ENTENG KABISOTE AT SI AKO.

Buddy Caramat (Goneril); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Buddy Caramat (Goneril); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

The sisters and heirs to Lear are the ones that give the color of blood in this grey end of the world scenario. Buddy Camarat is Goneril the eldest strung out in heroin. She is the most whimsical of the cast having a singsong delivery to her lines. Buddy inhabits this female role quite easily, just like her onstage sister George De Jesus III who plays Regan. Both of them have come back to reprise their previous roles. While Buddy’s attack is more sensual and avaricious, George has that female touch of violence. These two ‘evil’ sisters aren’t antagonistic per se; they only hatch their treachery in order to extend control and power. In that sense we meet people like Goneril and Regan every day.

from left: Buddy Caramat (Goneril), George De Jesus III (Regan) and Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Buddy Caramat (Goneril), George De Jesus III (Regan) and Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

George De Jesus III (Regan); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

George De Jesus III (Regan); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Abner Delina Jr who has also repeated his role from 2012 plays the youngest sister Cordelia. Here she is more a victim among the viciousness of her sisters. The more interesting side role for Abner is Lakayo, the court jester. For this version of HARING LEAR there is this puppet that has a demented look. Abner switches from using his own face, which has in turn a mask behind his head. There’s a real schizoid quality in Lakayo alone switching from the puppet to his ‘real’ face.

Abner Delina Jr.  as jester Lakayo; Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Abner Delina Jr. as jester Lakayo; Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Nico Dans (Edgardo) & Garry Lim (Gloster). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Nico Dans (Edgardo) & Garry Lim (Gloster). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Edgardo played by the hefty Nico Dans must have been very challenging to play as his character goes through insanity and back again. His is certainly the most physical. In one scene he literally falls off stage simulating a fall off a hill. Audiences could hear a solid thud from his wide body’s landing.

Roi Calilong is the servant Oswaldo but his non-speaking role as Death is even more interesting. In this post apocalyptic world, Death is only wearing speedos underneath a black cape and gyrates like Channing Tatum in MAGIC MIKE.

Nico Dans (Death); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roi Calilong (Death); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo) shoots heroin into Buddy Caramat (Goneril’s) arm. Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo) shoots heroin into Buddy Caramat (Goneril’s) arm. Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rhenwyn Gabalonzo as Edmundo is the most scheming and treacherous character here. Jess Evardone a veteran of independent films has even more multiple roles here as Tagapaglingkod, Matandang lalaki, Duktor ni Cordelia and Eraldo. Evardone is able to inhabit each role with sincerity and believability as he has done countless times before.

Jess Evardone (Matandang Lalaki/Duktor); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jess Evardone (Matandang Lalaki/Duktor); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Every single actor and cast member has done a fantastic job, a true ensemble piece: Lambert De Jesus (Kent), Roi Calilong (Oswaldo), Renante Bustamante (Duke Ng Albanya), Jason Barcial (Duke Ng Burgonia), Jeff Hernandez (Duke Ng Cornualles) and McDonnel Bolaños (Hari Ng Francia). Inevitably we come back to the leader, Bernardo Bernardo, commandeering the powerful but heartrending figure of Lear as his own.

CURTAIN CALL from left: Garry Lim (Gloster), Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo), McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia), Jason Barcial (Duke ng Burgonia), Buddy Caramat (Goneril), Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Abner Delina Jr (Cordelia/Lakayo), Renante Bustamante (Duke ng albanya), Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles), George de Jesus III (Regan), Lambert de Jesus (Kent) and Jess Evardone (Matandang Lalaki/Duktor). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

CURTAIN CALL from left: Garry Lim (Gloster), Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo), McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia), Jason Barcial (Duke ng Burgonia), Buddy Caramat (Goneril), Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Abner Delina Jr (Cordelia/Lakayo), Renante Bustamante (Duke ng albanya), Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles), George de Jesus III (Regan), Lambert de Jesus (Kent) and Jess Evardone (Matandang Lalaki/Duktor). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Abner Delina Jr. (Cordelia) & Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Abner Delina Jr. (Cordelia) & Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Edmundo). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Renante Bustamante (Duke ng Albanya) & George De Jesus III (Regan) in wheelchair while Nico Dans (Death) looks over her. Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Renante Bustamante (Duke ng Albanya) & George De Jesus III (Regan) in wheelchair while Nico Dans (Death) looks over her. Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jeff Hernandez (Duke ng Cornualles), George De Jesus III (Regan), Garry Lim (Gloster). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Abner Delina Jr. (Cordelia); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

Abner Delina Jr. (Cordelia); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Garry Lim (Gloster) & Nico Dans (Edgardo). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Garry Lim (Gloster) & Nico Dans (Edgardo). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: McDonnel Bolanos (Hari ng Francia) & Abner Delina Jr. (Cordelia). Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Lambert de Jesus (Kent) & Nico Dans (Edgardo); Studio Connection’s HARING LEAR can be seen at the CSB SDA Theater from February 27 to March 8, 2015. HARING LEAR is also part of the FRINGE MANILA Multi arts festival. Photo by Jude Bautista

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FRINGE MANILA’s Diversity

Opa Santos & Gino Ramirez in Black Canvas’ KYEMESTRY. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.
Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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By Jude Bautista

The biggest multi art festival is here: FRINGE MANILA. This is brings together so many different genres and performers: Theater, dance, literature, documentary filmmaking and music. More than these are newer types of performances that don’t necessarily fall into categories that we are familiar with. For example Christopher Aronson is able to create a theatrical/music performance entitled Songs of an Electric Soul just using his i-phone and a distortion app. Curiously enough he is able to weave an interesting tale combined with live performance.

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

From new interesting performers there are also more established names. Breaking news is Radioactive Sago Project will also be involved with MANHID the superhero musical produced by Ballet Philippines.

Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

There are over 90 events, more than 200 performances by hundreds of local and foreign artists in 20 different venues. FRINGE Manila runs from February 12 to March 1, 2015. There are different venues across the city of Manila but has a high concentration on the stretch of Vito Cruz from De La Salle College of St. Benilde to the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

from left: FRINGE MANILA’s Executive Producer Brett McCallum, FRINGE Univ Prog Dir. Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz & Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: FRINGE MANILA’s Executive Producer Brett McCallum, FRINGE Univ Prog Dir. Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz & Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Executive Producer Brett McCallum explained how artists could join FRINGE MANILA: “We do an open call to artists during a registration period. Any artist is welcome to register with us. What our role is we sit there and ask what’s the nature of their show. What sort of venue do they need? It’s not for us to decide what work we like or what genres we like. We support all genres and all the types of work. Its more about going just tell us what you need. Do you need a studio black box? Do you need and outdoor space? What sort of tech requirements do you need? Then we sit there and negotiate with venues. We’ve got some amazing partners in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, the CCP, who offered up their spaces that we can then put artists into. We can then look at the availability of artists to do their shows. What time are they free? We try to match that.”

Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

FRINGE originally had its roots in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has now grown in over 200 cities around the world. A few of the names that have performed in FRINGE especially early in their careers include: Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Allan Cumming, Hugh Grant and Mike Myers. Richard Grant of Downtown Abbey described FRINGE: “To go to Edinburgh and hopefully find stuff you know nothing about that’s the great adventure and I love that.”

Opa Santos & Gino Ramirez in Black Canvas’ KYEMESTRY. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Opa Santos & Gino Ramirez in Black Canvas’ KYEMESTRY. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

The original target was about 20- 30 artists, “Because it’s our first year we’re just responding to the artists that have registered. When we first started talking about FRINGE we had no expectation of how many events we would have. We thought maybe if we had 20 or 30 events that would be amazing. We have 90. SO all we can do is try to work as many partners as possible to help get the word out. There are all these artists who are all taking a risk and they’re all showcasing their work alongside each other to promote their work and promote their ideas. With the right partners, we’re working with Ticketworld to make tickets as accessible as possible. So people can buy them online. They can buy them over the phone. They can buy them at National Bookstore. It’s about trying to create these opportunities that artists can focus on marketing their shows and get audiences interested. We provide an opportunity to make it easy as possible for audiences to find those tickets and shows.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Lambert De Jesus (Kent) and Salvador Caramat (Goneril) during the rehearsals of Studio Connections’ production of HARING LEAR. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Lambert De Jesus (Kent) and Salvador Caramat (Goneril) during the rehearsals of Studio Connections’ production of HARING LEAR. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

There’s so much artistic talent in the Philippines, “We’re extremely proud of the 90 events for us that’s a huge number. The more we spoke to others the more we were referred to other artists. Suddenly you realize there’s so much creativity out here. SO many individuals start up companies as well as the established organizations. There’s so much out there THEN it’s not so surprising.”

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

STAR of Flow Art performing QUANTO  SALTO. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

STAR of Flow Art performing QUANTO SALTO. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Next FRINGE MANILA will have even more diverse programming, “In future years we also have a lot of work to make sure were reaching out to all the genres, all the types of work. In some ways this is like a pilot year. We tried to reach out and have as diverse a program and have all styles of work on offer. There’s still a lot more that we can do. We know the program can be even more diverse. Not necessarily bigger but more representative.”

Scenius Pro’s MAIKLING DASAL, MAHABANG GABI. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Scenius Pro’s MAIKLING DASAL, MAHABANG GABI. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bro Rey Mejias, FRINGE MLA Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan, Bro Sathiya Raj and Bro Don Roshan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bro Rey Mejias, FRINGE MLA Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan, Bro Sathiya Raj and Bro Don Roshan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Venues according to him also influences which audiences get to watch, “In reality the venues that we have not just the CCP and the St Benilde, we got the Mabuhay Temple. Its fantastic but that brings an entirely different demographic. That’s really exciting for us. SO that’s what FRINGE actually does. It brings in different demographics. We anticipate there will be a good representation of that 18-30 market. But we know that with organizations like Mabuhay Temple, events Transitio that happen in Santiago they bring in very diverse audiences. What we want to do is try to get those audiences to look at the rest of the program and go, “Actually maybe I’ll take a risk maybe I’ve never seen this show before. I never thought of seeing this show before. I’ve enjoyed my experience at FRINGE so far lets push that boundary further.”

Gabriela Pangilinan of FRICTION: A NEW MUSICAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Gabriela Pangilinan of FRICTION: A NEW MUSICAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Opening art to those who don’t necessarily seek out art, “That’s where we do have quite a broad appeal and something that FRINGE festival often do, they bring in a non-arts market. People who don’t go to the arts market all year around. They don’t go to the theater 12 months a year. During FRINGE this is their opportunity to go I’ll take a risk I’ll watch that show. Hopefully that person will realize that there’s something exciting they’ve been missing out on. Maybe they’ll reengage with that company throughout the year. What we want to see is those artists supported year round. FRINGE is just one platform for one part of the year. There are artists that perform year round.”

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Lambert De Jesus (Kent) and Salvador Caramat (Goneril) during the rehearsals of Studio Connections’ production of HARING LEAR. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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From right: Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor Awardee Nico Manalo, Bea Garcia, Kakki Teodoro and Nar Cabico. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

From right: Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor Awardee Nico Manalo, Bea Garcia, Kakki Teodoro and Nar Cabico. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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The Perception of Jo Ann Bitagcol

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.
Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jude Bautista

Perception can be the strangest thing. What is completely apparent and obvious to me may not be the same thing another person sees or feels. There are occasions when I find that extremely strange and unbelievable. How different people perceive the same phenomena, in this case a person. But it IS true.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

I’ve never had the pleasure and privilege of actually meeting Jo Ann Bitagcol although, I have photographed her several times as a model in fashion shows. I’m also a fan of hers as photographer, from her countless magazine covers and she’s done an infinite number of fashion spreads for the biggest brands AS photographer.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography; model and TV personality Joey Mead is on the right. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography; model and TV personality Joey Mead is on the right. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

My favorite photos of Jo Ann are when she wears pants and suits ala Marlene Dietrich. There was this one fashion show where she was the only woman in what was basically a men’s line. The reason I found her so hot was the fact that her femininity shone through while wearing what was essentially men’s clothes. She has Asian traits, fair skinned, slits for eyes, thin soft lips that are all unmistakably… feminine. This is what makes her stand out among a dozen male models all wearing similar clothes. That’s why she was cast there too.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Jeturian is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Jeturian is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

That’s why it was with disbelief that I was listening to Jeffrey Jeturian relating an experience of Jo Ann’s. She was teased by street kids calling her: bakla bakla bakla. (fag fag fag) The interview was from a feature by GOOD COMPANY a new show by CNN Philippines aired on 9TV, 7pm Sundays. The show interviews and shows a day in the life of different artists, creative minds and interesting people. The show opened my eyes to how I and other people perceived Jo Ann.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

NOT that there’s anything wrong with our gay sisters, it just never occurred to me that’s all. The more I see Jo Ann in jeans and t-shirt the more attractive and feminine she is to me. I don’t know why. I just don’t know how she could possibly look masculine.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For me what distinguishes men and women’s bodies are the curves. I love how her slender neck curves to her shoulders, how her waist curves to her hips, how her long thighs curve to her sleek legs. Her jawline is extremely, perfectly shaped extenuating her elegant neck. I can’t imagine seeing her anything than female.

from left: from left: Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Gov Vilma Santos, director Jeffrey Jeturian, Jenelyn Mercado and Luis Manzano. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: from left: Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Gov Vilma Santos, director Jeffrey Jeturian, Jenelyn Mercado and Luis Manzano. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

I respect Jefferey Jeturian as a filmmaker. I photographed the premiere of EXTRA with Vilma Santos in Cinemalaya. But I have to completely disagree with him when he ascribed some of Jo Ann’s success to the androgynous look that was prevalent in the 90s.

Direk Jeffrey Jeturian described Apples Aberin as elegant and the prevailing beauty during Jo Ann’s debut in the fashion world. I shot this photo of the Unilever PR Head for Personal Care at Fashion Watch Quartet supporting her friend Jojie Lloren’s show. It was held at Makati Shang Rila Hotel, September 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Direk Jeffrey Jeturian described Apples Aberin as elegant and the prevailing beauty during Jo Ann’s debut in the fashion world. I shot this photo of the Unilever PR Head for Personal Care at Fashion Watch Quartet supporting her friend Jojie Lloren’s show. It was held at Makati Shang Rila Hotel, September 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

He said, “At the time the prevailing beauty sila Tweetie, sila Apples. Si Apples is a very elegant model. Si Jo Ann kasi even if she doesn’t fit the prevailing norm of beauty then may character siya e. It is precisely because of her unconventional looks na yan ang naging passport niya to be accepted sa modeling world. At the time uso rin naman yung androgynous look.” For me other than Psy, the majority of male K-POP stars who endorse whitening, skin moisturizers for women, now, those guys are androgynous.

Peter Lim is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Peter Lim is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Still, Jeturian was one of ‘three fairy godmothers’ (JoAnn’s words) that found her meeting with a friend in a pansiteria in Malolos. Seeing her height and facial features Peter Lim and Jay Lozada offered her work as a model.

Jay Lozada is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jay Lozada is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol is the cutie on the far left. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol is the cutie on the far left. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

PAMPANGA roots, Factory worker

Whenever one sees or thinks about fashion models, humility and honesty aren’t traits that particularly come to mind. But Jo Ann exhibited this talking about her roots during the interview also from GOOD COMPANY. “I was born in Angeles City. Tubong Kapangpangan po ako. I got started in Bulacan when we moved after the Mount Pinatubo eruption. I took up my high school there. Highschool nag umpisa po yung chapter ng pagiging factory worker ko. 1994 June it says here, December 1994 official na kong worker sa Indo Phil Cotton Mills inc.”

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s Indo Phil Cotton Mills IDs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s Indo Phil Cotton Mills IDs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

I felt if only for the candid revelations of her humble beginnings this show has justified itself. AGAIN, perception here plays with my mind. Just by looking at her anyone would think she’d have a privileged upbringing with her Fil-Chinese looks. I can imagine her high school in ICA and college in Ateneo. But no, she didn’t make a big deal about it, very matter of fact. She actually had to work in a factory as a high schooler.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol who has reached the heights of fashion not just in the Philippines but internationally. And yet casually, comfortably admits she worked as a teenager. That gives her more strength of character, makes her more ‘beautiful’ in my eyes. While some people would rather forget their humble roots she actually kept and showed her factory ID to the TV crew. (Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta who acknowledged my blog for their use of my photos of Jo Ann for GOOD COMPANY)

Jo Ann is proud of working as teen-ager in a factory. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann is proud of working as teen-ager in a factory. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

CHANEL, Hong Kong, Paris, India

One of the highlights of her career was being cast in a CHANEL show in Hong Kong along with Lala Flores. She didn’t realize the significance until seeing the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and sharing the ramp with other supermodels: Nadja Auermann, Karen Elson and Helena Christensen. Designer Jojie Lloren, himself, worked on her first piece in Body SHOTS Competition in the mid 90s. Later on they shared an apartment in Paris where Jo Ann worked as model.

Jojie Lloren designed Jo Ann’s piece for BODY SHOTS Competition the mid 90s. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jojie Lloren designed Jo Ann’s piece for BODY SHOTS Competition the mid 90s. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

THE top Make Up artist Patrick Rosas. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

THE top Make Up artist Patrick Rosas. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Possibly the most sought after make up artist today, Patrick Rosas recalls working with Jo Ann abroad, “Image wise she gave the Philippine fashion industry a global perspective. As a model her face is everywhere. We’ve been together abroad several times: India, Paris, several times in Hong Kong. She represents the new face of Filipina, hindi lang yung typical brown skin na maganda, global dahil Asian. Several times napagkakamalan siyang Chinese or Japanese, which is good.”

Jo Ann had a unique look and gait on the ramp. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann had a unique look and gait on the ramp. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

8-Year Cycle

Jo Ann believes that major changes in her life seem to come in 8-year cycles. After working as a model she has transitioned into photography. It was borne out of a need to challenge herself in making better photos and going behind the camera. She credits the moral and technical support of many photographers: Lhiliane Uy , Jun De Leon, Juan Caguia, Mark Nicdao, Jake Verzosa and Nelson Villarica. This encouraged her to take it professionally. Who knows maybe filmmaking or cinematography may be in the next cycle?

Photographer Jun De Leon. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jun De Leon. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Mark Nicdao. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Mark Nicdao. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

While giving a tour of her studio to the TV crew distinguished designer Lulu Tan Gan was getting prepped for a shoot. Lulu said, “She has evolved. It’s her design sensibilities. She has interpreted her visions across the different disciplines in design first as a model then now, as a photographer. Since she is into fashion she has become more specialized into fashion photography. Her strength is bringing out the expression of the model and the concept of the designers clothes.” I suspect my own perception of Jo Ann will still change. One thing is certain; my fascination of her will forever continue to grow.

Prestigious designer Lulu Tan Gan talks about Jo Ann’s work. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Prestigious designer Lulu Tan Gan talks about Jo Ann’s work. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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far left Jo Ann Bitagcol, Wilma Doesn’t. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

far left Jo Ann Bitagcol, Wilma Doesn’t. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Designer Joey Samson. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Designer Joey Samson. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann Bitagcol’s features are both Asian and Filipina. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s features are both Asian and Filipina. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jake Versoza. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jake Versoza. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Tim Yap shot by Jo Ann Bitagcol for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Tim Yap shot by Jo Ann Bitagcol for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol modeled the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol modeled the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann poses with the Louvre Pyramid in the background. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Yul Servo, Truth as Inspiration

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

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

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By Jude Bautista

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Director: Chris Millado

Lighting Designer: Katsch Katoy

Set Designer: Leo Abaya

Costume Designer: James Reyes

Sound Designer: TJ Ramos

Dramaturg: Giselle Garcia

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

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

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

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

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

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

PERFORMANCE DATES:

26 September / 8PM

27 September / 3PM and 8PM

28 September / 3PM

3 October / 8PM

4 October / 3PM and 8PM

5 October / 3 PM

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

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

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

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

PERFORMANCE DATES:

10 October / 8PM

11 October / 3PM and 8PM

12 October / 3PM

17 October / 8PM

18 October / 3PM and 8PM

19 October / 3PM

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

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

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

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

CAST

Fernando “Nanding” Josef (Willy Loman)

Jonathan Tadioan (Willy Loman)

Ms. Gina Pareño (Linda Loman)

Racquel Pareño (Linda Loman)

Yul Servo (Biff)

Marco Viaña (Biff)

Ricardo Magno (Happy)

Ding Navasero (Ben)

Mcdonell Bolaños (Ben)

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

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

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

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

CAST

Dido dela Paz (Charley)

Bong Cabrera (Charley)

JV Ibesate (Bernard)

Doray Dayao (Ang Babae)

Aldo Vencilao (Howard Wagner)

Dan Jarden de Guzman (Stanley)

Regina De Vera (Miss Forsythe)

Lhorvie Nuevo (Letta)

Antonette Go (Jenny)

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

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

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

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

VENUE:

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater)

Cultural Center of the Philippines

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

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

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

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

TICKETS:

8:00 PM: Php800;

3:00 PM: Php800 / Php600

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Railway Man and the Philippine Experience

DOLPHY made of chocolate prepared by Marriot Chocolatier Chef Christopher Balane. RWM Chocolate fest will run from September 15-30, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista
Colin Firth (Eric Lomax) & Nicole Kidman (Pattie), their love motivates him to deal with post war trauma experienced in WWII. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARKOVA: COMFORT GAY / SUNDALONG KANIN

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

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Eric Quizon played the young Markova.

Unspeakable Atrocity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Say & Janeena Chan. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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

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

from left: Julie Mainit and Glaiza Lee. THE RAILWAY MAN can be seen in Megaworld Lifestyle Malls such as Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Malls, and Lucky Chinatown Mall starting September 24, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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

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

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

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

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