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PALE MOON’s Passion & Crime

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.
Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

My Warmth, let me steal your heart.

Written by

Jude Bautista

Life has become mundane for Rika (Rie Miyazawa). Her bank uniform hides her slender but womanly figure. She is considered attractive to most but there’s sadness in her face that diminishes it. Her husband seems more concerned with work than her. She has her head down most of the time, that’s why when someone called out her name in the subway she didn’t hear it at first. It was Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) a college student who told her he was the grandson of her client she made a house call to.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

She didn’t give it a second thought, thinking he was just greeting her. As she went down the steps, she realized he was following her. What was she feeling? Was she scared? She lost him when she got on the train. The next day he saw her again across the platform, the opposite way of where she was going. A train whizzes by between them and she’s gone. Kota was disappointed. When he turns around he sees her approaching him. They stood together face to face in the train. They go into a motel room. She suddenly changes her mind and tries to walk out the door. Without warning he grabs her.

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PALE MOON is one of many films you can watch for free at this year’s EIGA SAI Film festival running from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Make sure to check screening schedules and arrive early as tickets are on a first come first served basis. This fest marks the 60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship and (JFM) Japan Foundation Manila’s 20th Anniversary. JFM is the film festival’s main organizer.

from left: Shang Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio–Dualan, CCP Artistic Dir/ Cinemalaya Festival Dir Chris Millado, JFM Dir Hiroaki Uesugi and Cinemalaya Associate Festival Dir Tess Rances. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shang Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio–Dualan, CCP Artistic Dir/ Cinemalaya Festival Dir Chris Millado, JFM Dir Hiroaki Uesugi and Cinemalaya Associate Festival Dir Tess Rances. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. Photo by Jude Bautista

This year EIGA SAI has allied with CINEMALAYA and will have a screenings at the CCP on (July 8, August 6, 9, 10 and 12). On July 8, there will be a one-time special screening of Director Harada’s film: THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. It includes a Director’s Talk, where Masato Harada shares his experience and knowledge about the art and his career in filmmaking. His second Director’s Talk, focusing on the making of KAKEKOMI, will be held at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 on July 9.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners.
Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

PALE MOON is based on bestselling novel PAPER MOON by Kakuta Mitsuyo. On the surface it seems like a typical melodrama about morality. But it is far more than that, there are a lot of layers and alludes to the role of women and what it means to be truly liberated from the expectations of society.

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from left: Sumi (Satomi Kobayashi) and Rika (Rie Miyazawa) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Sumi (Satomi Kobayashi) and Rika (Rie Miyazawa) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays main character Rika Umezawa, which won for her a Best Actress Award at the Tokyo Intl Film fest and the 38th Japan Academy Awards. The film also won Audience Choice for director Daihachi Yoshida in TIFF. The Best Actress award is one of many for Miyazawa she’s won for TWILIGHT SAMURAI, which was nominated as Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars. She also earned Best Actress in Moscow International Film Fest for Hong Kong produced PEONY PAVILLON. Rie started off as a model to become one of Japan’s most respected and admired actresses.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Her character here in PALE MOON seems meek but discovers an inner strength to break the rules. Soon after starting an extra marital affair she begins to pinch an amount here and there in her job at the bank. She takes advantage of clerical mistakes of a co-worker and is soon emboldened. From small gifts of expensive watches for her young lover it grows more and more. There are the luxurious getaways in 5 star hotels, Apple Macintosh computer and even a luxury car.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Spending on her lover however is only an excuse. There’s a desire in her to break conventions for her perceived higher purpose. This started during her days as a child in Catholic school. There was this seed of wanting to be free from rules as opposed to stealing money for material needs. She becomes addicted to the freedom of choice that money affords her, even though she knows it’s fleeting.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission process may differ according to venues. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 7 to 17), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao (July 22 to 24), FDCP Cinematheque, Davao (July 26 to 30), Cultural Center of the Philippines (July 8, August 6, 9, 10 and 12), SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City (August 11 to 14), FDCP Cinematheque Baguio (August 15), Ayala Center Cebu (August 17 to 21) and UP Film Institute (August 17 to 20).

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

EIGASAI is generously supported by Shangri-La Plaza, Shang Cineplex, UP Film Institute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SM Supermalls, SM Baguio City, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Sa Lubong-Baguio, Cordillera Green Network, JT International (Philippines) Inc., Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Muji, Watami, Crystal Cup Ozeki Philippines, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Masafumi (Seiichi Tanabe) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Masafumi (Seiichi Tanabe) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners.Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission process may differ according to venues. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 7 to 17), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao (July 22 to 24), FDCP Cinematheque, Davao (July 26 to 30), Cultural Center of the Philippines (July 8, August 6, 9, 10 and 12), SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City (August 11 to 14), FDCP Cinematheque Baguio (August 15), Ayala Center Cebu (August 17 to 21) and UP Film Institute (August 17 to 20).

Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

EIGASAI is generously supported by Shangri-La Plaza, Shang Cineplex, UP Film Institute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SM Supermalls, SM Baguio City, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Sa Lubong-Baguio, Cordillera Green Network, JT International (Philippines) Inc., Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Muji, Watami, Crystal Cup Ozeki Philippines, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners.
Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rika (Rie Miyazawa) and Kota (Sosuke Ikematsu) in PALE MOON. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch this movie and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

WordPress:

http://judebsports.wordpress.com/ , http://judebfood.wordpress.com/ , http://judebphoto.wordpress.com/ , https://judebgallery.wordpress.com/ , http://judebautista.wordpress.com/

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission process may differ according to venues. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 7 to 17), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao (July 22 to 24), FDCP Cinematheque, Davao (July 26 to 30), Cultural Center of the Philippines (July 8, August 6, 9, 10 and 12), SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City (August 11 to 14), FDCP Cinematheque Baguio (August 15), Ayala Center Cebu (August 17 to 21) and UP Film Institute (August 17 to 20).

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners.Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

EIGASAI is generously supported by Shangri-La Plaza, Shang Cineplex, UP Film Institute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SM Supermalls, SM Baguio City, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Sa Lubong-Baguio, Cordillera Green Network, JT International (Philippines) Inc., Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Muji, Watami, Crystal Cup Ozeki Philippines, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Rie Miyazawa plays Rika. Rie was a famous model and endorser before she became one of Japan’s most admired actresses. © 2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners. Watch PALE MOON and many others for free at the EIGA SAI film fest from July 7 to 17, 2016 at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.


MGA BUHAY NA APOY’s Courage and Persistence

Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista
Even cast members find themselves captivated by Irma Adlawan’s (Leda Santos) performance. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Even cast members find themselves captivated by Irma Adlawan’s (Leda Santos) performance. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Auntie Lili: Ang paraan para makamit ang agimat may pagsubok kang dadaaanan. Kelangan mo ng katapangan at pagpupunyagi. (The path to earning the talisman is laden with trials. You need courage and persistence).

from left: JV Ibesate (Kuya Ringgo), Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba), Kanakan, Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) & Russel Legaspi (Aran). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: JV Ibesate (Kuya Ringgo), Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba), Kanakan, Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) & Russel Legaspi (Aran). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carol Bello who plays the role of Auntie Lili in the play MGA BUHAY NA APOY explains further, “Theater and all the music and the arts, all the arts in the Philippines is like that. May pagsubok kang pagdadaanan. Pero pag na kamit mo ang agimat dahil meron kang pagpupunyagi at may katapangan ka kasi.” (You will have trials but when you do achieve success its because of your courage and persistence)

from left: Kyrie Samodio (Topaz), Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos), Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba), Tad, Carol Bello (Auntie Lili) & Russel Legaspi (Aran). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kyrie Samodio (Topaz), Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos), Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba), Tad, Carol Bello (Auntie Lili) & Russel Legaspi (Aran). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

TANGHALANG PIIPINO’s MGA BUHAY NA APOY is a play by Kanakan Balintagos aka Auraeus Solito. It runs every weekend from October 2, 2015 and will run until October 25, 2015 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For tickets and other information, call 09178763678| 09273629081

from left: Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

The plot is deceptively simple, Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) prepares for the homecoming of her daughter Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba). Meanwhile her son Russell Legaspi (Aran) struggles in dealing with his family and expressing himself through his art as a painter. On the surface everything seems ok but their failure to acknowledge their personal histories and how it ties with their ‘true’ culture is a source of tragedy and conflict. To encapsulate the message Kanakan quotes Auntie Lili again, “Pwede natin kalimutan ang nakaraan pero di natin pwede ibaon ang ating pinagmulan.” (We could forget the past but we could never bury our origins.)

Director & Playwright Kanakan Balintagos takes his bow; Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director & Playwright Kanakan Balintagos takes his bow; Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Auraeus Solito is a famous filmmaker who has earned international acclaim. Some years back he has taken Kanakan Balintagos as his name; meaning ‘Hunter of Truth’ in the Palawanon Language. He explained, “Palawán (with an apostrophe on the a) is the tribe even though French Anthropologist Nicole Revel prefers to use simply as Palawan. Since the people and the land are one.”

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

The power of the story comes from Kanakan’s personal journey of rediscovering his roots in Palawan. The search for one’s identity is very real because he went through it himself. He considers the character of Russel Legaspi (Aran) as an archetype of himself, “If you notice I’m not a painter. Its fiction so I didn’t make him into a theater artist or a filmmaker. He’s my artist archetype.”

from left: Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba), Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) & Kyrie Samodio (Topaz). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba), Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) & Kyrie Samodio (Topaz). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan

Irma Adlawan, one of the most unforgettable actresses in Phil. Theater has once again delivered a powerful performance as Leda Santos. According to writer director Kanakan , “Irma embodies the stories that my mom has told me, the mythology and the magic.” Ironically her character for the most part was the one who turned her back on her family’s indigenous roots. And it had its consequences, as there are forces that took control of her near the end. Irma seems to have an ability to bring to life these ethereal characters and make them real, touching, moving.

Even cast members find themselves captivated by Irma Adlawan’s (Leda Santos) performance. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Even cast members find themselves captivated by Irma Adlawan’s (Leda Santos) performance. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

During rehearsals the cast would be taken with Irma’s performance. Carol Bello sometimes would be in awe that the director would catch her just watching Irma (while in the scene). She shares, “Actually inspirasyon si Irma Adlawan. I’ve never worked with such a gifted actress. And she helps us like me, chanter, vocals. Sabi ko Irma anung gagawin ko? Siya yung tumutulong magexplain din. Of course the director helps us. In terms of being on stage she helps you. She’s very collaborative. You won’t feel intimidated. I hope she comes back to do even more theater work. Sa teatro you enrich the other artists. Sana ma enrich din yung other artists, mapagpunyagi yung art scene, I hope Irma comes back and she does this more often. Ang galing nung mentoring.”

from left: Carol Bello (Auntie Lili), Peewee O’Hara (Yaya Naty), Kyrie Samodio (Topaz), & Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carol Bello (Auntie Lili), Peewee O’Hara (Yaya Naty), Kyrie Samodio (Topaz), & Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bello on the other hand is the enigmatic Auntie Lili. She is an actress who had been there from the very beginning. Kanakan related the casting, “Yung thesis production ko sa U.P. MAIKILING BUHAY NG APOY which is the first of the Apoy Trilogies, she was my actress. Then I stopped directing theater. Then 20 years later I thought of Carol. It’s all connected. The chant she’s chanting is my homage to MAIKLING BUHAY NG APOY, the first chant. Then we composed a new chant based on my Palawan chant.”

from left: Carol Bello (Auntie Lili) & Kyrie Samodio (Topaz). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carol Bello (Auntie Lili) & Kyrie Samodio (Topaz). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) by the tree. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) by the tree. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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A huge tree in the middle dominates the set. So huge that it is able to accommodate several people climbing it and can comfortably seat them on branches. What seems incredulous as well is that the tree is actually movable. From the opening scene, the tree turns around after intermission; the reverse side of the house and backyard are shown. Kanakan reveals that the tree is ‘a metaphor for life’. Kanakan was amazed that Tanghalang Pilipino Artistic Director Nanding Josef was able to convince Paulo Alcazaren to design the set. “It was Tata Nanding who invited Paul Alcazaren. I was really happy an award-winning architect did my set design.”

from left: Dramaturg Erika Estacio, Set Designer Paulo Alcazaren, Musical Director Diwa De Leon & Asst Stage Mgr Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dramaturg Erika Estacio, Set Designer Paulo Alcazaren, Musical Director Diwa De Leon & Asst Stage Mgr Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Bello also describes her TP experience, “Alam mo si Tatang at Tanghalang Pilipino pag sinabi ni Tatang na Carol kelangan ka dito. Pwede bang mag-appear ka? Kahit iba kong gigs nagpapaalam ako sa band (KALAYO). Dahil na niniwala ako sa pagiging yung mapagkalingang teatro na pinapaunlad yung pagkatao mo bilang alagad ng sining. Hindi ka ibinababa kung di inaaangat ka bilang alagad ng sining. Artistry and creativity that is nurturing; that is what Tanghalang Pilipino is for me.”

from left: Musical dir. Diwa De Leon, Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos), Leonie Calo Solito, Drector & Playwright Kanakan Balintagos, Lighting Dir. Dennis Marasigan, TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef & Carol Bello (Auntie Lili). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Musical dir. Diwa De Leon, Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos), Leonie Calo Solito, Drector & Playwright Kanakan Balintagos, Lighting Dir. Dennis Marasigan, TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef & Carol Bello (Auntie Lili). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bello goes on to Kanakan Balintagos’ vision, “Si Kanakan yung imagination niya grabe. I hope people, sponsors, someone who has the capacity will invest in what he sees. Taas ng creativity at imagination niya. May requirement yan e sana mapuna niyo. Kung na gawa yung na kikita niya at nakikita niya rin sa iba at na likha siya, lahat tayo makikinabang e. Yon ang soul naitn e. Hindi lang Hunter of Truth para siyang Wizard, yon ang tingin ko sa kanya. Sometimes it’s weird, but when he presents it and it becomes whole getting all the other people to help ang galing may soul, may spirit merong asim. Everything is there: physical, psychological, spiritual the whole totality of it. SO invest in people like him. We need them like Irma in Tanghalang Pilipino. We need them.” It takes a lot of courage and persistence to find one’s self, one’s roots and identity. It takes even greater courage and persistence to share it and express its truth in a play such as this to enrich lives.

The tree is a living presence in the play. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

The tree is a living presence in the play. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Kyrie Samodio (Topaz), JV Ibesate (Kuya Ringgo), Peewee O’Hara (Yaya Naty) and Malou Crisologo (Selmah). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kyrie Samodio (Topaz), JV Ibesate (Kuya Ringgo), Peewee O’Hara (Yaya Naty) and Malou Crisologo (Selmah). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata), Carol Bello (Auntie Lili) and Russel Legaspi (Aran). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata), Carol Bello (Auntie Lili) and Russel Legaspi (Aran). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Kuya Benj) & Carol Bello (Auntie Lili); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Kuya Benj) & Carol Bello (Auntie Lili); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Russel Legaspi (Aran), Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) and Malou Crisologo (Selmah). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Russel Legaspi (Aran), Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) and Malou Crisologo (Selmah). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata), Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) & Carol Bello (Auntie Lili). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata), Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos) & Carol Bello (Auntie Lili). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) by the tree. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Russel Legaspi (Aran) and Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) by the tree. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kyrie Samodio (Topaz) & Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kyrie Samodio (Topaz) & Irma Adlawan (Leda Santos). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Kanakan Balintagos, Leonie Calo Solito, Kyrie Samodio & Carol Bello. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kanakan Balintagos, Leonie Calo Solito, Kyrie Samodio & Carol Bello. Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Kuya Benj) cuddles up Carol Bello (Auntie Lili); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Kuya Benj) cuddles up Carol Bello (Auntie Lili); Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY will run from Oct 2-25, 2015. The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production can be seen at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Astounding Jesse Lucas in FULL RANGE Part 3

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista
The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Music is one of the pervasive elements in nearly every field of entertainment if not art forms. Its not just the performers who gathered to celebrate the career and achievements of Jesse Lucas but also the writers, librettists, film and theater directors. This made Jesse Lucas in FULL RANGE concert last August 20, 2015 a truly special night at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino in CCP.

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheila Francisco is an accomplished theater performer having had her own TRIPLE THREAT series of her own in 2014. Michael Williams and Bituin Escalante were the two other artists that year. She was the only Filipina to perform at the Royal National Theater in London for SOUTH PACIFIC which also ran at Resort’s World Manila this August. In 2002 Sheila performed in PAGPATAY KAY LUNA for Tanghalang Pilipino. That was where she first performed music by Jesse Lucas. She describes Lucas’ music, “They’re quite profound, very deep. The music itself tells the story. It’s so not difficult to get into it. I haven’t done that number in how many years. But the minute you hear those notes its like magic because it’s so deep and I so relate to it.”

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheila Francisco; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheila Francisco; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

She also shares her insights on the TRIPLE THREAT series at the CCP, “You know how wonderful it is now we have the composers in. In a sense they are triple threats. In theater language triple threat is dancing, singing and acting. It’s so wonderful we can take it further, deeper and expand the meaning of triple threat. Maybe next time it will be quadruple threat? It’s wonderful television, film and theater, its just amazing.”

from left: Jesse Lucas, Sheila Francisco, Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jesse Lucas, Sheila Francisco, Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

She talks about the original casting and her own favorite songs from FULL RANGE, “The part of Franco (Laurel) was by Roy Rolloda who is now in Hong Kong. But he used to be very active in theater dito. And then yung kay Sweet (Plantado), that particular song was sung by 3 ladies, Kalila (Aguilos) was one of them. Lani Mabilangan was one of them and I used to play the third color of the flag. Favorite ko yung kay Ayen, MULING MAGMAMAHAL, NASAAN KA with Tex Ordoñez that beautiful suite with Bodjie Pascua TATAWIRIN NG PAG IBIG. Oh my God that was my favorite.”

Ayen Munji Laurel; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ayen Munji Laurel; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ayen Munji Laurel gave a riveting performance of MULING MAGAMAHAL from the musical DAAN NG KRUS. For Jesse, the musical was one of the early breaks given to him by librettist Jose Jeffrey Camañag and director Andre Tiangco.

Tex Ordoñez; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tex Ordoñez; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Veteran of stage and television Bodjie Pascua gave an inspiring rendition of TATAWIRIN NG PAG IBIG from the musical SANDOSENANG SAPATOS. It was another memorable collaboration of Jesse Lucas with librettist Jose Jeffrey Camañag and director Andre Tiangco.

Bodjie Pascua; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bodjie Pascua; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PEPE RIZAL, SA ISIP SALITA AT SA GAWA was a much-heralded musical in 2011. Written and directed by Floy Quintos, Jesse Lucas seemed like the most natural choice for music. The in demand concert and TV, theater director Floy Quintos has in turn graciously directed FULL RANGE. In the song A MI RETIRO (from PEPE RIZAL…), three of the top operatic voices were assembled: Rica Nepomuceno, Al Gatmaitan and Camille Lopez-Molina.

from right: Banaue Miclat Janssen, Camile Lopez Molina, Al Gatmaitan and Rica Nepomuceno. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Banaue Miclat Janssen, Camile Lopez Molina, Al Gatmaitan and Rica Nepomuceno. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jed Balsamo is the resident Musical Director for Ballet Philippines and countless productions in PETA and Tanghalang Pilipino. His experience as a member of the National Committee on Music at the National Commission of Culture and the Arts also gives him insight on the importance of the TRIPLE THREAT series especially for composers, “It’s a good thing CCP considered the composers na i-feature for Triple Threats. Kasi there’s is a dearth of relevant Filipino music. Contemporary Philippine music whether it’s in theater, film, dance even. Kaya through this Triple threats nagkaroon ng avenue composers na marecognize, for the public also na ma realize na ‘ay si ano pala gumawa noon’. Kadalasan na papansin lang the dancer or the singer or the actor.”

from left: Ibarra Mateo, Jed Balsamo, Caisa Borromeo (Windang Woman) & Chesko Rodriguez (Popoy Pusakal) from Dalanghita productions’ KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADING LADY. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Ibarra Mateo, Jed Balsamo, Caisa Borromeo (Windang Woman) & Chesko Rodriguez (Popoy Pusakal) from Dalanghita productions’ KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADING LADY. Photo By Jude Bautista

Balsamo has his own insights on each of the featured artists of TRIPLE THREAT, “Si Jesse Lucas naman siya yung tipo na di nagpapasikat. Eto lang ako this is me subtle pero effective pa rin. Pagdating kay Vince unorthodox, unpredictable, baliw. Si Rony with his Broadway background we can expect to hear magical things from him. Iba iba maganda rin ang combination ng Triple threats ngayon. They have their own strengths sigurado ako yan ang papakita nila sa series nila.”

Menchu Lauchengco Yulo and Jed Balsamo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Menchu Lauchengco Yulo and Jed Balsamo. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lucas’ composition for Philippine Ballet Theater’s DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN resulted in a rousing collaboration between two prestigious dance companies. The Phil Ballet Theater was joined by the U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe choreographed by no less than Gener Caringal.

Tex Ordoñez; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tex Ordoñez; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The librettists are a list of who’s who in the theatrical and entertainment world: Dennis Marasigan, Ricky Gallardo and even Cinemalaya Pres. Chris Millado, who wrote NASAAN KA for Ballet Philippines production of Darna. Tex Ordoñez performed NASAAN KA.

(in black) Cinemalaya Pres. Chris Millado enjoyed Jesse Lucas’ FULL RANGE at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

(in black) Cinemalaya Pres. Chris Millado enjoyed Jesse Lucas’ FULL RANGE at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Perhaps one of the most touching inspirations for Jesse Lucas is his composition TAWAG based on a poem by the late Maningning Miclat. Lucas was inspired to write compositions of music after reading the book of poetry by Maningning, TAWAG is just one of them. Maningning’s sister Banaue Miclat-Janssen provides the vocals for this song. Banaue is herself an accomplished performer as actress and singer. She has performed for TP and Dulaang Pilipino. Abroad she has been part of productions in Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, FRINGE NY and off-broadway productions.

Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Being able to watch the FULL RANGE concert was true privilege. Celebrating the art, music of Jesse Lucas. I suspect Lucas will still be able to produce more of his memorable work in the years to come.

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PROFILES from official FULL RANGE PROGRAM:

Gener Caringal

Choreographer

Gener Caringal is currently the Director of the University of the East Office of Cultural Affairs. He is also the Artistic Director of the U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe. He is founding member of the Cultural Offices of the Philippines Educational Institution. In 2008, he received the Gawad Gatpuno of Manila’s Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan. He is the immediate past head of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Committee on Dance. He sits on the Board of the Philippine Ballet Theater.

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

U.E. SILANGANAN DANCE TROUPE

The resident dance company of the University of the East, the UE Silanganan Dance Troupe renders visually engaging perfromances for various university programs in joint presentations with UE’s other cultural groups or in their own full-length programs. Their repertoire includes indigenous, regional and national Philippine dances.

Camille Lopez-Molina performs AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Camille Lopez-Molina performs AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Camille Lopez-Molina

Camille is a 3 time ALIW Awardee: 2009, 2010 and 2011, for Best Female Classical Performer. She has sung in opera, operetta, oratorio, music, theater, zarzuela, concerts and recitals. She is a frequent guest artist of major orchestras in the Philippines: the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra. She is also one of the most sought after voice teachers in the country today. At present she is a member of the voice faculties of St. Scholastica’s College of Music and the University of the Philippines College of Music.

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan

Al Gatmaitan is a much sought after theater, film and television actor. He is a crossover artist who excels in all musical genres such as pop, musical theater and classical. He began his training at the U.P. College of Music majoring in Voice Perfromance. He continued further studies in Italy for 3 years joining Spazio Teatro and Teatro Calabria. It was there that he worked with renowned masters Italian Soprano Maria Francavilla. He won second place with distinction at the Filipino European Pop Song festival in Reggio, Calabria, Italy. 2014 Al attended the Music and Performing Arts profession summer program at the New York University Steinhardt School of Music. He came under the mentorship of Michael Ricciardone while continuing to work with Juliard trained mezzo soprano Clarissa Ocampo.

from left: Alma Cruz Miclat, Roeder Camañag, Junjun Quintana and Sandino Martin. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Alma Cruz Miclat, Roeder Camañag, Junjun Quintana and Sandino Martin. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rica Nepomuceno; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rica Nepomuceno; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rica Nepomuceno

Rica Nempomuceno graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Music with a Bachelor of Music major in Voice. A scholarship grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy gave her the opportunity to study at the Conservatory of Music G.B Martini in Bologna, Italy. This is where she receives her Artist’s Diploma and later her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance with honors. She has sung roles in opera, operettas and musicals. She was a member of the U.P. Kasarinlan, the U.P. Concert Chorus and AUIT Vocal Chamber Ensemble. She was soloist in concerts of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bologna Cello Project. She has performed as soloist in concerts in the Philippines the United States and Europe.

from left: Bodjie Pascua, Sheila Francisco, Liesl Batucan, Irma Adlawan, Jesse Lucas, Ayen Munji Laurel, Franco Laurel, Sweet Plantado & Roeder Camañag. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Bodjie Pascua, Sheila Francisco, Liesl Batucan, Irma Adlawan, Jesse Lucas, Ayen Munji Laurel, Franco Laurel, Sweet Plantado & Roeder Camañag. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Ricky Gallardo, Sandino Martin, Jun Jun Quintana and Nasser Lubay. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricky Gallardo, Sandino Martin, Jun Jun Quintana and Nasser Lubay. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan sings SA KANYANG PILING w lyrics by hubby Dennis Marasigan. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista / Irma Adlawan stars in Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY directed by Auraeus Solito opening this Friday, October 3, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Irma Adlawan sings SA KANYANG PILING w lyrics by hubby Dennis Marasigan. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista / Irma Adlawan stars in Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY directed by Auraeus Solito opening this Friday, October 2, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

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from left: Chrome Cosio, Che Ramos Cosio, Roseder Camañag and Ayen Munji Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Chrome Cosio, Che Ramos Cosio, Roseder Camañag and Ayen Munji Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Tex Ordoñez, Bodjie Pascua and Ayen Munji Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Tex Ordoñez, Bodjie Pascua and Ayen Munji Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas, Roeder Camañag w Liesl Batucan and family. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas, Roeder Camañag w Liesl Batucan and family. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Irma Adlawan stars in Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY directed by Auraeus Solito opening this Friday, October 3, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Irma Adlawan stars in Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY directed by Auraeus Solito opening this Friday, October 2, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Irma Adlawan sings SA KANYANG PILING w lyrics by hubby Dennis Marasigan. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista / Irma Adlawan stars in Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY directed by Auraeus Solito opening this Friday, October 3, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Irma Adlawan sings SA KANYANG PILING w lyrics by hubby Dennis Marasigan. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista / Irma Adlawan stars in Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY directed by Auraeus Solito opening this Friday, October 2, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

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from left: Mars Callo & Sheila Francisco; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Mars Callo & Sheila Francisco; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Banaue Miclat Janssen, Camile Lopez Molina, Al Gatmaitan and Rica Nepomuceno. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Banaue Miclat Janssen, Camile Lopez Molina, Al Gatmaitan and Rica Nepomuceno. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jed Balsamo and Caisa Borromeo whoop it up after KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADING LADY at the PETA Theater Center last May 7, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jed Balsamo and Caisa Borromeo whoop it up after KUNG PAANO AKO NAGING LEADING LADY at the PETA Theater Center last May 7, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas and CMKC aka Christine Carbonell; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Talented Artists came out to celebrate Jesse Lucas’ work. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Talented Artists came out to celebrate Jesse Lucas’ work. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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VCCPA from left: Jhaezel Karla Madronio, Ira Ruzz Renomeron and Kate Urrutia. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ayen Munji Laurel; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Adrian Lontoc & Junjun Quintana; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Tex Ordoñez, Bodjie Pascua and Ayen Munji Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The U.E. Silanganan Dance Troupe & Phil. Ballet Theater excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Bodjie Pascua; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Al Gatmaitan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Al Gatmaitan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Astounding Jesse Lucas in FULL RANGE Part 2

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from left: Liesl Batucan, Irma Adlawan, Jesse Lucas, Ayen Munji Laurel and Franco Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Liesl Batucan, Irma Adlawan, Jesse Lucas, Ayen Munji Laurel and Franco Laurel. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

We love Irma Adlawan in so many roles on TV and film, most recently in MMK, BAMBOO FLOWERS and EDNA (directed and starred in by Ronnie Lazaro). TITSER where Irma co stars w Lovi Poe is still being aired over at GMANewsTV. My favorite Irma Adlawan performance was in the Cinemalaya film PANGGAGAHASA KAY FE by Alvin Yapan, which garnered so many awards. Irma was in the lead role of a mysterious, non-literal film, which debuted the now famous director Alvin Yapan. So when she came out on stage as a singer it was such a pleasant surprise. We heard a soulful, jazzy rendition of SA KANYANG PILING.

Irma Adlawan & Jesse Lucas; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan & Jesse Lucas; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: TP Artistic Dir. Nanding Josef, Regina De Vera with Director/ playwright Dannis Marasigan during Tanghalang Pilipino’s KAMA, March 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: TP Artistic Dir. Nanding Josef, Regina De Vera with Director/ playwright Dannis Marasigan during Tanghalang Pilipino’s KAMA, March 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

While Jesse Lucas composed the music, the lyrics were written by no less than her husband Dennis Marasigan for NORTH DIVERSION ROAD. The emotion that we heard from Irma was real and sincere. She came out in support of her good friend Jesse Lucas in FULL RANGE concert last August 20, 2015 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino in CCP. She convinced us that maybe could also have a career in music if she chose to. Click here for the first installment of this article. Irma was just one of many talented artists who lent their voices to the composer who has been able to touch lives with his music.

Irma Adlawan sings SA KANYANG PILING w lyrics by hubby Dennis Marasigan. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan sings SA KANYANG PILING w lyrics by hubby Dennis Marasigan. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas initially did not pursue a career in music. He graduated Cum Laude in BS Psychology at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City. His creative side yearned to be developed and sought out the best teachers of the time. Jesse settled on studying composition at the University of the Philippines’ College of Music. This is where he met and learned from two of the best: Ryan Cayabyab and Josefino Toledo.

from left: Jesse Lucas, Sandino Martin and CMKC aka Christine Carbonell. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jesse Lucas, Sandino Martin and CMKC aka Christine Carbonell. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Early in his career he started out making music for theater namely the Gantimpala Theater Foundation and Dulaang U.P.. From there he gradually worked his way until he composed music for film which then grew to TV and many other commissioned work such as the UAAP opening in 2014 and NCAA opening in 2012.

Talented Artists came out to celebrate Jesse Lucas’ work. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Talented Artists came out to celebrate Jesse Lucas’ work. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

To date he has done more than 80 films, 30 TV shows, 40 musicals and plays. In 2008 alone he was able to finish compositional work for 8 films: Jose Javier Reyes’ MAGAKAIBIGAN, ONE NIGHT ONLY, MY MONSTER MOM, WHEN LOVE BEGINS, Don Cuaresma’s LOVING YOU, Joel Lamangan’s MANAY PO 2, Joey Morel’s LATAK, Maryo J. Delos Reyes TOROTOT and 4 for theater: SANDOSENANG SAPATOS-VCCPA, Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s PAGONG AT MATSING, SLEEPING BEAUTY, including his seminal work for Philippine Ballet Theater’s DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN.

Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Banaue Miclat Janssen; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lucas said, “When we were putting the show together, we thought I had to include the work I did and still do, which is scoring movies and well loved teleseryes. It’s very different from creating musicals. But the challenge is just as exciting.”

from left: Sheila Francisco, Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sheila Francisco, Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

HENERAL LUNA the film has been garnering a lot of critical acclaim and sudden surge of popularity. It has also become the official Philippine entry for the Oscar Best Foreign Language category. Back in 2002, Jesse Lucas wrote the music for ANG PAGPATAY KAY LUNA from Tanghalang Pilipino. In FULL RANGE, a trio of the best in theater came together to perform a suite from that famous production: Sheila Francisco, Franco Laurel and Sweet Plantado. Francisco with her vast stage experience made audiences feel the pain and anguish from that one song.

Sheila Francisco; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sheila Francisco; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

In 1997, Nora Aunor, the late Nida Blanca, Judy Ann Santos, Jao Mapa starred in BABAE directed by Lupita Kashiwahara. It was the very first film Jesse Lucas scored.

In 1997, Nora Aunor, the late Nida Blanca, Judy Ann Santos, Jao Mapa starred in BABAE directed by Lupita Kashiwahara. It was the very first film Jesse Lucas scored.

Jesse Lucas never forgot his first big break in the film industry: “Thank you to the film director who gave me my first film work Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara in her 1997 film BABAE. Thank you for the priceless experience of having to work with the country’s master film directors: Adolf Alix Jr., Mario O’Hara, Maryo J. Delos Reyes, Jeffrey Jeturian and Joel Lamangan. Most especially Jose Javier Reyes whom I had the honor of doing the music for most of his films. Our collaboration, which started in his 1999, film LUKSONG TIMIK. Thank you very much direk Joey for I could not have acquired my taste and the ‘pulso’ without your guidance.”

Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lucas career has spanned film, theater and dance. Lucas explains, “I’d like to take this chance to thank the people who gave me my first breaks. These are people whom I ‘ve worked with and continually inspire me to this day: Jake De Asis for giving me my first break in the musical production KATIPUNAN. Franie Zamora for my first legit theater production- KANSER. Endless gratitude to the librettists and directors I’ve worked with in theater: Jose Jeffrey Camañag, Jose Dennis Teodisio, Rony Bertubin, Paul Dumol, Andre Tiangco, Dennis Marasigan, Ogie Juliano, Jose Estrella, Tony Mabesa, Tony Espejo, Chris Millado, Nonon Padilla and Floy Quintos.”

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Chris Millado & Roeder Camañag. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cinemalaya Pres. Chris Millado & Roeder Camañag. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lucas also thanks the many dance and theater companies he has worked with: Musical Theater Philippines, Dulaang U.P., Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines and the Philippine Ballet Theatre.

from left: Jesse Lucas, Camille Lopez-Molina, Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jesse Lucas, Camille Lopez-Molina, Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Camille Lopez-Molina performs AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Camille Lopez-Molina performs AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was only fitting that in FULL RANGE Camille Lopez Molina performed an enthralling vocal performance in AWIT NI BUGAN. The song is from CHANTED JOURNEYS by Philippine Ballet Theatre. Two of the lead dancers: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan excerpted the dance scene choreographed by Gener Caringal.

foreground: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PROFILE from official FULL RANGE PROGRAM:

PHILIPPINE BALLET THEATRE

Philippine Ballet Theatre after nearly 30 years since inception, Philippine Ballet Theatre continues to forge fresh performance art through the fusion of European classical technique, regional interpretation and experimental forms designed to deliver a contemporary ballet experience uniquely PBT. Formed in 1987, PBT is the culmination of six Philippine ballet companies and two academies: Dance Theatre Philippines, Manila Metropolis Ballet, Hariraya Ballet Company, Dance Concert Company, Gener Caringal Dance Repertory Company, Dance Arts Philippines, Ben Lor Ballet Academy and the Academie of the Performing Arts. This synthesis has become the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ second resident dance company.

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Floy Quintos, photographed in his DEUS GALLERY in Mabini, Manila, 2008. Photo by Jude Bautista

Floy Quintos, photographed in his DEUS GALLERY in Mabini, Manila, 2008. Photo by Jude Bautista

FLOY QUINTOS

As a director Floy Quintos is known for his range. He has directed full-length plays, musicals and concerts of both classically trained and pop artists. Added to this he has directed cultural events, television specials, documentaries, fashion galas and special events. A product of both Ateneo De Manila and the University of the Philippines he has been directing for over 25 years.

Floy Q Concert: Vina Morales, Geneva Cruz & Rachel Alejandro’s How To Get A Guy concert (2006) was one of dozens that Floy Quintos has directed over the years. Photo by Jude Bautista

Floy Q Concert: Vina Morales, Geneva Cruz & Rachel Alejandro’s How To Get A Guy concert (2006) was one of dozens that Floy Quintos has directed over the years. Photo by Jude Bautista

Though he is more popularly known as a director for events and of pop concerts: Ai ai Delas Alas, Jed Madela, Kuh Ledesma, Pops Fernandez and Vina Morales are only a few of the mainstream talents he has created and staged concerts for. He has also directed Grand Opera (Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio for the U.P. Conservatory of Music 2005) and innumerable classical themed conciertos.

Talented Artists came out to celebrate Jesse Lucas’ work. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Talented Artists came out to celebrate Jesse Lucas’ work. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

It is however for his work as a playwright that he is most renowned. His original work draw inspiration from Philippine History: AND ST. LOUIS LOVES DEM FILIPINOS, ISANG PAAGINIP NA FILI, ATANG: DULANG MAY MUSIKA, SUOR CLARA and FAKE. His newest work ANG HULING LAGDA NI APOLINARIO MABINI received its world premiere produced by Dulaang U.P..

Phil. Ballet Theater & U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Phil. Ballet Theater & U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

He is a five time recipient of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, a two-time recipient of the Phil Theater Guild’s Gawad Buhay Award and a former fellow of the U.P. Creative Writing Center. In 2013 he was awarded the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for Drama (in Filipino) by the Writer’s Union of the Philippines. He is also a journalist and writer as well as a creative consultant for GMA Network.

Sweet Plantado of The CompanY; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sweet Plantado of The CompanY; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Power selfie from left: Ricky Gallardo, Sandino Martin, Jun Jun Quintana. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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left: Jesse Lucas & Franco Laurel; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Ibarra Mateo, Roeder Camañag and Mars Callo. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Phil. Ballet Theater & U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Phil. Ballet Theater & U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Liesel Batucan, Che Ramos-Cosio, Chrome Cosio, Roeder Camañag, Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Jesse Lucas, Ayen Munji Laurel, Franco Laurel and Tex Ordoñez. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Liesel Batucan, Che Ramos-Cosio, Chrome Cosio, Roeder Camañag, Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Jesse Lucas, Ayen Munji Laurel, Franco Laurel and Tex Ordoñez. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Theater Patron & fashion auteur Frederick Peralta with Jun jun Quintana. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Theater Patron & fashion auteur Frederick Peralta with Jun jun Quintana. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Natasha Cabrera w VCCPA dancers; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Ibarra Mateo, Roeder Camañag, Jesse Lucas, Toots Tolentino, Junjun Quintana and Sandino Martin. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ibarra Mateo, Roeder Camañag, Jesse Lucas, Toots Tolentino, Junjun Quintana and Sandino Martin. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Actress Mailes Kanapi & Jun jun Quintana; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Actress Mailes Kanapi & Jun jun Quintana; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Camille Lopez Molina performed an enthralling vocal performance in AWIT NI BUGAN. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Camille Lopez Molina performed an enthralling vocal performance in AWIT NI BUGAN. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jesse Lucas, Lobreza Pimentel, Camille Lopez-Molina and Peter San Juan perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jesse Lucas, Lobreza Pimentel, Camille Lopez-Molina and Peter San Juan perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan & Jesse Lucas; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Sheila Francisco, Franco Laurel & Sweet Plantado. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sweet Plantado of The CompanY; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform AWIT NI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series-the composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Astounding Jesse Lucas in FULL RANGE Part 1

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista
from left: Jess Lucas, Roeder Camañag does Elvis move. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jess Lucas, Roeder Camañag does Elvis move. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Very few composers/musicians will be able to say their work spans movies, theater and TV. Fewer still are those who can claim countless memorable soundtracks and hits in each medium. One such composer is Jesse Lucas who started off the TRIPLE THREATS Series at the CCP last August 20, 2015. This year they feature the composers: Jesse Lucas, Vincent De Jesus (September 24) and Rony Fortich (October 22).

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

From his film work alone he has earned: FAMAS Hall of Fame award (2010), Gawad Tanglaw Best Music- ALIENASYON (2015), Gawad Tanglaw Best Music –ANO ANG KULAY NG NAKA LUMITANG PANGARAP? (2014). 2005 was a bumper crop for him when he earned Los Angeles Best Screamfest Intl Best Music-SIGAW, FAMAS Best Score- MANO PO 3 and Yong Critic’s Circle Best Sound and Aural Orchestration- SIGAW. He has also composed music for Philippine Ballet Theater productions such as CHANTED JOURNEYS (2010), DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN (2008), SARIMANOK (1998) and BONIFACIO (1997).

from left: Jesse Lucas, Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and Camille Lopez-Molina perform AWITNI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jesse Lucas, Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater and Camille Lopez-Molina perform AWITNI BUGAN from CHANTED JOURNEYS choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

His most recent theater work includes: PEPE RIZAL SA ISIP SALITA AT GAWA directed by Floy Quintos, JUNTO AL PASIG and SANDOSENANG SAPATOS both for the Valenzuela City Center of the Performing Arts, Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s- CINDERELLA, PAGONG AT MATSING. He’s worked with every production from Tanghalang Pilipino to Dulaang U.P.

from left: Angela Herrera, Natasha Cabrera and Nikki Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Angela Herrera, Natasha Cabrera and Nikki Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Every successful film director from Jose Javier Reyes, Joel Lamangan, Adolf Alix Jr and Jun Lana has tapped his talent. He is probably one of the most of the most prolific and successful composers of our time in a career that spans the mid 90s to the present.

A lot of talented performers came out to celebrate the work of Jesse Lucas. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A lot of talented performers came out to celebrate the work of Jesse Lucas. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

For that special night, the number of talented artists who have stepped up and shared a wonderful celebration of Jesse Lucas impressive career is staggering: Irma Adlawan, Liesl Batucan, Natasha Cabrera, Roder Camañag, CMKC, Sheila Francisco, Al Gatmaitan, Franco Laurel, Camille Lopez Molina, Banaue Miclat Janssen, Ayen Munji Laurel, Sandino Martin, Rica Nepmuceno, Tex Ordoñez, Bodjie Pascua, Sweet Plantado Tiongson, Phil Ballet Theater, Pillowcase Band, Jun Jun Quintana, Valenzuela City Center for the Perfroming Arts (VCCPA), U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe.

from right: Franco Laurel, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Roeder Camañag, Che Ramos Cosio and Chrome Cosio. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Franco Laurel, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Roeder Camañag, Che Ramos Cosio and Chrome Cosio. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jun-jun Quintana; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jun-jun Quintana; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Actor Jun jun Quintana surprised everyone with his vocal prowess in AWIT NG HILING and KAYA KO. Sandino Martin who also sang vocals for the number has wowed theater fans with his stint in MANHID and will be in Nick Joaquin’s LARAWAN for 2016. Quintana on the other hand has won URIAN Best Supporting actor for PHILIPPINO STORY. In his younger days Jun jun was in an underground band.

Sandino Martin; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sandino Martin; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

AWIT NG HILING is from the musical JUNTO AL PASIG and KAYA KO is from SANDOSENANG SAPATOS. Both were produced by the Valenzuela City Center of the Performing Arts, which had some dancers and cast members who performed during the song. The band PILLOWCASE added a wider instrumental dimension while composer Jesse Lucas himself was on piano.

Natasha Cabrera w VCCPA dancers; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Natasha Cabrera w VCCPA dancers; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

VCCPA members that night include: Dona Balbag, Angela Herrera, Nicole Herrera, Sheila Espina, Kimberly Somoza, Ross De Leon, Ira Ruzz Renomeron, Kate Urrutia, Jhaezel Karla Madronio and Christian Bautista. PILLOWCASE members: Nini Calingo-Polizon – vocals, Andie Onte – vocals, Dale James Ferrer – guitar/vocals, Jonn Enguero – drums/vocals and Jeff Labutap – bass/vocals.

VCCPA from left: Jhaezel Karla Madronio, Ira Ruzz Renomeron and Kate Urrutia. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

VCCPA from left: Jhaezel Karla Madronio, Ira Ruzz Renomeron and Kate Urrutia. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jess Lucas & Liesl Batucan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jess Lucas & Liesl Batucan; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Liesl Batucan is one of the stars from REPERTORY PHILIPPINES. The versatile performer sang a heart rending I WILL LISTEN. The song was originally performed in BENILDE THE MUSICAL. Liesl describes the song, “This is one of Jesse’s earliest works for musical theater. I didn’t get to sing this song particular (originally). But you know what? I wish I had. It’s a beautiful tender song that a loving mother sings to her deaf and mute son. In the original run it was performed by a youngFaith Cuneta, with a very young cast. Together with, at that time, the very young Nyoy Volante. Tonight maybe a little maturity maybe mine, might just be what tis song needs.” Librettist in BENILDE THE MUSICAL is Ricky Gallardo and directed by Andre Tiangco.

Liesl Batucan sang I WILL LISTEN; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Liesl Batucan sang I WILL LISTEN; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roeder Camañag performed MULI SA IYONG ALA ALA. The song is from URBANA AT FELISA with Roni Bertubin as both Librettist and Director. Roeder is a two time ALIW Best stage actor and has had many nominations from the Gawad Urian.

Roeder Camañag; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roeder Camañag; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

In the official program Jesse Lucas wrote about his journey in producing the concert: “FULL RANGE has given me time to look back and be very grateful… Big big thank you to Mr. Ryan Cayabyab for the inspiration and the push, before, during and after the memorable years I spent in the U.P. College of Music. I am just one of many, many, many musicians songwriters, composers and musical artists in the industry whose lives have been touched by his music passion and generosity.”

–watch out for the second installment of this article.

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jesse Lucas is one of the most prolific and talented composers of our time. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

FULL RANGE The Music of Jesse Lucas, in cooperation with The Talent Factory Inc and Artist Playground sponsored by VCCPA, Frederick Peralta, Sea Cocoon Hotel, Davao Tuna Grill, Richgold Weddings, Philippine Opera Company, THE CLOSET-Image and Great Styling, CUT Encarnacion Group of Salons.

from left: Roeder Camañag, Jesse Lucas, Toots Tolentino, Junjun Quintana and Sandino Martin. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Roeder Camañag, Jesse Lucas, Toots Tolentino, Junjun Quintana and Sandino Martin. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Natasha Cabrera w VCCPA dancers; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Natasha Cabrera w VCCPA dancers; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PROFILE from official program

Valenzuela City Center for the Performing Arts (VCCPA)

The Valenzuela City Center for the Performing Arts is the brainchild of Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian. It was created by Executive Order 2006-036 to encourage and promote greater awareness of culture and the arts among Valenzuelanos. Its vision is to make Valenzuela City as the seat of culture and the arts in the CAMANAVA area. The VCCPA is an organization that fosters new avenues where the youth of its city can productively channel their energies and experience the benefits of the performing arts. It provides its members with free and extensive training in singing , dancing and acting. Musical productions are also produced here in order to showcase members’ talents.

Mars Callo and Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mars Callo and Banaue Miclat-Janssen. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

VCCPA gals from left: Angela Herrera, Donalyn Balbag and Nikki Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

VCCPA gals from left: Angela Herrera, Donalyn Balbag and Nikki Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

 

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from left: Theater Patron & fashion auteur Frederick Peralta with Producer & Librettist Ricky Gallardo. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Theater Patron & fashion auteur Frederick Peralta with Producer & Librettist Ricky Gallardo. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Liesl Batucan sang I WILL LISTEN; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Phil Panganiban, Gibbs Cadiz and Luigene Yanoria; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform Awit ni Bugan from Chanted Journeys. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lobreza Pimentel and Peter San Juan of Phil Ballet Theater perform Awit ni Bugan from Chanted Journeys. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Librettist Dennis Marasigan with actress Mailes Kanapi. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Librettist Dennis Marasigan with actress Mailes Kanapi. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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right: CMKC (aka Christina Carbonell); Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

right: CMKC (aka Christina Carbonell); Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ibarra Mateo and Roeder Camañag. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jun-jun Quintana; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Tex Ordoñez, Che Ramos Cosio, Chrome Cosio, Jesse Lucas and Jun jun Quintana. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Tex Ordoñez, Che Ramos Cosio, Chrome Cosio, Jesse Lucas and Jun jun Quintana. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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CMKC (aka Christina Carbonell); Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

CMKC (aka Christina Carbonell); Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Donalyn Balbag, Nicole Herrera, Natasha Cabrera, CMKC (aka Christina Carbonell) and Angela Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Donalyn Balbag, Nicole Herrera, Natasha Cabrera, CMKC (aka Christina Carbonell) and Angela Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Liesl Batican and Mars Callo; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Liesl Batican and Mars Callo; Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

VCCPA gals from left: Angela Herrera, Donalyn Balbag and Nikki Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

VCCPA gals from left: Angela Herrera, Donalyn Balbag and Nikki Herrera. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Eric & Tex Ordoñez, Jesse Lucas and Lian Ordoñez. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Phil. Ballet Theater & U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Phil. Ballet Theater & U.E. Silangan Dance Troupe excerpt DARANGEN NI BANTUGEN choreographed by Gener Caringal. Jesse Lucas FULL RANGE is part of the TRIPLE THREATS series The composers at CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ginugunita ka Namin Julia

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

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

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Maningning Miclat

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

GINUGUNITA KITA

ni Maningning Miclat

Marikit na tala ang tanglaw sa dilim,

Sa halimuyak ng matamis na hangin,

Sa gubat ng gabi ay hinihintay ko,

Mga kislap ng nilimot na pangako.

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

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

Habang may hapdi ang sugat ng kahapon,

Di maalpasan ang diwang nakakahon,

Inaawit ang kundiman ng pagsinta

Sa dalamhati ng pusong umaasa.

Ginuguni-gunita kita,

Binubuo sa alaala.

Pinapanga-pangarap ka,

Inuukit sa haraya.

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

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

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

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

GINUGUNITA KITA #2

ni Maningning Miclat

Marikit na tala ang tanglaw sa dilim,

Sa halimuyak ng matamis na hangin,

Sa gubat ng gabi ay hinihintay ko,

Mga kislap ng nilimot na pangako.

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

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

Habang may hapdi ang sugat ng kahapon,

Di maalpasan ang diwang nakakahon,

Inaawit ang kundiman ng pagsinta

Sa dalamhati ng pusong umaasa.

Ginuguni-gunita kita,

Binubuo sa alaala.

Pinapanga-pangarap ka,

Inuukit sa haraya.

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

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

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

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20 Years of France-Phil Cinematic ties

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista
(Center) French Pres. Francoise Hollande (left) Manila Mayor Joeph Estrada &  (right) Vice Admiral Jesse Millan at the Rizal monument; during Pres. Hollande’s State visit to the Philippines last Feb 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

(Center) French Pres. Francoise Hollande (left) Manila Mayor Joeph Estrada & (right) Vice Admiral Jesse Millan at the Rizal monument; during Pres. Hollande’s State visit to the Philippines last Feb 26, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

This year French President Françoise Hollande visited the Philippines to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic ties. In reality France has had a longer more established relationship with the Philippines through cinema. Nora Aunor’s work made her return to Cannes through TAKLUB directed by Brillante Mendoza. Based on the story of Yolanda survivors highlighting the dangers of climate change the film earned the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention.

While Mendoza has won several awards from Cannes in recent years, Aunor’s connection to the fest goes further to BONA. The Lino Brocka directed film was screened at the Director’s Fortnight in 1981.

Nora Aunor raises her Cinemalaya Best Actress Award for HUSTISYA (Director’s Showcase Category) at the CCP last August 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nora Aunor raises her Cinemalaya Best Actress Award for HUSTISYA (Director’s Showcase Category) at the CCP last August 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the awards he won at Cannes, Mendoza also had a French co production-starring actress Isabelle Huppert and Angel Aquino in the film CAPTIVE in 2012. This year’s French film festival also features the latest co production in ABOVE THE CLOUDS directed by Pepe Diokno.

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The French Film Festival celebrates its 20th year of bringing critically acclaimed films and blockbusters to local audiences. The festival aims to promote French culture and, at the same time, support the local film industry by screening and paying tribute to classic and contemporary Philippine films.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Similar to last year, tickets for each screening are priced at P100.00 to cover the operational costs of the cinema. Tickets are available at the box office or through http://www.sureseats.com.

La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub to be honored at the French Film Festival

To commemorate the two decade run of the French Film Festival, two films will be screened at the red carpet opening night on June 3 at Greenbelt 5. The opening French film, La Famille Bélier (The Bélier Family), tells the story of a provincial deaf-mute family that must deal with the desire of their daughter to study music in Paris. On the same night, Taklub, Brillante Mendoza’s latest film and the only Philippine entry to the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will be premiering at the festival’s red carpet opening night.

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

TAKLUB will be the opening film of the French Film fest. Ambassador Gilles Garachon was very much impressed with Nora Aunor in TAKLUB, “Her performance is breathtaking. I think she personifies the Filipina, very courageous, very dedicated not showing off. The way she plays is minimal but very efficient way. She communicates emotions easily so it’s very moving.”

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Center: Amb Gilles Garachon left: Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Michel Villar. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Amb Gilles Garachon left: Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant and French Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Michel Villar. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garachon was also very touched with how modest Aunor is in person after meeting her, “I googled her before going into the theater just to see. I saw her in google in make up. But when she visited the embassy she was very very casual. I saw the Lacoste t-shirt but she was casual and nice. It was very casual, two human beings speaking and it was very pleasant. She told me about Cannes with a very nice sense of humor. If she could be at the opening that would be very meaningful.”

Amb Gilles Garachon & Eagle Broadcasting Producer Feamor Tiosen. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon & Eagle Broadcasting Producer Feamor Tiosen. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

On a personal note Amb Garachon will be wrapping up his term in the Philippines by the end of June. For him his host country has been a special experience, It was a wonderful experience I’ve been here 3 and a half years. It was the first time for me in the Philippines. I’ve been to Boracay as a tourist. So it was a fascinating discovery because of the people. The country is amazing and beautiful with a lot of sceneries beautiful beaches and historical places. But the real prize is the people. The Filipino people for me is no.1. People are very nice but with a great sense of humor. Everyday here is joyful and nice a real privilege to work and live in the Philippines. The past 3 years will be absolutely unforgettable for my family and me. I think and hope we have become a part of the Filipino family. Definitely we feel at home here, we shall come back as tourists.”

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Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pepe Diokno’s ABOVE THE CLOUDS & BROTHERHOOD

Pepe Diokno, with his film Above the Clouds, is the first recipient of the World Cinema Fund granted by the France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Institut Français. This fund seeks to provide funding for joint French and Filipino co-productions.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

Moreover, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) signed a cooperation agreement with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to facilitate the establishment of a National Film Archives for the conservation of Philippine film heritage.

from left: Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, PDI Writer Bayani San Diego & Filmmaker Pepe Diokno. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, PDI Writer Bayani San Diego & Filmmaker Pepe Diokno. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Diokno talked about the French role in the post production work on ABOVE THE CLOUDS starring Pepe Smith and Rue Madrid. After qualifying for a grant called Aide De Cinema Du Monde, the World Cinema Support Grant he was able to get funding to the tune of 110,000 Euros. A prestigious French production company called UNLIMITED helped with the facilities and technical expertise.

Spnsor3.5Diokno explains, “Last year I was in Paris close to 4 months to do post production on our film. We did editing, sound editing, sound mixing, color grading, mastering. It was a really really beautiful experience. It was good because the first thing our French co producer said was, they’re here not to make a French film they’re here to make a Filipino film first and foremost. It just so happened to be supported by France. That’s one of the best things working with the French to them its all about the soul of a film. Working with them was about that. My upcoming film KAPATIRAN (BROTHERHOOD) which is about lawschool hazing was just invited to the Paris co production village next month. So I’m going back to Paris to meet with co producers under NCS agents.”

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Filmmaker Pepe Diokno is showing ABOVE THE CLOUDS in August locally. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was very much collaboration between Diokno, editors foley artists and other creative and technical people. Being exposed to the hallowed halls of the Louvre or the Cinematheque was also a source of inspiration. The people who worked with according to him are more than happy to share their expertise here in the Philippines.

Spnsor4Diokno added, “The kinds of people we worked with in France, we had someone who worked with Michelle Gondry, we had a guy who just won a French Oscar. Those were the level we were working with. But one ofthem turned to me and said you know what your actor looks like Billy Joe Crawford. Kilala pala nila si Billy Joe Crawford. They’d expressed interest to come here just to travel and do a workshop for free. I intend to hold them up to that promise.”

Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant invites people to attend CINEMIX a concert w DJ Oof on June 5 at 8pm at Greenbelt 3 Park. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Alliance Francaise de Manille Dir. Patrick Deyvant invites people to attend CINEMIX a concert w DJ Oof on June 5 at 8pm at Greenbelt 3 Park. The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cinémix live in Manila 

In addition to the film screenings, this year’s festival goes beyond cinema with a concert on June 5, 8:00pm at the Greenbelt 3 Park. French DJ Oof will be fusing electro and cinema with the Cinémix project. Cinémix is a collection of reinterpretations of French soundtracks from the 1960s and 1970s synced to videos flashed onscreen. Entrance is free of charge.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

SAINT LAUREN is a riveting biopic on one of the most influential designers of our time. It is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015 running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

An evening of fashion closes the 20th French Film Festival

This year’s festival ends with glamour and style with a fashion night hosted by L’Officiel Manila and the SSI Group, Inc. at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street on June 9. Capturing the essence of France as one of the world’s fashion capitals, guests would be able to enjoy special shopping perks and discounts offered by the various brands housed by Central Square.

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amb Gilles Garachon; The French Film Festival will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sked_BHSThe 20th French Film Festival is organized by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, Institut Français, the Alliance française de Manille and Cebu, in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas, Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt. This event would have not been possible without the support of the platinum sponsors: SSI Group, Inc., Beauty Bar, Eden Park, Lacoste, L’Occitane, Oliviers & Co., and Vilebrequin; gold sponsors ThinkBIT and Chateau; bronze sponsors Delsey, Kickers, Sledgers, Peugeot, Bizu, Le Cellier, Don Papa, Monin and TWG; and media partners ANC, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessWorld, High Life, HerWord.com, L’Officiel Manila and Rogue Media, Art Plus Magazine, Expat News, Mellow 94.7 Sounds Good, and Spot.ph.

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For more information and for the screening schedule, visit www.frenchfilmfest.com.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) is one of the many movies you can watch at the French Film Festival 2015. It will be running from June 3 to 9, 2015 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City and at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig.


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