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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition.  It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista
Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition.  It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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from left: Tanduay Marketing Mgr Francis Maclang gives #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival Best in Swimsuit and MBC VP for Operations & Director Juan Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Tanduay Marketing Mgr Francis Maclang gives #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival Best in Swimsuit and MBC VP for Operations & Director Juan Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 (Pageant)

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

1st Runner-up

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-Panagbenga Festival

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL is awarded Miss Photogenic from left: Hotel Jen GM Edward Kollmer, MBC Pres. Ruperto Nicdao Jr. and MBC VP for Sales Promos & Events Santi Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL is awarded Miss Photogenic from left: Hotel Jen GM Edward Kollmer, MBC Pres. Ruperto Nicdao Jr. and MBC VP for Sales Promos & Events Santi Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

2nd Runners-up

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-Manaragat Festival

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-Pintados De Passi Festival

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-Anilag Festival

from left: #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

From left: Miss Friendship #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga -Pintados De Passi Festival, Miss Unique Smile #5 Andrea Fe Gomez -Panagbenga Festival and Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

From left: Miss Friendship #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga -Pintados De Passi Festival, Miss Unique Smile #5 Andrea Fe Gomez -Panagbenga Festival and Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Special Awards

Friendship Award

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-Pintados De Passi Festival

 

Miss Photogenic

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Miss Unique Smile

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-Panagbenga Festival

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Best in Swimsuit

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Best in Evening Gown

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Best in Festival Costume

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL, #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL, #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

REYNA NG ALIWAN LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL

#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL

#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Rhum Dark - Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Rhum Dark – Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon garnered 5th Place (P100,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon garnered 5th Place (P100,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

STREET DANCE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province

Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon

 

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao

Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School

 

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City

Represented by Pinsao National High School

 

#4 Sagayan Festival of Datu Piang, Maguindanao

Represented by Datu Piang Performing Arts Guild

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Represented by Sikhayan Dancers

 

#6 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival

Represented by Tribu Salognon

 

#7 Boling boling Festival of Catanauan, Quezon

 

#8 Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City

Represented by Tribu Katbalugan

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Light - Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Light – Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Damak Float- gathers pre-wedding gifts a tradition still practiced by affluent families and relatives of the Sultanates of Maguindanaon, Buayan and Kabuntalan. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Damak Float- gathers pre-wedding gifts a tradition still practiced by affluent families and relatives of the Sultanates of Maguindanaon, Buayan and Kabuntalan. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

FLOAT LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Guinakit sa Mindanao

 

#2 Damak of Cotabato City

 

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival

 

#4 Sagayan Festival

 

#5 Dayang dayang Festival Float of Pasay City

from left: #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#6 Dalaksagaw Float of Tondo, Manila

 

#7 Antipolo Maytime Sumakah Festival Float of Antipolo City

 

#8 Istorya at Kabuhayan of Catanauan Quezon

 

#9 Sinulog Float of Cebu City

 

#10 Kanggulangena

 

#11 Bukabuk A R’enan of Mother Kabuntalan

Bukabuk A Renan of Mother Kabuntalan – is a celebration of a wedding between Malay-Chinese-Maguindanaoan Royalty. The Bukabuk A’Renan is celebrated to this day every tiger full moon of the year and during the grand reunion of the Kabuntalan Sultanate. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Bukabuk A Renan of Mother Kabuntalan – is a celebration of a wedding between Malay-Chinese-Maguindanaoan Royalty. The Bukabuk A’Renan is celebrated to this day every tiger full moon of the year and during the grand reunion of the Kabuntalan Sultanate. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aegis from left: Juliet, Ken and Mercy Sunot performed at the awarding ceremonies. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aegis from left: Juliet, Ken and Mercy Sunot performed at the awarding ceremonies. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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from left: #4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL, #6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL and #7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL, #6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL and #7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL and #15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL and #15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City Represented by Pinsao National High School won Best Folkloric Performance (P10,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City Represented by Pinsao National High School won Best Folkloric Performance (P10,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Represented by Sikhayan Dancers. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Represented by Sikhayan Dancers. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Mabini: The Conceptual Heart of the Revolution

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) carries his friend and adviser Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista
Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) carries his friend and adviser Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) carries his friend and adviser Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arman Ferrer (Emilio Aguinaldo) : Sa palagay niyo po ano ang naging suliranin ng unang himagsikan? Delphine Buencamino (Apolimnario Mabini): Pasintabi po. Pero sa tingin ko hindi nagtagumpay ang unang himagsikan dahil hindi ito na gabayan ng isang malinaw na idolohiya. Hindi rin ito nakagawa ng malinaw na plano para palawakin at bigyan direksyon ang kamalayang rebolusyonaryo. (sings) Ang dalit ng bayan ay ngayo’y naglalatak maari magbunga ng paksang kasamaan kung papabayaan natin at di gagabayan. Tungo sa paglaya ng buong sambayanan. Sa bagong yugto ng pakikilaban kelangan ng bayan ay kambal na himagsikan. Una’y gagamit ng lakas na sandatahan. Pangalawa’y maguunos ng himbing ka looban.

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aguinaldo: Paano ito maisasakatuparan? Mabini: Dapat nang burahin ang salat isip indio na sunod sunuran sa mga Europeyo. Kaya’t aking sinulat Verdadero Dekalogo na makatao at maka Pilipino. Aguinaldo: Diba’t ba inihanda niyo na ito? Mabini: Tinuturo nito’y tao’y pantay pantay ano man ang uri, relihiyon o kulay. Na ang Bathala ay wala sa simbahan. Kung di sa kunsensya ng bawat mamamayan. Para maging gabay sa ating pagbabagkas sa mapangahas ng modelong koloniyal, hetong ordinanza stelarebolusyon na maaaring sundin ng taong bayan sa pagtatayo ng bagong pamayanan at pagtatakda ng pusisyon ni Rizal sa pagbubo ng Kongreso tungohan ng Sekretarya, Gabinete at Presidensiya.

from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Debate

Tanghalang Pilipino’s MAGINING MANDIRIGMA is currently running at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino from February 19 to March 13, 2016. The Musical’s second run however, has now been recast with Liesl Batucan in the role of Mabini, replacing Delphine Buencamino. Arman Ferrer alternates the Emilio Aguinaldo role with David Ezra.

Cast – in white from right: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Liesl Batucan (Apolinario Mabini), David Ezra (Emilio Aguinaldo) performed an excerpt from MABINING MANDIRIGMA last February 7, 2016. It was for the PASINAYA OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast – in white from right: Carol Bello (Dionisia), Liesl Batucan (Apolinario Mabini), David Ezra (Emilio Aguinaldo) performed an excerpt from MABINING MANDIRIGMA last February 7, 2016. It was for the PASINAYA OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theater, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tanghalang Pilipino is the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and has produced MABINING MANDIRIGMA with the support of the National Commission for the Culture and Arts. 2014 was the sesquicentennial birth of Apolinario Mabini (born July 23, 1864), the conceptual heart of the second phase of the Philippine Revolution.

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Librettist Dr. Nick Tiongson is a very well respected member of the academe and is a member of the prestigious MANUNURI NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO. He was also the CCP’s vice-president and the artistic director from 1986 to 1994. Tiongson shared that the concept for the play was specifically for the 150th anniversary. He had already talked with TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef and expressed interest in producing something on Mabini. He said, “I always admired Mabini. Ibang klaseng hero hindi siya yung may dramatic death hindi ganoon. Pero very solid person, brilliant mind he just did his work day to day and refuse to give up on ideas.”

from left: Librettist Dr. Nicanor Tiongson & Production Designer & Sculptor Toym Imao. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Librettist Dr. Nicanor Tiongson & Production Designer & Sculptor Toym Imao. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

During the course of his extensive research he found out that other writers and biographers also admired Mabini. One of them is Nick Joaquin who admired the hero as one of the homegrown intellectuals, unlike Rizal and others who studied in Europe. Tiongson explained, “His law class was one of the most brilliant ever coming from UST. In that class he was recognized as the most brilliant. Grade wise he was better than Rizal. He’s amazing and he could not even afford textbooks. So he would borrow textbooks before class read the lesson. He had a photographic memory so he knew what they were talking about. Obviously not just photographic memory he understood what he was reading.”

from left: Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The achievement may not have been as spectacular or dramatic as other heroes like Bonifacio or even Gen. Luna, “What he did was provide the whole ideology for the second phase of the revolution. Of course that’s a very intellectual thing. That’s not exactly everybody’s cup of tea. Hindi yon ganoon ka popular. He did not write fiction, Rizal wrote Noli, which is something enjoyable to read. What Mabini did was just as important. An American observer said without Mabini there would have been no second phase of the revolution. And it’s really true. He provided the whole ideology he provided the steps Aguinaldo had to take to dismantle the old order and replace it with a new order. The ideology of a new constitution, he believed in the equality of men and women. He believed women should have the same opportunities for education, professions and suffrage. Wala pang suffrage sa America.”

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Mabini’s ideas were so advanced that not everyone was ready for them, “He was very much ahead of his time. In fact that was his tragedy that his vision for a nation was valid but most of our leaders were not ready to accept. Sinasabi nila dalawa himagsikan: Yung sandatahan at yung sa kalooban. E wala yung kalooban e. So kahit anung gawin ng sandatahan walang mangyayari. Wala naman pagbabago sa kalooban. (There were two revolutions: armed struggle and battle for the hearts of the people. But there was no change in the hearts and minds of the people) The same greed that the Spaniards had our own leaders had. So ano pinag-iba doon? Iba lang kulay pero kasakiman pa rin.”

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The same greed, the same lust for power can be seen in our candidates today. According to Rappler, February 5, 2016- “In two separate resolutions on 6 docketed cases, the Ombudsman said it has jurisdiction to conduct its preliminary investigation that led it to find probable cause to file criminal charges against Binay, his son, and their co-respondents for graft, malversation of public funds, and falsification of public documents in connection with the bidding and construction of the carpark project.” Vice President Binay is currently running for the highest post of the land.

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Binay connection with political dynasties (ilustrados of the past) was made clearer in Bobby M. Tuazon’s opinion piece in PDI entitled ‘Probing Presidential Platforms’: “Unlike his rivals Binay openly defends political dynasties in defiance of the Constitution.”

MABINING MANDIRIGMA’s run is especially significant coming into the elections. The many lessons we learn and see on stage should help us determine our leaders in this crucial period.

Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

There’s a very clear bridge between Mabini’s era and ours today. Tiongson explains, “That’s one reason we did it. How interesting that he was up against are exactly the same forces we still have today. What was mentioned in the end was the whole point, walang nagbabago. Ganoon pa rin, same greed diba? You keep celebrating independence day but you’re never free. Your people are always in bondage. Very often under their own kalahi. Dati foreigner ngayon sarili mong kababayan.” The statement is especially poignant for the EDSA Revolution Anniversary.

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

The casting of female actors Liesl Batucan & Delphine Buencamino was a stroke of genius according to Tionson, “He (Driector Chris Millado) wanted gender free casting. Its been a tradition males play female roles in Shakespeare even here our country so why not the opposite? The style is Brechtian, the point is ideas. The point is for the audience to analyze the ideas being presented not to feel emotion for any character. The steam punk style works very well for that. Alam mo kagad it is not trying to reproduce history. Its taking history and putting it in a medium that is now. That’s the guide for the music also.”

Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen McArthur); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen McArthur); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino was cast as Apolinario Mabini in its previous run. This run is with esteemed actress and vocalist Liesl Batucan. When asked about Mabini’s message Delphine said, “It speaks for itself. Every line he speaks is a statement we should take in. When I was researching him I realized how often this happens. All these issues are still the same. That’s why staging it now is so important. We still don’t think as one nation. That ideology should be the anchor where we do everything.”

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reference Materials suggested by Dr. Nick Tiongson:

1 La Revolucion Filipina Volume 1 and Volume 2 written by Apolinario Mabini, published by National Historical Commission. Available at the National Historical Insitute.

2 The Philippine revolution / Apolinario Mabini ; with a biographical study of the author by Rafael Palma—also known as La Revolucion Filipina con Los Documentos de la Epoca, por Apolinario Mabini by Rafael Palma

3 Mabini and the Philippine Revolution by Cesar Adib Majul, University of the Philippines, Quezon City 1960.

4 Malolos: The crisis of the republic (Philippine studies reprint series) Paperback – 1997 by Teodoro A Agoncillo, available in amazon.com

5 A Question of Heroes by Nick Joaquin – 2005 available in amazon.com

Bottom row from left: Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur), Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro), Aldo Vencilao (Pepe) Mid row from left: Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino), Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo), Phi Palmos (Noriel), CK Español (Padre Valerio Malabanan / Trias) Top row from left:  Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), Marco Viaña (Pule) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bottom row from left: Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur), Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro), Aldo Vencilao (Pepe) Mid row from left: Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino), Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo), Phi Palmos (Noriel), CK Español (Padre Valerio Malabanan / Trias) Top row from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), Marco Viaña (Pule) and Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Arman Ferrer as Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Ladies from left: Antonette Go (Koro), EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro), Merry Mia Sinaguinan (Mark Twain/Koro), Katreen Dela Cruz (Gen Mc Arthur) & Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Aldo Vencilao (Pepe), background in Colorful hair is Merry Mia Sinaguinan as Mark Twain. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) & Aldo Vencilao (Pepe), background in Colorful hair is Merry Mia Sinaguinan as Mark Twain. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Video Projection Design by GA Fallarme; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phi Palmos (Noriel), Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna) and Kenneth Mangurit (Prudencio). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phi Palmos (Noriel), Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna) and Kenneth Mangurit (Prudencio). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) waves the Philippine Flag as declaration of our independence. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Marco Viana (Pule) and Carol Bello (Dionisia/Inang Bayan). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marco Viana (Pule) and Carol Bello (Dionisia/Inang Bayan). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Center: Arman Ferrer as Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo; TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: EJ Pepito (Pres. Taft), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) and Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Treacherous Ilustrados from left: Karl Jinco (Gregorio Araneta), JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno), Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino) and Alfritz Blanche (Benito Legarda). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Renson Gacutan (Mang Elio), Phi Palmos (Noriel), Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna) and Kenneth Mangurit (Prudencio). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Renson Gacutan (Mang Elio), Phi Palmos (Noriel), Tope Klatchko (Heneral Luna) and Kenneth Mangurit (Prudencio). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sigrid Balbas (Bell/Koro); TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) narrates the Ilustrados treachery. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino (Apolinario Mabini) narrates the Ilustrados treachery. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) and Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Arman Ferrer (Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo) and Lhorvie Nuevo (Aling Sima/Koro). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mabini was famously transported in between battles via hammock. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mabini was famously transported in between battles via hammock. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA is running from February 19 to March 13, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP with shows at 3pm and 8 pm. Photo by Jude Bautista

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David Bowie: Rock Theater (Part3)

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.
David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Elvis and Lennon were certainly more popular but creatively, culturally, politically no one has had a bigger impact than David Bowie. He has created music genres-Plastic Soul, New Wave and indirectly influenced Heavy Metal, Punk and even Grunge. He has expanded his creativity to acting, film, and most definitely fashion. His hair, style, and stage presence brought on the phrase Rock Theater, influencing almost every successful artist we see today. Every time words such as otherworldly, unique, bold, crop up Bowie comes to mind.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

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 In 1980 Bowie made his Broadway Debut in THE ELEPHANT MAN. In an interview he said, “The Elephant Man appealed to me because I have this eclectic thing about freaks, isolationists and alienated people. I gather information on people like that.”

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

He performed without use of heavy make up. The performance was based solely on his movement, disfigured legs, manipulating his voice and misshapen stance every night. His earlier training as mime helped him achieve desired effect. Critics praised Bowie for his acting abilities in this role.

David Bowie Sound and Vision, Narrated by Jonathan Pryce

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” ---from director David Mallet.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” —from director David Mallet.

Ashes to ashes music video director David Mallet said, “David’s influence on early music videos was the most important. He wasn’t afraid to be surreal, to go back to French silent surrealist movies. He wasn’t afraid to do anything.”

Ashes to Ashes

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

By 1986 Bowie starred as the enigmatic Jareth the Goblin King in LABYRINTH with the young Jennifer Connelly. Again as a kid I was hooked by the involvement of Jim Henson doing a lot of the puppetry work. Henson by then was a star having produced SESAME STREET & THE MUPPET SHOW. Of course Bowie had long hair and had that mysterious flair about him. Although not a commercial success it later became a cult classic especially with Bowie fans. Character designer Brian Froud gave Jareth a swagger stick with a crystal, which from a distance looked like a mic. The tight pants was also intentional, the look was supposed to be the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

LABYRINTH was (right) Jim Henson’s last film before his death. Left: Bowie with a 14-year-old Jennifer Connelly.

LABYRINTH was (right) Jim Henson’s last film before his death. Left: Bowie with a 14-year-old Jennifer Connelly.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

His acting career started way before Labyrinth, and was cast in WWII epic MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983). In between he’s had dozens of TV appearances as well. His film roles as an actor vary from Pontius Pilate in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988) to Nikola Tesla in THE PRESTIGE (2006) with lead actors Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Cain. Bowie had a cameo in ZOOLANDER in 2000 as a judge of the Walk off battle between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. ZOOLANDER2 will be released in February 2016. Although the role was short it was an indication of Bowie’s influence that extended to fashion.

David Bowie judges Zoolander walk off battle

left: Bowie with designer Kansai Yamamoto, right: images from the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit which has toured the most prestigious museums around the world since 2013.

left: Bowie with designer Kansai Yamamoto, right: images from the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit which has toured the most prestigious museums around the world since 2013.

FASHION

It was a symbiotic relationship that he had with designers. Their creations were a visual of his music. Bowie’s music and flamboyance gave life to designers’ creations. Characters Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane, The Thin White Duke came alive and changed our world. Later on Bowie added so much of his flair and panache to colored suits. Whatever he was wearing, whenever it was a reflection of his identity and enduring style.

In 2013 VOGUE Japan featured Kansai Yamamoto’s designs that David Bowie made famous (modeled by women of course - as they were intended). They still look as fresh, radical & eye catching as it did when Bowie first wore them as Ziggy Stardust more than 40 years before.

In 2013 VOGUE Japan featured Kansai Yamamoto’s designs that David Bowie made famous (modeled by women of course – as they were intended). They still look as fresh, radical & eye catching as it did when Bowie first wore them as Ziggy Stardust more than 40 years before. 

In 1971 Bowie’s over the top black jumpsuit for Ziggy Stardust and other costumes were by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Based on the kimono it was originally intended for women. In an interview with ELLE Yamamoto said, “When he (Bowie) visited Tokyo, I took him to a market and he was delighted to find an over-the-shoulder bag, which he bought. But actually it was of a type made for Japanese bus drivers! How would I describe him? Sensitive, bold, and dynamic. I was impressed at the way he totally connected with his audience.” Yamamoto was the first designer to hold a fashion show in Moscow’s Red Square post cold war in 1993. Considered as a Super show it included fashion, dancing and fireworks.

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie worked with designers such as Freddie Buretti, Natasha Korniloff Pierrot, and Michael Fish. His rule with all of them was simple, “it has to look the way the music sounds.” Bowie has influenced countless other designers since then with his otherworldly style. Italian designers Ennio Capasa, Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas, Donatella Versace have recently paid tribute to Bowie with their fashion shows just a week after his passing.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Photos have been collated by mirror.uk. ; In 2003 Kate Moss recreated the famous Duffy photograph of David Bowie with a lightning slashed cover.

In 2011 Kate Moss was convincingly transformed into David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust from the mullet hair to the outfit to her anchor tattoo (Bowie once sported a fake anchor tattoo) for the iconic cover.

Supermodel Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust on Vogue cover

Supermodel Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust on Vogue cover

Lady Gaga copied the lightning bolt concept on the face but also used Bowie’s SCARY MONSTERS album as inspiration for the artwork on her APPLAUSE single.

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.

A day before Bowie’s passing she was reported to have credited him as an influence, “When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls. He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”

right: Even Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover from 1980 has been a source of inspiration for Lady Gaga.

right: Even Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover from 1980 has been a source of inspiration for Lady Gaga.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

BBC History Magazine, in a poll of readers determined that David Bowie as the best-dressed Briton in history. Bowie won the title with 48.5 per cent of the votes. Designer Wayne Hemingway explained, “Here was a creative genius who understood art and design, looked cool, inspired us and upset the establishment. All these attributes lead to things that drive humankind forward… change”. Bowie beat out other nominees that included ‘Queen Elizabeth I; Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and original dandy Beau Brummell, a fashion icon who reputedly spent six hours a day getting ready. The trio received 13.6 per cent, 9.5 per cent and 8.4 per cent of the votes respectively.’

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

DAVID BOWIE IS EXHIBIT

In 2013 an exhibit entitled DAVID BOWIE IS was organized at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London- ‘the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design housing a permanent collection of 4.5million objects’ (Wikipedia). From the V&A site: ‘They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The exhibition explored the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display were more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these were more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.’

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

Special screenings of the accompanying film DAVID BOWIE IS HAPPENING NOW are scheduled on January 17, 2016. The film combines a tour of the exhibition with the curators, archive footage and interviews with special guests including Kansai Yamamoto, Jarvis Cocker, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and Jeremy Deller.

from left: Tilda Swinton, Lorde and David, the reception was for pal Tilly.

from left: Tilda Swinton, Lorde and David, the reception was for pal Tilly.

Tilda Swinton- her speech for the opening of the exhibit in 2013:

Dear Dave

When I asked you if you wanted me to say anything here tonight

You said ‘Only three words, one of them testicular..’

So I’ll pass that on

Here I am at surely the most eclectic of all the London branches of Bowie Anonymous
All the nicest possible freaks are here

We’re in the Victoria and Albert Museum preparing to rifle through your drawers
It’s truly an amazing thing

This was my favourite playground as a child
Medieval armour : my fantasy space wear

And, alongside, when I was 12 – and a square sort of kid in a Round Pond sort of childhood, not far from here – I carried a copy of Aladdin Sane around with me – a full 2 years before i had the wherewithal to play it

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

The image of that gingery boney pinky whitey person on the cover with the liquid mercury collar bone was – for one particular young moonage daydreamer – the image of planetary kin, of a close imaginary cousin and companion of choice

It’s taken me a long time to admit, even to myself, let alone you, that it was the vision and not yet the sound that
hooked me up – but if i can’t confess that here and now, then when and where?

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

We all have our own roots
And routes
To this room

Some of us – the enviable – found the fellowship early in the funfests of

Billy’s Bowie Nights
or equivalent lodges from San Francisco to Auckland to Heidelberg

and all points in between

For others, it was a more lonesome affair, paced out in a sort of private morse code like following bread crumbs through a forest

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

I’m not saying that if you hadn’t pitched up I would have worn a pie crust collar and pearls like some of those I went to school with
I’m not saying that if you hadn’t weighed in, Princess Julia would have been less inventive with the pink blusher
Simply that, you provided the sideways like us with such rare and out-there company
Such fellowship
You pulled us in and left your arm dangling over our necks
And kept us warm – as you have for – isn’t it ? – centuries now

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

You were
You are
One of us

And you have remained the reliable mortal in amongst all the immortal shapes you have thrown

Nothing more certain than changes

Always with a weather eye out
Always awake and clocking the fallout

Those Mayans must have known something when they set their calendar down before January 2013

Because, of course, now all bets are off

I know, because you told me, how tickled you were to knock Elvis – for once! – out of the headlines on your shared birthday this year

There’s so much for all of us to be happy about since then

Yet, I think the thing I’m loving the most about the last few weeks
is how clear it now is – how undeniable – that the freak becomes the great unifier
The alien is the best company after all
For so many more than the few

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

They wanted a Bowie fan to speak tonight. They could have thrown a paper napkin and hit a hundred.
I’m the lucky one, standing up to speak for all my fellow freaks anxious to win

the pub quiz and
claim their number one most super-fan t-shirt

I want to give thanks to the Victoria and Albert Museum for indulging us so
For laying on our dream show

For showing us – look at their advance ticket sales – that , as is
written along the bottom of this months Q magazine,
‘why we all live in David’s world now’

To Gucci and Sennheiser for putting up the cash, laying on the sound and vision
To Geoffrey and Victoria for curating an entire universe so beautifully, on behalf of us all

left: Bowie wears aqua blue suit by Freddi Buretti copied by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton

left: Bowie wears aqua blue suit by Freddi Buretti copied by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton

When I think of what it used to feel like once
To be a freak who liked you
To feel like a freak like you
– a freak who even looked a little like you

And then I think of the countless people of every size and feather who are going to walk through this trace of your journey here and pick up the breadcrumbs
in the great hub of this mothership over these Spring and Summer months..

And how familiar and stamped you are into ALL of our our collective DNA

I’m just plain proud

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

So

Where are we now?

Well
I know you aren’t here tonight, but
Somehow, no matter

We are –
And you brought us out of the wainscotting like so many
Freaky old bastards
Like so many fan boys and girls
Like so many loners and pretty things and dandies and dudes and dukes and duckies and testicular types
And pulled us together

Together
By you
Dave Jones
Our not so absent, not so invisible, friend

Every alien’s favourite cousin
Certainly mine

We have a nice life

Yours aye

Tilly

Tilda Swinton was cast in David Bowie’s music video The Stars Are Out Tonight (2013

Tilda Swinton was cast in David Bowie’s music video The Stars Are Out Tonight (2013

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

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David with son Duncan Jones who was his best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David with son Duncan Jones who was his best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

Style icons David Bowie & Cher

Style icons David Bowie & Cher

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Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

albums from left: Alladin Sane (April 1973), The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 1972), Hunky Dory (Dec 1971) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Alladin Sane (April 1973), The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 1972), Hunky Dory (Dec 1971) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

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from left: Peter Cook Bowie and Dudley Moore (May 1973) backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair's show 'Behind The Fridge'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

from left: Peter Cook Bowie and Dudley Moore (May 1973) backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair’s show ‘Behind The Fridge’. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

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Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” ---from director David Mallet.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” —from director David Mallet.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

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David receives walk of fame star with love of his life, Iman (1997).

David receives walk of fame star with love of his life, Iman (1997).

albums from left: Let’s Dance (Apr 1983), Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (Sept 1980), Lodger (May 1979) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Let’s Dance (Apr 1983), Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (Sept 1980), Lodger (May 1979) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

from left: Keith Richards and David Bowie.

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Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

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left: 1993 Herb Ritts portrait of Bowie. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

left: 1993 Herb Ritts portrait of Bowie. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

from left: Michael Caine and David Bowie were cast mates in THE PRESTIGE (2006).

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

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Bowie wears aqua blue suits by Freddi Buretti

Bowie wears aqua blue suits by Freddi Buretti

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Bowie produced Iggy Pop’s first solo album way back 1976 in Berlin.

Bowie produced Iggy Pop’s first solo album way back 1976 in Berlin.

from left: Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bowie and Johnny Depp.

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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David Bowie: Sexual Mystique (part2)

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.
David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

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With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Changing Attitudes

Attributing the current climate of political correctness and tolerance towards alternative lifestyles to artists like David Bowie is not an exaggeration. He influenced artists not just with his music but the sheer power of who he was on stage. Even without the mask of costumes and make up, his message of tolerance was made clearer.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

Again I go back to my youth in the most touching example of Bowie’s message. He collaborated with Queen for the song UNDER PRESSURE providing lyrics and a duet with Freddie Mercury. It was a monumental hit in 1981. While Brian May thought of the guitar rift and John Deacon the now iconic repetitive bass note, Bowie was the one who insisted on creating the message and title ‘took over’ the song as detailed by May in his memoriam. The song has become an anthem for the LGBT community, the lyrics speaking about society’s suppression of their identities, sexuality.

Proper context has to be provided as to the success of the song and other related events. UNDER PRESSURE had a revival of sorts after being sampled, included in the rap song ICE ICE BABY which also became no.1 in 1990.

Freddie Mercury – Streets of Philadelphia 1991

In November 24, 1991 Freddie Mercury passed away. Before his death he admitted to being HIV positive, in order to create more awareness about AIDS and eventually inspire research to cure the disease. QUEEN with the help of countless artists then organized The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness. It attracted 72,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992. Performers include Metallica, Extreme, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant and even Liza Minelli.

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

Bowie sang an emotional UNDER PRESSURE with Annie Lennox in honor of their late friend Freddie Mercury. The words of the song he wrote a decade before had rung true even more:

Queen & Annie Lennox & David Bowie – Under Pressure – HD

It’s the terror of knowing

What this world is about

Watching some good friends

Screaming, “Let me out!”

Tomorrow gets me higher, higher, higher…

Pressure on people – people on streets

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

Turned away from it all like a blind man

Sat on a fence but it don’t work

Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn

Why, why, why?

Love

Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking

Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?

Why can’t we give love that one more chance?

Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word

And love dares you to care for

The people on the edge of the night

And love dares you to change our way of

Caring about ourselves

This is our last dance

This is our last dance

This is ourselves

Under pressure

Under pressure

Pressure

Bowie & Lennox rehearse UNDER PRESSURE- watch Bowie joke around, George Michael watch them in awe.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent. ( July 1969)

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent. ( July 1969)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Sexuality was part of his mystique even before his creation of Ziggy Stardust. As a youngster trying to make it in the music business he had to share a flat with manager Kenneth Pitt. “Sometimes loping around the flat naked, his long weighty penis swaying from side to side like a pendulum in a grandfather clock” from Wendy Leigh’s BOWIE: THE BIOGRAPHY.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

He was more than just physically well endowed. He was gentlemanly, respectful, charming and intelligent. If he was already sexually magnetic to both men and women as a teenager, imagine how attractive he’d be as a successful musician. Bowie’s open marriage with wife Angie Barnett, has been well documented especially in her tell all autobiography. They had a son Duncan Jones who later on became a filmmaker.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones. Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones. Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

There are also many different accounts of his affair with Mick Jagger. Whether or not they’re true, personally as a fan I wouldn’t expect anything less. If he were to sleep with another man shouldn’t it be with someone of the same stature? Bowie may have experimented with other men, agents and male models. But the most persistent rumor of an actual affair is with Jagger.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair

By the time Bowie got to America, the legend of his sexual conquests only grew including Liz Taylor, a 3-year affair with Susan Sarandon, Tina Turner, Lulu, Playboy centerfold Bebe Buell, Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes, Nina Simone, Ava Cherry, dancer Melissa Hurley (20 years younger) even Oona Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s widow) Elvis’s ex Monique van Vooren both of whom were 20 years older. Decades before the film AMERICAN PIE, popularizing the term/acronym MILF (Moms I’d like to F***), Bowie was already at it with women 20 years his senior.

David with (left) Liz Taylor and (right) Tina Turner

David with (left) Liz Taylor and (right) Tina Turner

David had an affair with back up singer Ava Cherry (seated)

David had an affair with back up singer Ava Cherry (seated)

He appreciated the beauty of African American women (jazz singer Nina Simone and back up vocalists Ava Cherry). He even had a brief affair with Chinese blooded Kiwi Geeling Ching from his CHINA GIRL video. Ching told the New Zealand Herald ‘her life was forever changed’ by her experience with Bowie. She’s now a successful restaurateur.

China Girl

Bowie had a brief affair with Geeling Ching cast in his China Girl music video.

Bowie had a brief affair with Geeling Ching cast in his China Girl music video.

He was one of the first singers to openly admit, “I’m gay” which became a famous, landmark story for MELODY MAKER in 1971. He would later amend this to ‘bisexual’ and as he fell in love with Iman finally shared that he was straight. Regardless of his subsequent statements he was the among the first if not the most high profile to admit having any kind of sexual preference other than heterosexuality.

New wave progenitors Lou Reed & David Bowie kiss right on the lips.

New wave progenitors Lou Reed & David Bowie kiss right on the lips.

This was at a time when homosexuality was deemed a criminal act until 1967. Not surprisingly his tastes transformed. He fell madly in love with Somalian super model Iman after meeting her in a party in 1990. They got married in1992 and had daughter Alexandria in 2000.

from left: Bono Vox, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Iman and Brian Eno

from left: Bono Vox, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Iman and Brian Eno

He has had struggles with cocaine and alcohol abuse in the 1970s and has attempted to completely rid himself of his addictions since the 80s. His cocaine abuse got so bad he feared going insane (was convinced he was possessed by Satan) and woke up literally in the gutter.

from left: Keith Richards, Tina Turner and David Bowie

from left: Keith Richards, Tina Turner and David Bowie

The stable family life with Iman has finally helped him kick his cocaine and alcohol abuse. Also in the BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman: “I don’t drink, it would kill me. I’m an alcoholic. It would mean death for me to start drinking again. My relationships with my friends and family, everybody has been so good for so many years now. I wouldn’t do anything to destroy that again. It’s very hard to have relationships when you’re doing drugs and drinking I found for me personally. You become closed off, unreceptive, insensitive, all the dreadful things you’ve heard pop singers ever sang. I was very lucky I found my way out of that.”

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

sculpture by David Bowie.

sculpture by David Bowie.

PAINTER, ART CRITIC & PUBLISHER

Even in the world of art Bowie was subversive and multifaceted. He graduated Bromley Technical High School, briefly going to Croydon School of Art. He painted, drew and sculpted throughout his life. He confessed to turning to drawing or painting when stuck in his musical compositions or lyric writing. ‘But it was only in 1995 when he had his first one man exhibition of paintings in The Gallery on Cork Street’.- THEART NEWSPAPER.com

Bowie’s artworks includes prints (left) Iman, 1998 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 24 x 20 cm (right) Self Portrait (Mustique), 2002 Lithograph on Fabriano paper, 24 x 19 cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Bowie’s artworks includes prints (left) Iman, 1998 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 24 x 20 cm (right) Self Portrait (Mustique), 2002 Lithograph on Fabriano paper, 24 x 19 cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

The subversive part was in his art criticism. He was part of the editorial board of MODERN PAINTER, interviewing and writing about artists of note in the mid to late 90s. He wanted to put up ‘21’ a publishing house that would help make art accessible to the masses. In a 1998 interview with ARTnews he said, “Everything was either art at an academic level or so dense with art-talk that it excluded 90 percent of the reading market. We thought it might be a good thing to go at least halfway to changing that. I say halfway because some of us are maybe more populist than others.”

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

William Boyd, a colleague from the MODERN PAINTER editorial board approached Bowie with an idea to create a fictional artist and sell him off as the real thing. The idea was to illicit reactions from so called art experts and aficionados and expose them for who they were. While Boyd’s idea was only a feature in a magazine, Bowie insisted that it had to be a book to create a more convincing illusion. In 1998 Bowie’s company 21 published NAT TATE: AN AMERICAN ARTIST 1928-1960.

Bowie designed his REALITY album cover. This is the original print on which it was based- Reality, 2003 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 30½ x 30½ cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Bowie designed his REALITY album cover. This is the original print on which it was based- Reality, 2003 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 30½ x 30½ cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Boyd writes, “I invented a dead American ‘artist’ I called Nat Tate and wrote his biography. Then the team at Modern Painters and 21 transformed the text into a small, beautifully made and copiously illustrated artist’s monograph. However, there’s absolutely no denying the fact that it was Bowie’s participation in the eventual hoax that gave it media heft. He published the book, he organized the launch party (on April Fool’s Day, 1998) in Jeff Koons’s studio in Manhattan – Koons was a friend of Bowie – and it was Bowie who read out extracts of the book, absolutely deadpan, to the assembled New York glitterati. The clincher was his statement in the blurb that he was convinced that, ‘The small oil I picked up on Prince Street, New York, must indeed be one of the lost Third Panel Triptychs. The great sadness of this quiet and moving monograph is that the artist’s most profound dread – that God will make you an artist but only a mediocre artist – did not in retrospect apply to Nat Tate.’ Who wouldn’t be swayed by that eloquent testimonial?”

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

The book and Bowie’s performance was so convincing that, “A surprising number seemed to have attended one of his rare retrospectives in the late 60s and everyone lamented how sad they were he had died so young.”-Theguardian.

Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

When asked about the phrase Cool Britannia by BBC’s Paxman, Bowie said, “Its so cliché and silly and ineffective I think. I don’t think it’s really changed. I think it helps the media get a handle on things. I don’t think anywhere else anyone believes it. There’s good and bad in everything we do. We have brilliant architects, got some wonderful visual artists and some rubbish artists as well. We’ve always been good at music. We’re not a rock and roll nation. Everything we do in rock and roll has a sense of irony attached to it. We know we’re not Americans, we know it didn’t spring from our souls. What the British do they do something with it to make them feel smug. That’s what we’re good at doing.”

David Bowie with left: Kate Moss, right: Tina Turner

David Bowie with left: Kate Moss, right: Tina Turner

It was never out of vanity or judgment that he refused the knighthood in 2000 (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and in 2003. He just eschewed awards of that nature with pomp and ceremony more out of humility. Madonna had to receive Bowie’s award during his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He also refused to attend an awarding ceremony from the French government, The Order of Arts and Letters, which was sent to him by mail. Bowie showed it off to talk show host Conan O’Brien in an interview in 2002.

David Bowie – Late Night With Conan O’Brien 18 June 2002

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

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albums from left: Young America (March 1975), Diamond Dogs (May 1974), Pin Ups (Oct 1973) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Young America (March 1975), Diamond Dogs (May 1974), Pin Ups (Oct 1973) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Liz Taylor fell for the sexy and charming David Bowie

Liz Taylor fell for the sexy and charming David Bowie

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Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Bowie had a 3 year affair with Susan Sarandon after co starring with her in THE HUNGER (1983)

Bowie had a 3 year affair with Susan Sarandon after co starring with her in THE HUNGER (1983)

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Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

Bowie with Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto

Bowie with Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto

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David and son Duncan Jones who became best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David and son Duncan Jones who became best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

David Bowie was arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester New York, March 21, 1976.

David Bowie was arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester New York, March 21, 1976.

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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

from left: Keith Richards, Tina Turner and David Bowie

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David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

Bowie fell in love with dancer and costume designer Hermione Farthingale—while training under Lindsay Kemp (who was also his lover).

Bowie fell in love with dancer and costume designer Hermione Farthingale—while training under Lindsay Kemp (who was also his lover).

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The Diamond Dogs album (1984) was designed by Guy Peellaert - Cover illustration with reference to Bowie photograph by Terry O'Neill

The Diamond Dogs album (1984) was designed by Guy Peellaert – Cover illustration with reference to Bowie photograph by Terry O’Neill

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Bowie and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

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David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

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David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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David Bowie: Its Ok to be Different (part1)

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.
Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

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With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Hearing of David Bowie’s death from liver cancer last Sunday January 10, 2016 was a complete shock. In the Philippines we were reeling from the loss of PDI founder Letty Jimenez Magsanoc (December 25) and just a few days before Bowie – Kuya Germs (January 8).

Bowie dressed to kill at LIVE AID 1985

Bowie dressed to kill at LIVE AID 1985

While there have been no details of his cancer from the family producer (and former band mate) Tony Visconti shared with Rolling Stone that Bowie still wanted to make another album after his current release Black Star. Visconti was aware that Bowie had been undergoing chemotherapy.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

The New York Times reported that a memorial concert in his honor is scheduled on March 31st at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Artists include. The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan. There may be even more artists participating who want to honor this creative genius.

Bowie was one of the first artists to embrace the new medium of music videos in 1981 and Mtv. He was also an advocate of the Internet before it was fashionable.

Bowie was one of the first artists to embrace the new medium of music videos in 1981 and Mtv. He was also an advocate of the Internet before it was fashionable.

The first time I had seen or heard of David Bowie was as an 11 year old watching Betamax tapes of MTV brought from the U.S. in the early eighties. We didn’t even know the concept of the music video until we saw those shaky video images to Bowie’s MODERN LOVE, LET’S DANCE and CHINA GIRL. His look for that time was a blonde pompadour, as a cool 50s icon. I had no idea of who he was before that. We were just mesmerized with his look and music.

Modern Love

Even then his music resonated with a young adolescent like me. On the same tapes we’d see Boy George of CULTURE CLUB in complete drag and debate amongst ourselves if he really were a woman or man. And shake our heads in disbelief. Because the music was so catchy, so fun, like KARMA CHAMELEON, we didn’t really care if he was in a dress or not. As kids we just loved the music, the band, the whole show. Our minds were blown by the fact there were these 3-minute movies that accompanied, songs we were singing to. And there was a channel in the U.S. that showed nothing but music videos.

Culture Club Karma Chameleon

It was little later on that I found out that David Bowie was already in a dress and costumes creating androgynous characters a decade before Boy George did it. Back in 1971 he was famous for Ziggy Stardust. He had orange hair, shaved eyebrows, gaunt face, kabuki make up, the very definition of androgyny. One of his hits from that era STARMAN was recently revived in the film The MARTIAN with Matt Damon in 2015.

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Music Transcends

I distinctly remember one of my older brother’s barkada say he didn’t like Bowie saying “Bakla yan” (He’s gay). In my young mind it was the first time I had even heard of the term or knew what it meant. None of it mattered because as kids we just loved his music.

Bowie wears Michael Fish design (1971)

Bowie wears Michael Fish design (1971)

I didn’t realize it back then. But that’s what music does it transcends prejudice or race or sexual orientation. Bowie was such a big deal because before him rock stars were this male heterosexual figure, from Elvis, The Beatles, Beach Boys and so on. Born David Jones he changed his last name to Bowie to distinguish himself from another iconic band The Monkees whose star was Davey Jones.

Teenaged Bowie poses for his early band the Kon-rads

Teenaged Bowie poses for his early band the Kon-rads

Musically he’s done it all- his career spanned 6 decades with 111 singles, 5 UK no1.s, 2 Brit awards and 2 Grammys. Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to Skynews said, “Genius is an overused word but musically, creatively, artistically David Bowie was a genius. For someone of my age he provided a lot of the soundtrack of our lives. From the first time I heard Space Oddity to watching our athletes appear in the wonderful Olympics to the strings of Heroes.”

Changes

With Ziggy Stardust, androgynous look from the 1970s through out, Bowie didn’t just influence Boy George but a whole generation of musicians. Ziggy was just the most famous but his transformation began with the album Space Oddity, then Hunky Dory which had the hit “Changes” whose cover already had Bowie in Blonde wig and drag. But Ziggy was only the most famous of his characters, ‘that changed what it meant to be a rock star’. (Skynews)

Bowie has permanently dilated left pupil after being punched by his schoolmate over a girl.

Bowie has permanently dilated left pupil after being punched by his schoolmate over a girl.

Ziggy farewell

Bowie killed off the character early even if it was the most popular and successful incarnation to date. Rolling Stone describes the significance, “They dressed like Bowie, in daring and glamorous outfits; they cut and dyed their hair to duplicate his shock-red mane; they made their faces pallid, and painted their eyes with radiant shimmer. These were the people, the outcasts, whom Bowie spoke to in “Changes,” when he sang, “And these children that you spit on/As they try to change their worlds/Are immune to your consultations/They’re quite aware what they’re going through…When he left the Odeon that night, he intended to leave Ziggy Stardust behind, but he would also leave behind the most important deed of his life: He had provided a model of courage to millions who had never been embraced by a popular culture hero before. He helped set others free in unexpected ways, even if he couldn’t do the same for himself.”

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

According to documentary David Bowie Sound and Vision (narrated by Jonathan Pryce), Bowie was himself influenced by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and mime Lindsay Kemp. He combined all these and made it his own performance. 1972 Bowie fused everything he had learned in mime and theater created Ziggy Stardust. He said U.S. rock singer Vince Taylor was one of one of the essential ingredients. Taylor said there’s a connection between himself, UFOs and Jesus Christ. Photographer Mick Rock said, “There was Lindsay Kemp, Andy Warhol and a whole lot of David Bowie in Ziggy” Bowie found out that creating fictional characters gave him more freedom to express himself through music.

Starman

He made it cool. Its ok if you’re a guy and you want to wear a dress, put a wig on, put make up on. He predated the whole glam rock generation with long hair and eyeliners in the 1980s. It’s OK to be different because that is who we he was. Everyone from Duran Duran, The Smiths to Bon Jovi followed suit if not in look with the boldness of lyrics dealing with deeper issues of homosexuality, depression, social issues. Lady Gaga & Madonna have in a way patterned their own transformations to Bowie’s evolution.

Rebel Rebel

Madonna said, “He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century, and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was OK to be different. And he’s the first Rebel Heart that I laid eyes on.”

From left: Billy Idol, Sam Kinison, Madonna and David Bowie.

From left: Billy Idol, Sam Kinison, Madonna and David Bowie.

He created these characters not to fit in but to stand out. He had a very revealing BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman in 1999, “I’ve always been a curious and enthusiastic person, from when I was a teenager. It wasn’t up to me to identify what that meant. I just had to accept that I was a person who had a very short attention span move from one thing to another quite rapidly when I got bored with the other. I became comfortable with that. I didn’t try to identify myself or didn’t try to ask myself who I was. The less questioning I did about myself as to who I was the more comfortable I felt. So now I have no knowledge of who I am. I’m extremely happy.”

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

LOW, LODGER, HEROES

As the consummate artist Bowie did not allow himself to stagnate. 1976 he moved to an apartment in Berlin to kick his cocaine habit. He produced Iggy Pop’s album THE IDIOT and did a majority of the instruments himself. Along with his own album STATION TO STATION, he created another persona: The Thin White Duke.

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Legendary producer Brian Eno described that time in Berlin, “It was a kind of experiment of what emotions what Pop music can cope with. Could it deal with Despair, hysteria and idiot glee as well as the things pop dealt with up until then”

albums from left: Heroes (Oct 1977), Low (Jan 1977), Station to Station (Jan 1976) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Heroes (Oct 1977), Low (Jan 1977), Station to Station (Jan 1976) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

Although LOW was not a commercial success, it was a landmark work in music which influenced countless other artists. The sound was too Avant-garde for the casual fan but resonated with musicians. Music critic David Wild explains, “It was the album that found the soul in the machine. It found something haunting and human out of electronic music.” David made 2 more LPs intended to break the pop music mold. LODGER & HEROES, title track Heroes was a hit for David. Interviews excerpted from the documentary David Bowie Sound and Vision (narrated by Jonathan Pryce).

Heroes

Rolling Stone feature agrees: “At first Bowie’s label, RCA, did not want to release LOW; however, along with Heroes from that same year, the album went on to inspire a generation — or more — of new artists, from Joy Division to Trent Reznor, and proved Bowie’s most sonically influential work.”

from left: David with Billy Idol and Bono’s David Bowie Playlist.

from left: David with Billy Idol and Bono’s David Bowie Playlist.

Bands Talking Heads, R.E.M, U2, have cited David’s body of work as an influence. Later on artists such as Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Robert Smith (the Cure), The Foo Fighters, MOBY also credited Bowie as instrumental in shaping their work. Nirvana (THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD), Jakob Dylan (HEROES) are among those who’ve remade Bowie’s work.

U2’s Bono Vox kisses his hero.

U2’s Bono Vox kisses his hero.

From U2.com: “As a teenager, Bowie was our Elvis,” Bono said. “They shared the same birthday and they both took music somewhere no one thought it could go. It was his otherworldliness that took us all away.” Edge added, “Next to the Beatles he stands as the most influential artist of all time. He truly altered the course of music history.”

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Bowie was also one of the progenitors of the New Wave movement; Producing Lou Reed’s WALK ON THE WILD SIDE and then writing and performing his albums LOW and then HEROES.

from left: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), David Bowie, Lou Reed and Robert Ian Smith (The Cure) at the tribute concert for David at the Madison Square Garden 1997.

from left: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), David Bowie, Lou Reed and Robert Ian Smith (The Cure) at the tribute concert for David at the Madison Square Garden 1997.

In the Wikipedia definition of New Wave, “Beginning at ‘Bowie and Roxy Music’ themed nights at these clubs, the scene was spearheaded by Steve Strange of Visage, with other soon-to-be pop acts also as regular fixtures such as Boy George of Culture Club, and Spandau Ballet. Around the same time, Duran Duran emerged from a similar scene in Birmingham’s clubs. Many of the acts that arose from the New Romantic club scene adopted synthpop in their own music, though all would credit Bowie and Roxy Music as primary influences to some extent, both musically and visually.”

David jams during U2’s Rattle and Hum tour 1988.

David jams during U2’s Rattle and Hum tour 1988.

David Bowie was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in way back in 1996. Madonna who accepted the award on his behalf shared how watching his concert at 15 changed her life. Bowie practically created the look and sound of glam rock. Not a lot of people are aware that he was one of the originators of the New Wave genre from his experimental work during his years in Berlin.

Madonna thanks Bowie for inspiring her and changing her life- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996)

Germany tweeted its thanks to Bowie. They credited him as helping bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989. As former resident of Berlin he staged a concert in 1987 and started a series of events that led to the fall. His song HEROES was an anthem that united both East and West Berliners. Almost immediately after the concert then U.S. President Ronald Reagan said in a speech “tear down this wall.”

Bowie’s concert in 1989 started a series of events that contributed to the Fall of the Berlin Wall—according to an official German Government Tweet.

Bowie’s concert in 1989 started a series of events that contributed to the Fall of the Berlin Wall—according to an official German Government Tweet.

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left: young Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols-creator of PUNK) shows off his David Bowie t-shirt. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

left: young Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols-creator of PUNK) shows off his David Bowie t-shirt. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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Bowie’s Let’s Dance single was his first worldwide hit (1982).

Bowie’s Let’s Dance single was his first worldwide hit (1982).

Friend, producer and former band mate Tony Visconti.

Friend, producer and former band mate Tony Visconti.

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left: John Lennon advised David Bowie to have more control over his finances. Bowie was later devastated when John was shot in 1980.

left: John Lennon advised David Bowie to have more control over his finances. Bowie was later devastated when John was shot in 1980.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones (1974). Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones (1974). Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails described how Bowie influenced generations of musicians.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails described how Bowie influenced generations of musicians.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

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Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Album BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE was inspired by wife Iman.

Album BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE was inspired by wife Iman.

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from left David, his mom Peggy Jones and Angie on their wedding day 1970

from left David, his mom Peggy Jones and Angie on their wedding day 1970

The Cure’s Robert Ian Smith chats with his idol David Bowie.

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair.

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Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

albums from left: Tin Machine (May 1989), Never Let Me Down (April 1987), Tonight (Sept 1984) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita (1977)

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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

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Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

albums from left: The Man Who Sold The World (Nov 1970), Man Of Words/Man Of Music (Nov 1969), Self titled album (1967) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

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Magical Bernal in Peter Pan

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista
Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The most powerful performance needs the proper mood, through its surroundings and costumes, ambience if you will. This is where the power and magic of Salvador Bernal comes in. While not being gaudy or complex they somehow very easily transport audiences in this case to Neverland.

foreground from right: Eugene Obille (Indian Chief), Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Lily), Jean Marc Gordero (Peter Pan) and Victor Maguad (John). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Eugene Obille (Indian Chief), Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Lily), Jean Marc Gordero (Peter Pan) and Victor Maguad (John). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan will run from December 4-13, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). If there is only one live show you will take your family to make it BP’s Peter Pan. Whether your age is 6 or 96 it’s sure to be a thrill.

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Peter pan is one of the biggest hits from BP. Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales said, “Some people tell us do it every year. Because we’re a repertory company we don’t want to keep repeating the same show. Its the most repeated show, a show we love and very proud of it. Its from world culture but its also very Filipino because its Edna’s (Froilan) choreography and Salvador Bernal’s design.”

Clockwise from top: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Daniel Andes (Michael) & Victor Maguad (John). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Clockwise from top: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Daniel Andes (Michael) & Victor Maguad (John). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

During the flight to Neverland a singular red moon hangs behind Peter, Wendy & the kids. The heavenly body is there but not overpowering in its presence. It aids the illusion of light and travelling a great distance.

The Lost Boys in Neverland- production design by National Artist for Theater  Salvador Bernal. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Lost Boys in Neverland- production design by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sets & Costumes

Although the first Ballet Philippines version was more than 2 decades ago the sets designs are still very much from Salvador Bernal’s work. Morales was able to explain how they achieved this, “It was designed in 1983 we’ve done it 6 times already but what’s very fortuitous about that is when Badong was here they built the production design center. Part of that mandate is to preserve the actual designs. The sets we don’t have storage space we have to recycle each every time.”

London bedroom - production design by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

London bedroom – production design by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Badong is the Filipino nickname for National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal. From official program: He has ‘designed more than 300 productions distinguished for their originality since 1969. As the acknowledged guru of contemporary Filipino theater design Bernal has shared his skills with younger designers through his classes at U.P., A.D.M.U. He also created programs for the CCP Production Design Center which he himself conceptualized and organized.’

Wendy hug

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Some of the costumes were also copied from original designs, “The costumes we are able to keep. Maybe one or two are still from the original show. Sometimes we repeat them but usually we can copy from the original. Some are brand new I won’t tell you which. Some are very old. You’ll be surprised some of the costumes are from the 1970s or 80s, it happens. But of course it depends if it still looks good. It’s really our pleasure and honor to show them again. Not just the costumes but how the sets move. From a big cave it becomes a boat and all of that. All that magic, that’s really Salvador’s contribution and their great collaboration with our dressmakers.”

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

In order to ensure the designs are followed to the exacting standards of Bernal, his long time student and apprentice Ricardo ‘Eric’ Cruz was assigned the lead. As consultant he heads the reproduction of these designs and sometimes adapts them to the current needs. Eric also serves as Chief Culture and the Arts officer of the Production Design and Technical Services Division under the Production and Exhibition Dept. of the CCP.

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The mermaid lagoon was more dependent on costumes. Instead of literal mermaid fins Bernal completely did away with it. He emphasized the bare beautiful legs of the BP Ballerinas and knew they were just as enchanting.

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

In the lead role is Jean Marc Cordero. He considers it a privilege to wear Badong Bernal’s costumes, “Fan ako ng costume ni sir Badong. Palagi may weight may texture pag inilawan mo dumidikit yung ilaw. Hindi siya separate sa ilaw. So ever since kahit anung costume na ginawa niya. Sila lang naman gumawa ng costume ng BP. Pag may ginawa akong classic na BP work alam kong sila yon. Nakakabili sila ng magagandang tela before. Pagmay magandang tela before ngayon pinapattern na lang. Mahirap hanapin certain tela. Pero atleast nandun pa rin yung look. Yung palette niya ang galing ng mix and match ng colors.”

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) is chased by Jimmy Mateo (Crocodile). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) is chased by Jimmy Mateo (Crocodile). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lighting & Choreography

Working in concert with production design is the fine art of lighting. Through hues and shapes of the light we’re convinced it’s in a lagoon, Neverland or a London bedroom. Lighting director John Batalla is a veteran of countless productions not just from BP but Tanghalang Pilipino and many concerts. He has also won Gawad Buhay for his work in Repertory Philippines’ EQUUS in 2010 and BP’s ENCANTADA (2011) by National Artist for Dance Agnes Locsin.

from left: Composer Rony Fortich with Lighting Designer John Batalla. Photo is from TRIPLE THREATS SERIES featuring composer Rony Fortich last October 22, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Composer Rony Fortich with Lighting Designer John Batalla. Photo is from TRIPLE THREATS SERIES featuring composer Rony Fortich last October 22, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choreography is at the heart of the staging as dialogue is set to a minimum. Morales describes Edna Froilan’s work, “The choreography is quite eclectic she only has a few characters on point. Some do a little modern some Broadway sensibility. But the great thing about Edna is she has a childlike spirit. That appeals to the children.”

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Edna Vida Froilan is easily one of the most prestigious choreographers in the country. Her complete works apart from Peter Pan include: NUTCRACKER, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, TAMING OF THE SHREW, IBONG ADARNA, GARDENIA, THE LITTLE TAILOR and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The program states, “Her contemporary works for Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila and the Philippine Ballet Theater have been performed worldwide with critical acclaim.”

Indians & the Lost Boys- costumes by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Indians & the Lost Boys- costumes by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Peter Pan has a special place in her heart having been born in the same year the first musical was produced on Broadway. And having just given birth to her eldest son when given the chance to choreograph, what was then the very first ballet version. Her husband Nonoy Froilan was to be in the lead role of that original production.

from left: Choreographer/ Writer Edna Vida Froilan, Mabining Mandirigma Costume Designer James Reyes and friends. Photo is from Tanghalang Pilipino’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA premiere last July 5, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Choreographer/ Writer Edna Vida Froilan, Mabining Mandirigma Costume Designer James Reyes and friends. Photo is from Tanghalang Pilipino’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA premiere last July 5, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Photo by Jude Bautista

As a contributing writer to the Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Business Daily, her own notes best describe the experience: “Who really is Peter Pan? The answer is an open window to our imaginations. Why didn’t he want to grow up? How did the Lost Boys get to Neverland? Why does Hook with a British accent have such a Spanish flair? I tell the dancers go figure! Create your own history be an onion and create those layers to become tangible characters.”

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) flies over audiences; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) flies over audiences; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

“Ballet Philippines is now on it’s sixth restaging of Peter Pan; beginning in 1983, through 2015. Every time Peter soars at the CCP Main Theater, he transports us to whimsical wafts of Tinkerbell dust to Neverland where time is never planned. There we become young, pure and carefree again. We don’t grow up, we grow down the very core of our being by thinking lovely thoughts. His spirit is contagious. We keep going back to the state of unconditional joy.”—Edna Vida Froilan

Indians & the Lost Boys- costumes by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling) & Mario Esperanza (Father Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling) & Mario Esperanza (Father Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) & Ian Nick Tiba (Smee); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) & Ian Nick Tiba (Smee); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Victor Maguad (John) & Daniel Andes (Michael); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Victor Maguad (John) & Daniel Andes (Michael); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) flies over audiences; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Anjo Sartorio (hound), Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling) & Mario Esperanza (Father Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Anjo Sartorio (hound), Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling) & Mario Esperanza (Father Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy) & Monica Amanda Gana (Mermaid). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy) & Monica Amanda Gana (Mermaid). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) & The Pirates; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) & The Pirates; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Indians & the Lost Boys- costumes by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Indians & the Lost Boys- costumes by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad (John); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy) and Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Lily). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy) and Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Lily). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Clockwise from top: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Daniel Andes (Michael) & Victor Maguad (John). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Clockwise from top: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Daniel Andes (Michael) & Victor Maguad (John). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jean Marc Coredero (Peter Pan) & Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Coredero (Peter Pan) & Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pirate Ship- production design by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Liliy) and Eugene Obille (Indian Chief); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Liliy) and Eugene Obille (Indian Chief); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) & Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan’s) Battle scene. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids frolic in lagoon- costumes & set by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Teepees in Neverland – production design by National Artist for Theater Salvador Bernal. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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High Flying Peter Pan

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista
Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Peter Pan (Jean Marc Cordero) doesn’t just lift off the stage he flies. Incredulously he flies out into the audience over people’s heads. This much beloved classic has always been about action, the fight scenes and journey to Neverland. Can there be a character that celebrates the joy and wonder of childhood more than Peter Pan? There have been countless productions of the classic locally but no one comes close to the Ballet Philippines version. Ballet is the perfect medium to translate the many action scenes.

Pirates- Ballet is the perfect medium for Peter Pan; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pirates- Ballet is the perfect medium for Peter Pan; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines Peter Pan will run from December 4-13, 2015 at the CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). If there is only one live show you will take your family to make it BP’s Peter Pan. Whether your age is 6 or 96 it’s sure to be a thrill. Going there plants that seed of appreciation of dance especially ballet in your child. They’re not even aware of it as an educational activity but works on a purely entertainment level. There were quite a few kids watching. Students and their parents from several schools thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Different talented dancers from BP alternate roles. Jean Marc Cordero, Cyril Aran Fallar, Victor Maguad are in the role of Peter Pan. Rita Angela Winder, Jemima Reyes, Monica Amanda Gana for Wendy. Victor Maguad has literally grown up in Peter Pan having played the roles of Michael, John, now Peter.

Victor Maguad (John); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad (John); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

There was nothing like seeing Peter fly over kids heads on the front row. Or having Croc (Jimmy Mateo) chase down Hook (Garry Corpuz) down the aisles. Everyone was having a hoot. BP Artistic Director Paul Morales said the audience involvement was really part of the charm of the previous staging, “It was part of the original show. That comes from a good theater tradition like pantomime they do that a lot. For children’s show its something that will give kids a more visceral experience.”

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

The illusion of flight is also crucial as this is Pan’s special power. So flight has to be given special attention, “The flying for this show has always been by FOY. Foy is an American company that specializes in flying. In fact, they did the original Peter Pan on Broadway and they do a lot of the Peter Pan shows all over the world. They also did the Repertory Philippines a few years ago. They’re the most professional. They have their own equipment especially made more comfortable than the other ones. They have a big work ethic on safety and all of that. OK siya kahit imported at medyo mahal. It’s a difficult illusion to pull off.”

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) amazes kids with his flight. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Flying by Foy (from official website) calls itself “the most prolific and widely-respected theatrical flying service in the world.” The company was established in 1957 with its headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with the equipment and personnel they also have their ‘Flying Director’ Johnny Pickett working with choreographer Edna Froilan and the dancers.

clockwise from top: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Victor Maguad (John), Daniel Andes (Michael) & Rita Angela Winder (Wendy). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

clockwise from top: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Victor Maguad (John), Daniel Andes (Michael) & Rita Angela Winder (Wendy). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero as Pan has had the most experience with Foy going through it in the same role 5 years ago. For this year, they only had 5 days to rehearse the flying, which isn’t ideal. He admits that he still gets excited with the sensation of flight no matter how many times he’s done it. Human operators are the secret in the smoothness of both takeoff and landing. They watch and anticipate movement of Jean Marc during the performance.

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

There are slight discomforts as the harness was designed for singers who do not have as wide range of movements. Rita Angela Winder as Wendy mentioned the added 3 kilos could make their leaps on stage a little bit more difficult. Seeing the results on stage makes it all worth it.

Usie in Neverland; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Usie in Neverland; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Music

The soundtrack is a combination of 1954 Broadway production from Mary Martins and some classical music. Surprisingly, the music and dialogue is just as timeless as the story of Peter Pan. The lack of a live orchestra in the pit was also maximized. As one of the many funny scenes that surprised both kids and adults is when Hook falls into the river (the orchestra pit in this case) and disappears. The hilarious chase scene with the crocodile ensues to the front row of dozens of screaming kids worried for Hook.

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the Broadway musical there are other sources. Morales said, “There are some pieces like classical music. One is a syncopated clock famous piece, fight scene. Indian music some of it is traditional music. A lot of it is from the musical. The mermaid scene is another piece of music. Peter Pan is this old old work you have this book. You have this great animation (from Disney) so there’s a lot of that influence we try to bring and capture.”

Mermaids frolic in their lagoon; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids from right: Stephanie Eunice Cabral, Georgia Cuerpo & Regina Alcantara; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Watch out for the young performers in the roles of Tinkerbell (Janine Myrtell Arisola, Gilliane Therese Gequinto, Joanne Therese Sartorio), John (Erl Sorilla,Victor Maguad, Ricmar Policarpio)& Michael (Daniel Andes, David Andes) even the Lost boys (Ricmar Policarpio, Maila Jean Habagat, Jacqueline Mercado, Isabel Shy, Karla Santos, Louise Lao, Jhomar Loneza,Justine Orande, Mines Solomon, Sophia Andes, Izza Liong, Gianna Hervas, Bryan Abano, Eriel Sunggalia). They just might be the next to take flight as Wendy or Peter Pan.

Indians & the Lost Boys; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Indians & the Lost Boys; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mermaids frolic in their lagoon; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mermaids frolic in their lagoon; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: artist Jasmine Cruz, writers Sandy Da Silva and Frida Tan. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rita Angela Winder (Wendy); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kids went crazy when they had the chance to meet the cast after the show. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling) & Mario Esperanza (Father Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling) & Mario Esperanza (Father Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leap from left: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Victor Maguad (John), Rita Angela Winder & Janine Martel Arisola (Tinkerbell). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leap from left: Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan), Victor Maguad (John), Rita Angela Winder & Janine Martel Arisola (Tinkerbell). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pirates- Ballet is the perfect medium for Peter Pan; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pirates- Ballet is the perfect medium for Peter Pan; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) poses with young fans. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Janine Myrtel Arisola (Tinkerbell); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Janine Myrtel Arisola (Tinkerbell); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Garry Corpuz (Captain Hook) & Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan’s) Battle scene. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) & Janine Myrtel Arisola (Tinkerbell). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) & Janine Myrtel Arisola (Tinkerbell). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Daniel Andes (Michael), Victor Maguad (John)with Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Daniel Andes (Michael), Victor Maguad (John)with Rhea Bautista (Mother Darling). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan); Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Patricia Ladores, Vincent Nuñez, Sandy Da Silva, Frida Tan, Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan)  & Mars Callo. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Patricia Ladores, Vincent Nuñez, Sandy Da Silva, Frida Tan, Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Jean Marc Cordero (Peter Pan) & Mars Callo. Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pirates- Ballet is the perfect medium for Peter Pan; Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy) Daniel Andes (Michael), Victor Maguad (John), with the Lost Boys (&Girls). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy) Daniel Andes (Michael), Victor Maguad (John), with the Lost Boys (&Girls). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground from right: Rita Angela Winder (Wendy), Eugene Obille (Indian Chief), Katrene San Miguel (Tiger Lily) and Jean Marc Gordero (Peter Pan). Ballet Philippines’ Peter Pan runs from December 4-13, 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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