Danny Vibas

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Life continues on stage and in films in the midst of current socio-political events that are reason for anxiety. After the successful three-week fun of Virgin Labfest 12 at the Cultural Center of the Philipines (CCP), the stage is now set for this new local theater season. The musical Rak…

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Can a new theater company make its mark and develop audience patronage by staging plays that touch on suicide and depression? For its second offering, Twin Bill Theater presents this second-half of rainy July Suicide, Incorporated (SI), which deals with men who want to end their own lives or have…

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Go ahead. Lose your boredom, ignorance, innocence and apathy, with just a little money, at the 12th Virgin Labfest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The annual theater festival opened on Thursday, the same day the two-year-old World Premieres Film Festival Philippines opened at Cinematheque in T. M. Kalaw…

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DO you know that Ishmael Bernal’s Pagdating Sa Dulo, which will open the 3rd World Premieres Film Festival Philippines on June 29, may be considered the country’s first indie film? Although the iconic film was produced in 1971 yet, it wasn’t any of the big time movie companies then that…

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Did you know that award-winning actress Natalie Portman has already written and directed a full-length feature film in which she also starred? It’s OK, if you didn’t. I didn’t either until about two weeks ago when the UP Film Center (UPC) posted on Facebook an invitation to for a free…

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Once very popular in the ‘70s as Holy Week entertainment, Godspell, the musical, is back—and not because foul-mouthed, anti-Catholic Church Rodrigo Duterte is ready to assume the presidency of this country. It’s just that the show’s producers think that it’ time the evangelical musical be brought back to the largely…

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Is it too much to expect of our award-winning films in the international festivals to help change the internatiomal image of the Filipina as “fine body-stepping masseus” and “very dependable household helps”? Will our image begin to change for the better soon, at least in some quarters because our actors…

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Theater, both as entertainment and arts, must really be doing well in Metro Manila. Some actors now have to make “lagari” the way movie stars used to. Take for instance Jef Flores, OJ Mariano, Topper Fabregas, the couple Lorenz “Loy” Martinez and Shiela Valderrama, Poppert Bernadas and Gab Pangilinan. All…

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Guess where the hardworking filmmaker Joel Lamangan was Saturday night? Somewhere in hoi polloi Balic-balic district in pedestrian Manila, that’s where. More specifically, the award-winning filmmaker was on the fourth floor of a low building at the corner of G. Tuazon St. and Kalabash Road and watching the play Ang…

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