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Gala Night for Shimizu Kunio’s ‘The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia’


The Dulaang UP (DUP) closes its 40th theater season with Shimizu Kunio‘s The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia (adapted by Chiori Miyagawa from an original translation by John K. Gillespie), a 1977 post-war Japanese play and its gala night for the said English production is tonight, April 8 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, University of the Philippines-Diliman.

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Three actresses–Makil-Ignacio, Quesada and Maramara star in an all-female cast for its English version. Images courtesy of Dulaang UP.

Its all-female cast for the English version will star–Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Missy Maramara and Maxine Ignacio; and will be directed by former DUP’s artistic director–Alexander Cortez.

The production is a play within a play and paints stories on frustrations, memoirs and aspirations of four actresses preparing by the ‘gakuya’ (means backstage in English) as they all await their turns to go onstage. The actresses express their desire to perform the lead role named Nina Mikhailovna Zarechnaya from a play of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’.and their obsessions to covet it; ignite a comic yet dramatic narrative about shared memories and their relationship with each other. It is about a tender and humorous drama about actors, the theater, aging, surviving, and moving on.

For its Filipino version, it will be starred by Roeder Camañag, Andoy Ranay, Gwyn Guanzon, and Ian Ignacio. It will run from April 6-24.

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ToFarm Film Fest reveals Top 6 Screenplay Entries


After seven months of mounting the search for outstanding screenplay entries in the first-ever ToFarm Film Festival, which is spearheaded by United Harvesters Incorporated, it revealed its Top Six screenplay entries (to be given the chance to start its production) at the Batanes Room of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, February 6.

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Winners All (L-R): Dennis Marasigan of ‘Free Range’, Paolo Villaluna of ‘Pauwi Na’, Jose Johnny Nadela of ‘Pilapil’, Maricel Cariaga of ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’, Victor Acedillo Jr. of ‘Kakampi’, and Zig Dulay of ‘Pana-Panahon’ (Seasons). Photograph courtesy of Ianne Oandasan.

The winners are: ‘Pilapil’, an action-drama story by Jose Johnny Nadela; ‘Kakampi’, a mystery by Victor Acedillo Jr.; ‘Free Range’ by Dennis Marasigan; ‘Pitong Kabang Palay’ by Maricel Cariaga, ‘Pana-Panahon’, a love triangle story by Zig Dulay; and ‘Pauwi Na’, a tragic-comic story by Paulo Villaluna.

The six winning screenplays are allotted Php1.5 million as seed money for their dream film projects that advocate agriculture, farming and related interest.

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When Love for Nature and Family wins over Love for a Lady


Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.

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The second official poster of the film ‘Lakbay2Love’. Image is courtesy of Erasto Films.

Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.

The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.

The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.

Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.

“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.

Trillo admitted as well,  “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”

Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.

This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.