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Maria Leonora Teresa: A Scary, Dolly Story

From being a darling daughter of the iconic loveteam of Guy and Pip, the doll named ‘Maria Leonora Teresa’ who was once considered to be their ‘daughter’. 

In fact, this doll is the only doll in Philippine Showbiz history to have its own launching movie and people watched it. Back then, Maria Leonora Theresa or MLT to many had its own contract for TV and movie appearance. MLT was treated like a human child who had her own wardrobe, jewelry sets, combs, sunglasses and even make-up kit.

Today, MLT comes back on the silver screen, not as a sweet reminder of the three-foot, ceramic- faced doll, but as three personas in doll forms named ‘Maria’, ‘Leonora’, and ‘Teresa’. It is about a scary, dolly story.

The three dolls will be given to three individuals (Faith, Julio, and Stella played by Iza Calzado, Zanjoe Marudo, and Jodi Sta. Maria) who lost their respective daughters in a tragic incident. And to help cope with their loss, a psychiatrist named Manolo (Villanueva) offers them life-sized dolls to look after, but the situation only worsens when the toys appear to be brought to life by a sinister force.

Opening this 17th of September, ‘Maria Leonora Teresa’ is directed by Wenn Deramas.

Watch the full trailer here.


Dulaang UP’s 39TH Season Lineup of Productions

On its 39th year, Dulaang UP promises an interesting mix of its lineup of productions that include a re-run of last season’s hit musical, the staging of one of Shakespeare’s best known plays, a play on a heroic paralytic, a popular comedy from the Restoration Period, and a devised work inspired by a highly respected French writer and activist.

The 39th Theater Season of Dulaang UP's Official Poster. Image courtesy of DUP.

The 39th Theater Season of Dulaang UP’s Official Poster. Image courtesy of DUP.

benefit shows of ‘Ang Nawalang Kapatid’ will be on July 4-6 and 11-13. The play’s book and lyrics is by Floy Quintos, its music by Ceejay Javier, and choreographed amd directed by Dexter M. Santos. Proceeds are for the improvement of UP Diliman’s Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater and Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, respectively.
While in celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary, Dulaang UP will stage both Filipino and English versions of ‘Measure for Measure’/’Hakbang sa Hakbang’. The play raises important moral and social issues—sex, deception, and moral hypocrisy. Alexander C. Cortez will direct with Filipino adaptation by Ron Capinding. It will from August 20 until September 7.
The troika which is part of the hugely successful musical ‘Ang Nawalang Kapatid’–Dexter M. Santos (director), Floy Quintos (playwright), and Krina Cayabyab (music director) will combine their geniuses once again in a play about the last days of Apolinario Mabini’s exile in Guam. ‘Ang Huling Lagda’ explores the conditions, which spurred the sublime paralytic to return to his homeland. September 24 to October 12 is its slated run.
Then ‘The Country Wife’/’Ang Misis kong Promdi’, one of the well-known comedies from the Restoration Period which has never been staged in the Philippines will come to life onstage with theatre icon Tony Mabesa directing it. The English version is done in Period while the Filipino version has a Contemporary treatment. The play by William Wycherley and its Filipino translation by Nicolas B. Pichay. It will run from November 19 to December 7, 2014.
Rody Vera’s ‘Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig’–meditations on war, terrorism and the forbidden kiss, inspired by the final opus of renowned French writer and political activist Jean Genet will close Dulaang UP’s theater season. The play attempts to confront the urgent issues of terrorism and rebellion through the eyes of a person regarded as degenerate and perverse during his time. José Estrella will direct and will runs from February 4 to 22, 2015.
All plays will be mounted in Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For tickets, sponsorships and show-buyers, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara at (632) 9261349; 4337840; and 9818500 loc. 2449 or email dulaangupmarketing@gmail.com.

A Review on ‘Dyesebel’

I would like to begin this review with a statement: there is no better show than the original—the Mars Ravelo’s material—‘Dyesebel’.

Back in 2008, for almost six-month run on television, GMA-7 claimed success on Mars Ravelo’s material assumed by Marian Rivera. But today, it’s ABS-CBN Channel 2’s turn—having Anne Curtis breathing into the Filipino well-loved mermaid character.


Anne Curtis: The Ultimate ‘Dyesebel’ so far.

It’s quite funny for Curtis’s detractors to use Anne’s age as a reason not to fit the said character. Pardon these words—‘sour grapes’ throw yourselves off the window.

Anne Curtis perfectly fits the mold of what a mermaid is and what Ravelo has imagined with along with the many Filipinos. Curtis is mestiza-looking with Caucasian and ethereal beauty. She embodies both the idea of combining being ‘sensual’ and being ‘virginal’. And she can play both personas effectively without a doubt.

Though fans of Louise may claim that their idol is younger, but at first glance, Curtis is the ideal mermaid—the way Filipinos are oriented to the said idea.

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