Nov
10
to Nov 25

Human Error

HUMAN ERROR 
November 10 - November 25 

Opening reception: November 10, Saturday 5PM

The aim of this exhibition is defined to what is considered as “human error”. It is very difficult to provide a satisfactory explanation of human errors, as they are often a result of a complicated sequence of events and therefore an elusive phenomenon to analyze. 
However, Reason has defined “human error” in the following way: "Error will be taken as a generic term to encompass all those occasions in which a planned sequence of mental or physical activities fails to achieve its intended outcome.” On the other hand, it has been said that errors, or mistakes is human. 
Human error is an element that cannot be totally eliminated, but if the typical errors are identified, most of them can also be prevented while some of it can also be a break through that can open a new variety of concept/idea. 

Artists:
Chanis
Cheryl Owen
Raine Sarmiento
Roman Padilla 
Angelo Padilla
Iori Espiritu
Josarvida Bourbon
Denver Garza 
Marpolo Cabrera

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Gee-Gee at Waterina, Ang Musikal
Aug
18
to Aug 26

Gee-Gee at Waterina, Ang Musikal

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NEW OPM MUSICAL “GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL” ALL SET TO OPEN AUGUST 18!

In line with the 4th season of Artist Playground,the stage is all set to open the company’s first Original Pinoy Musical “GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL” on August 18, 2018 – 7 pm at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City. GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL will feature an all-new original music composed by Jesse Lucas, based from the story, book and lyrics by J. Dennis C. Teodosio, andand choreography by Lezlie Dailisan. It will be directed by Andrew de Real.

The roles of GEE-GEE AT WATERINA will be portrayed by Roeder Camanag as Waterina, a ‘comfort gay’ during Japanese Occupation in the Philippines andone of Gee-gee’s Golden Gays. Norman Penaflorida will essay the role of Gee-Gee, an entertainment actor, radio host and a councilor of Pasay City. The ensemble of Gee-Gee at Waterina are as follows: Bench Ortiz, Joseph Dela Cruz, Nel Gumalog, Romeo Palma Jr., and Sean Nolasco.


SYNOPSIS: Waterina eagerly waits for his gay politician friend, Gee-Gee. He soon arrives, bearing with him a check – the payment for the film rights to the life story of Waterina, the soon-to-be-famous “comfort gay”. As the two mull over the prospects of their newly acquired wealth, they launch into a comfortable tirade of each other’s flaws and frailties. In the midst of the teasing and mockery, they are faced with a question: how does one measure his worth? Waterina distresses, “Would the people cry or laugh when they watch my movie? Would they feel pity or admiration? Would they think the movie is worth their money? Who would I be to them? An aging homosexual? Just that?” In the final assessment of his life’s worth, Waterina swears that he is what he is: no more, no less. He again contemplates on the check, only to be distracted by the sight of a beautiful young man with a radiant smile.

SYNOPSIS: Dala ni Konsehala ang isang tsek. Super excited namana si Waterina, ang pamosong comfort gay noong Japanese Occupation. Sa rooftop ng isang seven-storey building, pagninilayan nila ni Waterina ang kabayaran sa kuwento ng buhay niya. Sa pagitan ng mga litanya, laitan, at landian, masasalamin natin ang isang katotohanan paano nga ba nasusukat ang naging silbi o kabuluhan ng ating mga buhay. Kung iisipin, may subyang nga sa himutok ni Waterina kay Gee-gee. “Yong mga manonood ng pelikula” ng buhay ko, matatawa kaya sila o maiiyak? Maaawa kaya sila o hahanga? Paglabas kaya nila ng sinehan, pakiramdam kaya nila sulit ang ibinayad nila o hindi? Ano kaya ako sa kanila? Matandang bakla? Gano’n lang? Sa kabuuan, ito ay isang kakatwa at nakakatuwang kwento ng tamis at pait, pagtanggi at pagtanggap, pagpapakumbaba at pagmamalaki, pag-iisa at pagkakaibigan, datung at bagets na may beautiful smile!


 

GEE-GEE AT WATERINA was first presented at the CCP Virgin Labfest in 2005. A short film version was produced for Cinemalaya in 2006.

J. Dennis C. Teodosio writes for TV, cinema, print, advertising, and the stage.He was a fellow in the UP Likhaan (for poetry in Filipino, 1996, and for one-act play in Filipino, mid-career, 2007) and the Iligan National Writers Workshops (for one-act play in Filipino, 2002). He was one of the scholars of the 1st ABS-CBN2/Ricky Lee Course in Soap Writing and was part of the Star Cinema Concept Development Group. His works were anthologized in “Likhaan Journal 10” (UP Press, 2016), “Transfiksyon” (UP Press, 2014), “Mga Piling Dula mula sa Virgin Lab Fest, 2005-2008: Unang Antolohiya,” (CCP, 2009), “Ladlad 3: An Anthology of Philippine Gay Writing” (Anvil Publishing, 2007), “Writing to the Future: Poetika at Politika ng Malikhaing Pagsulat”, (UP-ICW & NCCA, 2008), and “Writing to the Music of Pestle-on-Mortar: The 9th Iligan National Writers Workshop,” (MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, 2003). He garnered prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (screenplay, teleplay, one-act play, and essay), NCCA, Gawad Ka Amado, the PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize, Gawad Teatro Bulawan, CineManila International Film Festival, Star Cinema, Viva Films, Philippine Pink Film Festival, Film Development Foundation of the Philippines, Film Academy of the Philippines, the Aliw Awards, Migration Advocacy & Media Awards, China-Southeast Asia-South Asia TV Arts Week, and the Asian TV Awards. He has 40 stage plays to his credit. His Virgin Lab Fest portfolio includes 11 works, namely: ‘Gee-Gee At Waterina’ (VLF1, 2005), ‘Baka-Sakali’ (VLF2, 2006), ‘Payb Siks’ (VLF2, 2006), ‘Bagahe’ (VLF3, 2007), ‘Pobreng Alindanaw’ (VLF3, 2007, independently produced), ‘Gumamela’ (VLF4, 2008), ‘Asunto’ (VLF4, 2008, dramatic reading), ‘Salise’ (VLF5, 2009), ‘Carmi Martin’ (VLF6, 2010), ‘Totong Hilot’ (VLF8, 2011, full-length play), and ‘Rosas’ (VLF14, 2018). He was commissioned to write by Gantimpala Theater Foundation, PETA, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Artist Playground. Currently, he is based in Yangon, Myanmar. He develops and writes TV series and programs for Forever Group Co., Ltd. and designs and conducts training programs for Myanmar Media Development Center. In 2014, he founded the Yangon-based independent film group, ‘The Creative Playground’. He was challenged to write, direct, and produce short Myanmar features (narrative and documentary). His short Myanmar features were screened and recognized in film festivals in Yangon, Manila, and New Delhi (Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Youth Film Festival, Wathann Film Festival, CCP Independent Film & Video Competition, and Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Film Festival). He and his M take care of a cute brown poodle named Jade.

Jesse Lucas is a top-notch composer who writes music for film, television, theater and dance. His works have won awards from different award-giving bodies like URIAN, FAMAS, Star Awards, Young Critics Circle, Metro Manila Filmfest and Aliw Awards. He won the Best Music at the 2005 Screamfest International Film Festival in Los Angeles for the film Sigaw (Scream), 2005. In 2010, he was elevated to the FAMAS Hall of Fame for Best Music Scorer. In 2015, over a decade of prolific output in musical multimedia, Jesse's most outstanding works were showcased at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Triple Threats Concert series, FULL RANGE - The Music of Jesse Lucas - which featured his colleagues in the professional art world of dance, theater and music.

Andrew De Real is a writer, comedy director and entrepreneur. He is also known as “King of Comedy Bars”. He is currently the director of GMA 7’s toprating Sunday noontime show “Sunday Pinasaya”.

Roeder Camanag is a two-time ALIW Best Stage Actor and recognized by the prestigious film critics group with multiple URIAN nominations. A former member of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company, he has performed in over 100 plays and musicals. He is currently a board member of the Gantimpala Theater Foundation and the artistic director of Artist Playground and the Valenzuela City Center for the Performing Arts. He has facilitated acting workshops for Tanghalang Pilipino (2003-2010) and Gantimpala Theater Foundation (2004-2012).

Norman Penaflorida is a theater actor, event host, production designer, entrepreneur, event and image stylist of THE CLOSET.


The Artistic Team of GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL is led by Andrew De Real (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director), Jesse Lucas (Composer/Musical Director), J. Dennis Teodosio (Playwright), Leslie Dailisan (Choreographer), Luis Galang (Lighting Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer).

The Production Team of GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager), Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist), Rowena Jarito (Stage Manager), Jayson Batoto (Deputy Stage Manager), Melanie Lao (Lay-out Designer), Jayson Santos and Kimberly Claire Somoza (Photographer),Christian Silang & Beaulah Mae Saycon (Assistant Stage Managers), Wenzel Kyne Fernandez (Assistant Lighting Designer) and Glenn Caspe (Spinner).

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Doktor Karayom : 3RDFLR
Jul
21
to Aug 12

Doktor Karayom : 3RDFLR

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Doktor Karayom: 3RDFLR
July 21 - August 12

Exhibition Statement:

Palapag, lugar na walang sariling hapag,
pero busog ang sikmura at kaluluwa kapag
nagkakagawa ng mga likhang hindi tumitigil sa pagdagdag
ng mga ideya at istoryang naiisip sa magdamag

Pumapalag sa hamon ng buhay, alam ang lalim ng hukay,
may sariling mundong pinupuntahan, kala mo nakatalampunay,
husay na natutunan ,sa kinapos na gamit ay nasanay
pinagkasya kung anong meron, na parang biglang sermon ni nanay

kumakalampag na bubungan, pula , puti, parang sabungan,
hindi makatsambang tinayaan, manalo, matalo ayus lang,
sanay namang mapagiwanan, ayaw ko lang makipagunahan,
sa mga nagmamadaling mali na ang pinupuntahan,

kapag akoy nababato, nakakatitig sa semento,
dikit dikit na yero, parang nitso sa sementeryo,
ito ay langit para sa akin, mukha lang syang impyerno,
dito nagsimulang bumuo ng sariling kong imperyo

Pagpag ng alikabok , patay na ipis at mga buhok,
tae ng mga dagang ,nagkukotkot sa sulok-sulok,
basurang di maitapon, may mga saging na bulok-bulok,
tubig ang lunas kapag may sakit at tabletas na lunok- lunok

kasing dami ng insekto ang ideya at konsepto,
sadyang natural ang pagbuo, hindi masyadong perpekto,
umukit at hulma sa maliit na kwarto
may isang pinto at daanang sukat sa isang tao,

binaluktot ang sarili para lang sa basahan ay magkasya,
magagamit ang lahat, dahil bawal ang mag aksaya,
tahanan ng mga inabandunang rebulto ng santo,
lugar na paanakan na umikot sa sintido,,

kwartong may tatlong ilaw na hindi napupundi,
imposibleng luminis ang mga nakatagong dumi,
tahanang pinagtaniman ng mga butil ng pangarap,
espiritu santo,semento at kahoy na sa akin ay yumakap..

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About Doktor Karayom

“I am Doktor Karayom. I am the living fear of Russel Trinidad. I’ve taught him how to be brave, alert and inquisitive. I showed him how to be sensitive to things. I used the world of horror as an outlet for him to showcase his feeling. I’ve trained him to use the color red as a more effective tool for his story telling. I’ve instructed him to infuse his feelings in every line and every stroke, base everything on each pulse and emotion. Every new piece has no do over. I’ve taught him to sketch in paper, paint in canvas, and go out the streets and make something out of the walls because I don’t want to limit Russel’s talent and the thing he does. Together we met creative people and friends, ive givent him knowledge on carving and sculpting things. We converse a lot when he gets tired of this reality. I let him enter my domain to talk.

During morning, he is awake for his job as a graphic artist. Me on the other hand I wake at night to draw, to carve, and to sculpt and during these hours I watch over him as he dreams and aspire to reach his wish in life.

I’ve lent him my courage… and he in turn help me live in this reality.”

For inquiries: 
District Gallery
+639175373436 / +639989911982
districtgallery@outlook.com
Arts Above, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines 1104

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I am both. I am neither.
Jul
21
to Aug 12

I am both. I am neither.

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Kristianne Molina's practice is a search for origins—the origins of color, fiber, and culture, their interwoven histories, their roles in the crafting of identity. Her hand dyed, lightweight works on fabric, often featuring red hues derived from cochineal, carry the density of complex narratives tracing the migration of people and goods. There is the story of the insect itself: Used as a fabric dye across Central and South America since Pre-Columbian times, it was then shipped across the world following Spain's colonization of the region. And then there is story of the artist's own migration, from the Philippines to the United States, from a once-colonized territory to the colonizing country. Some of her materials repeat this journey, like the woven abaca that she brings back periodically from across the Pacific.

Molina doesn't just look to the past, she brings it to a boil, into the present. Cooking down the cochineal insects is a slow affair, requiring a careful balance of ingredients and a tolerance for mishaps. To climb that learning curve has been a central part of the artist's process: the difficulties involved mirror the obstacles we face when trying to untangle the past, to find one's roots. After achieving a successful batch, Molina dips her fabrics into the dye, which sometimes includes different additives in order to attain a variety of hues. Many of the resulting works are spare, placing a primary emphasis on texture and color, and encouraging the viewer to ask questions about the objects' material qualities. If revitalizing ancient processes is the artist's way of better understanding history and herself, then the works themselves look to transfer that curiosity to the viewer.

In addition to her hands-on exploration, Molina has undertaken more traditional academic research to chart the journey of the cochineal bug across history. In a talk at the 2010 Textile Society of America titled Symposium Tracing Cochineal Through the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum, conservator and scholar Elena Phipps and research scientist Nobuko Shibayama point out that "cochineal, along with gold and silver, was considered by the Spanish, after their arrival in the 16th century to the Americas, as one of the great treasures of the New World. [...] Heralding the age of global trade in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, cochineal was shipped throughout the world."

One route went from the Americas to Spain, continuing into Northern and Western Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. "Another route left from Acapulco, Mexico and Lima, Peru along the Pacific route with the Manila galleons —the fleets of Spanish ships—that travelled to the Philippines—and from there to Canton with the exchange of American silver and cochineal, for Asian silks and porcelains," explain Phipps and Shibayama.

This connection to the Philippines during the colonial era was an important discovery for Molina; it draws a direct line between the dye and her own heritage. Yet she knows better than to try and oversimplify a complex tale; she is interested in connecting the dots only to show that they are scattered across the map, that we are all caught in a seemingly infinite web. In Our Portrait, a found frame with the geometric patterning characteristic of Islamic art offers a subtle nod to the spread of Islam in the Philippine archipelago in the 1300s, before the Christianization that occurred under Spanish rule. It is yet another dot on the map, another detail in the patchwork that Molina is sewing together. To search for the elemental makeup of something is to break it down to its smallest parts, to turn something that appears whole into a constellation of

ingredients. Molina's work invites this kind of scrutiny—we can follow along the seams that connect different fabrics, notice the weave of the textiles, and differentiate between the various hues that have been absorbed by the fibers. The works, just like the artist behind them, are a multicultural mosaic, and they are here to remind us that no one is from a single place, that we have all traveled.

-- Noémie Jennifer
June 25, 2018

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Infinitely Near by Luca Bray
Jun
23
to Jul 15

Infinitely Near by Luca Bray

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Infinitely Near: A Luca Bray Exhibit
 

Luca Bray cannot be contained. From his home in Brescia, Italy he travelled to Mexico and stayed there for six years without even a telephone to communicate with the outside world. Well, he survived another four years there, now with a phone. He then decided to move to New York and then to Australia. He is now in the Philippines after spending time in Shanghai and Cambodia.  

Bray’s world as a young boy was a small village called Orzinuovi. He has since circled the world and his art has made it small, its nooks and corners “Infinitely Near.” 

For his Philippine debut, Bray brought his oil on paper, wood and canvas of gestural abstracts of black and muted blue, orange and gray with calligraphic messages in charcoal and pencil. (I remember how my daughter Maningning has also used gestural strokes for her 44’ x 8’ landmark mural, “Soliloquy.”) His message is one though the forms and contents he presents vary in every country he exhibits – Spanish in Mexico, Chinese characters in Shanghai, and Filipino in the Philippines.  

His paintings breathe zest and energy to life. Within him, he says, is an insatiable desire to wrest a universe within every fragment of his art. He tells a different story in every painting that he does. His favorite, a painting all in black, is entitled “I have no more space in the ocean, I will now try the sky.”

Bray found his calling when at age eleven, he painted a chicken using up all the paint in a tube. He decided right there and then that he would be an artist.  
Four years of basic art from the B. Bembo Art Liceo in Cremona and another four years from Milan’s Brera Fine Arts Academy did not make him a figurative artist, even when he graduated with highest honors and learned the art of great artists like Klimt, Igor and Mondrian. He gravitated towards non-representational, avant garde painting reminiscent of the works of the irreverent Piero Manzoni who, like Bray, came from Soncino, Cremona, and whom he considers the greatest of artists.
Why abstract? “Because I can dream, I can make stories with my fantasy forever evolving.” 
Here comes Bray’s passion, his joie de vivre, his mantra of living every second of his life in the here and now. And his art is a lot like him – whimsical, fragmentary, yet passionate and alive.

BRAY is a recipient of numerous awards. He was a finalist in the International Celeste Prize in New York in 2010 and Aesthetica Award in the United Kingdom in 2014. He was a guest artist at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai and an artist-in-residence at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
He has exhibited worldwide, including the 54th Venice Art Biennale. His works can be found in numerous public collections, including the Jumex Collection in Mexico City and Los Angeles, Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado Museum, the National Palace Museum, Sinaloa Modern Art Museum, Morelia Contemporary Art Museum, Amparo Museum and the Bancomer Cultural Foundation, all in Mexico, as well as Daniela Chappard Foundation in Venezuela, and the Government of Socino in Italy.
He has also works in private collections in France, Italy, Spain, San Salvador, Venezuela, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada as well as the cities of New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago in the United States.


 --Alma Cruz Miclat
  Author, Soul Searchers and Dreamers: Artists’ Profiles
  President, Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc.
 

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New Refuge // Czar Kristoff
Jun
23
to Jul 15

New Refuge // Czar Kristoff

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New Refuge
Czar Kristoff

In New Refuge, Czar Kristoff unhesitatingly receives the audience with empty walls, and spurs them into treading their way around the space on cardboard boxes laid out flat almost swallowing the floor in its entirety. This is Land, an installation inspired by the photographs taken and collected by the artist through the years of motorcycles in the streets covered with karton. This gesture of covering with the intention to shelter and safeguard one’s belonging is derived from one’s own experience of shelter and safety - having a roof over the head, having a house, having a home. 

In Land, Czar Kristoff reinterprets the idea of repurposing familiar and easily available utilitarian materials such as the karton to build makeshift shelters. Instead of mimicking the standard structure of a house, Kristoff plots a space that would allow one to move freely, depicting a place of refuge as more of a state of unrestricted movement and comfort in just being.

A space that enables one to just genuinely be allows definition and re-examination of one’s identity. This space can be anything from a physical to a representational entity that offers one reassurance to exercise selfhood. In New Refuge, a single edition publication, Kristoff archives testing papers he has gathered from a local school and office supply store. The papers contain scribbles, names of people; it holds traces of identity, imprints of people’s existences left hastily. Kristoff initiates a conversation with these imprints by continuously enlarging them, zooming in and focusing on the minute details for a more intimate view of a trace of self one has left behind.

By making a single edition publication, Kristoff limits the number of audience that could view the work at a given time, providing the audience an experience of an intimate interaction, simulating an introduction between two people - a private correspondence of sorts.

This exhibition is predominantly participatory. The artist creates an environment where the audience’s acknowledgement of a situation reinforces the idea being relayed. In Land, by being the ones sheltered, the work achieves its essence of being a shelter; In New Refuge, through contact with and being an eyewitness to one’s evidence of identity, that identity is recognized.

The participation of the audience in completing the true nature of a work is further utilized in Untitled, a five-minute looped track of elevator sounds superimposed with the live noise and chatter of the audience in the exhibition space. In this work, the past and the present coincide.

One of themes that have been recurring in Czar Kristoff’s works is impermanence. In this exhibition, the artist fully accepts this state and humbly submits to the limitations of the self, of being unable to control the past, and consequently takes refuge in the fact that there are innumerable things that can be done about the present. 

New Refuge, although initially conceived as a prologue to the artist’s further delving into a personal and sociological exploration of the relationship between memory, identity, and space, have become in itself a very personal account of understanding one’s history, positively reacting to it by gravitating towards empathy, and rediscovering and relearning the personal meaning of shelter, of safety, of refuge, a meaning once obscured by the anxieties brought by being surrounded with ephemerality.

-    Marionne Contreras

About the Artist

Czar Kristoff (b.1989) is an artist who works across photography, video, site-specific installation and independent publishing. His current practice is derived from his inquiries on function and memory.

His work has been exhibited locally at Vargas Museum, Ateneo Gallery, Underground Gallery, MO Space, Altro Mondo, Post Gallery, Blanc, West Gallery and Drawing Room Gallery, and internationally at Art Dubai, Danselhallerne Copenhagen, Geffen Contemporary Los Angeles, Riga Photomonth Festival Latvia, The Museum of Photography Seoul, Krakow Photomonth Festival Poland, Atelier de Koekoek Vienna and Fotobok Gothenburg. His series Configurations was a finalist at Riga Dummy Book Award Latvia in 2016 and was shortlisted in Ateneo Art Awards for Visual Art in 2017.
He lives and works in Laguna, Philippines.

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Unsettled
May
19
to Jun 17

Unsettled

The key to art lies in breaking its rules and redefining it. For centuries movements in art have been brought about by a reaction to the current norms of society and the realities of its present: from the painters of the Impressionist era trying to free themselves from the confines of Realism, to the Italian Neorealism’s gritty rebuttal to the films of classical Hollywood.

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Relentless: A Two Person Show
May
19
to Jun 17

Relentless: A Two Person Show

Annie Concepcion and Leny Leonor explore works that thrive on themes related to the practice of Hunting. Grotesque images of animals are presented: hauntingly beautiful situations where subjects become predators and/or preys. Relentless takes the task of investigating one’s ceaseless obsession to hunt: the need to force one’s strength over another, resulting in submission or death.

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N/A : a group show
Apr
21
to May 13

N/A : a group show

When the present address becomes too muddled with white noise and too many conflicting meanings—to the point that it loses all meaning—the best place to retreat to, is nowhere. Not within nor in between definite places, but an entirely new space where all the previous confines are Not Applicable.

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CURRENCY
Mar
21
to Apr 15

CURRENCY

If you were to sell your soul, how would you name your price? Would you condone the Devil’s haggling? Or sweeten your deal with a discount? If paid by credit card, are air miles earned? Will it come with a lifetime warranty? Does the government demand VAT on the sale of souls? What’s the policy on returns? And gift-wrapping… will that cost extra?

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ARTIST PLAYGROUND'S PLAYLIST TRACK 2 - I REMEMBER A BOY 2018
Mar
3
to Mar 11

ARTIST PLAYGROUND'S PLAYLIST TRACK 2 - I REMEMBER A BOY 2018

 Venue: Arts Above, Artist Playground, 112 West Venue bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City     Show Dates and Schedule:  March 3 (Saturday) – 3PM and 7PM  March 4 (Sunday)- 7 PM  March 10 (Saturday)- 3PM and 7 PM  March 11 (Sunday)- 7 PM      PRODUCTION TEAM   Production Team Director: Mariella Laurel   Musical Director: Jesse Lucas  Writer: Ayu Martinez   Artistic & Assistant Director: Roeder Camanag   Choreographer: Gerhard Krysstopher Pagunsan   Sound Designer: Willy Munji  Production Designer: Mia De Leoz   Production Manager: RBT   Marketing Manager and Artistic Consultant: Kathleen Francisco   Stage Management Team  Stage Manager: Tasha Guerrero   Assistant Stage Managers: Jeremy Cabansag, Loreinne Baniqued and Chi Toladro   Costumes/Dresser Stylist: Katrina Sieglinde Lizaso      PHOTOSHOOT AND VIDEOGRAPHY TEAM   Photographers and editors: Sam Battung and Gabriel Tagala of Limón Studios   Layout and illustrations: Elle Battung   Video Shoot Team Director and writer: LJ Flores   Director of Photography: Alwyn Uytingco   Production Design: Mela Danao   Editor/Colorist: Ram Muro  #APPlaylistTrack2  #IRememberABoy  #ArtistPlaygroundPlaylist     Synopsis  When the going gets tough, where do you get your strength?     Made by Millenials, for Millenials, AP’s Playlist, Track 2: I Remember A Boy, is about a group of friends who reunite at a cafe they once frequented when they were still college students. They shall recall how their friendship came together, how they fell in love and fell apart. While reminiscing on their past - remembering the best and worst memories - they unearth feelings which were once laid to rest. With ties severed and hearts broken through the years, will this short reunion allow them to rekindle old flames and begin anew?  This second repeat of this fresh yet nostalgic story of love and friendship that transcends time will be featuring twelve young, experienced and talented performing artists: Kathleen Francisco, Cathrine Go, Philippe Go, Joe Henson, Mariella Laurel,  Miko Manguba. Gian Gloria, Nina Macalino, Kendrick Ibasco, Vyen Villanueva, Shalee Vicencio and Jon Abella.   With musical direction by award-winning Jesse Lucas, I REMEMBER A BOY will relive to the younger audience the beautiful and meaningful melodies of classic OPM hits dating from the 70s to the 90s.  CAST  Kathleen Francisco and Gian Gloria as SHAYNE  Cathrine Go and Nina Macalino as KATE  Philippe Go and Kendrick Ibasco as EERO  Joe Henson and Vyen Villanueva as CARLO  Mariella Laurel and Shalee Vicencio as ELLIE  Miko Manguba and Jon Abella as DAVID

Venue: Arts Above, Artist Playground, 112 West Venue bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City

 

Show Dates and Schedule:

March 3 (Saturday) – 3PM and 7PM

March 4 (Sunday)- 7 PM

March 10 (Saturday)- 3PM and 7 PM

March 11 (Sunday)- 7 PM

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team Director: Mariella Laurel 

Musical Director: Jesse Lucas

Writer: Ayu Martinez 

Artistic & Assistant Director: Roeder Camanag 

Choreographer: Gerhard Krysstopher Pagunsan 

Sound Designer: Willy Munji

Production Designer: Mia De Leoz 

Production Manager: RBT 

Marketing Manager and Artistic Consultant: Kathleen Francisco 

Stage Management Team

Stage Manager: Tasha Guerrero 

Assistant Stage Managers: Jeremy Cabansag, Loreinne Baniqued and Chi Toladro 

Costumes/Dresser Stylist: Katrina Sieglinde Lizaso

 

PHOTOSHOOT AND VIDEOGRAPHY TEAM

Photographers and editors: Sam Battung and Gabriel Tagala of Limón Studios 

Layout and illustrations: Elle Battung 

Video Shoot Team Director and writer: LJ Flores 

Director of Photography: Alwyn Uytingco 

Production Design: Mela Danao 

Editor/Colorist: Ram Muro

#APPlaylistTrack2

#IRememberABoy

#ArtistPlaygroundPlaylist

 

Synopsis

When the going gets tough, where do you get your strength?

 

Made by Millenials, for Millenials, AP’s Playlist, Track 2: I Remember A Boy, is about a group of friends who reunite at a cafe they once frequented when they were still college students. They shall recall how their friendship came together, how they fell in love and fell apart. While reminiscing on their past - remembering the best and worst memories - they unearth feelings which were once laid to rest. With ties severed and hearts broken through the years, will this short reunion allow them to rekindle old flames and begin anew?

This second repeat of this fresh yet nostalgic story of love and friendship that transcends time will be featuring twelve young, experienced and talented performing artists: Kathleen Francisco, Cathrine Go, Philippe Go, Joe Henson, Mariella Laurel,  Miko Manguba. Gian Gloria, Nina Macalino, Kendrick Ibasco, Vyen Villanueva, Shalee Vicencio and Jon Abella. 

With musical direction by award-winning Jesse Lucas, I REMEMBER A BOY will relive to the younger audience the beautiful and meaningful melodies of classic OPM hits dating from the 70s to the 90s.

CAST

Kathleen Francisco and Gian Gloria as SHAYNE

Cathrine Go and Nina Macalino as KATE

Philippe Go and Kendrick Ibasco as EERO

Joe Henson and Vyen Villanueva as CARLO

Mariella Laurel and Shalee Vicencio as ELLIE

Miko Manguba and Jon Abella as DAVID

  
 
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    Joe Henson, aged 26, is quite new to the professional theater world but not with performing on stage.  Coming from a musically inclined family, he has been exposed to  music at a young age and has experience with the stage at 14. The vast majority of his exposure has been in singing in church and performing at Sunday school Christmas productions. He found his passion for theater and the arts in high school when he joined the drama club while he lived in Malaysia. It was there where he tried his hand in script writing, stage management, and directing for the following productions Around the World in 80 Days (2006) , Enchanted (2007), and Arianna (2008). In 2007, he also joined his first Hiphop Dance Competition and bagged 2nd place with his group. He then continued to perform with local Malaysian hiphop group, Danzity till he graduated high school in 2009.   
  
   
  
    
  
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    In college, Joe ventured into the indie-music scene of Manila by performing in several gigs with his friends as a solo artist and doing duets with other up-and-coming artists. He did this while pursing his degree in Behavioral Science and later on he finished his post-graduate studies in DLSU. In 2013, he stopped performing and became a full-time student. After graduating, he then pursued a 9 to 5 job in Public Relations and events and eventually got involved in community work.  Joe is currently freelancing in various projects and events while getting more involved in the ministry of his church. His involvement in I Remember A Boy will be his first musical performance since high school . Regardless of where his path takes him, he believes that he will always have a passion for the arts.

Joe Henson, aged 26, is quite new to the professional theater world but not with performing on stage.  Coming from a musically inclined family, he has been exposed to  music at a young age and has experience with the stage at 14. The vast majority of his exposure has been in singing in church and performing at Sunday school Christmas productions. He found his passion for theater and the arts in high school when he joined the drama club while he lived in Malaysia. It was there where he tried his hand in script writing, stage management, and directing for the following productions Around the World in 80 Days (2006) , Enchanted (2007), and Arianna (2008). In 2007, he also joined his first Hiphop Dance Competition and bagged 2nd place with his group. He then continued to perform with local Malaysian hiphop group, Danzity till he graduated high school in 2009. 

In college, Joe ventured into the indie-music scene of Manila by performing in several gigs with his friends as a solo artist and doing duets with other up-and-coming artists. He did this while pursing his degree in Behavioral Science and later on he finished his post-graduate studies in DLSU. In 2013, he stopped performing and became a full-time student. After graduating, he then pursued a 9 to 5 job in Public Relations and events and eventually got involved in community work.

Joe is currently freelancing in various projects and events while getting more involved in the ministry of his church. His involvement in I Remember A Boy will be his first musical performance since high school . Regardless of where his path takes him, he believes that he will always have a passion for the arts.

  
 
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    This will be Kendrick's first show with Artist Playground and is ecstatic to be working with great friends in the industry. He just finished the second run of 9works Theatrical’s  A Christmas Carol and was recently a part of Disney's Newsies and American Idiot of the same company.  Aside from this, he was also part of the cast of Jersey Boys of Atlantis. Kendrick has also done several shows with Treehouse Theater Production, Kids' Act Philippines and Repertory Philippines.  When he is not doing theater, Kendrick is also a professional events hosts and you can see him hosting birthday parties, debuts, weddings, corporate events and etc.

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    One of the grand winners of GMA Network’s singing reality show “To The Top,” Miko Manguba takes it a notch higher and explores acting for the first time through “I Remember A Boy”.   Miko is the vocal arranger, music producer, and leader of Top One Project (T.O.P.), GMA’s all-male singing group, who won PMPC Best Group of the Year in 2016. Most of their songs were used as theme songs for several Kapuso telenovelas especially for Mulawin Vs. Ravena with their rendition of the song “Ikaw Nga” originally by South Border.   He is currently working with T.O.P. on their second album under GMA Records while studying AB Music Production in De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde

One of the grand winners of GMA Network’s singing reality show “To The Top,” Miko Manguba takes it a notch higher and explores acting for the first time through “I Remember A Boy”. 

Miko is the vocal arranger, music producer, and leader of Top One Project (T.O.P.), GMA’s all-male singing group, who won PMPC Best Group of the Year in 2016. Most of their songs were used as theme songs for several Kapuso telenovelas especially for Mulawin Vs. Ravena with their rendition of the song “Ikaw Nga” originally by South Border. 

He is currently working with T.O.P. on their second album under GMA Records while studying AB Music Production in De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Mariella Laurel is a freelance performing artist who also finds joy in Directing, Film production work and teaching Musical Theatre for children. She’s been gracing the stage through countless opportunities that started at young age of 9. Sparking her interest for musical theatre was her first professional role in a musical as Crystal in Floy Quintos’ Lives. With that growing passion for theater, she actively participated in Brent International School Manila’s voice and dance trainings, sang for the choral and performed in annual productions, such as The Fantasticks as Luisa, Pippin as Catherine, Godspell as Robin, and Grease as Marty. She was a singer and officer of De La Salle Innersoul, De La Salle University - Manila’s Pop Vocal group, while completing her BA in Communication Arts.  Since graduating in 2015, her most notable theater work include Shrek The Musical as Baby Bear, Villager, Tap Rat and Dulocian (ATEG, 2014), Lagablab as Chayong (AP, 2016), A Christmas Carol as Scrooge’s Mother/Poulterer (9 Works Theatricals and Globe Lives, 2016 and 2017), Baby B as Baby B (AP, 2017) and Prelude to Macbeth as Lorna Stewart (AP, 2017).  Apart from stage performances, she lends her voice for TV and Radio advertisements, hosts and performs for corporate events, acts for short films and television. I REMEMBER A BOY marks her debut as Director and being able to do this production again in 2018 truly leaves her even more grateful and determined to make her mark in this industry!   

Mariella Laurel is a freelance performing artist who also finds joy in Directing, Film production work and teaching Musical Theatre for children. She’s been gracing the stage through countless opportunities that started at young age of 9. Sparking her interest for musical theatre was her first professional role in a musical as Crystal in Floy Quintos’ Lives. With that growing passion for theater, she actively participated in Brent International School Manila’s voice and dance trainings, sang for the choral and performed in annual productions, such as The Fantasticks as Luisa, Pippin as Catherine, Godspell as Robin, and Grease as Marty. She was a singer and officer of De La Salle Innersoul, De La Salle University - Manila’s Pop Vocal group, while completing her BA in Communication Arts.

Since graduating in 2015, her most notable theater work include Shrek The Musical as Baby Bear, Villager, Tap Rat and Dulocian (ATEG, 2014), Lagablab as Chayong (AP, 2016), A Christmas Carol as Scrooge’s Mother/Poulterer (9 Works Theatricals and Globe Lives, 2016 and 2017), Baby B as Baby B (AP, 2017) and Prelude to Macbeth as Lorna Stewart (AP, 2017).  Apart from stage performances, she lends her voice for TV and Radio advertisements, hosts and performs for corporate events, acts for short films and television. I REMEMBER A BOY marks her debut as Director and being able to do this production again in 2018 truly leaves her even more grateful and determined to make her mark in this industry!