Friday, January 31, 2014




Last January 31, 2014 has been one of the moments we have been waiting for where Reparatory Phils members of the cast has been toasted and asked through a press conference with the media and member of the press together with the on line bloggers and  proved then  that we can do theater better with a more Filipino touch of styles more than of what the Hollywood stars kind  of theatrical acts and  performances.  Actresses like Ms. Pinky Amador , Ms Baby Barredo and Ms. Leizl Batucan,  other members that are new , and those who are mainstay with the group for the long haul , who will do and cast as major or minor  roles for this play and is about to  show its ultimate touch and  classy type of modern Filipino families nowadays.

Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the Season 2014 with “ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY ” - The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama written by Tracy Letts.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is set to open on February 21 and shall run up to March 16, 2014 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another.

Written with a strong sense of humor, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

shall follow the meltdown of the Weston family as each member has personal difficulties that they are unable to resolve.

Chris Millado, a well-respected theater veteran and currently the Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will direct August: Osage County.

The cast of August: Osage County and the characters they portray are as follows:

ABY BARREDO shall play the role of Violet Weston, the central character of the play and tracks her life across the month of August while she lives in Oklahoma. The devious matriarch, Violet is addicted to painkillers (and any other pill she can pop) including alcohol and is beyond the glory of her life when she was a famous poet. She suffers from cancer of the mouth. But that doesn’t stop her from spewing her cynicism or her hilariously sinister insults. She has also lost Beverly, her husband.

PINKY AMADOR plays the role of Barbara Fordham, the eldest daughter. In many ways, Barbara is the strongest and most sympathetic character. Throughout the play, she tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, her dilapidated marriage, and her pot-smoking 14 year old daughter.

TAMI MONSOD plays the role of Ivy Weston, the middle daughter. A quiet librarian, and stereotypically mousy. Ivy has stayed close to home, unlike the other errant Weston sisters. This means Ivy has had to endure the acid tongue of her mother. She has been maintaining a secret love affair with her first cousin.

LIESL BATUCAN plays the role of Karen Weston, the youngest daughter. She claims to have been unhappy her entire adult life, prompting her to move away from the family and reside in Florida. However, she returns to the Weston home bringing along a fiancé in tow – a successful 50 year old business man who, unbeknownst to Karen, turns out to by the most loathsome character within the play.

LEO RIALP plays the role of Beverly Weston, husband of Violet and father to his three 40-something daughters. He was a one-time world class poet and full-time alcoholic. He’s polite, soulful, melancholy, and ultimately suicidal.

KENNETH MORALEDA plays the role of Bill Fordham, Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

SHEILA FRANCISCO plays the role of Mattie Fae Aiken, Violet's sister, Charlie's wife and Little Charles' mother. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles. Sheila is also the understudy for Violet Weston.

THEA GLORIA plays the role of Jean Fordham, Bill and Barbara's smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents' split. More naive than she would like to believe.

RICHARD CUNANAN plays the role of Charlie Aiken, husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

HANS ECKSTEIN plays the role of Steve Heidebrecht, Karen's fiancé. A businessman in Florida, (whose business, it is hinted, centers around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate) and not the "perfect man" that Karen considers him. He eventually sexually molests Jean after the two smoke pot together.

NOEL RAYOS plays the role of "Little" Charles Aiken, son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a "screw-up", which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy, who is revealed to actually be his half-sister.

ANGELI BAYANI plays the role of Johnna Monevata, a Cheyenne Indian woman, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.

NATHS EVERETT will understudy the role of Johnna Monevata.

ARNEL CARRION plays the role of Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, a high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara's, who brings the news of Beverly's suicide to the family.

August: Osage County received the Jeff Award (Chicago – 2007) for Best New Work and Best Production. These two awards were closely followed in 2008 by other six awards: Best New Play awarded by Drama Desk, Distinguished Production of a Play by Drama League, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play.

Most specially, it was also in 2008 when the play received the biggest award in the industry, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the TONY Award for Best Play.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was originally produced in 2007 by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Downstairs Theatre in Chicago. After conquering Broadway from October 2007 until June 2009, it made its UK debut at London's National Theatre in November 2008. Consequently, many other international productions were produced in Israel, Tel Aviv, Puerto Rico, Australia, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Sweden, Peru, Spain, New Zealand, Holland, India, Poland, Netherlands. The movie version starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts opened late 2013.

For details of the show, you may contact us the following ways:

By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941

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Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via

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Repertory Philippines would like to thank The City of Makati, Air Asia, Raintree Restaurants: MOMO Café, Museum Café, Kabila, and Mr. Jones as well as, Radio Republic, Business World, Business World High-Life,,,, Greenbelt, and Ayala Malls for their continuing partnerships.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is presented by special arrangement with

Abrams Artists Agency.

May not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted.

See you at the theater!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BOARDING PASS with Atty. Mike Templo

BOARDING PASS is a new Travel and Immigration program, that will be aired and showed weekly  in GMA 7 , and  will be having their launched starting this January 25 , 2014. This  will be going to be a weekly help to our people who wants to have a clearer understanding , most specially of legal ideas on how they can effectively migrate or work in the United States and other open country in the world.
Boarding Pass is hosted by immigration specialist and former ANC and News5 news anchor Atty. Mike Templo. He will be joined in by US-based lawyer, Atty. Rio Guerrero and Atty. Tsui Yee, who will give expert advise on whatever kind of Immigration , Labor and whatever cases a Filipino is facing  living or working in the US and other country as well.
With the help of agencies, government affiliates such as Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  and other  authorities involve in  Immigration and other related problems and most importantly laws that are ongoing and that will be implemented during their commended migration on any country , as Atty. Mike Templo explained.
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Boarding Pass is expected to provide trusted legal opinions and free legal counseling that will cover issues on visa requirements, immigration, litigation process, studying abroad, family petitions, deportation, employer petitions, and more.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Hub Rizal Park, Opens “Bar and Cafe”

the hub
Last  January 18, 2014 , a launching of a 5 in 1 Hub one of the newest and leading travel by the sea by 2GO Travel. The Hub at Km Zero at the heart of Rizal Park (In Bulwagan ng Kagitingan), Manila.
Do you want to spend an afternoon sipping a locally roasted coffee brewed to perfection? Or try a regional Filipino cuisine twisted to another delicious and creative delight?
You want to try novel cocktails while people watching at the park?
This  5 in 1 place Lounge, Cafe, Bar, Restaurant and Ticketing Office is a project of 2GO Travel, the domestic shipping passenger business unit of 2GO Group Inc,.,the country’s  biggest total supply chains solution company according to Stephen R. Tagud, Vice President of 2GO Travel.
The Hub’s bar and cafe has a list of exciting food and drinks on its menu. From freshly brewed Batangas coffee to deep and complex-flavoured espresso blends, its cafe is being run by expert baristas trained by British Daniel Slakmon who worked in famous international cruise ships. Prior to Slakmon’s  work in Prinvess Cruises, he’s also employed in private members bars, clubs and restaurants.
Slacmon, who heas the Hotel Quality and Development Unit of 2GO Travel concocted the coffee selections and the cocktails . His expertise is very evident in the aromatic, smooth and full-bodied coffee comparable to the best in the country. He also prepared the bar menu with the hints of Philippine fresh fruits mixed to alcoholic and non alcoholic basses to become indulging cocktails.
While, American Hospitality Academy and College of St. Benilde-trained Chef JP Landingan made twist out of your favorite Filipino cuisine, Included in the restaurant menu list are regional dishes turned into genius plate ticklers. For example, Landingan carved the famous Bacolod Chicken Inasal (skewered chicken’) and made a whole-day sandwhich meal. For desserts, the very popular magosteen has now become a mousse, perhaps a rare sweet sensation you can only find here at” THE HUB”.
So Indulge in both History and Dining pleasure at The HUB @ Km Zero’s Bar and Cafe.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Wait Until Dark, Premiere Night Experience

Last January 17, 2014, was  my first time to  watch and experience a thriller or a suspense action  from a theater play because this I think would try and make the performers more convincing and they should exert more effort to bring the audience to what roles they portray as per character.
Director Miguel Faustmann, once again did the 7 casted reparatory play become magnanimously a very effective and have make every character shows their roles individually giving their best they all have since the beginning of this play. As always he does what is supposed to be portrayed in its right perspective and doing it in a custom built  personality as Ms. Liesl Batucan say’s , one who portrays blind and  the main lead role .
This is only one of the 5 Rep 2014 Shows that Reparatory Phils. prepare and give to the masses as one of their contribution to uplift the stage theater industry in our country.
And they have the package tickets for the 5 plays that they will perform within the year for only P2,400.00 you will recieve an advance tickets for the 4 remaining shows that they will do Orchestra Center Seats at the Onstage Greenbelt   is ongoing till Feb 9, 2014

All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.

The artistic and creative team of WAIT UNTIL DARK is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Miguel Faustmann (Director), Teresa Barrozo (Sound and Music Design), Miguel Faustmann (Set Designer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer).
The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Gold Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MALASIMBO Festival Returns 2014

Malasimbo Festival Poster 2 
This coming February 27, 2014, Malasimbo Festival at the 4th time will be having another adventure that will comprise of Boat Parties, Sun, Sea, Island Hopping, Stars, Nature, Ancient Tribal Culture, Local Workshops, Jungle Trails and Waterfalls where you can ask nothing more but having a fun, and rest assured good time for this 5 days of Magical adventure at Mount Malasimbo ,
Puerto Galera, Philippines. Malasimbo Festival returns for 2014 for a spectacular fourth magical adventure outing from 27th February – 3rd March in the jaw-dropping setting of Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera nestled in the beautiful islands of the Philippines coast. Festivals don’t get anymore heavenly than this.
MalasimBoat Party in Puerto Galra Bay
The dreamy location is worth the trip alone but that’s only the sun soaked tip of it, this year’s music line up is literally a musical luscious landscape of the best worldwide music talent on offer. With the festivals ethos deriving from its immediate grass roots, Malasimbo strongly prioritizes its stunning surrounding nature, environment, local music and arts culture and of course their infamous hedonistic good times vibe.
This year brings something for every taste, from emerging and new talent, legendary vocalists, jazz, funk, soul, dance fusion and crossover artists and not to mention sound system culture, which all fit in alongside the best local and indigenous talent, arts, boat parties, workshops and immersive local activities (see below).
Crowd shot amphitheater
With the likes of unmistakable vocal and instrumental talents such as indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Jose Gonzalez, soul-jazz fusion pioneers Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith, pioneer of spiritual jazz and jazz funk genres, legendary UK vocalist and now M.B.E Omar and the exceptional 2013 Grammy award winners Robert Glasper Experiment. Bringing the big party road blocking beats is probably one of the most spiritual men in deep house US produce and solo artist Osunlade, the twisted musical mash up showman, Mad Professor, legendary disco and party good times ambassador, Greg Wilson, the finest party purveyors, Heavy Boogie who bring their own recipe for sunshine, moonlight, good times to the party.
Other artists announced so far also include Mark De Cliv–Lowe, Low Leaf, June Marieezy and Jordan Rakei who will be taking to the stage to bring yet more island party magic under the sun and stars.
In partnership with the Department of Environment & Natural Resources and department of tourism Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival works hard each year to protect and preserve the natural environment. Reforestation initiatives have been funded by festival proceeds in 2011, planted 1000 trees 2012, the festival supported the reforestation of mangroves in Puerto Galera.
For 2013, a tree planting initiative set for Earth Day (April 22) in order to preserve and proliferate Philippine hard woods like Narra and Mahogany as well as medicinal and therapeutic plants such as Guyabano, Malunggay, and Eucalyptus. Promoting nature, Filipino tribal culture and ethnic arts is the cornerstone of the festival ethos, with projects for the development of the local community such as reforestation efforts and the installation of solar energy for the Iraya Mangyan community's Health Unit in Baclayan, Mindoro already completed before the second edition.
Every year members of Philippine indigenous communities, namely the Iraya Mangyans and Hanunuo Mangyans as well as the T’Boli from South Cotabato, Mindanao, are invited to perform their local dances, to present their products and to hold workshops teaching weaving techniques or other local crafts at Malasimbo. As part of a committed effort to educate the public about Mindoro’s indigenous people and culture, the Foundation built a life-size Mangyan Village on the Malasimbo Festival Grounds that feature the lifestyle, handicrafts, language, and music of the 7 Mangyan tribes of Mindoro.
WHAT: Malasimbo Arts & Music Festival 2014
WHERE : Mount Malasimbo- Puerto Galera Philippine
WHEN:  27th of February – 3rd of March 2014
PACKAGE PRICE : Full 3 day festival tickets are just Php 6,300.00
GETTING THERE Full information on travel can be seen on
For more pictures on the event  pls click this link,