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Karitas X Damaso in FringeMNL 2016

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After producing the play MAS MABIGAT ANG LIWANAG SA KALUNGKUTAN by Rogelio Braga, the company embarked on a journey to an international arts festival – Fringe Manila. Allowing itself to shine on the cosmopolitan stage in Makati’s The Pineapple Lab (by Andrei Pamintuan, also a thespian), UP Rep restaged U.Z. Eliserio’s outrageously blasphemous KARITAS AT DAMASO with the same approach as the 2015 twinbill ISANG MAGSASAKA x KARITAS AT DAMASO. The play ran on different showdates in February, so-called National Arts Month of the Philippines. Dax Carnay directs, with the cast reprising their roles (with Bryle Leaño as Karitas) and three new members of the ensemble.

A preshow preceded the one-act play, where the company is introduced by its current production manager Jake Ryne Evangelio (Batch 13-A) and a tula-dula on violence against women, homosexuals and the working class is performed (Pasyon ni Amor/Tibo ang Positibo/Camilla Rosa) as a mood-setter.

KARITAS AT DAMASO is a musical farce about a young religious woman Juana Donna who goes to church to confess that she has been raped, hoping the confession would retrieve her virginity so she can marry. What she witnesses is a hypocritical exchange of dirty secrets, sexual affairs and lewd practices unbecoming of the three religious fanatics Padre Damaso, Mother Karitas and Sister Salve Regina. Their woes are echoed in songs, with 6 saint statues coming to life as backup dancers.

The audience’s reactions were very familiar, as KARITAS AT DAMASO proves again its witty yet also incredibly irreverent humor. A blog post released last year, INTENT TO INSULT, opens up the play’s subject matter and its script that allegedly intends to ridicule the Church and nothing more. The impression was quite familiar with Kilos Sining students (a program from Guro ng Sining, led by Jhoven Sy and Glecy Atienza, involving students from different colleges) who recently had a Danas-Dula activity to watch different plays. When they saw KARITAS AT DAMASO, they were extremely shocked. Some praised the overall direction and enjoyed the costumes, music and performances, some were offed by the sexual innuendoes combined with the blasphemous songs and catchphrases, and some never want to see it again.

But if it has proven anything, KARITAS AT DAMASO’s exaggerations has successfully challenged local notions of faith and our love for suffering in a predominantly Christian country, all through an enjoyable and subversive theatrical experience, while also conquering cosmopolitan sensibilities of arts and culture:

http://cnnphilippines.com/videos/2016/02/11/Manila-joins-Fringe-Festival-2016.html

But then again, still a lot has to be done.

Additional photos courtesy of Darren Bendanillo.

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BANGSA: Mga Dayalogo sa Moro

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“Ang mga Mananahi” ay tungkol sa apat na babaeng Tausug na nananahi ng patches para sa kanilang mga irog at kamag-anak na sumanib sa digma. Dito makikita ang papel ng kababaihan, ngunit sa gitna ng trabaho ay maiuungkat ang ilang mga lihim at surpresa…

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“Ang Bayot, ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Isang Kanto ng Lanao del Norte” ay tungkol sa dalawang magkaibang lalaki (isang Manilenyong social worker, at isang Meranao na habal-habal driver) na nagkita sa isang kanto ng Lanao del Norte at nagkaroon ng pagkakataong maunawaan ang isa’t isa at kani-kanyang pakikipagsapalaran sa gitna ng mga nakakalokang aberya.

10631254_719016884851113_8700878807971968458_o“So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Satiman a Tadman” (o “Ang Isang Libong Alaala ay Kayang Patayin ng Isang Pagkakamali”) ay kwento ng isang babae na minsan nang umibig sa isang lalaking nagnanais bumalik sa Ranao, ngunit hinayaan lamang itong lumisan at manatili na lamang na isang alaala…

BANGSA.
Isang bansa.
Isang bayan.
Isang samahang may mayamang kasaysayan
… pero ano na nga ba ito sa kasalukuyan?

Ngayong Nobyembre, tunghayan ang tatlong dulang magbabahagi ng mga kwento ng pag-ibig, pagkakaibigan at pakikipagsapalaran ng mga Bangsa Moro. Ito’y mga dayalogong nangungusap ng pagkakaunawaan sa gitna ng walang hanggang tunggalian at mga dayalogong humihingi ng hustisya sa panahon ng kawalan ng boses at kamalayan. Nakaranas ka na ba ng isang makabuluhang dayalogo?

Inihahandog ng The UP Repertory Company para sa aming ika-43 taon ang “Bangsa: Mga Dayalogo sa Moro”.

Tampok dito ang mga dula ni Rogelio Braga, sa direksyon ni Emmanuel dela Cruz, “Ang mga Mananahi”; “Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-habal sa Isang Nakakabagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte”; at sa direksyon ni Dax Carnay, “So Sanggibo a Ranon Na Piyatay o Satiman a Tadman”.

Ngayong Nobyembre 3, 8, 10 & 15 (3pm & 7pm); Nobyembre 7 & 14 (7pm) sa Bulwagang Tandang Sora, CSWCD.

Magpareserve na ng tickets: http://bit.ly/GetBangsaTickets

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Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ng Iskolar ng Bayan: A Brief History

 

Even in its early years, UP Rep has been known for its performances about students. Being an all-student theater organization without backing from the university administration, UP Rep is no stranger to the struggles of ordinary students. In the iconic ISKOLAR NG BAYAN (penned by Richie Valencia), UP Rep introduced the students as a social sector that is also oppressed by a corrupt system. Students are no stranger to farmers and workers whose rights are being taken for granted and in fact, in those earlier years, many of the students are actually sons and daughters of poor farmers and workers.

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The musical production of ISKOLAR NG  BAYAN was first staged in 1976, and in those days the tula-dula ANG KAGILAGILALAS NA PAKIKIPAGSAPALARAN NG ISKOLAR NG BAYAN was produced. With a structure that borrows heavily from Pete Lacaba’s JUAN DELA CRUZ, the ISKO tula-dula is all about the adventures and misadventures of a provinciano freshman who must come to terms with city life and the modern UP life. In the end, it asks all about how and why UP is in its current state of contradiction. ISKOLAR NG BAYAN became both an informative and critical performance on the system of the University of the Philippines. Since then, the tula-dula was performed by the company for many occasions for the information and enlightenment of UP students, most especially its so-called “freshies”.

In the ’80s, the tula-dula also produced different variants like ISKO MEETS TIBO.

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In 2008, with the rise of its own full-length tula-dula,  UP Rep staged ANG BOMBASTIC NA PAKIKIPAGSAPALARAN NG ISKOLAR NG BAYAN at the UP Film Center. BOMBASTIC is about students from different backgrounds and how the stories of their struggles are connected to a single problem. This was Rep’s production in celebration of UP’s Centennial Year.

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UP Rep has performed ISKOLAR NG BAYAN in different venues, particularly in orientations. It also produced variants like ISKOLAR NG BAYAN AT ANG EXPENSIVE PAMANTASAN, ISKA FOR ALL SEASONS and ANG KAGILAGILALAS NA PAGTATAPOS NG ISKOLAR NG BAYAN – these are about the ongoing problems of undergraduate students.

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In February 2013, UP Rep was also invited to perform ISKO in UPLift, the Benefit Concert of the Office of Initiatives for Culture and the Arts (OICA) at the University Theater.

Because of the ongoing changes and struggles of the students, ISKOLAR NG BAYAN never loses its significance as a tale that truly reflects what it is like to be in the University of the Philippines. To the present day, UP Rep performs ISKO to continually ask the administration to listen to the woes of its students.

This August, watch out for the UP Repertory Company’s performances of ISKOLAR NG BAYAN.

[ISKO and BOMBASTIC Photos courtesy of UP Repertory Company Alumni Association]

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37th Gawad Urian Best Actress: Angeli Bayani, UP Rep Alumna

Our beloved UP Rep Alumna Angeli Bayani (94-A) won this year’s Gawad Urian for Best Actress (for her performance in Lav Diaz’ film NORTE: HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN). She won over former grandslam winners Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos. Angeli was also known the previous year for her performances in JUANA CHANGE: THE MOVIE, ILO-ILO and THE GUERRILLA IS A POET.

In UP Rep, Angeli’s last production was ALIMUOM (2002) where she starred in the plays Las Viajeras and Damas de Noche (both penned by Joi Barrios). Because of her range and depth as an actress and performer, her fellow Repists frequently call her “the best actress of the world”.

And tonight, she has proved it yet again. Congratulations, Angeli Bayani!

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37th Gawad Urian Best Actress: Angeli Bayani, UP Rep Alumna

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Happy Father's Day, Behn!

To our founder, who stood for the Company not only as mentor but also as its eternal father and mother,
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Under the company, Behn’s last directed-production was the alumni prod TEATRO NG BAYAN (1997), and the last time UP Rep residents got to work with the late director was in Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society’s 2009 production of the controversial PAGSAMBANG BAYAN.

UP Rep met with Behn Cervantes for the very last time on June 24, 2013 (almost 2 months before he passed away) in the UP Alumni Association’s tribute for Behn at the Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman. In this event, the company performed “Iskolar ng Bayan” and “UP Naming Mahal” from the Gary Granada musical LEAN.

[Photo from lifestyle.inquirer.net]

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Happy Father’s Day, Behn!

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Behn Cervantes on UP Rep Alumna Rory Quintos

Here’s a short to our prized alumna and acclaimed director Rory Quintos whose television series THE LEGAL WIFE raked in praise from critics and proved iconic due to its performances and memorable lines.

Philippine Daily Inquirer | October 9, 2004

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Behn Cervantes on UP Rep Alumna Rory Quintos

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