Philippine theater - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine theater


What to expect from the Repertory Philippines stage in 2019

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Its 82nd season has 4 top-notch stage productions in store for theater-loving friends and families

The Met and PH's historical-cultural corridor

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'We need urban renaissance in Manila,' says architect Gerard Lico

Watch ‘Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me:’ The musical

Feb 12, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Tabsing Kolektib presents the first musical adapation of Eros Atalia’s bestselling novel

Becoming Mabini: Delphine Buencamino on theater and playing a hero

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Delphine Buencamino talks to Rappler about acting Philippine theater and what it’s like to play a male national hero

MABINING MANDIRIGMA. An original steampunk musical about the life of the Apolinario Mabini. Photo from the Tanghalang Pilipino Facebook page, by Jojit Lorenzo

Join Manila’s collective curtain call

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: This group wants you to be part of the growing theater community

Carlos Celdran: Livin' La Vida Imelda in New York

Nov 13, 2014 - 10:53 AM

In the form of a one man show complete with humor song and dance drama art and architecture the New York production of Livin’ La Vida Imelda gives us a glimpse of recent Philippine history that might never be mentioned in history books

Rising above the flood: 'Rak of Aegis' the musical

Jan 15, 2014 - 11:22 PM

The Philippine Educational Theater Association stages a compelling story woven from torch songs

RAK OF AEGIS. A comedy-musical featuring heart-rending torch songs of local jukebox rock queens Aegis.

'Closer:' Truth or dare

Oct 09, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Red Turnip stages Patrick Marber s straight adult play for their initial offering

GREAT MIX. Marc Abaya, Angel Aquino, Cris Villonco and Bart Guingona star in 'Closer.' Photos by Jojit Lorenzo courtesy of Red Turnip

Behn Cervantes, 74

Aug 15, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Actor director a leading light on stage and screen and in the theater of street protests

ACTIVIST. Behn Cervantes joined the Martial Law anniversary rally in 2012. Photo from @natoreyes

Behn Cervantes taken to hospital

Jul 29, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Renowned stage and screen actor director to be treated for pneumonia with complications

ACTOR-DIRECTOR. Cervantes (seated) at a recent awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Pablo Tariman

Red Turnip: New species of theater

Jul 23, 2013 - 7:22 PM

This is the kind of theater that is best suited for such a compact upstart

FIRST PLAY COMING UP! Cris Villonco (middle), pictured with Ana Abad Santos and Rem Zamora, will star in Red Turnip's 'Closer'

Raw theater at Virgin LabFest 9

Jul 02, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Catch zany and fiercely independent plays this week

ENCORE WEEK. Catch the last week of Virgin LabFest 9. Image from

PETA workshops: Get out of yourself

May 07, 2013 - 5:29 PM

PETA summer workshop students learn to get out of themselves and walk in other people s shoes

MORE THAN YOURSELF. Razzi Abella, middle, plays a blind man in the final presentation of the PETA Summer Teen Workshops. Photos courtesy of PETA

Cue La Vie en Rose: Piaf incarnate

Mar 12, 2013 - 9:09 AM

A life immortalized in song: Rappler reviews in Atlantis Productions Piaf

SUFFERING ARTIST. Pinky Amador is Piaf, the iconic French singer who led a life of passion and tragedy

Steve Villaruz: Master of dance

Feb 21, 2013 - 3:32 PM

An institution in Filipino dance celebrates his lifelong career with the launch of a new book

DANCE PERSONIFIED. Steve Villaruz's 40 years in the field has allowed him a full range of historical insights and analyses that make him not just a reliable critic but also a rare dance historian of our times. Photo courtesy of Rina Angela Corpus from

#TheaterTuesday: 'Boeing Boeing' is bouncy and naughty

Jan 29, 2013 - 8:55 AM

Looking to laugh your stress off? Here s the perfect theater play for you

HAVE A LAUGH. Catch 'Boeing Boeing' until February 17. Photo courtesy of Repertory Philippines