PETA online theater workshops

THE Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) continues to reinvent its workshop curricula to cater to the needs of not just individual artists and enthusiasts, but also of organizations and institutions. It recently held Creative Pedagogy classes, a newly crafted course aimed at helping educators cope with the demands of blended learning. This August, Stream 2 of Let’s Get Creative Plus offers a lineup of courses in varied topics. This month will see the return of the Acting for Stage and Acting for Screen classes, the online version of the Creative Musical Theater class, as well as two new introductory courses: Introduction to Writing for Performance and Introduction to Visual Arts. Taught by PETA’s artist-teachers, each course will bring a unique learning experience to each participant. Acting for Stage will be offered on weekdays (Aug. 24, 26, 28, Sept. 1, 3) and weekends (Aug. 22, 23, 29, 30, Sept. 5. Led by actors and directors, Ian Segarra and Dudz Teraña, PETA’s signature acting curriculum is once again brought onto the online realm. This course will give participants an intimate online space where they can master the craft of theater acting by learning the rudiments of script analysis, scenework, and character creation. Acting for Screen will also be offered on weekdays (Aug. 24, 26, 28, Sept. 1, 3) and weekends (Aug. 22, 23, 29, 30, Sept. 5). Designed to get participants to shake off their camera shyness, actor and director Phil Noble will guide workshop students as they learn and improve on the technical aspects of acting in front of a camera, including character creation and monologue performance. Creative Musical Theater will have classes in the afternoon on Aug. 25, 27, 31, Sept. 2, 4, and evenings on Aug. 25, 27, 31, Sept. 2, 4. Topping polls for online course requests, PETA is bringing  this workshop online to be taught by composer and musical director, Jeff Hernandez. The course is made to develop one’s musicality through activities rooted in experimentation and discovery. Introduction to Writing for Performance will be held on Aug. 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21. J-mee Katanyag, writer and actor, will be leading participants in brain-stimulating exercises aimed at freeing writers of creative blocks in writing performative monologues, songs, short narratives, poems, or even in keeping a journal. Introduction to Visual Arts will be held on Aug. 22, 23, 29, 30, and Sept. 5. The course is designed to help participants gain confidence in their drawing skills, and is also aimed at exercising one’s mindfulness amidst stressful times. Actor and designer John Moran will be leading participants in a series of creative projects infusing different elements of the arts such as the exploration of lines, shadows, light, texture, and movement. Conducted via Zoom, these courses will provide participants with an optimal online learning experience with a limited number of 10 to 12 students per class. PETA has also revived its extension programs by launching its digital iteration — pioneered with a partnership with De La Salle Zobel and paving the way for the creation of a specialized wellness workshop, aimed at the emotional and mental wellness of students at a time where support through a sense of community is more important than ever. Learn more about the workshops at, or contact Betita at 0926-406-6858 or

Cinemalaya honors Peque Gallaga, Anita Linda

THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will hold a special tribute screening of the films Unfaithful Wife and Adel in honor of the late film greats Peque Gallaga and Anita Linda, respectively, during the Cinemalaya run on Aug. 7 to 16. The Gallaga directed Unfaithful Wife stars Joel Torre, Anna Marie Gutierrez, and Michael De Mesa. Torre plays a widower who finds solace in the arms of his old friend’s wife. When a young girl is brutally murdered, he is unable to account for his whereabouts as he was with his lover, and is named the prime suspect and eventually jailed. Adela on the other hand, features Anita Linda in the title role of a former radio personality, marking her 80th birthday. Living on her own in the slums of Manila, Adela is surrounded by a sea of humanity and with it their problems, successes, and trivialities. While going through her daily chores, Adela gets swept up in the mundane and dramatic events of those around her. Both considered icons in their respective fields, Peque Gallaga was a multi-awarded Filipino filmmaker best known for Oro, Plata, Mata, while  Anita Linda portrayed a romantic lead in her youth, and later gained critical acclaim for her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles.  In view of the COVID-19 situation, the 16th edition of Cinemalaya migrates online via Vimeo. For details, visit or, or contact the CCP Media Arts at 8832-1125 local 1704 to 1705 and the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704.

Tanghalang Pilipino streams Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog

TANGHALANG PILIPINO (TP), together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and VISA,  is streaming the play Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog through PansamanTanghalan, TP’s digital platform on YouTube ( Written by Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Abner Delina, the play focuses on the financial challenges of SHS student Gwyneth as she makes her way to her dream university. Aided by various personalities in Philippine history, Gwyneth gets caught in different situations that will teach her, and the audience, about making informed financial decisions. Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog was staged in December 2017 at the CCP Little Theater, and has enjoyed a successful school tour since then. Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog is also supported by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, EON, and Teach for Philippines. Pantawid ng Tanghalan, a fundraising project, aims to seek help for TP to be able to sustain its commitment to providing the public with artistically excellent and socially relevant productions even during this pandemic. Donations can be made through GCash Number 0915-4538933.

Vinyl on Vinyl group show

VINYL ON VINYL gallery’s latest exhibit, Everyday, gathers seven artists who treat the difficulties of living in current pandemic conditions as any other normal day. The exhibiting artists are Blic,Tyang Karyel, Quatro Happimeel, Mark Santos, Lee Salvador, Meowinism, and TRNZ. They create works inspired by street art, urban sensibilities, nonlinearity and graphic stylings. Originally slated as the 10th anniversary show of the Cavity Collective, more artists were added to the slate. Vinyl on Vinyl is at 2241 Pasillo 18, La Fuerza Compound 1, Chino Roces Ave., Makati. For a private viewing, set an appointment at 0917-802-2984.