Arts & Leisure

Art & Culture (07/08/15)

Posted on July 08, 2015

A SCENE from Ampalaya the Musical

Ampalaya the Musical

THE SILLIMAN University Cultural Affairs Committee, Dumaguete city’s unofficial cultural arm, presents Ampalaya the Musical, an original new musical, on July 15 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The musical celebrates Philippine culture through music, dances, games and values. It is based on the award winning children’s story “Alamat ng Ampalaya” (The Legend of Ampalaya) written by Augie Rivera, Jr. It features original music by New York-based guitar virtuoso Michael Dadap which will be played by a live 22 piece Orchestra Sin Arco (Orchestra of Plucked Instruments). The play is directed by Dessa Quesada Palm, of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, with musical direction by Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez and choreography by Angelo Sayson. Tickets now available at TicketWorld.

Riddle of the Sphinx

ARTIST PLAYGROUND and Talent Factory presents its first season opener, The Riddle of the Sphinx, which will run on July 11, 18 and 25 (3, 5 and 7 p.m.) at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Timog Ave., Quezon City. Written by Eugenio Deriada in English and translated in Filipino by Jim Bergado, it is a play about two strangers exploring the diverse viewpoints on being a human being, the dynamics between men and women, and cultural imprinting, as they play a game while waiting for the bus. It stars Ace Urieta and Shiela Espina and is directed by Paul Jake Paule. For bulk reservations, show buyers and inquiries e-mail, contact Roejean Regoso at 0915-815-3716, or check

Siddhartha: The Musical

FO GUANG SHAN Philippines in cooperation with the Buddha’s Light International Association will restage Siddhartha: The Musical at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 17, 2 and 8 p.m. Directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson and with musical direction by Jude Gitamondoc, Siddhartha: The Musical tells the story of Siddhartha, the prince who renounced his royal status to seek enlightenment, eventually becoming the Buddha. The musical is based on the book The Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order. Most of the songs used in the musical are also based on the writings of the Venerable Master. All proceeds of the restaging of the musical will benefit Guang Ming College in Manila for the training of scholars from financially challenged families around the country in the fields of Performing Arts and Buddhist Studies. For ticket inquiries, call the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple at 559-9540.

Robles’ Genre

GENRE, Roberto Robles’ solo show at Galleria Duemila is ongoing until July 29. In Genre, the walls are hung with a selection of Robles’ striking reliefs -- squares and rectangles of yellow and orange, earthy brown and moss green. At approximately six by four feet, the main work Reciting Poetries, is an off white Rauschenberg-esque relief. Robles’ work has been exhibited at Cultural Center of the Philippines, Vargas Museum, the 17th Asian International Art Exhibition Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art; South Korea, Jiyu Group Exhibitions Tokyo Metropolitan Museum; Japan, and at Beaux Art L’art dans le Monde Pont Alexandre III in Paris, France. For details call 831-9990, e-mail, or visit

Balanon’s Arcadia

IN VICTOR Balanon’s new series of works entitled And in Arcadia, he continues his study on the nature of images, especially in an age where spectators have become accustomed to viewing them at an incredible speed and rate. He transforms the cinema’s power to manipulate audience’s attention through a succession of images into a deliberate, one-to-one correspondence with its essential component: the single frame. And in Arcadia opens at MO_Space on July 11, 6 p.m., and runs until Aug. 9. For inquiries call 856-7915 or 0917-668-3951, or visit MO_Space is located at 3rd level, MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Two exhibits

ZANIEL MARIANO has two exhibits this month: Rural, ongoing until July 30 at The Anita Magsaysay-Ho Gallery and Museum in CASA San Miguel, San Antionio, Zambales, celebrates the parochial and simple charms of rural life; Kapeng Barako Art Exhibit at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, features paintings made using kape barako, a local coffee bean variety, as the medium. Mariano is a self-taught artist who was named was one of the top 10 finalists in the Petron Art Competition in 2002 and a semi-finalist in the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence contest. He teaches art in San Antonio, Zambales and is a mainstay in Casa San Miguel. For more information on the exhibits, call Chef Jessie Rockwell Club at 890-7630 and 450-2996, and CASA San Miguel at 0917-838-2752.