Autotelic lets go of its painful past with hopeful new single ‘Iwan’

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When Filipino pop-rock bands in the early 2010s started to gain mainstream prominence, Autotelic emerged as one of the movement’s leading voices. From churning heartfelt anthems that reflect the sentiments and triumphs of the current generation to rocking the stage with unforgettable performances, the six-piece band sets the standards of what modern pop songcraft is all about: beautifully resonant at its most melancholic, and defenseless in its poignant honesty. Fast forward to 2021, Autotelic’s music still hits home. Their work has been consistent in eloquently expressing the woes and rewards of being young, in love and emotionally wrecked, and is informed not so much by its time, but by timelessness and enduring appeal. These qualities are inevitably present on “Iwan,” Autotelic’s new single released under MCA Music Inc. Teeming with earnestness and indelible pop sensibilities, Autotelic’s latest track sticks to the quivering fragility that often permeates their material. But this ti

The leader in Coriolano.

Coriolano, Tanghalang Pilipino’s political offering for its 32nd Season On its 32nd season, Tanghalang Pilipino stages Coriolano, the Filipino translation of William Shakespeare’s rarely produced Coriolanus.

At these times when we question everyday what makes a good leader, Coriolano is very apt in discussing how tyranny can destroy humanity. Do we need leadership with humility? Honesty? Integrity? A follower? Arrogance? An iron fist?
Set in Ancient Rome, this piece is about Coriolano who led his territory with dictatorship at a turbulent time. The play is a discourse about how politics can lead to a power-hungry tyrant’s downfall. The lead will be played by TP veteran Marco Viaña. This was translated into Filipino by Guelan Varela-Luarca and directed by the legendary Carlos Siguion-Reyna.

It runs until March 17 at the CCP.

Text and photos by Aga Posadas.

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