VVS Collective celebrates women from the countryside with pop-rap crossover “Probinsyana”

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  Promising hip-hop quartet VVS Collective pays tribute to the women of the countryside whose distinct looks, effortless grace, and captivating intelligence redefine conventional standards of beauty. On their lilting anthem “ Probinsyana ,” the rap crew delivers a romantic serenade for every ‘country’ lass who took their breath away in recent years. “ Probinsyana is a feel-good track which many Filipinos can relate to,” the group describes the appeal of their latest single. “It’s about searching and pursuing that dream girl who lives in the suburbs or the province. It expounds on the qualities of a province girl who’s simple yet has everything you’re looking for in a girl. With the thousands of islands that the Philippines has, the track will surely transcend to all Probinsyanas all over the country.” What makes it extra special is their attempt to take a stand against urbanite snobbery and Manila-centrism in a song that celebrates women of all kinds, regardless of their geogra

Tanghalan Pilipino to stage Shakespeare’s Pangarap Sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw.

The premiere Theater Company that gives us “Mabining Mandirigma”, Zsazsa Zaturna and Himala, The Musical is now doing a tribute to the greatest playwright ever lived, William Shakespeare thru an adaptation of his well love classic, “Midsummers Night’s Dream”.

Under the direction of acclaimed Film Maker Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Pangarap Sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw as translated by National Artist Rolando Tinio is having a three week limited run from September 30 to October 16, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
During its launch recently at Fo Guang Shang Mabuhay Temple, Direk Carlos that is a provocative staging emphasizing on the Dark version of staging, it is a combination of Filipino lines by Tinio, and the English titles of Shakespeare.

“The Dark is I want to explore most, it’s kinda risky”, admitted by Siguion-Reyna whos film credits includes “Ligaya”, Ang Lalake sa Buhay ni Selya, Azucena and many other. He also direct theater before specifically “Walang Sugat” in Tanghalan Pilipino too.

TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef announce that this is in line with Shakespeare 400th year death anniversary, and he clarify that it is not the first time that the resident theater company of CCP is doing an English play, they’ve been doing it way back.

“Shakespeare play have universal message, love, equality and many other virtues.” Josef said.
Excerpts from Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw.
Joining the cast is film and TV actress Jackie Lou Blanco, who also had her first theater experience way back thru Tanghalan Pilipino. Her return in stage is a reunion with the said company. Trumpet’s Audie Gemora is also in the cast, it’s his first time to act in a Shakespeare play. Blanco is playing Hipolita while Gemora is Oberon.

Fresh from her stint as Apolinario Mabini in Mabining Mandirigma, Liesl Batucan is also in this production as Titanya. Other cast are Teroy Guzman, Skyzx Labastilla, Richard Cunanan and Rafa Siguion-Reyna.

Pangarap sa isang gabi ng gitnang araw artistic staff includes Rody Vera as the Dramaturg, Toym Imao for the set design, John Batalla for the lights, TJ Ramos for the sound and James Reyes for the costume.

Siguion-Reyna said that he is keeping the woods as the setting of the play that explores the world of fairies and humans. 

For more details, contact Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation, Inc at 02-832-1125 local 1620/1621 or tru mobile Lorelei Celestino 0915-607-2275. 

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