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

A Game Of Trolls: A Satirical Musical About Martial Law

Makibaka, Huwag Matakot!

Forty-five years after its declaration, several theater productions has been staged about Martial Law, the dark age in Philippine History. With the support from the National Historical Commission Of The Philippines (NHCP), Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani Foundation and DAKILA: Philippine Collective For Modern Heroism, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) with its mission to use the arts to reflect peoples' stories and to examine our history through artistic and cultural means is staging " A Game Of Trolls. " A repeat performance of #aGOT is playing at the PETA Theater Center the whole month of September, the same month when the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire Philippines under Martial Law. 

This musical featuring the concepts of modern day technology and social media is dedicated to the millenials to #NeverForget and # NeverAgain to Martial Law. Written by Liza Magtoto and directed by PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda, it revolves on the story of Hector, a troll working in a troll center managed by Bimbam. He was later haunted by the visiting ghosts (Martial Law victims) in his clouds and his relationship to Tere, a former Martial Law Activist who taught him to reflect on his beliefs.

Myke Salomon and TJ Valderma playing alternately as Hector. Upeng Galang -Fernandez and Gail Guanlao - Billones as Tere. Vince Lim as Binbam. Gold Villar - Lim as Cons. Lemuel Silvestre and Joseph Madriaga as Makisig. Kiki Baento as Jude. Gilbert Onida as Bobby dela Paz. John Moran and Juan Miguel Severo as Eman Lacaba. Norbs Portales as Ed Jopson. Roi Calilong and Jasper Jimenez as Macli-ing Dulag. Ada Tayao as Sister Mariani. The ensemble, Lea Espallardo, Icee Po, Nieves Reyes, Dan Cabrera, Jason Barcial and Justin Castillo.
Experience heroism and history as #aGOT runs from 1st to 30st of September 2017 at the PETA Theater Center situated at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Ticket inquiries, please call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph or www.petatheater.com for show buyer information.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

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