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

PETA returns to Rajah Sulayman Theatre with 'Ang Buhay ni Galileo'

PETA returns to Rajah Sulayman Theatre for re-staging their original translation by Alan Glinoga of a Bertolt Brecht creation. In celebration of the premiere theatre group’s 50th anniversary, Ang Buhay ni Galileo ran from November 29 to December 1 at an outdoor stage at Fort Santiago. The play talks about the struggles of spreading the truth by the polymath Galileo Galilei. This is directed by Rody Vera.

All his life, Galileo Galilei tried to disseminate his discoveries about the universe. These trials and tribulations were quelled by the Roman Catholic as they are deemed as against the teachings of God. The entire show addresses the issue of the Church’s greed over power which transcends the current state of our society.

PETA takes art seriously this time. Their previous productions focused more on the entertainment value. Ang Buhay ni Galileo proves that PETA knows what theatre should be. The cast is headed by veteran artist Joel Lamangan as Galileo who is a very credible lead. He is backed up by other theatre experts like Bodjie Pascua, Upeng Galang Fernandez, Jack Yabut and others. The production design by Brenda Fajardo was inspired by the Aesthetic of Poverty.

The open-air venue added to the aesthetics of the play. But do not complain about the long walk from the Intramuros entrance to the stage, the sounds of traffic, helicopter, the birds and bats (maybe) hovering over, mosquitos, fireworks at Rizal Park and even rain. Do not complain. Experiencing art is supposed to be a struggle. (Char.)

We are absolutely hoping for another re-staging of Ang Buhay ni Galileo and more plays from PETA at the Rajah Sulayman Theatre.

Text and Photos by Aga Posadas.

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