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One of today's hottest and most versatile singers, Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan, is back in recording and is now launching her highly anticipated second album "Soul Supremacy" under Star Music.

This new song compilation follows the success of KZ's recent milestone - the first digital concert of the gifted artist which was also called "Soul Supremacy" held last April 23.

The "ASAP" Soul Sessionista's new album features 11 songs with three additional tracks as bonus for her fans who have been eagerly waiting for her latest offering.

Just like in her debut compilation, the OPM soul singer has ventured into songwriting for this new album. She wrote and composed the song "Halik na Lang" and also wrote the lyrics for the "Intro Lude" song.

Other songs in this much-awaited album of "The X Factor Philippines" season 1 winner are "Labo" by Jungee Marcelo, "Nag-iisa na Naman" by Kiko Salazar, "Dapithapon" by Rox Santos and "Imposible" by Gabriel Tagadtad.

Also part of this collection are the tracks "Afraid" by KidWold, "With You" by Shorya Sharma, "Siya'y Darating" by Edwin Marollano, "Sayang" by Arlen Mandangan and "Sa Aking Mga Kamay" by Aristotle Pollisco.

The album's additional tracks include "Sayo" which is the Tagalog version of "With You" written by Jonathan Manalo and the hit song "Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako" with words and music from Edwin Marollano, winner of "Himig Handog PPop Love Songs 2014."

Completing the bonus tracks is the song "Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin," the "We Love OPM" mentor's duet with her boyfriend, singer-songwriter TJ Monterde, courtesy of Polyeast Records.

Malou Santos and Roxy Liquigan are the executive producers of the "soul supremacy" album and Jonathan Manalo serves as the over-all album producer.

KZ Tandingan Makes Headway for New Album

MAY 19, 2017 to MAY 25, 2017

0100 PM SWAP
Directed by Remton Siega Zuasola 

0300 PM TPO
Directed by Joselito Altarejos

0600 PM MRS
Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.

0830 PM TPO 
Directed by Joselito Altarejos

MAY 26 , 2017 to JUNE 01, 2017

Directed by Prime Cruz


The country’s pioneering theater company marks a momentous occasion this 2017 with a grand celebration fit for their golden year. Repertory Philippines (REP) is turning the big 5-0 and they’re inviting everyone to come and commemorate the event on one special night.

Since the company’s start in 1967, it has been bringing the best of Broadway and the West End for local talents to produce and for Filipinos to enjoy—all as part of their mission topromoteand develop the performing arts for Philippine cultural growth. In half a century, REP has run 80 seasons staging over 443 productions, including some of the most well-known plays: Les Miserables, Evita, Sweeney Todd, and Romeo and Juliet.

Under REP’s Children’s Theatre, which the company created to expose younger audiences to live performances and to inspire them with different stories, REP has shown plays such as Hansel and Gretel, Camp Rock, Snow White, and The Sound of Music.

The theater company prides itself not only in its impressive lineup of productions, but with their homegrown talents that have been part of REP through the years. Television and movie actors such as Heart Evangelista, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Sam Concepcion are just a few among the many who have called REP their home. A number of theater stars who’ve made their way to the West End and Broadway, most notably Lea Salonga and Monique Wilson, are also part of the REP family.

Now, all the people whose lives that REP has touched are coming together for one night to celebrate the company’s successes. On June 11, 2017, at the Theater at Solaire, REP is holding “50 Years of Telling Stories,” a musical gala to celebrate 50 years of the country’s premier theater company. Acclaimed director Bart Guingona will be at the helm of the show, with the musical direction of EjayYatco, and Luna Inocian as the writer.

Big stars such as Monique Wilson, Leo Martinez, Joy Virata, Miguel Faustmann, Michael Williams, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, and Audie Gemora are coming home to REP and will take the stage to perform. With these amazing talents all coming together for one night, the show is set to be a can’t-miss event for anyone and everyone with a love for music or theater.

Tickets are now available for purchase via Ticketworld. For inquiries and purchases,you may callREP at 843 3570 or Ticketworld at 891 9999.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.
Article and Photos by Gus Cabredo

Tanghalang Pilipino’s 31st Theater Season is a writer’s showcase of freedom fighters

The 31st season of Tanghalang Pilipino embraces all that our theater company stands for: diverse, entertaining, and powerful storytelling that is rooted in centuries-old Filipino culture and history while being responsive to our evolving contemporary society. Each play takes you on a Filipino journey with a unique point of view, style and tone. It includes something for everyone, with piquant comedies, suspenseful dramas, and inspiring Filipino stories. 

Performances begin in June 2017 with the opening of Virgin Labfest 13: Wagas, an annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried and untested works for the theater held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). This festival is a partnership project of the The Writer's Bloc Inc., Tanghalang Pilipino Inc., and the CCP.

Our Identity: Spirit of the Time

As the season has come together, some themes have emerged and as always, they speak right to the current zeitgeist. With fresh new voices and extraordinary new plays, you will find a deeper feeling and understanding of “love for the country (and of countrymen), freedom, culture, truth, justice, goodness, nature, the beloved, and kindness” in the most unlikely places. Truly, Tanghalang Pilipino’s 31st season is a writer’s showcase altogether.

Freedom Writers: Freedom Fighters

Apung Aurelio
Playwright: Nicanor Tiongson
Direction: Chris Millado
Playdates: September 1-17, 2017
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)

Jumping off the successful threepeat run of Mabining Mandirigma, Nicanor Tiongson’s Apung Aurelio is an original musical based on the life of Aurelio Tolentino, a Filipino playwright and dramatist who writes about a Katipunero who, together with Bonifacio and Sakay founded Teatro Porvenir, a theater company where they show their patriotic sentiments. Because one of his plays called for ‘tearing of the American flag,’ Tolentino was charged with sedition and imprisoned by the Americans. Trivia: The CCP Little Theater was named after him, and this year, we celebrate his 150th birthday.

Playwright: Arthur Miller (The Crucible)
Translation: Jerry Respeto
Direction: Dennis Marasigan
Play dates: September 29 to October 22
Venue: Tanghalang Huseng Batute

Histerya (The Crucible by Arthur Miller) is a play that dramatizes how “the establishment” is used as a tool of the powerful few, exerting its magnitude on people to prevent any sense of community and collectivity from being formed. Miller’s warning is for individuals not to be afraid and to take a stand when their government is operated in a manner contrary to public interest. Trivia: The Crucible was performed in Broadway and won the 1953 Tony Award for best play. It is now considered as literary classic all over the world. Originally written for a 22-cast ensemble, the play will be performed by the 12 strong members of the Actors’ Company.

Nang Tamaan ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad 

Children’s story: Nick Joaquin
Stage Adaptation: Rody Vera
Direction: Ed Lacson, Jr.
Playdates: December 1 to 19, 2017
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

Based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s story of “(the correct explanation) why Mariang Makiling forever nurses a broken heart, and also why Juan Tamad is a pop idol, a model for the young,” this stage adaptation by Rody Vera, Nang Tamaan ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad is a mashup love triangle among Maria Makiling, Juan Tamad and Monte Banahaw. Trivia: Nick Joaquin worked for the release of political prisoner writer Pete Lacaba, openly fought for artistic freedom, and was blacklisted by the Marcos administration for speaking about intellectual freedom.

Walang Aray
Stage Adaptation: Rody Vera
Direction: Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Playdates: February – March 2018
Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

Rody Vera’s Walang Aray is a contemporized comic version of Severino Reyes’ Walang Sugat, which was written when the zarzuela became a potent means of expressing Filipino nationalism during the Spanish Occupation of the Philippines. It was, eventually, one of the plays considered subversive by the American colonial authorities, because of which Reyes was imprisoned. Trivia:Severino Reyes was imprisoned by the Spaniards because he was suspected of being a Katipunero.

Rustique Readings

Rustique Readings is a special project organized by TP chairman Tony Boy Cojuangco to create an avenue to promote Tanghalang Pilipino productions. To be held at Rustique Kitchen, our Actors Company and guest artists will do staged readings of past and current TP productions, host spoken word and mini productions to pave the way into bringing theater and the arts closer to the public. This is an opportunity for audience members to be an integral part of the process of making a new or revisited play the best it can be. After the reading, the audience will be welcome to provide feedback and ask questions, which will help the writer and director make changes and improvements. In the future, Rustique Readings may also host special jamming, poetry, orchestra, and dance sessions for a holistic artistic experience. More details to follow when announce our activities in the coming months.

Show buying opportunities as well as subscriptions, season passes and group discounts are available through Tanghalang Pilipino’s hotline 832 1125 loc. 1620 or 1621. You may also contact Ms. Lorelei Celestino at 0915 607 2275 or 0908 894 1384.

Tickets are available through TicketWorld athttps://www.ticketworld.com.ph or 891 9999; and the CCP Box Office at 832 3704.

Tanghalang Pilipino Presents 31st Theater Season Launch and Rustique Readings

What happens when the orihinal Kilabot ng Kolehiyala Hajji Alejandro, the ultimate Macho Guapito Rico J. Puno and the comely chanteuse K Brosas bond together on stage?
Expect world class entertainment, the best of original Filipino music and laugh out loud moments and more as they collectively share the spotlight in Three in One, a concert like no other slated on June 3, 2017 (Saturday), 8pm, happening at the Theatre, Solaire Hotel and Casino.
This triumvirate of seasoned performers is without a doubt, a concert casting coup!
Hajji Alejandro's musical career begun with the group Circus Band. There, his foremost training in performance and love for music blossomed and bloomed.
Alejandro, also holds the distinction of being the first winner of the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival as the interpreter of Ryan Cayabyab's Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika.

With his matinee idol looks and distinctive vocal pipes, some of his greatest hits include Nakapagtataka, Panakip Butas, Tag Ulan, Tag Araw, May Minamahal and Ang Lahat Ng Ito'y Para Sa Iyo.
A husky voice, suave and all out Pinoy macho, this is how audiences love Rico J. Puno.
Puno's  humble beginnings, as performer at folk houses and small clubs. This experience in his wonder years plus his natural charisma was noticed by the executive producers from Vicor Records.
Considered as pioneer-promoter of original Filipino music, his iconic song recordings include Kapalaran, May Bukas Pa, Lupa, Magkasuyo Buong Gabi,  Ang Tao'y Marupok and Macho Guapito.

Some interesting trivia, Puno won the Aliw Award for Most Promising Entertainer in 1976. Two years later, he became Aliw's Entertainer of the Year. His Rico in Concert show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines launched him as one of the foremost Philippine pop stars.
K Brosas is an actress, comedienne, singer and television host. Prior to her stint as a regular judge in the Tawag ng Tanghalan segment of It's Showtime, she was part of Gladys and The Boxers and  K and The Boxers.
People whloved Philippine musical theater remember her when she wore the stilletos and powerful feminine character of Zsa Zsa Zaturnah. 
She also became a co-host in the game show Pilipinas Win na Win and had given life to wonderful characters on television and motion pictures.

K is a powerful belter, comely and a little naughty on stage and puts her heart and soul in every performance.
This trio con brio of Hajji Alejandro, Rico J. Puno and K Brosas will surely be concert experience like no other. Let them entertain and show you how to have a good time in Three In One.
For tickets, please call Ticketworld at 891-9999

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