Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tanghalang Pilipino's IBALONG the Musical | February 8-March 3, 2013

Tanghalang Pilipino caps its 26th season with a dance-theatre musical interpretation of the Bicolano epic, Ibalong, adapted for the stage by playwright Rody Vera and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio with Carol Bello’s musical direction, and Alden Lugnasin’s choreography. It opens with a gala premiere on February 8 (8 pm) at the Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines. The show will run until March 3, 2013.

Entitled after Legazpi City’s week-long festivity, Ibalong, the musical tells the story of Handyong and his warriors who come to Bicol (formerly known as Ibalon) and wage war against beasts and monsters pillaging the land’s natural wealth. Handyong mightily battles creatures bearing a solitary eye and three throats, several winged sharks, and wild carabaos.

In introducing civilization to the barbaric land, Handyong matches wit and might with the scheming snake, Oryol. A master of deceit, Oryol disguises herself into a sweet, young lady in order to seduce Handyong. But not to be outwitted, Handyong eventually makes Oryol fall in love with him.

Their love story – between a warrior and a monster – defines the greatness of Bicol as it explores an individual’s capacity for good and evil, and a land’s history marked by progress and destruction.


 Jenine Desiderio (Oryol)

May Bayot (Gugurang) 

Myke Salomon (Handyong)

Red Nuestro (Opon)

Delphine Buencamino (Koro/ Oryol Understudy)

Trixie Esteban (Young Oryol/ Koro)

Cheeno Macaraig (Young Handyong/ Makusog/ Kawal/ ibingan)

Tara Cabaero (Buring/ Anino)

Hazel Maranan (Onglo/ Anino) 

Opaline Santos (Sarimao/ Anino)

Kristofer Kliatchko (Angongolood/ Kawal)

Cyril Balderama (Sarimao/ Kawal)

 Philip Palmos (Kikik).

The ensemble (TP’s Actor's Company):

Jonathan Tadioan (Aswang/ Koro)

Marco Viaรฑa (Rabot/ Koro)

Remus Villanueva (Handyong/ Kawal/ Angongolood)

Nicolo Magno (Baltog/ Koro)

Ralph Mateo (Bantong/ Kalabaw/ Tambaluslos/ Kawal)

Regina De Vera (Bonggo/ Anino)

Jovanni Cadag (Sarimao)

Doray Dayao (Popo/ Anino)

Nanding Josef (Artistic Director), Rody Vera (Playwright); Tuxqs Rutaquio (Director/Set Designer); Carol Bello (Composer/ Musical Director); Rizalino Reyes & Inkantada, All-Women Group (Arranger); Leeroy New (Costume & Puppet Designer); Alden Lugnasin (Choreographer); Katsch Catoy (Lights Designer and Technical Director) and TJ Ramos (Sound Designer).

The production team is composed of Jennifer Bautista (Production Manager), Alpha Joy Ruiz (Deputy Production Manager), Jo Ann Requiestas (Assistant Production Manager), Jerome Aytona (Stage Manager), Noel Taylo and Eric Sindol (Assistant Stage Managers), Daniel Gregorio (Costume Custodian), Zaldy Baldelobar (Property Master), Raphael David (Make-Up and Prosthetic Artist), and Jerry Ramirez (Stunt Choreography).

Cherry Bong Z. Edralin (Marketing Manager), Toots Tolentino (Publicist), Jojit Lorenzo (Photography), Carlo Vergara (Poster Design), Joan Abubo (Ticket Officer), Lorelei Celestino (Marketing & Sales Associate) and Juan Lorenzo Marco (Sales Executive).

(Fridays) February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(Saturdays) February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
(Sunday) February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Ticket prices are: P800.00 (regular); P400.00 (students) and P640.00 (for senior citizens, 20% discount off the regular price)

Tickets are now available at all TicketWorld Outlets. Call TicketWorld at (632) 891-9999 and CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704.

For inquiries on ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships, special performances, call Tanghalang Pilipino at 832-1125 local 1620/1621 or contact Cherry Bong Z. Edralin at +63.917.7500107, +63.918.9593949 for more details.

or e-mail at ccptanghalan@yahoo.com

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