BISPERAS by Jeffrey Jeturian
On the eve of Christmas, the Aguinaldo family’s residence is burglarized, causing its members to identify stolen items and uncover lingering sentiments they have hidden from each other. Amidst the tension brought about by the burglary, the Aguinaldo family realizes how treasured sentiments have been lost, relationships have evolved as they arrive from church at a house in shambles.
CAST: Tirso Cruz III, Raquel Villavicencio, Julia Clarete, Jennifer Sevilla, Edgar Allan, Aryanna Santiago, Jen Donaire, Kimmy Maclang, Troy De Guzman
19 July/Tue, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3
20 July/Wed, 3:30PM Tanghalang Huseng Batute
21 July/Thu, 6:15PM Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (MKP Hall)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 10:00AM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
24 July/Sun, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3
BUSONG by Auraeus Solito
Punay was born with wounds in her feet so that she cannot step on the earth. Her brother, Angkarang, carries her through a hammock, as he searches the changing landscape of Palawan in hoping to find a healer who can cure Punay. Different people help him carry his sister along the way- a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat and a young man who is searching for himself- and each one meets their fate. CAST: Alessandra de Rossi, Dax Alejandro, Clifford Banagale
19 July/Tue, 3:30PM Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Wed, 9:00PM Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3
22 July/Fri, 12:45PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (MKP Hall)
23 July/Sat, 6:15PM Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
24 July/Sun, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5
ISDA by Adolfo Alix Jr.
A couple, Lina and Miguel, move into a dumpsite in Catmon, Malabon from Pangasinan. As they adjust to their new abode and surroundings, Lina’s longing to have a child of her own intensifies. Miguel finds a job in a local ice plant while Lina goes with neighbor-scavengers in the nearby dumpster. But when Miguel gets sick and loses his job, he joins his wife in scavenging. Lina finds a burned image of St. Peregrine in the dumpsite and keeps it. Then one day, the news spreads quickly that Lina is pregnant. When her belly has swollen bigger, Lina gets out of her hut to show the world how a fulfilled woman she is. Miguel is a more loving husband than ever. In the middle of a storm, Lina gives birth. Those who witnessed it were shocked—her son is a fish. Miguel cannot accept it. Lina embraces what has happened and treats the fish as her real son. Strange and surreal moments test Lina’s love for her offspring. What unfolds is a fable that questions the needs and compromises of a real family.
CAST: Cherrie Pie Picache as Lina, Bembol Roco as Miguel, Anita Linda as Juling, Rosanna Roces as Dolor, Angel Aquino as Cory, Alan Paule as Turing, Evelyn Vargas as Luz and Arnold Reyes as Jaime.
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (MKP Hall)
20 July/Wed, 3:30PM Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining MKP Hall)
21 July/Thu, 3:30PM Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5
23 July/Sat, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3
24 July/Sun, 3:30PM Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
PATIKUL by Joel Lamangan
The long-standing conflict between the military forces and the rebel group Abu Sayaff has severely ravaged the poor town of Patikul in Sulu. Residents have become so accustomed to the armed clashes, that reports of kidnappings and recruitment of young Tausugs to join the rebel groups already became normal news to them. However, Amman, a 33 year old coffee farmer in Sitio Kan-Ague, continues to believe that there is still hope for their town. Amman believes that educating his children would change their present situation. His 9-year old son Fahad is one of Kan-Ague Elementary School’s top students. Fahad’s brilliance and perseverance have led him to represent his school in the annual regional quiz bee. Joined by his best friend Alelie, Fahad goes through rigorous training under Michael Balmes, the principal of Kan-Ague Elementary School. Michael is one of the few volunteer teachers who walk daily through a dangerous path just to get to Kan-Ague. Michael’s constant encouragement and persistence to educate the kids in Kan-Ague gives new promise to the residents of Kan-Ague. However, this hope becomes short-lived after a relative of one of the volunteer teachers dies in an armed encounter between the army and rebels. Little did the residents know that this incident would lead to the death of their beloved principal and, for fear for their own safety, force the teachers to abandon the students of Kan-Ague. The town’s worsening situation compels Amman to take action and convince his co-parents to find a solution, but Amman soon discovers that this won’t be an easy task. Most of the parents are reluctant to cooperate, and he finds no support from the local government. Amman is now faced with two choices: capitulate to the brutality of war or find a way to make the teachers go back to the classrooms of Kan-Ague to teach their children once again.
CAST: Marvin Agustin, Allen Dizon, Glaiza de Castro, Ciara Sotto, Dimples Romana, Jaime Pebanco with Martin de los Santos, Angellie Nicholle Sanoy, Jeon Macatangay.
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Wed, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5
21 July/Thu, 12:45PM Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
23 July/Sat, 3:30PM Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 9:00PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3
24 July/Sun, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5
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