The Virgin Labfest is Returning to the Stage This 2022


The Virgin Labfest

After two consecutive virtual runs over the past two years, The Virgin Labfest (VLF) is returning to the CCP this June!

The Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of untried, untested, and unstaged works. Since it was established in 2005, it has been known for supporting the development of plays and educating and mentoring young artists/playwrights. 


When the pandemic started in 2020, VLF continued and shifted online. In 2021, it presented archival content and focused on its educational component. Now on its 17th year, VLF 2022, with the theme Hinga, will be staged with a live audience at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute, led by new Festival Directors Marco Viaña and Tess Jamias. VLF is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Manila-based playwrights group Writer’s Bloc, Inc., and CCP’s resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino.

The festival will run from June 15 to 26, 2pm and 7pm. The featured works and the schedule can be found below.

SET A: LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES 

“Walang Bago sa Dulang Ito”
By Eljay Castro Deldoc
Directed by Herbie Go and Tess Jamias 

“Mga Balo”
By Maki dela Rosa
Directed by Adrienne Vergara 

“Bituing Marikit”
By Bibeth Orteza
Directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna 

SET B: LIFE IS STRANGE FICTION

“Absurdo Events Day”
By BJ Crisostomo
Directed by Mara Agleham 

“Liberation”
By Jerry O’Hara
Directed by Dennis Marasigan

“Nay May Dala Akong Pansit”
by Juan Ekis
Directed by Karl Alexis Jingco

SET C: SCHOOL OF LIFE

“Unica Hijas”
By Mikaela Regis
Directed by Pat Valera 

“Punks Not Dead”
By Andrew Clete
Directed by Roobak Valle 

“Student’s Handbook”
By Anthony Kim Vergara
Directed by Erika Estacio 

SET D: LIFE CHOICES 

“Fermata”
by Dustin Celestino
Directed by Guelan Luarca

“Huling Haraya Nina Ischia at Emeteria”
by Ryan Machado
Directed by Regina De Vera 

“Bienvenuta al lido De Venecia”
by George Vail Kabristante
Directed by Nanding Josef and Antonette Go

Schedule for Featured Works:
June 16 Set A
June 17 Set B
June 18 Set C
June 19 Set D
June 23 Set C
June 24 Set D
June 25 Set A
June 26 Set B

Ticketing information will be announced soon.

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