WATCH: A Quick Minute with Phi Palmos


Phi Palmos
Phi Palmos; Screenshot from YouTube video

Phi Palmos will be reprising his role as a member of the ensemble (Bayan) in the upcoming rerun of Dekada ’70 at Areté. The show will run from February 21-March 8, 2020.

Palmos was last seen playing Young Anthony in Resorts World Manila’s Ang Huling El Bimbo. He also played the original Jewel in PETA’s Rak of Aegis, the drag queen in Artist Playground’s Laro, Pepe in Mabining Mandirigma, and Rosanna in Mula sa Buwan. Get to know a little more about him in our Quick Minute feature. You can watch the condensed and edited video below.

I’m a big fan of…

Regine Velasquez, Barbra Streisand, Maria Callas.

Hardest thing about being in theater.

It’s always hard na kalaban iyung sarili mo because yourself is always your toughest critic.

Biggest play or musical influence?

Miss Saigon. Memorize ko by heart iyung Room 317.

If you weren’t in theater, what would you be doing?

Community development. NGO work.

First musical you remember seeing?

Tanghalang Pilipino’s The Romance of Magno Rubio. The shadow play there, ang gagaling ‘nung mga actors, Bong Cabrera, Lao Rodriguez.

What got you into theater?

Nanonood lang ako eh. That’s my stress reliever. Tapos it was Nar Cabico who told me na, Mag-theater ka na. Hindi ka masaya sa trabaho mo. Mag-theater ka na. Mag-resign ka na diyan.”

Who gave you the best advice you’ve ever received?

Myke Salomon. “You are meant to be where you are.” “They hired you. They believe in you. So you have to deserve it everyday.”

First stage kiss.

R’meo Luvs Dew-Lhiett, pero with our version, it’s R’meo Luvs Joel. My recital sa Tanghalang Pilipino. Hala, nalimutan ko pangalan niya. Basta iyung Romeo doon. (laughs) Si Rusty!

Ultimate dream role.

Kim. Fosca. Angel in Rent. Zanna in Zanna, Don’t! Blanca Evangelista in Pose.

Last show that made you cry.

Passion. Umiyak ako sa Rak [of Aegis]. Last show. So Rak, Rak pala. Technically, naiyak ako ‘nung nanood ako ng Rak.

Hardest song or scene you’ve ever performed.

Manifesto from Mula sa Buwan. Alapaap.

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