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The Virgin Labfest Unveils 2016 Line-up

The Virgin Labfest Unveils 2016 Line-up

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According to the CCP website,

“Established in 2005, the Virgin Labfest is a laboratory festival of new plays by emerging and established Filipino playwrights and held annually at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It aims to provide Filipino playwrights a venue to present their unpublished, unstaged, untested and untried works to theatergoing public. The Virgin Labfest is a yearly project of the Manila-based playwrights group Writer’s Bloc, Inc., acclaimed theater company Tanghalang Pilipino, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).”


“The theater festival which runs for 3 weeks is composed of 12 new featured works, 3 ‘revisited’ plays (audiences’ favourites from last year’s festival), 5 staged readings and ‘fragments’ from 3 new plays presented as site-specific performances. A new feature of this year’s Labfest is From Stage to Screen – films screenings of outstanding works that began as stage plays and were adapted into motion pictures.”



June 29 (Wednesday), 3 pm and 8 pm
July 10 and 15 (Sunday and Friday), 3 pm
July 9 and 14 (Saturday and Thursday), 8 pm

• Oggie Arcenas’s “Si Jaya, Si Ronda, Si Barbra at ang Mahiwagang Kanta,” directed by Roobak Valle
• Alexandra May Cardoso’s “Ang Sugilanon ng Kabiguan ni Epefania,” directed by Charles Yee
• Jose Socrates delos Reyes’s “Dahan-Dahan ang Paglubog ng Araw,” directed by Adolf Alix Jr.


June 30 (Thursday), 3 pm and 8 pm
July 10 and 15 (Sunday and Friday), 8 pm
July 6 and 16 (Wednesday and Saturday), 3 pm

• Herlyn Alegre’s “Bahay-Bahayan, Tagu-Taguan,” directed by Nicolo Magno
• Kanakan Balintagos’s “Loyalist,” directed by Lawrence Fajardo
• Dominique La Victoria’s “Ang Bata sa Drum,” directed by Dudz Teraña


July 1 (Friday), 3 pm and 8 pm
July 7 and 17 (Thursday and Sunday), 3 pm
July 6 and 16 (Wednesday and Saturday), 8 pm

• Ma. Cecilia dela Rosa’s “Ang Mga Bisita ni Jean,” directed by Ariel Yonzon
• Guelan Luarca’s “Bait,” directed by Mara Marasigan
• Carlo Vergara’s “Mula sa Kulimliman,” directed by Hazel Gutierrez


July 2 (Saturday), 3 pm and 8 pm
July 8 and 13 (Friday and Wednesday), 3 pm
July 7 and 17 (Thursday and Sunday), 8 pm

• Ricardo Novenario’s “Daddy’s Girl,” directed by Nicolas Pichay
• Rick Patriarca’s “Hapagkainan,” directed by Chris Martinez
• Eliza Victoria’s “Marte,” directed by George de Jesus III


July 3 (Sunday), 3 pm and 8 pm
July 9 and 14 (Saturday and Thursday), 3 pm
July 8 and 13 (Friday and Wednesday), 8 pm

• Eljay Castro Deldoc’s “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala,” directed by Ed Lacson Jr.
• Maynard Manansala’s “Dalawang Gabi,” directed by Jade Castro
• Juan Miguel Severo’s “Hintayan ng Langit,” directed by Raffy Tejada

STAGED READINGS (Bulwagang Amado Hernandez)

SET A: July 1 (Friday), 6 pm

• Adrian Ho’s “Run, Marga, Run,” directed by Emmanuel dela Cruz
• Job Pagsibigan’s “Mrs. Victoria,” directed by Guelan Luarca
• Jonathan Tadioan’s “Dinuguan,” directed by Dennis Marasigan

SET B: July 8 (Friday), 6 pm

• Vincent de Jesus’s “Changing Partners,” directed by Rem Zamora

SET C: July 14 (Thursday), 6 pm

• Layeta Bucoy’s “Mac and Naty,” directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio

FILM SCREENINGS (Tanghalang Manuel Conde)

• “Imbisibol,” directed by Lawrence Fajardo
June 29 (Wednesday), 6 pm
July 7 (Thursday), 6 pm
July 16 (Saturday), 6 pm

• “David F.,” directed by Emmanuel Q. Palo
• “Geegee at Waterina,” directed by J. Dennis C. Teodosio
June 30 (Thursday), 6 pm
July 9 (Saturday), 6 pm
July 13 (Wednesday), 6 pm

• “Hubad,” by Denisa Reyes and Mark Gary
July 2 (Saturday), 6 pm
July 6 (Wednesday), 6 pm
July 15 (Friday), 6 pm

For tickets: Ticketworld ticketworld.com.ph; CCP Box Office 832-3704/06 or at 832-1125 loc. 1409.

*Information taken from The Virgin Labfest Facebook page.

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