Sabay-sabay tayong Manilip, Sumilip at Mamboso sa 14th VIRGIN LABFEST

VLF2018-PilipinasKongMahalWithAllTheOvercoat (4)THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with its’ resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writer’s Bloc Inc., hosts the Virgin Labfest, an annual theater festival dedicated to the staging of untried, untested and unstaged works, from June 27 to July 15, 2018 at various venues of the CCP.

The three-week festival promises to be a spectacular one, offering twelve new plays and four staged readings, and three revisited plays from last year’s festival all performed by outstanding thespians and directed by upcoming and established directors.
Taking “Silip” as its catchphrase, the festival offers a chance for writers to see their creative skills taken from page to stage. Now on its 14th year, the annual theater festival picked 12 new featured one-act works, out of more than 150 manuscripts submitted. Each expresses the complexity of human experience and create dialogues on social issues.
The new plays are divided into four sets. Set A includes: ‘Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng
Kontrabida’ written by Dustin Celestino and directed by Roobak Valle; ‘Mga Bata sa Selda
43’ written by Rolin Migyuel Cadallo Obina and directed by Ian Segarra; and ‘Ang Inyong
mga Anak: Si Harold at Napoleon’ written by Anthony Kim Vergara and directed by Ricardo Magno.

For Set B, audience can look forward to “Bagyolanda,” written by John Lapus and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, ‘Ang Mga Propesyunal’ penned by Sari Saysay and directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, ‘Rosas’ by playwright J. Dennis Teodosio, directed by Charles Yee, and ‘Edgar Allan Hemingway’ by Carlo Vergara and directed by George de Jesus III.

Meanwhile, Set C is comprised of ‘Labor Room’ by Ma. Cecilia “Maki” dela Rosa, directed by Jose Estrella and Issa Manalo Lopez, ‘Ensayo’ by Juan Ekis and directed by Eric Villanueva dela Cruz, and ‘Tulad ng Dati’ by JV Ibesate and directed by Olive Nieto.

Set D includes ‘Amoy Pulbos ang mga Alabok sa Ilalim ng Riles ng Tren’ by playwright Lino Balmes and director Tess Jamias, ‘Marawi Musicale’ by playwright Tyron Casumpang and director Ariel Yonzon, and ‘River Lethe’ by playwright Allan Lopez and director Chris Martinez complete the list.

Three plays in the previous edition of the VLF will be remounted. These are: “Birdcage” written by Rick Patriarca and directed by Ian Segarra; “Sincerity Biker’s Club” by Adrian Ho and directed by Jenny Jamora; and “Pilipinas kong Mahal with all the Overcoat” by Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Roobak Valle and Tuxqs Rutaquio.
The Staged Readings feature “Without the Drama” by playwright Jay Crisostomo, directed by Renate Bustamante; and “Dolorosa” by playwright Peter Zaragoza Mayshle, directed by Chic San Agustin.

The main play features will be staged at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), while the VLF Revisited will be performed at Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater), and the Staged Readings will be at Tanghalang Amado V. Hernandez.

SET A

 (June 27, July 5, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15)

MGA EKSENA SA BUHAY NG KONTRABIDA
Written by Dustin Celestino
Directed by Roobak Valle
Cast
Jake – Jay Gonzaga
Joe – Lian Silverio
Tom – Earl Figuracion
Rick – Richard Manabat
Mike – JV Ibesate

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The cast and crew of ‘Mga Eksena sa buhay ng kontrabida’

Synopsis
Jake is a villain. He’s violent, selfish, and reckless. Unfortunately, Jake doesn’t exist in a
vacuum, and his behavior has consequences. Because Jake is a villain, people around him feel threatened, and these people look for ways to solve the problem that is Jake.
Part origin story, part family drama, the play is a collection of conversations heard in
the vicinity of a villain.
DUSTIN CELESTINO (Playwright)
Dustin Edward D. Celestino is a screenwriter, playwright, and composer. He’s a
graduate of De La Salle University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. In 2017, he
won first prize in both divisions, English and Filipino, of the Full-Length Play in the 67th
Palanca Awards.
ROOBAK VALLE (Director)
He studied Mathematics in college yet chose a career in the arts. He is an actor, a
director, a choreographer, writer and workshop facilitator. He is presently a Resident
Director for the Gantimpala Theater Foundation. He rarely hesitates to accept work
from other theater companies.
JAY GONZAGA (Jake)
Jay is a Theater, Fil and TV actor. He played Kapitan in last year’s Virgin Lafest’13
“Hindi ako si Darna”. Jay’s also part of the growing family of Cornerstone Entertainment
Management.
JV IBESATE (Mike)
JV is currently an Apprentice of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, the resident
theater company of the CCP. He has performed in the Virgin Labfest since 2013. He is
the recipient of 2018 Philstage Gawad Buhay Outsanding Lead Performance in a Play
award for his portrayal in “Ang Pag-uusig” (Arthur Miller’s The Crucible).

EARLE FIGURACION (Tom)
Earle is a story teller and actor. He will soon fly to London for his Master’s Degree in
Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Support his journey at
http://www.gogetfunding.com/personal-legend and hear his work at
http://www.soundcloud.com/storytellerale. Follow him on twitter and instagram
(@storytellearle)
RICHARD MANABAT (Ricky)
Richard is a stage actor from Gantimpala Theater Foundation to PETA and in other
productions. He became in an actor in different movies and numerous main-stay in both
big network for TV-series. One of his greatest achievements was when his part of a
musical play of Direk Tony Espejo’s “Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal?” won by the ALIW Awards
for best director and best group performance.
LIAN SILVERIO (Joe)
Lian likes to call himself a dreamchaser. When he was still a Dentistry student, he saw a
Virgin Labfest performance and has then been dreaming of performing for the festival.
This season, he will now cross that out from the top of his bucket list.

MGA BATA SA SELDA 43
Written by Rolin Migyuel Cadallo Obina
Directed by Ian Segarra
CAST
Philip – Tomas Santos
Ino – JM Canlas
Ed – Rafa Tibayan

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Ang ‘Mga bata sa Selda 43’

Synopsis:
Philip and his younger brother, Ino, are ordinary and playful children from the slums who were kidnapped by aliens. So they thought. But their dreams of escaping the alien
prison cell to be reunited with their mother and ailing grandmother shattered when they
met Ed.
ROLIN MIGYUEL CADALLO OBINA (Playwright)
Banker & HIV Awareness Advocate
Migy Obina is Assistant Vice President and Head of Credit Services Group at Sterling
Bank of Asia with close to 20 years of banking experience. He is also an advocate of
HIV awareness taking part in counseling and training. In 2017, his screenplay, Ang Pag-
uulyanin ni Olivia Mendoza, which was an adaptation of the play of the same title and
was part of VLF 13 Staged Reading, won for himself the Grand Prize at the
Cinemalaya/Directors Guild of the Philippines Film Pitching Competition. He attended Ricky Lee’s Trip to Quiapo Scriptwriting Workshop, Rody Vera’s Stageplay Writing
Workshop and is an active member of The Writers’ Bloc.
IAN SEGARRA (Director)
Ian Segarra is a Senior Artist-Teacher from the Philippine Educational Theater
Association. As a performer, he has been part of PETA’s Batang Rizal, Mga Kwento ni
Lola Basyang, Ang Post Office, Noli at Fili: Dekada Dos Mil, don_Q, William (Gawad
Buhay Best Male Lead in a Play), and The Tempest Reimagined. He is part of
international touring productions Coke (Kobalt Works), The Story of the Little
Gentleman (Jienkyo) and Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and Girl in an Abaya whuh toured in
different parts of Europe and Asia. He has directed FNL (PETA), Mga Kwentong Asyano
(DLSZ), and When Sam Met Jo (VLF 11). He is currently teaching Theater Arts at the
Philippine High School for the Arts.
TOMAS SANTOS (Philip)
Tomas Santos is an incoming senior high school student at the Philippine High School
for the Arts, majoring in Theater Arts. As a company member of PHSA’s resident theater
group Dulaang Sipat Lawin, he has acted in numerous theater productions. He took
ballet and modern ballet classes during the Ballet Philippines Summer Dance Workshop
2015, and contemporary and jazz classes with Airdance.

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Jm Canlas of ‘Mga bata sa selda 43’

JM CANLAS (Ino)
Jamile Matthew Canlas or better known as JM is a TV, film, theater, and voice actor. His
love for acting brewed when he was just 3 years old JM is one of the youngest, in the
dubbing industry and has numerous dubbing projects under his belt. He recently starred
in the award-winning Cinemalaya film, “Kiko Boksingero.”

ANG INYONG MGA ANAK: SI HAROLD AT NAPOLEON
Written by Anthony Kim Vergara
Directed by Ricardo Magno
Cast
May Bayot (Mama)
Edna Vida Froilan (Inang)
Joshua Tayco (Harold)

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The cast of ‘Ang inyong mga anak: Si Harold at Napoleon’

Synopsis:
Harold was just about to leave the house after feeding her grandmother for another poetry gig and an out of the country trip when he opened up a conversation with his
mother about Napoleon – a former college schoolmate who was recently brutally
murdered in their province. The conversation then opens up a venue for powerful insights and revelations about the mother and son’s beliefs and political stand. The play will start and end with poetry which will further tackle the mother and son’s will to exist as an ordinary citizen or a steward of change.
ANTHONY KIM VERGARA (Playwright)
Anthony Kim Vergara graduated from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Bataan, with a
BS in Information Technology. He is currently working as an IT Security Specialist for
an IT Company in Makati. A member of The Writer’s Bloc and an active senior member
of Tanghalang Tatsulok, a community-based theater group in Bataan. He also works
part-time as a photographer and a freelance talent for TVC’s, Indie films and Digital
Ads. As part of his passion for theater, he took part in various stage plays in Bataan as
an actor which includes “PATINTERO (Musical play)”, “Huling Gabi sa Maragondon”,
“Anino”, “Ambon ng Kristal” and “Isang Gabi sa Rotonda”. “Ang inyong mga anak: Si
Harold at Napoleon” is his second play to be staged and the first to make it in the Virgin
Labfest. His first play titled “Departure” was part of Short+Sweet Theater Festival
Manila 2017. Anthony Kim have been consistently submitting his entries in the Virgin
Labfest for the past 7 years. He considers Allan Lopez as his first mentor in
playwriting.
RICARDO MAGNO (Director)
Ricardo Magno trained at the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, Dulaang UP and
Tanghalang Ateneo. Directing credits include: RENT (Ateneo Blue Repertory), 2018;
Ang Mga Puyong, Virgin Labfest 2017 (Cultural Center of the Philippines); SinagTala,
the Musical (Teatro Kolehiyo ng Miriam), 2017; Bahay-bahayan, Tagu-taguan, Virgin
Labfest 2016 (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and La Casa de Bernarda Alba (Teatro
Kaligatan Foundation), 2016. International productions include: The Wayside Cafe for
the International Theater Institute (Spain, 2017) and Asia-Pacific Bureau (China, 2017);
Kiss-kiss, Bang-bang 2.0 for the Asian Performing Arts Forum (Japan 2016 and 2017);
Canton Atbp. for the University of Pennsylvania (USA, 2016); Dysmorphilia for the Low
Fat Art Fest (Thailand, 2015) and Fireflies for the Asia and Pacific Bureau (Taiwan,
2012).
EDNA VIDA (Inang)
Edna Vida’s achievements as a dancer, choreographer, writer, actor, teacher and
director and have marked her as a truly unique, multifaceted and celebrated Filipino
artist.
MAY BAYOT (Mama)
May is an award winning actress in musical, winning her first Gawad Buhay in 2004 for
her role Elsa in HIMALA then in 2007 her Aliw award for skin deep. She’s done other
productions among them: Kleptomaniac, Ibalong, Once on This Island, Rama at Sita,
Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, Sandosenang Sapatos and she also appeared in
Teleseryes for ABS CBN. May is also a member of the retro band 8 Track playing every
Monday at Strumm’s.

JOSHUA TAYCO (Harold)
Joshua is currently a scholar of Tanghalang Pilipino. He was recently nominated for
Gawad Buhay’s Male Featured Performance in a Play for his performance in Ang Pag-
uusig. Aside from theatre, he also plays music, writes and performs poetry, and dabbles
in film. Tugma, a short film written and directed by him was recently accepted as a finalist for the short film category of Cinefilipino 2018.

SET B

(June 28, July 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15)

ANG MGA PROPESYUNAL
Written by Sari Saysay
Directed by Carlos Siguion Reyna
Cast: Krystle Campos
Arthur Castro
Jian Tayco

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The cast and crew of ‘Ang mga Propesyunal’

Synopsis:
Pia is a ten-year old professional journalist who is barred from covering Malacañang.
From here, she confronts reality and, along with her two friends, a doctor and a police officer, chooses to dwell in a make-believe realm of truth in order to investigate the predicaments of each other’s chosen profession while trying to discover facts about
deaths – of innocent children, of freedom of expression, of democracy.
SARI SAYSAY (Playwright)
Sari Saysay is an artist, activist and resident playwright at Sining Banwa, an
independent theater company based in the Bicol region. Over the last decade, he has
written more than thirty Bikol and Tagalog plays, usually narrating social issues and
people’s struggles. He invites everyone to get a copy of his book of plays, “Rarom, Rayo
(Depth, Distance)”.
CARLOS SIGUION-REYNA (Director)
Carlos Siguion-Reyna is a director of film, television, theater, and a film educator. Film:
Hari ng Tondo (2014), Azucena (2000), Kahapon May Dalawang Bata (1999),
Tatlo…Magkasalo (1998), Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya (1997), Ligaya ang Itawag Mo
sa Akin (1997), Abot-Kamay ang Pangarap (1996), Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin
(1995), Kailangan Kita (early 1990s), Saan Ka Man Naroroon (early 1990s), Ikaw Pa
Lang ang Minahal (1992), Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991), Patas Lang (NYU thesis
short film, 1988), Misis Mo Misis Ko (1987). Television: Magpakailanman (2016),
Choices (short film, 2011), Aawitan Kita (directed from 1986 to 2005), Pintig (short film,
2005), Aangkinin Ko ang Bukas (1996), Sandakot na Lupa (1996), Senyorita (1995), Adios…Dulce Estranjera (1994), Kapag Naghilom ang Sugat (1994), Hanggang May
Buhay (early to mid-1990s), Senyorito (late 1980s), Hapi House (mid-late 1980s).
Theater: Marawing Salamat (opera segment, 2018), Nothing But Dreams (Virgin
Labfest 2017), Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw / A Midsummer Night’s
Dream (2016), Walang Sugat (2012), Aawitan Kita sa Makati (directed from 2005 to
2010).

ROSAS
Written by J. Dennis Teodosio
Directed by Charles Yee
Cast:
Bembol Roco
Crispin Pineda


VLF-14-POSTERS-005_ROSASSynopsis: In the Home for Aged, two old men await for the sun to set. As they reminisce, the past and the present unapologetically confront them, forcing them to reveal and admit their fears and longings, and eventually, leading them to face and accept their inevitable future. Before them, a bed of blooming roses bears as a silent witness. (“Rosas” is the last part of “Tatlong Bulaklak”, a trilogy of one-act plays. It is dedicated in memory of theater stalwart, Soxie Topacio.)
J. DENNIS C. TEODOSIO (Playwright)
J. Dennis C. Teodosio has been based in Yangon, Myanmar since 2011. He thankfully
and happily returns to Virgin Lab Fest after a six-year hiatus. His VLF portfolio includes
11 works, namely ‘Gee-Gee At Waterina’ (VLF1, 2005), ‘Baka-Sakali’ (VLF2, 2006), ‘Payb
Siks’ (VLF2, 2006), ‘Bagahe’ (VLF3, 2007), ‘Pobreng Alindanaw’ (VLF3, 2007,
independently produced), ‘Gumamela’ (VLF4, 2008), ‘Asunto’ (VLF4, 2008, dramatic
reading), ‘Salise’ (VLF5, 2009), ‘Carmi Martin’ (VLF6, 2010), ‘Totong Hilot’ (VLF8, 2011,
full-length play), and ‘Rosas’ (VLF14, 2018). His theater scripts garnered prizes from
Palanca Awards, Aliw Awards, NCCA, and Gawad Teatro Bulawan and were staged by
Gantimpala Theater Foundation, PETA, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Artist Playground. He
and his M take care of a cute brown poodle named Jade.
CHARLES YEE (Director)
Charles graduated with a degree in BFA Theater Arts and BS Communications
Technology Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. He graduated as an
awardee of the Loyola Schools Award for the Arts for Theater. Currently he is working
as a Lecturer for both Filipino and Fine Arts Department of the Ateneo de Manila
University, at the same time, he is also an assistant designer to Gino Gonzales. Some of
his most recent directorial credits include: Tanghalang Ateneo’s Si Janus Silang at Ang
Tiyanak ng Tabon (2017) and Kalantiaw (2016), Virgin Labfest 12&13’s Ang Sugilanon ng Kabiguan ni Epefania (2016), Dulaang Laboratoryo’s Ang Puting Ahas (2016), and
Ateneo Entablado’s Ang Juan Tamban ni Malou Jacob (2014). His recent set design
credits include Desaparecidos (2018), and Philippine Educational Theater Associations’
Tagu-taguan, Nasaan ang Buwan (2017).
CRISPIN PINEDA
Apatnapu’t isang taon sa larangan ng sining, si Crispin Pineda ay namulat sa kung
gaano kaepektibo ang Teatro sa paghubog ng kultura at kalinangan ng isang lipunan.
Naniniwala siya na ang kaunlaran ng isang bansa ay nakaugat sa kung gaano katotoo
at kayabong ang kanyang sariling sining.
BEMBOL ROCO
Bembol Roco is an award-winning Filipino actor for television, film and theater. He is
famous for his critically acclaimed role in the film Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag as
Julio Madiaga.

EDGAR ALLAN HEMINGWAY
Written by Carlo Vergara
Directed by George de Jesus III
Cast
Guelan Luarca
Rafa Siguion – Reyna
Ricci Chan

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Rafa Siguion-Reyna and Ricci Chan, Cast of ‘Edgar Allan Hemingway’

Synopsis:
When a young man achieves a feat that many writers could only dream of, he’s thrust into a hectic life of celebrity, one unabashedly embraced by his supportive lover. But
when a childhood friend shows up hoping to have a slice of the same success, an unexpected revelation brings about questions on ethics, survival, and freedom.
CARLO VERGARA (Playwright)
Carlo Vergara began his journey as a playwright in 2013 when his play “Kung Paano
Ako Naging Leading Lady” was selected to be featured in Virgin Labfest 9. The play was
expanded into a full-length musical by Dalanghita Productions in 2015, and has been
picked up by Regal Entertainment for film adaptation. He has since had three plays in
VLF: “The Missing Peace,” “Mula sa Kulimliman,” and “Dear and Unhappy.” Vergara is a
graphic designer, illustrator, copywriter, and graphic novelist, known for his LGBT
superhero creation Zsazsa Zaturnnah.
GEORGE DE JESUS III (Director)
George is an actor, director and playwright. He is a co-founder of the Egg Theater
Company. For CCP’s Virgin Labfest, he has been part of the following plays: (as director) Rogelio Braga’s Maganda pa ang Daigdig, Rene Villanueva’s Birtdey ni Guido,
George Vail Kabristante’s Ang Menginga ng New York City na Kamukha ng Bee Stung
Lips ni Julia Roberts, Em Mendez’s Unang Regla ni John, Layeta Bucoy’s Si Uod, Butete
at si Myrna, Marte, Eliza Victoria’s Ang Bahay Sa Gitna ng Kawalan; (as actor) Juliene
Mendoza’s Collector’s Item; (as playwright) Asawa/Kabit, Kapit, and Kung Paano
Maghiwalay (staged reading).

SET C

 (June 29, July 1, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13)

LABOR ROOM
Written by Ma. Cecilia “Maki” dela Rosa
Directed by Jose Estrella and Issa Manalo Lopez
Cast:
Hariette Damole (VEH)
Skyzx Labastilla (ATE)
Sheryll Ceasico (NAY)
J-mee Katanyag (Doc Jean)
Kiki Baento (Nars)
Sherry Lara (Utility)
Opaline Santos (Buntis)
Ina Azarcon-Bolivar (Buntis)
Eudes Garcia (ER Nars)

VLF-14-POSTERS-007_LABOR_ROOMSynopsis:
Three women meet in the busy labor room.As they watch delivering mothers come and
go, they build a short friendship, that of strong confidence and genuine concern. Three
women—one, having a baby, two facing the loss of one.All are giving birth to hope.
MA. CECILIA “MAKI” DELA ROSA (Playwright)
Ma. Cecilia “Maki” de la Rosa is the author of a poetry book, “Hanggang Doon Na Rin
Lang” (2016). Her play “Ang Mga Bisita ni Jean” was featured in VLF 12. The same
play won 3 rd place for Dulang May Isang Yugto in the Palanca Awards. Her other works
are included in various anthologies.
JOSÉ ESTRELLA (Director)
José is a Professor at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, and
Director of the UP Theater Complex, UP Diliman. She is also one of the resident
directors of Dulaang UP.
José directed the Filipino translation of Yoji Sakate’s 3 Sisters for VLF. She also served
as Associate Artistic Director for the Virgin Labfest from 2009-2011.

ISSA MANALO LOPEZ (Director) Issa is an Independent Theatre-maker / Director. She is currently developing her work on the Identity of Filipino Women and Colonialism. Some of her projects include, “KAPIT” (docu-theatre on the Yolanda Survivors), “I” (auto-ethnographic solo performance) and “Colonize|d” (duet on Intersectionality).
HARRIETE DAMOLE (Veh)
Hariette is a Theatre Arts student majoring in performance in the University of the
Philippines Diliman. She has worked for several productions under Dulaang UP, Dulaang
Laboratoryo and UP Playwrights’ Theater.
SKYZX LABASTILLA (Ate)
Skyzx has top-billed both lead and supporting roles in many successful plays including
Dulaang UP’s two-hour monodrama “Ang Dalagita’y ‘sang bagay na di-buo.” She is a
full-time arts & culture officer at the Japan Foundation, Manila and a financial
consultant at Pru Life UK.
SHERYLL CEASICO (Nay)
Pinagbabalanse ni Sheryll ang pagiging isang public school teacher habang umaarte sa
theatre, film, at TV. Mahilig siya sa mga aso kaya mayroon siyang ampon na apat na
pusa na pinamana sa kanya ng kuya. Si sbetty ang kanyang aso, madalas silang
nagbabonding habang nanood ng Netflix “forensic files”.
J-MEE KATANYAG (Dok Jean)
J-mee Katanyag: J-mee is a senior artist-teacher from the Philippine Educational
Theater Association (PETA), where she started performing in advocacy plays, youth-
theater organizing, and doing production work. Since her “re-devirginization” play,
Betang, was staged in Virgin Labfest 10, J-mee pursued writing plays for schools,
advocacy groups, and PETA. She is also a freelance actor for TV and commercials, and
is currently dabbling in writing television drama series.
KIKI BAENTO (Nars)
Kiki Baento is a registered Civil Engineer from Mapua University and a senior PETA
Artist-Teacher. She is the current resident coach-adviser of Mapua Tekno Teatro and a
regular directior for MT2’s productions.
SHERRY LARA (Utility)
Sherry Lara is a veteran actress for theatre, film and television. She most recently
appeared in PETA’s adaptation of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer prize winning play, ‘night,
Mother’ as Thelma.
OPALINE SANTOS (Buntis)
Opaline Santos is an actor, teacher and a cultural worker. She participated in the Virgin
Labfest both as a stage manager and as an actor since 2007, this is her sixth time joining the festival.
INA AZARCON-BOLIVAR (Buntis)
Ina is currently taking her Masters in Theatre Arts in UP Diliman. Since beginning her
masters, she has worked both on and off the stage. Her most recent work being, Ang
Dalagita’y ‘sang Bagay ni Di-Buo (Dulaang UP), where she was a dramaturg.

ENSAYO
Written by Juan Ekis
Directed by Eric Villanueva dela Cruz
VLF-14-POSTERS-008_ENSAYOSynopsis:
Lolo Peds (60’s) anxiously waits for his acting partner Lola Tisha (60’s) so that they can
rehearse the scene they are about to present in acting class. Tisha arrives late,
protesting the script which contains a kissing scene. Tisha suspects Peds asked to
rehearse so he can get his way with her. Peds accuses Tisha of being unprofessional.
As they work on the scene, they both discover that they’re in for a little more than just
a rehearsal.
JUAN EKIS (Playwright)
Juan Ekis is the pseudonym of Christian Vallez, a poet, playwright, and filmmaker. He
has won three Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. Two for his plays “Twenty
Questions” (2003) and “Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter” (2010), and one
for his poetry collection in Filipino entitled “Sa Pagitan ng Banal at Karnal” (2017). He
co-wrote the Libretto for Ryan Cayabyab’s “Lorenzo: Isang Rock Musical” with Paul
Dumol and Joem Antonio. He also co-wrote UP College of Music’s Komedya entitled
“Putri Anak” with En Villasis. He is an active member of LIRA (Linangan sa Imahen,
Retorika, at Anyo). Currently, he is the CEO of Overmind, a Business Storytelling
Consulting firm while he teaches Creative Writing at the Maria Montessori Children’s
School Foundation, and Multimedia Systems at the University of Asia and the Pacific.
ERIC VILLANUEVA DELA CRUZ (Director)
Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz is an Actor, Director, Educator and Creative Consultant. He is
a senior-artist teacher of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and the
founder and creative Navigator of TAXI Theater. He has worked with various theater
companies in the Philippines and abroad and has appeared in TV, Film and
Commercials. He received his training from PETA, UP Diliman, Tanghalang Pilipino,
Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is currently
teaching Theater Arts and Arts Management in Benilde and taking his MA in Theater in
UP Diliman. He has also conducted numerous creative workshops both locally and
internationally. He also offers bespoke leadership and communications training and
creative solutions for various companies and arts organizations. He has written and
directed the multisensorial horror production, Mulagat, and most recently directed and designed the experience for ‘Musta, a multisensory experiential journey on depression
and mindfulness.
SHERRY LARA
Sherry Lara is a veteran actress for theatre, film and television. She most recently
appeared in PETA’s adaptation of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer prize winning play, ‘night,
Mother’ as Thelma.
BEMBOL ROCO
Bembol Roco is an award-winning Filipino actor for television, film and theater. He is
famous for his critically acclaimed role in the film Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag as
Julio Madiaga. Bem currently stars in The One that Got Away, GMA.

TULAD NG DATI
Written by JV Ibesate
Directed by Olive Nieto
Cast:
Arnold Reyes,
Acey Aguilar
VLF-14-POSTERS-009_TULAD_NG_DATISynopsis:
Returning home from being imprisoned for twenty years, Neil, a former teacher
convicted for raping his adolescent student, reunites with his younger brother Norman.
Home is where many of the brothers’ secrets have been formed, that Norman wishes to forget. What supposedly is a happy reunion turns sour when past issues re-emerges, forcing the two to come face to face with their darkest, most disturbing secrets.
JV IBESATE (Playwright)
JV Ibesate is currently part of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, and has recently been awarded with Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play in the 10th Gawad Buhay for his portrayal of John Proctor in Ang Pag-uusig (The Crucible).
JV has also appeared on the following notable productions: Tanghalang Pilipino’s
Kasal sa Dugo (Blood Wedding), Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad, Aurelio
Sedisyoso, Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog, Ang Balkonahe (The Balcony), Ulilang Tahanan,
Eurydice ni Sarah Ruhl, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw (A Midsummer
Night’s Dream), Tiyo Vanya (Uncle Vanya), Buwan at Baril in eb Major, Mabining
Mandirigma, Mga Buhay na Apoy, Walang Kukurap, Kama: Isang Dula ng Pagnanasa
(La Ronde), Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente / Death of a Salesman (2014
BroadwayWorld nom. for Best Featured Actor in a Play), Prinsipe Munti,
Kleptomaniacs: A Rap Musical, Sandosenang Sapatos, Ibalong The Musical, Der
Kaufmann (Ang Negosyante ng Venecia), Melanie, Prinsesa ng mga Bilang; Virgin
Labfest’s Ang Sugilanon ng Kabiguan ni Epefania (VLF 12 & 13), Mac & Naty (VLF 12), and Jun Ispater (VLF 9); Ballet Philippines’ Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical and
NeoFilipino 2015: Reboot (Denisa Reyes’ Asong Ulol).
JV graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communication, cum laude, from the
University of the Philippines – Diliman.

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The cast and crew of ‘Tulad ng Dati’

OLIVE NIETO (Director)
Olive is a freelance theatre, television, and film actor. She teaches theatre in UP
Diliman. She won the Outstanding Female Featured Performance Award in the 2012
Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards for her performance in PETA’s Bona. She is a VLF actor
since 2007, and a virgin director for VLF: Silip.
ARNOLD REYES
Arnold Reyes is a multi-awarded actor, best known for his roles in Astig (Cinemalaya
best supporting actor 2009), Graceland, and Birdshot (Best actor – 2018 L.A. Filipino
International Film Festival; and the 2018 Star Awards for film).
He is also a singer and a multi-awarded composer, songwriter and producer
ACEY AGUILAR
Acey Aguilar is a graduate of Philippine High School for the Arts. He has done plays for
Tanghalang Pilipino, Dulaang UP, Sipat Lawin Inc. He has also acted for commercials,
tv, and film.

SET D

(June 30, July 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14)

AMOY PULBOS ANG MGA ALABOK SA ILALIM NG RILES NG TREN
Written by Lino Balmes
Directed by Tess Jamias
Cast:
Marjorie Lorico
Bong Cabrera
Paolo Rodriguez
John Paolo Rodriguez

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The cast of ‘Amoy Pulbos ang mga alabok sa ilalim ng riles ng tren’

Synopsis:
Live-in partners Chona and Ramil argue about their misfortune inside their house
beneath a railroad. A train passes by and we’re transported to a TV studio in Quezon City where Ramil performs a lousy pansit monologue during the elimination round of
Pera o Bayong. Then, a different train arrives.
LINO BALMES (Playwright)

“Amoy Pulbos ang mga Alabok sa Ilalim ng Riles ng Tren” is the first venture of
filmmaker Lino Balmes into the world of theater. A Digital Filmmaking graduate of De La
Salle – College of Saint Benilde, he discovered that sitting on a bus stuck in traffic along
Roxas Blvd between 6 – 7pm is the best time to write a screenplay. He is a Palanca
awardee who loves telling stories with multiple, often hidden, layers. He has a black
mongrel named Polar.
TESS JAMIAS (Director)
Tess Jamias is an actor, director-dramaturg, acting teacher/coach, filmmaker, voice
talent, contemporary dancer-choreographer, hair cutter and machinator. She graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philippine Studies (Theater Arts and Film) from the
University of the Philippines, Diliman and is currently completing her Masteral studies in Theater Arts. She has been teaching in the Philippine High School for the Arts since
2009. She is excited to be working with her KoLab co-machinators in her return to the
VLF.
MARJORIE LORICO
Marj is a former Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company Member (2001-2008). She was
awarded best female lead performance in a straight play in Gawad Buhay 2011. She
was last seen in Lav Diaz’ award-winning Film, “ang babaeng humayo”. Above all, she is
a mother of two lovely kids.
BONG CABRERA
A former senior member of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, Bong is also an Asian
Cultural Council Fellow. He is now a freelance actor and he teaches acting, and
movement for actors in three schools.
JOHN PAOLO RODRIGUEZ.
Also known as Bebeng is an 8 year old student making his first debut on stage in the
play Amoy Pulbos ang Alabok sa Ilalim ng Riles ng Tren. He is also the nephew of Lao
Rodriguez who will be playing the role of Pareng Idol in the same play.
PAOLO V. RODRIGUEZ
Also known as Lao Rodriguez.Stage tito of John Paolo Rodriguez a.k.a Bebeng

Marawi-Musicale-550x778MARAWI MUSICALE
Written by Tyron Casumpang
Directed by Ariel Yonzon
Cast:
Jonathan Tad Tadioan
Lhorvie Nuevo
Poppert Bernadas

Bayang Barrios
Tyrone Dela Cruz
James Garlando
Marlowe Concepcion
Roeder Camanag
Nazer Salcedo
Synopsis
September 24, 2017. Four months since Marawi City was attacked and invaded by the terrorist group Maute-ISIS. While soldiers in Marawi fight the war against terrorists, a group of Christian and Muslim volunteers fight a war against hunger in an evacuation center located in a municipality right beside Marawi. As they already struggle to make ends meet in order to feed all the children evacuees in the area, they face a greater adversary: the immobilizing noise of gunshots, bombing, and air raids from the war zone. And in their war against the immobilizing noise, their only weapon is music.
TYRON CASUMPANG (Playwright)
Si Tyron Casumpang ay isang guro ng Filipino sa Ateneo Senior High School. Nagtapos
siya ng kursong BS Legal Management sa Ateneo de Manila University. Isa siyang
alumno ng Ateneo Entablado, isang sosyo-politikal na pangkat-panteatro, at nakasali na
rin sa iba’t ibang playwrighting workshops tulad ng Pasadula Intensive Playwrighting
Workshop ng UP Diliman, UST National Writers’ Workshop, at VLF 9 Writing Fellowship
Program. Noong 2013, ang kanyang barkada mula sa Ateneo Entablado ay nagtaguyod
ng sariling independent theater group, ang ADHD Productions, na naglalayong
magsulong ng sosyo-politikal na adhikain sa pamamagitan ng teatro. Taon-taon silang
nagpapalabas ng mga orihinal na dula at taunan ding naging kalahok ng Fringe Manila
Festival simula pa noong 2015. Ilan sa kanyang mga naisulat na dula ay ang “Tatlong
Monologo at Isang Magnanakaw,” isang dula laban sa paglilibing kay Marcos sa
Libingan ng mga Bayani, at “Si Saldáng, si Marvin, at ang Halimaw ng Gabi,” isang dula
laban sa extrajudicial killings.
ARIEL YONZON (Director)
Isa sa mga ipinagmamalaking yaman ng Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas (CCP),
napagyabong ang sarili sa institusyunal na kalinangan at nahubog ang kasanayang
lumikha ng konseptuwal na kasiningan sa pagpapakabihasa sa mga palihan at pagsabak
sa mga paglikha ng pagtatanghal na pangkorporasyon, mga diplomatikong gawain at
mga isinasagawang piging ng pamahalaan, gayun din sa mga pandaigdigang
pagtatanghal na ang sariling Bansa ang nagtatampok. Una pa niyang naipamalas ang
kakayanan sa pagdidirehe sa ‘Virgin Labfest’ sa dulang alegorikal ni Jim Flores na
“Kudeta! Kudeta!”; sinundan ng “Ang Mga Bisita ni Jean” sa panulat ni Maki Dela Rosa.
At para naman sa VLF 14, isang dulang musikal na may isang yugto. Si Ariel, na isa
ring guro ng Sikolohiya, ay buong sinop na pinagyaman ang sarili sa loob ng tatlong
dekada sa paglikha ng mga produksyon at pamamahala ng tanghalan.

VLF-14-POSTERS-012_River LetheRIVER LETHE

Written by Allan Lopez
Directed by Chris Martinez
Cast:
Dolly De Leon
Paolo O’Hara
Denise Nayve
Ian Formacion
Rocky Zaballero
Synopsis:
A room in a small lover’s hotel is sanitized, preparing it for its next occupant. Abe and
Mara, two cancer patients who just finished with their early morning chemotherapy
sessions, check in before returning to their regular lives. In snapshots, we see the few
hours they are together exploring fetishes, kinks, uncanny sex and hopeless medical
conditions – the nakedness of their bodies shadowing intimacies that nobody outside
the room will ever know. All is left in the cramped space to be forgotten – a dip in the
mythical River Lethe, where one drinks to forget.
ALLAN LOPEZ
Allan Lopez juggles working a full-time corporate day job and trying to write for the
theater, his early love. A fellow for drama in the 38th and the 45th UP National Writers
Workshop, Lopez has won a number of citations for his stage plays. His work has been
staged in various venues and a number were adapted to film.
CHRIS MARTINEZ (Director)
Chris Martinez was part of the Virgin Labfest 1 and its first revisited edition as
playwright of Ars Poetica (co-written with Eugene Evasco). He directed two more plays
for VLF: Carlo Vergara’s Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady and Rick Patriarca’s
Hapagkainan. Chris is also a director for films, tv commercials and digital content.
PAOLO O’HARA
Actor. Father.
DOLLY DE LEON
If she had it her way, she’d be doing theater all year round but she’s also the sole
provider of four, an incessant cook, a rabid gamer, speech coach, facilitator, and
patriot. Between all that she dreams of Streep, Fassbender, and Huppert (not
necessarily in that order).
DENISE NAYVE
Denise Nayve is a 23 year old artist and Fashion Design and Merchandising graduate of
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She currently works as a stage manager and team
leader for events and freelance stylist.

IAN FORMACION
Ian Jay Formacion isa teacher by profession and actor, dancer and writer by passion.
He eager and willing to learn new things that will enhance my skills and creativity.
ROCKY ZABALLERO
Raz a college degree holder and work in the corporate world. His passion is performing
arts especially in theater since childhood and also dreams of becoming a director
someday. He is very grateful for the opportunity to pursue his dream.

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The cast and crew of ‘River Lethe’

SET E (REVISITED)

(June 29, 30, July 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15)

BIRDCAGE
Written by Rick Patriarca
Directed by Ian Segarra
Cast:
Aldo Vencilao
Gie Onida
Jerome Canlas

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Last year poster of ‘Birdcage’

Synopsis:
As two of the longest-staying employees in the BPO company, Ed and Arthur have
witnessed the departure of many colleagues from work. When a young teammate suddenly resigns to pursue his dreams, the two contemplate about their future in the industry, and on everything they have sacrificed to secure their comfortable lives.
RICK PATRIARCA (Playwright)
Rick Patriarca is currently finishing his MA in creative writing at UP Diliman. He lives in Quezon City.
IAN SEGARRA (Director)
Ian Segarra is a Senior Artist-Teacher from the Philippine Educational Theater
Association. As a performer, he has been part of PETA’s Batang Rizal, Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang, Ang Post Office, Noli at Fili: Dekada Dos Mil, don_Q, William (Gawad
Buhay Best Male Lead in a Play), and The Tempest Reimagined. He is part of
international touring productions Coke (Kobalt Works), The Story of the Little
Gentleman (Jienkyo) and Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and Girl in an Abaya whuh toured in
different parts of Europe and Asia. He has directed FNL (PETA), Mga Kwentong Asyano
(DLSZ), and When Sam Met Jo (VLF 11). He is currently teaching Theater Arts at the
Philippine High School for the Arts.

SINCERITY BIKER’S CLUB
Written by Adrian Ho
Directed by Jenny Jamora
sincerityCast:
Frances Makil-Ignacio (Marife)
Chrome Cosio (Rocky)
Ring Antonio (Cynthia)
Jerome Dawis (Tom)
Rachelle Gimpes (Louella)
Joel Saracho (Tito Doods)
Synopsis:
The only bikers’ club of Barangay Sincerity welcomes a new member: Louella, a widow
from Manila. All five original members are happy about the new addition to their club,
except for one who reveals that Louella is rumored to be a drug user and that her husband was killed by the police for being a drug addict. The revelation causes dissent amongst the members. Those who fear for the club’s reputation and their safety want Louella out. Some, however, feel that Louella shouldn’t be punished for the tragic
events of her past. All are faced with a dilemma: will they succumb to fear or will
compassion win out?
ADRIAN HO (Playwright)
Adrian Crisostomo Ho is a writer, student and teacher. He is currently completing his
MFA in Creative Writing at the De La Salle University. He obtained his BA in English at
Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He is also a part-time college instructor
teaching English and Literature at the College of Saint Benilde and Southville
International School and Colleges. He was a writing fellow for both the UST and IYAS
National Writers’ Workshops. His poems, short stories, plays and essays have appeared
in Rappler.com, Philippines Graphic, Sunday Life Magazine, TOMAS and Sustaning the
Archipelago: an Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry. He is a Palanca Awardee for his one-
act play Billboard.
JENNY JAMORA (Director)
Jenny is honored to be revisiting SINCERITY BIKER’S CLUB. Last year, it marked her
return to the Virgin Labfest since directing Reya Laplana’s Sa Lilim for VLF10. She made
her full-length directorial debut for stage in Red Turnip Theater’s 33 Variations (2015)
and helmed the 8 th Gawad Buhay, in which she also received a nomination for
Outstanding Stage Direction for 33 Variations. She directed Allan Lopez’s Shhhh for
Never Again: Voices of Martial Law (2016). She was last seen on stage in Floy Quintos’
The Kundiman Party (2018). She holds a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from RADA in
London, where she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in 2003. Since then, she has been
nominated for an Aliw Award for her performance in The Blue Room and has toured
Asia for The Vagina Monologues, Aspects of Love (New Voice Company) and A Little Night Music (Atlantis Productions). She holds a Master of Science degree from Texas
A&M University. She is a founding member of Red Turnip Theater, and also holds
memberships in the Philippine Theater Actors Guild, PhilStage and Artists Welfare
Project, Inc.

pilipinas kong mahalPILIPINAS KONG MAHAL WITH ALL THE OVERCOAT
Written by Eljay Castro Deldoc
Directed by Roobak Valle and Tuxqs Rutaquio
Cast: Anthony Falcon – Pastor/Bodyguard
Fitz Bitana – Nato
Paul Jake Paule – Ambet
Chunchi Cabasaan Jr. – Manager/ Secretary
ELJAY CASTRO DELDOC (Playwright)

A native of Hagonoy, Bulacan, Eljay Castro Deldoc is a writer, translator, actor, director, and educator. He earned his degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He has been a fellow of the Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop, the 14th Iyas National Writers Workshop, the 1st PUP Multi-Genre National Writers Workshop, the 15th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop, and the 57th UP National Writers Workshop. His most notable original plays are The Virgin Labfest’s “Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal” and “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”, Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog”, and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award-winning “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All the Overcoat”. Eljay is a member of Writers Bloc and The Quiapo Collective. He is also the artistic director of Tabsing Kolektib, a Manila- and UPLB-based theater company. Read some of his works at https://deldoctrines.wordpress.com/.
ROOBAK VALLE (Director)
He studied Mathematics in college yet chose a career in the arts. He is an actor, a
director, a choreographer, writer and workshop facilitator. He is presently a Resident
Director for the Gantimpala Theater Foundation. He rarely hesitates to accept work
from other theater companies.
TUXQS RUTAQUIO (Director)
Tuxqs is one of few theater workers and educators who has successfully evolved from
acting on stage to designing for theater, and to becoming director of the more daring
productions of recent years. Tuxqs is recipient of the Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for
Oustanding Set Design for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Coup d’Etat / Kudeta by Mustapha
Matura (2008) and A Streetcar Named Desire / Flores Para Los Muertos by Tennessee
Williams and adapted by Orlando Nadres (2009). With Rody Vera, Tuxqs won the
Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for Outstanding Stage Direction for 2013’s Der
Kaufmann by Vera, staged by Tanghalang Pilipino. He was Associate Artistic Director of
Tanghalang Pilipino and has been Virgin Labfest’s Dramaturg and Festival Director since
2011. From 2012 to the present, he represents the Philippines at the ASEAN
Performing Arts Festival (APAF) in Tokyo Japan. In 2015 and 2016, he directed/devised
a piece, Teru Teru! (Shine! Shine!) with Japanese actors performed at the Tokyo
Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro, Tokyo Japan. His collaborations with playwright
Layeta Bucoy have layered Tuxqs’ more recent work as director with relevance, where
his directorial and production design work have become imbued with the realities that
theater cradles. He directed Tu Dulce Extranjera, a production commissioned by the
Embassy of the Philippines in Ireland, which was staged in Dublin and County Ofaly in
2011. He graduated with a bachelors and master’s degree in Theater Arts at the
University of the Philippines Diliman.
He is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of St. Benilde teaching under the
Production Design Department.
ANTHONY FALCON (Pastor at Bodyguard)

Anthony has been part of several stage productions for reputable theater companies
and films that have graced highly-regarded local and international film festivals. He was
nominated for Gawad Urian Best Actor twice for the films Requime (2013) and Anino sa
Likod ng Buwan (2016). He started his professional career in Labfest 4 (2009) as one of
the festival’s stage managers.
FITZ BITANA (Nato)
Fitz is a theater arts graduate from UP Diliman. He is a film, TV and stage actor and
director. He is currently the Artistic Director of Project Mayheim Prod, a production
company formed in 2014.
PAUL JAKE PAULE (Ambet)
Paul Jake is a full time actor. He earned his first Aliw Awards Best Actor in a Featured
Role for Egg Theater Company’s “The Pillowman” and 2017 Best Featured Actor (Play)
from the Broadway World Philippines Awards for Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s
“KANSER”. For Virgin Labfest, he bagged a Best Stage Actor (Non-Musical) nominations
from the ALIW Awards in 2010 in the play “Carmi Martin” and in 2012 in the play “Mga
Kuneho”.
CHUNCHI CABASAAN (Manager at Secretary)
He is a certified missosologist and an assistant professor holding M.A and PhD degrees
in Asian Arts and Culture. He has waited 13 years to be revisited in Virgin Labfest, being
its pioneer actor since its inception last 2015.

STAGE READINGS

VLF-14-POSTERS-016_Without The DramaWITHOUT THE DRAMA
Written by Jay Crisostomo
Directed by Renante Bustamante
Cast:
Liza Magtoto
Carlo Vergara
Synopsis:
Writers, ALISTER and LORAINE, meet up one last time before they part ways
indefinitely. They sit down in the apartment they shared as husband and wife to write a
play about their romance: how they met, how they fell in love, and how that love fell
apart. As they write, they reminisce, they relive their past, and understand. After
writing the play, LORAINE hands ALISTER their annulment documents. ALISTER leaves.

Alone, LORAINE types a single word: Epilogue.
JAY CRISOSTOMO IV (Playwright)
Jay graduated with BFAs in Theater Arts and Creative writing from Ateneo de Manila.
After graduation he built DITO: Bahay ng Sining, an art space in Marikina dedicated to
providing an affordable avenue for young artists such as himself. In DITO, he stages
classic and original plays with his theater group, the Ikarus Theater Collaborative. He
won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in the full length play category
for his works God of the Machine (2010) and End of the Gallows (2013). He is currently
an English teacher in the Ingenium School.
RENANTE BUSTAMANTE (Director)
Renante was among the select students of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New
York from 2006 to 2008. He has appeared in PETA’s productions of Haring Lear, Noli/Fili
Dekada 2000, and The Tempest. He is one of the partners of The Egg Theater
Company, and has appeared in its productions of Maniacal, Kung Paano Maghiwalay,
and The Pillowman. For The Virgin Labfest, he has appeared in Guelan Luarca’s “Bait”
(VLF 12) and Joshua Lim So’s “Boses ng Masa” (VLF 13). This is his first time directing
for the Virgin Labfest.
LIZA MAGTOTO
Liza Magtoto is a playwright and freelance scriptwriter, an artist-teacher of the
Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and member of The Writer’s Bloc.
She was last seen onstage in 2002 at the PETA labfest (Komedi Klub). She wrote Care
Divas, Rak of Aegis, Paigan, Hubad, Isang Daan and Anonymous.
CARLO VERGARA
Carlo Vergara began his journey as a playwright in 2013 when his play “Kung Paano
Ako Naging Leading Lady” was selected to be featured in Virgin Labfest 9. The play was
expanded into a full-length musical by Dalanghita Productions in 2015, and has been
picked up by Regal Entertainment for film adaptation. He has since had three plays in
VLF: “The Missing Peace,” “Mula sa Kulimliman,” and “Dear and Unhappy.” Vergara is a
graphic designer, illustrator, copywriter, and graphic novelist, known for his LGBT
superhero creation Zsazsa Zaturnnah.

VLF-14-POSTERS-017_DOLOROSADOLOROSA
Written by Peter Zaragoza Mayshle
Directed by Chic San Agustin
Cast:
Joy Virata
Karen Romualdez
Karen Gaerlan

Hariette Damole
Wayneheart Geonzon
Abigail Ravalo
Rayne Cortez
Synopsis:
In “Dolorosa,” each year for the Holy Week procession in Paete, Laguna, a family’s
prized heirloom, a one-of-a-kind wooden statue of the Mater Dolorosa, is put together
and made whole by three sisters: Ate Maria, Dete Alicia, and Juliana. On this Maundy
Thursday, they await the visit of their mother Pilar, who mysteriously abandoned them
fifteen years ago. When she arrives, the sisters will confront the ghosts of their past
and one shattering truth about their beloved Dolorosa statue.
PETER ZARAGOZA MAYSHLE (Playwright)
Peter Zaragoza Mayshle received an MFA in Creative Wrting from the University of
Michigan – Ann Arbor, where he was awarded two Hopwood Awards, a Farrar Award in
Playwriting and a Civitas Fellowship in the Detroit publc schools with the InsideOut
Literary Arts Project in Detroit. He received a PhD in English from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where he won a Mellon summer fellowship and a Vilas travel grant
to support his research on Intramuros. He held a Yaddo artist residency and his short
stories have appeared in The Manila Times, the Philippines Free Press, Mandala Journal,
Every Day Fiction, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and Flash Fiction
International, published by W.W. Norton. He also writes plays and screenplays, and is
at work on a novel. He teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.
CHIC SAN AGUSTIN (Director)
Chic enjoys swinging from acting to directing for The Virgin Labfest. She first co-
directed “Sa Package Counter” with Hazel Gutierrez for VLF 6, then acted in Pat Valera’s
“Mga Lobo Tulad ng Buwan” and Job Pagsibigan’s “When Sam Met Jo” for VLF 7 and
VLF 11 respectively. She studied Theater Arts in UP Diliman and was also a scholar for
Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company.
KARENINA ROMUALDEZ
“Karenina Romualdez was trained in Toronto and began acting on stage, film and TV in
Canada in 2005. Her most current projects in the Philippines are Respeto for
Cinemalaya, Wansapanataym for abs-cbn, online commercial for BDO and Lam-Ang, UP
Dulaang Laboratoryo. She is also the Managing Director /owner of Project Mayheim
Productions, a production company formed in 2014.”
ABIGAIL L. RAVALO
I’m Abigail L. Ravalo, 13 years of age. I’m currently studying at the Philippine High
School for the arts major in Theater Arts. The last productions I was involved in during
my first year in PHSA were, “Pragres” and “Nagwawalang Gubat”.

VLF-14-POSTERS-018_BAGYOLANDABAGYOLANDA
Written by John Lapus
Directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio
Cast:
Melvin Lee
Joey Paras
Reynald Raisell
Synopsis:
Bagyolanda is about the tragic but fun experience of three generations of gays, who found themselves trapped in a beauty parlor, on the day super typhoon Yolanda hits their province. Showing resiliency & strength amidst the tragic storm, the three entertained themselves by talking about their favorite topic, Beauty Pageants.
JOHN LAPUS (Playwright)
John Lapus started his career in his college theater guild Teatro Tomasino in UST. He is an award winning actor, host & stand-up comic. Bagyolanda is his first one-act play.
TUXQS RUTAQUIO (Director)
Tuxqs is one of few theater workers and educators who has successfully evolved from
acting on stage to designing for theater, and to becoming director of the more daring
productions of recent years. Tuxqs is recipient of the Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for
Oustanding Set Design for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Coup d’Etat / Kudeta by Mustapha
Matura (2008) and A Streetcar Named Desire / Flores Para Los Muertos by Tennessee
Williams and adapted by Orlando Nadres (2009). With Rody Vera, Tuxqs won the
Gawad Buhay! Philstage Award for Outstanding Stage Direction for 2013’s Der
Kaufmann by Vera, staged by Tanghalang Pilipino. He was Associate Artistic Director of
Tanghalang Pilipino and has been Virgin Labfest’s Dramaturg and Festival Director since
2011. From 2012 to the present, he represents the Philippines at the ASEAN Performing
Arts Festival (APAF) in Tokyo Japan. In 2015 and 2016, he directed/devised a piece,
Teru Teru! (Shine! Shine!) with Japanese actors performed at the Tokyo Metropolitan
Theatre in Ikebukuro, Tokyo Japan. His collaborations with playwright Layeta Bucoy
have layered Tuxqs’ more recent work as director with relevance, where his directorial
and production design work have become imbued with the realities that theater cradles.
He directed Tu Dulce Extranjera, a production commissioned by the Embassy of the
Philippines in Ireland, which was staged in Dublin and County Ofaly in 2011. He
graduated with a bachelors and master’s degree in Theater Arts at the University of the
Philippines Diliman. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of St. Benilde
teaching under the Production Design Department.

REYNALD RAISSEL
Reynald Raissel Santos is a student of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He was
one of the actors for “Ang Mga Puyong” in last year’s Virgin Lab Fest: Wagas.
JOEY PARAS
Theatre, TV and Film Actor.
Artistic Director of Teatro Expedicion de Filipinas and Founder of The Powerhouse
Ensemble. GMA 7`s “Sunday Pinasaya” Regular Host.

Asalto VLF2018ASALTO
Written by Dominic Lim
Directed by Yong Tapang
Cast:
Mosang
Via Antonio
Noel Escondo
Raflesia Bravo
Erick Sindol
Synopsis:
On the night of her fifth “fake stroke,” a hypochondriac mother tries to convince her
two sons and daughter that tonight is the night that she will finally die.
DOMINIC LIM (Playwright)
Dominic Lim is a screenwriter & director currently under THE IDEAFIRST COMPANY, a
creative content company that produces feature-length films and television programs.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in Management from Ateneo de Manila University,
he has shifted his focus to filmmaking.
Dominic studied film at the Asia Pacific Film Institute, where he is now an instructor. His full length feature film, THE WRITE MOMENT, was part of the QCINEMA International Film Festival (2017).
This is Dominic’s first time to join VLF, with “ASALTO” being his first one act play.
YONG TAPANG (Director)
Currently a PR practitioner and Creative Director for campaigns for several brands, Yong is also a writer and director for theater, concerts and events. He directed last year’s entry for VLF Staged Reading, Nicko Manipis De Guzman’s Vertigo. He is venturing into film this year.

Audiences are recommended to have age 13 years old and above. Tickets are priced Php 400 for bleachers and Php 600 for premium.
Tickets are for sale at the CCP and all TicketWorld outlets. For ticketing information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3706 or 832-3704 or email the Sales and Promotions Division at ccpsalesandpromo@gmail.com.

The Virgin Labfest Writing Fellowship Program, a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage, will also be held as part of the festival. The fellowship program aims to train young aspiring playwrights through a series of lectures, script critiquing, writing sessions and interactions with known playwrights, directors and selected actors.
For interested applicants of Virgin Labfest Writing Fellowship Program, you can visit http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 832-1125 local 1605.

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The Directors, Playwrights and Actors of the 14th Virgin Labfest. (c) Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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