Press Kit June 2016 : VIRGIN LABFEST 12

June 29, 2016

From June 29 to July 17, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, with its partners, Writer’s Bloc and Tanghalang Pilipino will once again play host to the Virgin Labfest, a festival of untried, unstaged and untested one act plays. This year, IdeaFirst, a new partner joins the endeavor.

Taking the theme of “Binyag” this year’s statistics, so to speak, are staggering. Twelve new featured works, 5 staged readings, three plays featured in site specific works known as Fragments, 10 five minute plays created by our writing fellows, four films based on plays originally staged at the Labfest and three plays which were tried and tested in the Labfest 11.  Thirty playwrights, twenty one directors, two hundred actors from the age of 14 to well over 60.  THIS IS WHAT THE VIRGIN LABFEST IS!

But it is about much more, so much more.  It is about playwrights who have the courage to tell their stories.  It is about actors and directors who work not for profit but for fun. It is about writers in different genres who now try their hand at working on plays.  It is about film directors and actors entering the world of theater with great gusto.  It is one huge collaboration, between writers, directors, actors and staff.  And as you walk through the halls of the CCP, it is about the joy of that collaboration.

This year our “Virgin Playwrights” include Fellowship graduates May Cardoso and Soc Delos Reyes.  Kanakan Balintagos known as much for his work in film as in theater, National Book Award Winner Eliza Victoria, multi awarded poet Ma. Cecilia dela Rosa and web content writer Rick Patriarca.   They are joined by returning veteran Dr. (of economics no less) Oggie Arcenas, Maynard Manansala, Eljay Castro Deldoc, Juan Miguel Severo, Dingdong Novenario, Herlyn Alegre, Dominique La Victoria, Guelan Luarca and Carlo Vergara of Zha Zha Zaturnnah fame.

For the first time, there will be a staged reading of a musical written by multi awarded Vince de Jesus.  The other featured writers of the Staged Readings are Layeta Bucoy, Job Pagsibigan, labfest actor, director and now virgin playwright Jonathan Tadioan and virgin playwright Adrian Ho.

The subjects in each play are as varied as the playwrights – they deal with the universal subjects of family, of love, of longing.  But there are also social commentaries, science fiction works and the very tricky relationship between different faiths.

Fragments – the site specific plays where performers pop up when you least expect it feature the PUP Sining Polyrepertory.  The works are by Labfest virgins Dwein Baltazar and Alex Dungca.  They are joined by veteran and Fellowshop graduate Jerome Ignacio.

In recognition of the plays which have crossed over into film, for the first time, screenings of J. Dennis Teodosio’s Gee Gee at Waterina (VLF 1), Denisa Reyes and Mark Gary’s Hubad (based on Liza Magtoto’s VLF 2), Emmanuel Palo’s David F, based on Liza Magtoto’s Paigan (VLF 5) and Law Fajardo’s multi awarded Imbisibol (VLF 9).  Quite appropriately, one of our newest partners, Pelikulove, is a film outfit diving into a collaboration with a theater festival.  

Come and be part of this one of a kind festival.  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