June 06, 2020


June 5, 2020

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and Writers’ Bloc believe that storytelling must continue and present the special edition of Virgin Labfest, the theater festival of untried, unstaged and untested works, on June 10 to 28, 2020.

Dubbed VLF 2020 Kapit, 10 main featured plays, as well as staged readings and revisited plays will have their live online performance premieres on the first week of the festival, starting June 10. Live performances are free; watch them on CCP FB live. 

The ten featured works are: “Doggy” by Dustin Celestino, directed by Roobak Valle; “Pilot Episode” by Floyd Scott Tiogangco, directed by Giancarlo Abrahan; “Dapithapon” by Jay Crisostomo IV, directed by Sigmund Roy Pecho; “Papaano Turuan ang Babae Humawak ng Baril” by Daryl Pasion, directed by Erika Estacio; “BlackPink” by Tyron Casumpang, directed by Jethro Tenorio; “Multiverse” by Juliene Mendoza, directed by Fitz Edward Bitana; “Titser Kit” by Jobert Grey Landeza, directed by Adrienne Vergara; “Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw” by Mark Norman Boquiren, directed by Mark Mirando; “Gin Bilog” by Luisito Nario, directed by James Harvey Estrada and Anthony Kim Vergara’s “The Boyboy and Friends Channel” directed by Joshua Tayco.

The Revisited Plays include: “Fangirl” by Herlyn Alegre, directed by Charles Yee; “Anak Ka Ng” by U Z Eliserio, directed by Maynard Manansala; and “Wanted: Male Boarders” by Rick Patriarca, directed by George De Jesus III.

Catch the Staged Readings: “Jenny Li” by Buch Dacanay, directed by Nour Hooshmand; “Dominador Gonzales - National Artist” by Dingdong Novenario, directed by Bunny Cadag; “Matira ang Matibay” by Bernice Dacara, directed by Alon Segara; “Bagahe” by Nicko de Guzman, directed by Joel Saracho; and “Mongoloida’s Casa de Pun” by Claro delos Reyes, directed by Guelan Luarca.

For full schedule, check out the CCP website, CCP official social media account in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may check also Tanghalang Pilipino and VLF pages. 

The recorded version will be streamed on Vimeo website and/or app beginning June 14 to 28. To create a Vimeo account, just go to vimeo.com/ondemand and join. Once you click the button, register with your email or join with your Gmail account. Select the account (BASIC, PRO, PLUS, BUSINESS, and PREMIUM) you want. 

Once your account is set up, you may now search for Cultural Center of the Philippines or VLF Kapit, and browse through the page to read the full description, watch the trailer, and make a PURCHASE. 

While a Basic account will enable Vimeo users to watch and enjoy videos, the festival offers series packages you can choose. The Regular Series Package, priced at Php 100, includes VLF 2020 KAPIT productions (10 new featured works, 3 “revisited plays,” and 5 staged readings); while the Premium Series Package, costs Php 200, includes all performances plus LAB UP CLOSE: INTERVIEWS WITH PLAYWRIGHTS AND DIRECTORS, & DESIGNERS; LAB SCENES: BTS FOOTAGE; and other exciting content. These exclusive features are add-ons to the featured plays and staged readings.

To purchase, go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vlf2020kapit or https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vlf2020kapitpremium. Check CCP Facebook page for instruction on how to make purchase.

Don’t forget to join the other major components of the theater festival. Be part of the FREE session of the PLAYWRIGHT’S FAIR and CoLab, the discussions with collaborators (including festival directors, designers, stage and production managers, and directors). 

Join the online ’Tambayan’ (Hangout place) at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/VLFTambayan/) for conversation or interaction with the VLF artists and staff.