Tanghalang Pilipino Takes The Online Stage With ‘PanasamanTANGHALAN’
by Inside Manila Team, April 28, 2020 11:29pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
COVID-19 prevented stage productions from continuously operating for the time being. For the rest of the summer, theater fans won’t be seeing live shows until further notice, but that doesn’t mean the local theater scene will stop giving entertainment.
The Temporary Home
Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), has prepared a slew of programs on its temporary home called “PansamanTANGHALAN”. It aims to defy the limitations brought about by this crisis and with the use of the online platform, to continuously educate and awaken the cultural consciousness of Filipinos, not just in the country, but all over the world.
“To say that this is a trying time for the industry would be an understatement. A lot of us are anxious about how this pandemic would usher in a new norm, but as artists, we have to soldier on and find ways to effectively reach our audience in dire need of inspiration,” says TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef.
PansamanTANGHALAN, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has presented different productions like the Virgin Labfest (VLF) 14’s “Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng Kontrabida” on April 22 and TP’s latest production “Batang Mujahideen” on April 24. Both premiered on the CCP Youtube channel.
What’s New for TP
This May, a timely reading of a new monologue by revered playwright Layeta Bucoy entitled “Doc Lolo” will be performed by no less than TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef will signal the launch of TP’s reinvigorated Facebook page. “Lolo Doc” tackles the timely plight of our elderly frontliners during this pandemic.
TP is also launching its own Youtube channel carrying exclusive, fresh content, especially curated for the digital market and fans of TP and Philippine theater. It presents highlights and musical numbers from past productions: "Balag At Angud" and "Nang Dalawin Ng Pag-ibig Si Juan Tamad" among others.
It will also be the launching ground for future projects as online presentations and feature a fresher version of TP classics and hits. Guests artists will take part in this endeavor.
More Shows and Workshops Online
TP will also partner with an industry giant to premiere the last latest staging of “Mabining Mandirigma” topbilled by international theater star Monique Wilson and directed by Chris Millado. This is just in time for Apolinario Mabini’s death anniversary this May 13.
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Also in the works are exclusive online workshops to be given by TP friends, alumni, and current members of the Actors Company.TP is also a part of “Open House,” an ongoing online fundraising project for the benefit of the Performing Arts community, which has been greatly hit by the current enhanced community quarantine.
PangsamanTanghalan is now streaming! You can subscribe to their official YouTube channel to start watching.
“PansamanTANGHALAN” is supported by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, OKADA, Asian Institute for Distance Education and ABS-CBN’s ticketing platform KTX, Island Rose, Cocolife, AIDE, and OKADA.
For sponsorships and collaborations, you can email TP at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 0999-8843821.