Spotlight

These Local Theater Actresses

Makes Us Want to

Pursue Acting ASAP

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, May 22, 2020 5:51pm

Art by Dani Elevazo

Spotlight

These Local Theater Actresses Makes Us Want to Pursue Acting ASAP

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, May 22, 2020 5:51pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
 

Up until now, we still wonder how theater people memorize lines, remember blockings, and maintain composure under pressure. In a theater production, the actors cannot afford to make a single mistake—there are no cuts and do-overs. Performing for a live crowd can be nerve wracking so thespians rightfully deserve applause and recognition.

And we that, we would like you to meet some of the theater actresses that will leave you in awe in every performance they do—perhaps even inspire you to follow their footsteps as artists.

Caisa Borromeo
Shiela in Hair and Margaret Leavitt in Silent Sky

We usually see Caisa Borromeo in Repertory Philippines’ theater productions and we’ve recently seen her starring in Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Caisa has unquestionable talent when it comes to acting and singing. Of course, she wants to share these knowledge to others as she is also a vocal coach and drama teacher. What to know more? She is also a cycling instructor at Saddle Row--health and fitness is important!

 
 
 
 
 
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Tanya Manalang
Aileen in Rak of Aegis and Joy in Ang Huling El Bimbo

Tanya Manalang has starred in the contemporary plays Rak of Aegis and Ang Huling El Bimbo. But this singer-actress also has the heart for writing as she has her own blog, Tanya was Her, wherein you can find her travel and lifestyle pieces. Oh and did we mention? This Joy has got his Hector IRL--Reb Atadero. We mean really, he played Hector alongside Tanya as Joy.

 
 
 
 
 
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Missy Maramara
Sara/Callie in Stop Kiss

Starred in different productions here and in the US, Missy Maramara has a wide background when it comes to acting and theater production. Her recent works include starring in Stop Kiss and Repertory Philippine’s Stage Kiss, and directing Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Next to Normal. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Ateneo de Manila University. Bonus: According to her resume, she is good with children and pets.

Kim Molina
Aileen in Rak of Aegis

Speaking of vocal range, Kim Molina will make your eyes pop out because of her voice. Remember how she took the main role of Aileen in Rak of Aegis? Pretty soon, she also got a break on on-screen acting as she became the lead actress for the #Jowable and MOMOL Nights. While the live productions are still prohibited, you can watch Kim on her vlog. We can’t wait to see more of her on stage and on the big screen and television!

 
 
 
 
 
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Gab Pangilinan
Joy in Ang Huling El Bimbo

Gab Pangilinan is one of the reasons why we shed liters of tears while watching Ang Huling El Bimbo. Gab amazed us with her vocal range and how she internalizes Joy’s character, a girl who has lived a life far from what we know she’s accustomed to.

She still pursues theater and has been seen in a number of Repertory Philippines’ productions. This year, Grammy award-winning Gloria Estefan approved of her to play the singer’s role in the Philippine production of On Your Feet. What can we say except wow?

 
 
 
 
 
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Aicelle Santos
Aileen in Rak of Aegis and Elsa in Himala

From being a reality singing competition finalist, Aicelle Santos became one of the country’s talented theater actresses. She has starred in different productions like Rak of Aegis, Himala, and Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag. Amidst the successful theater and television career, Aicelle had enough time to tie the knot with his boyfriend last November. Is it valid to say “sana all” at this point?

 
 
 
 
 
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Monique Wilson
Kim in Miss Saigon (West End) and Apolinario Mabini in Mabining Mandirigma

At the age of 18, Monique Wilson starred as Kim in Miss Saigon’s West End production. She is also the founder of New Voice Company, which produced The Vagina Monologues. Monique is also a women’s rights activist and has headed and participated in different women’s campaigns. She is the director of One Billion Rising, the biggest mass action to end violence against women. Worth a stan, definitely.

These are only seven of the inspiring actresses we have in the Philippines. We can’t fit them all in our list so let us know who are the theater actresses you stan!

 

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