Virgin Labfest Campus Tour (CSB)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fell in love with our local theater talents all-over again.

I find myself lucky when I get to experience new things that I enjoy because of my work. I almost forgot my thing for theater, though growing up I was always hunted down by this art form through required Shakespearean productions, to handling the lights, and heading the props and set-design crew. I was always involved in plays.

The past years, I've watched random theater performances, both local and international, and although they're all enjoyable... I think it has been a while since something struck me and made a strong impact in me as Hintayan ng Langit, one of the two local play productions I was able to watch through the Virgin Labfest Campus Tour, College of Saint Benilde leg.

Watched the plays with the Ruths:

Virgin Labfest 11 is brought to us by Pioneer Insurance. The plays included in the VLF are winners from its annual playwriting competition organized by Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Writer's Bloc, Inc. Out of the hundred entries submitted, 12 unpublished and untried plays were chosen to be staged.

Thank you Pioneer for encouraging the students to write more, and keep Filipino theater alive!

Students from St. Benilde as the event's hosts:

First: Dalawang Gabi

Second: Hintayan ng Langit

The cool thing is, everything's simple, but very well executed. Set design, lights, and other technical aspects are "direct-to-the-point", nothing grand, but helped get the message across. The gem of these shows are the actors, the writers' strong lines, and the storyline. I wish MORE people get to watch these plays!!!

Q&A with the actors, directors, and writers of the two plays:

My favorites are actors and real-life couple Edna Vida and Nonoy Froilan of Hintayan ng Langit. Sobrang cute and kulit nila!

Other than the staging of the VLF Campus Tour, Pioneer is also sponsoring Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition where young and aspiring playwrights are encouraged to submit stories on Filipino resilience, or being positive despite challenging situations.

The contest is open to college students nationwide. The hope-themed script must be a one-act play, and can be in English, Filipino, or Taglish. Submission is till November 6, 2015 only, while winners will be announced on December 4, 2015.

The price is Php 25, 000, plus insurance coverage from Pioneer. For more information on the competition, visit

Good luck to all! Thank you Pioneer for having me!

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