Monday, September 10, 2007

Three's a blog entry

1. Free tickets, again! Yasmina Reza's Broadway and London hit comedy “Art,” which had its Cebu premiere last month, comes to Manila for a special one-night-only performance at the Music Museum on September 22, 8 p.m. The play, translated into Filipino by Lito Abaño and directed by Bart Guingona, stars Michael De Mesa, Ricky Davao and Jett Pangan.

Itching to see why this play has won numerous awards, including the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1997 Olivier Award for Best Comedy? Here's your chance. The producers of “Art”--Little Boy Productions and Actor's Actors, Inc.--are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to bloggers. The only condition as usual: Write about the play afterwards. You know the drill--e-mail me at to reserve a pair (so you can bring your date--the producers are thoughtful, aren't they?). One blogger, one pair, first-come, first-served. Rachel Ann Go!

Oh, to sweeten the pot some more: The best blog entry on “Art” gets a hardbound copy of Yasmina Reza's new novel, “Desolation.”

PLUS: “'Art:' Once More, in Filipino,” by Walter Ang, here.

2. The envelope, please. Congratulations to all the 2007 Palanca winners, especially those in the Drama category. A number of them are names and entries we've become familiar with in this blog, beginning with playwright-lawyer Nicolas Pichay, whose play “Tres Ataques de Corazon,” which debuted in last year's Virgin Labfest 2, won first place--his fifth, incidentally, thus assuring him a place in the Palanca Hall of Fame. Way to go, Nick!

One-Act Play
First Prize: Debbie Ann Tan, “Time Waits”
Second Prize: Joshua Lim So, “Portraits”
Third Prize: Allan Lopez, “Battery Park”

Full-Length Play
First Prize: Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza, “Pure”
Second Prize: Glenn Sevilla Mas, “Games People Play”
Third Prize: Cynthia Lapena-Amador, “The Piano”

Dulang May Isang Yugto
Unang Gantimpala: Christopher D. Martinez, “Our Lady of Arlegui”
Ikalawang Gantimpala: Jose Dennis C. Teodosio, “Baka Sakali”
Ikatlong Gantimpala: Layeta P. Bucoy, “Ellas Inocentes”

Dulang Ganap ang Haba
Unang Gantimpala: Nicolas B. Pichay, “Tres Ataques de Corazon”
Ikalawang Gantimpala: Edward P. Perez, “Apuntador”
Ikatlong Gantimpala: Rodolfo C. Vera, “Ang Mga Huwad”

The complete list of winners of the 2007 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature here.

PLUS: “Palanca 2007--The Wowowee Edition,” a sparkling recap of the recent awards night by noted playwright-fictionist Dean Alfar, here.

3. “High School Musical” redux. Popular vlogger Cokskiblue just wrapped up his first “season” after a string of impressive video entries that has won him a huge following among bloggers, plus a few awards along the way (third among the “2007 Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs,” second only to the world-famous Happy Slip as “Coolest Pinoy Video Blogger” in Paolo Mendoza's ass-whipping “Pinoy Evil Blog Awards,” etc.).

(I myself got nominated in two categories in the latter derby: “Most Kick-Ass Writer of the Year” [“one who writes in a grammatically astig way”] and “Evil Blog of the Year” [“the most provocative blogger who makes you think outside the box”]. I lost on both counts, to Jessica Zafra in the former and Mike Villar in the latter. Say that again--loser? Clearly, the anonymous bloggers who nominated me didn't campaign hard enough. Lazybones!)

Where was I? Okay, of all the videos that Coy created, this takes the prize for me. (Don't mind what he says about me in the vid, even I don't believe it.) Lucky for Stages' production of “High School Musical,” too. Hit “Play” to know why.

Coy, don't be gone too long!

PLUS: Jeff jumps the gun on everyone by previewing “High School Musical 2” via Torrent and giving us the lowdown here.


Fire Eye'd Boy said...

Yayz Gibbs, so you liked High School Musical after all! hahah

Alvin said...

Hi Gibbs! I'm sure you know this, but hey, what the hell, hehe.

"Tres Ataques de Corazon" is not the only Palanca-winning play that debuted in the Virgin Labfest. "Baka Sakali" also debuted in last year's edition and "Ellas Inocentes" for this year. And Debbie, Allan, Chris, Glenn and Rody have had plays staged in the labfest.

So proud and happy for them!

Anonymous said...

Teacher ko si Ms. Sonza sa English 3 - Creative Writing. It's heartwarming to know through your blog that she won the Palanca. Congrats lagi sa blog mo. Tama sila; kick-ass ka talaga pag dating sa pagsusulat ng mahusay at makabuluhan at grammatically-correct! Konting-konti na lang katulad mo. - Robin (

exie abola said...

Hi Gibbs.

I'd like a pair of those tickets, but I feel a little out of place since I write for a broadsheet aside from keeping a blog. I'd write about the play anyway even if I had to pay.

Yun lang. If you'd rather I defer to others, no problemo.


gibbs cadiz said...

JEFF! haha, di a, si zac efron lang--and in 'hairspray' pa, not hsm. wahehe! :)

ALVIN, thanks for the additional info. yep, very happy for them, and i hope the other winning plays would also get staged. :)

ROBIN, maraming salamat for the kind words, sa pagbisita at pagbabasa ng blog. :)

EXIE! no problemo either if you're writing for a broadsheet. the producers would like that even more, haha. so yeah, you got yourself a pair of tickets. i'll be there too, so see ya! :)

rai said...

Yaay, I'm so lucky pala. A friend has invited me to watch it, kasi he has an extra ticket.


gibbs cadiz said...

RAI, enjoy Art! i'll be there too, so if you see me, don't hesitate to say hi. i'd be happy to meet you. :)

lateralus said...

Ang ganda talaga ng pagkakasulat ng character ni Jett. Hahaha. Soooo stubborn. LOLOL


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