1. I've been receiving very good entries to the Virgin Labfest blog contest, so I'm extending the deadline to this coming Friday, July 10. I'll announce the winners within that weekend. Quick, send me those entries now by posting on the comment section here! And please help spread the word about the deadline extension.
2. Palanca Hall of Fame playwright Nicolas Pichay has donated CDs of the original cast recording of a Filipino musical play called Bilog (Le Cercle) to add to our prizes. Bilog, written by Mr. Pichay with musical direction by Vincent De Jesus, was choreographed and first staged by Paul Morales for the defunct theater company Dulaang Talyer in 1995. It has been restaged three times, garnering two Aliw Award nominations (for Best Play and Best Director) along the way and reaching its brightest moment in 2003 when it was invited to perform at a European theater festival in Avignon, France--the first Filipino play to achieve that distinction.
Like the Sinta! anthology, Bilog's soundtrack CD is another collector's item, because it is not found in record stores anywhere. It features peformers John Abul, Charyl Chan, Connie Lauigan-Chua, Nor Domingo, Herbert Go, Cynthia Culig-Guico, Teresa Jamias, Donna Miranda, Julius Mocorro, Dwight Rodrigazo, Nazer Salcedo and Naomi Villa.
Bilog further fattens our prize pot, which now also includes books donated by playwrights Allan Lopez and Rody Vera on top of the original gift packs I'm offering. All three winners of the blog contest will get a copy of the CD (in pristine condition, unopened and still in its plastic packaging).
Thank you, Mr. Pichay!