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Artistang Artlets stages ‘Prima Facie’

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“Minsan, hindi tunay ang inyong nakikita.”

Inihahandog ng Artistang Artlets, ang opisyal na samahang pang-teatro ng Pakultad ng Sining at Panitik ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas, ang “Prima Facie” sa panulat ni John Michael Peña.

Walang sikreto ang hindi nabubunyag.

Ang dulang ito ay tungkol sa isang kandidatong tatakbo sana sa pagka-pangulo ngunit sa isang iglap, siya ay binawian ng buhay.Walang nakakaalam kung paano at ano ang ikinamatay niya maliban sa mga taong nakasama niya nang hapunan bago ang pagkamatay niya.

Ang “Prima Facie” ay ayon sa direksyon ni Jennie Ver Gabon at sa pamamahala ni Shaira Joyce Javier. Ito ay ipapalabas sa Oktubre 27, 28, at 29, 2015 sa mga oras na 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, at 7pm sa Benavides Auditorium, High School Building, UST

Para sa iba pang mga katanungan, maaaring tawagan o kontakin si Ma.Diane Gundaya sa numerong (09279381150) o Xiayra Mae Magtibay sa numerong (09175977812) o John Gabriel Pe sa numerong (09225383521) o maaari ring bisitahin ang Facebook page na: www.facebook.com/ArtistangArtletsUST.

Sabay sabay nating alamin ang mga pinakatatagong sikreto.

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Artistang Artlets adapts The Little Prince

FINAL POSTER MUNTI“What is essential is invisible to the eye” Artistang Artlets, the Official Theater Guild of the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas, on its 34th Season, proudly presents:“Munti: An Adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Le Petit Prince” by Alyanna Paula A. Veloso, a modern day theatrical adaptation of an inspiring novel based on a young boy’s adventure in discovering the absolute truth within the inner self and looking beneath the surface in order to find beauty. Everything is not what it seems. Sometimes it is not enough to just look at the surface. You need to exceed boundaries and understand things from different perspectives. The story will feature a child’s journey where he met different individuals and learned to find the meaning of life through simple things. It will show what someone can sacrifice for his happiness at the same time, for the greater good. Munti will be directed by Klea Dale S. Lloren and produced by Jennie Ver M. Gabon. This will be staged from May 6, 7 & 8, 2015, with the time slots 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm at the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium, Tan Yan Kee Building, University of Santo Tomas. For inquiries please contact Christine Ann Camille Baria at (09277842701) or Revou Nomar Antolin at (0927-821-7931) or visit our facebook page:www.facebook.com/ArtistangArtletsUST. Get ready for a journey of a lifetime.  Reminisce your own life adventures and unleash the childlike heart in you.

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“Do I have to tell her I’m purple?”

It was Sheila (not her real name), in one of our phone conversations, those lengthy ones we have on weekends where we talk about everything from Amorsolo’s paintings to workplace crushes. She had recently met a girl, who she had been crushing on.

“Why not?” I said.

“But won’t that scare her away? I mean, we’ve been friends for only a couple of weeks,” Sheila said.

“I’m not telling you to tell her right this minute. Tell her when you feel like it, when you have the confidence. It could be sooner or later; it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that she knows. Anyway, you’ll be hanging out with her; if she’s so dumb she misses the signs, then she doesn’t deserve your friendship. And please stop calling yourself purple. You’re a lesbian, is what you are.”

These days I find myself playing the role of a fairy godmother to those having difficulty coming to grips with their sexuality, especially the public side of it. Coming out as gay should have been a no-brainer by now, what with all these gay celebrities, soap operas on gay romance, and homoerotic billboards. The fact remains, though, that lots of gay people still feel trepidation about doing so. The hesitation is common among those who, like Shiela, can easily pass for straight, which kept them under the radar longer than their more obvious counterparts. They’ve worn this camouflage for so long they feel shedding it would mean giving up the safety of their old lives.

During the early days of our friendship, which began in college, Sheila would never call herself gay, but instead prefers the phrase “having lesbian tendencies,” and would disclose about these tendencies to a few close friends.  I would snort every time she would say that.

“I’m a girl who just happens to like other girls,” she said.

“True, but the problem is, to many people, you’re not just any other girl; you’re a lesbian,” I said.

“I just hate labels,” she said.

“I’m sorry, but until people have come up with another names to call us, to them, a boy who likes another boy is bakla, and a girl who likes another girl is tibo. ”

Sheila has long dropped the “tendencies” but has yet to soften to the usual labels for a gay female. Her favored term now is “purple”, which makes me think of her as someone who mistook for sun tan lotion the indelible ink used during elections.

I know where Sheila’s aversion to labels stems from. For any gay guy in the Philippines, his most painful childhood memories include being taunted by other boys chanting “Bakla! Bakla! Bakla!” But then, for all the derision these labels are dripping with, they somehow have helped in making us gay people more visible. For instance, take the label paminta. A gay guy who acts as if straight, supposedly as cover-up, a paminta is  often depicted in popular culture as one who frequents the gym to body-build as much as to cruise. Though based on gender stereotypes, the label at least widens the spectrum of images people have on the gay guy: We are not always beauconeras; we can be basketball players, too (Thank you, Jason Collins). No, we don’t always join the varsity team to play the field. Most of the time, it’s for the love of the sport.

If life throws you lemons, then make lemonade – my attitude towards being gay, in a nutshell. If people call you beki, then be the sexiest beki that ever walked Earth. This doesn’t mean, however, that you’d keep your face up at every insulting epithet spat your way. To be called bading is one thing; to be called a pedophile when you’re not is another.

All these labels function in the same way as the other – though not as derogatory – ones we’ve worn since birth. They bind us to communities, whose causes we take up by adapting these labels. It’s like those scarves with embroidered chrysanthemums the rebels wear in The Curse of the Golden Flower.  So in the grand scheme of sexual politics today, neither being anonymous nor ambiguous would advance the revolution. You must be either “straight “or “gay”. You must make up your mind and take sides.

When we come out, we do it not only for ourselves. We do it for the man who dressed in women’s clothes and the woman who dressed in men’s clothes who walked down the streets and were thrown stones at for doing so. We do it for every man and woman who confessed love for a same-sex crush and was rejected. We do it for every gay man and woman who gave a lot before us so we could enjoy lots of freedom and lots of love now.

We do it for the lonely boy or girl in the locker room who is thinking of killing his or herself.

Now, you don’t always have to come up with a melodramatic speech to come out. If you have a knack for words and theater, then by all means, make your coming out like the opening of the Tony Awards with Neil Patrick Harris as host. But if you’re on the shy side, sometimes, you could make use of the little, less flamboyant but not less effective, things. Put in your two-cents whenever gay issues are brought up in the family. Comment on the cute guy/girl you see in the park when you go jogging with a friend. Or you could joke about it.  From time to time, in the presence of her parents, Sheila would crack “purple” jokes. “Ewan ko ba kung bakit type kita. Hindi ka naman guwapo,” she would say. “Siguro dahil maganda ka.”  (I don’t know why I’m falling for you. You’re not in the least cute. I guess it’s because you’re pretty.) Soon they will pick up on your hints.

Since we left college, Sheila already has none of the previous apologetic tone when talking about being a lesbian, and would sometimes express exasperation over the disapproval of homosexuality by her religion, of which her family is a devout member. Though her sexual orientation remains something her family would not talk about over dinner, she has become less guarded about it, the walking-over-landmines feeling gone. Baby steps, but brisk ones at that. I’m looking forward to the day when she brings home a girlfriend.

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Artistang Artlets play on ‘choosing to love again’

Artistang Artlets Puso with Disabilities

Artistang Artlets, the official theatre guild of the University of Santo Tomas’ Faculty of Arts and Letters, presents “PWD (Puso With Disabilities)”, written by Danielle Joyce Factora, choreographed by Paula Angelica Uy, with the original composition of music and lyrics done by Coleen Ivy Cordero, directed by Michelle Emily Lozare and produced by Mary Crizette Arce

PWD (Puso With Disabilities) is a musical play comprised of different stories about lapses that occur in relationships and eventually lead to certain conflicts that may hinder someone from choosing to love again. This production aims to show the audience certain remedies to various problems one may experience in love and how people involved in a relationship can use these remedies to forgive each other’s shortcomings.

This play is set to grace the Tan Yan Kee Student Center AVR on the following play dates: March 23, 24 and 25 at the time 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. For tickets and information, please contact Jann Kayla Mendoza (09278423870) or John Michael Peña  (09058245399).

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Artistang Artlets: Is love worth gambling everything for?

Revised Poster Artistang Artlets XOXO PosterArtistang Artlets, the official theater guild of the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas, on its 34th season is proud to bring you its 2nd Theatre Literacy Program this coming January.

Artistang Artlets brings you X.O.X.O, a play that introduces us to a world wherein one’s right decisions, thinking, and actions will determine whether he or she will win the game that affects people the most – the game of love. Are you willing to gamble everything for the sake of love? Will it be worth it? Ready? Set, Gamble.

X.O.X.O is a twin bill production, featuring the 29th Gawad Ustetika 1st and 3rd place holders for Dulang May Isang Yugto category entitled “Baraha” written by Kris Joven Medalla and “Ang Kasalanan sa Kasalan” written by Danielle Joyce Factora, respectively. X.O.X.O will be directed by Jennie Ver Gabon and will be produced by Hazel May Sartorio.

Play dates will be as follows: January 6, 7, and 8, 2015 – 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm at the Education Auditorium, Albertus Magnus Building, UST.

For inquiries, please contact Hazel May Sartorio at 0935 483 0765 or visit Artistang Artlets on Facebook. (fb.com/ArtistangArtletsUST)

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