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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) was founded in 1967 by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez with the vision of a Philippine Theater engaged in the development of people and society. Through the years, it has maintained its belief that theater is a powerful tool for social change and development.

PETA’s first home was the Dulaang Rajah Soliman located in the ruins of Fort Santiago in Intramuros. It was in this beautiful performance space that PETA’s dream began to flourish. PETA began to nurture and cradle the hundreds of artists who will later on share their talents and expertise in theater, television, radio, in print and education.

Since then, PETA has been in the forefront of Philippine culture, coming out with over 300 plays written, translated, adapted, published and performed that have shaped the company’s and, indeed, the country’s theater history, enriching it through theater forms and techniques that express local, national, and universal themes.

In 2005, PETA moved to its new home – the PETA Theater Center. It is a home for Filipino artists and audiences, a space for experiential learning and a landmark in Philippine Arts and Culture where PETA continues to pursue its vision for our people and society: that their lives may be enriched and empowered with each gesture, word, image, sound, expression and creative learning experience.

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  1. To my beloved THEATER school,

    Thank you for the world-class theater arts education that has greatly contributed to my
    success in all the fields of endeavor that I have ventured in the past 30 years since my
    Summer 1974 -PETA-CITASA Theater Arts Workshop held at the De La Salle University.

    I will forever be indebted to you and your founder.

    maria rosella natividad dela paz gordon – AKA – russelle dela paz
    -the little rose of peace-
    Ramona, California 92065 USA

  2. Salamat sa inyong lahat! Dahil sa inyo naging bukas ako sa teatro marami kaming natutuhan sa inyo last summer Theater In Education I .Nag organisa kami sa amin ng Teatro ang pangalan TEATRO BOTONG para sa mga kids at kabataan ng Bula,Camarines Sur.

  3. dear ms. balaton and sir nards,
    maraming salamat for taking time for letting us know how PETA has been part of your lives. nakakataba po ng puso. and we hope that we could see you again in our new home, the PETA Theater Center.

  4. d best poh ang mga stage d2 xa peta xana matulungan nyo po kmi sa aming speech and drama kh8 konting tip lng poh on how to portrayed a beautiful play like your presentation plzzzzzzzzz

  5. I would like to Congratulate The Actors and Actresses behind SKIN DEEP! in Behalf of ST. Mary’s Academy Sta. Ana Community Congratulations!!! Keep it Up and More POwer God Bless!

  6. do you guys accept junior college students for internship?

    i’m interested. i think it’s fun there. =)

  7. hello jovie! we always welcome interns. you may send a letter of intent addressed to Ms. Fe Canta, Finance and Admin Director; or if you are more interested to seek training with the production arm, you may address your letter to Mr. Melvin Lee, Kalinangan Ensemble Director. the letter can be sent thru fax (4100821) or hand-carried to our office.

  8. 🙂

  9. uhmm.
    gusto ko lang po mag ask kung kelan ang start ng classes? if my summer workshop po?
    and kung saan po located ang peta? thanks po.

  10. hello kim! yes, we have annual summer theater arts workshop. there is a list of courses and schedules posted on this blogsite, but please check your email, will send you a file. the peta theater center is at #5 eymard drive, new manila, quezon city. we’re at the back of the qc sports club, near st.joseph’s college on e.rodriguez avenue.

    thank you and we hope to see you at the theater center!

  11. Meron pa po bang Writers’ Block?

  12. hello fae! sorry, it’s been quite some time since you posted your inquiry. yes, we do have a writer’s block. you may get in touch with the head of the group’s coordinator, tim dacanay. his number is 0927-3110782. thanks and good luck!🙂

  13. I finished basic integrated theatre arts workshop summer of 1982 at St. Joseph’s College. Wala bang reunion ng mga PETA alumni?

  14. Hi, i would like to inquire if you provide dancing lesson for kids and adults, if yes, how much.

  15. hi.. ang ganda ng play na napanood ku sobra ang galing mag act ng characters niu

  16. hi, i would like to congratulate you guyz……ganda ng show nyo ung tosca and noli-fili more power to all of you………

  17. Before i was a member of a community based theater group in pasig which is DULAMPASIGAN. PETA had shared with us the skills and knowledge of what a community based theater group really is. it was also an experience for us to be able to see in flesh on how PETA make some of its production. It was in Intramuros (rajah soliman). it felt really good. thanks to PETA, Mr. Bong Billones and Mr. Ernie Cloma. Thanks for the enlightenment..PADAYON!

  18. Ganda ng play na ‘Batang Rizal’. Galing din ng gumanap na Kaye. ^_^

  19. woohoo!! ganda tlga ng play nyo eh..🙂 gling gling tlga nung mga casts. lalung-lalo na ung gumanap sa character na ka-pangalan q, KAYE. haha :)) just want to know, pwd po bng mlaman ung mga friendster accounts nung mga pipol na ksma sa play?? i just want to be close to them🙂 especialy to ate?(the one plays kaye). hehe.. buhbye.. i’ll wait for ur reply.🙂

  20. hi ate marichu and ate gail this is haylo from bidlisiw foundation.
    thanks 4 being so nice during our roundtable discussion( TDH-NL) on CRP at sulo hotel…

    more power to u both and to your ORg!!!

    haylo

    ps

    i reli dont know wer to put his comment , or am i lost on posting this one???… hehehehe

  21. hi po! ako po si jayrome…
    from polillo, quezon po.
    I was also one of the youths in the place who undergine your training and I am very thankful for it because I am able to apply some of the skills that you have taught me.
    May I just ask some questions?

    >How much would be the payment if I am going to attend your theater session? How much per session?

    >Kung sakali po na mabigayan ako ng chance na sumali sa Org n’yo? Paano po ba? What are the stages that I need to pass to be able to become a member?

    >I am so interested in dance/galaw, can you sent me (if you have time), a short handout for the galaw thing? I want to share my talents…

    PS.
    Paki kumusta naman po kina, Kuyas Ron, Kuya Roman, Ate Vernie, Kuya LA.. at iba pa!

    Merry Christmas po!
    Hoping for your favorable response!

  22. hi,
    i want to enrol into your summer class.Do you have acting and singing workshop?
    I am 10 yrs old and interested in acting and my brother is 9yrs old interested in singing.
    How much is the payment per session or for one month?

    Thank you and God bless,
    Angela

    • Hi angela. You can apply for our Children’s Theater 2 course or Production Workshop for Children wherein you can enhance your talends in singing and acting. Both courses are P7,000.00 (which includes your recital fees, etc). If you are interested, please contact me at 0917 8044428 so that i can schedule you for an interview.

  23. Hello. This is Baek Kyoung Suk of Nottle Theatre Company.
    Good visit here!

  24. Fantastic^.^

  25. Hi! I am a Psychology major graduating this March (’09), I am seeking for potential careers that will further develop my skills and talents and most especially my passion for acting/theater. I am very interested in joining PETA. Would there be any job opportunities for AB Psychology graduates in your organization? Please guide me in application procedures and update me regarding job opportunities that will (at the same time) cater to my passion for learning and creativity. It would be with great honor for me to be able to work with you.

    Thank you very much and hope to hear from you soon!

    -Inna =)

  26. hi! i just wanted to say thank you to sir ernie! I’ve learned a lot from you, you helped me bring out whatever talents i have and you let me spread my wings. hope you can visit tabuk city again and you’re always welcome here kasi kulang po yong 3 days workshop natin hehe!

    thank you po!

    karen (“,)

  27. hi! im now working and im 22… but i need a diversion, and as far as i can remember, i have always dreamt of being part of a play. although im not exposed to theater ever since childhood(and i have a mild stage fright – every beginner does!), i think its not too late.. still🙂 my query is that, do you conduct workshops even this time of the year? i hope its a weekend… and how much? tnx tnx🙂

    ps… i have watched a PETA play in college… cant remember the titile, but i know that it was pretty superb🙂

  28. hi,
    do you use new scripts for your productions?

  29. ei……. to all our mentors from PETA.. we are very fascinated with your objective set with us in our theater group. The BBK GRUPO KASANAG. It is our sincerest pleasure to thank you nall guys for molding us to be an enthusiast theater actors and actresses. The series of Summer workshops and RTG you had given us made us very knowledgeable to the advocacy we are seeking. We do hope that we can continue working and continue us molding.. Regards to our ate’s and kuya’s.. Kuya ron, kuya dodz, ate avic, kuya vince, ate dessa, kuya tati, kuya lakan, ate lot2. ate marichu, ate ana., ate mafe and the rest of the group.

    from,,

    BBK / VF-NEGROS & BBJ GRUPO KASANAG THEATER GUILD

  30. just a simple WOW!! AMAzing…
    may expirienz narin poh ako sa ganyan pero ang dmi ko pa poh plang dapat ma22nan
    ….sadyang kay buti ng dios na binigyan tyu nang talento sayang nmn kung hindi i2 gagamitin.. kya PAg patuloy nyu LNg Poh yan!! GO!! GO!! abutin nyu poh ang mga kabataan… GBU POh..

    -daryl from palawan..ppc


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