The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has recently opened its 42nd Theater Season. As part of its Theater Appreciation Program, the company is inviting bloggers to watch its performances for FREE. Since the opening of its new home, the PETA Theater Center, PETA has created a space for experiential learning and the promotion of culture and the arts – opening its doors to various types of audiences: students, theater enthusiast and artists alike.

Joining is easy. Bloggers need to send their names, contact numbers and a link to their sample blog to petampro@yahoo.com.

PETA will choose the top 20 bloggers, which will be notified through email. The lucky bloggers chosen will get a chance to watch PETA’s opening production, Noli at Fili Dekada 2000 (Dos Mil) for FREE. They should then write a review of the play to avail of the season pass. Back stage passes, special house seats and an exclusive interview with the director and cast of PETA’s productions are also up for grabs!

Lined-up for the season are three of PETA’s plays: Noli at Fili Dekada 2000 (Dos Mil), a contemporized adaptation of Rizal’s Noli at Fili written by Nicanor Tiongson and directed by Soxie Topacio (July 17 – August 9 2009); Ismail at Isabel, a play about children’s rights, the celebration of individuality and respect for each one’s race, religion and culture, written by Rody Vera and directed by Maribel Legarda (August 28 – October 4, 2009); BOTO Another Musical, a musical comedy on the Philippine Elections written by award-winning librettist Vince de Jesus together with Liza Magtoto and Anj Heruela and directed by Phil Noble (February 5 – March 7, 2010).

Deadline for applications is on July 26, 2009. For inquiries or more information, contact PETA at 4100821-22 / 725-6244, 0917-8044428, petampro@yahoo.com or visit PETA’s website at http://www.petatheater.com.


PETA Opens its 42nd Theater Season!

PETA has been known and credited for creating issue-based performances that mirror and reflect the times – and for its fearless delivery of truth through a palette of theatrical forms. Now on its 42nd Theater Season, PETA continues to contribute to help bring about social awareness and change through its productions, performances and workshops, as it calls on its audiences to act and respond to the clarion call that hound the Philippine society. Using fresh, innovative and interesting techniques and approaches, PETA welcomes its new theater season as a renewed challenge to test and push the capacity of art in to inform, influence and inspire its audiences.

First on its list of productions is Nic Tiongson’s opus, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil, an adaptation of Jose Rizal’s two most influential novels: El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere. Reworked as a postmodern narrative, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil is inspired by real events, characters and testimonials that arose during the landslide in the Quezon province. The story, which revolves around small town politics and the fight against corruption, also zooms into the problem of illegal logging and its corrupted relation with governance and religion.

Following Noli at Fili is Christine Bellen’s Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang. Now on it’s third year, Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang still remains to be one of PETA’s most-loved productions. Featuring stories from Severino Reyes’ folktales, Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong, Ang Babaeng Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari at Prinsipeng Duwag – Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang presents different mythical stories about self-discovery and values formation.

In August, PETA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child through its presentation of Ismail at Isabel (Ang Paghahanap ng mga Bagong Kuwentong Bayan), a moving story about two children, a Christian and Muslim, who once lived happily in their small village in Dilangawen, Mindanao. Blind to their differences, the two told and retold the folktales that narrate the likeness of Muslims and Christians – until the fearsome war reached their community and permanently broke their innocence.

In time for the 2010 elections, PETA creates a vaudeville style musical, Boto-boto-boboto-bonana-fanna-fo-foto-fee-fy-momoto-boto (BOTO Another Musical), that uses iconic characters of the Philippine electoral process: Lorrie Logarta, Chix Pedero, and popular terms such as ‘trapo’, ‘ispits’ (speech) and many others. The story, cast with 10 actors with interchanging roles and characters, also follows the electoral process, beginning with the voter’s registration and ending with the need for vigilance after elections.

The four productions, which officially begin on June 2009, also commence PETA’s renewed commitment to artistic excellence as it cradles a people’s culture through its use of theater that is distinctly Filipino.

For inquiries regarding PETA’s new season, contact PETA at 410821/ 7256244, petampro@yahoo.com or visit PETA’s website at http://www.petatheater.com


Ongoing Enrollment for PETA’s 2009 Summer Theater Arts Workshop


Don’t miss your chance to enroll at our various courses that are all made to bring out the thespian in you: Children’s Theater 1 and 2, Production Workshop for Children, Teen Theater 1, Production Workshop for Teens, Theater Arts 1, Basic Acting, Creative Musical Theater, Creative Dance, Production Design and Creative Pedagogy.



PETA Launches it’s 42nd Theater Season

(March 28, 2009  3:00pm)


PETA will open its 42nd Theater Season on March 28, at the PETA Theater Center! Teachers and administrators are invited to attend and witness our exciting line-up of shows, performances and events available next season!

Featuring excerpts of PETA’s upcoming productions: Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil, Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, Ismail at Isabel and BOTO Another Musical!


AMAGIKOMEDINAYT A magic, stand-up comedy, musical and a ventriloquism show rolled into one!

(March 27, 8pm, PETA-Phinma Theater)


What a memorable night it’s going to be as three of the country’s top live comedy performers gather together to give the Pinoy audience a unique stage comedy experience!


The cast is headed by the irreverent Brod. Pete (a.k.a. Isko Salvador), a veteran sitcom scriptwriter, actor, and the leader of the infamous “Ang Dating Doon,” which is now a local classic comic segment. Multi-awarded magician and TV comedian Jeffrey Tam will showcase the acts that crowned him the first MAGFI back-to-back (2008 & 2009) Close-Up Magician Grand Champion and 2008 MAGFI Close-Up Magician of the Year, and the country’s premier ventriloquist Ony Carcamo will tickle the crowd with his awesome voice-throwing illusion.

Other guests include: TV actor/comedian Long Mejia, Europe-based International Illusionist Oliver, and rappers Glock 9 and Dice & K9.


amagicomedinaytfinal1For inquiries, call PETA Marketing at 4100821 or 0917-8044428. 

Nonon Padilla and Tony Perez Team Up for PETA’s Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid Ng Disyembre?

PETA brings together two geniuses: Nonon Padilla and Tony Perez, to create a psychological drama masterpiece.
 nonon-padillaOktubre, Noong Tayo’y Nagmamahalan Pa’ and ‘Nobyembre, Noong Akala Ko’y Mahal Kita‘; a collaboration that introduced a new genre of thought-provoking plays–psychological drama’s that fascinate and tease the imagination.
Nonon Padilla and Tony Perez started out as young artists working closely with PETA. Nonon, as a noted artist and Founding Director of Tanghalang Pilipino and Tony as a writer and playwright.
Together, they individually produced plays that are raw and rich, unconventional and experimental, but grounded on fundamental themes such as love and friendship.
They have previously worked together for ‘On the North Diversion Road’, ‘

For the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) 41st Theater Season, the two are back to perfect another work of genius.  Preparing their latest opus, the third piece of Tony Perez’s psychological trilogy: Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?. A story about two friends, Lalaki (Julienne Mendoza, Jack Yabut), and Isa Pang Lalaki (Lex Marcos, Alfred Vargas) and their love affair with the same woman, Babae (Angeli Bayani), who is torn between her feelings for the two.
But Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre? cannot be easily dismissed as ‘just another love story‘. Aside from the three characters fighting over love—Tony Perez adds another character that creates another dimension to the piece: Isa Pang Babae (Alison Segarra), a clairvoyant young woman from the present who oversees the turn of events, as the three other characters get tangled in a complex web of episodes.
With emphasis on love, truth and sacrifice, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre? is a bold and non-traditional production crafted by the country’s most daring writer and ingenious director, Tony Perez and Nonon Padilla. Something—that you sure don’t want to miss.

Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre is showing at the PETA Theater Center on February 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-28; March 1, 6-8, 13-15, 2009 (Friday 2:30PM/ 7:30PM, Sat and Sun 10AM /3PM) . For inquiries call PETA Marketing at 410 0821 or 0917 8044428 or email petampro@yahoo.com.

Basyang and Batang Rizal Performs Down South!

Back to back performances of Christine Bellen’s Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang and Batang Rizal found it’s way down south as the two mobile productions perform at the Cinema 3 of SM Southmall on January 29-31, 2009!

Catch the shows at the following show dates:

MGA KUWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG:  January 29, 2009 (10:00am and 3:00 pm), January 31, 2009 (3:00pm)


BATANG RIZAL: January 30, 2009 (10:00 am and 3:00 pm), January 31, 2009 (10:00 am) 

Batang Rizal


For ticket reservations and inquiries, please call 410 0821 or contact Alvin Landicho at 0917-5133312 or Michelle Fabunan at 0908-6678709.

See you at the shows!

PETA Productions Now on Tour!

After their successful run at the PETA Theater Center, several plays from PETA’s 41st Theater Season are now on tour.
This November, watch out as these productions perform in different areas around the country:

NOVEMBER 4-7, 2008
Nic Tiongson’s NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000 (DOS MIL)
Directed by Soxie Topacio

Palayan Sports Complex
Palayan, Nueva Ecija

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2008
Nic Tiongson’s NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000 (DOS MIL)
Directed by Soxie Topacio

Isabela Provincial Capitol Complex
Ilagan, Isabela

NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Directed by Maribel Legarda


NOVEMBER 20-21, 2008
Christine Bellen’s BATANG RIZAL
Directed by Dudz Teraña


NOVEMBER 25-26, 2008
Directed by Phil Noble

Nueva Ecija

Are these cities just too far away?
Want to take the shows to your own province, school or community?

Call PETA Marketing NOW at 410 0821, 725 6244 or 0918 9068083 and get a chance to witness theater at it’s finest!


National Children’s Theater Festival



In celebration of the Children’s Month this October, the Philippine Educational Theater Association – Children’s Theater Program, through the support of Terre Des Hommes – Netherlands, brings together children, young people, children’s rights advocacy organizations and agencies in a grand festival of theater performances, workshops, exhibits, conferences and fora in Likhang Bata, Likhang Buháy (A National Children’s Theater Festival) at the PETA Theater Center from October 24 to 26, 2008.  The festival carries the theme CREATING A GOOD LIFE FOR THE FILIPINO CHILDREN, which stresses the need for all sectors of the civil society – government, professionals, academe, church and media – to work hand in hand in creating a safe and supportive environment for our children and youth. 

Festivities begin with a grand opening program on October 24 at 7am at the PETA-Phinma Theater highlighted by a performance of PETA’s children’s musical Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang. 

Other events to look forward to are performances by partner organizations and guests: PILAK (Pinag-isang Lakas ng Kabataan) of Bahay Tuluyan – Laguna & Quezon, YATTA (Youth Advocates through Theater Arts) – Dumaguete City, Kaibigan Foundation – Manila, Batang Art (Nakar, Quezon). PETA – Metropolitan Teen Theater League, ECLIPSE (Ormoc, Leyte), PETA’s Batang Rizal, Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, Kontra-Gapi and QC Performing Arts Development Foundation Inc.  Workshops include puppetry, masks and make-up, arts and crafts, Philippine games, visual arts, role-playing, dance and movement and creative sounds and music.

Interested participants are invited to join!  The activities for DAY 1 caters to children age 7 to 12, DAY 2 for teens age 13 to 17, and DAY 3 is offered for college students, student leaders, educators, cultural workers, parents and generally adults and young adults who work for and with children.

Application forms are available at the PETA office, #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.  Duly accomplished forms may be faxed to (02) 4100821 or sent thru email petampro@yahoo.com. Registration fee is only PhP500.00 per day, inclusive of the festival kit and meals. For details and other information, contact (02) 4100821, 7256244 c/o Ms. Gail Guanlao-Billones (0922-8068477) or Ms. Julie Bautista (0916-5805153).