PETA’s 40th Anniversary Concert


May 30th sparkled red as the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) members, staff, honored guests and special friends celebrated 40 glorious years with a concert of the most unforgettable songs from some of PETA’s most memorable plays.

The evening opened with the unveiling of the mural at the Theater Center’s ground floor lobby titled Ang Baraha ng Buhay 1967-2007. PETA senior artist-teacher and visual artist Brenda V. Fajardo led fellow artists Noel Cuizon, Iggy Rodriguez, Karen Flores, and Max Santiago in the concept and design celebrating the continuing journey of PETA since 1967. The mural was made possible through the generous support of the Quezon City Government, most especially through Mayor Sonny Belmonte, a friend and supporter of culture and the arts.

The celebration continued as the PETA Chorale and guest artists filled the night with 40 years of making music – songs from Pilipinas Circa 1907, Diablos, 1896, Panata sa Kalayaan, Canuplin, Hanggang Dito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat and more.

Highlighting the evening is the launch of the book A Continuing Narrative on Philippine Theater: The Story of PETA. PETA president Cecilia B. Garrucho presented the first complimentary copies of the book to significant personalities that helped shape PETA’s history so far: to Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, the founder of PETA; Dr. Alejandro A. Roces, the first chairman of the Board of Trustees; Mr. Ramon del Rosario, Jr., the incumbent chairman of the Board of Trustees; the family of the late Teodoro “Doroy” Valencia, who helped fund the many projects of PETA during its early years; and to the PETA’s Metropolitan Teen Theater League as represented by Anj Heruela, for PETA has always believed in the youth as the future of our nation.

The product of more than 10 laborious years of research, compiling, writing and editing, the 740 plus page book chronicles PETA’s 40-year journey as a Filipino theater company.

The rest of the evening was wrapped with memories of good beginnings, dramatic journeys, and hard earned success; a reunion of sorts for members from way back 1967, and a step forward for those who have only recently joined the crew. People exchanged stories of their involvement with PETA over cocktails and good wine, reliving the good old PETA days and proud of what it has become now.

It was concluded with a more empowered spirit to spread our advocacy, keeping education through theater alive in the Philippines.

The Story of PETA is now available at a retail price of PhP1,499.00. For inquiries and reservations, visit or call PETA at the PETA Theater Center located at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City, telephone number 7256244 or 4100821. (


[images in this post courtesy of Rhona Ramos. top left, L-R: PETA President Cecilia B. Garrucho, Executive Director Beng Cabangon, Founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Mayor Sonny Belmonte, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ramon del Rosario jr. former Executive Director and senior member Soxie Topacio. center right: PETA President Cecilia B. Garrucho and Executive Director Beng Cabangon present Mayor Sonny Belmonte with a copy of The Story Of PETA. Lower left: serenading the audience with memorable PETA musical pieces.]


The Story Of PETA



After more than 10 laborious years of research, compiling, writing and editing, the book on the story of PETA is finally available to the public.

Entitled A Continuing Narrative on Philippine Theater: The Story of PETA, the 740 plus page book will be sold at a limited introductory price of PhP1,000.00 each.  You may now make your reservations but due to the limited number of printed copies, we need to receive your orders by May 30, 2008.  You need to claim and pay for the book/s by June 4, 2008.  After that, the book will be sold at the regular price of PhP 1,499.00


About the book:

The Story of PETA may be considered a collective biography that provides a comprehensive yet intimate account of its lifework, from 1967 to 2007.  It highlights the company’s unique approach and contribution to Philippine theater aesthetics, performance and pedagogy, and to popular education.

PETA began by asserting the then radical view of creating and performing plays in Filipino.  A solid record of some 400 plays written, translated, adapted, published and performed, 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.

PETA’s pedagogy and aesthetics for people’s theater, a unique and powerful curriculum for training in theater and the arts has inspired artist-teachers to share their skills, talents and experiences with others, directed toward individual human development and societal transformation.

This book presents a chronicle of the collective journey of men and women who have inscribed a powerful presence in Philippine theater history.  Woven together, their stories provide strings of hope and inspiration, a remarkable tapestry of dreams dedicated to Philippine theater, society, and nation.

As PETA enters its fifth decade of existence, it continues to nurture young artists who will metamorphose into artists-teachers-leaders and carry on the torch of art to inspire many to become cultural creatives.


To pre-order,  you may contact us at:

PETA Marketing & Public Relations Office

4/F The PETA Theater Center

5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

Telefax No. (02) 410.0821












41st Theater Season



The Philippine Educational Theater Association presents 5 exciting new plays in its 41st Theater Season!



Opening the season in July, Soxie Topacio directs Nic Tiongson’s NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000 (DOS MIL).  The play is set in a small town in the Quezon province where the small town politics and social mores become the backdrop of Rizal’s novels.  Performances are slated for July 18 to August 24, 2008, Fridays to Sundays at 10am and 3pm.



 TOSCA (August 29 and 30, at 2:30pm and 7:30pm) is an adaptation of Puccini’s classic opera piece.  PETA’s interpretation, as directed by Soxie Topacio, is set during the Japanese occupation and Tosca becomes the battle ground of Japanese Imperialism, patriotic love and selfish greed.



Christine Bellen’s MGA KUWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG and BATANG RIZAL are back to back presentations of the Children’s Theater productions for September to October.  Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, directed by Nor Domingo, features three of Severino Reyes’ folktales: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong, Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari and Ang Prinsipeng Duwag, tackling the mythical journeys into self discovery and value formation.  Batang Rizal, under the direction of Dudz Teraña, revisits the notions of heroism and love of country from the point of view of a child.  Shows will be on September 19 to October 12, 2008, Fridays to Sundays at 10am and 3pm.


SAAN BA TAYO IHAHATID NG DISYEMBRE? is the featured play from November 14 to December 7, with Friday performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday performances at 10am and 3pm.  The third of Tony Perez’s trilogy on friendship love and compassion, the play, directed by Nonon Padilla is about the unbreakable love and bonding between best friends and among family members, despite complications of betrayal, jealousy and anger.



The season ends with ADAPTING THE EUROPEAN MASTERS in a pseudo festival that will showcase an end to a ten month project that will take at least forty of our artist be they writers, directors and actors into the study of European playwrights.  Shows from February 6 to March 15, 2009, on Fridays at 2:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 3pm.



Season subscription is available for only PhP1,000.00.  Each subscriber will be entitled to one (1) entry pass to all productions at the Theater Center plus privileges including discounts for up to two (2) companions, regular mail or e-mail updates on the latest happenings in PETA, a subscriber ID and acknowledgment in the souvenir program of all productions.


For more details, contact the PETA Marketing and Public Relations office at The PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC with telephone numbers 4100821 or 7256244, or email  Schedules may change without prior notice.

We hope to see you at the PETA Theater Center! :]



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Theater – Behind the Scenes

 Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes  of a theater production?  

We invite you to bring your students to a tour that will take them backstage and on stage for a complete theater experience!

stage-3b.jpgroofdeck-6.jpgclassroom-2a.jpgback-space-1a.jpgground-lobby-2.jpgstage-3b.jpgstage-3b.jpg This is a 2-hour visit of the various spaces inside the PETA THEATER CENTER where your students will also go through the basics of a performance through exciting, interactive processes:

  • Singing and Music Exploration at the Theater Lobby
  • Interaction with some of the cast from our previous plays as they visit the Lia Sciortino and O’ong Maryono Resource Center
  • Basic Movement exercises with our artist-teacher at  the Roofdeck
  • Dramatic improvisations in the Classrooms
  • Costume and Props exploration at the BACKSTAGE and the DRESSING ROOMS.

And finally…

  • How all elements of  production – LIGHTS, SOUND, PRODUCTION DESIGN – contribute to a theatrical performance as YOUR STUDENTS PERFORM their short showcase pieces from the CREATIVE DRAMA session on the STAGE of the TANGHALANG PETA- PHINMA.

THE THEATER CENTER WORKSHOP TOUR is a fun, memorable experience that will surely entice them to explore the world of arts! The workshops are customized according to the age range of participants. Only P 150.00 per student, with a minimum of 50 participants. Available all year round! Experience Theater.  Experience PETA. Visit or call us now for reservations! PETA Marketing and Public Relations OfficePETA THEATE CENTERNo. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City Tel. Nos. (02) 4100821, 0918-9068083

Skin-Deep: February feature at the PETA-Phinma Theater

isayrobert1.jpgVincent A. de Jesus’ SKIN-DEEP headlines this year’s offerings at the PETA Theater Center.

Doctor Beau Batoctol, an internationally famous Filipino cosmetic surgeon opens the world’s first one-stop beauty resort here in the Philippines – the SKIN-DEEP BEAUTY SANCTUARY! And for its grand opening promo, seven lucky texters will win a chance to stay at Skin-Deep for a month and avail of all the beauty treatments, procedures and surgeries it has to offer – ABSOLUTELY FOR FREE!! The Lucky Makeover Seven – an obese female call-center agent, a troubled married couple, a male model wannabe, a flamboyant florist, an abused housewife burned beyond recognition and the reigning Miss Artificial Beauty – go through different miracle procedures hoping to become more aesthetically acceptable to the cruel world outside. Trouble arises inside the Sanctuary when the seven personalities collide – strong opinions clash, questions of self-worth being raised, dirty secrets revealed and ugly truths about themselves are exposed. And the more they become “beautiful” on the outside, the more confused some of them become on the inside.

A story of seven ordinary people and their frenzied search for beauty and happiness, Skin-Deep uses a scalpel and cuts the surface to examine one’s need to be accepted by a seemingly superficial world where ‘packaging’ is more important than ‘character’. From a simple tweaking of a nose to a complete body overhaul, they all soon discover that the pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of happiness.

Directed by Nor Domingo with music by Lucien Letaba, Skin-Deep features some of today’s most admired theater actors – Melvin Lee, Rem Zamora, Robert Seña, Eric Bisa, Isay Alvarez, May Bayot-de Castro, Bituin Escalante, Gail Guanlao-Billones, Mary Ann Espinosa, Phil Noble, Al Gatmaitan, Red Anderson, Glecy Atienza, Diana Malahay, Onyl Torres, Joseph Grantusa, Delphine Buencamino, Neomi Tabanao-Gonzales, Joan Bugcat, Eric dela Cruz, and Giu Comia.

Musical Arrangement by Melvin Corpin, Production design by Leo Abaya, Lighting Design by Jonjon Villareal, Costume by Kalila Aguilos and Choreography by Christine Crame-Santillan.  Photography and poster design by Jojit Lorenzo.

Performances happen on all weekends beginning February 1 to March 9, 2008 with matinee and evening performances on Fridays and 10am and 3pm performances on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are at PhP300.00.  Schedules, however, are subject to change without prior notice.

For ticket reservations and inquiries, please contact the PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 4100821 or 7256244, mobile numbers 0917-8154567 or 0918-9068083, or email or

Dula-Daluyan 2007

T.S. Eliot, in one of his essays, explains that the evolution of tradition is dependent on what is being produced at present in respect to what has been produced in the past. One must be able to understand and take into consideration the previous occupation of artistic production that has come to be known as tradition. With this in mind, one will be able to come up with works that are relevant and meaningful enough to eventually be considered part of the growing tradition of arts and culture. It is in this light that the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) moves forward with this year’s DULA-DALUYAN Youth Theater Festival, focusing its energies in steering the upcoming generation of young people towards the path of creativity and artistry, developing this generation’s expressions that will eventually emerge as significant in the expansion of our rich tradition of arts and culture.

The time has come to create a new path. With theater and the arts as the vehicle that will drive through the many roads of human creativity and expression, we speed forward in this journey of a tradition that is not only developed aesthetically but is also enriched with meaning and values important in the development of the young people and of the society as a whole.

The PETA Youth Arm takes on the steering wheel, taking the festival on a joyride of learning and experience. Each and everyone’s craft undergoes a process of polishing and revving up as we parade and showcase our vehicles of expression in this 3-day long drive. We take on the expression of the streets as it is time to take the expression of the youth out of its classrooms and homes, and onto to streets where everyone can see and appreciate what is there to be offered. It’s going to be a new and different path, driving not only forward but taking U-turns as well to recall and recognize the tradition of the past and provide an ample jumpstart for the long journey. The festival aims to guide the youth in making the right turns, understanding the flow and counterflow of issues such as gender, rights & participation, identity, family, relationships, etc.

Join us as we take this generation of youth forward. Create new paths with us and add more fun and excitement to this joyride. Keep in mind that it is not about getting there first, but knowing that a smooth drive with everyone safe in the backseat can be as good as flying.

Dula-Daluyan 2007 takes place on December 7 to 9, 2007 at the PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.