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Stage to page: Virgin Labfest reveals new lineup of anthology books with CCP

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Cultural Center of the Philippines is releasing a new anthology book, Mga Piling Dula Mula Sa Virgin Labfest 2017-2019 Ikaapat Na Antolohiya, to give everyone another chance to experience their favorite Virgin Labfest plays from the theater festival’s previous editions.

Landing on bookshelves on June June 26, 5:00 pm at the CCP Bulwagang Roberto Chabet (CCP TIG Gallery), the fourth installment of the VLF anthology book features scripts of plays staged from 2017 to 2019, edited and curated by VLF founder Rody Vera.

The book assembles the best collection of works by Adriane Ho (Sincerity Bikers Club); Allan Lopez (River Lethe); Anthony Kim Vergara (A Family Reunion); Juan Ekis (Ensayo); Dustin Celestino (Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng Kontrabida); Dingdong Novenario (Nothing But Dreams); Eljay Castro Deldoc (Pilipinas Kong Mahal with All the Overcoat); Herlyn Alegre (Fan Girl); Maria Cecilia Dela Rosa (Labor Room); Maynard Manansala (Hindi Ako si Darna); Raymund Barcelon (Huling Hiling ni Darling); Rick Patriarca (Birdcage, Wanted: Male Boarders); Rolin Migyuel Obina (Mga Bata sa Selda 43; Ang Pag-uulyanin ni Olivia Mendoza); Ryan Macahdo (Ang mga Puyong); Sari Saysay (Ang Mga Propesyunal); U Eliserio (Hindi Ako si Darna; Anak Ka Ng); Visconde Carlo San Juan Vergar (Edgar Allan Hemingway).


Talented women take the spotlight in Natatauhan: Mga Dula Ng Kababaihan, a special anthology book featuring works by women playwrights that were staged from past editions of the Virgin Labfest.

Edited by playwright-educator Luna Sicat Cleto, the book highlights the literary genius of women playwrights Clarissa Estuar (Ang Mamanugangin Ni Rez); Debbie Ann Tan (Fate’s Line; Mga Babaeng Tootbright; Dragon’s Breath); Dominque La Victoria (Chipline); Eliza Victoria (Marte, Ang Bahay sa Gitna ng Kawalan); Heryln Alegre (Bahay Bahayan; Tagu-Taguan; Huling Huli); Isa Borlaza (Sa Package Counter); Joyce Ann Icayan (Last Ten Minutes); Lani Montreal (Looking for Darna; Sister-Out-Law); Liza Magtoto (Paigan; Anonymous); Sheila Alojamiento (Boy-Gel and Gelpren ni Mommy), Mixkaela Villalon (High Stakes) and Genevieve L. Asenjo and Em Mendez (Ang Nanay Kong Ex-NPA).

The launch coincides with the Virgin Labfest — the theater festival of untried, untested, and
unstaged one-act plays slated on June 12 to 30, at the Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez (CCP
Blackbox Theater). Catch the pre-selling of the new books during the festival run and get a
ticket to attend the cocktail after the book launch.

For inquiries, visit the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page. Follow the CCP, VLF, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Writers Bloc Facebook pages for the latest updates on the country’s much-anticipated theater happening.

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