The 4th National Theater Festival

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Sayaw Ng Mga Señorita—which includes (seated, L-R) , BB Gandanghari, Soxie Topacio, and Manny Castañeda in the cast—is a production of the Gantimpala Theater Foundation, and will be showcased in the upcoming 4th National Theater Festival.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines opens its doors once again to theater artists, practitioners, and enthusiasts for the 4th National Theater Festival (NTF) happening from November 8 to 18, 2012.

Dubbed as Ika-Apat na Tagpo, Ang Bagong Yugto: The New Act, this year's NTF offers various performances, exhibits, film screenings, and a conference.

The NTF started in 1992, and 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival.

This year's edition showcases the ever-growing achievements of Philippine theater.

Presenting a variety of theater productions are leading theater groups and performers from all over the Philippines.

Among them are the Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. from Bulacan, and the Bohol Antequera and Maribojoc Cultural Collectives in cooperation with Teatro Bol-Anon from Bohol.

Also performing are theater groups from schools like Dulaang UP of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Tanghalang Ateneo of Ateneo de Manila University, Integrated Performing Arts Guild of Mindanano State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University Kabpapagariya Ensemble from General Santos City, The Xavier Stage of Cagayan de Oro, and Kanlaon Theater Guild of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod.

Private theater groups such as the Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Trumpets Inc. will also participate.

There will also be special performances by SPIT (Silly People's Improv Theater),ventriloquists Ony Carcamo and Wanlu, and cultural activist Carlos Celdran.

Another highlight of this festival is the 4th NTF Conference happening from November 8-10 at the CCP Silangan Hall.

Theater scholars, academes, and practitioners will present papers on relevant contemporary issues and concerns related to Philippine theater.


This historic gathering will also provide the theater community with opportunities to formulate strategies that can be pursued in order for Philippine theater to create an impact—locally and globally—and to forge fellowship and build stronger networks.

The 4th NTF Conference is being presented with the assistance of the Artists Welfare Project Inc. (AWPI).

Film screenings will showcase plays that were made into films and films that started out as plays.

These include National Artist for Film Lino Brocka’s Insiang (written by Mario O'Hara for film and for stage) and Bona (adapted by Layeta Bucoy for stage).

Also National Artist for Film Lamberto Avellana’s Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (a Nick Joaquin play); Dennis Marasigan’s North Diversion Road (a Tony Perez play), Anatomiya ng Korupsyon (a Malou Jacob play), and Joel Lamangan's Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh (a Chris Martinez / Vincent de Jesus musical theater adaptation of the graphic novel by Carlo Vergara).

The 4th National Theater Festival Ika-Apat na Tagpo, Ang Bagong Yugto: The New Act is organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

For more information, please call the NTF Secretariat at 832-2314 and visit





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