A Lady Director in the Philippines Named José

Ariane Mnouchkine, the founding Artistic Director of Théâtre du Soleil in France, abhors the use of the word production to refer to a theatre piece. In an interview with Andrew Dickson for the Guardian, Mnouchkine remarks, “I hate the word ‘production.’ It’s a ceremony, a ritual—you should go out of the theatre more human than when you…

Performing Heritage / The Intramuros Project (The Project Brief)

On 1 April 2019, the project “Performing Heritage/The Intramuros Project” commenced. Funded by the University of the Philippines Diliman Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, the project is both an ethnographic study and a performance of ethnographic data about cultural heritage development. The goal is to problematize the concept of heritage via…

Paghahanap kay Miss B (Finding Miss B)

In 2009, I won my first Carlos Palanca Award for Literature (Full Length Play). In 2010, the University of the Philippines Press accepted the play for publication. In 2011, the play was finally published (my first book came out, yehey!). Below is the preface/introduction of Miss Dulce Extranjera o ang Paghahanap kay Miss B (University…

Philippine Stories About the Origin of the Universe in Sansinukob Installation Exhibit

In February 2017, I co-led Salaysayan: K’wentong Bayan, Kaalamang Bayan (Storytelling: Folk Stories, Folk Knowledge), a festival celebrating Philippine folk narratives. The festival was UP Diliman’s participation in the 2017 National Arts Month. The centerpiece was Sansinukob (The Universe), an installation/outdoor exhibit featuring seven Philippine renowned artists. Together with a colleague from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy…

Stasis & Mobility: Launch Speech

Last night (19 October 2018), Stasis & Mobility: Nasa Dugo Natin Yan?! (An Exhibit on Philippine Genetics and Culture) was launched. The exhibit poses a general question: what is the role of culture and the environment in genetics? As I indicated in the program notes/exhibit catalog, this is not the first time the relationship between genetics and…

(Com)Modified Bodies: The Archive

Early this year, I curated an exhibition on body technologies and body modifications in the Philippines. The exhibition was based on a growing interest on the body as a starting point of discourse, which was rampant in the academic circle in the past decades. Together with my co-curators, my colleagues from the University of the Philippines…