Let's Talk More About Manhid Characters of Ballet Philippines

Synopsis of Manhid

Can we imagine a world without EDSA? MANHID exists in a world without our return to democracy and human rights.

The play is about the battles of two groups of super–heroes: the Maragtas headed by tabloid writer Bantugan Buenaventura and the lady activist Lam-ang Panganiban versus the Tulisan ng Bayan headed by General Apolaki Regalado.

The Tulisan are employed by Mamalahim-ma a demonic Minister of Humanity who plans on enslaving whole generations of Filipinos with her epidemic of Kamanhiran. The heroes and villains, as children of their native land receive their powers when they were named after the gods and heroes of Philippine myth as a protest for the Masaker ng Taong Bayan. In their battles these opposing teams fight for the future of the Philippines.

CHARACTERS And CAST PROFILES

MARAGTAS

Bantugan Buenaventura play by SANDINO MARTIN

Sandino Martin pursued his Theatre Arts Degree at the University of the Philippines (Diliman). Some of the major productions he has been involved with were staged by Dulaang UP and other professional theatre outfits such as Atlantis Productions and the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) His most recent Theatre work was with Gantimpala Theatre Foundation's "Katipunan: mga Anak ng Bayan" wherein he played the role of Andres Bonifacio. Sandino transitioned from theatre to film for the past year, collaborating with groundbreaking and award-winning directors. His recent works are: Kanakan Balintagos' "Esprit De Corps", "Dagitab" by Gian Carlo Abrahan for CinemalayaX and Joselito Altarejos' "Unfriend" Which premiered at the 64th Berlin Film Festival. For “Esprit De Corps”, he won the Best Actor award at the Cinema One Originals Awards Night. Manhid will be his first work with the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Bantugan Buenaventura play by MARK ANTHONY GRANTOS

Mark Anthony Santos Grantos started training at the age of 16 at Royeca School of ballet under the tutelage of Ms. Girlie S. Royeca. After 2 years, Mark moved to Ballet Center Cebu under the artistic direction of Nicholas Paca┼ła and Gregory Aaron. Wanting to pursue a professional career in dance, Mark joined Ballet Manila in 2009, where he was able to dance in some of the company’s major productions. Desirous to explore more in dance, Mark joined Ballet Philippines in 2012 as an apprentice under the direction of Paul Alexander Morales, and as a member of Ballet Philippines 2 under Alden Lugnasin. In BP, he was able to do both classical and contemporary works. 
While pursuing a professional dance career, Mark continues to express his love for singing by performing in weddings and other events.

Bantugan Buenaventura role as “Taginip”
Named after the epic hero of the Darangen, he has the power to enter other people’s dreams, specifically the dreams of the other powered Filipino youths. He is a tabloid writer for “Ang Tao Ngayon”.


Lam-Ang Panganiban play by TEETIN VILLANUEVA

Lam-Ang Panganiban/Lagrimas

Teetin Villanueva recently graduated from UP Diliman (BA Theatre Arts, cum laude). She received training from Locsin’s Ballet Studio, Songspell Davao Children’s Choir, Conpinco Classical & Pop Music Studio and the UP Singing Ambassadors. As a graduate of “Pisay”, she was a Biology major before finally shifting into her dream course. Earlier this year, she played the role of Prinsesa Draupadi in Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid (1st run and rerun). Her most notable theater performance so far is her thesis role as Hermana Augusta Beata in Floy Quintos’ COLLECTION where she was nominated for the 26th Aliw Awards and BroadwayWorld Philippines’ Awards in 2013. Also, she was part of the Bekimon barkada of Maxie in Maxie The Musicale late last year.

Lam-Ang Panganiban play by REGINA DE VERA

Regina De Vera has been a resident actor of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines for four years. She has done several straight plays and musicals including: Rhoda in Layeta Bucoy's Walang Kukurap (2012), Celia in Onofre Pagsanjan's Doon Po Sa Amin (Our Town), Ate Karina in the musical, Sandosenang Sapatos (2013), Maria in Josefino “Chino” Toledo’s San Andres B: The Opera; and Portia in Rody Vera’s Der Kaufmann (The Merchant of Venice/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia) where she won “Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play” during the 2013 Gawad Buhay: The PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts. Dubbed “The Face of Cinemalaya 9: Cinesthesia,” Regina De Vera was the poster girl of Cinemalaya 2013 as well as the host of the 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Awards Night. Her first film, Sundalong Kanin, directed by Janice O’Hara, won the 2014 Cinemalaya Audience Choice Award (New Breed Category). Manhid is Regina’s first production with Ballet Philippines.


Lam-Ang Panganiban role as “Amihabagat”
The daughter of the slain journalist who gave out the call for people to name their children after the myths and gods of the Philippines. She controls the gentle Amihan and the fury of the Habagat. Her goal is to unite the “Children of Protest” so they can use their powers to defeat the dictatorship and the encroaching Kamanhiran.

Allunsina Albano play by GOLD VILLAR

Allunsina Albano/Lagrimas

Marie Gold Villar is a graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in community development from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a senior teaching artist for the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and has been part of productions Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang,  Batang Rizal, Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto and most recently, Rak of Aegis. She represented the Philippines in Brot fur die welt theaterfest in Stuttgart, Germany, Perorming the World in New York and in the Young IDEA congress in Paris, France. She is also part of the international touring team Strongboy, Deafboy and Girl in Abaya a dance drama of PETA, which was recently performed for the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion in Kawasaki, Japan.

Allunsina Albano play by KIM MOLINA

Kim Molina named after the West End Original Miss Saigon, Kimverlie "Kim" Molina grew up in Saudi Arabia where her parents work as dentists. She started singing at the age of 2 and started performing as front act to local Filipino artists' Middle East shows at the age of five.
At 14, she won ABS-CBN's Middle East search for the next Filipino Channel (TFC) Pop Star besting winners from Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi, and Dubai. Year 2009 she was chosen to represent the Middle East to the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. Out of thousands of performers from all over the world, she was a multi-medalist and bagged the title Senior Grand Champion Vocalist Of The World.
As a stage actress, she had her professional theatre debut with Viva Atlantis' production of Disney's Tarzan, year 2013. Just recently, Kim did her first lead role as Aileen, alternating with Aicelle Santos in the hit Pinoy Musical of PETA, RAK OF AEGIS.

Allunsina Albano role as“Mura-dugo”
Named after the Panay Goddess of Creation, she is a child of the slums. Her power allows her to draw blood from an enemy when she curses at them.

Dilim play by JEAN JUDITH JAVIER

Jean Judith Javier has appeared in a number of zarzuelas and musicals locally.  She also had the chance to work and perform outside the country such as Macau, Hongkong, Taiwan and Shanghai and other cities in China.  She has also joined several programs under the Department of Tourism to promote Philippine culture to other countries and encourage tourism in the Philippines . She was last seen in the premiere of Ang Huling Lagda ni Mabini with Dulaang UP.  She also recently appeared in Noli Me Tangere the Opera in Resorts World where she reprise the role of madwoman, Sisa which she took on when she did the said opera with DUP in 2011 and 2012.

Dilim roles as “Itim-Awit”
Her tragic songs drape the surroundings in darkness.





Sarimanok Cabalguinto play by JEAN MARC CORDERO

Jean Marc discovered dance through theater arts. As a Theater Arts major at the Philippine High School for the Arts. At age 18, he joined BP as a scholar with Noordin Jumalon as his teacher, and was promoted to apprentice a year later. He became a company member in 2007, and his training continued under Augustus Damian III and Alan Hineline. He competed at the 2007 New York International Ballet Competition and became the first Filipino male to reach the semifinals at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition. He also won the Lead role in a Russian Ballet performance at the First Boston International Ballet Competition. Jean Marc won a Special Jury Award for Best Pas de Deux Technique at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition in Finland. He was also a finalist at the 6th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition held in March 2013.

Sarimanok Cabalguinto play by KAZIER POLICARPIO

Kazier started dancing at the Manila Dance Center, training under Tony Fabella, Luther Perez, and Eddie Elejar. As a scholar of the CCP Dance School, he studied under teachers such as Noordin Jumalon, Gina Katigbak-Garcia, Nonoy Froilan, Jeffrey Espejo, Pam Asprer-Espejo, and Verna Fajilan for ballet; and Gerald Mercado and Georgette Sanchez for contemporary, among others. For the CCP Dance School, Kazier danced lead roles in A Forest Tale and Baroque Fantasque. He has performed in Ballet Philippines’ productions such as Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Snow White, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sarimanok Cabalguinto roles as “Bagwis-Bighani”
His wings are beautiful, yet do not enable him to fly.


Urduja play by KL DIZON

KL performed as "Little Katy" in an ABS-CBN and CCP joint production called Kulturang Handog para sa Bayan while having her first formal voice training at the age of 9, at the Ryan Cayabyab Music Studio. She was accepted as a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) as a voice major. She also became a full college scholar at the UST Conservatory of Music in 2005. She was part of the productions of Eugene Onegin (CCP Main Theater), Sampung Daliri at iba pa (CCP Main Theater), Coro Tomasino (UST grounds and Paco Park), among others. As a member of the Philippine Opera Company (POC), she performed in their "Harana” and “Ang Bagong Harana” productions. KL sung and recorded the Maynilad theme song in 2009. She was a voice teacher at the Spotlight Artists’ Center in 2010 and is currently a freelance part-time voice trainer.

Urduja role “Diwata ng Gabi”
The mysterious goddess of all insects

Radya Indarapatra Evangelista play by FREDISON LO

Fred Lo is a full time performer and has appeared in different shows both in TV and in theater. He started in Trumpets’ “NOAH” in 2009 with the role of God alternating with Sam Concepcion, then began doing a number of roles for Philippine theater, some notable ones are as ‘Mark Cohen’ for 9works Theatrical’s “RENT”, ‘Mario’ for Spotlight Artist Center’s “Magsimula Ka”, ‘Rolf’ for Resort’s World’s “Sound of Music”, the male lead ‘Topper’ in Culture Shock Production’s “Sa Wakas the Sugarfree Rock Musical” and ‘Prince Christopher’ in Resorts World’s “Cinderella” He also starred in a few TV shows for TV5 and does commercials and hosting gigs on the side.

Radya Indarapatra Evangelista play by RICARDO MAGNO

Ricardo Magno is a scholar of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company. His recent theatre credits include La Revolucion Filipina (Ballet Philippines, 2014); Sandosenang Sapatos (Tanghalang Pilipino, 2014); San Andres B. The Opera (Tanghalang Pilipino, 2013); Ibalong (Tanghalang Pilipino, 2013); Ang Oresteyas (Tanghalang Ateneo, 2013); Walang Kukurap (Tanghalang Pilipino, 2012), Sintang Dalisay (Tanghalang Ateneo, 2012); Fireflies (Tanghalang Ateneo, 2012) and The Forsaken House (Dulaang UP, 2012). He was also the a delegate to the 2012 Asia-Pacific Drama Schools Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, and 2013 RomeMUN in Italy.

Lagrimas play by RONAH ROSTATA

Ronah Adiel is a graduating Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts student at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her recent theatre credits include Rizal X (2011), Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang (2011), Adarna (2013), and Ang Nawalang Kapatid (2014), all with Dulaang UP; Labaw Donggon: Ang Banog ng Sanlibutan (2013) with Ateneo Entablado; and Maxie the Musical (2013) with Bit by Bit Company. 

Lagrimas role as “Lunas-Luha”
Her tears can cure anything.

Gawigawen Santos play by VICTOR MAGUAD

Victor started dancing at the age of 7, training under the supervision of Luther Perez, Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar at the Manila Dance Center where he was given a chance to join Ballet Philippines' production of Shoes++ in 2000. He played Michael in Edna Vida's Peter Pan in 2001 and essayed John when the production was restaged in 2010. He joined the CCP Dance School in 2004 as a full scholar at the young age of 11 under the tutelage of Noordin Jumalon. His passion for dance and his exceptional technique brought him to dance various male variations such as Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Florimund in the Sleeping Beauty and the male variation in Paquita. In 2007, he competed at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and won 3rd place in the Juniors Ballet category. He has also competed in the 2014 Jackson International Ballet Competition.

Gawigawen Santos play by ERL EMMANUEL SORILLA

Erl started his dance training at the age of 10 at the Edwin C. Duero School of Dance in Iloilo under the tutelage of Edwin Duero and Herbert Alvarez in classical and modern ballet. After graduating as a Dance major from the Philippine High School for the Arts with an award for Artistic Excellence, he participated in the CCP Summer Dance Workshop as a company scholar from 2005 to 2009. He then continued his dance training at the University of the Philippines College of Music majoring in Dance, where he became a member of the UP Dance Company. Erl became an apprentice of Ballet Philippines and member of Ballet Philippines II under Alden Lugnasin and Paul Alexander Morales in 2011. He has since performed in the company’s classical and modern dance productions, notably Rama Hari, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, and Rock Supremo. He was promoted to Junior Company Member in 2014.

Gawigawen Santos
“Ang Babaylan”
The mystical shaman of the group.

Dilim
“Itim-Awit”
Her tragic songs drape the surroundings in darkness.

Lagrimas
“Lunas-Luha”
Her tears can cure anything.

TULISAN NG BAYAN

Mamalahim-ma
”Demonyita”
The leader of the Tulisan ng Bayan and Minister of Humanity.

Gen. Apolaki Regalado play by
RICHARDSON YADAO

Richard started dancing at the Manila Dance Center, training under Tony Fabella, Luther Perez, and Eddie Elejar later pursuing ballet full time at the Philippine High School for the Arts. Richard joined Ballet Philippines as an apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to company member mid-season. He has danced lead roles in Vicente Nebrada’s Our Waltzes, Bam Damian’s Evacuation, Paul Morales’ Tales of the Manuvu and Alden Lugnasin’s Bungangsakit. He was nominated for Outstanding Featured Male Performer in a Dance Production at the 2010 Gawad Buhay for his portrayal of Captain Hook in Edna Vida’s Peter Pan. He won the award for Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production at the 2012 Gawad Buhay! Awards for his role as Rama in Rama, Hari.
“Gen. Apolaki Regalado role as Sibat-sindak”
The spear he wields can bring one’s greatest fears into reality.

Radya Indarapatra Evangelista
“Mata-balani”
He is a man of many faces. Through his eyes, he has the power to control people by becoming the person they desire the most.

Malyari play by EARL JOHN ARISOLA

EJ’s formal dance training began in 2001 in North Fundidor, Molo, Iloilo City. He entered the Philippine High School for the Arts scholarship program in 2004 and graduated with an Artistic Excellence Award. A finalist in the 2007 NAMCYA Junior Ballet Category, EJ joined Ballet Philippines as a scholar in 2008, and became a company member in 2010. His most notable performances include the title character in Crisostomo Ibarra and Espada in Don Quixote. For his roles as Lakshmana in Rama Hari and the young Andres Bonifacio in Rock Supremo, EJ won the 2012 Gawad Buhay! Award for Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production.

Malyari play by TIMOTHY PAUL CABRERA

Tim started dancing in 2005 at the age of 15 in Teatro Baile de Cavite under Breshnev Larlar. He entered the CCP Dance School as a scholar and trained under Noordin Jumalon, Jeffrey Espejo, Victor Ursabia, Gina Katigbak-Garcia, Rhea Dumdum-Bautista, Monette Victoria in classical ballet. He was mentored by Agnes Locsin in modern/contemporary dance, and also studied under Gerald Mercado, Georgette Sanchez, Biag Gaongen, Christine Crame-Santillan, and Ava Villanueva. Tim was promoted to apprentice in 2009 under Alan Hineline and Max Luna III and became a company member in 2011 under the directorship of Paul Alexander Morales. For the company, Tim has essayed the title role of Crisostomo Ibarra, Ravana in Rama Hari, and Bottom and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hilarion in Giselle, and Andres Bonifacio in Rock Supremo.

Malyari role as “Anino-nino”
The puppetmaster and controller of shadows.

Sidapa play by CYRIL ARAN FALLAR

Cyril started taking ballet at age 12 at the Manila Dance Center under Luther Perez, Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar, and continued his performing arts training at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He joined Ballet Philippines as a scholar in 2003 and was promoted to the company in 2008, mentored by Augustus Damian III, Noordin Jumalon, Victor Ursabia, Jeffrey Espejo and Alan Hineline. He won First Prize at the 2010 NAMCYA Senior Ballet Category, and in 2011, competed at the First Boston International Ballet Competition. Cyril was a semi-finalist at the Korea International Modern Dance Competition in 2012. In 2013, he won the Gawad Buhay award for Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production for his role as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sidapa play by EMMANUELLE GUILLERMO

Known to his friends as Chabbi, he started his formal dance training at the age of 12 at the Steps Dance Studio under Sofia Zobel-Elizalde, Marion Ignacio and Jun Saagundo. In 2009 he joined Ballet Philippines as an apprentice and was promoted to the company a year later. He was presented with Best Ballet Dancer Award at Steps Dance Studio, and with the CCP Dance School, he has essayed the lead role Juan in A Forest Tale. For the company, he has danced the solo Gopak, the Bakya Mo Neneng pas de deux in Ensalada, and his first principal role for the company, Basilio in Don Quixote. He was a finalist at both the 2007 and 2010 NAMCYA Junior and Senior Ballet Category.

Sidapa role as “Laway-lason”
Using his darts and blowgun, he spits poison to maim his enemies.


Gonongleda play as KATHERINE TROFEO

Katherine started taking ballet at the age of 8 under Amelia Yulo and turned professional at the age of 15 with mentor Enrico Labayen’s Lab Project. Katherine joined BP in 2008 and performed lead roles such as Swanilda in Coppelia, Marie in The Nutcracker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Sita in Rama Hari, Dryad Queen and Kitri in Don Quixote and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She was nominated for Philstage’s Gawad Buhay Awards in 2011 for Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Encantada and in 2012 for Female Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Rama Hari and in 2013 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Gonongleda play as DENISE PARUNGAO

Denise started her dance training under the guidance of Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc and Brezhnev Larlar. As a young dance student, she was a consistent Distinction awardee of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet exams. In 2011, she received the esteemed Luva Adameit Award at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) - Junior ballet division.
Denise joined the company in 2012 and within her first year danced lead roles such as Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Gintong Usa in Alice Reyes’ Rama Hari, and Hermia in Carlo Pacis’ A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was recently seen onstage in the title roles of BP’s Giselle and Cinderella.

Gonongleda role as “Patay-Pindot”
A psychic vampire, her touch sucks the life out of her victims.


Rasagadang play by  RITA ANGELA WINDER

At age 8, Rita started taking ballet in Edward Malagkit and Joy Coronel’s Dancer’s Inc. She then studied at the Philippine High School for the Arts where she trained under Nonoy Froilan, Victor Ursabia and Ronilo Jaynario. When she joined Ballet Philippines as a scholar, she took further training under Noordin Jumalon, Jeffrey Espejo and Gina Katigbak-Garcia. She received the Luva Adameit Special Award at the NAMCYA Ballet Division twice, in 2009 and 2010. She was honored with Philstage’s Gawad Buhay Award in 2011 for Female Featured Performance in a Classical Dance Production for Sleeping Beauty and again in 2013 for Giselle. She also won the award for Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Rama Hari in 2012.

Rasagadang play by  MA. CELINA DOFITAS

Macel trained at the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance since the age of eight, under the direction of Janette Sanchez. She also trained under Gianne Sanchez, Georgette Sanchez and Leah Casuyon. She was a finalist in the Junior Category of the 2007 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Ballet Competition and recieved the Trudl Dubsky award in 2011. As a Junior Company Member of Ballet Philippines, she has danced in numerous productions and dance pieces with the company such as "Moslem" by Agnes Locsin, the role of Anino ng Buwan in "Pusong Wagas" by Alden Lugnasin, "Mutya ng Pasig" by Edna Vida, the role of Soorpanaka in Alice Reyes’ "Rama Hari", Helena in Carlo Pacis’ A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Gaano Kadalas by Tony Fabella and Myrtha in Giselle. She was also a participating artist in the World Expo in Yeosuo, Korea in 2012.
Macel is also a dance teacher in the CCP Dance School handling baby ballet, pre-beginners ballet and children's modern ballet classes.

Rasagadang role as “Ang Mangkukulam”
A witch who tortures her victims with dolls and black magic.

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