Erehwon Center for the Arts culminated its series of performances in 2022 with two events. One was a major anniversary set of plays by the UP Repertory Company; the other was a recital organized by classical tenor Malvin Beethoven Macasaet.


UP Repertory’s Golden Anniversary Show

The UP Repertory Company held its 50th Anniversary celebration, “RPN: Rep Pipti Na!”at the Erehwon Center for the Arts last December 3, 2022. The event also marked the commemoration of the 50th year of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines.

The UP Repertory Company staged “Ginintuang Repleksyon: Limang Dekada ng Buhay at Kamatayan: Mula, Tungo, at Para sa Masa,” a live production featuring six plays. These were Bonifacio Ilagan’s “Pagsambang Bayan,” the U.P. Repertory Company’s own “Mabini Girls,” and Teatro ng Bayan’s “Hindi Aco Patay” by Juan Matapang Cruz, Joi Barrios LeBlanc’s “Damas De Noche,” Gary Granada’s “Lean,” and Edward Perez’ “Frontliner.”


The six plays were directed by Kathryn Manga, Jasper Villasis, Brian Arda, Laverne Lacap, Edwin Guillermo, and Pat Maliwat. The artistic and production team is composed of The UP Repertory Company’s resident members: Gio Potes (Head Dramaturg), Johnmark Villanueva (Creatives Team Head), Joey Madarang (Head Stage Manager), Pauline Vengano (Stage Manager), Wendel Diaz (Stage Manager), Daphne Giga (Production Designer), Aimee Ramos (Production Manager), and Jayrus Hernandez (Company Manager).

The cast featured Bonifacio Ilagan, Matthew Gador, Ace Hernandez, Roni Paderes, Jasper Villasis, Yuri Molina, Andrea Cabadsan, Aimee Ramos, Gab Gulle, Bernadette Anne Morales, Leah Curitana, Michelle Alde, Jules Azaula, Harvey Sallador, Annie Maligaya, Niniya Morena, Pat Maliwat, Kirk Justin Ramos, Robe Zamora Dagcuta, Nicholas Jalea, Jaime Monserrat, and Pauline Vengano.

The UP Repertory Company is a nonstock, nonprofit organization founded by the late theater pioneer Behn Cervantes in 1972. He viewed it as an answer to the University of the Philippines’ need for a “responsible performing group.”

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Permission to Sing

Malvin Beethoven Macasaet staged his 10th Recital Christmas Special at Erehwon Center for the Arts last December 11, 2022. Entitled “Permission to Sing,” this was the first face-to-face recital of his students in voice, flute,piano,violin and guitar. This was followed by an online recital on December 16.