Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP partner with ABS-CBN’s iWant app to stream ‘Pantawid ng Tanghalan’

The Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has partnered with the ABS-CBN’s streaming app iWant to stream six TP productions online through the “Pantawid ng Tanghalan.”

The six productions had earlier been staged at the CCP before the Covid19 pandemic ravaged the world, infecting and killing hundreds of thousands, while wreaking havoc on economies and displacing millions of people globally.

The “Pantawid ng Tanghalan” is a fund-raising activity seeking to sustain the theater company’s commitment to bring artistically-excellent and socially-relevant productions to the public.

Pantawid is an immediate follow-up of TP’s online initiative called “PansamanTANGHALAN” launched last April.

“Tanghalang Pilipino’s commitment to constantly engage our audiences, especially now that we’re in the midst of the pandemic, gave birth to our ‘PansamanTANGHALAN. However, we want to elevate the audience’s experience and thankfully, iWant has agreed to partner with us in making our shows more accessible to the public.” Fernando Josef, TP artistic director, said.

 “This partnership fortifies a strong future for the entire performing arts industry in the digital landscape. And we’re so glad that TP is at the forefront of this movement,” Josef said.

           Following are the six productions to be featured: the ethno-epic musical Lam-Ang; the steampunk musical Mabining Mandirigma; celebrated Filipino translation of Shakespeare classics Coriolano, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw, Der Kaufmann; and the hit children’s musical Sandosenang Sapatos.

From a successful run last December and originally slated as TP’s 34th Season opening production, Lam-Ang, An Ethno-Epic Musical, is the story of the oldest epic hero in Luzon. With book and lyrics by Eljay Castro Deldoc, music by Jen Darlene Torres, and directed by Marco Viaña and Fitz Edward Bitana, the musical stars JC Santos in the title role, together with Anna Luna, Tex Ordonez-De Leon, and some of the most promising young theater actors in the country today.

Mabining Mandirigma is a steampunk musical by Prof. Nicanor Tiongson and Prof. Joed Balsamo and directed by CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado. It has enjoyed four successful restagings, since it premiered in 2016.

The musical chronicles the legal and diplomatic heroism of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini, played by Monique Wilson.

A winner of astounding 12 Gawad Buhay! Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Mabining Mandirigma was hailed by inquirer.net as “one of the Best Filipino Musicals in recent years.” Snippets of the show are already available on the Tanghalang Pilipino Youtube channel.

A story about a legendary Roman soldier turned into a tyrannical leader, Coriolano effectively displays how personal and selfish ambition can lead to one’s ultimate downfall. Translated by Guelan Varela-Luarca and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Siguion-Reyna, the play stars Marco Viaña as Coriolano, together with Frances Makil-Ignacio and Sherry Lara alternating as his strong-willed mother, Volumnia. Coriolano had its premiere in January 2019 at the CCP Little Theater.

Also directed by Siguion-Reyna, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw is National Artist for Literature and Theater Rolando Tinio’s translation of Shakespeare’s famous comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” It tells the story of multiple characters as they traverse a complicated web of romance, set in Athens, Greece.

Pangarap also boasts of a powerhouse cast, which includes Audie Gemora, former TP Associate Artistic Director Liesl Batucan, Jackielou Blanco, Teroy Guzman, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Richard Cunanan, Randy Villarama, Sky Labastilla, together with the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. The show was staged in September 2016.

Der Kaufmann, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, relives the horror of the holocaust, with the Nazis directing Jewish “actors” and underscoring the dehumanizing effect of racism and intolerance.

Adapted for stage by Rody Vera, with Tuxqs Rutaquio co-directing, Der Kaufmann features the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. The most awarded play during the 2014 Gawad Buhay! Awards, Der Kaufmann brought home seven awards, including Outstanding Translation or Adaptation and Outstanding Ensemble for a Play or Musical.

A musical based on the Palanca Award-winning children’s book, Sandosenang Sapatos tells a powerful story of a father’s selfless love to his differently-abled daughter. Adapted for stage by Layeta Bucoy, with music by Jed Balsamo and Noel Cabangon, and direction by Tuxqs Rutaquio, Sandosenang Sapatos has effectively woven the magic brought about by wheelchair-bound Susie’s fantasy and the grim realities that confrong here daily.

The musical garnered nominations from the 2014 Gawad Buhay! Awards, including one for Outstanding Children’s Production. Songs from the musical are also available on Spotify.

The book of Sandosenang Sapatos is now a Hiyas Classic, and its premium edition is now available for purchase through OMF Publishing.

The shows will be streamed on iWant from June 12 to July 12.

You can donate by scanning the TP BPI QR code seen on our public materials or by depositing to the following accounts:


Account Name: Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc.

Savings Account Number: 3131-0387-46

Bank Branch: BPI – Harrison Plaza


Gcash Number: 0915-4538933

You can also donate through KTX, ABS-CBN’s ticketing platform:


Aside from iWant, snippets of shows can also be viewed through Tanghalang Pilipino official Youtube channel: http://youtube.com/tanghalangpilipino

For collaborations, sponsorships, and donations, please contact <tanghalangpilipinomarketing@gmail.com> or via 0999-884-3821.

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