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Dulaang UP (DUP)

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Established in 1976 by Tony Mabesa, DULAANG UNIBERSIDAD NG PILIPINAS or Dulaang UP is the country’s premiere academic theater organization. Originally established as the production arm of UP’s Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Program, it has become a quasi-professional group with a regular season. This year, Dulaang UP celebrates its 38th season.

Dulaang UP has been a vehicle for seasoned theater artists to articulate their visions and to interact with theater students through productions mounted by veteran directors Tony Mabesa, Anton Juan, Amiel Leonardia, Alexander Cortez, Josefina Estrella, Behn Cervantes and the late Ogie Juliano; guest directors Edgardo dela Cruz, Peter Kern and Floy Quintos; as well as young directors led by Dexter Santos.

Through their productions, Metro Manila audiences have witnessed masterworks of the world repertoire. These include works by Shakespeare, Brecht, Ibsen, Chekhov, Moliere, Wilde, Williams, Miller, Lorca and Strindberg, among others.

Original Filipino plays staged by Dulaang UP include works by National Artists Nick Joaquin, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero and Bienvenido Lumbera. Other homegrown and renowned writers whose works have been staged by DUP include Severino Montano, Anton Juan, Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio, Boy Noriega, Rene Villanueva, Butch Dalisay, Floy Quintos, Chris Millado and other playwrights.

Dulaang UP has also had the privilege of working with theater designers like National Artist Salvador Bernal, Monino Duque, Gino Gonzales, Leo Abaya and Eric Pineda. It has also been developing new designers for theatre like Voltaire de Jesus, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Jethro Joaquin and Faust Peneyra.

Dulaang UP has yielded a veritable who’s who of Philippine Theater. Shamaine Centenera, Irma Adlawan, Betty Mae Piccio, Jorge Ledesma, Dennis Marasigan, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Eugene Domingo, Candy Pangilinan, Harlene Baustista, Stella Canete, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Banaue Miclat, Mario Magalona, Neil Ryan Sese, Jomari Jose, and Andoy Ranay were students of the Theater Arts program before carving their niches in the professional circuit. Professional actors like Mario O’Hara, Chito Roño, Joel Lamangan and the late National Artist Ishmael Bernal and Rolando Tinio, Ray Ventura, Pen Medina, Alya Honasan, Imee Marcos, Sen. Loren Legarda, Malou de Guzman, Ces Quesada, Teroy Guzman, Romnick Sarmenta, Cris Villonco, and many more, have at one time or another, performed at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater.

Students of the Theatre Arts Program are prepared to participate in productions through the mentorship of Tony Mabesa, Ludendorffo Decenteceo, José Estrella,  Alexander Cortez, Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, Dexter Santos, Anril Tiatco, Ohm David and Meliton Roxas, Jr..

Dulaang UP’s artistic and administrative functions are managed by full-time faculty members of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts: Alexander Cortez (Artistic Director), Dexter M. Santos (Associate Artistic Director), Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete (Managing Director), Meliton Roxas Jr. (Resident Technical Director), and Johanna Mariflor L. Añes (Publicity Manager). Non-academic officers include Samanta Hannah B. Clarin and Camille Kristina H. Guevara (Marketing Managers), Manny Casalan (Administrative Officer/Theatre Manager), and staff member Archie Clataro.

Dulaang UP has established a reputation for innovation and excellence in Theatre as a training ground for young talent, a venue for published and new works, and a source of new talent for local and international theatre, cinema, television and even the advertising industries.

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(632) 926-1349
(632) 433-7840
(632) 981-8500 local 2449



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UP Repertory Company

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In 1972, Director Behn Cervantes, a distinguished Filipino thespian here and abroad, established the University of the Philippines Repertory Company or UP Rep as an answer to the University’s need for a socially responsible performing group. Because of the deteriorating social conditions prevalent during the Martial Law period, the company staged productions that mirrored the lives of the Filipino masses, thus, Repleksyon ng Pangangailangan ng Nakararami (RPN).

UP Rep’s wide repertoire of plays were written by highly acclaimed Filipino artists and playwrights. It has mounted plays of National Artists and writers such as Joi Barrios, Romulo Baquiran, Jr., AmeliaLapena-Bonifacio, Rogelio Sicat, Alberto Florentino, Domingo Landicho and Nick Joaquin so as to develop the members in the artistic and technical aspects of theatre.

As a student organization, UP Rep has continually strived to train its members in the art of theatre. Consequently, UP Rep has produced talents, most of whom are successful in their chosen field. Joi Barrios, Bibeth Orteza, Rory Quintos, Ces Quesada, Jon Santos, Angeli Bayani, Ching Arellano, Nick Olanka, Kata Innocencio, Blaise Gacoscos, Eugene Domingo, Stella Cañete, Chris Martinez and Enrico Santos are just some of them.

Because of its continuous commitment to Philippine Culture and the Arts, UP Rep was named as the University Performing Group (UPG) in theater, and to date, the only student-theater organization given such title. UP Rep has also received the Wenceslao O. Vinzons Achievement Award for Special Interest Organization (1983), Wenceslao O. Vinzons Achievement Award for Most Outstanding Student Organization (1985), Aliw Awards for Best Cultural Series (1987) and was also a finalist in Cultural Center of the Philippines’ National Drama Competition (1989).

In pursuing its aim to bring theater closer to the masses, UP Rep has performed in a number of venues outside the University. UP Repertory Company is now on its 41st year.

Most Outstanding Special Interest Organization (1983)
Most Outstanding Student Organization (1985)
1987 Aliw Awards – Best Cultural Series
University Performing Group for Philippine Theatre (since 2001)
2013 Aliw Awards – Lifetime Achievement for Prof. Behn Cervantes (Founder, UP Repertory Company)

Executive Board (AY 2015-2016)
Chairperson:         Jemee’ Allarde
Vice Chairperson for Production:     Jake Evangelio
Vice Chairperson for Research:        Giano Potes
Vice Chairperson for External Affairs:             Miguel Bongato
Vice Chairperson for Finance:           Joshua Dolot
Vice Chairperson for Membership:  Andreah Recuya
Alumni Advisers:  Justine Martinez & Maria Rivera

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Address: Vinzon’s Hall Room 104-B, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Person: Vice Chairperson for External Affairs:   Miguel Bongato
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Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas

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Founded in 1977 by Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio, “mulat” means to open, to awaken the children to the beauty and richness of Asian & Philippine cultures.

Teatrong Mulat has performed for children and adults in varied places all over the country–theaters in the University of the Philippines, schools, plazas, hospitals, orphanages, among others. The group has also represented the country in various international puppet festivals in Asia and the US. It has presented children’s plays, with actors or puppets based on Philippine or Asian folktales such as Abadeja: Ang Ating Sinderela (Abadeja: Our Cinderella, premiered in 1977), Ang Paghuhukom (The Trial, 1978), Papet Pasyon (The Passion of Jesus Christ In Puppetry, 1985) the centennial piece, Dalawang Bayani (Two Heroes, 1996), Sita & Rama: Papet Ramayana (Sita & Rama: The Ramayana in Puppetry, 2004), Philippine Creation Stories (2013).

Teatrong Mulat also conducts children’s theater and puppetry workshops for kids and adults. In partnership with UNICEF, they conducted the workshop entitled ‘Promoting Resilience Thru Puppetry’ for daycare workers in the Visayas from March-May 2015. Mulat now has its own theater (in progress) at 64 Mapagkawanggawa St., Teachers Village West, Quezon City — The Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Papet Teatro-Museo.

In recognition of Professor Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio’s efforts in promoting Philippine stories and Asian puppetry and eventually creating a Philippine puppet tradition, the University of the Philippines’ Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts conferred her the title “Mother of Philippine Puppetry” in February 2010.

Founding Artistic Director:                University Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio

Company Manager:                             Prof. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete

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Contact Persons:   
Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete
+632 921 9773 telefax

Sigmund Pecho

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