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Jude Cartalaba

Jude Cartalaba Jude used to contribute to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessMirror, StarStudio, Illustrado, and–to name a few.

Currently, he writes for Philippines and

Apart from writing, he facilitates writing workshops, and does creative marketing and PR work.



Joanna Ampil Sings the Movie Theme Song of CULION
November 21, 2019

Just two years ago, Joanna Ampil, an award-winning musical theater-film actress, essayed her breakthrough role in the film Ang Larawan (The Portrait) for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which earned her the Best Actress nod.

BWW Interview: Lea Salonga Talks 'Perfect Ten' Concert, 'Sweeney Todd,' And More!
August 28, 2019

Lea Salonga is all set to perform in Manila once again via Resorts World Manila's (RWM) two-night gala concert titled a?oeLea Salonga: Perfect Tena?? tomorrow, August 30, and Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

BWW Review: Thoroughly Entertaining, RAK OF AEGIS Continues to Captivate Audiences
August 21, 2019

In its seventh season, the original Filipino hit musical from Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) titled 'Rak of Aegis,a?? which features the popular songs of the Aegis band, returns onstage from July to September this year with new famed artists to join its original and recurring cast members.

BWW Interview: DANI GIRL Cast Talks Challenges, Gets Ready For Opening Night, Aug. 10
August 7, 2019

Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond musical DANI GIRL is back. Just like its first staging in 2014, also directed by Toff de Venecia, the production emphasizes finding hope amid the world of pain and suffering in the lives of cancer-stricken children.

Photo Coverage: DANI GIRL Cast Visits Cancer-stricken Kids; Acclaimed Musical Returns Aug. 10
July 26, 2019

The cast of DANI GIRL came out to play and comfort the pediatric cancer patients at Child Haus on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

TV Talent Show Alums Jimi Marquez, Leah Patricio Star in RAK OF AEGIS; Show Runs Now Thru Sept. 29!
July 22, 2019

Jimi Marquez and Leah Patricio are no strangers to people who have been watching TV talent shows. Jimi was the second runner up to Kris Lawrence in 'Star In A Million' in 2006; Leah was the second runner up to Jason Dy in 'The Voice of the Philippines' in 2015.

BWW Review: THE KUNDIMAN PARTY Has Never Been More Relevant; Show Closes Tom.
June 1, 2019

THE KUNDIMAN PARTY deserves this rerun, especially now we're on post-midterm elections. The play with music, a cultural-political drama, written by Floy Quintos and directed by Dexter Santos, has never been more relevant.

Mica Javier, Roxanne Barcelo: Destined For Musical Theater
April 1, 2019

In the current restaging of the original Filipino musical 'Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!,' which closes this Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC, soap opera stars, also theater neophytes, Mica Javier and Roxanne Barcelo play the female lead alternates.

Multitasking Actors: 'APO Musical's' Vien King & Luis Marcelo
February 26, 2019

In any stage production, there are alternates, covers, swings, or understudies to ensure that everything will be taken care of when a cast member is not available or an emergency arises.

BWW Interview: Bibeth Orteza Talks Joining the Company of SILENT SKY
February 8, 2019

Though acting on stage is nothing new to writer-director Bibeth Orteza, she considers her stint in this year's restaging of Lauren Gunderson's play 'Silent Sky' still difficult. For her, it is always tough when one does her best.

BAKWIT BOYS' Vance Larena Goes Back To His Theater Roots
October 11, 2018

Fresh from his critically-acclaimed performance in the musical film 'Bakwit Boys,' actor Vance Larena plays the lead role in a musical adaptation of Jose Rizal's 'Noli Me Tangere' (Kanser), featuring the music by Joed Balsamo and book by Jomar Fleras. Larena plays Juan Crisostomo Ibarra y Magsalin, commonly known as Ibarra, a Filipino-Spanish and the only descendant of the wealthy Spaniard Don Rafael Ibarra.

BWW Review: LUNGS Tells A Relatable Story About Imperfect Love And Parenthood
September 25, 2018

Sab Jose (W) and Jake Cueca (M) are the only two actors in Duncan MacMillan's 90-minute play 'Lungs'; they perform on a bare stage, without props, a set, or a costume change.

Exclusive: Jake Cuenca Talks About His Career and LUNGS: 'It's A Reflection Of Myself'
September 18, 2018

At 30, Filipino actor and model Jake Cuenca, who's been acting on film and TV since the age of 10, is trying his hands at acting onstage for the first time via 'Lungs,' a straight play written by Duncan MacMillan and was based on a novel of the same name. The play is co-produced by The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical.

Meet Sab, Jep And Jobim of 'Heto Na! Musikal nAPO,' Show Opens This Fri, Today
August 3, 2018

Sab Jose, Jep Go, and Jobim Javier are three names that Philippine theatergoers should watch for when 'Heto Na! Musikal nAPO,' the new musical production of 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live, co-presented by Frontrow and Fox Life, finally opens this weekend.

Meet Sab, Jep And Jobim of 'Heto Na! Musikal nAPO,' Show Opens This Fri, 8/3
July 29, 2018

Sab Jose, Jep Go, and Jobim Javier are three names that Philippine theatergoers should watch for when 'Heto Na! Musikal nAPO,' the new musical production of 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live, co-presented by Frontrow and Fox Life, finally opens this weekend.

BWW Interview: Reb Atadero, Tanya Manalang Talk New Musical, Featuring the Music of The Eraserheads
May 30, 2018

Resorts World Manila, Full House Theater Company, and Ultimate Shows Inc. may have stumbled on a potential hit via an original Filipino stage musical 'Ang Huling El Bimbo,' which features the music of the Eraserheads.

BWW Interview: Eugene Domingo Talks 'NIGHT, MOTHER, Living Life to The Fullest
March 4, 2018

Almost six years after her last play, 'Bona,' Eugene Domingo returns to the stage via the Filipino adaptation of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'NIGHT, MOTHER. She breathes life into the character of the depressed Jessie, a divorced wife and a mother of a delinquent son.

BWW Exclusive: Would Joanna and Rachel Sell Their Father's Painting in Real Life?
January 1, 2018

Following the musical film Ang Larawan was proclaimed Best Picture and won the Best Actress trophy for singer-actress and West End star Joanna Ampil at the Gabi ng Parangal of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 Wednesday night, December 27, lead stars Ampil and Rachel Alejandro shared their thoughts about their film, directed by New York theater veteran Loy Arcenas.

BWW Review: Is Agnes a Sinner or Saint?
March 4, 2017

Repertory Philippines' (Rep) current production of 'Agnes of God,' a play by American playwright John Pielmeier, tells the story of a novice nun who has borne a child believed to be a product of a virgin birth.