HEART OF ART

A CHRISTMAS STAR ⭐️

LIESL BATUCAN

Artistic Director of Repertory Philippines


“Mom, do we have a star? I need it for a shoot.” Me, to my Mom, first week of December.

Back story: When Dad was around, Mom used to really go to town with our Christmas tree. It would already be up by late October early November and would come down (with a tug of sweet reluctance) first quarter of the next year, one time by March yet. I know.

The tree was always so pretty, our eyes resting easy on its beautiful ornaments and verdant branches. We loved all the festive trappings and trimmings of Christmas. All the lights bells and whistles. It was always exuberantly Christmas-y at home. And even as an adult, I had always felt like a kid at Christmas.

When Dad went ahead to Heaven, a shift. A poignant shift. Christmas altogether became more sweetly introspective. Not sad. Just introspective. Quiet, like a whispered prayer, like a heartbeat beating steady steadfast and true, with a deep light. I embrace the now-familiar feeling with clarity and candor. Did I suddenly grow up?

Mom still lovingly puts up her beautiful Christmas lights and lovely Christmas decor to warm each corner of our home with love. But now, no Christmas tree.

So, when I asked for a star (which would normally have been perched ontop of our tree), I was thinking uh-oh it might be in storage. And I would have to dig through boxes to find it.

But late that evening first week of December, in preps for Repertory Philippines’ first foray into a live shoot, I ask: “Mom, do we have a star? I need it for a shoot.” She sweetly replies “Yes!” And she proceeds to sift through a Christmas project she is working on, and walks over to me, holding in her dainty hand what looks to me like the prettiest star. “Mom! OMG! It’s the REP colors! It’s PERFECT! Where did you get this?” Mom: “I made it.” Me: “WHAT??? You made this? OMG I love it! It’s so beautiful!” She told me she had made it many Christmases back, a Christmas project made with love. Love, plus glue and glitters. I look at this star, cradled in my hands–a quiet introspective capiz star with gilded metal and laced with red and gold glitter. And in my eyes, it is precious and perfect and pure.

That very night, I packed it up (with great care) for the shoot. I guarded it with my life all throughout the shoot because it was so fragile. Fragile, and yet so eternal.

I recount this little personal story of a very special Christmas star as I look forward to catch a sighting of the Star of Bethlehem phenomenon later today. Not quite sure what to expect as I look up at the night sky, but I know it’s going to be very special. And harking back to, and reminiscent of, what the wise men and shepherds might have seen in the sky eons ago, leading them to the humble manger where our Lord Jesus was born.

Oh, and another very special thing happening later: We launch our Repertory Philippines Christmas REPisode, a message of hope, a message of light. You’ll see this sweet Christmas star make a tiny cameo. And just as this star is filled with love and remembering, may your Christmas be one of love and remembering too. Yes, 2020 may not have been the best year ever, but for me, in a deep way, it was filled with love and remembering, and it has strengthened and clarified what is true, and what is light.

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TROPHY OF LOVE ❤️

BRAVO to my sister Liesl for having been elevated to the HALL OF FAME for BEST ACTRESS in the 28th Annual Aliw Awards, for having won Best Actress in 2009, 2010, and 2014. I can hardly contain my joy for you, my Lizzie! Your beauty, purity of heart and artistic brilliance make you shine, onstage and off. So proud of you and your journey. I love you. ❤️

HEART OF ART

HAPPY 50th, CCP! ❤️

LIESL BATUCAN

Artistic Director of Repertory Philippines


On behalf of Repertory Philippines, Happy 50th to the Cultural Center of the Philippines! For 50 brilliant years, you illuminated a spotlight on Philippine arts and culture and paved the way for the Philippines to be a global contender in the arts. Mabuhay ang Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas! ❤

HEART OF ART

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE ❤️

LIESL BATUCAN

Artistic Director of Repertory Philippines

REP’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL was set to have opened last May and was to be the crown jewel musical of our 83rd Season. Then the global pandemic struck. And struck hard. And dealt a blow not just to the global theater industry but to the entire world. And now we face a storm unlike any we have ever encountered in our lifetime.

Here is our prayer, our anthem, our message, our battlecry–reminding the deepest parts of ourselves of the unstoppable strength of faith, hope, and ultimately, love.
Overflowing Incredible Gratitude to the 22 who generously gave their time as a gift to create this video for charity. Your genuine hearts, your impeccable artistry, your pure light shines ever so true piercing through the storm. Nikki Gil Albert, Giancarlo Magdangal, Sheila P. Francisco, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, George Schulze, Edna Vida Froilan, Kare Adea, Ejay Yatco, Rachel Del Mar, Paula Andrea Paguio, Cara Barredo, Steven Hotchkiss, Aixia Mallary, Arion Sanchez, Luis Marcelo, Mikee Baskiñas, Roxy Aldiosa, Chesko Rodriguez, Jonel Mojica, Eunice De Castro, John Paul Ortenero, Mika Fabella.

Immense Grateful Thanks to Ejay Yatco for being our Musical Director and Arranger; to Paula Paguio for being our Sound Engineer; and to Glen Charles Lopez for being our Video Editor. No words. Just deepest most heartfelt gratitude for your spirit of excellence. Could not have done this without you.

Deepest Thanks to beloved Toff de Venecia whose brilliant vision for CAROUSEL I drew so much love and inspiration from in putting this video together. Can’t wait to open our theater doors with CAROUSEL in February 2021 with you at the directorial helm.And sweetest thanks to Kyla Rivera-Soong who was my angel throughout this project.

This video is in support of the OPEN HOUSE FUNDRAISER.And is produced by Repertory Philippines Foundation, Inc.With special permission from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Broadway Asia.

HEART OF ART

REPisode: CAROUSEL ❤️

LIESL BATUCAN

Artistic Director of Repertory Philippines


If you’ve been wistful for the much-awaited staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL, well, you’re not alone!

We, your REP family, are sorely and dearly missing you too, our beloved audience.

As a beacon of light and a heartfelt message of love in these trying times, some of our amazing cast, led by Nikki Gil (Julie Jordan) and Gian Magdangal (Billy Bigelow), have generously given their time as a gift to perform one of the most beautiful and powerfully inspiring songs from the R&H musical theater canon.

Who else is in our cast? Tune in to our 3rd installment of REPisodes to find out!

Join us tomorrow June 10 at 8pm on our Repertory Philippines Facebook page for our video launch!

#REPCarousel coming February 2021

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