Manila, June 30, 2003 (Star) Prominent figures in the arts and culture community, with human rights advocates, will gather to pay tribute to the prime mover of the national theater movement in the Philippines, Cecile Guidote Alvarez.

A special tribute entitled "Kapatid! Isang Parangal Kay Cecile Guidote Alvarez" will be held tomorrow, July 1, 2003 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul College, Quezon City, to celebrate Cecile’s dedication to public service which has earned her a place in the history of arts and culture.

Cecile, wife of Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Communities Heherson Alvarez, a former senator and environment secretary, is best known as the spirit and driving force behind the establishment of a truly original Filipino theater in the country through the Philippine Educational Theatre Association or PETA which she founded in 1967.

Her vision is to create a Philippine theater that comes to life from Philippine culture and experience, lived and interpreted by trained Philippine artists. The program was contained in her 300-page master’s thesis A Prospectus for the National Theater of the Philippines.

Cecile Alvarez organized the PETA which became the production arm that implemented her concepts of theater training and dramaturgy. She organized a professional production company at the Rajah Sulayman Theater in cooperation with the National Parks where the original Philippine plays by Filipino playwrights and adaptations of international theater classics in Filipino were produced.

Through the years PETA trained and honed the talents of artists like Lino Brocka, Robert Arevalo, Frank Rivera, Nick Lizaso, Isagani Cruz, Alfred Yuson, Mario de los Reyes, Lutgardo Labad, Anton Juan, Marilou Jacob, Joy Soler, Lily Gamboa O’Boyle, Elwood Perez, Mario O’Hara, Joey Gosiengfiao and many others who would later enrich Philippine theater and cinema.

She organized training programs for playwrights, stage artists and craftsmen, and acting groups in universities, including prisons. She also founded Children and Teen theater program where promising young theatre artists and musicians were exposed and trained in theater production.

Cecile Alvarez after many years of extraordinary and pioneering work on stage and television was acknowledged with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1972, the youngest recipient of that prestigious Asian award.

During Martial Law, she escaped and joined her husband, who evaded a shoot-to-kill order, in exile for 13 years in the United States where they led the overseas movement to restore democracy working with the Movement for a Free Philippines, and later for the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) founded by her husband. In New York she directed the 3rd World Theater Institute where she produced the 3rd World Theater and Filipino plays at La Mama Theater off of Broadway.

While in exile, she injected creative arts presentations in demonstrations organized by her husband in front of the White House, the US Congress, the Philippine Embassy, the UN Headquarters, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and in other key cities in the US.

Returning from exile she revived Balintataw in the 1990s and earned recognition from Gawad CCP, PMPC Star Awards, and is Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) Hall of Fame Awardee for Drama. Her work also earned recognition from CNN and Time Magazine. Balintataw is still aired over DZRH AM radio since 1992.

She also received a UN Human Rights Day Award for Cultural Innovation by the Fund for Free Expression in 1985 and the Patnubay ng Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila, among others.

The tribute will begin with a mass to be celebrated by Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J. followed by a presentation directed by Anton Juan which will include excerpts of famous PETA plays such as Bayaning Huwad, Larawan, Ang Pagbabalik ni Doña Clara, and Ang Tatay Mong Kalbo.

Performers include the PETA Kalinangan Ensemble, Sining Kambayoka, and the DREAMS Ensemble, with the special participation of National Artists Nick Joaquin and Alejandro Roces. CHS distinguished alumnae search begins

The CHS centennial countdown search for alumnae awardees for their distinguished achievements was recently launched by the College of the Holy Spirit Alumnae Foundation at ceremonies marking the CHS 90th Foundation Day at Mendiola.

The search is aimed at highlighting the mission of the College of the Holy Spirit (formerly Holy Ghost College) to produce good Catholics whose lives and careers are worthy examples of leadership and excellence in the service of God and country for others to emulate.

Extended to all living high school and college graduates, this year’s search will select the ten highest scoring nominees for the year based on the following general criteria: performance record in chosen career/profession, honors and recognition earned, original/creative endeavors, and civic/community service.

Nomination forms are available through the internet and at the CHS Alumnae Foundation Office for all class representatives and/or other interested alumnae. For the 2003-2004 awards, nominations may be sent to the CHSAF Office at 163 e. Mendiola, Manila, through e-mail addressed to secretariat@chsaf.com.ph or by telefax 7355986, provided they reach the CHSAF Office not later than Oct. 15, 2003. Cafe Nescafe opens in Robinsons Galleria

Coffee shop lovers who frequent Robinson’s Galleria at the Ortigas Center are invited to visit the newly opened Café located at the 3rd level of the mall, and savor its delightful food and beverage selections.

After a movie or a shopping spree at Galleria, treat yourself and your family to a Café Nescafé line-up called Coffees of the World. There are 13 delicious concoction to choose from: After Eight Coffee of the United Kingdom, Coffee Amaretto of Italy, Café Viennese of Austria, Belgian Orange Coffee of Belgium, Kahlua Coffee of Mexico, Hazelnut Truffle Latte of Switzerland, Black Forest Mocha of Germany, Dutch Coffee Special of Holland, Café Brazilia of Brazil, Raspberry Truffle Latte of the United States, Jamocha of Jamaica, Canadian Vanilla Swirl of Canada, and the Philippines’ own Coffee Manila.

Robinson’s Galleria patrons can also avail of Café Nescafé’s traditional coffee specialties and other beverage preparations. Food choices include biscottis, cakes, cookies, brownies, pies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, croques and Nescafé Cake.

With the opening of Café Nescafé at Robinson’s Galleria, regular patrons now have a new reason to visit their favorite mall.

Other Café Nescafé branches are located at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Center, Makati, Robinson’s Place Manila, Glorietta 3 at Ayala Center, Alabang Town Center, NAIA Terminal 2, and the City Lifestyle Building along Timog Avenue in Quezon City.

Café Nescafé is operated by La Barista, Inc., a professional food and beverage company. For comments and inquiries on Café Nescafé, visit www.nescafe.com.ph or e-mail café.nescafe @ph.nestle.com.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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