Reviews

“…spectacle marvelleux. J’at vu des centaines de spectacles. Celesi – el mas a enshante” (marvelous show. I’ve seen thousands of shows, but this one was enchanting) J.M. CLEMONT, Association Culturelle d’ Echanges Internationaux, France

“Skillful stroytelling via dance…fascinating results…not for an instant did audience attention falter or wander off…” LEONOR OROSA-GOQUINCO, National Artist for Dance, The Philippine Star (for the IPAG kick-off performance at the CCP)

“…the charm, mystery, beauty of the choreography and costumes…” QUEST FRANCE (France)

“…the color, the grace that closed the Season in beauty…” L’EST REPUBLICAIN (France)

“…inventiveness and mastery of the languages of the body and of space left one lightheaded, sensuous and recharged. Truly, IPAG is one theater group that does Mindanao and the country proud…” RICARDO M. DE UNGRIA, The Philippine Starweek

“…quality and enthusiasm [in the festival where the IPAG performed] a strong and spectacular number…”, HOLTENS NEUWSBLAD (Netherlands)

“…a perfect show where like a perfect dinner one craves for more…” H.E. JOSE A. ZAIDE, JR., Philippine Ambassador to Austria

“Magnificent presentation of the peoples of the sea…” MARSEILLAISE DU BERRY (France)

“…Fantastich!” DICK PLEKKENPOL, Festival Director, 1996 Holten International Folkloric Festival, The Netherlands

“…so spontaneous, freed by a mastery of an accustomed style that easily engaged the audience.” ESTEBAN BASILIO VILLARUZ, The Manila Chronicle

“…a magnificent performance… unique spectacle … as if inspired by magical movement and rhythm….” The Weekly Sillimanian

“…has imbibed the ethnic of Western professional theater – though without losing its identity.” CARLO M. TADIAR, The Manila Chronicle

“…a distinct theater style that is unmistakably Filipino…. unique theater charm [that] deserves to be showcased in major international art festivals … Local theater aficionados have scrutinized its technique, dedication and artistry and have given IPAG their critical approval.” MAG CRUZ HATOL

“… the theater audience… responded with an enthusiasm that bordered on frenzy and jubilation… [IPAG] has been weaving theater magic all over Mindanao …. Southern Philippines’ leading repertory company has now added a dimension to Philippine dramaturgy that has been sorely missing for years.” RAMON SOLIMAN, Manila Bulletin

“…the leading dance theater group on Southern Philippines … Through the years this dynamic company has been very consistent in exploring the richness of Southern Philippines’ indigenous art and folk traditions. Buhay… a colorful theater piece… unique design and the universal message … successfully put across through movement and a minimum of words.” MA. TERESA ESCODA-ROXAS, Former President, Cultural Center of the Philippines

“…I watched with pleasure … eloquent in spite of the minimal use of dialogue … a theater that communicates effectively.” DOREEN G. FERNANDEZ, Ph.D, Theater critic and historian

“…. wonderful experience…. beautiful in style…. truly superb, of the highest level….”  WILLIAM H. KREUTZ, SJ., President, Ateneo de Zamboanga

” A fine company… dance [is] the hardest form of expression in the theater [yet] the group has justified the use of the pangalay dance form….” BIENVENIDO LUMBERA, Ph.D, 1993 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee

“Talented, innovative…” MOZART A.T. PASTRANO, Business World

“…maihahambing sa hanay ng mga pangunahing tagumpay… sa daig dig ng teatro Pilipino … walang … may katulad …, makakapantay sa naimbag nito, … sa pagpapakilala sa tagapanood pambansa ….” BAYANI SANTOS

“Pangako ng Umuusbong na Teatrong Pambansa,” UNANG TAGPO (Antolohiya ng mga Dula), CCP, 1993

“…highly innovative, artistic, enchanting… a top theater in the Philippines today.” DR. JUANITO LAO, President, URIOS College, Butuan City

“…a splendid performance…” ALBERT FAUROT, NSC News Supplement

“…a major work in contemporary Philippine Theater…” NICANOR TIONGSON, Ph.D, theater scholar

“…largely responsible for the development of Philippine Theater in the Southern Philippines.” INDEPENDENT

“…very good and important…” CHERNIKHOVSKI GARIK, Vaktangov Theatre, Moscow

“…so light and spontaneous and exquisite.” STANISLAV BENEDICTOV, Central Moscow Youth Theatre

“…IPAG has wowed audiences…” MOZART A.T. PASTRANO, The Manila Chronicle

“…Iligan’s reputation… has been partly due to IPAG.” MARGE ENRIQUEZ, Business World

“…crusading, untrammeled spirit…” OFELIA RONDINA, Sunday Malaya Magazine

“Mindanao’s leading theater group…” NICK NICOLAS, Manila Standard

“…fantastic work.” DINDO ANGELES, Director

“Talented, innovative…” MOZART A.T. PASTRANO, Business World

“…took major Luzon cities by storm…” Mindanao Week

“…a hit, playing before a full-house and receiving standing ovations.” Mindanao Week

“…fantastic.” BEN CABRERA, Artist

“… professional and impressive…” Manila Journal

“… a run-away success…” CHRISTINE GODINEZ-ORTEGA, NSC News Supplement

“… a paean to the artistic sensibilities of the Filipinos…” LUDENDORFFE DECENTECEO, Theater Director

“… beautiful presentation… skillfully directed, absolutely entertaining.” NORA RAVELLO, Silliman University

“… a superb combination… a very, very enjoyable performance!” JAMES PALMORE, Silliman U

“…remarkable performance, a ‘coup d’ theatre’…” ALBERT FAUROT, The Community Leader

“…excellent show!…” RUTH PFEIFFER, Concert Pianist

“… excellent in various ways …. a stirring display of music, action, and vocalization…” MCARTHUR CORSINO, Ph.D., The Mindanao Observer

“…well on its way to becoming a new art in the country…” ISABEL DIMAYA VISTA, The Vanguard

“…consummate craft…” MIKE FERIA, The Manila Times

“… finesse and expertise….” LUIS Q. LACAR, Ph.D., Sociologist and Author

“…strong and definite directorial vision … complete and whole.” DOREEN G. FERNANDEZ, Ph.D, Theater Historian

“…very good performance…” QUINTIN DOROMAL, Ph.D.

“…a memorable performance…” PEARL GAMBOA DOROMAL

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