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Introduction to Puppetry

Prinsipe Bahaghari

Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas presents PRINSIPE BAHAGHARI “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry adapted in Filipino by Vladimeir Gonzales Art Studies 200 Undergraduate Thesis of Aina Ramolete under the guidance of Sofia Guillermo May 30, 2021 | Sunday | 8 PM https://www.facebook.com/MulatPuppetTheater/ Direction and Production Design: Aina Ramolete Set and Lights Design: Ohm David … Continue reading Prinsipe Bahaghari

Papet Pasyon 2021

MANILA, March 27, 2021 – National Artist Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio’s Papet Pasyon, the puppet play about the life of Christ and His Passion, is set to stage on March 28, 2021 at 3pm, via the Facebook pages of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Arts and Letters and Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas. Since 1985, … Continue reading Papet Pasyon 2021

Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio

AMELIA LAPEÑA-BONIFACIO (4 April 1930 – 29 December 2020) has dedicated her lifetime in search of and in propagating literature and theater forms reflective of Asian and Philippine roots. Well-respected in the Philippines and other countries, she has taught, inspired and encouraged women and young artists in the fields of literature and theater. She pioneered … Continue reading Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio

Puppetry in Thailand

Puppetry has been part of Thailand’s art practices since the 15th century. The earliest writing about Thai puppetry was written by an envoy of Louis XIV of France named Bishop Tachard who visited Ayutthaya in 1685 and it is probable that the art form has existed even 300 years before the arrival of foreign ships.  … Continue reading Puppetry in Thailand

Puppetry in the Philippines

The Philippines has little local puppet tradition to draw on. During the late 19th century, there were shadow play performances called carrillo which means “small cart.”  Carrillo is also known as potei, kikimut and titire in Pampanga (a province in Central Luzon).  The higante (giant), which is similar to the mascots or big puppets, lead … Continue reading Puppetry in the Philippines

Puppetry in Singapore

The art scene in Singapore is highly influenced by Chinese and European cultures. World War II led to significant changes, which subject its styles to different phases of transformations and development throughout the decades echoing the country’s multicultural nature. Throughout, it remained to be heterogeneous; a distinctive characteristic of the identity of Singaporean society and … Continue reading Puppetry in Singapore

Puppetry in Myanmar

During the first half of the 16th century, the Taungoo Dynasty was born. Together with Taungoo kings, they gave birth to key administrative and economic reforms that made Konbaung Dynasty — the other half of the dynasty that reigned during the 16th century– prosperous. It also took the title of being one of the most … Continue reading Puppetry in Myanmar

Puppetry in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the countries in Asia with a rich culture when it comes to puppetry. Java is considered the center of the Indonesian struggle for independence during the 1930s and 1940s. It is also considered one of the most cultural heritage sites that have been rebuilt.  It became an edge for Java to … Continue reading Puppetry in Indonesia

Puppetry in Cambodia

Formerly known as the Khmer Empire, the Kingdom of Cambodia has a prolific heritage of intangible arts. Sbaek in Khmer or the Cambodian puppet theatre utilizes shadow puppets and has been performed in Cambodia for thousands of years. Before the Khmer Rouge regime, the system virtually eradicated the art of puppet theatre, education, and many … Continue reading Puppetry in Cambodia

Puppetry in Japan

Japan has been known for practicing one of the oldest traditions of puppetry known as bunraku.  A certified UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, bunraku was birthed in Osaka during the Edo period to serve as entertainment for commoners, and later evolved into artistic theatre in the 17th century.  Bunraku Puppets Made from Japanese cypress wood, bunraku … Continue reading Puppetry in Japan


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