Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Brief History of Amazing Philippine Theatre

Amazing Philippine Theatre was founded in August of 2001. Envisioned by the founders to become the biggest transvestite theatre in Asia, it is nestled at the Manila Film Center, one of the structures to be found within the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.

Amazing Philippine Theatre’s beginnings can be traced at the Aloha Hotel along Roxas, Boulevard with the hiring and contracting of services of both amateur and professionals from the Philippines’ entertainment sector. Upon the creation of a “core” staff and the planning that ensued, auditions were held at the GSP (Girl Scouts of the Philippines) Theatre in Padre Faura, Manila. The auditions yielded more than a hundred talents from around the country with around 80 making it to the first set of the talents’ pool.

Almost simultaneously, musical scoring, choreography, production design, costume design and overall show preparations were on the way. A month later, the rehabilitation of the Manila Film Center started, employing a host of engineering services. Three months later, the venue and the production were ready for the public.

In the pursuit of excellence, the Amazing Philippine Theatre family has committed themselves to an endearing ordeal towards the aim of giving the public a world-class show.

Development in terms of the production value has remained aggressive over the last two and a half years. With a three-month tedious rehearsal period from September to December 2001, Amazing Philippine Theatre’s Amazing Show had its maiden presentation December 10, 2001in Manila.

Two years later after the acquisition and development of a three-hulled catamaran, Amazing Show opened September 23, 2003 in Cebu.

Since then, so many improvements and changes have been done to make sure that patrons are getting their money’s worth. A year after the Cebu Theatre, APT embarked on a short-term foreign project in the beautiful island of Jeju, Korea where the show earned good reviews among the Koreans.

Then there was the Boracay Project, launched July 24, 2007 and was recently concluded July 12, 2008.

The constant desire to be the best has led to new and ever evolving sequences, set designs, choreography and other activities are but regular endeavors of the Amazing Philippine Theatre’s Family.

The rehabilitation of the Manila Film Center, the venture in Cebu and Boracay and the production of world-class shows are but the tip of the iceberg. Development in terms of the venue is continuous, with an inclusion of a world-class souvenir shop that caters to tourists, a Korean restaurant, a Mongolian restaurant and the new lobby lounge bar and cafe, more development projects are on the way… and with the strength of Amazing Philippine Theatre’s family… we will remain at your service.

our humble beginnings...

about this blog...

Have you ever had the opportunity to visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex lately? Situated at the far end of the complex right beside what was formerly the Westin Philippine Plaza is the mammoth structure known as the Manila Film Center. Memories of the Center are the stories of ghostly spirits that roam the building, those souls who were victims of an accident, which occurred during the construction of the building. Fonder memories are those of the heydays of the Manila International Film Festival and Experimental Cinema of the Philippines featuring films of various orientations from different countries.

The Manila Film Center, known to most, is an abandoned structure. After the last occupant, the Department of Foreign Affairs left in 1991, the structure was left abandoned until now… and so everybody thought.

These days, passing through Leona Florentino Street inside the CCP Complex, one would notice the brightly lit Manila Film Center now home of Amazing Philippine Theatre, producer of the biggest, grandest and probably the best transvestite show in the world.

Leased by APT from the Philippine Government since October of 2001, the building has been renovated and developed (almost) back to its original grandeur. Nowadays, it is home to the Amazing Show….

This blogspot is dedicated to the men and women… and our stars who are in-between… who worked so hard to make this family survive and thrive as a premiere venue for tourism development. A place where one can sit back, relax and enjoy… a truly AMAZING SHOW!