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CHOLO

ACTOR PROFILE

PROFILE

Actor, Director, Sound Designer, Scorer, Moderator of Teatro Baguntao (Ateneo Senior High School)

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Cholo is a theatre artist who acts, directs, devises, produces, and designs sound and music for the stage. He graduated with a psychology degree and a Loyola Schools Award for the Arts in Theatre Arts (Performance) from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2018, and is a proud alumnus of Tanghalang Ateneo (TA). He is currently taking graduate studies in Counseling Psychology, and is the director/moderator of Teatro Baguntao, a student theater group in the Ateneo de Manila Senior High School.

Cholo was last seen on stage as the “indigo child” Kali in Ardór (TA, 2023), a performance cited as one of the best of the year in Rappler’s end-of-year theater review. His other acting credits include: Sari-Saring Soneto (Areté, 2023), Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala (Sustainable Eco-Theater, 2023), Balay Dolor (TA, 2020),  Alpha Kappa Omega (TA, 2019), The Plague (Dramatis Personae, 2018), Lysistrata ng Bakwit (TA, 2018), RD3RD (Areté, 2018), Werk in Progress (Black Canvas / FringeMNL, 2017), Boy (TA, 2016), R.U.R. (TA, 2015), and the award-winning Rite of Passage: Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud (TA, 2014), for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Non-Musical at the 28th ALIW Awards. In 2018, he performed and co-translated a version of Rolando Tinio’s May Katwiran ang Katwiran in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the 11th Asia Pacific Bond of Theater Schools Festival.


For Teatro Baguntao, Cholo has directed Sunod: Isang Oryentasyon (2023), Meron Pa Bang Mabuting Mag-aaral? (2022), P***! (2021), Pagbabaguntao (2021), and May Katwiran ang Katwiran (2019). His directorial process with his students prioritizes democratic and playful collaboration.


Cholo served as Sound Designer and Music Composer for WOMB: Wor(l)d of my Bodies (Black Canvas, 2021) and the Ateneo Fine Arts thesis productions Welcome to IntelStar and Bulagang! (2021). He was the Sound Designer for Next to Normal (Ateneo Blue Repertory, 2020).  He was an Associate Producer for the critically acclaimed Stop Kiss (+space, MusicArtes, and New Voice Company, 2019), Production Manager for Ang Apologia ni Sokrates (ADMU Philosophy Department, 2019), and Co-PM of RD3RD (Areté, 2018).

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