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    By Liweng Magbanua   a.k.a.  Jerome Gumabay

    Was born on November 6, 1975 in Marikina City, presently residing at Muntilupa City, He was the eldest child of among four siblings of his family to Lucia Cuevas and (+) Rolando de Mesa. Kuya Hey often called by his friends and colleagues.

    Obtained his primary and secondary education in Saint Louise Academy Anne, San Pedro, Laguna. Finished Bachelor Degree in AB Mass Communication specialized Public Relations in the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Intramuros, Manila.

    A cultural worker, gay rights activist, theater lover, book and dog lover, composer and lyricist, playwright, director and a thespian, he joined the world of theater arts at a very young age and later he founded several theater arts groups and dramatic guilds in Muntinlupa City, like Teatro Pawikan under Tata Nading Josep of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 1990-1992; Co-founder Teatro Kaliwanagan of Muntilupa Gospel Church 1990-1993; Artistic Director of Teatro Alitaptap Children’s Theater Muntinlupa City 1991-1995.

    In 1992 he joined Tanghalang Batingaw of the Lyceum of the Philippines as a neophyte member, when he became President and Artistic Director in 1994-1995 he produced and directed numbers of critically-acclaimed plays. He became the resident playwright from the year 1993 to 2000 serving the longest term artist playwright of the organization. He also wrote several plays such of which are Hades 1998, a Filipino translation of Fyodor Mikhailovin Dostoevsky’s The Crime and Punishment: Krimen at Kaparusan 1996; Si Kiriring, Aida’t Macaraeg with revised edition 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2000; Si Brenda at Ang Paralitikong Pulitiko 1997; and Ang Manunulat at Munting Alitaptap 1993. One of the lyricist and composer of “Pusong Batingaw” adapted from the poem Pusong Bumabatingaw, which later became the organization’s official hymn and poetry like Tutubing Karayum 1992 and 1998; Mabangong Hustisya 1994; published in 1992 The Lyceum Magazine and Under the Drift Wood published in 1994 The Lyceum Independent Sentinel. Author of the Tanghalang Batingaw’s Constitution and by-laws, 1994, 1995; and was Co-author 1996 from to 1998.

    As a director he directed Ang TB: Anniversary Concert presentation 93, Villianueva’s May Isang Sundalo 1993, Hades, 1998, Krimen at Kaparusahan 1996, Isagani Cruz’s Josephin Braken, 2002; Aida 2013, produced by the Tanghalang Batingaw of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Intramus, Manila and Tanghalang Batingaw Alumni Association, Inc. Stage Manager in Tatlong Villianueva Production which includes May Isang Sundalo, Kaaway sa Gugulod under Teatro Muntilupa 2002.

    As an actor he was cast in and acted for MGM Production’s Once Bright Christmas 1992, Maliit ang Mundo 1992, Tanghalang Kaliwanagan Theater Production Company, American Playwright Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, as Shane in Kathryn Parala’s production Si Kiriring, Aida’t Macaraeg; and Ang Manunulat at Munting Alitaptap 1993.

    In 2000-2002 he joined and became a member of Philippine Educational Theater Association, PETA Writers` Block; was the corporate secretary of Alitaptap Storytellers Club of the Philippines, Museong Pamabata, Roxas Boulevard, Manila under Mr. Manolo Silayan 2000-2004; Production Manager of Teatro Muntinlaya, Inc. at the same time he was the Founder and Artistic Director of Ugnayan ng Laksang Anak-Sining ng Pilipinas (ULAP) a NGO-community based theater group from 2002 up to present in Muntinlupa City; together with Jerome Gumabay his best protégée and best friend forever likewise he formed pars and demsey talents and casting agency, He is the founder and president of Sanggre, a community based gay and lesbian society.

    Aside from the plays, he had professionally written teleplays Bakit Kumakahol ang Aso and Willow Tree for television and was televised in GMA 7’s Batibot of the Philippines Children Television Foundation, Inc. in 2000 to 2001. He had written screenplay Neil an adaptation from a short story Panorama, The Sea of Death and a short story Si Bobot at ang Batang Robot 2002; and other unpublished plays Pag-ibig sa Gitna ng Digmaan, 1990; Pasasaang Dako, 1995; Dalawang Libong-libog, 1996; Orang Dampuan, 1997; Bahay-bahayan, Baril-barilan at Kotse-kotsehan, 1998; and PETA’s Writers’ Block Salagubang, 2001; and Oblasyon 2000, poetry anthologies Fragments of Life; Alaala sa Gitna ng Pahina; A Simple Love Poems.

    Presently he is working as a freelance writer, social media, blogger, internet savy, storyteller and a customer service representative at Convergys from 2011-2013 and at Accenture 2010-2011; in his previous job includes. He work as production manager for Pagtuki, DYLA; field reporter of DWAT AM radio station and contributing writer of comic love songs publication in 1997, as Personal Secretary of the late Sampaguita Picture Director Danny Holsem 1998, writer, segment producer, researcher and production assistant for GMA 7 and the late Rene Villianueva, a hall of fame of Don Carlos Palanca for literature awardee of Philippine Children’s Television Foundation’s Batibot 2000-2002; writer, segment producer and researcher for ABS CBN 2 The Buzz and talent coordinator for Cinema One Cable Chanel Persona 2004; researcher and post-production assistant for TV5 Paparazi in 2010; He also worked as a Media Relations Officer in Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. base d in Cebu City in 2004 to 2008.

    He had been a recipient of numbers of certificates of appreciations, citations, and recognition among of which are the 2000 Tanghalang Batingaw Ulirang Kasapi; 2002 Gawad Lilok Citations para sa natatanging dula at mandudula sa kangyang henerasyon at sa Tanghalang Batingaw sa loob ng 25th taong pagkakatatag.

    He had attended several amateur and professional workshop-training among of which are the 1992 CCP Presidents Summer Youth Workshop, participant and facilitator of the Tanghalang Batingaw Workshop-Series 1992-1997, Trainee-writing for children literature of Rene O. Villianueva Writing Workshop’s Philippine Children’s Television Foundation, Inc., 1999, Writing Fellow of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Writers’ Block – creative writing sessions 2000-2002, participant in Ricky Lee – ABS CBN 2: Scriptwriting Workshop for Television 2002, Trainee of ABS CBN 2 Talent Development and Center: Scriptwriting Workshop for Television, June 14-18, 2004.

    He had participated and a delegate to numerous national gatherings, congresses, assemblies, festivals, and conferences such of which are the 1995 National Commission for Culture and the Arts – Committee on Drama Congress, Intramuros, Manila, Pahinunod: Mangagawang Anak-Sining ng Pilipinas, University of the Philippines, Quezon City 2000, Alyansa ng Mangagawang Pangkultura sa Kamaynilaan at Karatig Pook, Inc.: Forum on National Theater Festival 2002.

    He had been conducted and facilitated workshop-training, as Head Facilitator of Basic Acting for Film and TV Commercial for Parsly and Demsey House of Talents 2004 and 2005, Facilitator of Basic Acting for Film and Television for Star Bright Talent Center 2004, Co-Facilitator of CCP Batang Sining Sining Summer Workshop 2002, Co-Facilitator of Storytelling Workshop for Pre School Teachers – Educators of the Philippines – Alitaptap Storytellers’ Club of the Philippines, Inc. 2001, Facilitator of Basic Acting for PAGCOR Casino Filipino Employees 1999 and 2000, Head Facilitator of Children and Teen Theater, Basic Acting, Stage Production Management and Development for Holy Ground Christian School, Muntinlupa City 1999, Head Facilitator of 1997 Tanghalang Batingaw Summer Drama and Leadership Workshop-Training, Facilitator of Teen Theater and Basic Acting Workshop for Teatro Muntinlaya 1994 and Children Theater and Basic Acting for Teatro Alitaptap.

    Presently, he is the Auditor of the Tanghalang Batingaw Alumni Association, Inc. He plans to study cinema and film/television directing and to publish his books.

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