Press Release

World premiere of Filipino opera “Diwata ng Bayan”

by on February 6, 2017 in

A latest addition to the Philippine art music literature, Diwata ng Bayan will have its world premiere at the Tanghalan Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on February 9, 2017 at 8:00 PM. It is free and open to the public. The music is composed by Carmela Sinco, granddaughter of former UP President Vicente G. Sinco, with the libretto by Ed Maranan, Prof. Dr. Ramon Acoymo as stage and co-music director, the incumbent chair of the UP College of Music Department of Voice, Music Theater, and Dance and Associate Professor Rodney Ambat, conductor. The opera is set at the end of the 19th century, during the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule, depicting the romantic story of Matias Ylagan and Mayumi Lualhati whose passion for each other goes hand in hand with their patriotism for Inang Bayan. The work draws inspiration from the story of Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria de Jesus of the Katipunan, and the “seditious” dramas of Aurelio V. Tolentino, whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated this year.  Read more here.




Workshop on Vocal Production for Musical Theater at the CCP

PRESS RELEASE  Cultural Center of the Philippines February 18, 2016

An intensive Workshop on Vocal Production and Interpretation for Live Stage Performance for musical theater actors will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on April 26-May 1, 2016. The Workshop will be conducted by musical director, vocal coach, composer, pianist and educator from New York Carmela Sinco.  The Workshop will be limited to only 15 participants.  Read more here.



No Rain Can Stop the Coming Red Charity Gala

By: Tessa Prieto-Valdes – Columnist / @Inq_Lifestyle    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:15 PM September 21, 2014

“… At the gala’s media launch held at Sage Bar, our featured designer Jesus “Jojie” Lloren presented a sneak peek of the coming show. The renowned fashion designer will be showcasing 40 immaculate works inspired by Filipino artists.

Paintings of national artists like Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, Victorio Edades, Felix Hidalgo and Vicente Manansala are Jojie’s design inspirations, through which he will translate the concepts into fashion. …

…  Our director Ariel Lozada said he is incorporating original music of New York-based Filipino composer Carmela Sinco. Additionally, Pinoy flavors will be infused in the menu to create an overall collective theme.  …”



New York-Manila Musical Theater Workshop Recital

New York-Manila Musical Theater Workshop at the CCP

Three leading experts in musical theater performance from New York will coach musical theater artists in the art and technique of singing, acting and dancing the musical on January 14-25, 2014. A two week intensive training program aimed at developing ‘triple threats’—musical theater performers who can sing, dance, and act.

The teaching team is composed of Carmela Sinco, musical theater and vocal coach who has worked for theater, television and film; Orlando Pabotoy, an OBIE award winning actor and physical theater specialist…  Read more here.



Triple Threats: Leading Men and Women in Philippine Musical Theater

PRESS RELEASE, Cultural Center of the Philippines

TRIPLE THREATS: Leading Men and Women of Philippine Musical Theater is a series of solo concerts featuring the stalwarts of Philippine Musical Theater. Each concert is an intimate evening of beautiful music, personally selected by the artists themselves, from their vast repertoire of favorite songs from Broadway, West End, original Filipino musicals and the movies. Dubbed as a series of “concept concerts”, the narrative of the performance is dictated by the song choices. A rare opportunity for audiences to see a different facet of the acclaimed theater, television and film artist being featured. The definition of a “triple threat” is someone in a particular field who exhibits three skills that are necessary to excel. In this case, our “Triple Threats” – Nonie Buencamino, Audie Gemora and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo – can sing, act and dance.

Opening the series on June 13, 2013 is “Much Ado about Nonie” featuring acclaimed actor Nonie Buencamino. Nonie is very much visible on stage, television and film, having done straight plays and musicals while appearing in daily television series as well as independent and mainstream cinema. Prior to the concert, Nonie portrayed the King of Siam in “The King and I” at Resorts World Manila. He’s also part of an afternoon daily series produced by ABS-CBN entitled “Dugong Buhay”. His concert will take his audience on a personal journey from theater to mainstream show business with a mix of the two in between. Leading a five-piece band is musical director Carmela Sinco. Guest artists include Ms. Mitch Valdez, daughter Delphine Buencamino and wife Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino. Lighting design by noted film, television and stage lighting designer, Gawad CCP awardee Monino Duque. Stage director is Kokoy Jimenez.  Read more here.



Tanghalang Pilipino Presents Mario O’Hara’s “Stageshow”

Press Release  Spotlight Philippines (Lifestyle, Art and Entertainment)

There was the Komedya, Sarsuwela, Bodabil (The Filipino version vaudeville) and then there’s the Stageshow -a Filipino theatre form which is similar to the bodabil but with extended hours and whose entertainment value catered more for the masses.

Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theatre company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), brings to life on stage both the good, the bad and sadly the forgotten lives of a Philippine theatre epoch and its stars that once reigned and influenced our society in more ways than one.

Penned by the late Filipino legendary filmmaker, actor, director, playwright Mario O’ Hara and directed by Chris Millado, STAGESHOW is a poignant, realistic, bittersweet portrayal of a once very infectious, popular art form and the sad plight of the talented performers beyond the klieg lights….

…STAGESHOW’s Artistic and Production team includes Chris Millado (Director), Jeffrey Hernandez (Composer/Arranger/Musical Director), Denisa Reyes (Choreographer), Tuxqs Rutaqio (Set Designer), Brenda Fajardo (Costume Designer),  Katsch Catoy (Lights Designer and Technical Director), TJ Ramos (Sound Consultant), Carmela Sinco (Musical Supervisor), King Catoy (Videographer), Mia Bolaños (Vocal Coach), Tony Casimiro (Tap Dance Choreographer), Yette Valenzuela (Hair and make-up design), Cherry Bong Edralin (Marketing Manager)…  Read more here.



ART or Something Like It!

Season II

Premiere Episode Artists Showcased:

Bill Plympton, animator
Clay McLeod Chapman, storyteller
Julz A, squeeze rocker, rapping accordionist
Maria Roberts, painter, Coney Island Sideshow Posters

Original Music Score by Carmela Sinco

Produced and Directed by Brian A. Bernhard,
Blight Productions
Official Press Release

What is Art? 

The second season of Art or Something Like It! seeks to answer the age-old question.

The series returns to

CUNY TV (Ch. 75)
on Time Warner Cable and Cablevision in New York City, also on RCN

Season Premiere
Friday, September 8 at 10:30 PM

New York, NY – It is an ancient question.  One that has plagued philosophers, politicians,
and religious leaders across the globe.  One that finally has an answer – that is, 52 answers.
Art or Something Like It! is not content to simply serve up an entertaining exploration of the New York City art scene.  In its series of half-hour programs featuring artists of all genres, backgrounds and media – music, performance, writing, painting, photography, sculpture, film & video, and more – we will hear the answer to our question from the 52 artists profiled,
as well as hundreds of New Yorkers.

CUNY TV producer and series creator Brian A. Bernhard promises that this season will be “different from anything you’ve ever seen.”  Artistic luminaries such as animator Bill Plympton, sideshow performer Todd Robbins, and rockstar legend Gerald Casale of DEVO (currently performing as Jihad Jerry) share their lives and work, and provide us with their answers to the ultimate question, “What is art?”

In its premier season produced by CUNY TV, Art or Something Like It! exploded onto the scene, drawing in viewers from all over New York City to the television broadcasts, and viewers from all over the world to its online webcasts. “I wanted to create a television series that would benefit the artists, as well as the viewers,” said Bernhard.

CEO of Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman said, “You know when we’re not making those great movies like The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke’em High, Poultrygeist, Terror Firmer, and Tromeo & Juliet, we like to kick back and watch the best TV there is, because the best TV I know is ART or Something Like It!

The first episode of the new season, premiering Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at 10:30 p.m. on CUNY TV (Ch. 75 on Time Warner Cable & Cablevision in New York City; also on RCN), showcases Squeeze Rocker Julz A, storyteller Clay McLeod Chapman, painter Maria Roberts, and animator Bill Plympton.

CUNY TV, Channel 75, is part of the City University of New York
serving the five boroughs of New York City with educational, cultural and public affairs programs.
Its mission is to extend the academic and intellectual richness of the University beyond the campuses
and to offer New Yorkers a haven for life long learning experiences through television.
Its website is

Brian A. Bernhard

Click the link below to see the trailer for the premiere episode of the new season of AOSLI!