The Conundrum Of Casting, Auditioning And The Ever Elusive Big Break

About a month ago, I played one of the title roles in our devised musical entitled Traces. Together with eleven other people, I wrote the libretto (book and lyrics) of this brand new musical. At the end of the process, we had our first public performance at the Main Theatre of the Ivy Arts Centre. In it, I... Continue Reading →

Take Off

(Taken from the Waiting in the Wings Souvenir Program) Dear You, Six years ago, I graduated and set out to find my place in the world. As a toast to legit adulthood, my parents sent me on a graduation trip. I decided I wanted to go back to London. I grabbed the opportunity and took... Continue Reading →

The Last One Standing

So I addressed the proverbial elephant in the room and wrote something deeply personal for the No Filter Book. I can't tell you the number of times I have held my tongue and thought to myself "UHM close ba tayo???"  I know a lot of people on the same boat so I figured it would... Continue Reading →

Winning—in God’s Perfect Timing

I haven't written in 4 months. Save for a few drafts on my phone which remain untouched, I haven't found the time to sit down, collect my thoughts and write. That, and the fact that everything I wrote just seemed to depress me. Everything sounded like an f-ing lamentation. I told myself I wouldn’t write another... Continue Reading →

Naunahan Ka Na.

"Naunahan ka na..." Three simple words that have the power to send you into that downward spiral. In that split second of self-pity, I also found the courage to shake it off and tell myself "NO. Enough." I should be able to walk my talk, right? A few days ago, I spoke at an APEC... Continue Reading →

A Goodbye Letter

A Goodbye Letter (By Toff De Venecia) Goodbye. To an idea that galvanized and brought this family to together, even from the weirdest and most diverse of backgrounds. Goodbye. To the people and all our collaborators who stepped out of their comfort zones to try something new and maybe, just maybe, surprise themselves. Goodbye. To... Continue Reading →


I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm not as prepared as I was years ago. The least I can do is speak from the heart, right? It’s impossible to compress 7 years into a one-liner anniversary greeting that spells “Aww/Hugot/Feels” . And in true Sab fashion, that would be kidding myself and depriving the world of the annual... Continue Reading →

In Between

There are clear moments in life when you know you're about to begin. And equally crucial ones where you know something must come to an end. But they never tell you how painful 'in betweens' can be. If you ask me, it's the waiting game that really kills. I'm in the middle here. I'm in... Continue Reading →

The Last Five Years

Hello Stranger, I’m taking a chance and writing you an open letter. If reading this helps you, then I feel I would have accomplished something. I spoke to a friend recently and I realized then that I had spent so much time feeling alone in this battle. Little did I know that others were on... Continue Reading →

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