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WSD2017|Labaw Donggon
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Gino Gonzales

Labaw Donggon

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

The musical revolves around Labaw Donggon, a demigod in an epic poem called the Hinilawod from the island of Panay in the Philippines. It chronicles his quest for three wives, his subsequent defeat from Saragnayan (the Lord of Darkness), his salvation by his two sons, and the eventual realization of his own vanity and pride being his greatest enemies.
The production was conceived as an outdoor performance situated in a real bamboo grove. A temporary thrust stage with arena style seating was erected in front of the grove with the intent of giving the audience a taste of the epic’s recital in an indigenous community setting.
Much of the clothes took on a Pan-Southeast Asian look with jewel tones and metallic gold accents to make the performers more prominent in the vast space. The pieces of jewelry, headdresses, weaponry alluded to the Visayan and neighboring Southeast Asian traditions to illustrate the complexity of this culture and its influences.

Gino Gonzales

Gino was a student and apprentice of National Artist, Salvador Bernal, who encouraged him to pursue further studies in Set and Costume Design. Gino attended the Masters of Fine Arts program in Theater Design at New York University with the aid of a Fulbright Scholarship and an Asian Cultural Council grant. He was also given the Meier and Seidman awards for excellence by NYU’s Department of Design in 2001.
Gino has designed sets and costumes for over 100 theatre productions in Manila, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan and New York.
He was awarded the World Stage Design bronze medal for his set design for the Philippine Opera Company’s "Spoliarium" at Toronto, Canada in 2005. In 2015, he co-authored a book entitled “Fashionable Filipinas: A History of the Philippine National Dress 1860-1960”.
He is currently a lecturer and Artistic Consultant for Stage Design at the Fine Arts Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Email Address: gonzales3n@yahoo.com

Theatre Company Entablado

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-01-29

The Premiere Space of Production Cervini Field, Ateneo de Manila University

Author Nicanor Tiongson

Director/ Choreographer Jerry Respeto

Set Designer Gino Gonzales

Lighting Designer Voltaire de Jesus

Costume Designer Gino Gonzales

Sound Designer Teresa Barrozo

Other Creative Collaborator/s Jema Pamintuan, Teresa Barrozo & Meynard de Guzman(composers)
Sergio Gahol & Ma. Elena Laniog (choreographers)