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WSD2017|Ampalaya the Musical
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.


Emerging Designers


John Carlo Pagunaling

Ampalaya the Musical

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

Utanon onstage!
I started my design concept with a question “how would I design an “utan” (vegetable) costume in a musical play?” I decided to combine arts and science to produce a concrete costume and makeup design.

From arts category I used the concept of coloring book. I incorporated outlines and colorful palette to show the beauty of vegetables and make it more attractive to the eyes of the audience especially to the children. To complete the whole image of the vegetables I carefully researched the science behind different parts of vegetables from root, stem, flower, leaves and fruit. I wanted to create an utan costume as a whole vegetable plant representing living things in a place called “Sariwa” (fresh), known as vegetable land. I also used different kinds of fabrics, like satin, organza, chiffon, tapestry, and abaca, one of the local fabrics in the Philippines to show vegetable colors and textures.


John Carlo Pagunaling

Recipient of the 2014 PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Outstanding Costume Design for Rak of Aegis, Carlo V. Pagunaling or CVP designs set, costumes and makeup for theatre and events. He has worked with and was mentored by fine artists, theatre directors, and designers like José Estrella, Amiel Leonardia, John Abul and Loy Arcenas to name a few. Most recently, he assisted Hongkong-based production designer Marsha Roddy for Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) The Tempest: Reimagined, an artistic collaboration with Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), British Council, and Japan Foundation.
He has collaborated with various directors from Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, PETA, CAC Silliman University, UP Los Baños Samasining, Tanghalang Ateneo, Erasga Co., among others. He was nominated in 2011 and 2015 for PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awards (Best Costume Design).
CVP earned his Certificate in Theatre Arts (Technical Design and Management) and B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of the Philippines Diliman.

Email Address: Ceevipee12@gmail.com

Theatre Company Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-07-15

The Premiere Space of Production Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines

Author Michael Dadap and Patty Yusah

Director/ Choreographer Dessa Quesada-Palm

Set Designer Lex Marcos

Lighting Designer Loren Rivera

Costume Designer Carlo V. Pagunaling

Sound Designer Jerry Angelo Catarata

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Ramon Del Prado

Other Creative Collaborator/s Musical direction- Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez
Conductor- Michael Dadap
Choreography- Angelo Sayson
Dramaturg- Jerry Angelo Catarata