Cultural Center of the Philippines,

Tanghalang Pilipino, and Writers Bloc, Inc.


June 12 – 30, 2024 | 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater)


The Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of untried, untested, and unstaged works. Since it was established in 2005, it has been known for supporting the development of plays and educating and mentoring young artists/playwrights.  With the two brilliant and young festival directors Tess Jamias and Marco Viaña leading the festival in its 19th year, theater fans can expect brave new works overflowing with Filipino sensibilities and creativity.

Brace yourself for an exhilarating journey as the Virgin Labfest celebrates its 19th year. With the theme “Pintog,” the air is pulsating with narratives that delve deep into the intricate, liminal layers of human experience. Here, amidst the threshold, storytelling flourishes to showcase boundless possibilities and invites explorations into the vast expanse of creative expression.

VIRGIN LABFEST 19 is filled to the brim with new and exciting collaborations with veteran and virgin directors, designers, and actors. VLF  19 opens the curtains with four thematic sets of new one-act plays – DILEMA (Set A), BINGIT (Set B), PU-TIM (Set C) and DI-TIYAK (Set D). We also bring back one set of revisited plays (SAGAD/Set E), and two sets of staged readings, among other festival components.

VLF19 is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Manila-based playwrights group Writer’s Bloc, Inc., and CCP’s resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino.


  1. Featured Works – composed of 12 new one-act plays programmed into 4 sets of 3 plays.
  2. Staged Readings – stripped-down reading performances of selected scripts from the VLF19 submissions.
  3. Playwrights Fair – conversations with playwrights curated by award-winning writer Rody Vera.
  4. VLF Writing Fellowship Showcase – culmination of a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Glenn Sevilla Mas and direction by CCP Artistic Director Dennis Marasigan.
  5. Theater Talks – a forum series on creative and production processes in theatre and performance.

Dramaturgy Fellowship Exhibit – culmination of the Dramaturgy Fellowship that offers a glimpse into the theater-making process of the featured plays of VLF 19 under the mentorship of Dr. S Anril Tiatco.

SYNOPSES (click to view the synopses)

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (click to view the schedule)

FESTIVAL COMPONENTS & SET LIST (click to view the festival components and set list)


Ticket Price: Php600 – Regular | Php800 – Premium

Discounts: 20% for Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel, National Athletes

Note: For shows whose tickets have all been committed (SOLD OUT); if festival pass holders do not arrive, additional tickets may be released 15 minutes before the start of the show.

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Telephone Hotlines:

Ticketing Hotline: +63.2.8891.9999

Fax: +63.2.8891.5634

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Regular Festival Pass (Premiere Week, Mid Week, Encore Week): Php2,400

Premium Festival Pass (Premiere Week, Mid Week, Encore Week): Php3,200

Festival Passes are available at the CCP Box Office, Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater). You may also email  or call +63 931 033 0880.


  • Valid for 5 sets of three one-act plays:

Premiere Week Pass – valid for the period June 12 to 16, 2024

Mid Week Pass – valid for the period June 19 to 23, 2024

Encore Week Pass – valid for the period June 26 to 30, 2024

  • Priority lane for early entry to the theater so you can pick your preferred seat.
  • A complimentary souvenir program

Festival Pass Mechanics and Benefits:

  • The Festival Pass includes five (5) viewing credits, comprising 4 Main Feature and 1 Revisited. Each credit grants access to one show/set of 3 one-act plays. Repeat viewings of a set are permitted but will consume from the total of five viewing credits. The use of these credits is at the discretion of the pass holder.
  • Both the Regular and Premium Festival passes are valid for use only within the selected week (Premier Week, Mid Week, and Encore Week).
  • Each pass grants admission for one (1) seat only.
  • Priority Lane for early entry to the theater so you can pick your preferred seat. Priority Lane access is provided until five (5) minutes before the show starts.
  • Free Seating: Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability once the show has started.
  • Receive a 10% discount on CCP Merchandise.
  • In case of lost or stolen passes, please report to CCP Box Office Authorized Personnel for replacement, with a fee of P100.00.
  • Passes are non-refundable.
  • The festival schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
  • CCP reserves the right to modify festival pass entitlements as deemed necessary.
  • CCP reserves the right to refuse admission or revoke pass usage for failure to comply with CCP Theater Rules.

Festival Passes are available at the following:

CCP Box Office, Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater).

You may also email or call +63 931 033 0880.


Virgin Labfest 19 “Pintog” FAQs (Click to open the FAQs)

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