Philippine Theaters And Movies
If Philippine Movie industry is said to be in the brink of dying soon but only because of the sudden surge of independent films produced by independent producers on local cinemas as well some handful of out-of-the box creative story plots of mainstream leading film production, as well as the full force drive and campaign against movie piracy, the Philippine movie industry have perhaps lost its standing and its ground vanish from the Philippine entertainment industry. Thanks that it gives way to the freedom of expression to amateur directors and actors to express and show their artistic inclinations on film making.
But if Philippine movie industry have survived the test of times by giving its trust to young and amateurs, what about the Philippine theater industry?
Does the Philippine Theater industry is still alive and breathing well that it could still stand on its grounds at the Philippine entertainment realm?
For sure Filipino theater artists will say, it still does since there are still theater plays being staged and patronized by Filipinos. Yes, it does but the reality bites that only financially capable Filipinos could watch a beautiful theater play compare to films which every class of Filipinos could watch.
Theater plays unlike films or movies are only sometimes known by the friends and relatives of the theater artists unless the theater play is widely promoted similar to how movies are promoted like to movies or films is promoted, only few Filipinos will be interested to watch the play or the theater acts. Is not it?
Actually, most theater companies in the Philippines get their “moola”(money source) from “friends of this and that” of a particular theater artists producers and directors. Some get financial revenues from a fund raising campaigns, grants, invitation from a particular school plays and workshops.
Theater industry in the Philippines is a non-profit industry or like a foundation that is exempted from government tax because it has no fixed revenues but only gain occasionally.
However, theater plays are the liveliest and load kind of entertainment quite similar to circus plays because the actors of the play or story were acting on the spot right in front of the audience compare to movies or film that is already recorded. But films are the most comprehensive form of entertainment because you get to understand and comprehend the story plot being acted by the actors in a clear way without any distracted noise.
There are of course successful theater plays in the Philippines that somehow make noise on the elite circles like the “Penis Talks”, “The Vagina Monologues”, ”Bongbong at Kris” but not to ordinary financially destitute Filipinos.