Dito: Bahay ng Sining


The name: DITO

In English, HERE. Pangalan pa lang ng lugar, creative na. Parang ang tamad lang nung nag isip ng pangalan, pero witty. So kapag tinanong ka ng nanay mo o ng girl friend mo kung nasan ka, sabihin mo -- DITO!



And notice their logo? The I is actually a door. Oha!



Bahay ng Sining

In English, "House of Art". And true to its name, the place is really artsy. Pag akyat mo pa lang, eto na makikita mo:

DITO: Bahay ng Sining
Syempre kasama ako sa picture!
At pag tumingala ka, makikita mo rin ito:



At sa gilid:



Artsy, diba?

Cafe

Sa Facebook, they are categorized as Theater / Cafe. And this got me really interested. Di ko alam kung meron na ibang ganito dito sa Pinas. If so, di pa ako nakakapunta. So I wondered: Can they pull it off? The answer: Yes.

It's not a huge place but Dito was able to divide their area into a theater, backstage, coffee shop, restaurant and art gallery -- all in one floor.

They have simple offerings in their menu but it's decent. Coffee, Iced Tea, Juice, Pasta, Rice Meals. Nothing fancy but meets expectations. The lady in the counter is also very nice and accommodating. See the cozy sofa near the library? :)





They also have board games available for their regulars (in English, tambay). Their wall is decorated with various art pieces. I didn't get to see the artsy chairs I am seeing in other blogs, though. Probably because the area is setup for the play?

Theater

The place is setup for Hamlet when we got there and a simple black cloth separates the cafe from the theatre. When the play started, the cafe was turned into back backstage. (Haha. Ano ba tawag dun?)

Waiting for the play to start
Medyo maliit lang ang theater. Nagtaka si Rye pero di naman ako masyado nagulat kasi parang ganito lang din ang setup nung mga play sa UP. Lagi ako sinasama ni Ate dati sa mga play na kelangan niya panoorin. Dun ko nga una nakita si Eugene Domingo. Noon pa lang, alam ko nang magaling siya.

The pillows on the floor are actually space for the people to sit it. Wala masyado upuan. Yun lang nasa gilid ng stage and at the back -- probably 20 seats?

Hamlet

Sa totoo lang, di ko alam ang story ng Hamlet. So I really don't know what to expect from this play. Akala ko nga ni-Tagalog nila like The Little Prince, pero hindi. Di pa naman ako magaling makaintidi sa old English. But in fairness, naintindihan ko ang story dito. Nakakatawa lang minsan when they deliberately use Filipino-English accent (or so I thought).

I don't know how to make play reviews so I'm not going to attempt to make one. Basta ang masasabi ko lang, ang galing nung nagawa nila kasi ilan lang yung cast, very bare yung stage but they're able to pull it off.

This Hamlet production is by Ikarus.






The ticket worth Php 350 comes with a free drink. Sulit na, compared to the hundreds I would pay for crappy movies in crappy movie houses.

Unfortunately, the show has ended last March 8. So if you want to catch it, you would have to wait for the re-run. I'm not sure what they are going to host next but there's great probability that I would also see it.






Saan nga ba ang DITO?


Dito: Bahay ng Sining
2F J. Molina St., Concepcion Uno, Marikina City
ditobahayngsining@gmail.com
Business Hours: I think they're now open daily 5PM to 12MN

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