Dulaang UP mounts Chekhov’s The Seagull

A seagull is shot and everything unravels.

Dulaang UP’s second offering for its 37th Season, The Seagull (Ang Tagak), is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be the greatest work of master dramatist Anton Chekhov.

Konstantin Treplev, a young writer, premieres a play he has written. It features the girl he is in love with, Nina Zarechnaya, a beautiful and wealthy neighbor. After seeing her son’s play, Irina Arkadina dismisses it as a failure, and calls Kontantin’s attempt foolish, impractical, and pretentious. Meanwhile, Nina is drawn to Irina’s lover, the successful novelist Boris Trigorin. Konstantin soon gets in the middle of his constant disagreements with his mother, despair in his artistic ideas, and his love drifting farther away from him.

In the middle of these romantic and artistic conflicts are more elaborately developed characters, a staple of Chekhov’s works. This comedy in four acts effectively discusses themes that remain relevant in this day and age.

The Seagull (Ang Tagak) is directed by the venerable Tony Mabesa, and will be staged both in English (translation by Tom Stoppard) and Filipino (translation by Rolando Tinio). The production stars theater luminaries like Ana Abad Santos, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ces Quesada, Leo Rialp, Menggie Cobarrubias, Jeremy Domingo, Alfonso Deza, Stella Cañete Balucas and promising actors Carlo Tarobal, Zafrullah Masahud, Karen Gaerlan, and Nadine Samonte

The Seagull (Ang Tagak) runs September 19 – October 7, 2012 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 and look for Ms. Camille Guevarra or Ms. Samanta Clarin.

Web technologies used in our thesis

Hi Guys! 🙂 Just want to share the technologies we used to build our thesis: UKnight: A Social Learning Management System. We love the web so much and the awesome technologies that can be used to build things beyond your imagination.

Our thesis is generally built using:

  1. PHP
  2. MySQL
  3. Javascript / jQuery / AJAX / JSON
  4. HTML5
  5. CSS3

We explored a lot in making the application fast and deployed in:

  1. Media Temple
  2. Amazon Web Service (EC2 Cloud) Free Tier

These are products of sleepless night of research and testing of different libraries out there in the web. Do not limit yourselves on these. Go to your favorite search engine and do find what is best for your thesis.

  1. Rochak Zip – Create Zip Files using PHP
  2. xhttp – A very good library for interacting with APIs (Facebook, Twitter, Globe Labs SMS, Crocodoc Etc.)
  3. Datatables – Table plugin for jQuery
  4. FullCalendar – Calendar plugin for jQuery
  5. PLupload – For uploading files using different technologies
  6. tcpdf – For creating PDF files using PHP! This can be used for creating reports
  7. class.upload.php – For uploading files and images with resizing, cropping and other image manipulation capabilities
  8. Twitter Bootstrap – A lot of ready made User Interface for you.
  9. Bootbox – A great partner with Twitter Bootstrap.
  10. underscore.js – We have a lot of AJAX and JSON implementation and used underscore.js for templating.
  11. Database Class
  12. URL Routing

Tips: Do mockup designs for your UI (User Interface). Literally draw it in a piece of paper or notebook and discuss as a group. In our case, we revised our UI design four times before we came up with our final user interface design. Also greatly consider UX (User Experience) for your thesis.When we are building our thesis, we didn’t consider using frameworks and built everything from scratch. If you have time to study PHP frameworks like (CodeIgniter) and implement it your thesis that would be awesome!

P.S: I dedicate this post to my thesismates (Ana and Kim):