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An Evening with Virginia R. Moreno, Poet-Playwright

April 27, 2014

My Humanities Professor, poet and playwright Ms. Virgie Moreno, co-founder of the UP Film Center celebrated her birthday yesterday. It was held in the house of Pitoy Moreno, Aling Barang’s brother. She was born on the 24th though. A few close friends and members of her family attended. Only Placid and I, from the original staff of the UP Film Center were present. Met cinematographer Kuya Romy Vitug, writer Corito Llamas, President and descendant of Teresita Reyes of the famed “Mama Sita’s,” Ms. Clarita Kalayaan R. Lapus, Celestial, Jimmy Cruz, and Dr. Suzette, also a former student of Ms. Moreno.

Quite an enjoyable and cozy evening with our esteemed and dear “Aling Barang” who was responsible for sending me to the Film and Television Institute of India to study film making. She recruited me then as researcher of the UP Film Center.

VRM Bday

Group Photo with Aling Barang [seated]. [R to L]: Jimmy, Celestial, MM, Dr. Suzette, Corito, Elaine, Placid, Mr. Reyes…

VRM Bday_selfie

Selfie on the mirror of Pitoy Moreno. Photos of Pitoy with his guests are displayed on the table.

Watch Miss Moreno and her writer friends including Nick Joaquin in the video below that I shot 10 years ago.

2 comments

  1. Greetings! I am an Art Studies student from UP Diliman. For our research class (Art Stud 199), one of our requirements for the course is to conduct interviews with the pioneering faculty of the UP Department of Humanities, one of which is Ms. Moreno. I would like to ask if you have any information on how to contact Ms. Moreno so that we can arrange an interview with her. Thanks in advance, and we hope for your kind consideration.


  2. Hi Dan!
    I’ll ask for her permission first if I can give you her contact number. But am sure she will accommodate your group…she loves to be with students; with lots of stories to tell.



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