U.P. SAMASKOM kicks off Live AIDS #trendingNOW

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Coming off from the successful Live AIDS 31: HaLOLan, the U.P. SAMASKOM company members are back again for a brand new season of non-stop laughter!

Live AIDS (Ang Istoryang Dinebelop ng SAMASKOM) or Acts, Improvisations, Dances and Songs, is an annual musical-comedy series mounted by UP SAMASKOM. It is the longest running comedy show in the country. What started as a mere applicants’ batch project back in 1985 is now one of the most awaited events in the Diliman republic. Each year, Live AIDS has never failed to surpass the previous record number of fans who trooped to its staging venues on all performances.

For decades, Live AIDS has garnered fanatics and avid viewers who have steadfastly sought out the show, including known personalities such as Bianca Gonzales, Ricky Lee, Quark Henares, John Lapus, Rajo Laurel, Jigs Mayuga, Tim Yap and Vice Ganda. After all, it is the show which gave rise to the career of comedy stars Giselle Sanchez, Ate Glow, Michelle O’ Bombshell, Tuesday Vargas and KaladKaren.

“Live AIDS made me the woman that I am today. As an artist and an entrepreneur, this show paved my way to achieve all my accomplishments to date,” lauded Tuesday Vargas, an alumnus of the organization and a veteran performer of the show.

As home to talented and diverse individuals from all walks of the university who have a passion for creativity and self-expression, Live AIDS has continuously lived on with its magic that fuels it: the collaboration between the members of UP SAMASKOM, student and alumni alike. This camaraderie and the trust that have formed within the “samahan” is what makes the magic of the show happen.

“This show bolsters one’s talent, skills, and self-confidence. It’s evident in our alumni members,” said another alumnus, Kaladkaren Davila.

Giving off a fresh take on socio-political issues and pop culture without sacrificing the classic Live AIDS formula, the 32nd installment of one of the most anticipated events in UP Diliman will be helmed by four young directors, incorporating a brand new treatment on stage production and presentation, utilizing the classic brand of comedy that is quintessentially LIVE AIDS.

With Live AIDS being a parody of our current experiences, it tackles the present, the new, the trending, and the viral, by fusing comedy with the hard-hitting realities of this twisted socio-political sphere in the country. The show gets inspiration from these daily phenomena and aims to provide a different take, by providing a night filled with fun, spectacle, and entertainment you will never forget!

One of the four young directors of this year’s installment of Live AIDS, Bill Barrinuevo, stated that, “there is pressure to outdo ourselves every year. It is terrifying but it is a welcome challenge we take on. UP SAMASKOM is very passionate in creating a show that speaks out and entertains at the same time.”

As a venue for UP SAMASKOM members to enhance their wit, creativity and leadership potentials, Live AIDS is a playground for members to get invaluable orientation in the different fields of media. As such, this installment, a commentary on the Philippine society and on the experiences and travails that the Filipinos face, that features trending topics and viral content, will transcend not only to its avid audience, but even to its first time viewers.

Promising to make audiences laugh like never before, LIVE AIDS 32: ANG ISTORYANG DINIBELOP NG SAMASKOM is an event not to be missed!

Live AIDS 32 is slated on April, 16, 20, 21, and 22, 2018. For more updates on UP SAMASKOM and Live AIDS 32, please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UPSamaskom, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/upsamaskom. Buy your tickets at ktx.abs-cbn.com.


About the Directors of Live AIDS 32


Bill Barrinuevo

  • Batch 2010.2
  • BA Film
  • Head Choreographer, Live AIDS 28, 30 and 31
  • Spot Director, Live AIDS 28, 29, and 31
  • Writer, Live AIDS XXX
  • Co-Head Writer, Live AIDS 31
  • Director, Live AIDS 32

After joining UP SAMASKOM to continue the Live AIDS legacy of showcasing intricate and well thought of dance numbers, Barrinuevo started to branch out and accumulate training for writing. “This organization teaches us to design and hone the craft of comedy and showmanship.  The members have a long standing relationship with its avid audience. We see each other seldom but it’s always a pandemonium of a reunion.” said Bill.

Tero Diaz

  • Batch 2009.2
  • BA Communication Research
  • Musical Researcher, Live AIDS 27.1
  • Writer, Live AIDS 29 and Live AIDS XXX
  • Head Writer, Live AIDS 28
  • Director, #LiveAIDS32

Seven years experience of Live AIDS tradition… and here is SAMASKOM’s homegrown talent now as one of the Directors. Diaz has played notable characters on the stage including Rob Marley (LA 27.2), Delio the Saudi Boy (LA 29) and the infamous  Jejomar Be Nice (LA 31). Diaz sees Live AIDS as a parody which tackles the trending and the viral. “While our current socio-political sphere is twisted, we make it more absurd with SAMASKOM’s comedic approach,” he said.

Porsche Mendijar

  • Batch 2012.1
  • BA Art Studies
  • Souvenir Program Team, LA 29
  • Assistant Stage Manager, LA 29
  • Writers’ Pool, LA 29 – Present
  • Assistant Director, LA XXX
  • Assistant Director, LA 31

As the only muse, Porsche Mendijar finally took the challenge of directing the show she was a part of for six years. Mendijar believes Live AIDS will not cease to exist as long as like-minded people are still willing to share laughter and their talents to others. She sees her motivation in the form of her faith to direct  the people who believe in her and want to share laughter to the audience.

Arvin Carlo Sicat

  • Batch 2014.2
  • BA Broadcast Communication
  • Ticket Sales officer, Live AIDS XXX
  • Junior Writer, Live AIDS XXX
  • Sales Office
  • Junior Writer , Live AIDS 31
  • Director, Live AIDS 32

Time management is the key for Arvin this semester. Having a regular academic load, Sicat tried his best to balance student-directorship life – all for the Live AIDS legacy. As reflected in his priorities, Sicat’s job motivators include UP SAMASKOM, family and friends, and his career. When asked about his forecast of Live AIDS 32,  “The show will transcend not only to its avid viewers, but also to first time viewers,” he said.


UP SAMAHAN NG MGA MAG-AARAL SA KOMUNIKASYON is a university-wide organization based in the College of Mass Communication. It is home to media personalities and industry heads Laurenti Dyogi, Tuesday Vargas, Kuya Kim Atienza, Tina Panganiban Perez, Giselle Sanchez, Ate Glow, Raul Castro, Peter Acuna, RS Francisco, KaladKaren Davila, among many others who first honed their showmanship and comedic skills In the LONGEST RUNNING COMEDY SHOW IN THE COUNTRY- LIVE AIDS.


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