Master ventriloquist Wanlu Lunaria and his family will perform in Bangkok in celebration of the ASEAN puppetry heritage in October and November.
When it comes to speaking or uttering sounds that seem to come from somewhere else, there’s no denying that Wanlu Lunaria can do the trick better than others. His accolades accumulated over the years speak volumes.
The master ventriloquist himself, Wanlu Lunaria and his family have been to countries such as Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand joining puppet competitions and shows. He has been awarded as Talentadong Pinoy Hall of Famer, Philippine Ambassador of Puppetry and 2019 International Ventriloquist of the Year for Asia.
Wanlu, his wife Debbie and their sons Gabby and Eli, collectively known as Lunaria Marionette Show- Philippines, is coming to Thailand to perform in the ASEAN Puppetry Exhibit at Siam Paragon in celebration of the ASEAN puppetry heritage on 31 October to 3 November 2019.
Ten-year old Eli, is himself a world class marionettist. He was featured on Little Big Shots – Philippines, an ABS-CBN franchise of the show hosted by Billy Crawford, two years ago. He also has appeared on other popular TV shows like Istorya, Swak na Swak, Matanglawin and Batang YeY.
Watch Eli’s performance on Little Big Shots-Philippines below.
The Marionettes and Ventriloquism of the Lunaria Marionette Show- Philippines is scheduled to take place on Nov 1 at 5 pm and Nov 2 at 3 pm, while Puppet Manipulation and Character Voices Workshop will be on Oct 31 and Nov 2 at 5:30 pm.
“Although the Philippines doesn’t have its native puppetry art among the ASEAN participating countries in the festival, we can be proud of Filipino talent and creativity,” Wanlu told Pinoy Legacy.
“My family’s 30-minute performance will be an extensive display of marionettes and ventriloquism,” Wanlu said, adding that Filipino culture and Filipino talent will be portrayed in the play.
Other notable puppets to watch for in the exhibit include rod puppet “Tsonggo” from Papet Ramayana of Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, and “Kiko“, a ventriloquist figure of Manuel Conde. Both Bonifacio and Conde are Philippine National Artists.
“Tsonggo and Kiko are now part of the exhibit. Special thanks to Direk Jun Urbano, Prof Amihan Bonifacio Ramolete and Mr. Samuel Fuentes for making it happen,” Wanlu quipped.
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