Dr. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete at a tender age has been thrust to the world of theater and puppetry. She continues to promote the importance of creative expression and learning through theater and puppetry. She was the chairperson of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts and managing director of Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas before stepping in as the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, a position she holds at present.
She is the company manager, a senior puppeteer and a resident director of Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, one of the longest running children’s theatre companies in the Philippines. As a director, she has conceived and directed Sita at Rama, Papet Ramayana, a Filipino adaptation of the Indian epic in puppetry. She has also replaced Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio as the over-all artistic director of Papet Pasyon, a sinakulo (passion play) for children, which is staged annually as a panata since the late 1970s. Her most recent work as a director and senior puppeteer is the adaptation of NVM Gonzalez’s Bread of Salt, staged on the occasion of the National Arts Month 2017.
Bonifacio-Ramolete has been the recipient of prestigious awards anmely the UPAA Distinguished Alumna in Culture and the Arts (2014), Gawad Chanselor para sa Natatanging Guro (2014), and the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Award for Theater Arts (2013). The University of the Philippines through the Office of the President conferred the title of University Artist upon her for her contributions in community and children’s theatre.
A proud UP Diliman Alumna. She has a degree in Psychology (BA/1989, MA/2009, Ph.D./2013) and Theater Arts (MA/1996). She is a full professor (Professor 5) who handles undergraduate and graduate theater classes at the DSCTA.
Most recent publications:
(co-authored with Tiatco, SAP). 2015. “Entanglement: A Preliminary Study of a Philippine Puppet Sinakulo for Children” In Humanities Diliman12 (1): 49 – 77.
(co-authored with Tiatco, SAP). 2010. “Performing the Nation Onstage: An Afterthought on the University of the Philippines Sarsuwela Festival 2009.” In Asian Theatre Journal, 27 (2), 307 – 332.
(co-authored with Tiatco, SAP). 2008. “Cutud’s Ritual of Nailing on the Cross: Performance of Pain and Suffering.” In Asian Theatre Journal25 (1), 58 – 76.