John Carlo V. Pagunaling (CVP) is a full-time faculty at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts in UP Diliman. He designs set, costumes and makeup for theatre and events.
He has worked with and has been mentored by artists, theatre directors and designers like José Estrella, Amiel Leonardia, Gino Gonzales, John Abul and Loy Arcenas. He collaborated also with international scenographers; he assisted Hong Kong based production designer Marsha Roddy for Philippine Educational Theatre Association’s (PETA) The Tempest: Reimagined, an artistic collaboration of PETA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), British Council Philippines and the Japan Foundation Manila. He also assisted Japan based scenographer Itaru Sugiyama for Tokyo Notes International Version, an artistic collaboration of Seinendan Theater Company, Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC) and the Japan Foundation. He has collaborated with various theatre practitioners from Dulaang UP, PETA, CCP, CAC Silliman University, UP Los Baños Samasining, Tanghalang Ateneo, Erasga Company, among others.
A recipient of 2014 and 2019 PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Outstanding Costume Design for PETA’s Rak of Aegis and The Sandbox Collective’s Himala the Musical. In 2017, his costume designs for “Ampalaya the Musical,” a musical play based on the children’s story “Alamat ng Ampalaya” produced by CAC Silliman University, was exhibited at the 2017 World Stage Design event in Taipei, Taiwan under the Emerging Designers category. In 2019, his makeup and headpiece design for “Ang Awit ni Pulau,” produced by UP Cherubim and Seraphim, was selected by Japan’s Head Art Photo Contest Akashi for Special Jury Award-Top Creator Section and finalist for Stage Create.