The many faces of Nonie Buencamino

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


WHO doesn’t know the villainous Miguel of the teleserye “Walang Hanggan” of two years ago?

The character that everyone loved to hate as he deviously connived and wormed his way to the top of the heap. The actor who portrayed the villain Miguel was none other than Nonie Buencamino, and he is coming to Davao come August 29-31 to perform live in Agnes Locsin’s Bulak: Ika-Limang Galaw.

This is not the first time that the actor will perform in Davao as he is a familiar face in Locsin’s shows, be it her creative concerts or the Locsin Dance Workshop recitals. Nonie Buencamino is a Locsin Baby just like Biag Gaongen of Ugat, Georgette Sanchez of Dahon, Gaye Galiluyo of Puno, Sonny Locsin of Sanga and Alden Lugnasin of “Bulak”, all of whom trained under Locsin in the 1990’s thus the monicker. And now this article about Nonie, who is one of a few actors in the Philippines who is considered a triple threat in the industry: an actor who can sing, dance, and act.

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A theater actor at heart, Nonie trained under Agnes Locsin to prepare for the major role of Emilio Aguinaldo in Locsin’s La Revolucion Filipina in 1996. Being a consummate artist, he trained and danced long after the production as he found dancing to be good exercise “next to running”, Nonie states. “The skill also helped me with my ventures in musical theater,” he adds.

Nonie has danced and sang and acted as Ravana in Rama AtSita, as Ritchie in A Chorus Line, Tirso in Stage Show, the title role of The King And I, as Papa Ge in Once In This Island, as Antonio Luna in AngPagpatay Kay Antonio Luna, and as the male Sabel in Sayaw, Sabel.

His television and movie forays have been numerous some of which have garnered awards for him here and abroad. Nonie won a Star Award for his performance in Maala-Ala Mo Kaya; an Asian Television Award for his performance in Magpakailanman; an Aliw Award for Palacio Valentin; a Golden Screen Award for Batad Sa Paang Palay; and further Star Awards for Milagros and Midnight Dancers.

Very recently, Nonie was seen in the movie A Barber’s Tale, where he portrayed a corrupt mayor during the Martial Law era. On television, Nonie is the latest addition in the cast of the hit teleserye, Ikaw Lamang. His next foray in film will be as Felipe Buencamino in the yet-to-come movie, Heneral Luna.

In Bulak: Ika-Limang Galaw, the latest in Agnes Locsin’s Alay Sa Puno Series, Nonie will dance with Biag Gaongen and Kris-Belle Paclibar M with Alden Lugnasin as choreographer. “Konting-konti lang ang sayaw ko,” Nonie hastily adds. He will sing Joey Ayala’s Sariwang Hangin; and speak of how flowers come to be.

Once again, it will be wise to call for reservations…and be advised that the taking of pictures and videos is strictly prohibited. Call… and enjoy Bulak: Ika-Limang Galaw. The date, place and time are as follows: August 29-31, 7:00 pm at the Locsin Dance Studio Theater at Quirino Ave.

For more information and reservations for Bulak, call 2274753 or 2241765, or text 09169095099 / 0822844100; or email locsindanceworkshop@yahoo.com, or visit Locsin Dance Workshop on Facebook.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 24, 2014.

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