Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, PETA founder, performs a monologue at Clock Tower Museum
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Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, PETA founder, performs a monologue at Clock Tower Museum

Mar 8, 2024, 5:13 AM
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Aside from founding the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) before Martial Law, artist and producer Cecile Guidote-Alvarez is a renowned actress.

Cecile, the widow of the late Senator Sonny Alvarez of Isabela, is also the mentor of many award-winning multimedia artists, directors and writers like the prizewinning literary writer, stage, television and film artist Frank G. Rivera.

In honoring Frank’s achievements in his craft as a student and protégé of Guidote-Alvarez, the theater maven generously gave her time and talent to the birthday celebration of Rivera.

Before she went ahead of her performance at the Clock Tower which is also a museum of the Manila City Hall, Cecile divulged that she met up with Frank in the early days of PETA at the Fort Santiago and honed him into a more professional theater person.

Guidote-Alvarez performed a monologue that expressed her dismay over the abuse of our environment.

The PETA stalwart was passionate enough to dramatize the indiscriminate destruction of our ecology that causes problems in society.

The monologue was in Filipino and as an articulate English speaker, Cecile was emphatic in her rendition of a piece of nature being abused by humans.

What followed was a standing ovation for her act as Guidote-Alvarez showed that old age (she’s already 81 years old) isn’t a hindrance to a moving performance.

Cecile has survived cancer and other malignant diseases because of her determination to live longer and serve the people.

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