Saturday, November 01, 2008

‘Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street’ from Tanghalang Pilipino

“Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street,” noted journalist Benjamin Pimentel's first novel on the plight of Filipino World War II veterans in America, will be brought to life onstage as Tanghalang Pilipino's second offering for its 22nd theater season.

The novel, adapted for the stage by multi-awarded playwright Rody Vera, tells the story of Filipino veterans here and in the United States who await the final word on their decades-long fight for equity rights promised by the US government in World War II.

As they lobby for the fulfillment of a promise long due, they play for time in the long, cold nights of a faraway land. The dying, unsung heroes of Powell Street are the guardians of our fast-fading collective memory.

“The production is so timely," says Fernando Josef, Tanghalang Pilipino's new artistic director. “These are our heroes. We want the Filipino public, especially the youth, to know the dilemma of our veteran soldiers and, of course, our elderly.”

A sure treat for students and followers of Philippine history, “Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street” stars Tommy Abuel alternating with Bembol Roco.

It also features Lou Veloso, Menchie Cobarrubias, Dido de la Paz, Joe Gruta, Ces Aldaba, Daniel Magisa, Madeleine Nicolas, Missy Maramara, Paolo O'Hara, Mc donnel Bolanos, Mailes Kanapi, Bong Cabrera, Jonathan Tadioan and Kathlyn Castillo. Direction is by Chris Millado.

Performances are on November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 (8pm) and November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 (3pm) at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater). Prices are P600 regular, P300 Students.

Call 8321125 loc 1620 or 8323661, or visit


yhang said...

sobrang ganda nito! as in sobra. pati sa direksyong walang kong masabi. i was able to watch sir tommy abuel but sadly not witness how sir bembol roco attacked the character. saludo ako sa tanghalang pilipino!

gibbs cadiz said...

hi YHANG, thanks for your comment. i hope TP people get to read it--they'd be very happy to know you liked the show. :)

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT!dat's aLl i can say.

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