“They are suffering, risking their lives in the United States. They are fighting their war in the US, sending allowances back home... [Thus,] they chose to be guerillas both times. They are suffering from illnesses but they struggle to send their money—$600 a month—back home.”--Antonio O. “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, Tanghalang Pilipino chair, in a rare public appearance to support not only TP's new play but the fight for equity rights in the US Congress by Filipino WWII veterans
“They were a whole generation of forgotten heroes... I think they’re dying isa-isa [one by one]. And that is why we are going to tell this very important story of forgotten heroes.”--Chris Millado, director
Amadis Ma. Guerrero's full report on the recent press conference at Milky Way Restaurant in Makati here.
“Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street” opens tonight at CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute, 8 p.m., and will run for four weekends. Call 8321125 loc 1620 or 8323661, or visit www.tanghalangpilipino.com
PLUS: On-cam, TP's new artistic director Fernando Josef talks about the Benjamin Pimentel novel, the real-life stories that inspired it, its transition to the stage, how to balance the art and message of the play--as well as his plans for Tanghalang Pilipino's next seasons. [My bad. We should have moved to a brighter spot.]