Saturday, May 16, 2009

PETA's 42nd season lineup

Now on its 42nd Theater Season, PETA continues to contribute to help bring about social awareness and change through its productions, performances and workshops. Using fresh, innovative and interesting techniques and approaches, PETA sees its new theater season as a renewed challenge to test and push the capacity of art to inform, influence and inspire its audiences.

First on its list of productions is Nicanor Tiongson's "Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil," an adaptation of Jose Rizal's two novels, "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo." Reworked as a postmodern narrative, "Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil" is inspired by real events, characters and testimonials revolving around small-town politics and the fight against corruption, illegal logging and its links to governance and religion.

Following "Noli at Fili" is Christine Bellen's "Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang." Now on its third year, "Lola Basyang" has become one of PETA's most-loved productions. Featuring stories from Severino Reyes' folktales--"Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong," "Ang Babaeng Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari" and "Prinsipeng Duwag"--the children's play presents different stories about self-discovery and values formation.

In August, PETA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child through its presentation of "Ismail at Isabel (Ang Paghahanap ng mga Bagong Kuwentong Bayan)," a story about two kids, a Christian and Muslim, who live happily in their small village in Dilangawen, Mindanao, telling and retelling folktales that show the shared humanity of Muslims and Christians, until war reaches their community and breaks their innocence.

In time for the 2010 elections, PETA then presents a vaudeville musical, "Boto-boto-boboto-bonana-fanna-fo-foto-fee-fy-momoto-boto (BOTO Another Musical)," that uses iconic characters of the Philippine electoral process to highlight the need for vigilance and discernment at the polls. Ten actors play interchanging roles and characters in this comic presentation.

PETA's new season officially begins in June 2009. For inquiries about shows, call 4100821/7256244, e-mail or visit


Rody said...

Hi Gibbs, very small correction-- that's Dalingawen, NOT Dilangawin (which sounds like a place that flies avoid.) It's a small village in Pikit, Cotabato. It used to be a "perfect community where families from different ethnic origins and religion intermarried and lived peacefully. This harmony in the community survived the test of time and was onlly broken during the war in 2000." -- from Ed Quitoriano and Rachael Morala's Primer on Child Rights: The Child in Chronic Conflict Environments. thanks.

gibbs cadiz said...

thanks for the correction, RODY! :)

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