I understand now why Filipinos are always craving for that big change in our country. It’s because the history keeps on repeating and we are so tired of dealing with the same corrupted government. Yes, corruption and the greediness over the power and authority has been the country’s biggest dilemma even before the very first Philippine government was established! Flying voters? Bribery? Treason?
We are not new to these matters anymore. Our parents grew up with the same old dirty politics and we are sharing the same fate with them and if we are not going to make any action to correct it today, the younger generations will be heading the same path. In the midst of this seemingly endless crisis, we still have hopes and we still have those heroes who are willing to fight for our freedom and to pull us up from this dark corrupted government that always drag us down.
|Blood compact scene of Bonifacio : Isang Sarsuwela|
With all his contribution to our country and how he ignite our sense of nationalism much like how Jose Rizal did for us, Andres Bonifacio truly deserves to be credited as one of our National heroes. Interestingly, in the upcoming celebration of Bonifacio Day, Philippine Stagers Foundation brings back their highly acclaimed “Bonifacio : Isang Sarsuwela” in special limited run on theater this month of November.
|Ready for the battle scene in Bonifacio : Isang Sarsuwela|
|One of the intense scene of Bonifacio : Isang Sarsuwela|
You know what I love about Bonifacio : Isang Sarsuwela? First of all, it is very educational and a very timely rerun which allows younger generations to learn more about Bonifacio and his contribution to Philippine history. It provides deeper understanding about this hero and his tragic fate which remains controversial today. The actors managed to give justice to their respective characters too including Patrick Lumibao as Emilio Jacinto, Keneth Sadsad as Emilio Aguinaldo, Cindy Liperas Aling Oriang, Adel Ibarrientos as Hilaria Del Rosario-Aguinaldo, Jerie Clarice Sanchez as Tandang Sora, Rotsen Etolle as Macario Sakay, Cris Lim as Baldomero Aguinaldo, JP Lopez as Mariano Noriel and a whole lot more.
|Hilaria to support Aguinaldo|
Another thing I love about the play is how they cleverly inputted those fictional elements. The addition of Hilaria to support Aguinaldo’s character is an interesting approach. I also find that scene where the late Bonifacio showed up and Aguinaldo gave him the Philippine flag to wave a thought provoking scene.The play concluded remarkably by taking an excerpt from "Lupang Hinirang" , a perfect way to end the show that aims to ignite the audience's sense of nationalism!
I guess Vince Tañada really knows how to play with audience’s emotion. You actually don’t know what to expect from the scenes. Some of them will give you a great laugh while others will just tear you apart. Bonifacio : Isang Sarsuwela is currently on a limited run. The musical play is currently being staged at AFP Theater inside Camp Aguinaldo (Ironic isn’t?). They are also scheduled to perform in Baguio on the 30th (Bonifacio Day).
Written : Milton Coyne
Photos : Axl Guinto & Milton Coyne
Edited : Axl Guinto