Thursday, February 16, 2012

Forsaken House


Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero has contributed a lot in theater that he has been proclaimed as one of the National Artist in Theater.  UP has paid tribute to the man, naming the theater that stages production after production for 36 Seasons after Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, which is located at the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Building.

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And to further celebrate of Guerrero’s birth centennial, Duluaang UP capped its 36th Season with a production of Guerrero’s work:  Forsaken House.

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Leo Rialp as Don Ramon in Forsaken House

Set in the 40s where the Philippines was gaining independence and power from the American regime, the audience was brought to the abode of Don Ramon. While the Philippines is ready for change, Don Ramon has a strong hold on his household, especially his children. 

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Francis Makil Ignacio and Ces Quesada alternating as Tia Pelagia

His children’s activities were limited to school, their home and the church.  He doesn’t want them to attend social activities like parties or even visiting relatives nor he let them entertain friends at their place. He limits their actions, he dictates their schedule, and selects their peers.

Amidst its tight grip, Don Ramon found himself losing his children.  What once a very happy home, turned into a Forsaken House.

Leading the cast are veteran thespians, Leo Rialp and Joel Lamangan playing alternately for the character of Don Ramon and Ces Quesada and Francis Makil Ignacio alternating for the role of Tia Pelagia. I think with the power cast, I was treated to a spectacular play. Joining them are the actors of the new generation.

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Young Generation Thespians


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Forsaken House
Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater
UP Diliman
For tickets contact the DUP office at 926-1349.  The play runs until March 4, 2012 with shows at 10 AM (Sat-Sun), 3 PM (Sat Sun) and  7PM (Mon-Fri)

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