Baler 400 : “Baler sa Puso Ko” Zarzuela on August 12-15 at Baler Sports Complex

Next after the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 event is a world-class Zarzuela titled “Baler sa Puso Ko“. The zarzuela written by Isagani Cruz will premiere on August 12 at The Baler Sports Complex. It will run for four days with a gala performance on August 15.

Show dates: August 12, 13, 14, 15 (Gala Night) 7:00 PM.  Baler Sports Complex. Free Admission.

Here are more infos about the play:

From the column of Isagani Cruz on the Philippine Star:

The sarswela (Filipino musical) that Senator Edgardo Angara commissioned me to write, Baler Sa Puso Ko, with music by Lutgardo Labad, opens on June 12, Wednesday, in Baler, Aurora. Starring are actors and singers from Repertory Philippines, the University of the Philippines College of Music, the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, and other groups. The play is directed by Frank Rivera and produced by Marcelino Cavestany. Juvenal Sanso did the stage design. The play is under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. (I will publish the full cast list after the production, since I don’t yet have the names of the performers from Baler.)

Most of my plays belong to the genre called “speculative theater,” which is to theater what speculative fiction is to literature.

Baler Sa Puso Ko is my attempt to create an alternate history, with mythological characters changing what we know to be true.

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from Sundry Strokes by Rosalinda L. Orosa, also from the Philippine Star:

“Most of my plays belong to the genre ‘speculative theater’ which is to theater what speculative fiction is to literature. Baler sa Puso Ko is my attempt to create an alternate history, with mythological characters changing what we know to be true. For example, in history the real Lt. Juan Alonzo Sayas, the Spanish commander, died in the Siege of Baler. In the play, he falls in love with Maria Amatorio, fictional daughter of the real Antero Amatorio, the gobernadorcillo who helped Teodorico Luna Novicio (cousin of Juan Luna), commander of the Katipunan forces.

“In history, the American soldiers, who helped the Spanish soldiers in Baler, were taken prisoners by the Katipuneros in one of the few Filipino victories in the Phil-US War. In the play, Americans, Spaniards and Filipinos live peacefully together, united by faith, fiesta and Christmas. To remove the reality of war casualties on all sides, a tikbalang (a demon horse but in the play, merely a lovestruck juvenile) and the dambana (nymph) interfere with human events, as gods and goddesses do in the Iliad.

In history, a 1735 tsunami killed everybody in Baler except six families. I make Maria a direct descendant of one of the families.

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Bicolana nurse crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009

Thanks to Ronald “Otonski” Leander for this news.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

August 10,2009

Bicolana nurse crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009
Ronald Leander

BALER, Aurora – A 20-year-old Bicolana nurse was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas International 2009 early morning today in this capital town.

Jane Banares of Legazpi City, Albay, 5’7″, emerged as the surprise winner in the first-ever beauty contest she competed in, besting 35 other contestants in the pageant’s grand coronation night at the sweltering Dr. Juan C. Angara Sports Complex here. She also went home with the title best in long gown.

Jacqueline Schubert, 18, of Borbon-Cebu, the overwhelming crowd favorite, was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism while 23-year-old Ana Baladad of Texas was adjudged Mutya ng Pilipinas for Filipino Overseas Communities. Samantha East of Canada was chosen 1st runner-up while Jennielyn Natividad, a magna cum laude graduate of Quezon City, emerged as 2nd runner-up.

Banares (31-23-33), a daughter of a seaman, said she didn’t expect to win, it being only her first time to join the prestigious pageant. She earned the nod of the judges with her witty and calm reply to a question asking her to compare her home province Albay and Aurora.

Banares said that like Bicolanos, Aurorans are warm and lovable people with good food and with serene surroundings and natural attractions. Like a typical Bicolana, she admits being fond of chili.

The 5’6″ Schubert, an Economics graduate in Germany is a first-timer and the youngest daughter of couple Willie Schubert, a German and Lilibeth Durano, a distant relative of Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

Schubert (33-25.5-36.5), who drew the loudest round of applause during the coronation night, also emerged with three other awards : star of the night, best in swimsuit and best gown.

Baladad, who idolizes Precious Lara-Quigaman, said she didn’t expect to win and even asked a fellow contestant standing beside her if it was really her number which was called when the emcee hollered candidate no. 10 as winner of the Mutya ng Pilipinas for Filipino Overseas Communities title. “It took a while for me to realize I was the one called. It hasn’t really sunk in,” she recalled.

The 5’5″ Baladad (35-25-35) was previously crowned as Ms. Philippines Texas-Oklahoma 2003, Ms. Philippines-America 2004 and Ms. Asia-America Princess 2007. It was her fourth title in seven beauty contests she participated in.

She is taking up AB European Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University and previously took up history in Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, a native of this town graced the pageant with his younger sister and host Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, also chairperson of the MPI executive committee, House Deputy Majority Leader Juan Edgardo Angara and Mayor Arthur Angara.

Renee Salud, managing director of the MPI and chairperson of the national screening committee for this year’s search, said the 2009 candidates were by far the best ever assembled by pageant organizers.

Aside from Angara-Castillo and Salud, the other members of the executive committee were Gigi Gomez, Mr. Jojo and Mrs. Nathalie Ong, Mr. and Mrs. Boy Tan, MPI president Roberto De Venecia and Lauro Amante.

Also on hand were MPI directors De Venecia, Amante, Alfonso Lim Jr., Ramona Lopez-Ty and Leandro Enriquez and lawyer Edward Castañeda, corporate secretary.

The board of judges were composed of Ms. International 2001 Margolzata “Gosia” Rozniecka, consul general Wilson Hugh, actor Alfred Vargas, ABS-CBN executive Elvira Angara, Fanny Serrano, Randy Ortiz, Jackie Aquino, Anna Marie Morelos, Nueva Ecija Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson and columnist Crispina Martinez-Belen.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Mutya ng Pilipinas – International 2009 : Candidate N0. 28, Ms. Jane Banares from Legazpi City, Albay (right) and Mutya ng Pilipinas – Tourism Aurora: Candidate NO. 26, Ms. Jacqueline Schubert (left)

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Other winners: 1st Runner-up, Candidate N0. 24 Samantha East (first from left), 2nd Runner-up, Candidate No. 8 Jennielyn Natividad (fourth from left) and Mutya ng Pilipinas – Overseas Communities, Candidate No. 10 Ana Baladad (last)

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Top 12
#1 Athena Mae Imperial
#26 Jacqueline Schubert
#22 Rene McHugh
#28 Jane Bañares
#12 Mae Lanie Chan
#8  Jennielyn Natividad
#13 Jo Ann Peria
#27 Jenn-roe Gubat
# 24 Samantha East
#19 May Ann Buenaventura
#3 Dominique Lagrimas
#21 Karen Nacario.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

Congratulations to Ms. Athena Mae. Imperial, Candidate No. 1 from Aurora for making it to the Top 12.

Other Awards: Best in Gown #28 Jane Bañares, Ms. Friendship #23 Dianne De Vera, Best in Talent #5 Katrina Lopez, Best in Sabutan Costume #26 Jacqueline Schubert. Winner of the controversial online voting award is candidate #14 Agnes Santiago. Ms. Photogenic #3 Dominique Lagrimas, Best in Swimsuit #26 Jacqueline Schubert. Athena and Sheryl from Aurora were awarded by gov. BAC as Aurora Tourism Ambassadors. Sheryl was also given the Ms. Personality Award.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009

The rest of the pictures tomorrow.

Thanks to the effort of the Batang Aurora Camera Club members in the capitol for haggling a photographer ID for me.