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.
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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