I just love how theater performances move me and make me contemplate on things, even just the simple play on words! This weekend was no exception as Tanghalang Pilipino brought back 4 original Filipino plays from Virgin Labfest into two sets of twin bills in "Eyeball: New Visions in Philippine Theater" to cap their 25th season. I was extremely grateful to be invited to this event by Hogi since it's my first time to watch plays of this genre.
Included in this year's offering were Layeta Bucoy's "Doc Resurreccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan" and Carlo Pacolor Garcia's "Bakit Wala Nang Nagtatagpo sa Philcoa Oberpass" for Set A. The other twin bill (Set B) has Reuel Molina Aguila's "Maliw" and Nick Pichay's "Isang Araw sa Karnabal".
These shows were great insight to what is happening in our society, either stated in the past or present tense. Though every day life may seem mundane, the playwrights effectively gave their audience a glimpse of what the characters felt, experienced, thought of, struggled with and hoped for.
I didn't just go to watch an "independent"/original play, but instead got whisked away in a place far from my comfort zone. In that light, one that got me was Bucoy's Doc Resurreccion - a story of a successful young doctor (played by Riki Benedicto) who aspires to run for mayor in his hometown. Knowing "politics" in our country, you probably have an idea of what happened.
But what really got me was, believe it or not, Aguila's "Maliw". A story based on forced disappearances of people who rebelled against the government (some may remember them as being called "desaparecidos") and how a couple tried to deal with the loss of their daughter who was an activist. To some, Aguila's masterpiece may appear as lackluster but it goes deep as it delved on the play's title.
maliw [adv]: not stopping, never ending, persistent
In our personal struggles, we always associate this word more popularly (if I may say so) through the concept of love, a perfect example being "Ang Pag-ibig na Walang Maliw" (A Never-Ending Love). Just like in the play, we are always in search of and/or waiting for something - perhaps a person that would complete us, a thing that we've lost, a place where we want to be at, a memory that we like to reminisce, a moment in time that we would like to freeze and so on. We would always, without fail, try to hold on to things incessantly and even try to associate it with what we have at the present moment.
But again, as I've witnessed in 'Maliw', we have to eventually let go of it. No matter how precious, sweet or good of a distraction it is - it's not good to dwell on dreams and wishful thinkings. One may even forget to live a perfectly happy life. Like what my old folks usually tell me, "Nasa huli ang pagsisisi" (Regret always comes last).
Instead, let's "infuse" our lives with heaps of positivity. "Kasiyahang Walang Maliw" (Never-ending Happiness) sounds more realistic, don't you think?
Catch Eyeball's last weekend at CCP this coming February 11 and 12!
Grab your tickets by calling 832-3661, 0920-9535381, 0928-5518645; CCP Box Office at 8323704; or Ticketworld at 8919999.
Remaining show sets are as follows:
- February 11 - 3PM (Set A - Doc Resurreccion and Oberpass) / 8PM (Set B - Maliw and Isang Araw sa Karnabal)
- February 12 - 3PM (Set B - Maliw and Isang Araw sa Karnabal)