Sunday, February 26, 2017

Theater Review: Tanghalang Ateneo’s Adaptation of Edgar Samar’s “Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon”, A Treat to Theater and Non-Theater Enthusiasts

Edgar Calabia Samar’s phenomenal young adult novel, "Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak ng Tabon", found its way to the stage of Ateneo de Manila University! Adapted for stage by Palanca award-winning playwright Guelan Luarca and directed by Charles Yee, the play proved to be an exciting treat to theater and non-theater enthusiasts alike.

Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon Play
"Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon"


Luarca excellently picked the best portions of the book to be highlighted, allowing the non-readers of the novel to follow the story of Janus Silang and how his adventures in search for Tala would begin. Yee was also superb in ensuring that there would be no dull moments throughout the entire one and a half running time. The young thespians of Tanghalang Ateneo were equally commendable in giving life to the characters of the novel.

Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon Play
The cast and crew of "Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon"


The challenge of the play for me though, was how to reveal that Juno, the (supposed) younger brother of Janus, did not really exist. In the book, you would only get this “mystery” towards the end, but in the play, you would already have a clue that indeed, this younger brother was non-existent, and that only Janus could see him, because he was the villain “Tiyanak”.

Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon Play
With the actor who played Janus Silang

Overall, however, this production deserve all the positive reviews it got from the critics. It made me want to read the books again. According to Glen Mas, they would prepare for the staging of the 2nd book, Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Mambabarang Mananangal, soon. ABS-CBN is also adapting the book into TV series, while Samar is working on finishing the 3rd installment of the story!

Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tabon Play
With Dr. Egay Samar and Mars

Saturday, February 4, 2017

PETA’S “Caredivas” – a fabulous musical tribute to our selfless OFWs

PETA’s CAREDIVAS depicts Filipinos as loving people. It is a musical play that pays tribute to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who endure the pain of being away from their families, just to guarantee them of a comfortable life back home.

PETA Caredivas
CAREDIVAS Official Poster

The main characters in the play, namely Chelsea, Shai, Kayla, Jonee, and Thalia are transgender caregivers in Israel by day, who have their individual stories to tell. At night, these friends transform and become drag performers!


PETA's Caredivas
First Show (February 3, 2017, 8pm) Cast


PETA's Caredivas
With Ricci Chan who plays the lead singer, Kayla
PETA's Caredivas
With Myke Salomon who plays the fugitive Faraj
PETA's Caredivas
Jason Barcial as Thalia, with her towering head dress

But more than being caregivers and drag performers, they are caring sons/daughters, siblings, friends, and lovers, who put the welfare of other people before their own, even if it means risking their own lives just to protect the others. The superb acting– both comic and dramatic – by the artists on stage combined with the music by Vince de Jesus (who happens to be one of the actors, as well) will leave you laughing and crying at the same time.

PETA's Caredivas
With Sir Vince de Jesus, Musical Director, who also plays Shai

PETA's Caredivas
Support cast, Eric dela Cruz and Gold Villar-Lim

Written by Palanca Award-winning playwright Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda, Care Divas reminds us that there are still reasons why we should be proud of our race, despite everything that is currently happening in the country. A Filipino, indeed, is a family to everyone; and being with a Filipino, is being at home.

PETA's Caredivas
With the cast and crew of PETA's Caredivas


Treat yourself to a fabulous, entertaining, and heartwarming theater experience. Watch Care Divas now! The play will run until March 19, 2017. Reserve your ticket via Ticketworld or via PETA's Facebook page.

PETA's Caredivas
We also deserve the crowns!