why “bonifacio: isang sarsuwela” is the most succesful play this year!

Vince Tanada as the Philippine hero in "Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela"
Vince Tanada as the Philippine hero in “Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela”

The play teaches the young to feel anew their sense of “nationalism”…

It focuses on the heart, rather than the mind…

It instills good moral values, with insertions of naughty and humorous jokes that delights the students…

It’s greatly acted-upon by a great cast ensemble, composed mostly of young theater actors, under the magical guidance of Atty. Vince Tanada…

It chronicles the lives of “real Filipino” heroes during the time of the Katipuneros

To date, it has gotten more than 250 plus performances in a span of five months, and more performances to come!



“And I want to thank everybody for supporting our play- this play that we’ve worked so hard for”, Vince Tanada once told a blogger. “It’s blood, sweat and tears that we all invested here. We sacrificed a lot- depriving our very own families in spending time with them, giving so much of ourselves and dedication, and, battling all the odds. I am so happy that the people loved our play so much, especially the students.”

The production and costume design of the play Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela was the most impressive of all. It added an all-out “gloss” all throughout the play. But Vince Tanada’s direction and the way he wrote the play was the most heartfelt. With the many heavy highlight scenes, he managed not to let go of the “heart”, and that’s quite remarkable for a historical play like this.

It made us cry, it made us laugh, it made us feel horrible with all the violence and the blood…

Yet, it made us feel more sensitive to the true “soul” of a Filipino man-

That, no matter how you lose, but as long as you keep on fighting for your beloved country, the sense of the Filipino humility and pride will forever be yours.

BONIFACIO: ISANG SARSUWELA, the most succesful play this year.

And more performances to come.

Mabuhay, Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF).



(words by robert manuguid silverio)


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