“When ALL the Public Servants and Government officials in the 40th Founding Anniversary of CESB (Career Executive Service Board) stood up and gave their thunderous applause in our Tagaytay City show for three times in a row during our performance, it just highlighted to me that Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela is my best work ever. Devoid of any awards or recognition, locally or international because of personal grudges, inadvertence, negligence and vendetta, this unfairly snubbed theatrical masterpiece is the most successful stage work of the Philippine Stagers, opening new doors and wonderful opportunities for the theater company, specifically because it broke the box office records of any theater company in the country, boasts of myriads of provincial shows in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and most especially changed the lives of the many who witnessed it. The trophies which we will proudly display in the pedestal are the thousands of hearts that we have inspired, cleansed with thousands of tears dropped by the viewers and polished by beautiful praises told. Still, with humility, I exclaim the truth, Philippine Stagers is the BEST.” — (MR. VINCE TANADA’S FACEBOOK STATUS)
It’s a “once in a lifetime” event. When all the leaders in different sectors of the governance gathered-up in one spectacular and gigantic gathering- the feeling was tremendous-and, all too powerful.
A blogger felt, how could he be in a place like this? Maybe, it was destined. Maybe, he was a part among these governing people of a land, maybe he really belonged…
Government officials, DepEd Superintendents from different regions, people from the office of the President, agriculturists, transportation and communications officials, to name just a few- all those who belonged in the service of the government- WERE THERE. What a perfect time, in a perfect place, and in a great awesome feeling.
As they all lined-up and gathered inside the big ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City, it was like,almost looking at a big group of warrior angels who lead and help a nation devastated by calamities and intrigues.
It was the 4oth Founding Anniversary of CESB (Career Executive Service Board). For more than two days, these governing people attended fellowships, seminars, dinner events and the likes.
But there’s more than that.
For two days, the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF) of Atty. Vince Tanada performed and delighted these very important people. To the maximum.
In the highlight event of the ceremony, the play Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela was staged in the ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel. And it became the most embraced event in a series of many show highlights at the founding anniversary of CESB.
WITH ALMOST 20 MINUTES STANDING OVATION GIVEN BY THE LEADERS OF THE GOVERNMENT AT THE CURTAIN CALL OF THE PLAY “BONIFACIO: ISANG SARSUWELA”.
You could not just “fool” these very important and highly educated people with delicate and critical tastes. You could not just make them forget of the many harsh problems of a nation and make them feel delighted. You could not just make them stand-up for 20 minutes after watching a play. Because, they, themselves, were worth standing and being applauded for. BUT THEY DID, YES, THEY DID STAND.
Some of them even cried while watching the dramatic scenes of the play. Some of them even recalled, through whispers and sighs with the person seating next beside them- the history of a nation, and yes, some of them got so mystified with the great acting showcase of the ensemble cast and its lead actors in the said play.
That’s purely magical, almost so “dream-like”.
And as one blogger cried while he looked at the handsome young man who took care of his “shell”, as he cried, too, in one dramatic highlight of the play- he felt something else…
HE FELT, the victory of the Philippine Stagers Foundation as the best performing group now in the land will never be tarnished-
WORDS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS (COURTESY OF MR. ALEX DATU AND MS. MONA PATUBO) OF THE CESB EVENT WITH PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION AS ITS VERY SPECIAL GUEST, BELOW: