Despite his very taxing job and tasks, Mr. Vince Tanada, “the man” behind Philippine Stagers Foundation’s latest opus play- “Filipinas: 1941”, appeared to be relaxed and calm while directing and blocking the remaining few big scenes of the said play- during one of its final rehearsals last June 28.
“I don’t want to be stressed-up”, Vince said to a blogger-visitor. “I prefer to be relaxed while doing my job. It happened to me before that I got so hyper and pressured, I was hospitalized. I don’t want that to happen again.”
Directing and blocking those few, remaining big musical numbers with complicated dance choreography was hard as we saw it. But Vince was calm and composed, only raising his voice when someone didn’t quite follow his directions.
“I also credit my choreographer and stage manager, Mr. John Paul San Antonio for doing his job well and helping me out a great deal”, Vince said once more. “He is so good. We never had any conflicts.”
But the Stagers of Philippine Stagers Foundation all performed well that afternoon while rehearsing infront of some bloggers-guests who all wanted a glimpse of the final rehearsals of this much-awaited play. It was already “performance level” on their part. Looking at each of them was such a delight- they all acted-out with great intensity, power and grace.
Among the outstanding “scene-stealing” Stagers that the bloggers saw were Jomar Tanada Bautista, Allence Villanueva, Gabby Bautista, JV Cruz, Kenneth Miles, Kevin Posadas, Vince himself, Chin Ortega, Chris Lim, Adelle Lim, Raymond Diolan Rances, Poul Garcia, Cindy Liper, JP Lopez, newcomers Reggie and Erwin, and of course, Patrick Adrian Libao.
Vince even had his tears fell-off in one of the most moving musical number of the play. It penetrated deep in the emotions of the two bloggers who both saw him cry. A very sensitive performance.
PSF hearthrob Poul Garcia, together with Chin Ortega also “showed-off”. In one great tragic scene, Poul’s emotions were almost as real- the anger and the madness. While Mr. Ortega was so sympathetic in his characterization as a victim of war.
The play was all-about The Bataan Death March- how the ordinary Filipino fought-off, died, inter-mingled with one another and showed the beauty of courage and patriotism- even in the most darkest hour of Philippine History.
It also showed brotherly love of two brothers caught in the midst of violence and hatred- how one tried to escape it, and the other, tried to face it.
But great KUDOS to Mr. JV Cruz for he managed to steal our “attention”. As part of the choral ensemble but always on the background, JV could be seen clearly because he could ACT AND DELIVER, even managed to steal the scene-away from the lead actors. That’s simply great, JV!
In the play again, History will be corrected. Based on the research of Mr. Tanada himself, it were the Filipinos, really, who must be immortalized because of their bravery of fighting for their land- while their “so-called” ally General accepted a payment? And the rest of the American soldiers at that time hid at the back of the front lines while fighting?
These and more would finally see the light of day. It were, the Filipinos, the more than one million Filipinos who all fought on this war and died who must be credited and breath a new life once more. Without them, were will we be now?
One more very interesting about this play “Filipinas: 1941” is the great choreography by John San Antonio. There’s so much darkness, artistry and clarity with all those steps and moves- executed with much unison by the Stagers.
The opening number of this play, with composer Pipo Cifra’s great song “Guerillang Mandirigma” was something a blogger had haven’t seen in his years of quenching for great artistry and fancy. It was so great you couldn’t even breathe in and out- as the Stagers all delivered passion and unique performing skills while dancing and singing.
Yes, Filipinos may be “illiterate or uneducated” as what some foreigners often say in some negative remarks.
They may have not finished their education, or was raised in poverty in a third world country.
Yes, Filipinos may be “domestic helpers” or “japayukis”, again, in some foreign lands…
They may be forever be branded as slaves and “flips” (as what Americans say?)…
But, one thing now could be proven TRUE.
Via the play “Filipinas: 1941”, you’d realize, Filipinos are the real HEROES of the modern-day world…
Filipinos loved and protected their country.
AND FILIPINOS WILL LIVE-
“FILIPINAS: 1941”, A NEW MASTERPIECE OF ATTY. VINCE TANADA IS NOW SIGNING-IN ON THE MONTH OF JULY.
SEE U AT THE SM CINEMAS AND TANGHALANG PASUGUENO…. SOON.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)