“THE GUARDS”

 

“THE GUARDS”

 

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ABOUT US?

ONCE UPON A TIME, WE ALL LIVED

BUT IN A GLIMPSE OF AN EYE,

WE WERE GONE.

 

YET, WE STAYED ON

FOR ALL OF YOU.

STANDING GUARD AMID THE STORMS,

THE WARS, AND THE DISASTERS…

YES, WE LOST ALL OUR LIVES-

BECAUSE OF ‘YOU’.

 

WHEN YOU LOOK-UP UPON THE STARS,

WE SMILE.

BECAUSE WE KNOW, YOU CAN SEE ALL OF US

AS YOU LOOK-UP UPON US ON A DARK, DARK NIGHT.

 

THE RAINBOW APPEARS,

BECAUSE OF ‘ONE’.

HIS HOPES ARE HIGH,

HIS LOVE UNBREAKABLE.

 

THUS, WE CAME.

AND STAND GUARD.

 

AS THE SON OF GOD DIES,

WE MUST DO OUR TASKS-

OF BEING ‘THERE’

 

FOR YOU

FOR EVERYONE…

 

FOREVER.

 

(as the words were written in the clouds of forevermore, dated march 31, 2015- by the “64′).*

 

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“THE PRAYER OF 65”

 

EL GAMMA PENUMBRA’s moving tribute to survivors – TYPHOON YOLANDA

many thanks to:
HerculeanBreed, (for the vid above uploaded on youtube.com)

 

“THE PRAYER OF 65”

 

GOD,

GIVE US STRENGTH TO STAND GUARD

GIVE US LIFE TO FILL-IN GAPS

GIVE US MORE WEAPONS FOR THE BATTLES

HERE AND BEYOND…

 

YOU ALONE KNOWS

YOU ALONE PREVAILS

YOUR GREATEST LOVE OF SAVING THE HUMAN KIND

IS THE GREATEST AND MOST ENDEARING LOVE OF ALL.

 

YOU DIE EVERY YEAR FOR US,

THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST

AND WE WILL BE HERE IN HIS PLACE

UNTIL HE RISES UP AGAIN

ON THE DAY OF EASTER SUNDAY.

 

IN THE DARKEST HOURS, WE WILL STAY.

WE CEASE TO LIVE

BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU FOREVER

AND WE WILL PREVAIL THROUGH YOUR GRACE.

 

MAY THE FILIPINO PEOPLE LINGER ON

AND SURVIVE THE MANY TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

THAT THIS WORLD BRINGS

AND AMID THE MANY DISASTERS AND DIFFERENCES IN BELIEFS-

THE FILIPINOS, WE PRAY, MUST SURVIVE.

 

WE BOW AND KNEEL TO YOU, OUR GOD.

FOLLOW YOUR COMMANDMENTS

AND LOVE YOU-

 

UNTIL ETERNITY.

 

(prayer of “65”, written by the gift sent upon by a ‘mother’, in an unknown space and time).*

 

Christ's Crucifixion, as painted by Salvador Dali
Christ’s Crucifixion, as painted by Salvador Dali

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FOR VINCE TANADA AND THE PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

“Pilipinas Kong Mahal” 

“FOR VINCE TANADA AND THE PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!”

(by robert manuguid silverio)

 

The final last performance last Saturday, March 28, of “Filipinas: 1941” held at Adamson University’s theater hall was truly dramatic and emotional for the play’s creator, Mr. Vince Tanada. with more than 300 performances on its whole-year theater run (that included shows in Zamboanga city, Vigan city, Bacolod city, Cabanatuan, Bataan, and many other provinces and schools- aside from SM North Edsa, SM centerpoint, Tanghalang Pasigueno & St. Scholastica’s College’s special regular runs), the musical play is one of the most successful musical plays with many extended runs to date. Indeed, it brought back to us the sacrifices made by many Filipinos at a time of sorrows and great violence inflicted upon us by the foreign invaders. That year was “1941”.
“I am so awed”, veteran film maker Ed Palmos told a blogger as he watched the final performance of the majestic play. “The production is at par with Broadway musical standards, the direction is next to perfection! Even the bit players acted-out with great intensity and power at the background, and the story brought back in me the spirit of true Filipino Nationalism. This kind of play is the one that must be staged at Cultural Center of the Philippines! Truly, it must be! Because everything is in there- the music, the dance, the Patriotism, the grandeur! It’s an amazing play!”
During its final performance at the Adamson University theater hall, V.I.P. people from the theater and arts scene watched. It included Ms. Cecille Guidote-Alvarez of NCCA, literary icon Joe Lad Santos, theater pioneer Mr. Frank Rivera, indie film director Emmanuel dela Cruz, and many other distinguished personalities from different fields.
Also present were movie scribes Julio Cinco Nigado, Art Tapalla, Evo Joel Contrivida, Alwyn Ignacio, Arnel Ramos, Alex Brosas, George Vail Kabristante, plus many more bloggers and media men. Miss Trixie Dauz, from Pep.Ph and photographer Vino Oriarte were the most visible media friends of Vince who were also present that day.
At the final cast party for the play which was celebrated at Bar 157 in Malate, many of the Stagers of Philippine Stagers Foundation cried as they made brief speeches- among them were Oj Abines Bacor, Arnold Gamier and JP Lopez.
Vince “The Man” Tanada was also so emotional at the party, and he whispered to a friend-blogger his great sadness over his dad’s sickness and how his dad did his best to stand-up in his hospital bed just to see him. Vince’s tears flowed afterwards as he embraced his blogger-friend.
“My Stagers needs me, I must always be with them, too”, Vince also said afterwards.
The loyal fans of PSF and Vince also attended the final cast party for the play, among them were Pamela Rose Poral Locillo and Rutchel Leonor.
It’s the first time that director Ed Palmos stayed all throughout a party after more than 30 years. It was because he truly felt comfortable with Vince’s staff and cast.
FOR VINCE TANADA AND THE STAGERS, WE CAN SAY BY NOW- THAT THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
Welcome to the next theater season coming-up for Philippine Stagers Foundation!

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio, with photos by ms. trixie dauz and mr. vino oriarte)

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