“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)