A poet sometimes goes back to where he was before…
No matter how far his journey may have been…
He will always go back… go back…
to his friends… to his family… to his SOUL.
And now, Carlos Palanca award-winning playwright (who is also a film director) takes us on a journey with FIRE, a great literary piece turned into a wonderful theatrical production-
A PLAY OF INTENSITY.
Catch the latest theatrical production of Tanghalang Pilipino, via Kanakan Balintagos’ “Mga Buhay Na Apoy”.
A JOURNEY NO ONE WOULD SOMEHOW DARE TO BE…
FULL OF RAGE, PASSION… AND LOVE.
As what Ms. Irma Idlawan (the main lead actress on this play) said on the press conference of this new stage play:
“FIRE IS LIFE”.
AND WE AGREE.
(words by robert manuguid silverio, with music above by mr. diwa de leon, which is NOT the music for the play “mga buhay na apoy”, but mr. de leon is the musical director of the play. a separate music is to be used— sssip*)
(A BONUS PERSONAL NOTES FROM KANAKAN BALINTAGOS HIMSELF BELOW):
“This is a prodigal play… I thought I lost this play that I wrote in 1994…
Two decades later it showed itself in 2014…
while I was looking for a possible entry to the Cinema One Originals festival…
(where I eventually did an adaptation of ‘Esprit de Corps’, the very first play that I wrote when I was seventeen)…
And ‘Mga Buhay Na Apoy” found its own way, too…
It had its first public reading at the Virgin Labfest that year,
through the able direction of Rolando Innocencio
and the brilliant editing of dramaturg, Erika Estacio,
The audience was silent, listened to every word and were in tears in the end.
And I realized I had something powerful and magical,
full of beautiful and healing truths…
This year, I direct this creative work,
I can only thank the Creative Intellegence that Guides the Universe,
that in its right time it will be staged in CCP through Tanghalang Pilipino
with a brilliant cast and crew….”
— FROM KANAKAN BALINTAGOS’ OWN WORDS.
THE PLAY “MGA BUHAY NA APOY” WON THE FULL LENGTH PLAY DIVISION AT THE RECENTLY-CONCLUDED CARLOS PALANCA AWARDS FOR LITERATURE.
WHAT A GREAT JOURNEY WITH FIRE, INDEED.
(photos courtesy of the following: axl powerhouse, ms. trixie dauz, tanghalang pilipino fb page and mr. kanakan balintagos’ fb album on the cast of “mga laruang apoy”.— sssip*)