Sa isa sa mga naging performances ng dulang pinag-uusapan ngayon- ang KATIPS ng Philippine Stagers Foundation- ay napanood ng isang blogger ang version ng Stager na si Jomar Tanada Bautista bilang Panyong (na kung saan ay ka-alternate niya ang uncle niyang si Vince Tanada). Magaling at cute ang performance ni Jomar sa pag-atake ng role na Panyong, at ibang-iba sa atakeng ginawa ng uncle niya. That’s good, dahil hindi mo masasabing ginagaya lamang niya ang version ni Vince sa nasabing role. Refreshing ang performance ni Jomar at puwedeng-puwede rin pala siya sa mga lead roles na tulad nga nu’ng role na Panyong.
Kaya naman right after nu’ng performance ni Jomar, agad na lumapit ang isang blogger sa kanya upang siya’y kapanayamin. Unang tanong namin sa kanya ay kung ano ang masasabi niya sa character na Panyong?
“Panyong serves as an inspiration to the younger generation”, sagot ni Jomar. “It’s all in the lives of the people at that time or era, to be somewhat brave and strong. He is the adviser and the writer of CCP-NPA rebel group at that time- during the Martial Law years. He is also a writer of an underground newspaper which attacks the people in power at that time.
“He is the kind of person that cares for people and his love for his country is so remarkable”, patuloy pa ni Jomar. “That’s why the role is very special for me. These kind of persons represent so many people at that time. And I am so glad that my uncle Vince chose me to be his alternate for this role.”
Anong klaseng mga preparations naman ang inihanda ni Jomar para sa sarili niya to portray the role efficiently?
“Since KATIPS is a musical play, I had a series of voice lessons because Panyong’s character have many song numbers in the play”, muling sagot ni Jomar. “And I also needed to gain weight in order for me to look older than Kierwin Larena, who’s portraying the role of Greg. Si Panyong kasi, mas matanda siya kay Greg. And I can only look older if I get a little fat.
“I also watched a lot of film documentaries pertaining to that historical period of our country”, dagdag na sabi ni Jomar. “Also videos from Youtube. What I saw in those videos, I imitated the actions of those rebel leaders. But I tried to break from the monotony to avoid comparisons.”
Kapag si direk Vince Tanada daw ang direktor mo sa isang dula- “Everything is provided for”, sabi pa ni Jomar.
Kasi, si direk Vince daw ‘yung tipo ng direktor na ibibigay sa ‘yo ang kumpletong mga detalye upang mas mapaghusayan mong gampanan ang iyong papel sa dula. At sa puntong iyon, hindi na gaanong nahirapan si Jomar na gampanan ang isang papel na mahirap i-portray. Tulad nga nu’ng karakter na Panyong sa KATIPS.
Pero ano kaya ang masasabi ni Jomar kung ikukumpara ang acting niya sa acting ni direk Vince?
“Obviously, he does it better!”, mabilis na tugon ni Jomar. “I need to be honest. My uncle is a lot more experienced stage actor. Sa kanya lang ako natuto. And never in my wildest dreams na mahihigitan ko ang galing niya sa pagganap. Plus, the role, of course, fits him better. Pinanood ko siya portraying ‘yung character na Panyong at talagang humanga ako.”
Kailangan pang mag-perform muli ni Jomar sa second set of show that afternoon ng KATIPS, kaya naman isang huling tanong na lang ang tinanong namin: “Ano ang mensahe ng KATIPS para sa lahat ng Pilipino, Jomar?”
“Let us not neglect the sacrifices made by our ancestors, our heroes, our grandfathers and grandmothers”, pagwawakas na sabi ni Jomar. “Filipinos at that time sacrificed a lot for the freedom of our country that the millenial youths like me are enjoying now. This play which relieved the darkest era of our history will serve as an eye-opener. And I can say, Never Again!”
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
#katips schedule for July and August:
July 29 and 30 SM North EDSA Cinema 9 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
July 31 SM North EDSA Cinema 9 9am, 12nn, 3pm (Grand Opening)
August 6 SM Southmall Cinema 3
8am, 11am, 2pm
August 7 SM North EDSA Cinema 9
8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
August 11 Adamson University
August 12 Adamson University
4pm (World Premier)
August 13 SM Centerpoint Cinema 1 8am, 11am, 2pm
August 14 Yuchengco Theatre De La Salle University 9am, 1pm and 5pm
August 20 and 21 SM Centerpoint Cinema 1 8am, 11am, 2pm
August 25, 26, 27 Pampanga and Tarlac (Time and venue to be announced)
August 28 SM Centerpoint Cinema 1
8am, 11am, 2pm
Sched for September onwards will be announced soon.