(from sssip: video above not connected with the play “Kanser”, we simply grabbed it at Youtube.com. Video above courtesy offelixbautista).*
Dr. Jose Rizal’s teachings and messages for the Filipino people is still the most valuable strength for our country. It’s the still the most precious GEM to reckon with- messages that was implied through his two classic novels- Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Without those two novels, the Philippines could have been left UNGUIDED. Not knowing their true Filipino selves.
Stories, characters, symbolism, representations and anecdotes created by Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, were so eternal, lasting, profound. And until now, those situations still EXIST. Continuing on with the present-day SOCIETY.
Through the play KANSER (a play with music), which is Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s longest-running play, and to date, also the longest-running play in Philippine Theater history, Rizal’s legacy, especially to the Filipino youth could be felt over and over again.
A lot of many respected theater performers have appeared and acted on this play- the likes of Tommy Abuel, Pen Medina, Grace Amilbangsa, Alan Paule, Cris Pastor, Joel Molina, Christine Joy Mangahis, to name a few.
And this year, a new round of actors/actresses- all respected on the theater scene- appears on this new version of KANSER. And we do feel, with their outright dedication and willingness to offer a part of themselves to breathe life anew to the said classic play, we felt we must pay TRIBUTE to them, in our own simple way.
And here it is. THE CAST OF THIS YEAR’S “KANSER” (a play with music). IN PICTURES!!!
(PHOTOS BY JHAY-R LAGRIMAS, OF RIGHT CLICK PHOTOGRAPHY)
It was a rainy morning but the sky was clear. And somehow, the rains gave one lonely writer a feeling of comfort, though, he never knew why. He felt competitive, wanting to challenge the rain and erase all those feelings of losses and pains. Or maybe, he simply wanted to start anew.
The heavy traffic that morning didn’t become a hindrance, either. The comfort he felt with the rain made him feel relaxed and tranquil- not the ‘panicky-type-of-feeling’ he had always felt in the past. He was on his way that day to meet a celebrity friend that would accompany him to the rehearsals of Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s upcoming new mild musical version of the longest-running play-KANSER.
The celebrity friend was no less than award-winning theater director Frannie Zamora, who was also so generous enough to treat him at a luxurious Korean-Japanese restaurant near the Broadway Centrum, complex area. The lunch was fabulous with laksa noodles, fresh vegetable lumpias, and more. Afterwards, they both proceeded to the venue of the rehearsals at the AFP theater.
Braving the very heavy traffic in that 12-noon time of day, the lonely writer felt redeemed upon reaching the rehearsal venue, and this time, newcomer Jansen Aguilar joined them as they met upon him at the gates of the AFP camp. At once, the tranquil feeling was transformed into something more professional this time, and no longer personal. Seeing those theater actors and actresses inside the rehearsal venue, all ready to get their works done, and the production staff/team so well-organized with their job system, nothing else would have mattered.
We saw all the names of the complete cast of the play written on a computerized paper and we copied all the names in our notes. Everything was written in paper, even the by-rules of the house theater group, the play’s scripts, and other detailed materials including the songs. With that, lesser tensions and pressures was eased by now.
All the performers were now holding their scripts, ready for the script-reading sessions and lines to be spoken by each. What a great feeling. Seeing all these creative artists in front of you, reading their lines and all, and further more reuniting with their hidden passions on the performing arts, it was, indeed, a good day to linger in.
As the words were spoken, the real “soul” emerged. It was, maybe, the soul of Dr. Jose Rizal himself- the creator of the book Noli Me Tangere as to which the play Kanser was adapted upon- so efficiently and truthfully. In those words spoken by the lines in the play by each of the cast, Dr. Rizal’s teachings and messages was again felt by the lonely writer. Words that spoke of freedom, of unity, of bravery.
And those words, yes, those words- were the very words that made one country rose up from the ashes and emerged as one independent nation that the Filipino youths of today were enjoying. Once again, we believed- that- “THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD”.
Through those words on the play’s script, we could imagine how beautiful this new mild musical version of KANSER is going to be. That the students and that the youths must know and watch anew. Relieve their own Filipino values and PRIDE.
For many years now, Gantimpala Theater Foundation had fought. They fought to preserve this “jewel” of a literary creation that a hero had written, that a genius had died for, that a co-Filipino had sacrificed for. Through the power of the performing arts, the ‘soul’ and the passion must be relieved over and over again- for the young to know and continue on with the LEGACY.
“Without any major sponsors backing us up, we continued fighting for our theater group to survive”, director Frannie Zamora said to the lonely writer before that writer left the venue of the rehearsals. “Sometimes, we felt like quitting. But once you see the students watching our plays and through their faces we saw anew the hope and true identity of us Filipinos, our energiescontinue to zest up. This year’s version of KANSER, I promise, is going to be a very beautiful one.”
The lonely writer moved on, as he left. He went down by the marble stairs of the theater’s facade and walked past the AFP camp. The rains had stopped somehow, but the skies were clearer.
On a clear day, you could see EVERYTHING.
And among the people who goes on living not just because of money or any material gains were the people who works for theater. It’s a mission that God never fails to see-
(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio, on a moment when separate dimensions somehow fixed-in and stood still-amidst the ever-changing tides of ETERNITY).*
(Photos below by Mr. Lagrimas, taken during the first day of rehearsal of the play “KANSER”, that would be seen on the month of September).
THE PERFORMERS ON THE PHOTOS: Carlo Manalac, KL Dizon, Francis Matheu, Dea Formacil Chua, Roeder Camanag, Jansen Aguilar, Ma. Victoria Mina, Abigail Asuncion, Joey de Guzaman, Jovito Bonita, Albert Solis, Angela Ilustre, Angelo Miravilla, Norman Penaflorinda, Vangie Inocencio, Greg Porcula, Francis Cruz, Edwin Domino, Khryz David, VJ Estajero, jennifer Tolentino, Sherwin Dajay, Carlo Erpelo …. and, Mr. Frannie G. Zamora with Charyl Chan de Guzman.
I NEVER DISCOVERED HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE NOT UNTIL MR. MARTIN BELLOSILLO, THE GODFATHER OF ELITES MODEL MANAGEMENT, TOGETHER WITH ACTOR JANSEN AGUILAR SAW YOU… THEY WERE THE VERY FIRST ONES WHO SAW AND REALLY RECOGNIZED HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE. THEY FOUND YOU SO CUTE ‘DAW’ WHEN THEY SAW YOU WALKING IN FRONT OF OUR SUBDIVISION CHAPEL.
I GOT SO FLATTERED.
AND WHEN HIGH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER JOEY GONZALES AND HMUA (HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST) LENARD VASQUEZ SAW YOUR PHOTOS AT FACEBOOK, THEY READILY SAID “YES” FOR A TRIAL PHOTO SHOOT….
YOU ARE STILL SO YOUNG, 11 YEARS OLD ONLY, BUT YOUR BEAUTY IS ALREADY BLOOMING. YOU ARE NOW THE NEW “BABY” OF THIS BLOG SITE. YOUR UNCLE’S BLOG SITE- SSSIP.WORDPRESS.COM
TOGETHER WITH DWAYNE, YOUR COUSIN AND MY NEPHEW ALSO-, AND YASSU, OUR JAPANESE RELATIVE- WOW, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PHOTO SHOOT THAT TRANSFORMED INTO AN ETERNAL FEELING FROM ME- YOUR UNCLE ROBERT.
IT WAS QUITE A RAINY SUNDAY, BUT STILL, THE PHOTOS WERE AMAZING!
THANK YOU, MR. JOEY GONZALES (THE PHOTOGRAPHER FROM “THE PICTORIALIST”) AND ASSISTANT ALEX ESQUIVEL FOR THESE GREAT PICTURES.
THANK YOU, MY KUMARE LENARD VASQUEZ FOR THE HMU (HAIR & MAKE-UP) OF DENISE AND FOR THE GROOMING OF DWAYNE AND YASSU.
THAT DAY WAS TRULY MEMORABLE FOR ME!!!— BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO
FROM SSSIP 🙂 WATCHOUT SOON THE MORE “YUMMY” AND FASHIONABLE PICTURES OF ELITES MODEL AND GMA ARTIST NIKKI CO AS PHOTOGRAPHED BY MR. JOEY GONZALES “THE PICTORIALIST”, WITH HIS CREATIVE STAFF ALEX ESQUIVEL AND LA LOY. TOGETHER WITH NIKKI IN THOSE GREAT PICTURE SHOTS ARE PAUL JANSEN ONG AND JV BENITO VILLEGAS!!!! SOON!
Sa ikatlong araw ng The Elites Acting & Modelling Workshop, tunay namang humanga at sumaya si Blogger SSSIP sa kanyang mga estudyante at workshop participants nu’ng araw na iyon. Very attentive at eager ang lahat. Kapag nagsasalita na ang kanilang teacher, lahat sila’y nakikinig ng husto. At kapag may mga exercises naman- like physical exercises and acting exercises- ibinibigay ng lahat ng workshop participants ang galing at kakayahan nilang lahat sa pag-arte. Kaya naman tuloy lalong ginanahan ang teacher (ako po iyon) na magturo nuong araw na iyon.
Si dad Martin Martin naman ay nago-observe ng maige. Gusto niyang makita ang mga anak niya at ma-pinpoint ang mga plus-factors ng mga alaga niya para naman kapag may mga projects na sa pag-arte, alam niya ang kakayahan ng mga ito.
Maraming salamat kina Aljon Salonga, Patricia Carriedo, Paul Dominic Aquino, PJ Aguilar Ong, Felix Christian Zepeda, Ladylyn Joy Agconcil, Danny Abella, Matthew (we forgot his surname, dad Martin), Abby, Camille, javen, at iba pa na mga nagsidalo nu’ng araw na iyon. Talagang lumalabas na ang galing nilang lahat sa pag-arte!
And now, the most important thing that happened that day ay ang pagdalo ng tinitingalang direktor sa teatro (who recently won as Best Director for a Musical Play sa nakaraang Aliw Awards) na walang iba kundi si direk Franniel Zamora. Inimbita siya ni Blogger SSSIP na maging V.I.P. guest speaker nu’ng araw na iyon ng workshop. Ang gaganda ng mga sinabi at tinuro ni direk Fran sa mga estudyante nu’ng araw na iyon. He shared some words of wisdom, acting techniques and advices. Kaya naman ‘touched na touched” ang lahat sa mga sinabi ni direk Fran. At babalik ulit siya sa 4th day of Acting Workshop to give them some physical and acting exercises naman.
Salamat din kay Mr. Edwin DC, our friend from Work With me Photography at sa kasamahan niyang photographer din na si Maro Francia. Talaga namang very supportive sila sa naganap na workshop.
AND NOW WE CAN SAY, MAGPAPATULOY ANG THE ELITES ACTING & MODELLING WORKSHOP. WALANG MAKAPIPIGIL SA AMEN. HINDI KAMI MGA “PABEBE” NA TULAD NG IBA DYAN. NEED I SAY MORE, DAD MARTIN? GO, GO, GO, ELITES!!!
MORE PHOTOS BELOW, PHOTOS TAKEN BY: MR. EDWIN DC AND MR. MARO FRANCIA