Robert:”Ang buhay ay hindi hinahati ng liwanag at oras… Ang buhay? Oo, pinagsasama siya ng oras at liwanag… Pero sinasamahan ng pagmamahal”—- (sabi ni Robert, ang pangunahing tauhan sa istoryang “Pitong Makata”).**
“Hindi ako makatulog kagabi. Panay ang pasok ng mga bagong ‘ideas’ sa sinusulat kong film script. At nung madaling-araw na, naging PITO na ang ‘apat na makata’. Meaning ‘Pitong Makata’ na sila. I am now half way in the STORY LINE. Ang ganda ng istorya!!!
‘Yung apat na makata, may makikilalang tatlo pang mga makata sa Maynila. Kaya naging pito na sila.
Hindi ko alam kung paano pumasok sa isipan ko ang napakagandang film script na ito! I have in my mind as of the moment the cast na siya ring nasa imahinasyon ko ngayon habang nagsusulat. Ang cast: KIERWIN LARENA as Robert (the male lead character of the film script), MICHAEL PANGILINAN as Walter, GERALD SANTOS as Pedro, JANSEN AGUILAR as Anton, NIKKI CO as Michael, MIGGY TOLENTINO as Glenn and introducing JHAY-R LAGRIMAS as Jay. With LANCE RAYMUNDO as Sunny and VINCE TANADA as Vincent in very special roles.
Ako po mismo ang magdidirek ng film script na ito”.
‘PITONG MAKATA’ navigates in.— (mula sa FACEBOOK STATUS ni ROBERT SILVERIO, a.k.a. blogger SSSIP, ukol sa nililikha niyang film script ngayon na tatapusin niya in two months’ time).*
“PITONG MAKATA”…. COMING SOON!!!
ANG MGA ARTISTA SA IBABA ANG MGA GUSTO NI BLOGGER SSSIP NA MAGSIGANAP SA “PITONG MAKATA”:
“Nandito kami! Nandito kami!! Huwag puro siya, kami naman, please!!!”, sigaw ng mga kalalakihan sa mga babaeng kaeskuwela nila bilang reaksyon sa pagtili at paghiyaw ng mga ito nu’ng lumabas sa entablado si Kierwin Larena. “Mas guwapo kami diyan!”
Nu’ng tumingin naman ang isang blogger sa mga lalaking nagsigawan na iyon sa left side audience row ng Cinema 9 sa SM Centerpoint, gusto niyang sumigaw ng ganito: “Nasaan ang guwapo? Nasaaaaaaan!!!”
Kapal n’yo (joke lang….-r.s.*). Ang layo naman ng mga pagmumukha ninyo sa kaguwapuhan ni Kierwin Larena, mas lalo na nu’ng lumabas ito sa bandang katapusan ng dulang KATIPS na maikli na ang buhok at very fresh-looking. Doon kasi sa moment na iyon ng dula, OH MY, doon na sa eksenang iyon halos hubarin na ng mga kababaihang nanonood sa kanya ang kani-kanilang mga “panties” (Wala pong ibig sabihin ito,kunwari lang….-r.s.*). Sa tono kasi ng mga tili ng mga kababaihan sa auidence, tila hinuhubad na talaga ng mga ito ang kani-kanilang mga “panties”, pero hindi naman po, kaya tuloy napa-react na ang mga lalaking kaeskuwela nila at sinabing- “Narito kami, narito kami!!!”
Hahaha. Sa lakas kasi ng stage presence ni Kierwin Larena, na lalong pinaigting ng kanyang angking husay at galing sa pagganap- tumingkad ng husto ang ‘aura’ ng kanyang pagiging isang aktor sa entablado. Lalo pa’t napaka-lovable din nu’ng character na ginampanan niya sa dulang iyon bilang si Greg.
Pasensya na kina Kevin Posadas at Daniel Cruz na pawang Stagers din at ka-alternate ni Kierwin sa role na Greg, dahil nu’ng maka-tatlong beses na naming napanood ang dulang KATIPS, palaging si Kierwin ang natitiyempong gumaganap sa role na Greg at hindi sina Kevin o Daniel (O, sadya bang tinaon lamang namin?Hehehe….-rs*). Kaya naman wala kaming magawa kundi laging si Kierwin lamang ang nare-review namin sa role na iyon.
Ang napansin pa namin, ang galing umalalay ni Kierwin sa mga baguhang Stagers nu’ng araw na iyon sa performance nila sa SM North Edsa. Yung mga New Stagers na medyo nawawala sa choreography, hahawakan kunwari ni Kierwin ang kamay nito at hihilahin palapit sa kanya para makasabay sa sayaw at kanta. Lalo na doon sa new actor na gumanap that day sa papel na ‘Art’, yung young activist na napatay sa dula. Halatang baguhan pa ito sa entablado kaya todo-alalay si Kierwin du’n sa aktor na iyon na kasama niya.
Sa napakagandang ugali ni Kierwin, lalo niyang napabilib ang isang blogger na nanood nung hapon na iyon. After their second performance that day (July 29 performance), nag-standing ovation tuloy ang mga estudyante sa pagtatapos ng dula. Talagang napahanga sila sa lahat ng mga actors and actresses na gumanap sa play.
Huwag na lang sanang sermunan pa ng mga teachers ang mga estudyanteng napatili kay Kierwin, ha, at sa iba pang mga artista sa play na KATIPS. Hindi mo na kasi minsan makokontrol ang emosyon mo kapag nanonood ka ng isang musical play na tulad nito. Bukod sa natangay ka na kasi ng magagandang kanta at musika, talagang napahanga ka pa kasi at sobrang kinilig sa mga artistang gumanap. Kaya hindi mo rin masisisi ang mga estudyante kung nagsisigawan sila. Maski ba sinabihan na sila ni JP Lopez, isang disciplinarian-Stager (ginagawa ito ni JP bago mag-umpisa ang play….-r.s.*) na huwag magsipagtili. Sorry, JP, kung ikaw kasi ay isa sa mga nanonood ng KATIPS, mapapatili ka talaga.
Kierwin Larena, don’t break our hearts!!!!
(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 8am, 12nn 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.
Feelings can never seem to hide. Dreams continue to linger, wherever you may go.
When something personal this way comes, all you’ve got to do is hide… and smile.
It was a jolly Kierwin Larena when we managed to interview him during a break in his rehearsals for the play Katips, the latest theatrical production of Philippine Stagers Foundation. He smiled so often, and his rounded but gentle eyes spoke of something within your soul. He was quick in answering questions and was sensitive enough to know the true, hidden meanings of every word you say.
This young stage actor seems to be low-key, unassuming but kind. But whenever he started acting on stage, the aura and the magnificence of his acting style could make you cry out loud.
It’s been sometime since he last performed on the theater scene, and that right question one blogger thought could be, was: “Was it hard convincing you to act again on stage?”
Kierwin smiled. Because he himself knew, the question was WRONG.
“No one convinced me to make a comeback”, he answered.“I was the one who convinced my mentor, Vince Tanada to allow me to act again, this time for Katips. I approached him one time, and I told him I so badly wanted to act again on stage. You see, it’s my tenth year now as a Stager, something so personal to me. And happily enough, direk Vince agreed and it was like a very special bonus for me.”
In the currently-running musical play Katips, Kierwin alternates with another come-backing fellow Stager, Kevin Posadas, in the male lead character as Greg. It’s such a very meaningful character that highlighted the full meaning and message of what the play was all about- because in Greg’s character, the HOPE was fulfilled.
Can Kierwin further describe the character he portrays on the play Katips?
“The role of Greg is someone who likes to take care of people”, he again answered. “He is a student leader with a great mission in life. He doesn’t mind doing brave acts and he DOESN’T like to dismiss historical facts. The character of Greg is very symbolical. It conveys a message-that what you see, what you feel within AND the factual circumstances around you, should never be denied. And he wants to fight for it.”
Oh, my. What a brave character, indeed. But characters like this one is hard to portray. Why? It’s because it’s kinda scary to portray a NPA young rebel and student leader that may endanger the very life of an actor. Did Kierwin thought about this?
“Nope, I was never afraid”, Kierwin answered mightily. “Because first of all, I am not portraying a character without me knowing the truthfulness of it or any basis for that matter. “The people who lived and participated during the Martial law years fully knows that. Those incidents actually happened, those characters really lived to tell a story. I am not afraid of showing the truth. As an artist, I must really do my part, too.”
Sometimes, people comes back… Sometimes, people had never left at all.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to run… or, escape the feelings that you feel-
You will be cornered.
And you will never know WHY.
“I left because I needed to do some personal things, some very personal things”, Kierwin declared to a blogger. “There was a point in my life that I needed to leave my acting profession for a while because I wanted to finish my law degree. I wanted to become a Lawyer…. But you see, the passion for the Arts simply MAKES ME SANE plus the fact that this is my 10th year as a Stager. Aren’t you happy at all that I came back?”, he finished answering with a question.
Not really, one blogger thought.
Because of all the scenes he saw in the play KATIPS, especially those scenes with Kierwin on it, shone so much brightness in MAGNITUDE and STYLE.
“All my scenes in Katips are challenging. I cannot pick a particular favorite because all are symbolic and so hard to deliver”, Kierwin continued on. “Most of my scenes were set during the ’70’s and ended up in 1986 at the time of EDSA Revolution. In different ages, the character had to manifest developing or growing principles in life. The character’s ideology in different periods of time is indeed a rare chance for an actor like me to portray.”
And the last question goes like this: How was it working with Vince Tanada again, after some time?
“It’s so much fun working with a friend like Vince whom I also consider as my mentor in theater”, came Kierwin’s last words. “We learn a lot from Vince. He’s there to guide us, too. He simply wants us to explore our artistry, or, our own artistic judgement, and this is actually very important for me as an actor. At Philippines Stagers Foundation, we create exceptional camaraderie. Eventually, it reflects in our performances. I mean, the unity that we all shared as a team, it produces a masterpiece like Katips.”
Wherever you may go, a soft heart goes for you.
If someone else owns you,
well, that’s something personal for you.
But what matters most…
day and night,
a heart cares…
(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio)
It felt like magic. Electrifying, too, and ecstatic. That was the time it hit me- as I entered the Cinema One of SM Centerpoint wherein a full-packed audience of young students eagerly awaited the start of Philippine Stagers Foundation’s latest opus play- KATIPS (Ang Mga Bagong katipunero). It suddenly went into me, I mean, that kind of feeling. Maybe, it was already an extra-sensory-perception on my part or what you termed as ESP. I knew already I was going to watch a truly worthy and beautiful kind of a legitimate theater production.
I lingered to look first at the fabulous stage design at the very center front of the stage, rather than look around the noises and clamors I heard made by the students. The stage, it seemed was already inviting, tickling your artistic bones that I would soon see and hear, handsome performers and fascinating music. The stage, again, was just simple, though, but it revealed a deeper meaning- wherein old newspapers and front pages of it were made as wall designs with a cage/cell at the center- which truly implied a masking tape of lies during that era of a forgotten past in Philippine History. Kudos to Mr. Jeffrey Ambrosio, the Stage Designer who conceptualized and executed a masterpiece of art right there on stage.
Minutes later, I heard the music. The beat of an era. A tune so magnifying it at once brought me to a “not-so-forgotten-past” of my own life. It was the music, I knew, created and composed by Mr. Pipo Cifra- for this stage play. And yes, the play started right a time I really wanted it to be.
Ang Picket Sa Mendiola was the Intro Song of this play. The song was delivered in high notes by the Stagers as they all danced and sung it- in a very energetic execution of perfection and high vision. The choreography of this opening number, visualized by Mr. Gerald Magallanes (PSF’s choreographer) almost said it all and you were almost there. Like a magic wand, it turned you into a soul living in an era of the ’70’s or something. And even the young audience, as I looked around them, suddenly went into a “time travel”. They, yes… at once, knew. And now ready for something more.
I felt so happy again seeing the handsome faces and pretty looks of all the Stagers performing. They’re not half-hearted in what they’re doing on stage, but full-hearted and overjoyed in performing. The New Stagers easily mingled-in and coped-up, as the Old Stagers were still the most impressive performers of that night.
The first scenes of the play already highlighted the main conflict of that era they were presenting in an artistic medium. It became the “catalyst” of a revolt and an anger. Because those “people in power” at that time suddenly intervened at a peaceful rally and even ignored the presence of nuns and a priest. They held and shot a professor- which was Ka Manding (performed in a captivating manner by Jomar Tanada Bautista, with New Stager Alex Baylon alternating the role) – the rallysts’ leader, inspiration and idol.
Yes again, the death of Ka Manding became the catalyst and prime mover for the play to revolve. It soon gave birth to the other characters of the play, like the sympathetic character of a teenage boy named Art (awesomely portrayed by Johnrey Rivas) who’s an editorial staff of a campus newspaper, and of course, to a Balikbayan named Lara (so refreshingly portrayed by newcomer Maya Encila) who happened to be the very daughter of Ka Manding. This was already revealed seconds before Ka Manding died as he entrusted Lara to Greg (the play’s male lead actor and portrayed in a magnificent way by Kierwin Larena, with Kevin Posadas alternating) if ever he dies as the military people head-locked him and soon, he was shot and killed.
The play, all the more, continued on with mightier power, angst and tension. The music afterwards became transforming in many different emotions of love, flattery, subversiveness and revelations. I basically loved so much the song Bawal Kang Magsalita, not because of its unique music, but the message it implied. Panyong (the second male lead character of the play and portrayed with perfection and mastery by Vince Tanada) sang the song emotionally which only further made you feel how uncomfortable the life was during that era. Where people’s mouths were shut-up and taped. It was made clear the true message of the play.
Oh yes, the LIVE BAND. Whoa. It’s so good to the ears. I thought in a while, I was watching a rock classic- Jesus Christ Superstar ‘coz the feeling was exactly like that. Unique, surprising, trend-setting.
Thank you very much to Mr. Robert Encila and his band- because with the Stagers singing live in full force, the more they became impressive and the play exciting.
The costume design of Ms. Emy Tanada was colorful, passionate, authentic- and it provided more the feeling of ‘deja vu’ to whomever might want to have that kind of feeling while watching the play. The way the people dressed-up in the ’70’s could be perfectly be seen in this play.
The lighting of Art E. Gabrentina was Hollywood-ish in style in style and execution. It moved in varying colors degree of grandeur and “picture-like frames”, like, you are inside a photo studio of great, powerful lights.
The torture scenes of this play were the scenes I couldn’t bear. It was so heavy to look and watch at, but had to be presented that way because of its truthfulness. It had to be executed for the audience to know that it was really the way that those “people in power” at that time responded to rebellion. But they did it overboard. And Crimes Against Humanity didn’t set the records straight.
What made this play so impressive, really, to this blogger was the acting unison of all the Stagers. But they were able to do it because of great support from the major cast- most especially to Ms. Adelle Ibarrientos-Lim whose character in the play- as Alet– would further convince you of the treachery done to the little ones, the poor ones, the less-fortunate ones- as they were abused by the “people in power”.
Maya Encila as Lara was pretty convincing, too.
The supporting cast in persons of Glenn Magallanes, Rutchell Leonor, Vean Olmedo, Rospel Ann Gonzales, Johnrey Rivas, Hark Montillana, Jessica Evangelio, Oj Bacor, Marjorie Militar, Chin Ortega, De’Rotsen Etolle, Daniel Cruz, Chris Lim, JP Lopez, Art Andrade, Arian Golondrina, Levi Bracia and the rest of all of the Cast Ensemble, all did a terrific job. Even in small roles, they managed to steal “awes and wows”.
And lastly, no words could best describe the alluring direction of this play masterpiece. I bow my heads on you, Mr. Vince Tanada!
In the heart of one man, it was his task that only mattered. A task so dangerous and life-threatening. A task that could be called invisible to the naked eye, but gravitational in force and might.
Kierwin Larena as Greg delivered that. His character must live to serve as a “rainbow of hope amidst the changing tide”.
As Kierwin suddenly appeared anew in the ending scene of the play, and as the audience thought he had already died, the shrieks and shouts of the young students who watched became ear-defying to the blogger who was among them.
Not just because they saw hope, but also, because of the fact that the character became so much handsomer with his shorter hair cut, minus the groovy-shady looks, too. The actor came back and the promise fulfilled.
Together with the other actors of the play, a character only becomes alive if the actor gave his SOUL.
And Mr. Kierwin Larena surely delivered that.
(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio)
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY MR. VINO ORIARTE BELOW, TAKEN DURING THE SECOND DAY OF PERFORMANCE OF “KATIPS”:
MEN. Grown-up boys that continues ‘play’ with life’s many struggles.
MEN. The brave ones. The fighters in the field. The advocates of goodwill. The prime movers of CHANGE.
MEN. The warriors. The saviours. The soldiers. And most of all, the ‘revolutionaries’ and the ‘democrats’…
IN THE latest play written by Atty. Vince Tanada, all these definitions and infinite feelings about men were clearly captured and felt.
The title of the play: “Dilaw O Pula”.
One blogger could almost touch the ‘souls’ of the two male characters of the play, as they tried to escape the past that kept on coming back inside the tiny jailhouse cell they both shared together.
It was all too painful. You’d cry as they enacted the tortures inflicted on them by the “people in authority” who both jailed them.
The physical dillemas, the sufferings, the mental anguish…
And it was presented in such a very dark & artistic “torment” acted onstage as the two lead characters briskly changed emotions- minute by minute- and the mood varied and the texture changed.
It was a very hard task for the actors. Changing your emotions at once onstage could bring you DELUSIONS. But the two male leads bravely handled it- the result was FANTASTIC.
Beautiful, horrifying, dramatic.
KIERWIN LARENA played the “red” man.
His face was extremely handsome onstage, but it didn’t distract the many unique “characterizations” he sensitively portrayed as he acted-out those “evil” characters, mingled with “good & symphatetic” ones that dwelt upon his life as a RED man.
Yes, again, one blogger could almost touch Kierwin’s soul.
His voice was distinctly manly- deep and penetrating. The “eye-stares” were very much embracing…
He sat there onstage looking at his fellow inmate, but you’d already cried, along with his simple body movements and implied words.
When he bared his body- in one totally naked sex scene and kissing scene with his fellow male inmate- you won’t feel “off”. It was magical to look at. Almost like “an eternity”… As two beautiful male inmates bonded and shared their love in one passionate ACT…
Chris Lim was the YELLOW man.
He was the hopeful character. The fellow male inmate that the RED man loved for eternity.
The yellow man tried his best to look at life inside that tiny cell with great optimism. Lifting-up the spirit of the fellow inmate who loved him most. And took care of his unpacked clothes and things because he’s hopeful that they’d be freed soon.
In the last night of the day to come for their release, the passion became too strong and they kissed each other so hard on the lips. The kiss lasted long and they embraced each other tightly, until they both stripped totally NAKED while standing and it led to the most powerful CLIMAX that one ‘thirsty blogger of artistic performances’ had ever seen ACTED upon onstage.
Chris Lim was so awesome in this ‘nerve-wrecking’ play.
While Kierwin was so POWERFUL. He could command everyone to stare at him- the whole audience- as he masterfully delivered his ‘unforgettable’ performance.
At first glance, Kierwin might look like ‘just another guy next door’, but to almost everyone’s surprise, he’s the most powerful theater actor (most of all to the blogger who had watched the exhibition/intimate preview of this play) you had ever seen. Truly wonderful.
The play is slated to compete at the coming Palanca Awards for Literature and will soon be staged by the Philippine Stagers Foundation.
And again for the last time, for that same ‘thirsty’ blogger, he concluded and could confidently assure to everyone else that this play was better than the Broadway version of “Kiss of the Spiderwoman”? Though, Atty. Vince Tanada admitted that it was somehow inspired from that said Broadway play….
And to add, a lot better than the recently-staged “Halik Ng Tarantula” of Ms. Bebe Gandanghari? For now and ever, we dare say YES.
But the play “Dilaw o Pula” was independent in touch and ‘look’, it was as if, it’s the most original one. How could Mr. Vince Tanada do this?
With his sensitivity, maybe? With his compassionate soul? Or with his utmost manliness?
We could never be sure. But we would soon bend our knees infront of VINCE… Hold his hands and say: “You’re simply great.”