The provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna and Bulacan were five destinations of Gantimpala Theater’s Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan. More than 100,000 viewers experienced the musical directed by Joel Lamangan and Jun Pablo, with Sandino Martin as Andres Bonifacio, Anna Fegi and Rita de Guzman as Gregoria de Jesus, and RJ Jimenez as Emilio Jacinto.
People were thrilled to watch the musical, describing it as “Andres Bonifacio in steroids,” said blogger Michael King Urieta.
“Superb performances by the actors with a great story line,” said Ms. Harcee Sarmiento, a high school principal from Dagupan, Pangasinan.
“Anna Fegi’s voice captivated our hearts and it was well matched by the performances and vocal styling of Sandino Martin and RJ Jimenez. Lamangan and Pablo’s directorship was excellent. The ensemble was so energetic and they seem to possess a good kind of fierceness,” Mhel Patrick Lomibao of CCNHS shared.
“After watching the production, I have become one of Gantimpala Theater’s biggest fans. Thank you for giving us an unforgettable musical. You did an excellent job—the actors, songs, dances and the fast-paced story made me appreciate more the struggles of Andres Bonifacio,” he added.
“Frankly, I thought it will bore me but when the musical started, Lupang Hinirang pa lang, I was hooked. I had goose bumps all through out the show. When the whole cast sang Pilipinas Kong Mahal, I was in tears,” averred Mayette Lopez Durante.
Alessandra Serrano, a student, declared that “Andres Bonifacio was so amazing, what a powerful voice. Sandino Martin was superb, and the rest of the cast as well.”
Ysrael Mesa enthused, “Katipunan was a very special play because you really see and feel the commitment and passion of the cast when they perform. They were all heart. The musical stirred something in me and I know that those who will watch it, something in you will be stirred as well.”
The Katipunan artists were in rapture as they shared their tales.
Anna Fegi, who played Oryang verbalized, “It’s so exciting to be a part of this living musical production. It is a good professional experience. I share the stage with such a talented, young actor, Sandino Martin. I get to sing Puso Ko’y Lumilipad, RJ Jimenez composed the music with lyrics by Jose Jeffrey Camañag. I get to float across the stage in love. ”
“When I saw the Katipuneros dying one by one, it came to a point when all the voices shouted ‘Kalayaan!’ and then of singing ‘Sugod Mga Kapatid!’ were diminished to a trio of Emilio Jacinto, Gregoria De Jesus and Andres Bonifacio. A beautiful and eye opening moment happened when Sandino Martin took a deep breath and suspended it, and altogether, I saw his knees weakened, shoulders drooped, the gripped in his bolo loosened and I was sure that at this point a howl of defeat will be heard, the moment he releases the breath that he is struggling to suspend, to my surprise his gripped tightened, took a courageous fighting stand and simultaneously raised his bolo as he sang his last word, Sugod!’ Bravo Sandino!” exclaimed librettist Jose Jeffrey Camañag.
Brace yourself as Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan rocks Metro Manila on November 5, (9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.), exclusively showing at Colegio de San Agustin in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, November 20, (6 p.m.), November 21 and 22, (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), at the AFP Theater, Quezon City, November 29, (7 p.m.) at Bonifacio High Street Open Field, November 30, Taguig University, and on December 7, (9 a.m. , 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.), Montano Hall, Cavite City.
Assisting directors Lamangan and Pablo to mount the musical are Bonifacio Ilagan, writer, Jose Jeffrey Camañag, libretto, RJ Jimenez, music; Sonny Aniceto, set design, Ninya Bedruz, light design and production and stage manager is Cicey Alejo.
For tickets and queries, AFP Theater shows, call 998-5622 or 872-0261; Taguig shows, call 528-0603 or text 0921-5286308; and Cavite shows, text 0916-2759938. Visit www.facebook.com/gantimpala. Follow us on twitter @gantimpala_tf.