‘Ibong Adarna’ enchants audiences anew

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Brothers Don Diego, Don Pedro, and Don Juan have to find the magical Ibong Adarna to save the life of their ailing father, King Fernando

Brothers Don Diego, Don Pedro, and Don Juan have to find the magical Ibong Adarna to save the life of their ailing father, King Fernando

One of the most celebrated Philippine literary masterpieces, Ibong Adarna, enchants audiences anew as part of Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s 39th season.

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This classic tale of love, deceit, and forgiveness follows the journey of three brothers—Don Diego, Don Pedro, and Don Juan—from the kingdom of Berbanya and their pursuit to catch the magical healing bird, Adarna, to save their ailing father, King Fernando.

In collaboration with Fullhouse Asia Production Studios Inc., this 2016 staging of Ibong  Adarna, with the contemporary version written by Ed Maranan, enjoys a highly Pinoy rendition as it follows a Muslim setting.

“We made Ibong Adarna visually and audibly very Filipino. They’ll see Muslim dances, Muslim culture, the color and pageantry of the Muslim costumes, showcasing our rich cultural heritage,” said director, production designer, and GTF board member, Roobak Valle.

“It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: They’ll learn the beauty of the Filipino language and at the same time they’ll hear, see, and feel the true Filipino culture in our production,” he added.

Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild founder, Randy Guevara, headlines the choreography accompanied by traditional music performed live by select musicians from renowned dance company, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.

The cast includes former Eat Bulaga  child prodigy BJ ‘Tolits’ Forbes as Don Juan, alongside GTF senior members Joey de Guzman as Ermitanyo and Abel Napuran as Haring Salermo.

Joining them are other GTF actors including Jhuniel Gojit (Ibong Adarna), Rachel Hernandez (Reyna Valeriana), Raffy Echem and Edwin Domino (Haring Fernando), Jeff Carpio (Don Pedro), Raymond Talavera (Don Diego), Jernice Matunan and Kate Weaver (Donya Maria Blanca), Ellrica Laguardia (Donya Leonora), and Astrid Hernandez (Donya Juana), to name a few.

Ibong Adarna   soared at the AFP Theater on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; will be seen at Star Theater, Star City on October 7 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and at SM Southmall Cinema 3 on October 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m..

Contact the Gantimpala marketing office at 998-5622 or 872-0261 for more information and ticket reservation.

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