Philippine drama scene heats up this summer

 Rody Vera’s ‘Pinatay si Mayor!’

Rody Vera’s ‘Pinatay si Mayor!’

The nation’s drama scene gears for a heated summer with the staging of various programs and projects spearheaded by the Committee on Dramatic Arts (CDA) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Pinatay si Mayor! The Harlequin Theater Guild (HTG) of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila will be staging Pinatay si Mayor!, a satire musical that tackles different issues, intricacies and notions surrounding the Filipino election season. Timely, since election season is fast approaching, the musical does not only entertain but also educate the audience on Philippine democracy. It serves as a platform for artists to forward their advocacies on voting and the like through an artistic presentation.

Veteran comedian, actress and political activist Mae Paner joins the scene as Juana Change, the protagonist.

Pinatay si Mayor! is an original work by renowned playwright, Rody Vera and will be directed by DLSU-HTG’s Artistic Director and Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) Senior Member, Raffy Tejada. It will be staged from March 26 to 28 at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium Theatre, DLSU Manila.

Fluid States. The local drama scene continues to flourish with the Philippines’ participation to “Fluid States: International Conference on Performance Studies,” a year-long project initiated globally by the Performance Studies international PSi in partnership with NCCA-CDA and the LINANG Arts and Culture Network, Inc.

One of the components of Fluid States is the Roro Travel where various research correspondences will traverse the archipelago through the “roll-on, roll-off” transport and produce creative outputs and artistic performances beased on their travel experiences.

The Visayas leg of the RoRo Travels for Fluid States is set on March 29 until April 15, followed by the Luzon leg from April 22 to May 12. The final Mindanao leg is scheduled from July 13 to 14.

One hundred cultural collaborators and five international correspondents are expected to participate in the artistic journey of Fluid States.

Senakulo sa Rizal. In solemn commemoration of the Holy Week, the Samahang Nazareno Inc. of Cainta, Rizal stages “Senakulo 2015.” SNI celebrates the life, passion and death of Christ through a dramatization. Senakulo in Cainta also aims to preserve and develop the cultural traditions of senakulo, pabasa and penitensiya as an integral part of the Filipino heritage.

The dramatization is usually a weeklong presentation participated by hundreds of Cainta townspeople. It commences on Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Kamalig: Visayas Theater Network Building Capacity. Kamalig is a month-long workshop on playwriting, scenography, acting and directing which aims to educate and develop budding theatre artists and enthusiasts. It is spearheaded by Teatrokon West Visayas Theater Network, a group organized in 1997 who has led in the promotion and development dramatic arts in the region.

The workshop engages theater artists and practitioners from all over Visayas. It expected to produce a Mini Play Festival from the collaboration of participants from the various classes.

Kamalig will run from April until May at the Phinma Main Gallery of the Negros Museum, in Bacolod City.

For more information, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 or 0928-5081057. Visit


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