EYE-OPEN­ING STAGE PLAYS

Sun.Star Davao - - PHOTO OPS - BY MARK PERANDOS / Pho­tog­ra­pher

What if our na­tional hero Doc­tor Jose Rizal re­turns and wit­nesses all the events hap­pen­ing in our coun­try, what would he say? Would he also be will­ing to die again for his dear Philip­pines?

Last Oc­to­ber 10, 2018, 45 first year com­mu­ni­ca­tion stu­dents of Holy Cross of Davao Col­lege (HCDC), men­tored by Dahlia Reoma, showed their abil­ity in de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant mes­sages about so­cial is­sues through a stage play called ‘Wa­lik’ that was at­tended by some 800 peo­ple at HCDC gym­na­sium, Sta. Ana Av­enue, Davao City.

‘Wa­lik,’ a Mus­lim word for re­turn is a four-story play based on four so­cial is­sues: ‘Tu­lay’ talked about cor­rup­tion, ‘Tangkulo’ on dis­crim­i­na­tion, ‘Garib’ on poverty, and ‘Aahils Won­der­land’ on hu­man rights.

Mai­mona Wanda Padillo Lao one of the writ­ers of Tu­lay, in an in­ter­view said that mount­ing of the play was never easy due to lack of time in re­hears­ing the script and fund­ing con­straints. But their trust in each other and to God helped them to fin­ish the play.

Lao also un­der­scored the im­por­tance of stag­ing a play about so­cial is­sues. “As a writer, it is es­sen­tial for us to be aware about so­cial is­sues in our so­ci­ety, es­pe­cially be­cause these so­cial is­sues might have a big im­pact in our fu­ture.” Lao said.

The di­rec­tors of the play also shared their view on how im­por­tant it for us to be aware about so­cial is­sues in our so­ci­ety.

“Of­ten times, poverty ang rea­son nganong mag re­sort into other so­cial is­sues ang mga tao. Pero bisan unsa pa ta ka po­bre karon, as long as naga buhat tag maayo nga bu­tang ug na­ga­pan­ingkamot, maka haw-as rata sa kapo­bre­hon (Poverty is of­ten times the rea­son be­hind these so­cial is­sues. But as long as we work hard we can over­come poverty),” Dyanne Theriz Palle of Lagubo Pro­duc­tion, direc­tor of ‘Garib’, said.

“Hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion is a sen­si­tive sub­ject pero im­por­tante sya nga iplay para ma aware ang tanan nga naga ex­ist pani sya nga is­sue sa atoang gen­er­a­tion karon (This must be shown to let the pub­lic know that it still ex­ists),” Han­nah Grace Sing­son, direc­tor of Aahils Won­der­land, shared.

“Ang dis­crim­i­na­tion kay naa lang diha al­ways. Dili nato ma­pansin tun­god kay na cul­ture na sya sa ubang tao. Play­ing it in front of other peo­ple is an eye opener nga an­gay gyud un­dan­gon ning in­gon ani nga pa­matasan (Dis­crim­i­na­tion has al­ways been there and it has em­bed­ded in the cul­ture of peo­ple. Show­ing it through a play is an eye opener to stop it),” John Ryan of Oro Film Pro­duc­tion, direc­tor of ‘Tangkulo’, said.

“Im­por­tante nga ma­pakita sa kadaghanan ang sama ani nga mga play aron tanan ta ma aware sa mga so­cial is­sues nga ki­na­hanglan nato sul­baron (Peo­ple must be aware of so­cial is­sues that need to be ad­dressed,” Jonathan Taboada of Light­bulb Pro­duc­tion, direc­tor of Tu­lay, added.

Rizal does not need to re­turn if our so­ci­ety has a youth like them liv­ing by his state­ment, “Ang ka­bataan ang pa­gasa ng bayan”. Young peo­ple who are awake and striv­ing to achieve their per­sonal dreams and dreams for the so­ci­ety is what our coun­try needs.

Young peo­ple who are awake and striv­ing to achieve their per­sonal dreams and dreams for the so­ci­ety is what our coun­try needs.

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