Stage read­ing ‘Ar­bol de Fuego’ set

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY CARLA N. CAÑET

A STAGE read­ing dubbed “Ar­bol de Fuego” writ­ten by Rody Vera will be held on Novem­ber 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and De­cem­ber 1 at the Pope John Paul II Dioce­san Cul­tural Cen­ter at Lizares Araneta in Ba­colod City.

Ar­bol de Fuego di­rec­tor Rene Hi­no­jales and Per­flab Artis­tic di­rec­tor Tanya Lopez said the play is a dram­edy adapted from An­ton Chekhov’s clas­sic play “The Cherry Or­chard.”

The play was adapted by Rody Vera to the Filipino con­text, specif­i­cally, the Ne­grense set­ting in the late 1970s and it was then trans­lated to Hili­gaynon by the cast.

Ar­bol de Fuego re­volves around the de­cline of a landed wealthy fam­ily set dur­ing the Mar­tial law in Tal­isay, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

The Jardelezas grew up in a lav­ish, pam­pered life in Ha­cienda Car­men.

Af­ter a tragic in­ci­dent, En­riq­uitta Jardeleza with her daugh­ter Nena went to Madrid, Spain. Sev­eral years af­ter, capri­cious En­riq­uitta went back home and is now faced with in­sur­mount­able debts. Her re­main­ing in­her­ited prop­erty, the Ha­cienda Car­men, known for its tit­u­lar grove of Ar­bol de Fuego (fire tree), is on the verge of be­ing auc­tioned. Nonoy Tik­ing, a son of the Jardeleza’s for­mer sug­ar­cane farm­hand who be­came rich with his busi­nesses, sug­gests big plans to save the land by cut­ting down the fire trees and mak­ing a sub­di­vi­sion. As the threat of their in­evitable de­cline slowly sinks in, En­riq­uitta’s fam­ily faces a dilemma if they will alow her to con­tinue with her lav­ish ways or if she will save her­self from bankrupcy by let­ting go of her beloved Ha­cienda Car­men and its fa­mous Ar­bol de Fuego.

The cast in­cludes Lovelle Bel­locillo as En­riqui­etta, Char­lene Mae Tupas as Char­ito, Leezo Dion­zon as Nena, Nonilon Tor­pez as Nonoy Tik­ing, Noel Pa­hayu­pan as Pin­dot, Mandy Alimon as Mi­toy, Mil­ton Dion­zon as Chi­tong, Louie Dormido as Manoy Ik­ing, Gabriel Ed­u­cado as Dante, Noel Mo­rales as Kane, Mark Gar­cia as Caloy, Chris­tine Con­cep­cion as Nini, Vin­cent Escalona as Sun­dalo and Vi­cente Dum­dum as Sakada.

Tick­ets are at P150 for reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion and P100 for stu­dents, se­nior ci­ti­zens and per­sons with dis­abil­ity.

Part of the pro­ceeds of this en­deavor will be used for the im­prove­ment of the Pope John Paul II Dioce­san Cul­tural Cen­ter at the Sa­cred Heart Sem­i­nary.*

CARLA CAÑET

THE cast of “Ar­bol de Fuego” with di­rec­tor Rene Hi­no­jales

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