Sunday, August 21, 2011

Women of Faith: The Second Staging of Filipina...Bakit Ikaw?


The opening scene of the play is set in a church where all three leads pray for God's guidance as they face the struggles that lie ahead. This prologue established that women in general face their challenges through the passive approach of prayer and sacrifice.

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Felice is the first to impart her story to the audience. A single mom who went to Saudi Arabia in search for a better future for her family, especially for her baby. She reveals that she tried to commit abortion as she was afraid to face this unwanted pregnancy without the father of the child who abandoned her after she told him he was pregnant.



Her attempted abortion led to a dreadful lifetime condition for her child in the form of cerebral palsy. Felice then faces life in Saudi Arabia to be able to be able to save for her child's medication.


Through dance numbers, the re-enactment of Felice's abusive experiences as an OFW has been portrayed more meaningfully and captured the audience more deeply.

Felice then finds herself behind bars, impeded from her quest for prosperity to be able to answer the expenses for her child's medication. Even in despair, Felice cries out her unending battle for her child.

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The second story opens with a sizzling dance number as the setting changes from abroad to a local night club.


A coquettish woman came out scandalously shouting at her rival at the club.


Though very much attuned with the vulgar ways of the club, when Pinpin starts to talk about her humble beginings, the audience starts to see in her the simple and innocent girl she once was.

Pinpin dances with a partner during "the big night".


Little did she know that the dance would actually lead to her forceful loss of virginity.

After the show, Pinpin felt so low as her womanity has been gravely offended. Still that night led to her being in demand in the club, having customers who pay a great sum of money in exchange of a short term clandestine physical pleasures.


Pinpin engages herself to this kinds of transactions until she fell in love with John, an American customer who never pushed her for any intercourse. Though it turned out be unrequited, she admired John for respecting her as woman. This made her decide to run away from the club and start a new life again.



Finding herself positive with HIV, Pinpin finds herself in agony as if the challenges in her life keep pouring in and never stop.

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The third and last story may have been treated lightly through the punchlines given out by the lead actors in the scene but nonetheless the weight of this episode's issue is the same as the first two: the inequality between husband and wife.



Yna tells her story of being a young and carefree woman until she got married to Hener due to her early pregnancy. She got into a call center and goes to work even though she's pregnant and assigned in the night shift.


The last part of the trilogy portrays how sweet relationships may start during courtship until being together as a couple.


Yna caught her husband with another woman in their own house. Even in the critical months of her pregnancy, Yna confronted Hener and didn't want to reconcile.



After a while, the two talked things through and reconciled as unlike before, now they are married to one another and Yna is soon to give birth to their first born.

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During the epilogue, the three women still thanked the one above despite the trials that they have been through in life. After their sacrifices, now comes their hope with prayer. Being passive about most things make women seem to be weak but in reality, prayer, sacrifice and hope are what strengthens women and keep them going in their everyday lives.


OBRA Inc., a SEC registered non-stock cultural organization, produces quality stage and film productions with socially relevant themes in its quest to enrich the arts through bringing awareness to the youth and instigating them to make a change.

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CAST

Herna Estillore -------------------------------------------------------Filomena (Felice)
Racquel Ceballos ------------------------------------------------------Josefina (Pinpin)
Juvelyn Dincol -----------------------------------------------------------Rosalina (Yna)
Archipus Jun Perucho-------------------------------------------------------------Gener
Romel Marfa---------------------------------------------------------------------Ruben

Contemporary Dancers------------------------------Allan Sandoval and Kristine Tongson


PRODUCTION STAFF

Writer-------------------------------------------------------------OBRA Pool of Writers
Director------------------------------------------------------------------Jesie Barandino
Production Manager-------------------------------------------------------Juvelyn Dincol
Marketing Head----------------------------------------------------Archipus Jun Perucho
Publicity and Media Relations Head--------------------------------------Michelle Ann Rio
Stage Manager/Sponsorship Head---------------------------------------Kristine Tongson
Asst. Stage Manager------------------------------------------------------Virginia Castillo
Technical Directors---------------------------------------Romel Marfa and Marcel Javier
Production Design---------------------------------------------------------Allan Sandoval

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Thank you to our media partners and special guests:

1. Angel Reyes of Slick 9

2. Alex Datu of Radyo Uno DZME 1530

3. Bong dela Torre

4. Zeny Handang and Indiana Arabin

5. Giovanni Cadag and Ian Paz of PUP Sining-lahi Polyrepertory

6. NBN 4 The Morning Show and Beautiful Batangas

7. Philippine Starweek

8. Orange Magazine TV

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See you all again on September 10, 3 pm at CAP Auditorium for the third run of Filipina...Bakit Ikaw? For ticket reservations and other inquiries, contact Michelle Rio at 0918-5123600 or obraincorporated@gmail.com.

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