Filipino Women Portrayed on Stage

Published on April 22, 2014

On March 22 at the Marian Theater, the College of Arts and Sciences, together with the Bachelor of Arts in English and Theater Arts (ABETA) and the Gender and Development Office, jointly celebrated Women’s Month by staging “The Dancers”, a one-act play, by Alberto S. Florentino.

Mother and Juanito in one of the dramatic moments in the play

Mother and Juanito in one of the dramatic moments in the play

Mang Tomas and son, Tony discusses family issues.

Mang Tomas and son, Tony discusses family issues.

The play is about a typical underprivileged Filipino family having a hard time making ends meet. This family showed the audience how women in some Filipino families are treated. It emphasizes the struggles of a family and how its members try to live normally despite the harshness of poverty.

The family argue whether to send the young Nenita in a bar to work along with her sister Rita.

The family argue whether to send the young Nenita in a bar to work along with her sister Rita.

Mang Tomas eyes Elena closely.

Mang Tomas eyes Elena closely.

After the play, Ms. Ronela Jundos, Gender and Development Coordinator, facilitated an open forum which was the venue for students to express their thoughts about the current plight of women in their community, country, and the world.

The director of the play was Mrs. Jieza J. Napone; House Manager, Karah Nillasca; Stage Manager, Vanessa Rañola; Props Managers, Mia Grace Gradiola and Mary Claire Tubola; Lights Director, Rizzah Mae Subang; Sounds Director, Engr. Jason Enterola; and Make-up Artist, Janelle Torrecampo.

The cast and crew of The Dancers with the director, Mrs. Jieza Napone.

The cast and crew of The Dancers with the director, Mrs. Jieza Napone.

The actors were all ABETA Paulinians with Kent Hankins as Mang Tomas, Roanne Teruel as Mother, Renel Edward Castellano as Tony, Danica Calizo as Rita, Angelo Joshua Andeo as Juanito, Dessa Quinto as Nenita and Ann Jhona Gonzales as Elena. At the end of the play, Nikki Angelli Minsalan sang a song.

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