Gantimpala's "Ibong Adarna" opens on September 16 at Rizal Park


The one bird that lures them all, Ibong Adarna (MathewManalaysay, leftmost) with the princes of Berbanya (L-R) Don Juan (NoelEscondo), Don Diego (Arkin Da Silva) and Don Pedro (Roeder Camañag).


A nightmare that causes amonarch's slow death, royal brothers scheming the demise of their youngest kin,a mystical princess from a faraway land made of crystals, and a mythical birdwhose singing lures its captors to sleep—all these elements and more are in IbongAdarna, the third major production offering of Gantimpala Theater asthe celebration of its much heralded pearl anniversary continues.

Underthe direction of Roobak Valle (who also serves as its production designer),this Filipino corrido made into aplay appropriates the rich, colorful pageantry of the Maranao culturealong with an enchanting setting complete with glittering costumes, fabulousscenery, spirited performers, and fantastic choreography.

The original tale of Ibong Adarna isa popular folk tale all over the Philippines and told vocally probablycenturies before it was anonymously printed in Tagalog in the 1860s. This storyof three brothers, Prince Pedro, Diego and Juan, have been tasked to capturethe supernatural bird to cure their king father's illness. The one who bringshome the bird becomes the heir to the throne

The Gantimpala Actors Companyperforms with Noel Escondo (Don Juan); Arkin Da Silva (Don Diego);Roeder Camañag (Don Pedro); Kimberly Diaz (Maraya/Maria Blanca); Joey de Guzman(Ermitanyo); James Eustaquio (Haring Fernando); Pamela Hundana (ReynaValeriana); Billy Parjan (Manggagamot); and Mathew Manalaysay (Ibong Adarna).

This pearl offering also servesas a tribute to the late National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan as the dancesof the cultural communities of Mindanao that the late master of the dance artsresearched and propagated are incorporated as play highlights.

The amazing adventures of DonJuan and the legendary Ibong Adarna livesanew with Rene Villanueva (playwright); Andy Villareal (lighting designer);Raul Nepomuceno Jr., (choreographer); Charyl Chan-de Guzman (productionmanager); Joey David (stage manager) and Tony S. Espejo (artistic director).

The National Parks Development Committee and Gantimpala Theater arepartners in promoting Philippine arts and culture. As Luneta Park's residenttheater-company, Gantimpala plays and other special cultural events are shownfree during Concert at the Park, a weekly arts and culture show produced byNPDC, which aims to propagate and bring arts to the masses.

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Performances are on September 16(7 p.m., Concert at the Park Open-Air Auditorium, Luneta, Manila); September21-23, 28-30, (10 am/2 pm, AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City).

For bookings and ticket reservations, please call theGantimpala Theater at 899-5745 and 896-3503 or write togantimpalaproduction@yahoo.com.ph


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