"Ibong Adarna" takes flight starting September 21


The princes of Berbania (L-R) Don Juan (Arkin Da Silva), Don Pedro (Roeder Camañag) and Don Juan (Aaron Villaflor) seek the elusive Ibong Adarna for its ability to heal. Ibong Adarna will be performed by Gantimpala Theater starting September 21, 2008.



The Ibong Adarna, according to Filipino folklore, has a very melodious singing voice and it sings seven magical songs. Every time that the Adarna finishes her song, the colors of its feathers change into a more beautiful shade, more colorful, and shinier, and her songs has the power to lull anyone to sleep, its droppings could turn anyone into stone and cure any type of afflictions.

In the Kingdom of Berbania, the king becomes mysteriously ill and only the voice of the bird can cure him, as foretold by a healer. Thus, the three sons, Don Pedro, Don Diego and Don Juan, successively start on a quest to capture the bird, to save their father from imminent death.

Originally billed as Corrido at Buhay na Pinagdaanan nang Tatlong Principeng Magcacapatid na Anac nang Haring Fernando at nang Reina Valeriana sa Cahariang Berbania, Gantimpala Theater brings the corrido to life on the legitimate stage, under the direction of Roobak Valle (who is also its production designer).

It now features the rich, colorful pageantry of the Maranao culture as its enchanting setting with glittering costumes, fabulous scenery, spirited performers, and fantastic choreography.

It also serves as a tribute to the late National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan as the dances of the cultural communities of Mindanao researched and propagated by Mr. Obusan are used in the production to highlight the adventures and triumphs of Don Juan.

Giving life to the wonderful characters of this well-loved tale are Aaron Villaflor (Don Juan); Roeder Camañag (Don Pedro); Arkin Da Silva (Don Diego); Kimberly Diaz(Maraya/Maria Blanca); Joey de Guzman (Ermitanyo with Jerald Napoles, alternate); James Eustaquio (Haring Fernando); Pamela Hundana (Reyna Valeriana); Billy Parjan (Manggagamot); Abel Napuran (Orlando) and Mathew Manalaysay (Ibong Adarna).

Assisting director Valle realize the world of Ibong Adarna are Andy Villareal (Lighting Designer); Raul Nepomuceno Jr., (Choreographer); Charyl Chan-de Guzman (Production Manager); Joey David (Stage Manager) and Tony S. Espejo (Artistic Director).

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The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) fully supports this Gantimpala Theater production.

Performances of Ibong Adarna are on September 21 (7 p.m., Concert at the Park Open-Air Auditorium, Rizal Park, Manila); September 26 - 28, October 3-5 (10am/2pm, AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City), and October 10-12, (10am/2pm, SM South Mall, Las Piñas City.

For information, bookings and ticket reservations, please call the Gantimpala Theater Marketing Office: 899-5745, 896-3503, 474-5198 or write to gantimpalatheater@yahoo.com.ph


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