The month of October has been celebrated as the National Children's Month since 1993. During this time, both government and non-government organizations give focus to Filipino children in recognition of their vital role in the community and in nation building.
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) joins this celebration by bringing back two of its well-loved plays: Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang and Batang Rizal. Both of these plays recognize children as one of the most valuable assets of the nation and as contributing members of society.
The celebration kicks offs with Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, which is composed of three selected stories by Severino Reyes: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba Ang Ilong, Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari and Ang Prinsipeng Duwag.
Narrated by Lola Basyang, a fictional Filipino icon synonymous with storytelling, these tales come to life through a series of magical adventures and engaging musical performances by PETA's youngest thespians.
Directed by Phil Noble, the three stories are staged like a circus. The actors, dressed in rehashed household equipment by Ron Alfonso (nominee for Philstage's Gawad Buhay for Outstanding costume design) play around a gigantic modular dollhouse by Mel Bernardo (nominee for Philstage's Gawad Buhay for Outstanding stage design).
The play Batang Rizal, allows the audience to see our national hero as a child. "Much has been written about Rizal's struggle against the Spaniards, but little has been said about his childhood," says award-winning author and Batang Rizal playwright Christine Bellen.
Directed by Dudz Teraña, Batang Rizal is about the journey of Pepito, a young boy who accidentally damages a statue of the young Jose Rizal. In his struggle to repair it, he comes across a magical book that takes him to the time of the young Jose "Pepe" Rizal. Together they traverse time and meet various characters from the past and present. During their magical journey, they find out the truth about heroes and how one, no matter how old or young they are, can be one.
Batang Rizal has received various citations from Gawad BUHAY!, the performing arts awards program organized by the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE) for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Stage Direction (Dudz Teraña), Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Outstanding Featured Performance (Willy Casero), Outstanding Original Script (Christine Bellen), Outstanding Libretto and Musical Direction (Vincent A. De Jesus).
Treat your children this October with two entertaining performances that are filled with wondrous stories and values. Batang Rizal and Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang will be shown at the PETA Theater Center, (No 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila QC) on the following dates: October 1-3, Lola Basyang, 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. October 8-10, Batang Rizal, 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are PhP300 each. For more information, contact PETA's Marketing and Public Relations Office at (02) 7156244, (02) 4100821-22, 0917-8044428 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.