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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Arron Villaflor as the Prince in Gantimpala Theater's "Ibong Adarna"

Arron Villaflor, stars in Gantimpala Theater’s Ibong Adarna, as Don Juan, the youngest and most beloved son of Haring Fernando.


Under the direction of Roobak Valle and written for the stage by Rene Villanueva (+), Ibong Adarna is a play about the three brothers, Don Pedro, Don Diego, and Don Juan, and their quest to find the legendary bird of Piedras Platas, whose songs are the only cure for their father’s sickness.


"Don Juan is very patient, understanding and loving son. All that he wants is for his father to be cured. He has a child like innocence, and his faith and inherent goodness are his greatest strengths. At the start of the play, the audiences will see him as a very sheltered young boy. Eventually, when it was his time to look for the Ibong Adarna, he matures and becomes a fine royal after surpassing the many obstacles that came his way,” describes Arron of Don Juan.


Completing the cast are Roeder Camañag (Don Pedro with Jerald Napoles, alternate), Arkin Da Silva (Don Diego), Anna Deroca (Maraya/Maria Blanca), Joey de Guzman (Ermitanyo), Billy Parjan (Haring Fernando), Pamela Hundana (Reyna Valeriana), Abel Napuran (Manggagamot), Paul Sy (Orlando) and Matthew Manalaysay (Ibong Adarna). Musicians are Chris Cervantes, Maui, Smith Bitoon and Percival Montelibano.


Some of the Muslim cultural community dances serve as production highlights and were originally choreographed by the late Ramon Obusan, National Artist for Dance.


Assisting the director and production designer Valle in recreating the kingdom of Berbanya are: Andy Villarreal (Lights Designer), Raul Nepomuceno Jr. (Choreographer), Charyl Chan- de Guzman (Production Manager), Joey David (Stage Manager), photos by Jojit Lorenzo, and Tony S. Espejo (Artistic Director).


Performances are slated on October 7-11, 10am/ 2pm, AFP Theater in Quezon City and October 16, 17, and 18, 10am/ 2pm, SM South Mall Cinema 3, in Las Piñas City.


For information, bookings and ticket reservation please call: (632) 899.5745, 896-3503 and 474-5198 or visit: www.gantimpalatheater.multiply.com.

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