Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tanghalang Pilipino brings back the powerful steampunk musical, MABINING MANDIRIGMA | Feb 19-Mar 13, 2016

With the overwhelming success of its initial run last July 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, with the support of the National Commission for the Culture and Arts, brings back the hit musical play, Mabining Mandirigma to cap off its 29th theatre season. Written by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, this musical play foregrounds the legal and diplomatic heroism of Apolinario Mabini.

Coincidentally, as the culminating production to commemorate the sesquicentennial birth of who was considered the brains of the revolution, Mabining Mandirigma, once again promises audience to an exciting journey through history as it utilizes Steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery, as a fitting backdrop to an already action-packed musical.

Mabining Mandirigma, A Steampunk Musical runs from February 19 to March 13, 2016, Fridays to Sundays, with 3:00PM (Matinee) and 8:00PM (Gala) shows at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

Mabining Mandirigma
Directed by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado and written by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, the stellar cast is led by Leisl Batucan essaying the role of Apolinario Mabini; promising young 2 tenors Arman Ferrer and David Ezra alternate as Emilio Aguinaldo, while Carol Bello plays Mabini’s Mother, Dionisia.

Mabining Mandirigma 2016 Cast
Photo courtesy of Loti Amor Leycano (Abante Online)

Apolinario Mabini  - Liesl Batucan
Emilio Aguinaldo - Arman Ferrer
Emilio Aguinaldo - David Ezra
Dionisia - Carol Bello
Pule - Paw Castillo
Benito Legarda Alfritz Blanche

Ensemble Phi Palmos
Ensemble Kristofer Kliatchko
Ensemble Sigrid Macarena Balbas
Ensemble VJ Estohero Cortel
Ensemble Merry Mia Sinaguinan
Ensemble Karl Alexis Jingco
Ensemble Renson Gacutana
Ensemble - Hazel Maranan
Ensemble - Arya Herrera
Ensemble - Francis Cruz
Ensemble - Arion Sanchez
Ensemble/ Dancer - Remus Villanueva
Ensemble/ Dancer -Ali Santos

Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company:
Felipe Buencamino Jonathan Tadioan
Calderon - Marco Viaรฑa
Pepe Aldo Vencilao
Pedro Paterno JV Ibesate
Ensemble Antonette Go
Ensemble Lhorvie Nuevo


Librettist: Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson 
Music & Composition: Jed Balsamo 
Director: Chris Millado
Choreographer: Denisa Reyes 
Set Design: Toym Imao
Costume Design: James Reyes
Lighting Design: Katsch Catoy
Technical Director: Barbara Tan-Tiongco
Video Projection Design: GA Fallarme

Apolinario Mabini
1898, as President Emilio Aguinaldo’s Adviser, Cabinet President, and first Foreign Minister, Mabini displayed a warrior’s spirit that belied his paralytic body and a principled character that could not be compromised by considerations of personal aggrandizement or political expediency. Without fear, he fought the ilustrado-cacique clique in the Malolos Government that issued government bonds that would allow them full control of the new government’s finances and activities.

When Aguinaldo replaced Mabini with the political chameleon Paterno as cabinet president, Mabini, now much weakened by sickness, continued to support the masses fighting the American invaders, even long after Aguinaldo and his generals had capitulated to the new conquerors. To cut him off from the revolutionists, the Americans exiled Mabini to Guam.

In 1902, his captors shipped him back to the Islands because he promised to finally take his oath of allegiance to the United States of America. But as soon as he landed in Manila, he pursued his revolutionary activities until his demise by cholera in 1903. Apolinario Mabini’s life is as testimony that there exists a politician who can forge and sharpen the sword of his integrity in the smithy of even the dirtiest kind of politics and still emerge unbroken, pure, and unblemished.

To avail of the BUNDLE TICKET PROMO, please check out Ticketworld: https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/

To those who will avail of our ARTIST/COSPLAYER PROMO: Kindly reserve your tickets and settle the payment on or before March 1, 2016.

Promo ends on March 1, 2016, so buy your tickets now!

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