Benilde’s Arts and Culture Cluster Stages “Ding, Ang Bato!”

A Dance Musical by Benilde’s Arts and Culture Cluster’s (BACC) Dance Program based on Mars Ravelo’s DARNA is set to be staged at the SDA Theater, School of Design and Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde at 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.

The production marks the return to the stage of Darna, the Filipina superhero and icon created by the brilliant mind of comic book legend Mars Ravelo.

The musical is also a unique take on the Darna lore. Set in contemporary times, it is told from the perspective of Ding, Narda’s deaf brother. The beautiful language of the Deaf community is masterfully incorporated in movement, music and dance.

Ding, AngBato! is a truly Pinoy musical production as can only be envisioned and executed by the best of Philippine theater. The production is led by the visionary Director and Librettist Chris Millado, Vice President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and renowned Theater Director and playwright. Joining him are luminaries of the stage including choreographer Denisa Reyes, co-choreographer Ernest Mandap, and Music Composer Ejay Yatco with Jef Flores. They will be leading the collaboration between professional and student musical theater performers, dance majors, singers, and multimedia practitioners of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts.

The production also features Benilde’s Dance Department Chair Christine Crame reprising the role of Darna, which originally first took ‘flight’ at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater in 2003, as well as Natasha Cabrera, a television and stage performer, taking on the role of Valentina.

Ding, AngBato! runs from May 15 to 21, 2018. Tickets are available at the 9/F SDA Campus and Greenway Square, Taft Campus of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde as well as at Ticketworld. For ticket inquiries and reservations please contact Micca at 0955 182 7445, Kim at 0920 299 2573 or send an e-mail to

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Copyright 2018 De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Produced by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. Under License of Mars Ravelo Komiks Characters, Inc. and ABS-CBN Corporation.

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