Yes, in Philippine literature, there is a story where Mariyang Makiling fell in love – and not just in love, but madly in love, with Juan Tamad. Concluding its 31st Theater Season, Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) – the resident theater company of Cultural Center of the Philippines, presents Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad (How Love Came to Juan Tamad) on stage.
The story is part of a series of stories called Pop Stories for Groovy Kids (1979) that National Artist, Nick Joaquin, wrote to stow away from writing about relative current events during the Martial Law period. In the story, we will see how indigenous elements are mixed together with contemporary ones. The story is a mash-up of Filipino folk tales and revolves around the love story of our well-known Mariyang Makiling (goddess of love), Monte Banahaw (god of war), and of course, Juan Tamad himself. This play of Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad is adapted for stage by Rody Vera and directed by Jonathan Tadioan, making it relatable and enjoyable for audience of all ages.
This production of Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad reintroduces the youth to the work of a national artist and, at the same time, lures back the kids’ interests to original Filipino stories. The songs from the piece and certain parts of script will certainly appeal to the millennial audience who are known for constantly making hugot.
Witness this fun production tailored for Filipino audience especially the youth and discover how Mariyang Makiling, Monte Banahaw, and Juan Tamad’s stories intertwined. With other familiar characters from Filipino folklore such as Ulap (Cloud), who narrates the myth and Bai’ (god of Laguna Lake and brother of Monte Banahaw.) Watch how the characters from the stories we grew up with fell in love, fought for love, and stood by their philosophies.
[Nick Joaquin to be Published Under Penguin Classics]
(Tanghalang Pilipino and the cast of Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad)
Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad is Tanghalang Pilipino’s Valentine offering for this month of love. It opens this February 16, 2018 and runs for four weekends until March 11, 2018 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), with evening performances at 8:00 PM and matinees at 3:00 PM.
Catch Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig Si Juan Tamad all Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 3PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM from February 16 to March 11, 2018 at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines
For tickets, please call:
Tanghalang Pilipino on 0915 607 2275 or 0999 884 3821 or CCP Box Office 832 3704
Tickets are also available at www.ticketworld.com.ph
Ticket Prices are Php 1000* for Orchestra Center and Php 800* for Orchestra Sides
*50% OFF for students and 20% OFF for government employees, senior citizens, and PWDs