When in Manila, Dulaang UP’s third installment of their 39th season : Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini.
The troika which is part of the hugely successful musical Ang Nawalang Kapatid– Floy Quintos, Dexter M. Santos, and Krina Cayabyab collaborate once more in a play celebrating the sublime paralytic’s 150th birth anniversary.
What did it take for the committed and impassioned revolutionary Apolinario Mabini to sign the oath of allegiance to the United States of America in 1903? The promise of an end to his exile in Guam? The longing to return home to a land, changed and under a new colonial power? The simplest desire to die in his homeland? Mabini’s signing of the Act of Allegiance to the United States was, for the colonial powers, a sign that the Philippine Insurrection had at last come to an end. Could it have been that very simple and human desire, that longing for home, that could have made the Sublime Paralytic swear allegiance to the new colonizers?
Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini chronicles the last days of Apolinario Mabini’s exile in Guam and explores the conditions which spurred him to return to his homeland.
This musical in one act is, perhaps, the most significant contribution of the local theatre scene to the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Apolinario Mabini.While the musical explores the choices of a hero forced to swear allegiance to the USA, Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini also instills a new pride and importance in his greatest work- the True Decalogue. The musical also allows audiences to be more familiar with the value of Mabini’s greatest opus and, hopefully, strengthens their sense of duty to their country.
The play is written by Quintos, direction and choreography by Santos, and original music by Cayabyab.
“If there is one thing that we really hope this musical can do”, continues Quintos, “it is to awaken interest in Mabini’s True Decalogue, which is no longer taught in Philippine schools. Mabini’s greatest work was designed to be a code of personhood for the Filipinos of the revolution. Reading it again, I could not help but think that this was the very moral compass that young Filipinos so lack in these times.”
When in Manila, Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini runs from October 1 to 19, 2014 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater,
2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.
For tickets, sponsorships and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara:
926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.