LOOK: This Filipino Children’s Book Is Being Adapted to the Stage Again

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Photos / Lampara and Dulaang UP

Kung Paano Nanalo sa Karera si Rosang Taba is returning to the stage as Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas is restaging the adaptation of the beloved children’s book. The book was written by Dean Francis Alfar and illustrated by Ghani Madueño.

Rosang Taba follows a race between Rosa and her oppressors in the fictional world of Katao, which ensues with her family’s freedom at stake. It is a tale of how limitations can be overcome when one has the will to fight for one’s liberty. In 2006, the book was awarded the third prize for Short Story for Children at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

The stage adaptation is written by Maynard Manansala and Rody Vera, with direction by José Estrella, Issa Manalo Lopez, and Mark Daniel Dalacat.

Kiki Baento stars as the titular Rosang Taba, Peewee O’Hara as Ina, and Aldo Vencilao as Ama. Meann Espinosa joins them as Seora Andreia, Victor Sy as Seor Pietrado, and Jojo Cayabyab as the Gobernador Heneral.

Rosang Taba was initially staged in 2023 and is considered one of the best theatre productions of the year.

This year’s restaging will run from April 19 to May 5, 2024, at the IBG-KAL Theater at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Rosang Taba UP

Photo / Dulaang UP

This production continues Dulaang UP’s celebration of women in its 46th season, entitled Sidhi’t Silakbo. The season envisions women liberating themselves through performances of freedom, fury, wit, rage, love, and ruin.

Catch Kung Paano Nanalo sa Karera si Rosang Taba on the following dates:

  • April 19, 26, May 03 (7:30 PM)
  • April 20, 27, May 04 (3:30 PM & 7:30 PM)
  • April 21, 28, May 05 (10:30 AM & 03:30 PM)

Tickets are available via Ticket2Me at ticket2me.net/event/21729.

For inquiries on show buying, audience sponsorship, and bulk tickets, contact Kate Dayag-Nonay at dulaangup.marketing.upd@up.edu.ph. Additional information will be posted on the Dulaang UP Facebook page.

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