“Madaling Araw” by Juan Ekis to be Staged to Honor Filipino Soldiers


            Dulaang ROC, the premier student theater organization of University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), has not only provided entertainment to its audience through theatrical works, but has consistently displayed social responsibility by holding yearly outreach programs. For the first time in 28 years since its foundation, the organization has created a fundraiser play, “Madaling Araw,” for their outreach program entitled “Saludo Para sa mga Sundalo,” which aims to recognize and honor our Filipino soldiers who valiantly fought for freedom and peace.

            By taking part in the organization’s cause and watching their play, soldiers who are currently recovering in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center will benefit, since all the funds raised from the play will be donated to them. Then, on February 3, 2018, the members of Dulaang ROC will be spending an afternoon of games, performances and breakout sessions with the soldiers and their families, as a sign of gratitude for their acts of heroism.

            “Madaling Araw” written by Juan Ekis, a Carlos Palanca Award winner writer, and directed by Kim Luke Kwan, is a story about the Abu Sayad, a rebel group that yearns for equality in the Philippines. To achieve their goal, they hatched a plan to take hostages – a Chinoy, a taxi driver, and a student. In their time together, detained, the hostages and the captors engage in heated discussions about what the nation means to them. As the story progresses, problems arise and the characters, in fear for their lives, go through drastic measures to escape. In the end, the sun rises and a new day begins; the survivors of the hostage are given a brand new hope to live again.

            This play will be held on January 22-25, 2018 at the UA&P Telengtan Hall, and January 26, 2018 at the UA&P Study Hall B. Tickets are not sold at a fixed price. The play is blankly ticketed, meaning the audience may pay any amount as a donation.  All the proceeds from this play will be donated to the organization’s beneficiary.

The organization is also open to donations. For questions and inquiries, please contact Nina Reyes (0906 436 1187) or email them at dulaangroc@gmail.com.

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