MANILA, Philippines – As part of Dulaang UP’s 39th theatrical season, the troika which is part of the hugely successful musical Ang Nawalang Kapatid – Dexter M. Santos (director), Floy Quintos (playwright), and Krina Cayabyab (music director) collaborate once more in a play celebrating the sublime paralytic’s 150th birth anniversary. 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 private pain 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 familiarize themselves with the value of Mabini’s greatest opus and strengthen our sense of duty to our country.
Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini is a one-act play that begins in April 1901, one late afternoon on a beach in Guam. The exiled Apolinario Mabini and his brother Prudencio receive bitter news from fellow exile, General Artemio Ricarte. Emilio Aguinaldo has signed the oath of allegiance to the United States. The news brings back memories of the Revolution to which Mabini devoted so much of his life. The man known as the most consistent opponent of American sovereignty must now contemplate his own signing of the oath of allegiance.
In 1903, on board the S.S. Thomas, Mabini, Ricarte and Prudencio take in their first glimpse of Manila since their exile. Yet in order to disembark as free men, they must first pledge allegiance to the US. General William Taft appears and makes this condition very clear, in the process almost breaking Mabini. A Filipina nurse, Salud, ministers to Mabini. Their encounter changes Salud forever, as it does the homesick Mabini.
Cast and production team
The cast is topbilled by veteran stage actors Roeder Camañag, Al Gatmaitan, Poppert Bernadas, Leo Rialp, Jean Judith Javier, Banaue Miclat and Nazer Salcedo. An ensemble of promising actors comprise the formidable supporting cast- Ralph Oliva, Chase Salazar, Adrian Reyes, Arion Sanchez, Bym Buhain, Edmundo Abad, Jr., Ralph Perez, Ross Pesigan, Roco Sanchez, Rence Aviles, Jon Abella, and Vincent Pajara.
Book and lyrics by Floy Quintos, original music by Krina Cayabyab and direction & choreography by Dexter M. Santos.
- October 1 – 7:00 PM
- October 2 – 7:00 PM
- October 3 – 7:00 PM
- October 4 – 10:00 AM / 3:00 PM
- October 5 – 10:00 AM / 3:00 PM
- October 8 – 7:00 PM
- October 9 – 7:00 PM
- October 10 – 7:00 PM
- October 11 – 10:00 AM / 3:00 PM
- October 12 – 10:00 AM / 3:00 PM
- October 15 – 7:00 PM
- October 16 – 7:00 PM
- October 17 – 7:00 PM
- October 18 – 10:00 AM / 3:00 PM
- October 19 – 10:00 AM / 3:00 PM
For tickets, sponsorships and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449 or email dulaangupmarketing at gmail.com. Tickets are priced at Php 350.00 each.