Distrito de Molo by UPPT

UP Playwrights Theatre will be staging ‘Distrito de Molo’, a theatrical play consisting of three stories taking place in different times lines.

Under the direction of Tony Mabesa and written by Leonicio Deriada, the production will run from Oct 12-30, 2016 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

For more details, contact Arkel Mendoza at +63.908 814.9975.

Distrito de Molo play dates

First Week

  • October 12 (Wednesday) – 7PM ENGLISH
  • October 13 (Thursday) – 7PM ENGLISH
  • October 14 (Friday) – 7PM ENGLISH
  • October 15 (Saturday) – 10AM & 3PM ENGLISH
  • October 16 (Sunday) – 10AM & 3PM ENGLISH

Second Week

  • October 19 (Wednesday) – 7PM FILIPINO
  • October 20 (Thursday) – 7PM FILIPINO
  • October 21 (Friday) – 7PM FILIPINO
  • October 22 (Saturday) – 10AM & 3PM FILIPINO
  • October 23 (Sunday) – 10AM & 3PM FILIPINO

Third Week

  • October 25 (Tuesday) – 7PM FILIPINO
  • October 26 (Wednesday) – 7PM ENGLISH
  • October 27 (Thursday) – 7 FILIPINO
  • October 28 (Friday) – 7 PM ENGLISH
  • October 29 (Saturday) – 10 AM FILIPINO
  • October 29 (Saturday) – 3 PM ENGLISH
  • October 30 (Sunday) – 10 AM ENGLISH
  • October 30 (Sunday) – 3 PM FILIPINO


The illustrious district of Molo in Iloilo City is the setting of three different plays, each taking place in a different timeline. Each play is a journey that brings us the history, magic and myths of the revered district of Molo.

Tres Hermanas de Molo

Set in the late 1950s the play revolves around the post-war lives of the wealthy Locsin sisters living in a mansion in Molo, Iloilo. All three are unmarried, and are each carrying a dark secret from their past. Visitacion, the eldest, is cold and cruel, and she believes that being unmarried is a form of penance they must endure. Her sisters, Asuncion and Salvacion on the other hand, are discontented and lust for a more exciting life. After a series of arguments among the sisters, Asuncion and Salvacion confess their transgressions, to the horror of VIsitacion. However Visitacion is not spared from her own transgressions. In the end Asuncion and Salvacion relent and comfort their elder sister as they call on the ghosts of their past and pray for freedom from their own burdens. Feeling reborn after revealing their transgressions, the three sisters, along with Maura, their loyal nanny, laugh, cry and look forward to a new dawn.

Atlas de Molo

Set in contemporary times, Eric and Lorena Avanceña are young newlyweds that have recently moved into the crumbling Avanceña home in Molo. In the garden, there is a statue of the Greek Titan Atlas standing in the middle of a dry fountain. One evening, the statue comes to life, puts down the earth that he carries on his shoulders, and shares a conversation with Eric. After much taunting from Atlas, Eric agrees to carry the earth on his shoulders as a test of his strength. It is too late for Eric to realize that this is a trap. The next day, the dry fountain bursts forth with water.

Venus de Molo

Set in the 1930s, the play involves the eccentric Don Guillermo Arroyo, who is obsessed of reproducing his own “Venus de Milo.” He employs the local sculptor, Crispino Marañon, to craft a marble of “Venus de Molo” for him. Crispino, without any compensation of his work, is visited by the goddess Laonsena, who learns of Don Guillermo’s cruelty. When Crispino unveils his work, Don Guillermo is shocked to set eyes on Laonsena as his Venus de Molo. As Laonsena leaves, Don Guillermo begs Crispino to help him, but he refuses, and the Don is left alone in his dilemma.