Balag at Angud, TP’s 32nd Season Opener
It's such a privilege being able to watch "Balag at Angud" musical play, one of Tanghalang Pilipino's 32nd season-opener. Friday, August 31st, I found myself wandering again at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) premises. This is a six-years gap from my last musical play experience. Moving on, for a season-opener, "Balag at Angud" was a monumental success! Exceedingly entertaining and eye-opening.
The musical play relates to the life story of installation artist, Luis Yee Jr. (Junyee). He was made to choose between his art and his father's wishes.
An installation artist is someone who creates a three-dimensional art. Often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. (credits: Wikipedia)
Because Junyee didn't receive any support from his father, he set aside his pride. Working as a make-up artist at a Chinese-owned funeral parlor is his life saving job.
Decades later, Junyee became on of Philippines' award-winning sculptor and installation artist. His wife Dr. Marites Yee loves and cares for him dearly despite his imperfections. During Junyee's hard times, Marites believes and supports in him with all of her heart.
What is Balag at Angud?
BALAG AT ANGUD were two of Junyee's installation art creations highlighting the play.
Balag is a framework from bamboo bound firmly by ropes or strings. It was installed at UP Diliman where students can pass underneath and tie objects or messages of protest and of love.
On the other hand, ANGUD is that part of the tree trunk where holes are drilled in order to haul logs from the mountains. Junyee's ANGUD installation art is publicly displayed in front of CCP. Thousands of ANGUD'S that were destroyed by illegal loggers comprises the art. Since the installment, it became the largest installation art ever in the Philippines. It's a visual statement against illegal logging in the country, evidencing our abuse of nature. This is Junyee's life long advocacy on the environment.
The latter caught my attention. Look around us, floods almost all parts of Manila and even some part of provinces during rainy seasons. We must admit, illegal logging is one of the many reasons of the flooding. Moreover, we unknowingly loss the natural homes of millions of animal and plant species. I hope we learned our lessons from the previous typhoon "Ondoy" phenomenon. Hundreds of people died and millions of properties destroyed. Let us support Junyee's advocacy by protecting our nature not only for the present but also for the future.
- Rody Vera: Present-day Junyee
- Paw Castillo: Young Junyee
- DM Garcia: Child Junyee
- Bayang Barrios: The Muse
- Jonathan Tadioan: Luis - Junyee's father
- Astarte Abraham: Marites - Junyee's wife
- Mia Bolaños: Felisa - Junyee's mother
- Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company
- Playwright: Palanca Awardee Layeta Bucoy
- Directed by: Audie Gemora
- Music composed and arranged by: Dodjie Fernandez and Upeng Fernandez.
- Set design by: Toym Imao
- Apprentice for set design: Marco Viaña
- Choreography: Ava Villanueva Ong – assisted by Al Bernard Garcia
- Costume design: James Reyes
- Lighting design: John Batalla
- Sound design: TJ Ramos
- Projection design: Datu Arellano
If you want to watch Balag at Angud, it is running from August 31 to September 16, 2018 at the CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino). Shows are at 3 PM and 8 PM, exclusive of Sundays (only 3 PM shows). Special shows happens on September 7 3pm, September 13 3pm and 8pm, September 14 3pm. Tickets are ₱1000 for VIP seating and ₱800 for Orchestra Side seats.
For ticket reservations please contact Juan Marco Lorenzo at 0999 8843821 or 832-1125 local 1620/1621. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld online or by calling 891-9999, and at the CCP Box Office.