This July, the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), the theatre company that brought three BroadwayWorld.com (BWW) Philippines awards for their banner 2012 season production, will bring a new musical titled Bonifacio: Isang Sarswela. The presentation is written and directed by Vincent Tañada and is in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of one of the brave heroes of Philippine history — Andres Bonifacio y de Castro (Nov. 30 1863 to May 10, 1897).
After mounting Joe: A Filipino Rock'sical, Tañada chose to have Bonifacio to be the subject of his latest opus because he has always believed in courage and gallantry as important requisites for heroism. In fact, it is PSF's most intense production ever to date.
"It is Bonifacio's extreme love for country that made him sacrifice his life. Such love is the noblest kind of love; it is not personal, but selfless and munificent. How many of the youth of today have appreciated that love for country? How much of ourselves can we magnanimously offer for the good of our country and fellow Filipinos?" Tañada.
According to him, the main objective of the play is to inspire the audience in living a life of sacrifice.
Also, he mentioned and clarified that the play he is doing may not encourage an overwhelming act of heroism like offering one's life, but it is a way to at least do something to make other people's life better. It is helping the forgotten sectors of society; educating and inspiring the youth by means of the arts, visiting the prisoners, the aged and the sick are good examples of modern Bonifacio deeds.
Bonifacio: Isang Sarswela will have a sneak preview on July 19 at Tanghalang Pasigueño, 6 p.m., with Vincent Tañada as Bonifacio. He will be ably supported by PSF's home-grown artists like BWW Philippines awardee Cindy Liper as Gregoria de Jesus; Aliw nominee Jordan Ladra alternating with Kevin Posadas as Emilio Aguinaldo; Monique Azerreda and Adelle Ibarrientos-Lim as Hilaria Aguinaldo; with Patrick Adrian Libao as Emilio Jacinto.
For more details, contact +63927-3913447 and look for PSF's publicist Jude Cartalaba.