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Monday, November 20, 2006

Gantimpala Theater Foundation's El Filibusterismo...The Drama Continues

GANTIMPALA: Soxie Topacio's "EL FILI" All Star
Theater Actor Cast


Gantimpala Theater Foundation (GTF), in
cooperation with the National Parks
Development Committee (NPDC) presents, EL
FILIBUSTERISMO, a dramatization of Jose Rizal's
second installment to his first novel the Noli
MeTangere, which is described as a dark and
malevolent tale.

Thirteen years after the disappearance of
Crisostomo Ibarra after being condemned by the
Spanish officials as a filibuster (traitor to the
Spanish government), he returns to his homeland
as Don Simoun, the rich jeweler who uses his
riches and excesses as a weapon to mingle with
the Spanish officials and know more about their
best-kept secrets and abuses to the Filipino

The Actors Company all star cast theater
performers are Roeder Camañag (Don Simoun/Mr.
Leeds),Jojit Lorenzo
(Basilio),Perry Escaño (Kabesang Tales),
Dido dela Paz (Padre Florentino/Taga-
Pagsalaysay) ,Chiqui Xerez Burgos (Padre Camorra)
PerryDizon (Don Custodio/Tata Selo),Lani Tapia
(Doña Victorina/Madre) ,Billy Parjan (Padre
Salvi)Jorge Cabullo (Kapitan Tiyago/Ben
Zayb),Bong Embile Jr.(Heneral/ Kapitan/Imuthis),
Nelia Aguado (Juli), Abel Napuran
(DonMacaraig/ Tano/Kalihim/ Vicente), Allan Talatala
(Placido Penitente)Francis Ong (Isagani), Lailanie
Ann Tejuco(Paulita) , Vangie Inocencio(Doñ a
Geronima/Andang/ Hermana Penchang),Julius Empredo
(Quiroga), Penny MervicGalido (Pepay) and Yutaka
Yamakawa Jr. (PadreIrene/ Juanito Pelaez)
In addition, Simoun plans a revolution to end the
violence and corruption brought about by the
Spanish Government to its people.

Gantimpala Theater Foundation immortalizes the novel
into a theatrical masterpiece intended for high school
students taking up the subject as it helps the students
understand the lessons of this soul-stirring sequel
by national hero Dr.Jose Rizal.

Truly, a masterful work of Filipino prowess and
ingenuity, El Filibusterismo is the third production
line-up in Gantimpala Theater Foundation's 29th theater season.

Bringing back life to Don Simoun's impossible
mission are Soxie Topacio (director); Roobak Valle
(Productions Designer); Andy Villareal (lights
designer); Norman Peñaflorida (production
manager); Maricel Ticar-Santos (stage manager);
and Tony S. Espejo (GTF Artistic Director).

Everbilena/ Careline and Star Mart support Gantimpala
Theater Foundation's El Filibusterismo.

The National Parks Development Committee and
Gantimpala Theater Foundation are
partners in promoting Philippine arts and culture.
As Luneta Park's resident theater-company,
Gantimpala Theater Foundation plays and other
special cultural events are shown free during
Concert at the Park, a weekly arts and culture
show produced by National Parks
Development Committee, which aims to propagate
and bring arts to the masses.

Performances are on these dates and venues:
November 5, Sunday 6pm Concert at the Park,
Open Air Auditorium, Luneta Park Manila. AFP
Theater, Edsa on November 10, Friday 10am &
2pm.; November 11 Saturday, 10am &2pm;
November 12 Sunday, 10am & 2pm. SM
Southmall, Las Piñas on November 24 Friday,
10am & 2pm; November 25 Saturday, 10am &
2pm, and November 26 Sunday, 10am & 2pm.

For bookings and ticket reservations, please call
the Gantimpala Theater Foundation Marketing Office
at 899-5745/896-3503.

* * *

Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Inc is an an independent
theater established in 1978 by National Artist Lucresia Kasilag,
Ray Albano and Tony Espejo.

Gantimpala Theater Foundation (GTF) is devoted to producing
curriculum-oriented productions for students taking up
literary pieces in school. Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s
productions serve as supplements to the classroom discussions
of the students.

Beyond its annual season, Gantimpala Theater Foundation
offers theater workshops every summer, embarks on outreach
performances and line-produces special events.

Headed by its president and founding Artistic Director Tony Espejo,
Gantimpala Theater Foundation remains at the forefront of
Philippine Theater as it continues to service the educational
needs of a large student audience.

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