Marjorie Lorico as the Anghel (Angel) with Mailes Kanapi, Marisol.

Poster Design by Lex Marcos. Poster image inspired by: “Body Tracks (Untitled),” 1974, Ana Mendieta.

Act I, opening scene. Tao Aves as Bulag (blind street singer).

(L to R): Mailes Kanapi as Marisol, Nicco Manalo as Lalaking may Golf Club (Man with Golf Club).

Foreground: Nicco Manalo as Lenny; Background: Tao Aves as Bulag, Chic San Agustin as Palaboy (homeless person).

Act II, Marisol finds herself in an altered, unrecognizable Manila.

Act II, opening. A ravaged Manila, during the angelic war.

The street people praying at the children's graveyard.

Finale, Act II.

"Ano’ng liwanag... Ano’ng mga possibilidad. Ano’ng Pag-asa." "What light... What possibilities. What hope." --Marisol


“Marisol” by Jose Rivera
Filipino Adaptation by Rody Vera
Directed by Krystal Banzon
Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, University of the Philippines Diliman

May 1, 2008

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in the Philippines, the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and the Philippine – American Educational Foundation (PAEF) present Rody Vera’s Filipino Adaptation of José Rivera’s '‘Marisol.’' 

'‘Marisol’' is a surreal tale of an apocalyptic Philippines, a Manila on the verge of collapsing from the pressures of poverty and violence. The play revolves around the character of Marisol, whose guardian angel leaves her to survive in a world that is dangerous and falling apart, without the protection of her faith. The themes in Marisol ring true to a present-day that is local as well as global.

To commemorate six decades of international exchange and mutual understanding between the United States and the Philippines, Krystal Banzon, 2007-08 American Fulbright Student Scholar directs this original adaptation of Rivera’s Puerto Rican/American play, in collaboration with an entirely Filipino cast, design, and production team. The cast is made up of eight talented artists, Marjorie Lorico, Mailes Kanapi, Nicco Manalo, Sigrid Bernardo, Virgie Sorita-Flores, Tao Aves, Miela Sayo, and Chic San Agustin. Set design and poster design by Lex Marcos, technical direction and lighting design by El Abquina, sound design by Roxanne Pagdanganan, costume design by Sigrid Bernardo, and the stage manager is Hazel Gutierrez.

Marisol runs from May 14-17, 2008, 7pm at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Admission is free.

Photos by Cha Santos

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