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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

La Esperanza Encendida

Last October 5, I was given the chance to watch the stage play "La Esperanza Encendida" (The Burning Hope) at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Brebeuf Gymnasium. The play resolves on the stories of nine children who battled the claws of poverty and illeteracy as they are exposed to the harsh realities of the world. In the midst of their problems, a group of social workers provided them with help in sending these kids to school and helping their families to live a better life.

The story and the direction were excellent. The opening number immediately captured the attention of the audience as the characters recited their hopes and aspirations. The ply provided a good mix of comedy, drama and musical. It made me realize that I am more blessed compared to other people. It motivates me to extend help to kids who are hopeful that their lives become better.

"La Ezperanza Encendida" was written by Layeta P. Bucoy, a professor at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños teaching Creative Writing, Playwriting and several literature and writing subjects. Marco Alfino "Kiko" V. Miranda directs the play. He is a graduate of UP Los Baños and currently teaches at the Mass Communications Department of Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The stage play was produced by the AGAPE Human Development Foundation, Inc., World Vision Development Foundation, Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) Office, Center for Performing and Visual Arts of ADZU and in cooperation with the Mass Communications Department of ADZU and Hon. Congressman Erbie Fabian.

The following are the cast and crew of the stage play:

Mar Venn A. Manalo (Western Mindanao State University) as Daryll
Mary Apple M. Gullod (Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat National HS) as Esper
Jayson C. Mahinay (Western Mindanao State University) as Owen
Joeviline B. Zamora (Ramon Enriquez HS) as Kitty
Shiela Sharina C. Gaspar (Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial HS) as Rona
Joceryn A. Damaso (Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial HS) as Gina
Alexis A. Legaspi (Western Mindanao State University) as Bentong
Robert N. Basco (Western Mindanao State University) as Tinoy
Mary Rose Anne S. Senit (Tugbungan Elementary School) as Marla
Dayanara B. Bautista (Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology) as Ms. Buenas
Carla T. Saidiman (Ramon Enriquez HS) as Ms. Alegre
Dearly G. Laude (Ateneo de Zamboanga University) as Nanay

Stage Managers: Joseph Roger Subong, Rianne Miranda
Music Head: Christy Mae Baroro
Lights Designer: Darren Bendanillo
Composer: Renever Bandiola
Marketing Manager: Liza Marie Miranda
House Committee: Dawn Broce, Cellajune Villas, Kristine Qunivista, Amilbahar Mawalil, Liezel Lacastesantos, Felomena Baal, Louie, Matthew
Children's Confidante: Stanley Lledo

I hope Kiko Miranda will be able to come up with more productions in the near future. Great work man!

Photo Gallery: La Esperanza Encendida Stage Play


kiko miranda said...

Oh my god maraming salamat at nagustuhan niyo ang palabas! Salamat talaga!

Promise! You will see more of my productions! :D


aimee said...

Thanks for writing about the play... even if I wasn't able to watch it, makes me more proud to be Zamboangueña and a WV staff. Thanks Kiko for directing the play:)