The stage has forever been a place where political issues have been examined since the earliest Greek performances. A subtle way of telling a strong storyline with relevance to many controversial topics and social patterns. The Kundiman Party played along with the premise of using art as the backdrop of channelling social inquisitiveness and hope during hard times.
The 1st staging of this play was just last year back when everything about the Philippine Government was in a pseudo-rave party with all knick-knacks of issues like Duterte’s quest to eradicate drugs by all means possible, swearing off all our alliances from the International Criminal Court, and when online trolls became the new norm the social scheme of things.
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The opening act starts in the living room of Maestra Adela (Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino). We find her and her acerbic piano virtuoso, Ludwig (Gabriel Paguirigan), teaching a perky millennial Antoinette (Miah Canton).
After a while, The highly charged Titas of Manila barged in Maestra’s living room; Mitch (Missy Maramara) and Helen (Stella Canete-Mendoza) and Mayen (Frances Makil-Ignacio). They discussed the rally that they went to and how passionate each and everyone was. Another focal character was introduced to the act is Antoinette’s suitor who happens to share the same activism as the Titas of Manila and ironically is the estranged son of a tenure senator who’s pro-administration.
Discussions around Maestra Adela’s life and the role of Kundiman played in her life, the Marcoses, the 1986 People Power Revolution, and how decades of yearning for social reform needs to take a new form with the help of social media.
Each phase touched with inexhaustible humour, and the whole machinery of the government is presented in decades of nostalgic stories told by the Titas.
The role of social media channels being used by strong-tongued advocates and the insolence of online trolls or better known as “Keyboard Warriors”. This 3-hour play rests the idea of its plot upon general satire, exaggerating to a degree that passes anything attempted in regard the long lost appreciation of Kundiman, politics, and a genial mockery of human nature itself.
Cast: Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Stella Cañete-Mendoza, and Jenny Jamora return to their roles. New additions to the cast include Gabriel Paguirigan, Boo Gabunada, and the veteran actor Nonie Buencamino.
In the hope to make sense of dying Filipiniana art form, like The Kundiman. Floy Quintos’ thoughtful way of giving us that glimmer of hope that regardless of your age, belief system, and affiliation you have the capacity to stand up for something.
The Kundiman Party can be defined as an exploring theme of something universal and central to society itself, especially when that society defines itself as politically conscious.
The play runs from May 24 to June 2 at the PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets, priced from P500 to P1,300, are available through Ticket2Me.
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