Magsaysay. One of the many unforgettable words I've only known as a name was used as verb reliving the "sarswela" of what may typically a requirement in theater class yet despicably immortalized by Director Carlos Siguion-Reyna at CCP's "Walang Sugat". Present during the press preview of CCP's Walang Sugat by Severino Reyes were National Artist Eddie Romero and some local celebrities who witnessed Direk Carlos Siguion-Reyna's dream to present the said controversial sarswela piece of Severino Reyes.
Starring Cris Villonco as Julia and Noel Rayos as Tenyong, CCP's #WalangSugat redefined the meaning of romance reliving the culture long forgotten with the type of theater plays we have been watching today.
Cris Villonco and the rest of the cast wore the costumes designed by Severino Reyes' great grandson, James Reyes. Reyes is an alumnus of Slim's Fashion and Art School. Noemi Manikan-Gomez returns onstage as Juana, Julia's mother in Walang Sugat.
Completing the cast are Antonio Ferrer (as Tenyong), Bodjie Pascua (Tadeo), Lou Veloso (Tadeo/Padre Teban), Jean Judith Javier (Monica and Julia understudy), Jennifer Junglaus Villegas (as Monica and Juana understudy), Red Nuestro (as Lucas and Tadeo understudy) and Jonathan Tadioan (as Lucas).
Watching "Walang Sugat" made me want to travel back in time and be Julia being pursued and loved by the brave and romantic Tenyong. The songs and the costumes with such powerful lines to draw every viewer's attention would be some of the reasons you'd not want to miss this 110-year-old Sarswela of Severino Reyes. For the kids who may not be familiar, Sarswela is a play with songs and dances usually written in prose, containing from one to five acts, depicting the vagaries of romantic love among idealized Filipino characters, and often incorporating social, political, economic or cultural issues for relevance and interest.
You may probably assume that these scenes and stories are conveniently depicted in plays and movies we are all watching today but what's most astounding was CCP's Walang Sugat's lines which may not be as moving and inspiring if not performed onstage: "Ako'y hindi Duwag, papatayin ko silang lahat. Kaya lamang, ako'y nasisindak, madalas nagugulat. Sila'y lalabanan ko, Pupugutan ng ulo. Pag di sila napahamak at di sila nasindak, Ako'y....TATAKBO"-Lucas, Canto de Miedo. Such lines may seem hilarious but the way it was delivered onstage gave a new meaning to his character. I have fallen in love with Noel Rayos(Tenyong) especially on scenes he wept for Julia (Cris Villonco) and his gestures and character that still lingered even after the play.
Congratulations to the director (Carlos Siguion-Reyna), Tata Nanding Josef, Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino and the cast and production staff of CCP's Walang Sugat for keeping sarswela alive. I would love to watch Walang Sugat again with someone I truly admire and feel those "kilig" scenes insinuating to my companion what type of romance we all lack today - cultured and truly a feel-good clean love lines all women aspire to hear from men. Fall in love with our own sarswela and witness what we have all missed all these years from the entertainment industry at CCP's Walang Sugat. Playdates are on Friday (Aug. 24, 2012)3pm and 8pm, Saturday (Aug. 25, 2012) 3pm and 8pm and Sunday (Aug. 26, 2012) 10am and 3pm. Tickets are now available at Ticketworld, call (632)891-9999. For further inquiries and ticket reservations, please contact Cherry Bong at (632)8321125 locals 1620 and 1621, fax (632)2183791 and email - firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you very much Jude (www.philippineparadisepages.com) for this unforgettable experience.