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Tanghalang Pilipino

Nicanor Tiongson’s
A Steampunk Musical

4-5, 11-12, 18-19 July 2015; 3pm
3-4, 10-11, 17-18 July 2015; 8pm
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

On 12 June 1898 Apolinario Mabini presents his vision and plans for the second phase of the Philippine revolution against Spain to Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Impressed, the general appoints the paralytic as his chief adviser, believing that the two of them are destined to finish the revolution and set up the new Filipino nation. Mabini advises Aguinaldo to open a congress that will legitimize his government and act as his advisory body.  After the US forces grab Intramuros for themselves, the revolutionary government moves to Malolos, where Aguinaldo promptly convenes congress and appoints Mabini chief minister. But soon, the new government must face major threats to its rule, not only from the American colonizers but from the ilustrado members of congress. First, the bourgeois ilustrados  led by Pedro Paterno and Felipe Buencamino prepare a 50-million peso loan package to the new government that will allow them to control and profit from the financial assets and institutions of the government, and thereby control the government itself. Mabini exposes the ploy, but Aguinaldo, desperate for funds to buy arms and pay his soldiers, approves the loan. Second, refusing to be a mere advisory body, congress creates a constitution that privileges the “oligarchy of the educated” (congress) over the “oligarchy of the ignorant” (the executive and the army).  Mabini insists that in time of war, the executive must be free to make decisions without being shackled by congress. After a few concessions are granted to the executive, the constitution is approved by Aguinaldo. At the dinner celebrating the new republic on 23 January 1899, the president toasts the members of congress, the army, and especially the Mabini cabinet that served the government gratis et amore. The ilustrados are jealous of Mabini’s powers.

Librettist: Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson
Director: Chris Millado
Dramaturg: Manny Pambid
Music & Composition: Jed Balsamo
Co-arrangers: Chino David, TJ Ramos & Emerzon Texon
Sound Design, Over-All Sound & Recording Engineer: TJ Ramos
Choreographer: Denisa Reyes
Set Design: Toym Imao
Costume Design: James Reyes
Lighting Design: Katsch Catoy
Technical Director: Barbara Tan-Tiongco
Video Projection Design: GA Fallarme
Assistant Projection Design: Perky Parong & Sheryl Polancos

Ticket prices: Php1,000 | Php800 | Php600

50% off for students
20% off for senior citizens, gov’t. employees & persons with disabilities

For tickets and inquiries, please contact at tel. nos. (632)832-1125 loc. 1620 and 1621, 0905-2544930, 0921-8204155; TicketWorld (632)891-9999.