DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild Restages The Musical Inspired by The Life of Whang Od "Ang Huling Mambabatok”
Published · Tuesday, November 13, 2018 04:11 PM
In celebration of DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild’s 52nd season, the guild will be restaging the first musical play in the Philippines to be inspired by the life of Maria Oggay, more famously known as Whang Od. Written by Em Mendez and directed by Romualdo “Raffy” Tejada, “Ang Huling Mambabatok” is a showcase of the art, culture, and traditions of Kalinga, from the past up to the present. This play not only seeks to honor Whang Od: the legend who has preserved indigenous culture and art, but also to make her known as Whang Od, the Filipina who has lived a life full of dreams.
We travel back in time to meet a young Whang Od and discover her roots. As we explore Kalinga from a hundred years past, we unravel the early traditions and rituals of Northern Luzon, which has molded Whang Od to who she is now.
A conflict arises between Whang Od and her lover, as she struggles to choose between her heart and her destiny.
Now in the present, we see the drastic changes in tradition: from tattoos serving as a reward and honor to warriors, and now an honor for us all. We see the Butbut tribe, a warm-welcoming community, unfold from an isolated society—all upheld by the legend we now know.
“Ang Huling Mambabatok” will be making its way onto the stage of the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University Manila on November 16 and 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM and 8:00 PM. For inquiries, you may contact Khaila Cruzada at 09175312481, or visit our page at facebook.com/dlsuhtg.