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Philippine Stagers Foundation present #Popepular, (Synopsis).


Philippine Stagers Foundation latest offering for 2015 is #Popepular, it is now travelling from Metro Manila to other Cities in the Country, and abroad soon. To explain further the story, plot and the real essence of this highly talked production, I decided to publish note for note the synopsis of this one of a kind stage play. The said synopsis as publish in the playbill of #Popepular is written in Filipino.
Synopsis:
Pa’no ng aba kung Filipino si Francisco? Pa’no kung nakakapagsalita sya ng Tagalog? Pa’no kung alam nya ang mga sakripisyo’t pagpupunyagi ng ating lahi? Pa’no kung alam niya an gating kasaysayan at willing siyang maging catalyst para sa pagbabago?

Haaay, napakaraming pa’no! Pero sa pamamagitan ng isang dula lamang posibleng magkatotoo ang mga pa’no na yan. Pa’no naman kasi magiging Filipino si Francisco, eh pinanganak siya sa Buenos Aires, Argentina, naging arsobispo noong 1998, naging Cardinal noong 2001 at naging Santo Papa noong 2013. Sa pamamagitan ng dula, maaari tayong magkunwari, maaari tayong mandaya, maaari tayong mangarap. Iyan na marahil ang tinaguriang “Artistic License”. Pero matagal na kasing mabisang mediyum ng edukasyon ang sining. Kung sa thesis ay may hypothesis, ga’non din ang dula: May “What ifs”.  At sa mga “What Ifs” na yan tayo maaaring makatuklas ng astig nap ag-aaral, na maaari din nating ‘reference’ sa pagharap sa hamon ng buhay. Malay mo, makatuklas tayo ng mga solusyon sa mga pangkasalukuyang suliranin ng mga Filipino. Aba’y mainam din kasing isipin na mayroong “Pope Francis” sa bawat isa sa atin; na sa bawat magandang katangian niya’y maaari rin tayong maka-relate: mga simpleng pahaging tulad ng  “Uy, parang ako yun” o kaya naman “aba, napaka-human din pala ni Pope”.

Samakatuwid, ang dulang ito ay hindi lamang simpleng paglalahad kung ano ang biography ni Pope Francis. Mas mahalaga ditto ay ang pagsagot ng isang tanong: Pa’no kung Filipino ang popular na Pope? Sasagutin ng dula ang tanung na ito sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang buhay ng limang makabagong bayaning Filipino at kung ano si Pope sa mata nila.

Joey Velasco: ang namayapang Filipino painter sa edad na 43. Tinaguriang “Heart-ist” na puminta ng “Hapag ng pag-asa”, ang makabagong The Last Supper kung saan nasa gitna ang Panginoong Hes’ukristo at ang mga gutom na street children bilang ang 12 apostoles.

Kristel Mae Padasas: Ang Filipina Volunteer ng Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Nagbigay serbisyo sa pagdalaw ni Pope Francis sa Tacloban. Napaslang nang mabagsakan ng gumuhong scaffolding na pinapatungan ng malalaking speakers.

Dr. Edgardo Gomez: Pinarangalan bilang National Scientist of the Philippines noong 2014 sa kanyang pagprotekta sa mga coral reefs, particular ng mga taclobo o giant clams at ang pagbibigay ng edukasyon sa bawat Filipino ng importansya ng marine life.

Ronald Gadayan: Ang mahirap na Janitor sa NAIA na nagsauli ng bag na naglalaman ng 1.8 Million worth ng mga alahas at cash.

PO1 Mark Lory Clemencio: Kabilang sa 44- “Tagaligtas” Special Action Force na napaslang sa Mamasapano.

Ang mga makabagong bayaning Filipino ay di lamang nagpakita ng labis na tapang, pagkakawanggawa at pagtulong sa kapwa, pag aalay ng buhay para sa bayan, pagiging tapat at katalinuhan kundi ang pinakamahalaga ang malakas na pananampalataya sa Panginoon na naging sentro ng kanilang kabayanihan. Ito ang pinakamahalagang katangian na naglapit sa kanila sa buhay ng Santo papa.

Marami mang talambuhay ang ipapakita sa dula, sesentro ang lahat ng kanilang intension, mithiin at layunin sa buhay ni Pope; isang paghahalintulad sa kanilang sariling buhay at ang pagsagot sa katanungang “Pa’no kung Filipino si Francisco”.

Ilalahad sa dulang ito ang mga sumusunod na pangyayari sa buhay ni Pope Francis:
1.       Ang kanyang Personal na buhay
2.       Ang kanyang pre-papal life;
a.       Bilang isang bouncer sa bar
b.      Bilang isang mag-aaral
c.       Bilang isang Heswita
d.      Bilang isang Bishop
e.      Bilang isang Cardinal
3.       Ang mga kontrobersya sa Argentina, particular sa “Dirty War”
4.       Ang kanyang relasyon sa ibang religious communities o interfaith Dialogues.
5.       Ang paghirang sa kanya bilang Santo-Papa
a.       Mga Turo at pilosopiya
b.      Mga posisyon sa samu’t saring isyung pangkasalukuyan
c.       Ang kanyang public image

Samakatuwid, ang dulang ito ay ay isang mabisang pagsasanib ng kasaysayan, Relihiyon at Current Events ng mga Filipino; Isang pambihirang paglalahad na sasaliwan ng sining pagtatanghal upang maabot ng makabagong henerasyon. Isang pag-gamit sa sining upang maabot ang layuning “educ-ainment”; ang pag aliw para matuto.
The Cast of #Popepular.
Gagamit ng orihinal na musika, kakaibang galaw, makatotohanan at simbolikong kasuotang pang entablado, moving set at lavish props, gagnapan ng limangpung artistang pang entablado. Ang dulang may musikang ito ay pinakamalaking produksyon na itatampok ng Philippine Stagers Foundation.
Atty. Vince Tanada and the Stagers.

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