|The characters you will encounter in Lambana|
Founded by Quina Baterna and Wayne Yeang, they get inspired by travelling abroad and experiencing immersive theater from US, UK and Singapore, they decided to put up their own version featuring our grown-up stories of duwende, kapre, sirena and other mythical creatures we all hear from our lola’s.
|Wayne Yeang and Quina Baterna|
“From a tourist perspective all they know is beaches, Boracay, Cebu. And from local perspective the younger generations don’t know enough about Filipino folklore, the stories are not being pass to the next generations, so we wanted a show that local and tourist don’t have to read about Filipino folklore, they can experience themselves.” Yeang said.
The Lambana stint is a collection of stories from real people, after thorough research and consultations they come up with authentic story that are free from western influences that we usually have in many theater productions in Manila, they want it to make it real for barkada or family experience, an immersive show base on Filipino folklore.
“Surprising a lot of people in the production have personal experiences with folklore, and we find it fascinating because a lot of Filipinos that grow up in the provinces have personal stories, but is not often that you share, until you are in the safe space to do it, and were quite fascinated by this, and when we are building the show a lot of inspiration came from sharing of different people of personal experiences.” Baterna explain.
If succeed continuously, the two founders are aiming to bring Tipsy tales in the key cities and provinces, probably have it customize depends on the location so the experience can be real.
“Our show is mostly design for adults, we conceptualize the idea that adult also need to play, after a tough day at work you want to go out and get away from your life for a bit, and step in to this play and be the character in the story, it’s like the video games you play except it’s in real life, we really want a story that would bring different groups together, come with your barkada and go on with this adventure and at the end you have different stories to tell about.” Baterna added.
There is another company that pioneer immersive theater experience in Metro Manila that focuses on horror stories, but Tipsy Tales want it to make a new and level up experience solely completely immerse feeling with ideas of including you in that story. So far as of this writing, there are around 300 guests some are foreigners visit the Lambana world, and its founders are happy with the feedback.
“We always felt there’s room for immersive theater that is not just horror, we think there’s something about really the feeling that your part of the story, the way the room smell, the room looks, the way you interact with the story, the way the story changes your decision, and we think the people are ready.” Baterna declared.
Tipsy tales’s Lambana shows is happening daily from August 19 to September 30 at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm and 8:30pm for a maximum of 15 people per slot (ages 12+). Group ticket rates, discounts (PWD, Senior Citizen and Student) and kid friendly shows (less than 12 years old) are available, dropping them a message through Facebook or email@example.com. Tickets start at P2,000 and available thru Ticket2me, only at Eastwood Mall by Megaworld.
“Megaworld is a great partner, even Eastwood mall now is so innovative, Megaworld was the first big company that believe in us when all we have is an idea, we didn’t have a team, we didn’t have actors, we didn’t have a set, but when we told them we wanted to do something like this, they’re like ok, and that really made difference to us.” Baterna said in closing.