On August 9th until the 26th, Tanghalang Pilipino will open its latest season with a retelling of one of the most popular sarswelas in the Philippines, Walang Sugat. First published in 1898 and shown at the Liberty Theater in 1902, the story of Walang Sugat is set in the years of the Philippine Revolution against Spain.
Of course, the first question is my mind when I read the press release was, What is a Sarswela/Zarzuela? For those that have forgotten the definition from school, Zarzuela (Spanish pronunciation: [θarˈθwela]) is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance (source). So basically, fancy terms aside, this is a musical with people in ternos.
Walang Sugat has been reenacted quite a few times on stage and has been made into film in 1939 and 1957. It tells of the love story between Julia (Cris Villonco) and Tenyong (Noel Rayos) weaved into the struggles of the nation during the time of war.
Famed film director Carlos Siguion-Reyna (Ligaya ang itawag mo sa akin, Ang mga lalaki sa buhay ni Selya) directs.
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