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August 22, 2012

Gantimpala Theater Presents Kanser

On the occasion of its 35th theater season, Gantimpala Theater (GT) presents the longest running Philippine theater classic (first staged in 1980 at the CCP), “Kanser,” penned by award-winning playwright Jomar Fleras, with Adriana Agcaoili and Jheyar Caguimbal as directors.

With the company’s commitment to educate and entertain its audiences, it now highlights the ten reasons why the audiences must watch this much loved classic.

First, the play is based from the novel Noli Me Tangere, the biggest literary and political contribution of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

Second, director Agcaoili says,” As live theater, it makes for an entertaining two-hours of watching. As a historical record, however, it is a powerful and very real testament that Rizal - and all the revolutionary Eliases, the victimized Sisas and Crispins, and the broken idealists like for Ibarra - made for our motherland. The lost dreams and the blood they have shed have bought us the freedom we enjoy and sometimes take for granted.”


Superlative reviews from the late National Artist for Dance and theater critics Leonor Orosa Goquinco and esteemed theater reviewer Amadis Guerrero are third and fourth reasons.

Goquinco proclaimed, “Whoever thinks that Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere has been drained dry as a source of inspiration has some rethinking to do. For “Kanser” is theater of the highest order ? meaningful, satisfying, high-voltage drama.”


“Gantimpala’s best seller enhanced by shadow-play techniques, arresting visuals and affecting performances,” stated Guerrero.

Fifth, Joe Gruta, one of the Philippine’s most revered character actors, is back on the Gantimpala stage to give life to the character he started, Capitan Tiago.


Sixth, the lovable pair of Kapuso actor Jay Gonzaga and Kapamilya Cris Pastor star as Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara.

“Ibarra is a very difficult role since he is the center of the novel’s universe. He starts as an idealistic ilustrado who just came from Europe, whose main reason for coming home is to rekindle his affair with Maria Clara. What happens as the play progresses, all his discoveries and battles are all gut wrenching and heart breaking, consuming him in the end, ” says Gonzaga.

Pastor tells, “I have a better appreciation of her person because of this production. To many, she is emotionally weak. As I discover deeper my character, I realize that she is a brave and strong woman. She sacrificed so much to protect the purity of her love for Crisostomo.”

Seventh, PHILSTAGE Best Actress Marj Lorico is Sisa. “I am also a mother so I know how she feels and I am not an aristocrat either. Given her situation then, it was indeed an extremely excruciating moment.”

Lorico adds, “This is an advocacy for me as well. Giving life to such a larger-than-life character is my way of telling today’s generation to read our literary classics. What I like about this play is that each of the major characters re highlighted, thus audiences get to know them better.”

Eight, home-grown actor Troy de Guzman is Elias. “I am grateful to the company for all the trust,” declares de Guzman. “Elias is one of the novel’s most popular characters. It takes so much from me since he is both strong and emotional. There is pressure to deliver but I take it as good pressure. I promise to give my best.”

Ninth, providing stellar support are TV and film luminaries are Ku Aquino as Padre Damaso, Mosang as Doña Victorina and Dante Balois as Pilosopong Tasyo.

Tenth, male supermodel Patrick Patawaran is Padre Salvi, the young priest who secretly covets Maria Clara. Assisting directors Agcaoli and Caguimbal to realize the town of San Diego and its denizens are Benjie Cayetano (Lighting Designer), Norman Peñaflorida (Set Designer), Roobak Valle (Choreographer), Charyl De Guzman (Production Manager), Wilmark Oliver Tabio (Stage Manager).

The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and Everbilena fully support Gantimpala Theater’s production of Kanser.

Performances are on August 26, (7pm), Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium, Luneta, Manila; August 31, September 1-2, (9am/12nn/3pm), AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City; September 7-9, (9am/12nn/3pm), Star Theater, Star City Compound, Pasay City; September 14-16, (11am/2pm), Cinema 3, SM Southmall, Las Piñas City.

Contact Details:
For ticket inquiries, please call (63 2) 998-5622.
Schedule/Venue
AFP Theater
Camp Aguinaldo

De Jesus Ave., Camp Aguinaldo
EDSA corner Col. Bonny Serrano Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


Saturday September 1, 2012
- 9:00 AM
- 12:00 PM
- 3:00 PM
Sunday September 2, 2012
- 9:00 AM
- 12:00 PM
- 3:00 PM

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