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October 28, 2014

AGYU: Patungo sa Paraiso - A One of a Kind Theater Play

A one of a kind theatre performance comes to stage which not only aims to be a truly unique experience but also be culturally relevant. De La Salle College of St. Benilde’s Arts Management program and Siklab Productions bring you AGYU: Patungo sa Paraiso, showing on November 26 to 29 at the Black Box theater of DLS-CSB.

This piece is directed by Delphine Buencamino, a freelance theater actress, choreographer and teacher. She crosses over the worlds of theater and dance working with companies like the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Tanghalang Pilipino. Performers Al Garcia, Merdin Mojica and Raflesia Bravo along with dramaturges Giselle Garcia and Amihan Ruiz work hand in hand with Delphine in bringing Philippine oral tradition to the setting of modern day Manila. Choreography will be accompanied by the original compositions of Pepe Manikan, member of the band Eternal Now and full time faculty at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

AGYU is based on the first part (Kepunpu’un) of the Manobo epic Ulahingen which begins with a people struggling to pay taxes under a central government. Confrontation between parties causes a misunderstanding and a series of unfortunate events lead to the death of the Sultan. This forces the minor community to flee and embark on an exodus with Agyu as one of their leaders. In the midst of this journey, the character of Mungan is introduced. It is through Mungan’s struggle that mortals build a connection with the Meresew etew or diwatas. These gods meet Mungans’ family with an offer to enter paradise in exchange of overcoming certain challenges. This is their journey to Nelendangan - paradise.

Ulahingen was selected because the artists wanted to work with a source that is deeply Filipino and rarely seen or staged. Many of the productions we see on stage today are foreign texts, translated or adapted for a Filipino audience. However, Siklab Productions would like to work with the reverse, using Filipino literature to expand the geography of canon classics in the world of theater and to prove that our local epics are as universal and transcendent as classic staples.

Contact Details:
For ticket inquiries and more information contact Gabrielle Vizmonte at or visit
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De La Salle-College of St. Benilde
Taft Ave.

Taft Ave., Malate
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Wednesday November 26, 2014 - Saturday November 29, 2014

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