Leoncio P. Deriada’s District De Molo to be staged at UP: 12 – 30 October 2016

October 2016 is going to be an interesting a month for stories. The Spanish Film Festival is around the corner in Makati initially and in Diliman, Quezon City there will be a premiere of 2016 Gawad sa CCP Para sa Sining in Literature and Professor Emeritus Leoncio P. Deriada’s Distrito De Molo. and will run from 12 – 30 October 2016, from Wednesdays to Fridays at 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd Floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 2016 at the University of the Philippines. Distrito de Molo will be staged in the original English version and in Filipino by the Palanca Award winner Allan Palileo. Distrito de Molo will be directed by 2016 Gawad sa CCP Para sa Sining in Theatre and Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa. The plays are set in one of the seven districts of Iloilo City, Molo and was originally a place where the Chinese resided a Parian.

District de Molo features three stories that brings the audience to three times and three stories that occurred in Molo, providing the audience a snapshot of Filipino Society and Culture across the years.

Tres Hermanas de Molo

Set in the late 1950s the play revolves around the post-war lives of the wealthy Locsin sisters living in a mansion in Molo, Iloilo. All three are unmarried, and are each carrying a dark secret from their past. Visitacion, the eldest, is cold and cruel, and she believes that being unmarried is a form of penance they must endure. Her sisters, Asuncion and Salvacion on the other hand, are discontented and lust for a more exciting life. After a series of arguments among the sisters, Asuncion and Salvacion confess their transgressions, to the horror of VIsitacion. However Visitacion is not spared from her own transgressions. In the end Asuncion and Salvacion relent and comfort their elder sister as they call on the ghosts of their past and pray for freedom from their own burdens. Feeling reborn after revealing their transgressions, the three sisters, along with Maura, their loyal nanny, laugh, cry and look forward to a new dawn.

Atlas de Molo
Set in contemporary times, Eric and Lorena Avanceña are young newlyweds that have recently moved into the crumbling Avanceña home in Molo. In the garden, there is a statue of the Greek Titan Atlas standing in the middle of a dry fountain. One evening, the statue comes to life, puts down the earth that he carries on his shoulders, and shares a conversation with Eric. After much taunting from Atlas, Eric agrees to carry the earth on his shoulders as a test of his strength. It is too late for Eric to realize that this is a trap. The next day, the dry fountain bursts forth with water.

Venus de Molo
Set in the 1930s, the play involves the eccentric Don Guillermo Arroyo, who is obsessed of reproducing his own “Venus de Milo.” He employs the local sculptor, Crispino Marañon, to craft a marble of “Venus de Molo” for him. Crispino, without any compensation of his work, is visited by the goddess Laonsena, who learns of Don Guillermo’s cruelty. When Crispino unveils his work, Don Guillermo is shocked to set eyes on Laonsena as his Venus de Molo. As Laonsena leaves, Don Guillermo begs Crispino to help him, but he refuses, and the Don is left alone in his dilemma.

-From the Production Notes


Venue: Guerrero Theater, 2/F Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City

October 12 (Wednesday) – 7PM  ENGLISH
?October 13 (Thursday) – 7PM  ENGLISH?
October 14 (Friday) – 7PM ENGLISH
October 15 (Saturday) – 10AM & 3PM ENGLISH
October 16 (Sunday) – 10AM & 3PM ENGLISH

October 19 (Wednesday) – 7PM  FILIPINO
?October 20 (Thursday) – 7PM  FILIPINO?
October 21 (Friday) – 7PM FILIPINO
October 22 (Saturday) – 10AM & 3PM FILIPINO
October 23 (Sunday) – 10AM & 3PM FILIPINO

October 26 (Wednesday) – 7PM ENGLISH
?October 27 (Thursday) – 7PM Filipino
?October 28 (Friday) – 7 PM English
?October 29 (Saturday) – 10 AM ENGLISH
?October 30 (Sunday) – 10AM ENGLISH


Direction Tony Mabesa
Filipino translation Allan Palileo ?dramaturgy Ina Azarcon-Bolivar
Costume Eric Pineda | Set Nick Deocampo
Lights Shax Siasoco | Sound Jethro Joaquin
Choreography Fritz Esase | Assoc Sound Ric Lorenzo
Photography Dino Dimar | Poster Steven Tansiongco

The cast of Distrito De Molo includes homegrown artists and professional actors in the field of theatre. This includes Stella Cañete-Mendoza, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Adriana Agcaoili, Astarte Abraham, Dolly De Leon, Katte Sabatte, Ronnie Martinez, Flordeliz Salanga, Monette Flores, Carlo Cannu, Ron Biñas, Carlo Tarobal, Missy Maramara, Ian Ignacio, Leo Rialp, Jacques Borlaza, Arvin Trinidad, Brian Arda, Sue Prado, Liway Gabo, Chase Salazar, Neil Ryan Sese and Candy Pangilinan.
The artistic team includes Nick Deocampo (set design), Shax Siosoco (lights design), Eric Pineda (costume design), and Jethro Joaquin (sound design).

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