La Revolucion Filipina


Photo Courtesy of Victor Ursabia

La Revolucion Filipina
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Main Theater, Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila Friday, September 19, 2008 8PM
Ballet Philippines Presentation 
Music by Ryan Cyabyab 
Choreography by Agnes Locsin——————–
My friend Orion invited me to watch a ballet performance and I was like “I don’t watch those.” Then he told me “I know you’d rather be with your gadgets but expand your horizon.”

With that kind of statement thrown to me, I said OK, I’ll watch ehhehehe

On the day itself, my friend reminded me that I should wear a cocktail dress coz noone wears casual clothes in that kind of event. With that I wore my Php250 dress that I bought from People are People (cheap isn’t it? it was on sale)


Yeah yeah I know I gained a LOT of weight. After I saw this picture, I’m more & more determined to go on diet.

Back to the topic, La Revolucion Filipina is a Ballet Philippines event & held at CCP Complex. As I watched I can’t really understand what the story was, all I know that it was about the revolution and Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini & Andres Bonifacio are part of it.. . There were spaniards & americans too..

I really have to get this catalog to understand what the story is..


Don’t get me wrong… the dance is really GOOD.. I think I’m starting to appreciate dance in itself… I may again watch ballet soon.

The story takes us through the Philippines history starting in 16th century, the spanish colonization, the formation of Katipunan (Kagalang-galangan, Kataas-taasang Katipunan ng mga anak ng bayan), the Americans taking over of the Philippines & Emilio Aguinaldo’s surrender.

Complete Story from the catalog (for those who are interested):

June 1898, Apolinario Mabini, the “sublime paralytic” of the Philippine Revolucion, is resting on his hammock by a roadside en route to Kawit, Cavite where Emilio Aguinaldo is set to proclaim the independence from Spain of the whole Philippine archipelago. Mabini believes the declaration to be premature. Aguinaldo disagrees.

Act I
Sometime in the 16th century. A tribe of lowland dwellers go on with their daily lives, their naked bodies seeming to be influences of foreign cultures as they take on new manners & new clothes. Finally, the shadow of Spanish subjugation covers them all. Amidst all this, the figures of Apolinario Mabini, Emilio Aguinaldo & Andrew Bonifacio stands out.
1890’s. Bonifacio, Mabini & Aguinaldo become witness to cruelties inflicted on their fellowmen by the Spaniards and by other indios of their time. With the inspiration of the muses of Liberty, Equality & Fraternity, Bonifacio forms a secret society called the Kagalang-galangan, Kataas-taasang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan. Aguinaldo later joins the secret society. Mabini chooses to side with the reformists.
With the discovery of the Katipunan, the revolution begins.
The schism among Filipinos heightens. Aguinaldo is elected President of the nascent Filipino nation. Bonifacio is tried for treason & killed. Mabini blames Aguinaldo for Bonifacio’s death.
The citizens become confused. Act II
The United States of America is drawn into war with Spain. Mabini expresses caution in dealing with the Americans.
Aguinaldo in exile, instructs 3 women to sew a flag for the Filipino nation. Aided by the Americans, he returns to declare Philippine independence. Mabini is asked to become Aguinaldo’s adviser.
Mabini guides Aguinaldo in running the government of the fledging nations. In Malolos, Aguinaldo convenes a Congress that ratifies the Declaration of Independence. The Congress proceeds to form a new Constitution, much against the wishes of Mabini. Aguinaldo is caught between his influencial adviser & Illustrado-dominated Congress.
Spain cedes the Philippines to the United States of America. The Americans who encouraged Aguinaldo show treachery and refuse to recognize the Revolutionary Government. One by one, Aguinaldo allies desert him & join the Americans. The Illustrado blame the non-recognition of Philippine independence on the delay in the establishment of the Republic. Aguinaldo contemplates a peaceful settlement with the Americans. Mabini resigns from the cabinet.
Armed hostilities betwen the Filipinos & Americans begin. Mabini witnesses the treachery of his fellowmen & the cruelty they inflict on their fellow Filipinos.
The Americans close in on Aguinaldo as his aides are killed or desert him. In Palanan, Aguinaldo wrongly trusted those whom he thought were dressed as Filipinos to be faithful to the Filipino cause. Aguinaldo is captured & forced to pledge allegiance to the American flag.
Aguinaldo becomes witness to the continuing division among Filipinos. He is unable to take any action, paralyzed by his belief that no longer holds any lofty position. Mabini rises from his chair & accuses the present of turning its back on its past.
The tribesman must shed his second skind to rediscover his own. Only then can people see what truly makes a nation one.

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4 observations on “La Revolucion Filipina
  1. Orion

    Hi Sir Victor, I’m Rhea’s brother… Rochelle and I were actually at Icebergs having dessert at the same time you were there right after the gala night ended… Ayan, may bago na akong nahatak na Performing Arts follower. ;)Peace, Roch! 😉


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