Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dulaang UP brings back Francisco Baltazar's Orosman at Zafira in SM Mall of Asia Centerstage Theater

Finally, another original Filipino story is working its way to the main stream. In partnership with Bit by Bit Development Company , Dulaang UP brings Francisco Baltazar's Orosman at Zafira at the Centerstage in SM Mall of Asia in all weekends of February. The presentation is directed and choreographed by Dexter M. Santos.

The original Filipino production follows the journey of Zafira, a princess from the tribe of Marueccos who wages war against the tribe of Tedenst who murdered her father. In quest for justice she met Orosman, one of the sons of Boulasem the ruler of the rival tribe and the person behind her father's death. Zafira and Orosman fell in love with each other. With Gaudala, she asks for the help of Zelim, noble leader of the Duquela, a tribe filled with warriors. Love flourished amidst of war; Zafira and Orosman and Gulnara and Aldervesin. Keeping the core idea of the play “Pag-ibig, pag-ibig, at pag-ibig pa rin” this unique Romeo and Juliet like story of Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar will bring the theater afficionados to a bigger treat that they will never forget.

The production of Orosman at Zafira contains music collaboration from indigenous and modern instrument to add more emotions in all scenes.The musical direction is headed by Carol Bello. Aside from the music, Orosman at Zafira also features the new generation of stage and musical petticoats including Tao Aves (as Zelima) the daughter of Grace Nono and Delphine Buencamino (as Zafira alternate) the daughter of Noni Beuncamino. Dexter and Darwin promise a bigger performances and additional scenes on the February presentation.

Orosman at Zafira was first presented by Dulaang UP in 2008, and had a re-run in 2010, this was the time when I saw the play for the very first time. The presentation in 2010 struck my heart and left me stunned i my seat. With the promise of the producers and directed, I am expecting a lot on February.

To give you idea here’s the clip of their performance during the media launch in SM Mall of Asia IMAX Entertainment Area:

Here is the plug of Orosman at Zafira which is showing as a pre-roll in all movies shown in SM Cinemas in Metro Manila:

Orosman at Zafira includes performers like Jay Gonzaga (Orosman), Maita Ponce and Delphine Buencamino (Zafira - alternate), Tao Aves (Zelima), Roeder CamaƱag (Abdalap), Red Concepcion (Aldervesin), Kevin Concepcion and Acey Aguilar (Zelim - alternate), Jacinta Remulla (Gulnara), Jean Judith Javier (Gulnara), Nazer Salcedo (Boulasem), Neil Tolentino (Mahamud), Felipe Ronnie Martinez (Ben-Asar), and the Dulaang UP Ensemble. The artistic team of OROSMAN AT ZAFIRA includes Tuxqs Rutaquio (Production Designer), John Ilao Batalla (Lighting Designer), Anril Tiatco, Katte Sabate, and Patrick Valera (Dramaturgs), Mara Marasigan (Assistant Director), Via Antonio (Associate Choreographer), Irish Pangilinan (Associate Musical Director), and Lao Rodriguez (Accessories Designer). The production team is composed of Atty. Darwin Mariano (Executive Producer), Carlo Francia (Associate Producer), Toots O. Tolentino (PR/Publicity Consultant), Ida Elopre (Production Manager), Ohm David (Technical Director), Loraine Macatangay (Stage Manager), Cherry Bong Edralin (Marketing Manager), and Jojit Lorenzo (Photography).

(With Tao Aves playing the role Zelima)

Orosman at Zafira will be presented at the Centerstage in SM Mall of Asia on Feb 4 (8pm), Feb 5 (10am, 3pm and 8pm), Feb 11 (8pm), Feb 12 (10am, 3pm and 8pm), Feb 18 (8pm), Feb 19 (10am, 3pm and 8pm), Feb 25 (8pm), and Feb 26 (3pm and 8pm). For non-Metro Manila, according to Mr.Mariano he is currently coordinating with SM Malls for staging Orosman at Zafira in other regions like in Visayas and Mindanao. But for now tickets for Orosman at Zafira is available at the SM Ticket booth. For more information visit

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For tickets to the Feb 26 / Sat / 3PM schedule of OROSMAN at ZAFIRA, please contact Onay @ 0918.536.2116. Ticket Price: 350 (Free Seating).

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