Despite the limits to live performances during the past two years because of the pandemic, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) continued to put up high quality shows by producing a string of successful online show streams and virtual workshops. The pioneering Filipino theater company in the country is now making their grand comeback on stage for their 55th Theater Season with the well-loved PETA classic production Christine Bellen’s Batang Rizal.
First staged by PETA in 2007, Batang Rizal won over the hearts of critics and audiences because of its imaginative storytelling and timeless songs, including the well-known PETA classic “Pag-asa Ng Bayan.” Even after a decade and a half, the magic of Batang Rizal continues to inspire audiences young and old.
“One of the most powerful aspects of the show is how Rizal’s story is told not through the eyes of an adult but that of a child. We hope to inspire children and young people to imagine a world where they can participate and contribute in a healthy way. We want them to be conscious of not only their own reality but also of the world around them,” PETA artistic director Maribel Legarda explained.
The play also becomes even more relevant than ever because of how the social realities during Rizal’s time are not too far from the issues and problems our society faces today.
“Batang Rizal is timeless and it will always be able to speak to any generation and inspire them to believe in and be part of that heroism,” Maribel added.
15 years since its original run, the show now features a new cast led by Tim Mabalot, Yhuan Gatbunton, Gold Villar-Lim, Norbs Portales, Carlon Matobato, John Moran, Teetin Villanueva, Jovy Vieja, Raven Relavo, and Marynor Madamesila. Batang Rizal will first be launched online via streaming from October 14 to 16 before its live performances in November.
Co-written, directed for stage, and choreographed by Dudz Teraña, with musical direction, arrangement, and composition by Vincent de Jesus, Batang Rizal is also part of PETA’s Hero Vision creative campaign, which aims to trigger conversations and reflections on heroism – and to inspire Filipinos to choose to live heroically everyday.
Watch Batang Rizal’s online streaming via KTX.ph from October 14 to 16, 2022, and the limited run at the PETA Theater Center on November 25 and December 2 (9 a.m. and 3 p.m.). For ticket inquiries and touring packages, contact Mitch Go at 0917-539-1112.
For streaming tickets, go to www.ktx.ph/category/batang-rizal.