‘Tulauk’ restaging set

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Kaparian Kapampangan, Arti Sta. Rita and Teatru Ima is restaging the acclaimed Lenten zarzuela "Tilauk ning Manuk," a fresh presentation of the life of Jesus Christ from the point of view of the Apostle Peter.

During the rehearsal and sneak preview at the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary in this city, organizers led by musical director Andy Alviz announced that “Tulauk” will be restaged on the following dates: April 5, 7 p.m. in front of Holy Rosary Parish in Angeles City; April 12, 7 p.m., in front of the San Agustin Parish in Lubao; and April 13, 7 p.m., at the Sta. Rita Eco Park, Control Dike in San Isidro-Gasak. Admission is free.

The last playdate would be on Palm Sunday where the audience is encouraged to bring palm, veil, and a small candle.

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Alviz said the play presents the life of Christ with a comic and melodramatic twist, featuring the talent and antics of Ima Arti actresses and singing priests Fr. Ted Valencia (Peter), Fr. Jon Bartolome (Saint James), Fr. Homer Policarpio (John the Beloved), Fr. Aris Maniago (Judas Iscariot) and Fr. Rick Lusung (Jesus Christ).

Businesswoman Tess Laus, a member of Teatro Ima Arti who is among the “story tellers,” said the play is their group's way of evangelizing younger generations of Christians and to attract people to reexamine their faith.

For his part, Fr. Lusung added that “Pope Francis invites us to evangelize and be evangelized in our varied contexts. This is our response to the challenge of the New Evangelization. Come and let us celebrate our faith through this Lenten zarsuela.”

The play is in cooperation with Arti. Sta Rita, with Fr. TedValencia (Peter), Fr. John Bartolome (Saint James), Fr. Homer Policarpio (John the Beloved), Fr. Aris Maniago (Judas Iscariot) and Fr. Rick Lusung (Jesus Christ).

"This is the greatest story ever told. But this time, people will be seeing the story in hermeneutics approach with the signature comedy and drama that Teatro Ima at Arti is famous for. This is our way of evangelizing ourselves and other people," Alviz said, adding the play will be targeting younger generation of Christians.

Fr. Deo Galang, president of Arti Sta.Rita, told Sun.Star Pampanga that they hope to stage the musicals in schools and universities as well as other popular places in Pampanga. He added the play is a "labor of love" with actors playing for free.

"We hope to reach more of the younger generation and bring the story of Christ in a whole new light. This play is something that all Christians from all walks of life would surely love and appreciate," Galang told Sun.Star.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto said he is officially endorsing the play and is calling of the faithful in the province, particularly the young, to watch and support the play. He said the play is a timely presentation this Lenten season.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 30, 2014.

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