Ending violence against women with ‘The Vagina Monologues’

WOMEN are said to be sensitive, weaker than men and expected to be inferior, but these are no longer. This is the 21st century and women are rising for a revolution.

Production company 2tincans Philippines Inc., with V-day Cebu organizer and creative director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, is presenting 20 Vagina Warriors to bring to life V-day Founder and author Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play based on Eve Ensler’s book with her interviews with over 200 women. The play celebrates women embracing their sexuality and redefining a woman’s strength. Because of this play, women all over the world have been encouraged to gain control of their bodies and their lives, and free women from stereotypes. The Vagina Monologues will liberate the audience to raise awareness of what women experience and say what most women do not yet have the courage to voice out in public.

Though the script may remain almost the same every year, creative director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson wants to bring the audience on a journey on that evening when Eve Ensler was having a casual conversation in a living room with a friend asking questions like “If your vagina could talk, what would it say? If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?”

This year’s show is adding a new piece, the Revolution. Sarah has gathered “vagina warriors” who will present this world-renowned production: Joan Saniel-Amit, Maxi Bolongaita, Laurie Boquiren, Cattski Espina, Pami Estalilla, Bea Evardone, Chai Fonacier, Margo Frasco, Deborah Hayes, Candice Hintz, Gem Icamen, Gingging Navarro-Laude, Aleah Lim, Regal Oliva, Andrea Pateña, Stephanie Sitoy, Brazzy Valdez, Charlene Virlouvet and Jo-Ann Zaldumbide.

This year’s show is for the benefit of Bidlisiw Foundation Inc., a local non-government organization focused on helping the urban poor families and supporting women’s causes. According to Sarah: “We are focusing on their educational program, which would provide the opportunity for young children who are having difficulty to attend school because they are working and have no choice because they have to provide an income for the family. We’d like to take them back to school and hopefully people will be more aware of the efforts of the foundation and will be willing to donate their time and effort to support this program.”

The curtains will open at 8 p.m. on May 23 and 30 at Space 150 of The Henry Hotel. For tickets and other inquires, call 512-3134 or 260-7080. (Alana Gayle McCulloch / Silliman University intern)
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