The video above is based on an article originally titled “7 Musicals About Filipino Heroes” below:
The way we define heroes is changing. These days, our considered heroes are medical workers, frontliners who are at work every day, educators doing their best to educate despite digital challenges.
Heroes of yesteryears–those we read about in history books and were taught about in schools–are 9 times out of 10 male revolutionists who challenged systems that are no longer working for the Filipino people.
While we wait for heroic musicals about heroines and today’s heroes, here’s a list of 7 musicals about male Filipino historic figures:
1. Mabining Mandirigma by Tanghalang Pilipino
2. Miong by Repertory Philippines
3. Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal? By Gantimpala Theater Foundation
4. Batang Rizal by PETA
5. Supremo Redux (2018) and 6. Bonifacio: Isang Sarswela by the Philippine Stagers Foundation (2013)
7. Aurelio Sedisyoso by Tanghalang Pilipino
Billed as a sequel to Mabining Mandirigma, the rock sarswela tackles the life of Aurelio Tolentino, a seditious playwright and actor who, together with Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay, founded the Teatro Porvenir. It dramatizes the conflicts in Philippine society in the period between 1902 and 1907, which constitutes the third phase of the revolution, and the years from 1908 to 1915 which represents the last chapter of Tolentino’s life.