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‘Mulat’ Dance Thesis Tackles Country’s Battle Against Mining

‘Mulat’ Dance Thesis Tackles Country’s Battle Against Mining

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Based on the Filipino folklore Mariang Sinukuan, Mulat: Ang Hindi Sinukuan Sa Arayat, seeks to show how mining and its valuable currency may lead to environmental and cultural degradation.



In a small community in the mountain of Arayat, there lived a girl named Liway who is always out to find new things. She considers the forest her home, whereas her ancestors were also domiciled. One day, Mariang Sinukuan, the guardian or diwata of the mountain who has always admired Liway’s passion for adventure and love for nature, revealed her powers before her eyes. Suddenly, a repressive corporation seeks to abuse their healthy land for their own greedy purposes.

How will Liway and her community defend their land?


Cheska Vasallo (Liway) and Director Justin Diolazo working on a thanksgiving dance for Mariang Sinukuan.

Mulat: And Hindi Sinukuan sa Arayat is a dance theatre thesis production of Justin Ray Salvatierra Diolazo that revolves around the journey and battle of Liway and her indigenous community as they try to defend their land from the destructive hands of the environmental exploiters.  It also entails a deeper and wider view on the power relations of nature, the army, the community, and the youth.


The nymphs Alyana Tolentino and Gianina David showing off their best dance to the Director.


Justin Diolazo, the Director, after the rehearsal talking about the dancers’ improvements for the rehearsed scene.

Creative Team and Performers

Directed and Produced by: Justin Ray Salvatierra Diolazo
Written by: Nicko De Guzman
Music by: Paulo Estero
Set Design by: Jay Lorenz Conanan
Costume Design by: Sandro De la Pena
Graphic Design by: Kyle Dionisio and James Stephen Lavariaz

Choreographed by: Justin Ray Diolazo, Neil John Cagan and Jay Anthony Mangao

Performers: Angela Sison
Alyana Tolentino
Cheska Vasallo
Christian Cusi
Doori Chin
Gianina David
Inah Abrasaldo
Khylle Paulino
Kyle Confessor
Neil John Casagan
Ruthame Hurtado
Yella Carlos
Zyra Verastique


The Assistant Choreographer, Neul John Casagan, translating what the Director is saying in sign language to our deaf dancer, Inah Abrasaldo.

Show Details

Performances will be at the Black Box, Sixth floor, School of Design and Arts Campus, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Show dates will be from Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7 PM to Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are priced at PHP 150.00 each and can be purchased by contacting Patricia Bautista at 0917 842 5013 and Francesca Bernardo at 0917 665 6339.

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