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‘Sintang Dalisay’ Coming to the UP Asian Center

‘Sintang Dalisay’ Coming to the UP Asian Center

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‘Sintang Dalisay,’ an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in an imaginary Filipino Muslim community, accompanied by kulintangan music, and choreographed with igal dance, will be performed on Saturday, 8 April 2017 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center, Diliman, Quezon City. Two performances are scheduled, one at 2:00 p.m. and another at 7:00 p.m.

Sintang Dalisay


The adaptation is set in an imaginary Muslim community in the Philippines, with the Mustaphas and the Kalimuddins as two prominent families mired in an age-old hatred for each other. Caught in this family strife are Rashiddin and Jamila, two lovers who get themselves secretly married but are forced to separate from each other after Rashiddin, in self-defense, slays a member of the Kalimuddin clan. A demand for justice, Rashiddin’s exile to Dapitan, a clandestine tryst between the two lovers, a missing letter and a scheme involving poisonous potions that goes awry culminate in the death of the lovers and the reconciliation of the two families smothered in grief and regret.

About the Play

With a tour version performed in Belarus, Taiwan, and Vietnam, Sintang Dalisay (Pure Love) is based on the awit version of G.D. Roke entitled “Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo” (1901) and on Rolando Tinio’s translation of Shakespeare’s text. While following the general flow of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Sintang Dalisay has fewer characters than the Bard’s version and infuses the text with a Filipino romantic sensibility. The characters’ names have been changed for this play.

Sintang Dalisay is told using dance, song, drama and live music. All dialogue is in Filipino; the dance is drawn from the igal, a dance tradition of the Sama in South Ubian and Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, and taught to the cast by indigenous artists from these places. The music draws from several Philippine indigenous musical traditions yet anchored in the kulintangan rhythms of the Sulu archipelago.

Show Details

Run: April 8, 2pm and 7pm
Venue: UP Asian Center Auditorium, UP Diliman
Ticket prices: P150 for UP students, P250 for UP employees, P300 regular price
For ticket inquiries: email Christian John Calimbas at pacesetter.christiancalimbas@gmail.com

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