Sinagbayan’s DALUYONG: a continous cry for justice and a challenge to the next administration

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It has been over two years since the destructive Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), killed thousands and displaced millions of people in Eastern and Western Visayas, particularly in Samar and Leyte provinces, still not enough support has been given to the thousands of victims in the region. True to its commitment to create plays and performances drawn from the direct experiences of the people, youth cultural group Sining na Naglilingkod sa Bayan (Sinagbayan or Art for the People) will stage DALUYONG: ISANG PAHINUMDOM once again at the Ma. PS de Leon Park in PUP Sta. Mesa from February 22 to March 5.

“The people of Eastern Visayas are hapless victims of a vicious government that has no regard nor concern at all for ordinary people,” says Marco Silvano, chairperson of Sinagbayan.

DALUYONG retells the story of the people’s fight against the savageness of Yolanda. Based on research and personal accounts of Tacloban and Palo residents, this play chronicles community resiliency.

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DALUYONG is about Rolando, an OFW from Saudi, who comes home to Dinaanan to convince his father Frank to leave their town and come with him to Manila. Dinaanan is just one of the many towns devastated by the typhoon. After two years, residents are not yet able to rise from their loss and they still have a hardtime providing for themselves and their families. Frank is one of the most respectable leaders in the town of Dinaanan and his decision to stay with the people have helped his kababaryo a lot. After all, it is just the townspeople who are helping each other to recover. For Frank and the other farmers like Pedring, Pepeng, Pablo and Nitang, promises and false claims were made by politicians but up until this day, these politicians failed to fulfill them.

Rolando does understand his father’s decision at first but staying in Dinaanan has made him witness his kababayans and childhood friends’ situation. The surge of the disaster is what makes the people rise and intensify the surge of the furious masses. This is the same surge that is starting to grow inside Rolando, when he saw the correctness of his father’s decision to stay in Dinaanan.

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DALUYONG was already successfully staged at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; University of the Philippines-Diliman and in the communities of Tanauan and Tacloban City in Leyte. The production is jointly organized by the SINAGBAYAN (Art for the People), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines-KMP), Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Anakpawis Partylist.

Sinagbayan, a cultural group primarily focused in depicting the situation of farmers and rural poor through creative media including theater plays, songs and dance performances, holds accountable the Aquino administration for the turtle-paced recovery in Yolanda-devastated areas and the lingering poverty and hunger endured disaster victims and survivors.

“The government’s utter neglect of the people’s welfare is an even more disastrous calamity than all super typhoons combined. DALUYONG is our continous cry for justice for all the victims of state neglect, at the same time it is our challenge for the next administration” Silvano added.

DALUYONG’s showdates are on February 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, March 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 
(6:30PM) at the Ma. PS de Leon Park in PUP Sta. Mesa. Tickets are at P50. For more info, contact Kathryn Manga at 0908 298 9691, or email Sinagbayan at sinagbayan@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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