Ang Sarili Kong Anak

Ever since I volunteered to help out in Harlequin Theater Guild's Haunted Hall in February, I've been treated as an (unofficial) adopted member of the guild--despite me being part of a different group under the same office (La Salle Dance Company Contemporary). I was able to help man their booth (actually, I was just there to hang out hihihi shhhhh), attend their parties, watch their rehearsals and even choreograph for one of their productions! I guess that was the best part :) being adopted didn't technically give me the privilege to watch their shows for free, because I have been given that benefit already in May 2010, when I became an officer for my organization. But instead, I was given the privilege to cover Ang Sarili Kong Anak. :)

Photo by Enif Ruedas

I believe that I've always had a knack for covering events, especially dance events. I wanted to try something different this time and cover a theater production. Ang Sarili Kong Anak was a little hard to cover because I had to move around to get the right angles because of the theater-in-a-round set up. Nevertheless, I had fun covering this production and I'm glad I was able to produce profile picture-worthy photos for the actors, hihi. I guess I did good for a first timer. :)

The photos below were taken during the first (March 24) and last (March 26) runs of Ang Sarili Kong Anak. You can find some more photos on my Facebook. :)


Ang Sarili Kong Anak is the Filipino version of the play A Child Of My Own (also done alternately by the Harlequin Theater Guild; only with a different set of cast on the same play dates [March 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2011]) written by Hagit Nikolayevski and directed by Raffy Tejada. Members of the cast include Ms. Onyl Tecson (w/ alternate Joan Bugcat), Zoe Delos Santos (w/ alternate Antonette Go), Charisse Ang, Mary Juanne Pintado, Rosedelle Ann Etrata, Benedict Manaois (w/ alternate Ruffy Dy Buco), Hannah Al-sinawi (w/ alternate Hannah Sangalang) and Troy Lewis Driver (w/ alternate Albert Millar).

The play tells the story of a group of women—different from one another in terms of civil status, careers, age, personal circumstances—but united in a single-minded pursuit of motherhood and coping with its challenges.

While motherhood—and wifehood and the search for intimacy—are common concerns of women around the world, it gains poignancy in Israel where young men joining mandatory military service are enjoined to donate their sperm in a sperm bank to ensure their lineage continues even after their death. This is because life in Israel, and not just in the military, is precarious, and uncertainty is something everyone must live with.

(via opinion.inquirer.com)

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