Sunday, September 04, 2011

Hinilawod Experience

September 3, 2011 - I watched a Filipino epic play entitled Hinilawod - Tales from the mouth of the Halawod River with Alex at the CCP. Tickets are courtesy of his sister.

             This was my first time to watch a play featuring a Filipino epic. The play was amazing, the costumes were fantastic, and the actors were really good. The story was about a goddess, Alunsina, who chose to marry a mortal Datu Paubari, the mighty ruler of Halawod. Datu Paubari won Alunsina's heart because of his extraordinary courage and persistent. The other gods knew about this and were raged about Alunsina's decision. The gods bought flood to the human race as punishment. Alunsina's sister and the goddess and guardian of happy homes, Suklang Malayon, was able to warn them so they were able to escape the flood and go to the higher grounds. When the flood had subsided, they decided to return and settle at the mouth of the Halawod River. There she gave birth to 3 sons named Labaw Donggon, Humadapnon, and Dumalapdap. The three sons had their own adventures of bravery, honor and romance. 

With the princesses of the play

Pose with the King 

*** I like the villains in the movie specially the dragon which was presented with glowing lights in the dark. I love all the dancing which made me miss dancing Filipino folk dances back in highschool. The play was really a must-watch for every Filipino. A perfect way to know & love Pinoy art!

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