As Theaters Go Dark, Dekada '70 Cast Inspires With a Song

They send a message of hope in these trying times.

( March was supposed to be a busy month for theatergoers and thespians in Metro Manila. There was the Manila leg of Matilda, The Musical's international tour, a teleserye-turned-musical by Teatro Kapamilya, and a number of musicals and plays that we've all been waiting to see since we first heard about them. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters had no choice but to end their runs or forgo opening at all this season; one such show was Dekada '70, which was scheduled to be restaged until March 14. Their four-show extension at the Doreen Black Box Theater at Ateneo de Manila University from March 12 to 14 was postponed to September or October (*fingers crossed*).

Dekada '70 tells the story of how a middle-class family chose not to turn a blind eye to what was happening in the country during the Marcos regime. It was based on Lualhati Bautista's 1983 novel of the same name. 
PHOTO BY Vlad Gonzales

In a Facebook post, Dekada '70 creator Pat Valera shared the cast's impromptu song number. The performance was led by Stella Cañete-Mendoza, who played the role of Amanda Bartolome—matriarch of a middle-class family who lived through the atrocities of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. "Today we were supposed to close Dekada '70, instead nandito kami para magligpit. To all our Filipino theater artists, we send out all the love to you, from Dekada '70," she said.

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The company chose to sing the finale, "Inog ng Mundo," a song that's perfectly apt in these trying times. "Muling iinog ang mundo, maririnig muli ang puso. Nandito ako, hubad sa 'yong harapan, yakapin mo. Patuloy ang inog ng mundo, napupurol man 'tong puso. Aawit ako, aawit ako, ang himig ko. Hangga’t muli kitang matawag, hangga’t muli mo akong matawag na: kapatid, kaibigan, asawa, anak," the lyrics say.

As of writing, Metro Manila is under “community quarantine” until April 14.


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