Tanghalang Pilipino's multiverse, post-pandemic production that banners PEACE through the intertwining of conflicts in a folk tale, a stark social realism, and an all-too-familiar family drama.
National Artist Abdulmari Imao's “ANAK DATU” is a story about the son of a village chieftain in Muslim Mindanao during pre-colonial Philippines. Before he is born, the village is raided by pirates, and his mother gives birth under captivity. Hence, he grows up believing that his father is a former pirate. Only when the old man dies, does the son discover the truth about his real father. This short story gave birth to Rody Vera's stage adaptation adjacent with other events in the history of Mindanao and the personal lives of Abdulmari Imao's family.
TANGHALANGPILIPINO was founded in 1987 as the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Tanghalang Pilipino aims to promote Philippine theater that is rooted in centuries-old Filipino culture and history while being responsive to evolving contemporary society. We maintain the highest standards in artistic discipline, technical skill, and professional conduct. with the goal of offering diverse content to cater to a broad spectrum of theater-goers, we balance our programming of the season to include Filipino works (both classic and contemporary), translations and adaptations of theater materials from Asia and other parts of the globe.
We also conduct KAPWA (Kamalayang Pilipino Workshop in the Arts), a theater workshop framework that focuses on identifying the roots of a community and using theater as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment. We are unique among other theater groups in the
Philippines in that we maintain a core of actors whose full-time training in acting is subsidized by the company. Known as the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company, these actors are tapped for the company’s season repertoire and special performances. The actors who have graduated from the Actors Company now comprise the most soughtafter stable of talents in television, cinema, and commercial advertising.
In addition to honing skills for on-stage performance, we also commit to the development of an active audience for Filipino theater through our nurture of the native language as our primary medium for our productions and by bringing our performances to venues outside our home at the CCP—including non-traditional performances spaces—to various parts of the country and overseas, especially locations with large Filipino communities.