University Theater Guild: WMSU’s Pride and Zamboanga’s Too
June 19, 2009

‘Walang ibang paraan kung hindi and tamang paraan.’ (There is no other way except the right way). This was the central message of the play ‘Karaoke Dreams’ which was staged by the University Theater Guild (UTG) of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Guiwan on June 18.

Parishioners led by Fr. Sulpicio “Nonong” Soliva, parish priest, warmly applauded the UTG’s performance. The play was made part of the activities preparatory to the celebration of the parish fiesta which was held on June 27.

It was Archbishop Romulo Valles who hatched the idea of showing the play in various parishes in Zamboanga Archdiocese after he witnessed a performance at the Harmony Village in Sinunuc during the opening activity of the Archdiocesan Youth Camp early this year. “He found the play very informative and convincing as well as entertaining,” according to Dr. Roberto B. Torres, Director, Office of Culture and the Arts (OCTA), Office of the President, WMSU. A series of performances in various parishes here is under negotiation.

Written by Vince de Jesus of the Philippine Experimental Theater Arts (PETA), “Karaoke” seeks to educate and inform the public about the evils of human trafficking, using a highly artistic and entertaining medium which is the stage play. It revolves around three Filipinos who have always dreamt of working abroad. They found the courage to finally take steps to fulfill their dream when a “kababayan” comes home with a success story.

Unfortunately, as each tried to circumvent rules and do it “the fast and easy way,” they find themselves in hot water. Julie Nahuli fell into the trap of an international syndicate and became a victim of trafficking. Isko Nabisto successfully got a job, but after his visa expired he decided to overstay and became a victim of trafficking. Rudy Natsugi paid a huge amount to a “friend” who secured a visa and a passport for him which turned out to be fake.

The following cast of the play with their corresponding roles were trained by PETA: Rosalie Escala (Julie Nahuli); Amran Sharif (Isko Nabisto); Rodaine Awali (Rudy Natsugi); Ma. Lovely Duhaylungsod (Aling Pising/Ensemble); Bernadette Salazar (Becky Biglang-Yaman/Ensemble); Marie Rachele de Zena (Aling Doray/Ensemble); Al-Rashid Baddiri (Bayaw/Ensemble); abel Khamier Abdua (Boy Peke/Ensemble); Ana Rica Rozen Torres (Magda/Ensemble); Mabelyn Cuizon (Lady Sponsor/Ensemble); Elleen Joy Natividad (DEA Lady/Ensemble); Vernon Kenny Jimena (Police Officer/Ensemble); and Jone Vina Calica, Hassanal Estino, Lea Bantoto, Maica Arsolon, Almhadz Garcia,Samson Agno, and Charmaine Luna (Ensemble). UTG artistic director is Dr. Torres; finance officer, Prof. Alita T. Pangilinan; and play director and choreographer, Ma. Liza M. Rivera. (Evelyn C. Luceño, Public Relations Assistant/PAO/WMSU)