Kanser : Updated 2016 might be over but that wouldn’t stop me from posting this entry anyway. This is not a review but more of a reflection. Kanser Updated 2016 is a musical stage play brought by Gantimpala Theater Foundation. They have been very faithful of delivering this kind of highly educational plays to younger generations. They have been doing Kanser stage play since 1979 and this year just marked its 36th anniversary. Kanser is basically a musical stageplay adaptation of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere, a novel that we are all familiar with.
If it is not mandatory for schools to include Noli and El Fili in their curriculum, do you think these books will get the same amount of interest from people today? We have to admit that we are now living in an all new generation, an era where modern technologies are greatly embraced. In fact, kids today are more engaged with their gadgets rather than being involved in much more senseful activities. With all these drastic changes in our society, do you think Kanser can still be relevant? When Rizal wrote his novel, it was able to build a strong connection to its readers that ignited Filipino’s sense of nationalism. The story made them realized that they should start to fight for their freedom but now that we are living in a new generation, will the story of Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara still strong enough to leave the same impact?
Let’s have a quick recap shall we? Noli Me Tangere follows a story of Crisostomo Ibarra who returned in the Philippines after seven years. His arrival reunited him with his childhood sweetheart Maria Clara who eventually became his fiancé . The story didn’t end there as Ibarra soon discovered some heartbreaking revelation about his father’s death. He learned that Padre Damaso is the one behind it but instead of planning to revenge he instead carried through his father’s plan of putting up a school, since he believed education would pave the way to his country’s progress but his plans were changed when a stranger named Elias warned him that someone is trying to assassinate him.And we all know how the story tragically concludes.
Kanser Updated 2016 however is more than just a retelling of this classic novel. They added a very interesting twist to the story which allows this stage play to become very relevant to younger audiences while not compromising the real message of novel. They added the character of Tikong, a parodied version of President Duterte who was there not to interact with the characters but more like a third person narrator of the story who is not really telling the actual story but is throwing lines that state the current status of our society which interestingly matches the events in the novel. This is actually an impressive approach not just to make the show relevant to younger audiences but also to justify that this so-called social cancer is still not being cure and we are still experiencing it today yet the cancer is now manifested in a different form.The message of Kanser according to its cast
Kanser Updated 2016 is not just a stageplay that will educate us about this classic novel of our National Hero and how this novel managed to ignite the sense of nationalism of the Filipino people but also to act as a reflection of reality. It made me realized that even we earned our freedom from those who conquered our land; we are still not free and cured from this social cancer at all. Corruption for an instance has been a nationwide problem and Filipinos are still suffering from its consequences! The approach of Kanser Updated 2016 is absolutely strong enough bring out someone’s nationalistic self and it is also an effective eye opener for everyone to make us realized how the current condition of our society today makes no difference to the condition of our society from the past. Too bad, the 36th season of Kanser concluded last September 16 and it seems like we just have to wait for another year to catch this impressive musical stage play adaptation. Kanser Updated 2016 was directed by Franniel “Frani” Zamora and written by Jomar Fleras.
Kanser Updated 2016 might be over but you still have chance to catch the rest of the production line up by Gantimpala Theater Foundation this year including Ibong Adarna, El Filibusterismo, Totong Tipaklong and Florante At Laura.
Carlo Mañalac as Crisostomo Ibarra and KL Dizon as Maria Clara
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Kanser will open the stage once again! Gantimpala Theater Foundation will once again touch our hearts and will ignite our sense of nationalism through this meaningful play based on our national hero’s famous novel ~ Noli Me Tangere. Kanser 2017 : The Novel was written by Jomar Fleras and directed by Frannie Zamora.
Updated Cast for Kanser 2017 : The Novel
Joel Molina as Crisostomo Ibarra
Dea Formacil as Maria Clara
Paul Jake Paule as Elias
Francis Matheu as Padre Damaso
Abel Napuran as Pilosopong Tasyo
Shasha Rivera as Sisa
Aldrin Angeles as Padre Salvi
AFP Theater show schedules:
Sept 2 – 9am/12nn/3pm
Sept 4 – 9am/12nn
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