ACCOUNTANCY and Civil Engineering students staged a marathon run of Mutya ng Saging, March 9 at the CAS audiovisual room.
The play, which was under the direction of Herdy La. Yumul, ran for 40 minutes and was performed four times that day to appreciative audiences.
In a short message he delivered right before the presentation, Yumul said in Filipino, “napatunayan na sa ating kasaysayan ang bisa ng mga dula sa pagmumulat sa taumbayan. Bihira lamang tayong makasaksi ng mga ganitong pagtatanghal. Sana ay maging buhay ang dulaan sa ating pamantasan.”
Ricci Benemerito, a first-year accountancy student, who served as production coordinator, confessed that staging a play was very challenging. “Si Sir Yumul kasi, he has an eye for details, gusto niya plantsado lahat”, she explained, “pero napawi lahat ng pagod ko nang makita kong natutuwa ang mga manunuod”.
Dr. Joselito Lolinco, CAS dean, watched the play and was impressed with the talent and creativity of the actors and the production staff.
“Mutya ng Saging” (The Banana Fairy), a work of Palanca-winner Leoncio Deriada, is an adventurous look at one man’s journey into the depths of Philippine folklore. The main character is Philip Parker, an American socio-anthropologist, who discovers the legend of a mysterious amulet that holds tremendous powers and good fortune, the anting-anting.
Enticed by the stories of old by local villagers, Parker embarks on an adventure that brings him into the darkness of the Banana Tree Jungle where he sets out a quest to find this banana fairy. But to the foreigner’s shock and horror appears the guardian of this mystical jewel, the beastly creature known as the kapre.
Parker beats the Kapre, but the former’s fate ends up in tragedy.
The play was topbilled by Gheness Macaraeg and Kenneth Edra who performed the role of Parker, and Daryll Aglipay who was so convincing as the kapre.