PETA to do stage version of 'Bona'


Posted at Mar 14 2012 12:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2012 08:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Lino Brocka’s award-winning movie “Bona” is headed for the stage.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is doing a stage version of the 1980 film for its 45th season, PETA actor Nor Domingo confirmed to

“It will be part of the next season which will be stage adaptations of films. It will be a straight play. That’s all we know for now,” Domingo said on Wednesday.

Soxie Topacio is reportedly directing “Bona” for PETA.

In the movie, Nora Aunor plays a loyal suffering fan of a movie bit player played by Philip Salvador. Aunor won the Best Actress award from the Urian for her performance in the film.

“Bona” was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

This is not the first Brocka movie to be adapted for the stage. In 2003, Tanghalang Pilipino garnered raves and several awards for its production of Brocka’s classic “Insiang,” with Ricky Davao and Mae Paner.

Tanghalang Pilipino also remade Aunor’s “Himala” into a stage musical in 2003 starring May Bayot as the faith healer Elsa.

PETA also turned Aunor’s movie “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo” into a stage play in 1991, with Aunor reprising her award-winning movie role.