MANILA, Philippines – Singer Kuh Ledesma and veteran film actress Boots Anson Rosa are among the performers at this year’s “V-Day,” a special performance of the award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues.”
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, director and actress Monique Wilson said Ledesma is finally appearing in the play written by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler.
“Kuh will be singing a song about women,” Wilson said, adding that she has long been asking the singer to do the show.
Wilson explained that not all the performers will be doing monologues, saying that many women wanted to be part of the celebration “in any capacity.”
For instance, ABS-CBN anchor and reporter Ces Orena-Drilon will be reading facts about women during the show. This is the second time the award-winning broadcaster is appearing in the show, having joined a special performance in 2004.
Also joining the cast on March 31 at the Music Museum are singer Aiza Seguerra, who will be doing a Tagalog monologue, and comebacking actress Giselle Tongi, who will perform one of the play's memorable monologues, "The Angry Vagina."
Other performers are Joy Virata, Pinky Amador, Tami Monsod, Juno Henares, Sheila Francisco, Roselyn Perez, Madeleine Nicolas, Gina Wilson and Mae Paner, as well as Cynthia Alexander and Leah Navarro.
Wilson estimates that around 40 women performers will be at the two-hour show, which will feature 20 monologues.
12 years and counting
Wilson’s New Voice Company first staged “The Vagina Monologues” in the Philippines back in 2000.
“So we’re now on our 12th year although not necessarily every year that we do the play,” she said.
“The Vagina Monologues,” which was first staged off-Broadway in 1996, has since evolved into a global movement to end violence against women.
This year’s “V-Day” event is for the benefit of Lila Pilipino, an organization for comfort women in the Philippines. In fact, one of the monologues that has been added to the play concerns the plight of comfort women.
Wilson admitted that she was “naïve” to believe that things will change when she first put up the play in 2000.
“But the reality is that it is still necessary to do the play,” she said.
Asked if she ever gets tired of performing “The Vagina Monologues,” she said “absolutely not.”
“Every woman who does the play brings to it her own reality,” she explained.
Wilson said she is excited to have assembled a cast of talented women from various fields on Saturday.
“When you hear these formidable women, I think audiences will listen to them more,” she said.
“V-Day Manila 2012” will be held on March 31, 8 p.m., at the Music Museum in Greenhills.