Filipino-Chinese Teresita Lim or Bee Hua has lived most of her life in the colorful world of kao ka, a Hokkien-style traditional opera. A second-generation kao ka performer, Bee Hua learned how to sing and dance in her youth.
As the years went by, however, attendance to kaoka performances has declined and even fewer Chinoys are interested in learning this art.
The present generation of kao ka performers, trained by Bee Hua herself, is not from Chinese lineage. She says most, if not all of them, see kao ka only as an income-generating venture.
How will kao ka, already dying as both an art form and a tradition, thrive in the years to come?