The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) welcomes the first quarter of 2020 with Rody Vera’s Under My Skin, a provocative and heart-wrenching drama anthology top-billed by actress Cherry Pie Picache.
Inspired by real people and events, the play depicts the realities, triumphs, and struggles of people living with HIV, while navigating an important conversation about acceptance and tolerance. The play, which is part of PETA’s creative campaign "Acting on HIV," aims to re-examine the issue of HIV and AIDS, as the numbers of recorded cases rapidly increase every day.
"Most of what I've been doing lately is getting involved with different advocacies," Picache said.
"I want to use my position, wherever I am now, to influence and advocate for certain issues. I am learning a lot and I really like the learning process. I was also interested kung nasaan na ba ang Pilipinas sa usaping HIV. It's very timely because we should all give a part of ourselves to make people aware," she added.
She is hopeful that "Under My Skin" will not only be a learning experience for audiences, but will also contribute positive change and action to combat the HIV and AIDS crisis in the country.
"There should no longer be a stigma. HIV is not and should not be a death sentence anymore. We, as a community, as a society, have the responsibility to get involved," she said.
"Under My Skin" provides a holistic learning experience. Apart from the play, audience members can stay for a talkback and debriefing with HIV experts and avail of free HIV screenings.
The Under My Skin photo exhibit by The Red Whistle, which features 100 portraits of people from the theater industry who are HIV and AIDS advocates, is also available for audiences to experience.
Under My Skin runs from February 7 to March 22 at the PETA Theater Center. For tickets go to www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999, www.petatheater.com/undermyskin.
This story is part of a partnership between PETA and ABS-CBN News.