PETA's 'Storytelling Sundays' focuses on heroes, fathers this June


Posted at Jun 07 2020 06:05 AM

Pepe Herrera is one of the presenters of "Storytelling Sundays" this June. Handout

MANILA -- The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) continues its "Storytelling Sundays" during the coronavirus-induced quarantine, focusing on stories of heroism and nationalism this June.

In a statement released Friday, PETA said its choice of theme is in celebration of Philippine Independence Day and Father's Day. 

"For three Sundays of June, we're devoting to stories that center on heroism -- what makes a hero out of even ordinary Filipinos," said "Storytelling Sundays" writer Felinda Bagas. "No matter who we are,
what our situations are, we can all be heroes for our country."

"I think this is particularly important when we talk about heroes or historical events," Bagas added. "These children's stories bring heroes closer and more relatable to listeners. Our heroes were just like us, and now we get to understand what made them extraordinary. We get to relate to the situations that gave them strength and courage to fight for a whole nation's freedom."

The first of the June series will open on June 7 with two stories: "Marvino's League of Superheroes" by Rae Rival-Cosico and the song-turned-story "Ako'y Isang Mabuting Pilipino" by Noel Cabangon.

On June 14, PETA will feature stories about Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria de Jesus: "Ngumiti si Andoy" by Xi Zuq and "Ang Lakambini at Ako" by Becky Bravo.

The June 21 show will feature Russell Molina's two stories, "Tuwing Sabado" and "Anong Gupit Natin Ngayon," in celebration of Father's Day. 

For the month's finale on June 28, "Storytelling Sundays" revisits and reinvents one of PETA's beloved plays, Christine Bellen's "Batang Rizal." Viewers can expect a condensed adaptation for the digital platform, with new animation. 

The June edition features "Rak of Aegis" stars Jerald Napoles and Pepe Herrera, renowned folk singer Noel Cabangon, Noel Comia Jr. and Bourne Livelo from "Tagu-taguan Nasaan Ang Buwan," PETA's own Gold Villar-Lim, and master storyteller Bodjie Pascua as presenters. 

"Storytelling Sundays" is streamed on PETA's Facebook page every Sunday at 7 p.m.