MANILA -- The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) celebrates National Heroes’ Day by staging a special show of its hit musical "Rak of Aegis," dubbed “PETA Gives Back,” as a way of thanking its partner communities and organizations, who were instrumental in keeping PETA’s mission and vision alive for over 50 years.
“We succeed in our mission of entertaing and educating through our art because of our engagement with our partners. As artists, we teach and learn; and then we bring that back on stage when we perform. Our partners have always inspired our work and their stories are a wealthy resource of our narratives,” PETA’s artistic director Maribel Legarda said.
“'Rak of Aegis' alone is an example of how our groundwork has inspired the narratives and characters we portray on stage. The story of 'Rak' was inspired by our post-Ondoy psychosocial debriefings and relief efforts in Biñan, Laguna, back in 2009,” she added.
Apart from inspiring the company’s original Filipino plays, PETA’s partners have helped the company in developing its unique brand of theater: one that is immersed in current social realities and uses the power of the arts to raise awareness and empower communities to bring forth social change.
“Our advocacy campaigns on children’s rights, women, gender, health and sexuality, youth, environment and disaster risk reduction and human rights, would not have been possible without their support. That’s why we want to dedicate our special show on National Heroes' Day for them. They are PETA’s unsung heroes,” PETA’s executive director Beng Cabangon said.
Present on August 26 are Arts Zone Project’s positive discipline partners from Valenzuela and Pasig, Lingap Sining program partners on mental health, psychosocial support and human rights education and advocacy; and Arts Ed community partners from urban poor and sectoral organizations as well as school-based theater partners. Also present are PETA’s partner LGUs and funding partners.
“'Rak of Aegis' has been a gift to PETA and to many people that it has touched. It is the play that keeps on giving. So we are inspired to do just that – to give back and recognize the many nameless faces who have inspired us to use theater to transform more lives,” Cabangon added.
“Rak of Aegis” will close on September 29 with almost 450 shows under its belt.