Mayon legend retold on CCP stage


Posted at Feb 08 2013 04:13 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2013 07:11 PM

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Ea Torrado as Magayon. Photo by Kitty Bunag
MANILA, Philippines -- The tale of ill-fated lovers bringing life to the symmetrical volcano now known as Mayon will be retold on stage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

"Daragang Magayon: An Istorya Ni Mayon" is a multimedia musical on the Bicolano myth of the lovers Daragang Mayon and Ulap, whose deaths gave life to a mound of earth that grew to become Mayon Volcano.

Featuring performances from the dance group E-Dance Theater -- with Ea Torrado as Magayon and Victor Maguad as Ulap -- "Daragang Magayon" will be staged on Friday night at the CCP Main Theater.

With poetry by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, the production features music by Gawad CCP para sa Sining awardee Ramon P. Santos. Gerald Mercado headed choreography and direction.

Albay poet laureate Abdon Balde Jr. did the dramaturgy for the production, while Aimee Escasa and Boni Ilagan did the storyline and script.

Leo Abaya and John Batalla did the set and lighting designs of the prodcution, respectively.  Filmmakers Chuck Escasa, Niko Salazar and Henry Posadas worked on filmic elements of the musical, including animation.