Celebrate a Classic Tale of Love with Nick Joaquin’s “Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad”

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PRESS RELEASE — World-class Filipino artistry will once again be celebrated as Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, concludes its 31st Theater Season (billed as “Freedom Writers: Freedom Fighters”) with Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad, a new and original production based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s story “How Love Came to Juan Tamad.” Literary critics describe it as the correct explanation why Mariyang Makiling forever nurses a broken heart and why Juan Tamad remains a pop idol; a model for the young.

The play is a mash-up of popular folk tales, and follows the love triangle among Filipino legends Mariyang Makiling (diyosa ng pag-ibig/goddess of love), Monte Banahaw (diyos ng digmaan/god of war), and Juan Tamad. Adapted for the stage by Rody Vera and directed by Jonathan Tadioan, the play is teeming with complex characters (including Ba’I, diyos ng lawa ng Laguna/god of Laguna lake and brother of Monte Banahaw), with no one being purely a hero or a villain.

Originally published in 1979 as part of the rare collection, Pop Stories for Groovy Kids, Anvil Publishing is set to release a new edition entitled How Love Came to Juan Tamad and Other Pop Stories for Fearless Kids this April 2018.

The cast is comprised of TP’s Actors Company and guest actor Cheeno Macaraig. At the helm of production and costume design is Marco Viaña; composition, arrangement, musical direction and design, TJ Ramos; lighting design, John Batalla; choreography, Ronelson Yadao and stage management, Doray Dayao.

It opens on February 16 and runs for four weekends until March 11, 2018 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), with evening performances at 8:00 PM and matinees at 3:00PM.

Pre-orders of the upcoming book How Love Came to Juan Tamad and Other Pop Stories For Fearless Kids can be made here.

Interested sponsors, show buyers, and block buyers may contact Tanghalang Pilipino’s Marketing Head, Mr. Juan Lorenzo Marco at mobile number at 0999 884 3821. For more information, please visit and like their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tanghalangpilipino/.

Tickets are also available through TicketWorld at https://www.ticketworld.com.ph or 891 9999; and the CCP Box Office at 832 3704.

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