Theater veterans Jenny Jamora, Carlo Vergara, Renante Bustamante, and Xander Soriano act alongside Tanghalang Ateneo’s actors in Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang. It is the 2nd novel in Janus Silang series written by Edgar Calabia Samar. Adapted to live theater by Guelan Varela-Luarca.
The Janus Silang series is critically acclaimed with the first book, Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon, winning the 2016 National Book Awards’ Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language and the 2016 National Children’s Book Award for Best Read for Kids. The second book, Si Janus Silang
at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang, also won the 2017 National Book Awards’ Best Novel in Filipino early this year. Aside from adapting the book into a play, two-time Palanca First Prize winner Guelan Varela-Luarca is also tasked to bring it to life at the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater.
Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Mananaggal-Mambabarang follows the
titular character, Janus Silang, as he continues his search for Tala to defeat the
threat of the Tiyanak to humanity. Revisiting old friends and getting to know new
ones, Janus dives further into the realm of the unknown through the mysterious
ability of the twins Miro and Mira who can traverse from the human plane, Daigdig
to the supernatural plane, Kalibutan. As his allies grow, so too do Janus’ foes as
both enemies old and new appear from both his and his caretakers’ pasts. Facing
danger on both planes, time is running out for him to truly understand his role in
putting a stop to the Tiyanak’s reign.
Tanghalang Ateneo's presentation of Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang (c) Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
Tanghalang Ateneo’s Earvin Estioco returns to play the title role of Janus
Silang, a teenager who unravels his hidden destiny amidst the death of his
parents and the dangers of both the past and the future.
Carlo Vergara alternates with Renante Bustamante as Mang Joey, a bagani
(protector of the Pusong bloodline) who becomes Janus’ protective yet doubtful
Jenny Jamora alternates with Bina Basilio, as Manananggal, a being whose
motives and history intertwine not just with Janus’ but with his caretakers’ as
Xander Soriano is Mang Isyo, Mang Joey’s brother who must decide to
either face or evade the demons of his past.
Jacob Whittaker and Quiel Quiwa alternately play Renzo, Janus’ closest
companion in facing the dangers surrounding his destiny.
AJ Umali alternates with MJ Vitug as Mira, a bagani with the ability to travel
from the mortal plane Daigdig to the supernatural plane Kalibutan.
Shawn Landayan alternates with Lucas Abaya as Miro, Mira’s twin brother
who has yet to discover his own part to play in the coming war.
Tanghalang Ateneo’s ensemble of promising actors complete the cast.
The artistic team of Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-
Mambabarang is composed of Tanghalang Ateneo Artistic Director and
Moderator Glenn Sevilla Mas, Guelan Varela-Luarca (Direction and Adaptation),
Gentle Mapagu (Assistant Director), Delphine Buencamino (Choreography), Gwyn
Guanzon (Set Design), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design), D Cortezano (Lights
Design), Arvy Dimaculangan (Sound and Music Design), and Zoe de Ocampo
Catch Janus Silang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang on these remaining playdates: OCTOBER 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21.
Performances start at 7:30PM while Saturday matinee shows start at 2:30PM.
Performance venue is the Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater at the
university’s Fine Arts Annex Building.
For questions and additional details about the show, please contact
Nichole Valdes at 09175906451.
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