‘Batang Mujahideen’: The Peace Play that Tackles The Complex Muslim-Christian Feud
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, January 31, 2020 11:19am
Art by Ahl Mirambel
The Philippines has people with different beliefs, practices and religions. We have a Christian majority and whether we admit it or not, there’s a prejudice against other religions, especially, Islam. This never-ending feud affects the innocent in more ways we can imagine. This is what “Batang Mujahideen” wants to address.
Tanghalang Pilipino will stage Batang Mujahideen, a play written by Malou Jacob. This piece reflects the chaos of the 21st century, blending historical fiction with real-life accounts. Tanghalang Pilipino will portray the characters, building the roles into actual people.
This stage play focuses on a young Yakan girl named Fatima, whose story intertwines with the March 2000 Abu Sayyaf kidnapping of priests, teachers, and students in Basilan. When she witnessed a brutal violence, she joins the mujahideen, disguising herself as a boy. She vows to confront her father’s killer.
Director Guelan Varela-Luarca, Batang Mujahideen will use experimental and non-traditional modes of theater production. This includes documentary theater, multimedia, and research performance to name a few.
Guelan further says that it aims to open the eyes of people about how discrimination greatly affects our society, especially the children. And for Jacob, she wants to reach the Christian majority to provide equal opportunities for everyone in the social, economic, and political aspects.
As the director, Guelan vows to exhaust the production’s training as artists and performers to tell the story of Batang Mujahideen as a story of our nation which we all too often ignore.
Tanghalang Pilipino’ Batang Mujahideen features the members of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company and guest actor Bai Iman-Rahima Ampatuan. The play will go onstage at the Tanghalang Batute of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from February 21 to March 8, 2020.
Tickets are available at Ticketworld, CCP Box Office, KTX, and Ticket2ME. You may also contact Tanghalang Pilipino at (02) 832-1125, 0915 607 2275, or 0999-8843821. You may also visit Tanghalang Pilipino on Facebook.