Sining-Lahi Polyrep Stages ‘Ang Unang Aswang’: A Story of Morality, Truth, and Judgment
by Inside Manila Team, July 31, 2019 4:25pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory (Polyrep), a proud resident theater organization inside the humble grounds of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), is dedicated to sustaining and further improving their passion and service for arts, culture, and the people. With strong commitment and focus to the cause, Polyrep is ready to showcase their 39th Theater Season opener production in the form of Ang Unang Aswang by the renowned playwright, Rody Vera.
As most of us know, aswang is one of the many supernatural creatures of Filipino folklore. Books say that these creatures emerged at the central part of the country, particularly in the Capiz region. But if you think it’s a horror or thriller production, think again. Ang Unang Aswang is a story of love, failure, abuse, and pretensions that will ultimately leave the audience questioning the society’s morality, truth, and judgment.
The play, directed by PUP Filipinology student Marcus Belisario, will be staged August 7 to 16 at Tanghalang PUP, College of Communication Grounds, Anonas St., Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Ang Unang Aswang has had its fair share of stages in the past by different theater companies, such as the Virgin Lab Fest, De La Salle Lipa Cultural Office, FEU Theater Guild, and University of the Philippines’ Dulaang Laboratoryo—even PUP Polyrep itself, in 2016. For this season, Polyrep promises to recreate and revitalize the story in another level.
Ang Unang Aswang is a story of love, failure, abuse, and pretensions that will ultimately leave the audience questioning the society’s morality, truth, and judgment.
Polyrep creates a theme to synthesize its work every theatrical season. For this 39th Season, the formulated theme is called Nena, which comes from the Spanish word NAY-nah that is usually being used as a term of endearment. It is the innocent essence of colonization and decolonization in our country, as well as transitive and liberating as an art.
The production will have four phases for Nena: Kaakuhan, Kamalayan, Kasarinlan, and Kalikasan. Naturall, Ang Unang Aswang will be the first phase of Nena, which is Kaakuhan. Mark your calendars because if this organization’s various awards are any indication, you’re in for a quality production that’s hardly forgettable.