A Less Vilified Padre Damaso Is the Star of This Upcoming Musical Film
by Sherry Tadeja, November 07, 2019 12:05pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
"Noli Me Tangere," authored by National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, has brought some of the most iconic characters in the Philippine Literature. There’s the idealistic Crisostomo Ibarra, the tragic character of Sisa, and of course, the corrupt friar, Padre Damaso. This priest, in the end, was revealed to be Maria Clara’s biological father.
“Damaso” has become a term identifying catholic hypocrisy or corruption. In 2010, the late tour guide and historian Carlos Celdran dressed like Jose Rizal and raised a placard with the words “Damaso” in the Manila Cathedral. He protested against the church for its interference in the Reproductive Health Bill.
This time, we’re to set to see a side of the friar not portrayed in our books. In Joven Tan’s Damaso, a musical-within-a-film tackles the human side of this iconic villain.
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Damaso features the story of writer Fernando Damaso (Marlo Mortel), who seeks to materialize his story to a film. At the same time, it goes back in the past, revealing that his book counterpart, Padre Damaso (Arnel Ignacio), is facing the same problems of his own.
Damaso stars Aiko Melendez, Nyoy Volante, Ketchup Eusebio, Irma Adlawan, Arnel Ignacio, Marlo Mortel, Riva Queenery, Jin Macapagal, and many more. This musical-within-a-film will show how the struggles we (and the entertainment industry too) are facing today are no different from the abuse Filipinos encountered under the Spanish colonization. To have more in-depth and entertaining storytelling, the film showcases the character’s thoughts and feelings through singing and dancing.
Damaso premieres on November 20, 2019.