The MSU-IIT Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) presents its landmark musical ‘Ranaw: Isang Alamat’ to celebrate the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 40 years.
IPAG invited to perform as one of the country’s most accomplished groups highlights the CCP’s celebrations restaging one of CCP’s most notable productions. The celebrations demonstrate the exceptional achievements and artistic excellence of performing groups which the CCP has nurtured.
With acclaim, Ranaw, a CCP Playwriting Winner which toured extensively in the 1980’s, was restaged in Iligan City last September in a series produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Ranaw’s significance is in its implications to folklore, history, politics, literature, and peace as its production evolved adjacently with the developments in Mindanao. With original music, dance, and the magic of the stage, the play was based on research on the controversial histories of old Mindanao families.
The play presents our pre-colonial tribes in turmoil mirroring the same conditions of our fragmented nation today. Ranaw journals the adventures of the Maguindanaon-Maranao-Higaunun-Iliganun epic hero Bato Lakungan who is the common ancestor of the communities of North-Central Mindanao.
Written by multi-awarded Steven P.C. Fernandez, the musical features Iligan’s most accomplished performers and artists among them IPAG associates Melvin Pascubillo, Leilani Fernandez, Amado Guinto, Orwell Obach, and the IPAG ensemble.
‘Ranaw’ performs February 20 and 21, 2:30 p.m. matinees and 7:30 p.m. gala shows at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).