Dulaang Laksambayanan's A Season of Ten Thousand Noses May 8, 2011

Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple (International Buddhist Progress Society of Manila)

and Dulaang Laksambayanan Inc.
In cooperation with Buddha’s Light International Association of the Philippines
In celebration of Buddha’s Birthday

A Season of Ten Thousand Noses
Written by Joshua L. Lim So
Based on the short story by Charlson Ong
A QIAO: An Intercultural Theatre Workshop Program Showcase
Free admission

May 8, 2011 (Sunday)
English Prayer at 10am
Performance at 1030am
Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple
656 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila

May 14, 2011 (Saturday)
SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

In the latter half of the eighteenth century, the Spanish treated the Chinese in Manila with fear, discrimination and misunderstanding. Although they were an integral part of tariff and commerce, the Spanish saw the Chinese as a constant threat. The Spanish knew that the Sangleys, as they were called back then, were also capable of rebellion as they have proven several times before. The Spanish have long created the Parian to control the Chinese population, and the cannons of Intramuros were just a shot away to wipe the pueblo off the map of Manila and obliterate the Sangleys. The relationship between the Sangleys, the Spanish, and the Tagalogs was as delicate as thread that ties them together.

The play "Panahon ng Sampung Libong mga Ilong," adapted from the short story "A Season of Ten Thousand Noses" by prizewinning author Charlson Ong (Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas), are witnessed through the eyes of two boys: a Tagalog (Manolo) and a Sangley (Ah Beng), whose strong bonds of friendship is contrasted against the turbulent and peculiar times they dwell in.

A storm floods Manila, spawning giant insects that wreck havoc across the city. An insect bites the nose of Don Camilo de la Serna, inflicting it with a disease that causes Don Camilo to slice off his own nose. Lisandra, in agony with her husband’s appearance, seeks the help of Andres Yangliong, a gifted sculptor, to craft a nose for Don Camilo. But when Yangliong dies in his journey back to Amoy, his wife Sio Bee rallies the town to make thousands of noses in exchange for silver. Lim Pay, Ah Beng’s uncle, brings the wooden noses back to Manila, and the Spanish sees this as a ploy to end their reign. The Sangleys assassinates the Prayle and the Spanish retaliates by burning the Parian down. As Ah Beng and Manolo are caught in the crossfire, the relationship between Tagalogs and Sangleys will be tested.

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