In the Works - Pilipino Culture Night

By Theresa Arocena

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12:08 AM PDT

Bianca Marteja, Camille Santiago and Isabella Jacinto during PCN rehearsal in Guzman.

Bianca Marteja, Camille Santiago and Isabella Jacinto during PCN rehearsal in Guzman.

Pilipino Culture Night or PCN, is underway! It will be on April 15th in the Angelico theater. The show is entirely student run by Kapamilya, Dominican University of California’s Filipino club. This year’s theater production is set in 1970s Philippines under the controversial Marcos regime and centers around the members of a town struggling under Marcos. This year's PCN is very different from previous years because it is focused on community and each section of PCN (whether it be cultural or modern dances, the singing or the acting) are all interconnected. The story, itself, is all about fighting for what matters, whether that be for love, for family or simply, hope.

Kevin Del Rosario, DU ‘19, is one of the choreographers for the modern dances featured in the show. He detailed what the campus should expect to see. There are 3 dances: a senior piece, a dance with selective members, and a dance with the whole cast. He couldn’t tell me about the other dances much, but he did give a tidbit on the group dance, “It’s going to be to a love song for the main characters with the entire cast.” Del Rosario is actually one of the leads and one of the dances will center around his character. Del Rosario is enjoying teaching the dances, as well as the rehearsals and overall experience with everyone involved. Del Rosario, who is very close with the seniors of the Kapamilya, admits to his sadness at their impending departure, and because of  that, he sees this year’s PCN to be a very special one.

Del Rosario’s cohead, Kyle Lautan DU ‘18, gave some insight on his feelings about his last year of PCN, saying that he hopes to “Enjoy every last moment I have on stage here at Dominican.” For Lautan, PCN has been constant excitement for him every Spring semester since coming to college. He is especially excited for this year because this is the most traditional PCN he has ever been in and he thinks it will be a great experience for the audience. He also thinks that audiences will enjoy the pieces he and Del Rosario are prepping for. The two are pretty tight lipped about what they have in mind so audiences will have to go to find out!

Marah Navarroza DU ‘20, one of the cultural heads for dance, continues with sly answers about PCN saying simply that her favorites so far are, “Cultural dances and acting,” but no details on the topic. She only elaborates that, “The audience should be excited for the acting and sense of passion that all of the students have for PCN.”

Teri Rivera DU ‘19, one of four acting heads, finds PCN so special because it is “A time to bring out your creativity and talents that are hidden away from the academic scene.” She looks forward to revealing the story to the audience; she and her heads have been working on the script since last year.

Stefanie Buot DU‘18, an acting head, values PCN as a place to be surrounded by people who share her culture and want to learn more about it too. “PCN is a place for me to truly delve myself into the culture learning about different cultural dances, the language, and the history. Everyday, I get to work with people who have such pure unmatched talent in various areas of the arts such as singing, dancing, acting, etc. and it's a magical process to share the stage with these passionate and talented individuals.” Buot also teased that her favorite scene is in the second act of the show. However, she cannot reveal the details of the scene, but looks forward to seeing it play out on stage for the audience.

Rizza Bautista DU ‘19, another of the acting heads, also became particularly heartfelt about PCN during her interview, “I have always felt a bit detached from my Filipino culture because I did not really know much about it other than my everyday life with my family. However, when I joined PCN and we were showcasing part of our mythology, which I did not know even existed, I was hooked. It made me realize how rich our history is and how much I really did not know about it. PCN is more than just an event of singing, acting, and dancing; it's a time for anybody and everybody to learn about a unique culture that is often excluded from mainstream media, while performed by passionate students.” Bautista along with her other heads, Justin Pring, Stephanie Buot and Teri Rivera, feels just as strongly about this year’s PCN, revealing that they have been working on the script since October. They all look forward to showcasing it to the school in April.

Anyone wanting more information can contact Executive Board through kapamilyadu@gmail.com.

Update: The show has been named! It is called “Pag-Asa” which means hope in Tagalog. #pagasaDUC is the official hashtag for the show so look out on Twitter and Instagram to see cast members talk about the show under the hashtag! Click here.