Ang Pagong at ang Matsing

by noid ()
09/19/2007 - 6:00pm
12/02/2007 - 8:00pm

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Gantimpala Theater presents a special
heaping of pearls as it celebrates its
30th season with Jose Rizals most
favorite tale Ang Pagong At Ang
Matsing, as told to him by his mother
Doa Teodora Alonzo when he was a
little boy, that later inspired him to
do the famous comic strip,

Ang Pagong at ang Matsing is now
retold as a charming, engaging, and
fun-filled musical extravaganza for
children and for the youthful alike.
Yes, here, Pagong and Matsing still
see a floating banana tree on the
river. They eagerly get and divide it
into two. Wanting to outsmart Pagong,
Matsing insists on getting the part
with leaves while Pagong contents
himself, the part with roots. What
follows is a series of clever tricks
and amusing antics, pushing Pagong and
Matsing to outwit each other.

Then, there is more. This popular
animal-story gets bigger, grander, and
wackier this time as Suso and Tarsier
come in as zany, irreverent
sidekicks. Three balding trees play
as chorus, feeding humor and punch and
sense to the retelling of the tale.
And of course, the dancing squad of
forest animals and insects plus the
talking halves of the banana tree
animate and perk up the story to the

Ang Pagong at Ang Matsing is a
modern take on friendship,
environmental concern, Filipino
virtues, and loads of sweet, sweet,
sweet bananas.

Playing the role of Pagong is Michael
King Urieta (Pagong) opposite Francis
Ong who does Matsing.

This is my biggest role to date and
when I found I will portray the role
of Pagong I was shocked, Urieta
says. I am not a singer, you know. As
an actor, I took it as challenge. The
fact that my director Sir Tony
(Espejo, Gantimpala Theaters Artistic
Director) trusted me to do role, that
means I can perform the part. After
our first four performances in Subic,
I can say that so far, so good. Kering-

Michael King started as a member of
the cast that performed during the
Independence Day Parade produced by
Gantimpala Theater. At 22, he is now a
senior apprentice of the Actors
Company. His other significant roles
are the narrator in Florante at Laura,
Antonio in The Queens Jewel and
Ernesting in Forever.

It is a fun role to do, when I first
read the script, I see Matsing as an
arrogant, childish character. I like
the fact that I am doing a role that
is different from my personality. I
have never been a bully and I was
never wily, shares Francis Ong. I
know that we will be performing for
kids and I love performing for them as
it gives me a different kind of high.
Theater is a wonderful medium to
entertain and learn and I know that
these kids will not only enjoy the
play, they will also acquire so many

Ong was last seen on the Gantimpala
stage as the love-struck Basilio in El
Filibusterismo. He is a familiar face
to most people having been a Star in a
Million (Frenchie Dy batch) top ten

Other cast are Meldea Flor Formacil
(Suso); Anthony Cruz (Tarsier); Leo
Ponseca (Punong Manga); Ronald
Concepcion (Punong Acacia); John Paolo
Garcia (Punong Bakawan); Rene Nisperos
and Rommel Aratan (as the Kaputol ng

Providing artistic support to director
Espejo are J. Dennis Teodosio
(Playwright); Alain De Leon
(Asst.Director); Dwight Gaston
(Production Designer); Jesse Lucas
(Musical Director); Joey Nombres
(Light Designer); Anthony Cruz
(Choreographer); Jorge Cabullo
(Production Manager) and Jay-r
Inocencio (Stage Manager).

Pagong at Matsing goes on tour this
September 19-21 (Bren Guiao Gym,
Pampanga)Manila shows are on October
18 (AFP Theater, Quezon City); 24-26
(SM Southmall Cinema 6, Las Pias
City) and December 2 (Concert at the
Park Open Air Auditorium).

Ccall the Gantimpala Theater Marketing
Office, 899-5745/896-3503; or write