It is a tribute, a celebration, and a call.
It is a tribute to a hero who rallied us for the first time as one nation and one people—not katutubo, indio, or mestizo, but as Filipinos.
It is a celebration of defiance from a man who, despite incredible odds—betrayed, imprisoned, hounded, and treated as a footnote to the revolution—pursued his desire to establish to free us from colonial rule.
It is also a call, a rock call, to re-imagine ourselves as a nation as we confront the threats that divide and make us small.
Rock with us!
Soldiers loyal to Aguinaldo swoop down Bonifacio’s camp and arrest him and his brother Procopio for, supposedly, malversation of funds. The arrest turns violent as Bonifacio gets shot and hacked. Soldiers drag Bonifacio to jail, there to languish in pain, until the court sentences him. His spouse, Oryang, and friend, Santiago Alvarez, offer constant support.
Bonifacio looks back at the events that brought him to prison from his cell. His mind drifts to the time he organized the Katipunan, held secret meetings in Mt. Banahaw, suffered betrayals, and in a dream, spent a happy day with fellow Katipuneros. He recalls traveling to Cavite to prevent the Magdalos from setting up a revolutionary government and merging with the Magdiwangs as a united force against Spain. Such a move would spell the demise of the Katipunan and undermine his authority as Supremo. But advisers and, in particular, Don Mariano Alvarez, persuades him to consolidate forces and join a convention that will elect the new government leaders.
²BAYANI first stepped on stage in 1996 as a Tanghalang Ateneo production with an ensemble of student actors at the Rizal Mini Theatre, Ateneo de Manila University.
This year, 2022, Areté, in partnership with Tanghalang Ateneo, will be staging the rock opera as an online theatrical production through KTX.ph. Reuniting for this re-staging after 26 years are Ricardo Abad, who directs the play and the tandem of Zosimo Quibilan, Jr. and Khavn, who wrote the libretto and the music.
Complying with strict health and safety protocols, Areté and the production team proceeded with a 10-day lock-in schedule. They recorded a stage-to-screen performance of the Bonifacio rock opera in November 2021.
After a month of online rehearsals, the professional cast, the artistic team and the production staff entered Areté's Hyundai Hall, thrilled to return to live theater after almost two years in pandemic isolation.
MC Dela Cruz
Greg Abelardo de Leon
Norvin De los Santos
Michael D. Fernandez
Tara Jamora Oppen
Direction: Ricardo Abad
Original Music and Libretto: Zosimo Quibilan, Jr. and Khavn
Lighting Design: D Cortezano
Set Design: Adriane Mark E. Ungriano
Costume and Make-up: Tata Tuviera
Choreography: Jared Jonathan Luna
Musical Direction: Zosimo Quibilan, Jr. and Khavn
Vocal Direction: Matthew Chang
Sound Design: John Robert B. Yam
Director of Photography: Glen Charles Lopez
Property Design and Execution: Winter David
Graphic Design: Rio Reyes
Projection Design: JJ Agcaoili
Production Management: Kevin Duane Ligot
Musical Arrangement: Francis De Veyra
Technical Direction: Adriane Mark E. Ungriano
Stage Management: John Mark Yap
Sound Engineering: Nilo Beriarmente
Safety Officer: Justine Ray B. Santos
Assistant Production Managers: Senanda Gomez and Noriel Mendoza
Assistant Stage Managers: Rio Tanchuling and Maxine Pulgar Ramos
Assistant Costume and Make-up Design: Francesca Dela Cruz and Shaun Ocrisma
Projectionist: Jethro Nibaten