At any rate, I caught this Theater-in-the-Round Experience in Intramuros (Sidney, you weren't in Manila when this was happening, I think). Videos of the Philippines were shown to the crowd while waiting for the 'procession' to arrive.
These people dressed in Spanish-period outfits are members of the Tanghalang Pilipino, resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The location for tonight's performance is the ruins of the former Jesuit church in Intramuros, the San Ignacio.
Huwag! Huwag po! San Miguel slaying the devil. These are real, live actors. I think they were at it for 20 minutes or so without moving!
Michael, the Archangel, figures many times in stories about Manila. During one of the many raids on the city by marauders, the angel was said to have been seen atop Intramuros raising his sword for battle. You can read more on that in Nick Jouaquin's book Manila, My Manila.
Ha-la! The ruling class is framed in a retablo, symbolizing the power that they wielded during their time. On top of the pyramid of power is, of course, the fraile. Do you think things have changed through the years?
Chinese merchants, in order to buck discrimantion, marry into the Filipino / Spanish ruling class and change their last names. With this, integration into society became complete.
Rebolusyon! I like the redness of this photo. Reminds one of blood. In Tales of Two Cities, Charles Dickens used a simliar allusion to revolution when a barrel fell from a cart and rivulets of red wine flowed through the streets of Paris.
I only saw Net25 here; no other major television networks. Sad. Culture obviously isn't part of their programming schedule.