Audience Wowed By Presentation of Leonor Orosa Goquingco's “Her Son, Jose Rizal”
The Rizal Park Movement (RPM) produced the presentation of Leonor Orosa Goquingco’s theater piece, “Her Son, Jose Rizal”, at the Campbelltown Arts Centre from 9 to 11 March 2012. RPM is an association established in 2007 to advocate and coordinate activities on the development of facilities at the Rizal Park in Rosemeadow, Campbelltown, New South Wales in cooperation with the Campbelltown City Council, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, and the Philippine Embassy in Canberra.
Among those who lauded the cast’s performance at the Gala Night presentation on 10 March 2012 were Campbelltown City Mayor Anoulack Chanthivoung, Federal Members of Parliament Chris Hayes (Representative for Fowler) and Laurie Ferguson (Representative for Werriwa), Member of Parliament for Campbelltown Bryan Doyle, Campbelltown Arts Centre Director Michael Dagostino, and Ms. Millete Orosa who represented the family of Filipino national artist Leonor Orosa Goquingco.
In her remarks before the Gala Night presentation, Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis congratulated the Rizal Park Movement for its efforts to promote awareness and understanding of Rizal’s life, principles and achievements, thus keeping the legacy of Rizal alive.
Consul General Louis also acknowledged the hard work of the cast and crew, led by the play’s Director, Rev. Larry Tolentino, who volunteered their time and talents to bring the play to life in Campbelltown.
The cast members, who performed to an audience of around 500, include Angelo Refuerzo (Jose Rizal), Tom Baena (Rizal in prison), Isabel Delgado and Belen Mendoza (Doña Teodora), Rupert Demonteverde and Bob Mendoza (Father Lopez), Danny Rosales (Gov. Izquierda, alternately played by Rupert Mendoza), Rie Manaloto and Patrick Patacsil (Paciano), Gerry Musa (Mayor, alternately played by Rie Manaloto), Gerard Louis and Elija Merjudio (young Rizal), Marianne Cuasay and Isajane Noble (Soledad), Rochelle Mantua and Isabelle Montillano (young Soledad), and Milan Velaso and Joshua Lapuz as the young Rizal’s playmates. Several members of the Filipino community also participated in the fiesta scene of the play. END