When I first saw Orosman at Zafira in 2008, I was utterly moved to tears. Though I was not a part of the production, it felt like I was, too.

I saw them through their movement rehearsals, their music rehearsals with Carol Bello, even the Cirque du Soleil DVD watching in Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY) and I was with members of the production before, in-between and sometimes even after the rehearsals. For some reason, I was even at the cast party. (Yes, I had a tremendously huge amount of free time back then).

I must have seen the show in its entirety at least four times and never did it lose the magic for me. I was always blown away. I was always moved to tears no matter how many times I saw it. Orosman at Zafira of 2008 was one of the best plays I saw that year.

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Unlike the Orosman at Zafira of 2008, I was totally absent at anything related to Orosman at Zafira of 2010. I would have missed it too if I had not dropped by the Dulaang U.P. office the day before the preview.

Orosman at Zafira of 2010, despite the new faces but for three in the main cast, still moved me. Though I could not help but miss the old faces (and what beautiful faces they were), the magic is still there. I am happy that Philippine Theater has Dexter Santos and grateful for and immensely proud of the talent that he so generously shares with us. May there be more of this talent around us and let it touch and reach others in any way it can.


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I am utterly grateful for the opportunity to have been able to shoot this exceptionally beautiful production that continues to touch my heart.

There were more than 600 photos from that night. I chose my favorites and still ended with 30. (Which shouldn’t be so bad since it’s 5% but I was for some reason gunning for 10). I would like to commend production designer Tuxqs Rutaquio and lights designer John Ilao Batalla. And, Paolo Rodriguez, the accessories are absolutely lovely!

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Francisco Baltazar‘s Orosman at Zafira

August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7PM
August 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 10AM and 3PM

or another way of looking at it is..

Wednesdays thru Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 3pm

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater
Second floor, Palma Hall
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Q.C.

You may call the Dulaang U.P. office for tickets:
02-926-1349, 02-981-8500 local 2449 or

Cherry at 0917-750-0107