Bona, a film about a young schoolgirl played by Nora Aunor who became a die-hard fan of Gardo, a wannabe actor portrayed by Philip Salvador, reemerges this August as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) opens its 45th theater season.
Originally directed by National Artist for Film and one of PETA’s founding members Lino Brocka and written by Cenen Ramones, was also an official entry in the 1981 Cannes International Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and was cited as one of the “100 Best Films of the World” by The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
Aunor’s portrayal of Bona won her the Best Actress Award in the 1980 Gawad Urian Awards.
Layeta Bucoy, who wrote the stage adaptation, shares her insight about the difference of the new Bona to the film: “Eugene’s Bona is more empowered; she is financially independent and even supports her family. [Eugene, as Bona], I believe, has the stamina, range, and imagination for a physically and emotionally taxing role.”(1)
Set in contemporary Manila, PETA’s stage adaptation of Bona revolves around Eugene Domingo, a spinster call center agent who sees the televised pitiful background of Gino Sanchez immediately becomes a fan of the Star of Tomorrow wannabe. In her desire to help him jumpstart his showbiz career, she gives him everything she has and turns her back to everything she values. Blinded by her belief in him, she allows all his faults to freely slide as she finds herself drowning in the surreal quicksand of worship and pity where manipulation blurs the line between prey and predator, the dismissive god and the faithful worshiper.
Director: Soxie Topacio
Writer: Layeta Bucoy
Music: Teresa Barroso
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Edgar Allan Guzman, Phil Noble, Joey Paras, Jeff Henson-Dee, She Maala, Olive Nieto, Dudz Teraña, Junevir Tabor, Juliene Mendoza, Raffy Tejada, Jason Barcial, BJ Forbes, and Anna Luna
You may visit the PETA Theater’s website for detailed information on the performance schedules, and who to contact. The schedule is found here: http://petatheater.com/shows/items/bona/