SARSUWELA IN SARSUWELA: ENDURING STORY OF THE PEOPLE’S THEATER IN THE PHILIPPINES

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Rebecca T. Añonuevo Ruby Gamboa Alcantara

Abstract

The Sarsuwela is a meaningful tradition in the Philippine drama. Unfortunately, the contemporary use of the term “sarsuwela” in mass media refers to the antics of politicians that have tainted the word. This paper explores the real meaning of the sarsuwela since its separation from the colonial Zarzuela of Spanish origin. The sarsuwela in our setting is not only theater as entertainment and spectacle but theater as a community and expression of the Filipino soul and aspirations. Using the combined power of language and music as well as poetry and footwork, the Philippine sarsuwela continues to be relevant, intense, and resilient as a form of
social commentary.


Keywords: Sarsuwela, Zarzuela, social commentary, mass media, and theater

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T. AÑONUEVO, Rebecca; ALCANTARA, Ruby Gamboa. SARSUWELA IN SARSUWELA: ENDURING STORY OF THE PEOPLE’S THEATER IN THE PHILIPPINES. JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 13, p. 221-227, dec. 2008. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <https://jati.um.edu.my/article/view/6215>. Date accessed: 18 aug. 2019.
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