There was once a young man, who ventured into the mountains in search of a priceless treasure… sounds like the start of a fantasy epic, but instead it’s the start of a true story of the discovery of an epic. Over on Facebook, Joanah Tinio Calingo pointed me to an article from the Manila Bulletin profiling anthropologist F.Landa Jocano and his work on the Hinilawod. It’s amazing how much of what we know about our mythological heritage comes from the work of a small group of people who persevered in spite of the indifference of the majority. Dr. Jocano is one of the most impressive of that already impressive group, and the article is well worth a read, if you don’t know the story already.
Speaking of the Hinilawod, the epic has been recently adapted into a play, which will be shown at the CCP on September 3 and 4 (two shows each day). The 3pm show for September 3 is already sold out, so those who’d like to catch the Manila run had best get their tickets soon. Prices range from 500-2000 pesos for the evening shows, and 300-1500 pesos for the afternoon shows.