Another venue for artistic expression
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - February 22, 2020 - 12:00am

Just a few weeks ago I received a message that would open for me an avenue for artistic expression. Although not my first time to act on television as I have already been part of a soon-to-be-released teleseries on Netflix. But for a local scene, this platform is relatively new for me. Mr. Sam Costanilla, the director, asked me to be part of a Lenten presentation over Cebu Catholic Television Network channel 47.

And just after receiving the message, I met the cast and writer for a meeting that paved the way for what I consider as the merging of four artistic worlds; stage, television, radio, and film. Yes, in the team are theater artists, radio talents, and television and film actors and actresses. It is indeed true the world for us is such a small one, and we never expected that this merger has come to fruition.

In this Lenten teledrama written by Restie Jumao-as Nur, I will portraying a challenging role, an insane wife to a womanizing husband, to be portrayed by Mr. Andy Manatad, who is also the producer. Other characters are those playing my sons in the teledrama, Dan Lopez and Shim Dagatan. There is also Dr. Paulo Cañete, Chivas Nadela, Eli Manlangit, LJ Manlangit and Felisa Uy in the teledrama. Shooting will start mid-March and will be shown from Holy Wednesday to Easter Sunday (April 8-12).

With the title “Rayna sa Pamilya”, each woman in the story is a queen in her own rights. To be a “rayna” or queen of the family requires inner strength to withstand the test of character. In times that we want the unity and cohesiveness of the family, the role of the woman, mother, and wife rolled into one is unequaled. And that no matter what role we are playing, be it a mother, a nurse, a social worker, and whatever discipline we are in, we are doing each role to complement others, which is essential to complete the whole.

Whoever thinks about disrespecting a woman would, hopefully, think about how he was born into this world. It is after all the very same body that one comes from.

Every woman teaches the humanity with valuable lessons --lessons of perseverance, of commitment, of tenacity, and of love. And so in many ways and in every situation, a woman emerges as a queen with her friends, with her family in the community.

All women are wonderful, regardless of their looks. You simply need to touch their soul with deference and gratefulness for their inner beauty and you will be rewarded with joy. The heart is much more significant than the package. Women are God's most prominent blessing to man and we ought to love and ensure them, each and every one.

Television as a potent artistic vehicle for expression is a welcome experience for me, a truly significant human experience worth of my time and talent. With a relatively wider reach, I hope that on its airing on Lenten season, may it be a source of reflection for all of us.

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