Nadera, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Daelo, Jr. (Philippine playwright, poet, professor, psychologist, writer, researcher, performance artist, journalist, editor, translator, 1964- ), "Bugtong" ["Riddle"],
a 60-minute musical drama in the Tagalog language, in three scenes, set in Purgatory, 19th Millennium
© 1995 by Victor Nadera, Jr., in Filipino Magazin (January, 1994), 2-23, script/rights available from playwright, 809 Centro Street, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. Cited by playwright to present author April 5, 1996, via postal mail from Madeleine Nicolas, OIC, Dramatic Arts, Sentrong Pangkultura Ng Pilipinas (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila, Philippines, P. O. Box 310, Manila, telephone 832-11-25 up to 39, cable CULTURECEN Manila, telex 40518 CULTURE PM, fax (632) 832-3683, May 3, 1996. Immediate contact regarding this author and his plays is possible through Steven P. C. Fernandez (tibo) via email firstname.lastname@example.org, home page http://www.msuiit.edu.ph/ipag, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, 9200 Iligan City, Philippines, telephone (063) 881-4050 516-172. home:517-398. Nadera says,
"Apolinario de la Cruz, known as Brother Hermano Pule, (m)
Synopsis "The souls of a millenarian cult, Cofrad-a de San Jos,, celebrate the return of the cult's founder, Apolinario de la Cruz, known as Brother Pule and as the "Tagalog Christ." He formed the brotherhood when friars had frustrated his priestly ambition because of his being an indio, that is, a native.
Comment "Butong, or riddle, is a pastime of early Filipinos. Killing time serves as a symbol for their long wait. Songs in dalit are a traditional form of folk poetry.
"Production requires soloists and a chorus.
"This play is an easily-independent part of the full-length musical, Cofrad-a de San Jos,, that won the 1992 CCP Coordinating Center for Dramatic Arts Playwriting Grant and Fellowship Program. Literary critic Isagni Cruz cited Cofradia de San Jos, as the best-written play of the program for January of 1995."
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