17 August 2012
I saw the movie Bona that was produced in 1980 starring Nora Aunor and Philip Salvador. It was directed by no less than Lino Brocka. Bona is the only Filipino movie archived by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). It also won the Gawad Urian Best Actress award for Nora Aunor in 1981.
“Bona” is a story of obsession, the tragedy of the fan turned fanatic. It delves
into what causes an otherwise sensible girl to throw discretion and self-
respect to the wind to serve her beloved. In the fan-atical context of Philippine
movies, it is a story that needs to be told. – Nestor U. Torre, Philippines Daily Express, 1981
Now fast forward to 2012 and a stage adaptation is set to premier next week with Eugene Domingo as Bona with Edgar Allan Guzman as Gino.
“Spinster call center agent Bona upon seeing 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.” – PETA
I know the movie version was a drama but I can not wait to see the stage version and I am not even sure if I can contain my self to watch Eugene and not laugh. I even heard there is a kissing scene between her and Edgar Allan Guzman.
Bona at PETA play dates are:
August 25 (3 & 8 pm)
August 26 (8 pm)
September 2 (3 pm)
September 8 (3 & 8pm)
Ticket are available at Ticketworld.com.ph
Php 1,300.00 VIP reserve
Php 1,000.00 Orchestra center
Php 800.00 Orchestra sides
Php 600.00 Balcony