Ada Tayao’s Iba Yan is a reminder of the importance of knowing and immersing in one’s roots not just in a cultural aspect, but also in a historical lens.
Martsa ng Bayan is an iconic song of struggle against the martial law regime. Composed by Jess Santiago in the 1980s.
Jess Santiago wrote Halina in the late 1970s as a narrative against the abuses faced by ordinary people in the hands of the repressive Philippine government during the darkest years of Martial Law.
Tulog na Bunso is a song written in 1979 by Gerry Verzola. Here’s a recent rendition created by composer-musician Karl Ramirez.
Composed in 1980 by Prof. Nonilon Queano, days after attending a tribute for lakay Macli-ing held in Kalinga.
The beauty of the new “Lean” does not only come from its gripping libretto (based on the young activist’s quotable quotes) or last-song-syndrome-worthy music, it comes from the truthful and creative re-telling of history and the play’s overall ability to weave the past and the present together to bring forth a story that engages and provokes the audience.