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Posted by : Pinoy Screen and Stage Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster's Production of Ding, Ang Bato! wowed a packed crowd of VIPs and theater aficionados at gala held last Tuesday, May 15, 7pm at the SDA Theater.

The dance musical, based on Mars Ravelo's Darna, opened to a rousing reception from the audience. The production design of Tuxq Rutaquio with lighting design by Joaquin Jose Aranda, Projection design by Joee Mejias and shadow play by Sig Pecho left the packed theater in awe. Music by Ejay Yatco and Jef Flores, and sound design by Aji Manalo proved to be a powerful
soundtrack to the awesome spectacle. The searing solos by Stacy Abarca as Narda, Paula Paguio as Lola Isabel and Natasha Cabrera as Valentina were met with a loud applause, and the epic introduction of Christine Crame as Darna left the crowd cheering.

At the end of the show, the audience and friends in the media were treated to a quick question and answer session where the cast and the creative team gamely answered questions. Among the attendees were the family of Mars Ravelo. Rex Ravelo paid tribute to the young team of the College of St. Benilde, noting that
Darna was product of his father’s creative mind when he was about their age.

The production is the brainchild of Director and librettist Chris Millado and dramaturg Dr. Sunita Mukhi with the guidance of Mars Ravelo Karakters Inc and ABS-CBN. It is a modern retelling of the Darna lore, through the eyes of Narda's Deaf brother Ding. As such, sign language is adeptly incorporated in the choreography of Denisa Reyes and Ernest Mandap. It is a contemporary tale
brought to life by the theater world’s bright young talents, with the College of St. Benilde's homegrown talent, including the Deaf performers of the School of Deaf and Applied Sciences.

Ding Ang Bato! runs until May 21 with 1pm and 7pm shows at the SDA Theater, School of Design and Arts, P. Ocampo St Manila. Tickets are available at the venue and all Ticketworld outlets.

For updates and inquiries, you may follow Ding Ang Bato! on Facebook (fb.me/dingangbato2018), Instagram (@dingangbato2018), and Twitter (@dingangbato2018).

For press inquiries, please contact Aldrin Lunod (aldrin.lunod@benilde.edu.ph).

Copyright 2018 De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Produced by De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. Under License of Mars Ravelo Komiks Characters, Inc. and ABS-CBN

Cartoonized Photos by: Trixie Dauz

Album Link: https://www.facebook.com/muzstay4u/media_set?set=a.10155700836997106.1073742521.705687105&type=3

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