ALiWW stages one-act play on Filipina migrant workers

March 30, 2016

As women’s month draws to a close, the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW) presented a one-act play underscoring the feminization of Filipino migrant workers. Entitled “Pambansang Litanya ng mga Inang Wala sa Bayan,” the play was performed on March 29, 2016 at the Mariano Singson, Jr. Hall of the Ateneo Grade School campus in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Written by Christine Bellen and directed by Jerry Respeto, the play explored the lives of 3 Filipina overseas workers living in different countries: Azon (Trency Cagaanan), Lilibeth (Ace Elgar), and Gracia (Devi Paez).  While waiting for the Western Union booth to open, the 3 women contemplated the day-to-day life of a migrant worker and how their decisions led them to their current situations.

The play was based on the book “Many Journeys, Many Voices, a Tribute to Filipina Overseas Workers.”   The book chronicles the feminization of Filipina overseas workers from the perspectives of 3 interdisciplinary studies: sociology, literature, and art. A collaborative work of 3 Ateneo centers: Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo Art Gallery, and ALiWW, the book was awarded Best Print (Book) at the 2015 Migration Advocacy and Media Awards given by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.

Speaking at the event, Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, reechoed the significance of the play.

Sec. Imelda Nicolas, Chairperson of Commission on Filipinos Overseas

Ms. Isabel Nazareno, Executive Director of the Ateneo Library of Women's Writings, delivers the opening remarks.

“We must remember how the stories resonate with many of our many overseas Filipinas. We have a shared duty to ensure their continued well-being, promote, and protect their rights and welfare wherever they may be. Let tonight be a validation for all these women of courage,” she said.

To increase awareness and generate insights on the challenges faced by Filipina migrant workers, ALiWW will offer the script of “Pambansang Litanya ng mga Inang Wala sa Bayan” for free, provided that the group that stages the play would not earn profit from it.

Trency Cagaanan as Azon

Ace Elgar as Lilibeth

Devi Paez as Gracia

“Pambansang Litanya ng mga Inang Wala sa Bayan” was a project of ALiWW, the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, and Western Union.

Listen to an excerpt from "Pambansang Litanya ng mga Inang Wala sa Bayan:"