SMEIDFI co-presents play about human trafficking


With Support from the SMEIDFI, MATA Productions staged its maiden production MNL Trapik, a trilogy of one-act plays about human trafficking.

MNL Trapik is produced as part of Fringe Manila Arts Festival 2018.

Prior to the production, SMEIDFI conducted a seminar on human trafficking and exploitation to the cast and production team of MNL Trapik on January 10. This helped them to put the production in proper context in order to send the right message to the audience.

The show ran last February 10, 11,17, and 18 5pm and 7pm the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Teatro Papet Museo in Teachers Village, Quezon City.

Under the direction of Chris Dagsil and the supervision of Dulaang UP Former Artistic Director, Prof. Alexander Cortez, MNL Trapik played around the idea of how Manila has “traffic” issues other than transportation matters. The aim of the production is to spread awareness about this pressing issue, and encourage a call of action to the general public and those in positions of capacity and power.

Girls and staff from SMEIDFI, Ruhama Center for Women, and Ruhama Transition Home watched the play on February 18.

The cast included Alecks Ambayec (as Jovie in “Ate”), Esteban Fulay Jr. (as Jace in “Ate”), Goddess Amparo (as Sarah in “Cherry Blossom Eskapo”), and Ali Hooshmand (as Andrew in “Cherry Blossom Eskapo”), and Micah Musa (in the title role of “Eva Hamok”). The artistic and production team included Emman Mante (playwright), Leonard Gan (dramaturg), Nico Varona (production manager), Meliton Roxas (lighting designer), Ajee Garcia (set designer), and Roger Federico (stage manager).

MATA Productions is a new theater organization founded by MA Theatre Arts students from UP Diliman bound by a single purpose which is love for theatre. The name is a metaphor for “seeing” because as aspiring theatre scholars and practitioners, the members seek to utilize theatre in order to open eyes, present life in a lens, and make the audience see for themselves.

Story contributed by Nico Varona (MATA Productions)

Photo by Vlad Gonzales