Tanghalang Ateneo presents play inspired by a Kiniray-a story

Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, celebrates its 36th season with the theme “Navigating Identities”. The company aims to stage plays that center on man’s exploration and need to find himself and his place in the world.

Set in Catungan IV, a quiet barrio in the province of Antique, “Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud)” opens with a painful ritual that propels reluctant, young protagonist Isoy into manhood. As he is seduced by the promised pleasures of sex, Isoy bravely confronts his past in a bid to take control of his future, and the truth can be as overwhelming as the lurid images of scantily-clothed women in magazines.
Cholo Ledesma as Isoy
Cholo Ledesma shall play the role of Isoy. An adolescent boy challenged by his sexual desires, trying to find his place in the world of the adults.
Camille Abaya as Pila
Camille Abaya will portray Pila, Isoy’s neighbor and closest frind. Headstrong and independent, Pila just wants a quiet life in the province.
Frances Makil-Ignacio as Susing
Frances Makil-Ignacio shall portray Susing, Isoy’s aunt, who was forced to take care of Isoy when her sister left for Manila.
Teroy Guzman as Berning
Teroy Guzman will play the role of Berning. As the male role model of Isoy, Berning is faced with the responsibilities he has since run-away from.

The other members of the cast are as follows:

Jose delos Reyes plays Kardo, a young man in the barrio exploring his masculinity.

Chloe Fabul will be playing the role of Mina. Clad only in her patadyong, Mina struggles to maintain her purity in an otherwise vouyeuristic environment.

Members of the ensemble include Miguel Baretto, Jerry Cordero, Jego Malilin, Barth Mariquit, RJ Palma, JR Sanchez, Gab Tibayan, and Jacob Whittaker,

The artistic team of RITE OF PASSAGE (Pagtubu kung Tahud) is comprised of Glenn Sevilla Mas (Playwright and Artistic Director, Tanghalang Ateneo), Ron Capinding (Director), Gwyn Guanzon (Production Designer), Jethro Joaquin (Sound Designer), D. Cortezano (Lights Designer) and Niki Calma (Graphics Designer)

The playdates of RITE OF PASSAGE (Pagtubu kung Tahud) are as follows: November 27-29, December 2-6, & 9-13. The play starts promptly at 7 p.m. Matinee shows start at 2 p.m. (Saturdays).

All performances will be held at the Rizal Mini Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University.

For details of the show, please contact Acel Go at 0916-480-2195 or email:


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