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Si Janus Sílang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tábon: A Story Of Redemption

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Choose Philippines | Oct 17, 2017
Si Janus Sílang At Ang Tiyanak Ng Tábon: A Story Of Redemption

Janus Silang, a character dreamt up in the imagination of Edgar Calabia Samar, brought to life in his published book "Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon,” as well as the theatrical adaptation of Tanghalang Ateneo, tells the story of Janus Silang, a young man with special abilities he has yet to unlock. His life unfolds just like that of any teenager: filled with video games, crushes, and fun times with friends.

However, his world is turned upside down when he finds out that his favorite game, TALA Online, was the cause of his friends’ deaths, and that an evil entity is attempting to use it to gain control and wreak havoc upon the world.

The sequel, Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang, opens with Janus, already orphaned, his friends and family dead, living with Mang Joey and Isyo, two Pusong, humans with extraordinary abilities similar to Janus. Struck with grief and loneliness, Janus begins to question his place and worth within the grand scheme of things—he despairs the loss of his family and friends, his beloved girlfriend Mica, and the way he used to live his life, all the while clinging to the training Mang Joey and Isyo put him through, in order to prepare him for his epic battle against the Tiyanak and its minions.

The second Janus Silang production is filled to the brim with references to the Philippines’ rich culture and folklore, especially when it comes to the magical creatures that supposedly surround us. The production—from its artistic direction to the portrayal of the diwata living in parallel dimensions to its characters—remind us that sometimes, the answers we seek are right in front of us, and that all we have to do is look. A very timely reminder, considering the current state of our beloved country.

You can see the wonderful performances of Tanghalang Ateneo’s talented actors for yourself during these dates: October 10-14 and 17-21 at 7:30PM, and October 14 and 21 at 2:30PM. For inquiries, visit Tanghalang Ateneo’s page here, or contact Nichole Valdes via 09175906451. Visit the official event page here.

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