By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files
Everyone in the theater circuit agree that the Philstage Gawad Buhay life achievement award in theater for Felix “Nonon” Padilla was well-deserved.
Padilla started in Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in the company of Lino Brocka and Cecile Guidote Alvarez in the 70s but he actually debuted as stage director in 1968 in the Dulaang Sibol Contest launched by noted theater advocate Onofre Pagsanghan at the Ateneo de Manila.
The play was “Hoy, Boyet” written by Tony Perez and it didn’t fit the usual formula for standard drama at the time.
“The play was experimental with a rather baroque text, free verse that internally rhymed, complemented with a visual language of dance movement and colorful, fairly abstract costumes. It was a play about a teenager contemplating Death, the different forms of love as experienced by a young man, and a dream about his fears and anxieties of facing Time Future and the new world of adulthood,” PadillaRead More »from The theater odyssey of Nonon Padilla