Mga eksenaPanimulang Daloy ng
"ZAGIPIN ANG ZAMBALES!"
Pagtatanghal ng Zarzuela Zambaleña
Sta.Cruz at iba pang bayan ng Zambales
Daloy ng mga Eksena:
1. Recognition Ceremony sa isang public school
Emcee: Guest of Honor will be coming late, while waiting, asks a former student to give an impromptu music number
OPENING SONG/RAP: “MAY PAG-ASA PA BA?”
(emcee visibly perplexed. Singer asks audience to sing along last stanzas) (emcee starts chiding former student about choice of song; latter says he was unprepared for another; emcee calls for singing national anthem, saying Congressman had just texted to say he’s no longer coming;)
Speech of Principal, the Chair of Awards Committee: She praises the teachers’ sacrifices as molders of society Explains General Criteria for choice of 1st, 2nd and 3rd awardees.
2. Dialogue between 2nd place honoree and judge: 2nd placer says the Congressman had donated award prizes;
“It would be good to please him by praising politicians who support education. Head Judge says politicans who really support education should cause pay hikes for teachers, instead of abetting corruption that further diminish people’s coffers, and instead of being bad models for citizens & youth.
SONG: “GURO AT POLITICO” (lyrics speak of contrasts between teachers and politicians in serving the people of the community )
3. Head Judge stands for Teachers vis a vis politicians (mentions a former valedictorian of school SK
new-politico) Needed by the people: real civic spiritedness and maturity from Education-- Light of Wisdom
SONG: “LIWANAG, HUWAG DILIM” (lyrics speak of value of education in people’s lives)
Favorite ex-student of 2nd placer enters and takes cudgels for 2nd placer; but shows that he has
become unprincipled as SK official and solon’s nephew.
4. 2nd-placer goes home, finds her cousin who came from Mindanao, asking if she could help him get a job in nearby nickel mine. Says own job in Surigao in danger because gold mining firm in own place threatens to close down after “big accident,” asked about accident; was jested about high insurance, and asked for “Balato”
SONG: "BUNGO AT DUGO" (Lyrics say mining firms value gold much more than people's lives, safety and health, and would always seek to escape responsibility to maximize profits.
5. Nickel mine unlikely to have similar accident, open-pit supposedly safer than tunneled goldmine. But this is refuted by visiting top awardee who says own town started showing signs of geological instability and massive soil erosion. Adds other towns of province would be affected by plans for open-pit mining in almost every town..
SONG: FIRST LINES OF “NAPAPANSIN MO BA?”
Top awardee asks if 2nd placer has complaints about ranking, promises support if it's a “big deal for you, as my friend.” 2nd placer feels guilty, thanks top awardee.
6. Miner cousin asks about signs of environmental degradation and what is the people’s response.
Townspeople described as generally silenced by ‘utang na loob’ to congressman, and as apathetic unless expecting a material reward for whatever action.
SONG: “KAPALIT.” (lyrics chide those people who ask “what’s in it for me?” (money) before joining efforts that would benefit everybody, anyway.)
Ex-student comes, looks for top awardee who had told him to come for a chat after a long period of not seeing each other.
2nd -placer expresses her disappointment in him for changed values as new SK member.
Top awardee becomes curious, asks about student’s experiences as SK; he apologizes, explains difficulty from solon uncle’s instructions opposite of what he had learned in school. He says he has mellowed after becoming a bgy officer among youth, esp. now that he’s married and would soon become a father. .
7. Miner cousin brings up matter of people’s apathy, ignorance, intimidation.
2nd-placer engages him-- "they're brainwashed, nakulam yata" Top awardee brings up need for information and education. Miner cousin emphasizes need for education -- character formation, to find out things, don't gamble with our lives, reminder that money can't make up for the destruction of lives and of life-giving nature; cautions against non-use of brain and vocal chords, of courageous heart towards total loss of these; not a matter of blaming for disasters, but of preventing disasters. Counteract defeatism.
Miner-cousin asks top awardee for more info, promises to help spread it. He says he’s joining their cause. Student asks what cause? They tell him. He reacts by telling them they can’t possibly succeed; that there is no more hope. Top awardee and 2nd placer describes defeatism as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Remind him of the stakeholdership of his own coming baby. Responsible father has to be an active stakeholder in this cause. You ask what cause? You don’t know? How will you explain to your son or daughter later that you allowed his home province to be all dug-up because you were too coward to try to avert it, because you were paralyzed by your doubts you can win?
(Napipikon na yung student; teachers decide to cool things by suggesting that they sing together to strengthen their fighting spirit and enthusiasm out of love for the people, especially the children—“including your baby!”
SONG: “MAY PAG-ASA NGA! Nasa atin!”
8. They plan to ask help of student who earlier sang opening number, who knows those who have the info, and to offer their participation in an info campaign. Ex-student opposes, saying the mining firm and his own solon uncle will get angry at them. They resolve to go ahead, justifying that the townspeople must be told the truth so they will be guided what to do. Miner cousin says the people ought to develop capability to overcome fear and timidity and speak out to assert their interests and rights as citizens in a democracy.
9. Top honoree in cell phone conversation with a girl student, then tells others a good news: Girlfriend of opening-song singer said they will help the cause. That she was talking with principal and they agreed the school’s faculty should have a meeting about the mining issue; Principal has scheduled a meeting and was now writing a memo to tell teachers to attend. Memo will be out in few hours. They applaud the news. 2nd place awardee expresses wish that other people also receive the complete info,then plans to convene the school’s PTA to meet on it. Most of townspeople are members of the PTAs. Topawardee reminds her to wait for faculty meeting to get the views of Principal and other teachers. Miner cousin miner asks hoe many schools were there in the town, and says the idea should be shared with other schools.
10. Morning of following day: Principal gets arrested on basis of libel complaint filed by mining firm with her memo as evidence. Immediate aim of detention: Stop that faculty meeting! “Core group” called together by Principal’s lawyer friend to plan out how to complete the bail money to augment what her family was able to raise. They agree to set a meeting at 1 p.m. at Barangay Hall of barangay worst-hit by recent destructive effects of mining. Members of group say whom they will invite. Slogans chanted: Sagipin si Misis Delfin! Itigil ang pagmimina sa ating probinsya! Ilantad, ipalaganap ang katotohanan sa lahat! Huwag matakot, huwag mahiya! Buhay nating lahat ang nakataya!
SONG: MAY PAG-ASA PA NGA--Nasa atin! (with repeating-chorused ending)
Prepared, for further refinement/editing by:
Ding Reyes of Zambales
October 2, 2011