The Vagina Monologues Celebrates 20th Year

Oro Teatro Bulawanon will stage The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler on Saturday, February 17. Although this is only OTB’s 2nd year to mount the critically acclaimed show, the members of the theater group have been doing TVM since 2013 (in different venues here in CDO). This year is a milestone because every VDay-associated group in the world is celebrating the 20th year of the movement – one that’s focused on raising awareness about and eventually ending violence against women and girls.

Join Oro Teatro Bulawanon and VDay CDO In Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Vagina Monologues & the Founding of V-Day, the Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls

On February 17, 2018, at 7pm, V-Day CDO will stage a one-night-only benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning and groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues at the VIP Hotel Mandana Hall. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the V-Day global movement.

The Vagina Monologues CDO 2018

Over the past two decades, tens of thousands of communities and college campuses have staged V-Day benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues – and other artistic works, campaigns & risings– in over 200 countries and territories. V-Day volunteers have raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters (often times these much-needed funds kept them from closing), educated their communities, and raised well over $100 million in urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.

For its 20th anniversary, V-Day is focusing on the timely issue of sexual harassment.

What are The Vagina Monologues?

The New York Times describes The Vagina Monologues as “funny” and “poignant”, and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous”.  The play – first performed Off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Ms. Ensler – dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage, and excitement in women’s experiences.  V–Day grew out of the play that exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering silence around violence done to women and girls.

V-Day CDO is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 20th Anniversary V-Day Campaign.

V-Day CDO and The Vagina Monologues 2018

V-Day CDO’s The Vagina Monologues gathers some of Cagayan de Oro’s most talented artists and advocates. These performers – men, women, and the LGBTQ – have volunteered their time and talent to help achieve the goal of reaching out and helping Kagay-anons realize that violence of all forms on all genders is real.

What makes this year’s show special is the fact that eight original pieces written by Kagay-anons will be delivered by the artists. In addition, some of the monologues were also translated to Binisaya. This, the group believes, is the best way to help the audience understand the message of The Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues CDO 2018
Photo by Bo Daclan

The show also includes pieces lifted from A Memory A Monologue A Rant and A Prayer, which is a collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights like Maya Angelou and Edward Albee. MMRP features diverse voices of characters who break open, expose, and examine violence at all levels and types. The pieces create a realistic portrait of how violence against women (and the LGBTQ & men) affect every one of us.

They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy
Photo by Bo Daclan

V-Day CDO’s male artists perform the pieces from MMRP.

They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy
Photo by Bo Daclan

Presented by Oro Teatro Bulawanon, the same group that staged the Palanca award-winning play Reyna Elena last November 2016, this year’s TVM also focuses on sensitive (and often misunderstood) issues such as bullying, rape, and sexual harassment. Throughout the show, audiences will experience a roller coaster of emotions: joy, excitement, confidence, fear, confusion, disbelief, realization, and ultimately, fulfillment.

The Vagina Monologues CDO 2018
Photos by Tom Udasco. Compiled by Leslie Encong-Yap.

The goal of this year’s show is to make everyone realize that to move forward and find a solution for the problem of violence, we must work together regardless of gender. This is why the production has men and the LGBTQ working with and performing alongside women from all walks of life.

Benefit Show

The Vagina Monologues is a benefit show. Proceeds will be used for programs and projects for women. The group will be working and coordinating with a civic organization in CDO to create these programs. Additionally, 10% of the total earnings will be given as spotlight donation to the V-Day movement.

Donation Tickets & T-Shirts

Donation tickets for the show are available at Php150 for professionals and Php100 for students. Reservations can be made by calling or sending a message to 0917-8708792.

The Vagina Monologues CDO 2018
The Vagina Monologues CDO 2018 statement shirt. “Ang Bilat Dili Pamalikas” (Vagina is not a cuss/curse word). Photo by Mark Anthony Lacuesta.

To raise more funds for the VDay campaign, the TVM group is also selling personalized t-shirts with the print “Ang Bilat Dili Pamalikas”. For Php499, you get the shirt and a free VIP ticket to the show. The shirts are available in different sizes at Vjandep Bulua and Tiano, Aruga/Amuma at SM CDO Downtown Premier, Pane e Dolci SM Downtown Premier, as well as at the Bowerbird/PaoTypes stall at the Limketkai Arts Bazaar scheduled for Feb 8 (today) to 14 at the LKK Rotunda area (center of the mall). Donation tickets will also be sold at the said bazaar.

The Vagina Monologues CDO 2018 Statement Shirt
Designed by Car-lene Dela Cruz. Price: Php499, with one free VIP ticket.

This year’s production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is sponsored by Vjandep, Pane e Dolci, Loreto’s Grill & Restaurant, Aruga/Amuma, House of Costumes by Anna, Mega Home Furniture, and Magic 89.3. Official photographers are Bo Daclan, Tom Udasco/Tom Udasco Photography, and Ms. Paola Pilapil.

The Vagina Monologues features Christy Bacoto, Chinx Banqeurigo, Elton Ladd Batinga, Chef Ruben Castor, Car-lene Dela Cruz, Kaitlin Diana, Bex Espino, Dr. Viel P. Jose, Arthur Nery, Kale “Bom” Ramos, JC Salon, Dr. Reynards A. Tan, Lance Tiu, Perpie Chamsz Wabe, Leslie Encong-Yap, Honey Aguilar, and Nicole Abas-Datayan. Stage management is by Jenjaqs Agbon. The show is directed by yours truly, Maia Fortich-Poblete.

Join the campaign against violence of all forms, on all genders. Watch The Vagina Monologues on February 17 at the VIP Hotel. It’s going to be an experience you won’t forget for a long time!

 

For updates and additional details, check out The Vagina Monologues events page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/543376782696547/   

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