Filipino Drama: Prehistoric Times to 21st Century

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What is the theme of Moro-Moro?

The conflict between Christians and Muslims

Where were comedia performances typically held?

Village centers

What was the first Filipino comedia performed in?

Latin and Spanish

What distinguishes zarzuela from comedia?

Zarzuela includes spoken word and song

When was Teatro Zorilla, the home of zarzuela, inaugurated?

1893

What were the three elements of prehistoric Filipino dramas?

Myth, mimesis, and spectacle

Which form of theater was used by the Spaniards to influence the pagan tribes?

Zarzuelas

What was another name for the play in verse that portrayed the lives, loves, and wars of moors and Christians during the Spanish colonization?

Moro-moro

During pre-historic times, what did the spirit of the deities seemingly do during indigenous rituals?

Possess a priest or priestess

Which of the following was used as a pedagogical tool by the Spaniards to teach the Filipino tribes about Christianity and religion?

Zarzuelas

Study Notes

Comedia and Zarzuela

  • The theme of Moro-Moro is the lives, loves, and wars of Moors and Christians during the Spanish colonization.
  • Comedia performances were typically held in open fields, town plazas, or even in the courtyards of Spanish colonial houses.

Origins of Filipino Comedia

  • The first Filipino comedia was performed in 1637.
  • Comedia was a form of theater used by the Spaniards to influence the pagan tribes and teach Christianity.

Zarzuela

  • What distinguishes zarzuela from comedia is the use of music and song in the former.
  • Teatro Zorilla, the home of zarzuela, was inaugurated in 1861.

Prehistoric Filipino Dramas

  • The three elements of prehistoric Filipino dramas were music, dance, and poetry.
  • During indigenous rituals, the spirit of the deities seemingly possessed the performers, entered into a trance-like state, and conveyed the will of the gods.

Christianization through Theater

  • Comedia was used as a pedagogical tool by the Spaniards to teach the Filipino tribes about Christianity and religion.

Explore the evolution of Filipino drama from pre-colonial times to the 21st century through indigenous rituals, verbal jousts, games, songs, and dances. Learn about the elements of myth, mimesis, and spectacle as portrayed in prehistoric dramas.

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