MANILA, August 1, 2015– A group of artists is fully committed to continue its mission to spread Pope Francis’ message of “mercy and compassion” through a musical play.
Five months after the visit of the Holy Father to the country, producer Rose Cabrera said that through the play “From the Vatican to Tacloban — With Love, Pope Francis” they want to reach the masses and the young people.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed. We are hoping to bring this message of Pope Francis to as many young people as possible,” Cabrera said.
Since millions of Filipinos adored the Pope, she said they want to keep the momentum going and “keep the love alive” through the musical play.
“The Pope has that deep compassion and love for the poor and his visit really made a lot of difference in the lives of many people especially those from Tacloban,” Cabrera said.
Written and directed by Nestor Torre, the play presents in the reasons that moved the pontiff to visit the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.
Torre also wanted to depict the Yolanda survivors’ stories, “so that the entire viewing experience would be an interaction between victims and consoler where they could learn valuable lessons from each other.”
The stage musical also tells the story of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s rise to the papacy.
Torre is known for writing and directing religious plays and musicals. Among his notable productions include the “Magnificat,” “Nassan si Hesus?,” “Padre Pio” and “Pope John Paul II.”
From its debut in February, the play has been running and is available for group viewing at Cabrera’s Mabuhay Restop theater cafe at Rizal Park.
“Hopefully, as this goes around, we’ll have a regular show and we could visit also visit schools,” Cabrera said.
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