In Fall 2020, five students in the English 103: Applied English Skills in Cultural Production course, wrote an 80-page original play for the 16th annual Pilipino Cultural Night. Princess Annielyn Miles Basilio, Caitlin Collantes, Nicholas Escobar, Asa Mobley, and Jamil Pidlaoan worked together to create A Mother’s Love, a coming-of-age story about a Filipina high school student reluctantly sent home to the Philippines to learn about herself, her culture, and the importance of family. Mel Altre, Abigail Aquino, and Omar Dweik joined the cast in Spring 2021.
While the last 14 shows were performed onstage over the years (last year’s show was made into a podcast), this year’s production was completed via Zoom under the direction of instructor Liza Erpelo, with assistance from Alex de Leon, dance assistant for Barangay Dance Company, and Joel Jayce Capistrano, U-Jam Fitness and Zumba instructor and hip hop choreographer.
The video for this 8-student production is currently being edited and will premiere on Zoom on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7 pm PST. More information will be announced soon, including ways to support KLC students via the Friends of Kababayan scholarship fund at https://www.skylinecollege.edu/kababayan/.
Follow @skylinekababayan on Instagram or contact Liza Erpelo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this year’s show and how you can get involved in next year’s Pilipino Cultural Night!
by Liza Erpelo