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‘Pahimakas: The Last Eight Hours of Rizal’ runs at St. Scholastica’s College

11:16 PM March 10, 2015
Ces Aldaba as Padre Balaguer/Padre Damaso. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ces Aldaba as Padre Balaguer/Padre Damaso. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Aldabas Theater Friends and Company announces the staging of “Pahimakas: Huling Sandali ng Isang Bayani.” It is based on the last moments of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal as he ponders on his life coming to an end in the morning of December 31, 1896.

The play by Nathaniel Arciaga takes us to the innermost recesses of Dr. Rizal’s mind as he examines the crucial decisions he made in his short but eventful life leading to his martyrdom.


The play also takes a look at some of Rizal’s writings and his relationship with the last people to see him alive through conversations with former mentor, family members, a young newspaper boy, a newspaper man and a host of fictional characters he created.

Eddie Romeo Abaigar as Dr. Rizal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Eddie Romeo Abaigar as Dr. Rizal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

‘Pahimakas’ is produced by ATFC under the direction of Don Umali.


Lead actor Romeo Abaigar’s biggest acting challenge in life is doing the difficult role of Dr. Rizal. He is a familiar face in television commercials and has appeared in countless films and TV anthologies.

Veteran theater and movie actor Archie Adamos portray the role of Tavile de Andrade while Ces Aldaba the role of Jesuit Father Balaguer and Padre Damaso.

Also in the cast of “Pahimakas” are Banni Baldesseri as the Governador Heneral; Richard Manabat (who is also a stage director) alternates with Vic Romano as Don Rafael/Don Francisco; Andro Morgan as Mataix/Elias; production designer, muralist, sculptor and artist Clarence Alvear playing the role of Pepito/ Basilio, Loy Oladive as Pasyano/ Tasyo, Gina Villa in the role of Donya Teodora/Sisa and Jeanette Queblatin as Trining.

The two main characters in Rizal’s book Simoun Ibarra and Crisostomo Ibarra are portrayed by Mon Osma as Simoun and TJ Roxas as Crisostomo. Luri Naluz, Erby Lopez and Jan Mart Lacdao portray Guardia Sibil, and Echo Camacho as the Jesuit and Franciscan priest.

“Pahimakas” is scheduled on March 14 at St. Scholastica’s College.

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