“Balag, the Musical”, a Tanghalang Pilipino production based on the life of renowned installation artist Luis Yee, Jr., or Junyee, was shown at the University Theater in UP Diliman on October 10, 2018. It shows, among others, how the arts can help change people.
Written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Audie Gemora, with UP’s own Toym Imao as set designer, Balag conveyed timely messages of determination, creativity, environmentalism, and hope, as it highlighted the artist’s journey toward the fulfilment of his dreams and making a lasting impact on society.
At the end of the musical, Nanding Josef, Tanghalang Pilipino’s artistic director, acknowledged all the artists and staff involved in the production before introducing the man whose life they portrayed.
Junyee himself expressed his gratitude to everyone. He also clarified that the musical is not just about his own “journey of becoming” but that of countless others who believe that “the arts have the power to influence and transform people”.
The event was supported by the UP Office of the President and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda. (Fred Dabu, UP MPRO)