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BONA: Lino Brocka’s film gets stage adaptation
By Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, August 13, 2012 — A past entry to both Metro Manila Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, “Bona,” a critically-acclaimed work of Catalino Ortiz Brocka aka Lino Brocka (1939-1991) that gave the “superstar in Philippine entertainment industry,” Nora Aunor, her Best Actress trophy at the Gawad Urian in 1980, will soon come alive through a stage adaptation by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) starting Friday, August 24 until Sunday, September 23 at PETA Theater Center. The stage production stars multi-award-winning theater, movie, and television actress Eugene Domingo.

Eugene Domingo plays Bona in a role that once the Philippine Superstar Nora Aunor breathed into. She is paired with Edgar Allan Guzman as Gino Sanchez. Photograph by Jory Rivera.


“It has a different take,” according to Layeta Bucoy, the stage version’s writer.

“She’s [Bona] older [more mature] and financially independent; she’s supporting her sister, who takes care of five children from five different fathers. But Bona falls for a younger guy, a contestant in a talent search, unlike the film’s Bona who willingly turned herself into a personal assistant or an alalay, and eventually became the producer of rising star Gardo.”

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