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Places for HappinessCommunity, Self, and Performance in the Philippines$
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William Peterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851637

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851637.001.0001

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Three Tagalog Sinakulos

Three Tagalog Sinakulos

The Repertoire and the Scenario

(p.22) Chapter 1 Three Tagalog Sinakulos
Places for Happiness

William Peterson

University of Hawai'i Press

The premiere week of the year that mobilises the greatest numbers of individuals as actors, audience members, and participants for theatre and performance is Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. The featured performance activity in many communities throughout the country at this time is the sinakulo, or passion play. This chapter maps out the features of sinakulo traditions at three contrasting field sites—two in Metro Manila, and one on the island of Marinduque in Luzon—using a framework borrowed from Diana Taylor (2002) helpful in laying out the larger context for the inscription of these events. Also established here are the characteristic features of what I term the “traditional sinakulo,” the “civic-based sinakulo,” and the “activist sinakulo.”

Keywords:   Philippines, passion play, Christ, sinakulo, identity, theatre, religion, Easter, Catholicism

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