“Nanay Mameng, isang dula” is an advocacy and tribute play about the life and times of the iconic 86-year old urban poor activist Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida and how a community face up to an impending demolition amid unemployment, low wages and lack of basic social services.
With the use of magic-realism, the play shows two “Nanay Mamengs” - the present is the 87 years old Mameng and is on her hospital bed recovering from vascular dementia and is barely recuperating from an operation. She is battling an antagonist who also plays all the negative characters encountered by the other “Mameng” who is a younger version of her. The two “Nanay Mamengs” try to overcome the antagonist alongside the people struggling for genuine social change and development.
Also employing Boal approach, the fate of the main protagonist and the whole community lies in the hands of the audience as they decide the play’s ending.
The original staged “Nanay Mameng, isang dula” was conceptualized by Terence Krishna Lopez and Edwin Quinsayas in December 2013 and was written by Amanda Lacaba Echanis. It was about Mameng getting ready for her speech in a tribute for her prepared by her comrades. She is joined by her conscience and they walk through her life- from her childhood, during the Japanese occupation up to the present. The show was filled with songs and dances and ended with Mameng joined by the whole community in a grand rally.
For this staging, Lopez and Quinsayas were joined by Echanis in conceptualizing and coming up with a new narrative. Echanis again wrote the script. Amid major changes from the first play, the team decided to still call it “Nanay Mameng, isang dula”.
Objectives of the Play
The play aims to:
- Strengthen advocacy of urban poor issues in the framework of people-oriented development;
- Help educate and raise awareness among students and professionals on the conditions and struggles of the urban poor sector in order to foster solidarity;
- Generate funds for the medical needs of the beloved urban poor leader Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida and Kadamay and Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines’ (UPRCP) services such as medical mission, capacity-building activities and art workshops.
Nanay Mameng started being an activist rather late than usual, in her 40s when she joined, ironically, a youth organization led by her son. Since then, she never stopped joining rallies, demonstrations, pickets and every single avenue where she can express her passion and dedication to the people’s movement’s causes.
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