About “Nanay Mameng, Isang Dula”

Nanay Mameng, Isang Dula” was staged on February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 (3pm and 7pm) at the Dr. Paz Adriano Hall (Little Theater) Miriam College.

“Nanay Mameng, sang Dula” is produced by the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) and the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines, Inc. (UPRCP) in partnership with the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam and Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA).

The proceeds of the show are for Nanay Mameng’s medical needs and for the show producers’ services in urban poor communities such as medical-dental missions, feeding program, disaster risk reduction and management trainings.

The play is co-presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Council for Health and Development (CHD), Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), and Philhealth.



The Concept

“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:

  1. Strengthen advocacy of urban poor issues in the framework of people-oriented development;
  2. Help educate and raise awareness among students and professionals on the conditions and struggles of the urban poor sector in order to foster solidarity;
  3. 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.

For the complete list and profile of the cast, creative team and production staff, please click here.



About Nanay Mameng

For four decades, Carmen “Nanay Mameng' Deunida”, with her endearing style of speech, was sought after by mass audiences in each and every people's street rally. She was the national chair of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) since its establishment in 1998 until 2008.

Despite her age, she remains an icon of urban poor struggle in the Philippines. Her contribution to the Filipino people's struggle for national democracy and freedom has been met with unparalleled cheers and recognition from ordinary masses and her comrades.

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.

At 87 years old, she not only battles against the rotten system in the country. She was initially diagnosed with an early stage of vascular dementia, an age-related illness which causes difficulty in speaking and physical movement.