A Response to Rizal X Thank heavens³ thank heavens I procured the P270 paid show ticket instead of the P160
ticket because I·d feel even guiltier of getting that much entertainment and satisfaction for that kind of price. Rizal X, in my opinion, was so epic that the experience was priceless. I loved every single bit of it³the costumes, the set design, the performances of the actors, the music, the band³name it, I loved it. If there was something I didn·t like about the play, it·s probably the fact that it had an end and a finale. From the way the show went, you could really tell that much preparation and manpower went into this production. But above all the things I loved, it·s the youthfulness of the production I loved the most. The way Rizal X presented itself to me was very far from the usual uber boring and historical Rizal-themed plays we·ve been used to; it had a new kick to it, it was hip, it was so easy to relate to. There was never a moment I got bored during the play as I was always preoccupied with laughing at the inside jokes and the chubby guy who does splits or if not, singing along to what I can sing along to and dancing on my seat even if it meant squishing my seatmates beyond recognition. The experience, as a whole, was simply fantastic.
But I·d be too mean if I wouldn·t give credit to all the principles of communication they have used in the play, too mean that I·ll probably be arrested after this if I didn·t note how well they have employed their voices, their facial expressions, paralanguage, speech and body in communicating to the audience, As I was watching the actors perform, I realized that when it comes to getting a message across, there really needs to be a variety in your means of doing so and a combination of various skills to make the communication effective. We should emulate how they sang and spoke with a clear, loud yet pleasant voice, had good diction and pronunciation, made exaggerated movements to make sure that even the people at the back could see their choreography, maintained good eye contact with the audience, used the space they had really well with proper blocking and in general, did everything to keep the audience engaged into the whole thing. But aside from the actors who can truly act, this experience taught me that there has to be a use of all sorts of media like relevant slideshows and photos showing on the top of the set, background music and good lighting to get the audience into the mood. The set also played a big role in aiding communication, for had there been no multipurpose giant slides, cage-like centerpiece, rolling platforms and wing like backdrops, the play definitely wouldn·t have gone that well. Even the props played a big part in conveying the message-- the giant wooden animals, the paper planes, the togas that were hanging on the ceiling and fleeting, the OFW box that had all sorts of costumes for them to change into and the things that each character was holding onto during each scene all helped in creating a more visible version of what they meant to say. But still, all these props and acting would be useless if communication were to be treated as a one-way thing and deviated from the twoway process it truly is. Aside from the actors needing to act and perform, there is also a need for the audience members to listen and watch so that they·d get the message and respond through laughing, cheering and clapping to let the actors know that the message has reached the destination. The situation can·t consist only of actors acting and acting for hours or audience members cheering all the time, there needs to be a harmony of both. All in all, I learned a lot of things about communication through the play and I was pleased that they made use of the available media to create a wonderful production.
However, putting aside all the giggling the audience did during the show, Rizal X was serious in showing us that there still is a Rizal in everyone through its vignettes. Rizal is not the only hero who exists, for there also exists the OFW·s who are doing their best for their families and for the country even though at times they get demoted and demoted, the youth who carry with them the hopes and dreams of the country,
in my view. the predecessor of the heroic mom figure we see today³those moms who educate their children to become wise individuals. we still believe in the youth·s capability to lead the nation to the future.
.the women who have paid the price of losing the love of their lives (Rizal) that he may fulfill his mission and above all. And I hope that things continue this way into the future. would all these tributes for Rizal·s 150th birthday be done? Would there even be a need for Rizal X if we didn·t care about Rizal? It all goes to show that we·re still a patriotic society. Rizal·s mother. who encourage their children to be the best they can be and who support their children. it told me that Rizal was a hero because he has inspired many other people to stand for what they believe in. This Rizal X play didn·t tell me that Rizal is a hero for he died for the country. whatever the endeavors may be. and we still believe in nationalism. If we don·t have any love for our country nor our hero. Until now we still believe in education as the key to free the people from illiteracy. the mothers who have sacrificed almost everything for their children like the 3 lady OFW·s in the play. as shown in the play. The play showed me that Rizal·s books are not the only things that are kept alive in the present generation for there are many things that embody his spirit that are still present even nowadays.