Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuxqs Rutaquio & CCP-TP Present: Layeta Bucoy’s “Walang Kukurap”

 “Kung gusto mong mabuhay sa mundong ‘to, kailangan mong maging halimaw. Gusto mong maging anghel? Dun! Pakuha ka kay Lord!” [Paraphrased]

This is one of the most catching lines (or at least how I understood it) that got me when I watched Layeta Bucoy’s “Walang Kukurap” last September 16, 2012. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), this drama was able to capture its audience and ensnare them into seeing the dirty world of politics here in the Philippines. Set in a small town, the play revolved around different kinds
of people who are bound by love, family, friendship, debt and mere ill fate. Different generations of characters were portrayed in such a way that would really arrest the interest of the people.

Highly controversial in nature, the play was able to reveal the darkest side of Filipino politics. Its attack on the current issues made me think: Is this really how the politics nowadays run? Is this the way our politicians live, turning the welfare of the citizens into a business venture of their own interest? Yes, it’s possible. Although the flow of the story is quite controversial because of its takes on political dynasty, gambling, murder, corruption and lies, it is very realistic. There is no contest; the plot really defined the highlights of being in the cruel world of politics. It is surprising how the writer was able to reveal how some politicians drive the interest of the people into something that will secure the life of their children, as if turning politics into a trust fund.

On the downside, the play took more or less two and a half hours (including a ten minute break), and although the plot required it, I think it was very long. There are too much sub-plots which made the second half of the play kind of dragging already. The murder scenes also left me in awe, especially of the actors, but in the end I thought it was kind of cliché already.

In conclusion, what I saw in the theater made me aware of the issues that Philippine politics is facing right now. It is a game of chance, lies, deceit and trust. Truly, if we don’t become conscientious of our decisions, there is no need for us to die to experience hell. The monsters are within and around us. We should keep our eyes open to see the truth behind all the lies. Walang kukurap.


  1. Is it really that good? We're going to watch this!! :))

    1. Yep, I'm sure you'll enjoy watching it too. :>

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