Mabining Mandirigma



 The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino


July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 – 3:00PM
July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – 8:00PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)



It is a steampunk musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of Apolinario Mabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled character, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation. In partnership with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) to close the year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Apolinario Mabini.



Librettist: Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson

Director: Chris Millado

Dramaturg: Manny Pambid

Music & Composition: Jed Balsamo

Co-arrangers: Chino David, TJ Ramos & Emerzon Texon

Sound Design, Over-All Sound & Recording Engineer: TJ Ramos

Choreographer: Denisa Reyes

Set Design: Toym Imao

Costume Design: James Reyes

Lighting Design: Katsch Catoy

Technical Director: Barbara Tan-Tiongco

Video Projection Design: GA Fallarme

Assistant Projection Design: Perky Parong & Sheryl Polancos




On 12 June 1898 Apolinario Mabini presents his vision and plans for the second phase of the Philippine revolution against Spain to Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Impressed, the general appoints the paralytic as his chief adviser, believing that the two of them are destined to finish the revolution and set up the new Filipino nation. Mabini advises Aguinaldo to open a congress that will legitimize his government and act as his advisory body.  After the US forces grab Intramuros for themselves, the revolutionary government moves to Malolos, where Aguinaldo promptly convenes congress and appoints Mabini chief minister. But soon, the new government must face major threats to its rule, not only from the American colonizers but from the ilustrado members of congress. First, the bourgeois ilustrados  led by Pedro Paterno and Felipe Buencamino prepare a 50-million peso loan package to the new government that will allow them to control and profit from the financial assets and institutions of the government, and thereby control the government itself. Mabini exposes the ploy, but Aguinaldo, desperate for funds to buy arms and pay his soldiers, approves the loan. Second, refusing to be a mere advisory body, congress creates a constitution that privileges the “oligarchy of the educated” (congress) over the “oligarchy of the ignorant” (the executive and the army).  Mabini insists that in time of war, the executive must be free to make decisions without being shackled by congress. After a few concessions are granted to the executive, the constitution is approved by Aguinaldo. At the dinner celebrating the new republic on 23 January 1899, the president toasts the members of congress, the army, and especially the Mabini cabinet that served the government gratis et amore. The ilustrados are jealous of Mabini’s powers.



 Ticket Price:

P1000 / P800 / P600


Discounts: 50% for students. 20% for Senior Citizens,

 Government and Military Employees, PWDs. Please present a valid ID