Who is Soledad Rizal?
This is the only photo I could find of the Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal’s youngest sister, Soledad. There seems to be little known about her, save that she married a certain Pantaleon Quintero, also a native of Calamba, Laguna.
She appears to be 6 or 7 years old in the photo, which doesn’t seem to say much about her either, but I like to think that I detect a certain quiet steeliness present in her facial expression, a trait unbecoming of the docile, subdued Filipina women of that period.
I’m playing the role of Soledad Rizal i our upcoming production of “Her Son, Jose Rizal”. What I wrote in the first paragraph above, and the old blurry photo are all I’ve uncovered of this mysterious lady.
Plenty of room for creative license, but I want to do her spirit justice even in a small way.
If you happen to be in Sydney in June (which is the month of Philippine Independence and also Jose Rizal’s birthday), please try and catch “Her Son, Jose Rizal”. It’s a brilliant theatre piece written by late national artist Leonor Orosa Goquinco.
The story is not a textbook account of history, but focuses on Rizal’s last hours before his execution, and his relationship with the woman who have him life, Teodora Alonzo. As Wikipedia quotes: “It reveals the emotions going through Rizal’s mother at that time and the similarities between Rizal’s life and that of Jesus Christ.”
We are a new theatre company, and this is our first production, hopefully the first of many more to come. I really believe theatre is a great way to promote community, culture, and art all in one. So if we can get lots of support, it can only get better and better.
I’ll be posting more about it when I know exact details, but for now I leave you with the dates and venue:
"Her Son, Jose Rizal"
Tom Mann Theatre, Surry Hills
Walking distance to Central station, ample parking
Playdates: 18, 19 & 20 June, 2010
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