CUE STAGES “DLS: SAINTS DON’T DIE”

A fitting homage to the legacy of our Founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle

In consonance with the celebration of the 300th death anniversary of St. John Baptist de la Salle, Cue Dram   a Club stages DLS: Saints Don’t Die. Snippets of the biography of St. La Salle (Andre Angelo Enriquez) juxtaposed with the adventure of three teenagers, Bryan (Joaquin Alfonso Prado), Sam (Ralph Javier Cervantes) and Gelo (Rafael Javier Rivera), serve as focal points of this original play written by Palanca award-winning poet and essayist Niles Jordan Breis.

The play begins with La Salle student Brian wanting to make a documentary on the life and relevance of De La Salle (DLS). In the course of preparations, Bryan’s friend Gelo, a student from a non- La Salle school blurts out what is there to know save from La Salle being an academic institution. Wanting to prove that the name De La Salle is more than just schools, Bryan urges Gelo and his other friend, Sam, to join him work on his DLS biopic. 

As they were filming, with a DLS statue in the background, the figure suddenly comes to life. The You-Only-Live-Once (YOLO) trio, a moniker the three friends used to refer to their friendship, asks DLS to help them understand his presence in the present day and age. To this DLS claims, “That’s quite a task. Make me equally understand. It’s a mutual thing, I’m afraid. It requires a crossover of some sort.” With the help of Adrian Nyel (Eduard James Ramos), the trio gets to know how the institution of the Brothers of the Christian Schools was formed and how the poor boys during DLS’ time were freed from ignorance. As the play progresses, the trio becomes witness to the challenges faced by St. La Salle. The play ends with an epilogue, With The Eyes of Faith, where the contemporary generation of the Lasallian community takes center stage. The lead trio comes up with another acronym for YOLO: You Only Live On, a phrase that exemplifies the Lasallian core values of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission which continues to echo in the hearts of many people to this day.

The musical, staged at the Br. Rafael Donato Center for Performing Arts from January 28-February 2, 2019, showcased a wonderful ensemble of young talents not just from La Salle Green Hills but also female student-performers from Immaculate Conception Academy, St. Paul College, Pasig and Colegio San Agustin-Makati. Supporting the lead cast are Martin del Rosario and Franco Cruz who played the roles of Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin, respectively.

The dramatic narrative becomes more poignant through a repertoire of songs arranged by GS Visual and Performing Arts department coordinator Mr. Mario Miguel Ordoñez and Music teacher Mr. Christian Aplaon. Ruben Jasareno directed the play.

With the guidance of Mr. Louie Mendoza, Mr. Jordon Angelo Estrada and Miss Lorish Dane Arguelles as moderators and with Mrs. Katherine Arkaina as English Coordinator advising the club, Cue Drama Club successfully delivered a fitting homage to the legacy of our Founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle.