Teatro Tomasino is the official university-wide theater guild of the University of Santo Tomas. They are known for organizing stage plays and events within and outside the school premises. Last April 20, our block watched, “Ang Favorite Book ni Jude”, a stage play performed by Teatro Tomasino held at Albertus Magnus Auditorium.
The auditorium in which the play was held is a very appropriate place for such an event for it can cater a large number of audience. Also, its great sound system and acoustics add greater viewer satisfaction since even when you’re at the farthest portion of the auditorium you could still actually understand and listen to the play very clearly and, of course, the accessibility for it is within the campus.
Ang Favorite Book ni Jude is the stage play adaptation of the novel Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas by Bob Ong. Jude is a man of God. He reads the bible almost everyday for Lord’s guidance. He has a dream that someday he would become a great painter but because of the hardships in life he didn’t get to earn a degree. Instead, he became a slogan maker of the barangay. He married Lena and gave birth to 4 wonderful daughters and a son. Later in Jude’s life he was challenged by conflicts in life that made him question his faith in God. Because of his lack of faith in our Lord, he became weak and made him give in to temptations so easily. He went to the wrong path and did horrible things that made his life a living hell. Eventually, Jude died and left his wife together with his mentally challenged son here on earth. He now met God to judge him whether Jude deserves to be in heaven or hell. At the end of the story, Jude’s faith with God is restored and he learned to accept that God loves us so much He never abandoned us sometimes we’re the one who abandoned Him.
Teatro Tomasino gave their best in this play. They showed their passion and love for the arts. They acted so excellently as if they’re a professional actors and actresses. The play itself is not only exceptional but it was also well organized. I would say that this one is the best I have seen from Teatro. More power to Teatro Tomasino!