The Vagina Monologues returns, and for its global 20th anniversary, it marches alongside the Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc. in Cebu to shine a light on one of the province’s darkest problems: child trafficking.
Among Bidlisiw’s objectives is to intervene and raise awareness on HIV-AIDS, child pornography, and human trafficking, said Sarah Enclona-Henderson, Producing Artistic Director of 2TinCans Philippines, Inc., which is officially producing The Vagina Monologues in Cebu.
“Bidlisiw’s programs include assisting women and girls who have been abused and exploited, which aligns which V-Day’s mission,” said Enclona-Henderson. “For years, it has provided its beneficiaries access to education, skills training, and job opportunities. Last year, it organized a job fair exclusively for women.”
The Vagina Monologues is the flagship production of the international observance of V-Day in Cebu. It will be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
Written by award-winning author, playwright, and activist Even Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is a stage play based on Ensler’s interviews of hundreds of women on the subject of women’s sexuality, including stories of female empowerment as well as calling attention to gender-based discrimination and violence.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, The Vagina Monologues was first staged in 1998, spawning a global movement called “V-Day” in the same year, and every February since then.
Inspired by The Vagina Monologues, V-Day aims to end gender-based violence, particularly against women and girls. Ensler has taken an active role in leading V-Day globally, working together with local leaders such as Enclona-Henderson in Cebu.
In bringing The Vagina Monologues to the Cebu stage this year, Enclona-Henderson is joined by a cast of women from varied walks of life, many of whom are veterans of previous The Vagina Monologues performances and V-Day activities.
This year’s cast includes Aleah Alerre Lim, Alem Garcia, April Rama, Bea Evardone, Candice Hintz, Chai Fonacier, Charlene Virlouvet, Cherryl Pelayo-Dacua, Cheryl David-Ibay, Chiqui Cañete, Ehds Javier, Elaine Bathan, Gembelyne Icamen, Gingging Navarro-Laude, Jean Altavas-Lund, Jessica Ouano, Jet Cantal-Bacaltos, Joer Gallur, Korina Estrada, Laurie Boquiren, Lord Lawrence Latonio, Lourdes May Maglinte, Maki Gingoyon, Michelle Mendes-Palmares, Patty Taboada, Rain Villagonzalo, Regal Oliva, Shiella Pestaño-Gemperoa, Shifrah Bouchikhi-Enclona, and Stephanie Tiro-Sitoy.
Tickets for The Vagina Monologues are at PHP 1,500, PHP 1,000, PHP 600, and PHP 350. Purchase them at the Waterfront Box Office located at the hotel lobby, the reception area of Casino Filipino in Lahug, or at the 2TinCans Philippines office at 479 Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Lahug. You may also purchase tickets online by clicking this link.
producing artistic director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson photography Candice Hintz videography Ezekiel Sullano graphic design Ehds Javier production managers Patty Taboada and Antonio Java coordinators Bea Evardone and Charlene Virlouvet makeup artists Ednar Daño, Eunice Enrera, and Scarlet Tumalon hairstylists Vince Alvaro, Andrea Manalo, and Pamela Muñez special thanks to Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino