A stage play titled ‘Arirang Fantasy’ was gaining popularity in Korea booked to be shown in different cities in the next few months.
Featuring a selection of the finest cast, it told of a heart-warming story of a Filipina woman who fell in love with a Korean man, but he died early leaving her to take concerning care of every beloved possession left behind; their farm, their only daughter and a grieving mother-in-law.
But what made it more exciting was its realistic portrayal of a culture of feelings beautifully expressed onstage by a Filipina chosen to play the lead role-Cherish Maningat-Bae-a communication arts major at the Santo Tomas University in the Philippines and a course majoring in stage directing at the Korean National University for the Arts.
Recounting her involvement playing with an all Korean cast, she said “It was hard and easy at the same time. It’s easier because since I’m a foreigner, I’m much more free to move and to speak out than other Korean actors in the team. Well you know about the sunbae/ hoobae thing, right? The younger ones don’t usually have the freedom to express what they think and feel. They only follow what the seniors say. It’s actually driving me mad but it’s something I have to accept and adapt to if I am to pursue this career. It’s something everyone hates, but everyone’s practicing.”
Cherish Maningat was inviting everyone to watch ‘Arirang Fantasy’ especially ‘if you’ll be in Korea from now on until July 30.’ It’s sponsored by the Korean Racing Authority making admission free.