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Despite what pretty poets say on this version, the end of first act in A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino is still as memorable. Nate Crame Rogers and National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana (who played Paula and Candida respectively), religiously portrayed the two spinster sisters as Joaquin had drafted it to be. 

In 1998, Ryan Cayabyab poured tunes into the scenes and transformed the script into lyrics into what we now know as Larawan (the Musical). Translated and directed by the late Rolando Tinio, Rachel Alejandro and Celeste Legaspi (Paula and Candida respectively) brought justice to the much awaited breakdown scene at the end of act one. 

There's something about this Elegy. I don't know what, but it still gives me goosebumps. The same way it did, when I saw it live in 1998. 

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Orly S. Agawin

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Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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