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Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero (January 22, 1911 - April 28, 1995) was a Filipino playwright, director, teacher and theater artist. Guerrero wrote well over 100 plays, 41 of which have been published. His unpublished plays have either been broadcast over the radio or staged in various parts of the Philippines.

His plays can be found in various anthologies: 13 Plays (first published in 1947), 8 Other Plays (1952), 7 More Plays (1962), 12 New Plays (1975), My Favorite 11 Plays (1976), 4 Latest Plays (1980), and Retribution and eight other selected plays (1990). Guerrero also published a family memoir, The Guerreros of Ermita (1988).

Guerrero taught and trained many notable figures in the Philippine Performing Arts: Behn Cervantes, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Joy Virata, and Joonee Gamboa.[1]

Biography[edit]

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero was born in Ermita, Manila. He wrote his first play at the age of 14 in Spanish, entitled, "No Todo Es Risa." This play was produced at the Ateneo de Manila University when he was 15.

Guerrero worked as a reporter and proofreader for La Vanguardia, a Spanish newspaper, and as a drama critic for the Manila Tribune. He also worked for some time in the Philippine film industry as a scriptwriter. He served as director of the Filipino Players from 1941-1947. In 1947 he was appointed as Director of the Dramatic Club at the University of the Philippines despite not having a degree, and he held that position for sixteen years.[2]

In 1962, he organized and directed the U.P. Mobile Theater, which travels around the Philippines to give performances.[2]

Several of Guerrero's plays have been translated into and produced in Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Tagalog, Visayan, Ilocano and Waray. Six of his plays have been produced abroad: "Half an Hour in a Convent" at the Pasadena Playhouse, California; "Three Rats" at the University of Kansas; "Condemned" in Oahu, Hawaii; "One, Two, Three" (premiere performance) at the University of Washington, Seattle; "Wanted: A Chaperon" at the University of Hawaii; and "Conflict" in Sydney, Australia.[2]

He is the first Filipino to have a theater named after him within his lifetime: The Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater of the University of the Philippines.[2]

His Life as a Child

Guerrero grew up in an affluent family. His father, Manuel Severino Guerrero, was renowned for having a “clinical eye” which could diagnose illness just by studying a person’s outside appearance. His father's clientele included some of Manila’s richest denizens: Brias Roxas, the Ayalas, Pardo de Taveras, the Zobels, the Roceses, the Osmeñas, the Alberts, et al. As a result, the young Wilfrido enjoyed a comfortable upbringing along with his brothers Renato, Edmundo, Lorenzo, and Manuel. As indicative of their social status, the Guerrero children were forbidden to eat with their hands (custom in certain households) and to converse in Tagalog.

Guerrero was nearly seven when his father died. His father bequeathed the family their home at Plaza Ferguson, two cars (which his mother sold), and a Php10,000 life insurance payout. Five months after the funeral, the surviving family rented the first floor of the house belonging to his cousins, the Mossesgelds, for Php50.00. His mother in turn rented the Plaza Ferguson home to an American family to generate income.

Guerrero and his brothers attended high school at the Ateneo in Intramuros. They became choristers to receive free tuition, but this required their presence at Mass every day. Even with their tuition exempt (Php60.00 per semester), they still needed money to purchase their textbooks.

Guerrero completed his first play, the one-act "No Todo Es Risa," during his second year of high school. He showed it to the late Father Juan Trinidad, S.J. (who at that time was translating the Bible into Tagalog), who decided to stage it for their Father Rector’s (Fr. O’Brien) birthday.

By Wilfrido's third year at the Ateneo, he purportedly had his fill of hearing daily Mass. This emboldened him to approach Don Alejandro Roces, Sr., a patient of his father and husband of a close friend of his mother. Having heard Guerrero's proposal in his office at the Manila Tribune, Don Alejandro readily agreed, thereby paying Guerrero's tuition for his last two years in high school and ostensibly freeing him from daily Mass.


Why He Started Writing

It was Guerrero's favorite aunt, Maria Araceli, who discovered his writing ability. When he was 12 or 13 she noticed him writing on scraps of paper and then hiding them inside his cabinet drawer.

After his aunt's death, Guerrero wrote some of his most popular comedies, "Movie Artists," "Basketball Fight," and "Wanted: A Chaperone." He also made her the basis for the principal characters in "Forever" (Maria Teresa) and "Frustrations" (Maria Araceli). “Both women are like my aunt: imperious, strong-willed, wise, but also humane,” he wrote.[2]

Awards[edit]

Guerrero received three national awards: the Rizal Pro-Patria Award in 1961, the Araw ng Maynila Award in 1969, and the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1972.

The U.P. Mobile Theater received two awards when he was director: The Citizen's Council for Mass Media Trophy (1966) and the Balagtas Award (1969).[2]

In 1997, Guerrero was posthumously distinguished as a National Artist for Philippine Theatre.[3]

References[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ About Culture and Arts
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero
  3. ^ Guerrero, Wilfrido Ma. The Guerreros of Ermita: Family History and Personal Memoirs.Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1988.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:11:15 -0700

“#R</3J runs” from August 26 to September 13, 2015 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman. For tickets, reservation, sponsorships, and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara at 926-1349, ...
 
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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:10:38 -0800

Today, Jan. 22, is the 104th birth anniversary of Wilfrido “Freddie” Ma. Guerrero. He passed on 20 years ago, and I wonder: Who remembers what he has contributed to Philippine theater? Who among his colleagues and students at the University of the ...
 
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Thu, 09 Feb 2012 07:33:45 -0800

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of National Artist for Theatre Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's birth centennial and to cap its 36th Season, Dulaang UP presents one of his most celebrated works, “The Forsaken House,” under the direction of multi-awarded ...
 
Philippine Star
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:18:45 -0700

... did our best to stay out of the eyesight of Johnny Purple of the Basement, wildly applauded the plays of Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero in a theater not yet named after him, survived the fumes of the health-threatening restrooms, took our campus politics ...

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:00:00 -0700

Next to National Artists Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero and Severino Montano, “she was among those who inspired our generation,” adds Mabesa. Asian theater, puppetry. Tita Amel, as she is fondly called, also became interested in two things: Asian theater and ...
 
ABS CBN News
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:30:07 -0800

Ohm David - Ang Nawalang Kapatid - Dulaang UP. Best Sound Design (Musical/Play) Tony Meola - Wicked - Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Best Theater Company Dulaang UP. Best Theatrical Venue Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman ...
 
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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:40:58 -0700

Rody Vera's “Bilanggo ng Pagibig” was a powerful for-adults-only play (Dulaang UP, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater), directed with vivid imagery by Jose Estrella. It was inspired by “Prisoner of Love,” the memoirs of Jean Genet: inmate, thief, male ...

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:52:25 -0800

Labad said he was influenced by the Ilonggo musical couple Gilopez Kabayao and his wife, who used to perform musical concerts all over the country inside cockpit arenas. He added he was also inspired by the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater of the ...
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