Greetings from Las Islas Filipinas!

We are pleased to announce that an Encore presentation of our zarzuela Filipina, “Ang Pagdating ng Krus at Espada is in progress. It will be produced by Purple Pillars Production of The Nursing Office Extended Arts, sponsored by PAGASA Social Foundation, on schedule for October 2, 2015, to coincide with the Filipino History Month, to celebrate the historical novel of Dr. Zal Velez, “Las Islas Filipinas”.


We would like to extend our invitation to your organization for this collaborative People’s Production of a zarzuela, with the participation of real-life Fil-Am talents, to showcase and promote Philippine history and culture.

Please join Las Islas where You always have a part.


Prinsesa Agana,(Kristy Badlon) Lakan Lapu-Lapu(Emil Ramos) & Princess Grace (Philippine Independence Day Parade,NYC, June 6, 2015)
Dr. Zal Velez(center) presents his manuscript for upcoming book Las Islas Filipinas

The People's Production Plan


·         All Group Performers will practice in their own grounds for convenience.

·         All Scene Directors may practice their own cast in their own time and place.

·         All directors and groups are encouraged to report /document practice and progress to Dr. Zal or Ludy Resurreccion.

·         Everyone is encouraged to have an active role in this production.

·         Please speak up, express your creativity.

·         Audio Taping Schedule will be announced.



·         Practice/ Rehearsals will be on stage.

·         Food/Refreshments will be served complimentary of Las Islas Filipinas.

·         Food will be served in the dining area.

·         Use of cell phones should be limited to maximize practice time and productivity.

·         Timeliness is our asset.

·         You may speak up.

·         Respectful and orderly conduct is very much appreciated.

·         For any questions, call 973-736-5794 or 973-865-7060 (Drs. Zal & Josie Velez)

Providing Safe Haven for Creativity

  • The cast is chosen from the community promoting talents individually and as a group, friendships and family ties.
  •  Each Scene has its director.
  • The cast is encouraged to give their input on how to present and deliver the scenes.
  • The casts will use their own costumes.
  • LIF Costumes: Sign & Release


This is the First of a Series of Episodes on the contemporary Zarzuela Filipina, created by Purple Pillars Production, artistic theatrical arm of the Extended Arts Program (Safe Haven for Creativity) of THE NURSING OFFICE.ORG based at 52 North Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208.






SCENE I The Knighting of Magellan 


Historical Background: Literary Oration/History Telling by Miguel Braganza


The surrender of the Moorish King Boabdil of Granada ended the 100 years of Muslim rule in Spain in the 15th century. In the Treaty of Tordesillas, Pope Alexander VI of the Vatican divided the world for exploration and conquest, and assigned to Portugal the East and to Spain the West. This opened up the Age of Discovery for the Western countries to expand their power to influence and acquire resources abundant in the “New World.”


Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan witnessed such historical geographical discoveries and desired to do his part.  Unable to convince King Manuel I of Portugal to finance his proposed “Armada de Maluco” to reach the Moluccas Spice Islands, Magellan found the novice young King Carlos I of Spain a willing sponsor to support the unproven venture of a 3-year journey across the seas.


Magellan (speaks/sings): 


Your Majesty, I come before you to pledge my loyalty and ask for your blessings, so I can undertake the voyage to the Moluccas Spice Islands!”


King Carlos responds: 


“I, Carlos King of Spain, by this power vested in me by God, knight and appoint thee, Ferdinand Magellan, Captain General of the Armada de Maluco. Go forth and plant the flag of Spain on the land you discover in my name. And may God bless you in your endeavor. Rise, Sir Ferdinand Magellan!” 


Magellan responds: 


“I, Ferdinand Magellan, Admiral of the Armada de Maluco, solemnly pledge before God, my loyalty to Your Majesty, Carlos I, King of Spain, and as your good subject, will carry out your royal orders in conducting the enterprise that I am about to undertake. So help me God!” 


Magellan (feeling triumphant)


“Thank you, Lord God for your command! Now I can achieve my dream of conquest!”

Magellan sings…The Impossible Dream



 (The summer day of August 10, 1519, King Carlos I knighted Magellan and appointed him Captain General of the fleet named Armada de Maluco amidst much royal fanfare, beating drums, and blaring trumpets.)

Spanish Court of King Carlos I/ Knighting of Magellan

(Flamenco Dancers perform with Castanets & Spanish music)



SCENE II:   The Expedition: Magellan's Fleet Sailing Out for Spices & Gold

Crossing the Pacific and Surviving the Storm


Historical Background:  

  Literary Oration/History Telling ( Steve Raga/Ben Santos/ Ner Martinez)


On October 18, 1519, while at sea opposite Sierra Leone, Magellan, fearing the Portuguese fleet sent out to stop him, took the tortuous route to avoid capture. The voyagers encountered stormy seas, and the sailors fearful for their lives, implore St. Elmo and the Virgin Mary to spare them from impending death and disaster.


Magellan is attended by his servant, a Malayan slave sold to him and from whom he learned about the Islands near Maluco. Enrique spoke Visayan, the language of the Islands. While serving, Enrique had learned the Spanish language and later became Magellan’s Loyal Companion and Interpreter.


(Visayan Enrique prays aloud while struggling to stand up, showing his presence as part of the Armada de Maluco:)


“Lord God who rules the universe, We implore Thee, to grant us respite from this cruel journey across the seas. You guide us through this route to evade our enemy, must we perish from Nature’s mandate before we reach our destiny?


Your celestial sign consoles our soul, with fervor and courage we take them all! As we sail through your gate of call, of stormy wind and forceful toll!


With angry wrath, you cast your rod. Disturbing our course, of fearful cast. We travel forth the untrodden path, with unyielding faith and loyal heart.


Now guide us back, to see the light, and restore our faith in your unblemished might.”


On December 13, 1519, the Armada de Maluco landed in Sugar Loaf Bay  on the Feast Day of St. Lucy. Hence, Magellan named it Santa Lucia Bay at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sailors were met by the Guarani tribe who offered armaments, knives, hatchets, lances, and other weapons in exchange for trading their virgins and other women. The happy times rolled on until Christmas Day, and on December 26, 1521, Magellan decided to leave Santa Lucia Bay and farewells were made amidst dancing and singing by the natives.



The sailors were tired and well spent after being exhausted from the rough seas. Completely fatigued, they sprawled on the ground.

The Women of Corcovado Dancing

(Song: “Santa Lucia”)    


(The Narrator will fill in the details that cannot be shown in stage.Will give vivid and dramatic picture of the Expedition) 


  • The Storm at Sea
  • Enrique's Prayer/Steve
  • Sailors (2)
  • Dancing & Singing natives of Sta Lucia Bay
  • South American/ Brazilian dances 



SCENE III:  The Coming of the Cross

The landing in Cebu, Befriending the Natives, First Mass in Mazaua, Rajah Humabon with Court and Harem, Conversion & Baptism of Rajah Humabon & 800 Natives, Gifting of the Santo Nino, Enrique & Princess Agana 

Historical Background

Literary Oration/History Telling/Narration by Fr. Erno


On March 16, 1521, after more than 3 months crossing the expansive and hazardous Pacific Ocean and with only 3 of his 5 ships left, Ferdinand Magellan and the “Armada de Maluco”reached the Archipelago of San Lazarus with 175 men.  On Easter Sunday March 31, 1521, the First Mass was celebrated in an island named MAZAUA. After befriending the natives,  Magellan and his Armada de Maluco were guided to Cebu island to meet with Rajah Humabon on April 3, 1521. 


With Rajah Humabon’s permission, Magellan was allowed to bury 2 of his dead men,  in the middle of the town of Cebu, making the place a Christian cemetery.  This solemn Christian funeral impressed the people of Cebu. 


On April 14, 1521, the Christianization process started with the conversion and baptism of Rajah Humabon, his chief wife Hara Amihan, sons and daughters and 800 other native converts. This was a most significant day in the history of Christianity in the Philippines. 


At the baptismal ceremony, Ferdinand Magellan gives the icon of the SANTO NINO to the local queen, Hara Amihan, as a gift for being converted as a Christian. The new converts sing the Santo Nino song with Sinulog dancing. 




  • The Harem/Rajah Humabon’s Harem, Princess Agana. (Rajah Humabon and his court wait patiently for the visit of another chieftain, Lakan Lapulapu and his family. Hara Lai-lani brings her 3 lovely daughters to be presented to the Rajah and to entertain the court with their dancing. After their graceful performance, the Rajah chooses Princess Agana to be a member of the harem. This act seals the alliance between Rajah Humabon of Cebu and Lakan Lapu-Lapu of Mactan. In a ceremonial response, Lakan Lapu-Lapu demonstrates his formidable skills in KALI SILAT. Meanwhile, Enrique meets and falls in love with Princess Agana) 
  • Kulintang drums
  • Sinulog
  • Princess Agana sings (Visayan Song)

Meanwhile, Enrique meets and falls in love with a member of Rajah Humabon’s harem, Princess Agana.


Rajah Humabon's Harem:

Rahaj Humabon

Hara Lailani with her 3 daughters 


Lakan Lapu-Lapu and his men 


SCENE IVThe Coming of the Sword: The Burning of Bulaya


Magellan’s Strategy of Divide and Conquer, Lakan Lapu-Lapu’s Defiance, Attack on the Village of Bulaya, and Agurang Agay-Agay’s Sad Song 


Historical Background: 

Literary Oration/History Telling/ Steve Raga/Ner Martinez


After Rajah Humabon converted as a Christian, Magellan presented to him the strategic advantage of being a Christian warrior aligned with the Spanish forces of Carlos I. This assurance of increased power prompted Humabon to order all his chieftains to convert as Christians. However, some defied his command, among them Lakan Lapu-Lapu. 


Determined to have Rajah Humabon be made the undisputed ruler, Magellan ordered all the independent chieftains to acknowledge Rajah Humabon, and warned any refusal to recognize the Rajah would mean death and the confiscation of their property. To enforce his message, Magellan sent a detachment to a peaceful village called Bulaya, where the inhabitants refused to obey Rajah Humabon. 


After scorching the village, the Spanish soldiers found the old lady Agurang Agay-Agay returning to the village with her grandchild, and they asked for the whereabouts of other natives. Agurang Agay-Agay refused to disclose this information, so they ended up tying her to a coconut tree and accused her of idol worship. She was whipped and after 2 strokes, she fainted and collapsed. 


The burning embers of the torched village of Bulaya remind the natives of the curse of conquest. Manuel, a native member of the Spanish detachment, disgusted with the dastardly act of his companions, turns around while gazing at the burning ruins, utters angry thoughts crying out:

“Why must I be a party to this ignoble act? This imbalance of justice will not be forgotten nor will it ever be forgiven. That day will surely come when justice will prevail!” 



The Burning of Bulaya

 Agurang Agay-Agay sings a Sad Tagalog/ Visayan song



  • Spanish Soldiers (2-3)
  • Agurang Agay-Agay Ibong Sawi
  • Manuel
  • Elderlies (2-3)
  • Seniors (2) 
"He who comes to dominate us at Las Islas Filipinas will be himself dominated"

The Making of Zarzuela Filipina (2012)


Extended Arts Center proudly presents a broadway production of a zarzuela based on the novel and historical book wriiten by Dr. Zal Velez “Las Islas Filipinas” Book I, Man of Destiny, the story of Vizayan Enrique, first circumnavigator of the world and the Voyage Admiral Ferdinand Magellan.


  • Presenting the book: “Las Islas Filipinas” (12-12)
  • Tertulla/Brainstorming on the Zarzuela (1-12-13)
  • Creating the Acts & Scenes (1-26-13)
  • Putting the Musical Score (1-29-13)
  • Las Islas Filipinas is born (3-16-13)
  • First Theater Workshop (4-6-13)
  • Auditions (4-6-13)
  • A Visit to our First Theater Venue (4-12-13)
  • A Dress Rehearsal (6-8-13)
  • Ang Pagdating ng Krus at Espada: A Standing Ovation! (6-15-13)
  • Appreciation Party (7-13-13)

Ang Pagdating ng Krus at ng Espada 2015 : More than a Show

Elements of the Event:

  • Zarzuela of Historical Novel
  • Awards & Appreciation(Pagbabalik Parangal)
  • Showcase of Philippine Culture and Tradition
  • Showcase the graciousness of the Filipino-Americans
  • Tertulia (Intellectual Discussion)
The story line continues...
Dr. Zal Velez leads reading through story line.
Special Care Services Senen Cabalfin, RN, hosts a Purple Pillars Meeting
Ms. Sanagustin with Choreographer, Mark and Drs. Zal & Josie Velez
The Production Team getting bigger
Ludy Resurreccion reads through the story line
Encouraging young Fil-Am entrepreneurs to join the production while promoting their own companies
Meeting over French Patissiere, March 31, 2013


The Production Team

Executive Director/Concept

Dr. Zal Velez


Script & Story Line

Dr. Zal Velez

Lutgarda Resurreccion



Myrna D. Santos



Marcos Panlilio

Myrna D. Santos


Community Relations

Zonny Lerum

Dr. Josie Velez

Amy Lerum

Consuelo Almonte (RIP)

Dr. Francia de Vera

Bro. Aka Tito De Vera


Musical Director

Mark Mendoza


Costumes & Make up

Marianne Sanagustin

Joanne Talingdan Dolman

Wally Pacumio


Choreography/ Stage Director

John Uno


Audio-Video & Cinematography

Butch Gata

Jeffrey Abatayo


Theater Consultant

Potri Ranka Manis




Wally Pacumio

Arnulfo Rapatalo



Kenneth Banaua

Criselda Cac

Jay R Suba



Joy Theriot


Website/ IT

John Llemos

Myrna D. Santos



Joy Theriot

Emil Ramos

Four Dragon Global Network, Inc.



Four Dragon Global Network, Inc.


Journal Magazine



Executive Producing Director

Myrna D. Santos




Ping Panlilio                     



Dr. Zal Velez

Historian, Novelist


Fr. Benigno Beltran

Executive Producer/Production Director


Ludy M. Resurreccion

Director, Program Development


Josie Velez

Director, Public and Corporate Relations


Myrna D. Santos

Director, Marketing, Advertising & Promotions

Director, Budget/Accounting & Finance

Executive Producing Director


The Graceful Steps of Araceli Mendoza, RN


New York City, Dec.4, 2009

Araceli Mendoza entertained the nurses with a native Philippine Dance during the PNA-NY Christmas Party held at the VA Medical Center, NY Campus.