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This musical is about a Prince who gave up the comforts of his home to seek for enlightenment to help people find joy and peace in a world of suffering. This story is based on the life of Siddhartha Gautama, around 600 BC in India.
Here are excerpts of this musical which started out as a local play and was brought into the international stage. Colorful, artistic, dramatic, funny, touching, inspiring are just some of the words that would best describe the musical.
Please come and journey with me as I present to you some of the more important scenes. Enjoy!
According to a legend, when the Prince was born, he took seven steps. And with each step a lotus flower would bloom, and on the seventh step, he declared, "I am the uniquely honored one in this world."
"The child you bear today will grow to become a man. Two choices, one decision is laid out in his hand. One will make him king and the other will make him monk. Should he choose, he'll come to be the Enlightened One." --Prohpet Assita
Prince Siddhartha marries Princess Yasodhara
Siddhartha: Don't you wonder sometimes why we are put here in such a beautiful place? What meaning is there to life?
Yasodhara: In my heart, I've already found my meaning.
Siddhartha: Yes, my love... But surely there is life outside these palace grounds. I want to see those people, to talk to them, to be able to reach out to them and share with them all I have. I believe I have more than enough for myself and there is much that I can give back to the world."
The World He Saw
Siddhartha: "Is there no way at all to end this suffering? Is there no hope in sight? Are we all doomed to be bound forever to this awful plight?"
"Now I see the way it is that we all die and people come and go. How can I live in perfect bliss, in perfect calm and knowing what I know. I must try, I must find the answer. There must be some way to end this curse."
The Five Attendants Find Siddhartha
Attendant: Aren't you Prince Siddhartha, son of the great King Suddhodana, ruler of the Sakyas, heir to the kingdom of Kapilavastu?
Siddhartha: I used to be that person. But as you can see, I am now a monk. Since then, I have given up my royal heritage to follow the way of asceticism in search for the truth, to save the people from suffering.
After six long years, his search had finally ended. There under the Bodhi tree, Siddhartha finally found Enlightenment and attained Buddha-hood. He became the great teacher and propagator of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path.
The Noble Path
"...Right thought, right understanding, right speech, right action, right effort, right livelihood, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the noble path, the eightfold things you need to do. To find enlightenment in you..."
Siddhartha Returns to Kapilavastu
King: But no! That can't be. You're still my son, you're Siddhartha, blood of my blood, flesh of my flesh. I see you've changed, but in my heart you will always be the same. O, Siddhartha, don't you remember me? Don't you remember your father, the one who cared and carried you all these years?
Siddhartha: You will always be the caring father who brought me to this saha world and I will always be grateful for your love. But now, I am the enlightened one to shower the gift of dharma that will relieve the suffering of the multitude.
Yasodhara: I already have my reward, Great Buddha. I'd like you to meet someone, someone very close to my heart, and surely, to yours too...."
We Are One
"...Forget the "I", we are bound together never come undone. If we just try, we can stay forever ever warm and calm. Let there be "us", we belong and co-exist together, no matter where we're coming from. Like sister moon and brother sun, we'll stop the gloom as long as we are one..."
Buddha’s Light International Association, Phils. and Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order headed by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
- BLIA Cebu Chapter headed by Venerable Master Chueh Lin and Mrs. Susan Tantiansu (BLIA Cebu President)
THE CREATIVE TEAM in Taiwan
- Artistic Director: Daisy B. Ba-ad
- Playwright/Musical Director: Jude Gitamondoc
- Production Manager: Michelle Simtoco
- Dance Director: Marijo Cypril Jamora
- Dance Masters: Michael Lowell Dohig/ Ian Ed Jamelarin
- Production Designer: Walfrey Mercado
- Costume Designer: Jed Sevilla
- Audio Controller: Marlon Ardiente
- Stage Managers: Erlich Padura, Edwin Borres, Schubert Dichos, Clark Van Daryl Jolbot and Paul Lamber David
Special thanks to the ff. for the photos above:
Erwin Go, Britton Go, Taiwan Hair and Make Up team
Our director, Ms. Daisy Ba-ad shares the wonderful lessons we gained from our Taiwan Siddhartha experience.
My birthday in Taiwan, celebrated with the cast and crew, was an experience which made me reflect the beauty of birthdays.
Please come back for more hubs to continue the marvelous experiences we had in Taiwan.
- April 24, 2009 at the La Salle Coliseum, USLS Bacolod, Philippines (1 show)
- April 21, 2009 at the Colegio de San Jose Auditorium, Iloilo City, Philippines (2 shows)
- May 25, 2008 at SM Cinema 1, Cebu Philippines (2 shows)
- May 13, 2008 at Fo Guang Shan, Taiwan (1 show)
- May 10 & 11, 2008 at Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (4 shows)
- May 2-4, 2008 at the Dr.Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan (5 shows)
- November 3 & 4 2007 at the Cebu Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila Philippines (4 shows)
- July 6, 2007 at Waterfront Pacific Ballroom Cebu, Philippines (2 shows)
By far, we have twenty one shows in all!
The Journey Continues...
Yes, I am a Catholic. And yes, I am part of a Buddhist play.
I am very honored to have been one of the cast and crew of the Siddhartha musical. I have met beautiful people, learned different ways to do things, crossed boundaries, race and culture to define and redefine who I truly am. The journey continues for me and to all the people I work with. Truly, it is a joy to share Siddhartha's story to the world.
Michelle D. Simtoco