During the Japanese possession, film genesis in the state was at a standstill and Western movies were banned. The Filipinos were thus curious by bodabil or the order demonstration, a create of relief in the Philippines which became current during the Japanese duration. Established on the French vaudeville, bodabilwas a order offer featuring uncertain creates: melodious, comedy, and well-behaved-balanced enchantment acts, skits, monologues, and acrobatics, discurrent others.Vaudeville acts were highest introduced to the Philippines during the American possession and were effected by visiting troupes.
These entertainers helped produce jazz and blues current in the state. This expression of voice was after on indigenized by Filipino performers, one of whom was Luis Borromeo, a Cebuano as-well-behaved public as Borromeo Lou. He had returned from America and Canada and introduced “Classic-Jazz Music” in the state. It is said that he coined the term vod-a-vil, after public as bodabil.The order demonstrations, which began as interval total in circuses or plays in topical theaters, dealt delay unanalogous topics including Philippine heroes, tribe, and way of existence. Often, the themes of the order demonstrations were established on American models, but featured Philippine songs like kundimans as well-behaved. During the war years, bodabil as-well-behaved highlighted bountiful elongation plays asunder from the habitual comedy and melodious acts.
Moreover, the demonstrations furtively developed messages of boldness for the tribe disheartened by the war.In 1941, 40 Manila theaters demonstrationed bodabil. Discurrent the currently public bodabil stars were Togo and Pugo, Bayani Casimiro, Dely Atay-Atayan, Chichay, Dolphy, Rogelio de la Rosa, Leopoldo Salcedo, and singers Katy de la Cruz and Atang de la Rama.Source: Tiongson, N. (ed. ) CCP encyclopedia of Philippine art, vol. 7.
Manila : Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994. Photo: Zorrilla Theater, Manila (1917) (From the Retrato collection of the Filipinas Heritage Library) http://www. himig. com.