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Malaya (Free) A three-acts Drama simboliko or "seditious" play written in Spain by Tomas Remegio in 1898. First staged at Dulaang Luzon in Santa Cruz, Manila on 26 August 1902. Then restaged in 1979 by Dulaang Babaylan at Manuel Roxas High School, Quezon City. Malaya is the earliest of the drama simboliko plays written in prose and verse, which shows to be anti-Spanish and other records report it to be anti-American.

This earliest drama simboliko in Tagalog is a political allegory hidden in the love story of the heroine, Malaya (Spirit of Independence) and the hero Magtanggol (the Filipino army). It depicts the cruelness of the Spaniards and Americans; how the Filipino heroes fought for their independence, rights, and the Philippines against these colonizers; and encourages all the Filipinos to struggle for their rights.


CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, Vol 7. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994.



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