Paglipas ng Dilim

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Paglipas Ng Dilim (After the Darkness) is a sarswela in three-acts, written by Precioso Palma in 1920. First staged on 1920 and had a 116 performances. Major revival in 1969 by Rolando Tinio at the Ateneo de Manila, and in other schools later. Also staged in 1991by Tanghalang Pilipino at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It is tagged as one of the most famous play in the country.

This musical theater in Tagalog is a merry and lively comedy of manners which introduces and comments on the Filipino when he was turning from his Spanish to his American years. It features a woman who is teased by all as she tries to speak English, merriment as parties and picnics, and love that blossoms between a professional of the new world and a traditional Filipina (a demure maiden).


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