Josie de Leon plays Tessie in Bayan-Bayanan

Community News & Features Feb 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Josie-de-Leon2Miss Josie de Leon plays Tessie in the upcoming theatre play “Bayan- Bayanan: Letters from Home.” Miss de Leon known in the Filipino-Canadian community as the foremost Toronto’s Diva, will now show us her acting prowess as she plays the role of an OFW Nurse.

“I am very lucky and blessed to work under the wings of  internationally recognized playwright and director Dr Anton Juan,”  she says with her always natural smile.

Dr .Anton Juan , earlier known as the enfant-terrible of Philippine Theatre, Juan is now the mentor of many emergent directors, actors, and playwrights. His  expressive physical style of theatre has certainly created an impact on his audiences and recent generations of artists of the Philippines as well as  artists and students in other countries he has taught.

Bienvenido Noriega’s “Bayan- Bayan : Letters from Home”  is a  tapestry of funny and touching stories . The setting is Geneva in the  1980s, when migrant Filipinos from all walks of life gravitate towards the house of Manang, a Filipina mother figure with a penchant for cooking. As the seasons change, their lives intertwine with the ups and downs of living in a foreign land – eating, laughing and crying their way through a maze of experiences. Ultimately, they are faced by the fragments of their own memories, hopes and dreams, as well as the desire, and fear, of returning to their native country.

Miss de Leon is going to be joined by an equally talented Toronto based cast, John Alix as Pol, Jill Alvarez as Aling Pia,  Ethelrida Zabala- Laxa as Manang, Deo Moreno as G. del Castillo, Chyrell Samson as Gng. Del Castillo , Veronica Javier as Anna Marie, Matthew Sabido as Ricky, Larry Sabido as G. Luz,Ramon Istaris as Alex,  Paul Timothy Lim as Dino and MJ Agra as Connie.

“This play will surely touch your heart! It will make you laugh and cry,” Miss de Leon added.

Bayan Bayanan sa Toronto (Letters from Home) will be playing on Friday, March 7 at 7pm ; Saturday, March 8 at 2pm and 7pm at St. Michael’s College Centre for the Arts Theatre, 515 Bathurst St. Toronto.

TICKETS at $10.00 and can be purchased at or call 416-7315322.
Presented by Eskwela Inc with the support Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Consulate General of Toronto and brought to you Western Union.