Datu Mankalasi


The musical is a mythical take on the heroism of the Agusan Higaonon Datu who dared confront the logging giants to save his people's ancestral domain. The musical features the MSU-IIT INTEGRATED PERFORMING ARTS GUILD on a Mindanao touring performance, Nov. 20-28, 2017.

‘Datu Mankalasi’ musical is a component of the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project implemented by RMP-NMR Inc and partner Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization. The initiative is supported by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.


Artistic and Production Staff

Mise-en-Scene and Music: Steven Patrick C. Fernandez

Playwright: German V. Gervacio

Stage Manager: Lilybeth C. Maraon

Tour/Production Manager: Arlem M. Abanes

Choreographer: Melvin P. Pascubillo

Sets and Lights Designer: Hernenigildo Dico Jr.

Props and Costume Designer: Jan Pagarigan

Transmedia: Meshaq Dangel, Christian Legaspi

Documentation: Bryan James Lindio                           

Technical Manager: Andrew Salazar

Technical Assistants: Karl Rasul Cassura, Mark Saura, Glenmark de Gracia  

Costume Mistress: Leilani Fernandez

Researchers: Ivy Victorio, Airen Sajulga

Marketing: Arlem Abanes, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-NMR


Miguel Joven Perfecto

John Michael Lagura

Fyr Mykel Gonzales

Veniza Yamomo  

Yvonnie Emit

Dafrel Abucayon

Cortes, Gaspar   

Primo Bagasol Jr.          

Jonna Mai Iniego                                    

Joy Annabelle Cimafranca                      

Dency Caballero                                      

John Paul Francisco

Danielle Salaan

Lauro Villanueva Jr.

Trixcel Jan Emborong                                  

Jet Almocera

Xela Ubalde 


Marlaine Alagar

Arlan Victor

Vaneza Casanes

Divine Grace Pimping

Elias Point

Jan Dazo



About the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG)

The resident company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology leads among Philippine multi-performance groups. IPAG has engaged thousands with its acclaimed repertoire around the country and in over a hundred cities in Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, Europe, and Asia. Recipient of multiple awards from international and national bodies, IPAG, its artists, and its works have been recognized with the Palanca, Francisco Demetrio, CCP Gantimpala, CCP Pilak, Fookien Times, the U.P. Likhaan awards, and its latest, the prestigious UMPIL Gawad Pedro Bucaneg.

This year, IPAG represented the Philippines in the ASEAN Cultural Expo in Bangkok performing to acclamation its Sita: The Ramayana Revisited. Set for more road tours, IPAG mounts its innovative obras in various other festivals including a 2017 Europe Cultural-Trade Mission.

IPAG’s prominence is well acknowledged in 39 years of a dominating presence in Philippine Performance. Its Founding Chairperson Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa was awarded the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay, Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel. Founder and Artistic Director Steven P.C. Fernandez was awarded the 2014 Umpil Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas. It presents a signature performance of a signature performance of a distinguishable form, of movement, color, poetry, rhythm that can be aptly labeled “Filipino” enhanced by a presence that captivates.