Reportage: “Cradle’s Sway” musical highlights Phil-Hong Kong ties

The Philippine Consulate General has hailed the country’s tradition and its ties with Hong Kong with a musical play recently presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR.

The musical, titled “Ang Ugoy ng Duyan,” or Cradle’s Sway, depicts the story of young Barry, born in the Philippines but raised in Hong Kong, who travels back to the Philippines to learn about his country’s culture. He also travels through time to meet José Rizal, a Filipino historical figure widely honoured as its national hero, to bring his message to modern youth.

The show is part of Celebrate Colours, a campaign organised by the Philippine Consulate General and the International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, and is performed by Teatro Filipino with members composed mainly of children and youth born and raised in Hong Kong to Filipino families.

Democratic Party’s Emily Lau, a local figure vocal on domestic helpers’ rights, was among the special guests on 30 July.

“Ang Ugoy ng Duyan also establishes the Philippines’ historical links to Hong Kong as it presents the challenges the Filipino youth continue to face in their daily life, as well as the opportunities that await them in Hong Kong,” Philippine Consul General Bernardita L Catalla said in a welcoming speech.


Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.


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