Piring is a stage play about child pornography and human trafficking directed by Mr. Loyd Sato. He is known to venture into productions portraying controversial issues in society. As diverse and open as we claim to be, we consistently close our eyes towards injustices that are happening. We treat it with apathy and a “glad that’s not me” attitude.

The Story

Taking place halfway between the slums of Tondo and Ermita to the posh affluent societies in Upper East Side Manila. Piring revolves around an ambitious young woman named Anna. Her soft heart and caring demeanor are the bulk of her personality and is the primary reason why she has chosen social work as a career. Having grown up in a posh and privileged society, Anna is not fully aware of what happens in the slums of Philippine society. Couple this with a mother whose emotional quotient is that of a potato, her circumstances sparks her desire for a more human and warm connection with people.  Little did she know that a young, ignorant, and helpless little girl, recently rescued from a cyber-sex den would be the key to filling this void. Throughout the play, Anna experiences moral challenges, forcing her to balance her career, her relationship with her corporate mother and her new fiance.


Commentary

The play comprised a mixture of Philippine humor and prime time media drama. It was beautifully directed and delivered a realistic view on the whys of child pornography, depicting poverty and the relationship of the child/victim with her parents. Although, I have to note that it was not limited to those two. The director wanted to touch on the common factors and evils of child pornography. It would have been impractical and not to mention long, if the play showed all the factors.

Piring has made its mark as a reflective portrayal of child pornography. Acting as a reflection of Philippine society pinpointing key issues responsible for our failure to combat child pornography and other violence that a child ought not to suffer. At the onset, the director made it clear, the objective of the play was awareness and the play did just that.

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