TAO PO is a monologue. TAO PO is a human experience. A zumba instructor haunted by her husband and son's ghosts, both victims of summary killings; a photographer whose sanity is questioned by the newspaper that employs him; the apparent double life of a policeman, sworn to uphold the law; and a young girl paying tribute to victims haphazardly buried in the notorious Tokhang Wall.
Filipina performance activist Mae Paner, popularly known as Juana Change, performs four monologues that render different perspectives on drug-related killings in Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines.
Monologues written by Maynard Manansala and performance directed by Ed Lacson, Jr. A talkback session or forum caps the experience where the audience gets to share their insights and to interact with the director, actress and at times, with the persons portrayed in the performance.
Warning: Contains moderate coarse language, adult themes(violence)
Chairman, Philippine Commission on Human Rights
“Every person of goodwill must see ‘Tao Po’. Mae Paner performs four (4) solo acts that
depict different dimensions to the current war-on-drugs. Her portrayal is raw, intense,
moving, and thought-provoking. Tao Po compels the viewer to think about what are the
moral values that should be important to us as a community that can help with an
appropriate response to all these killings and the dehumanization that comes with
While the experience of coming out from the performance did make me feel deeply sad
about the very real human costs of extra judicial killings – it also engenders a hope that our collective empathy for the victims might build enough solidarity for our society to ultimately
overcome and end this horror in our midst.”