Augie Rivera's Isang Harding Papel

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Nor Domingo

Adapted to Play by

Cacy Abadeza

Sofia Baybay

Isabel de la Cruz

Ella Francia

Nanoy Rafael

Production Design

Boni Juan


Thea Tolentino


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Total Running Time

67 Minutes


English, Tagalog



Isang Harding Papel tells the story of what it was like during the time of Martial Law, where blind obedience was discipline, and discipline meant progress. But mostly, it is a story about hope—in a country grasped by an authoritarian rule—between a mother who was detained for standing up for her beliefs and her young daughter who longs to be with her, learning and understanding the world in the midst of distress.

Bannering the slogan “Sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan, Disiplina ang Kailangan,” violation of rights were rampant during Marcos’ Martial Law. The assembly of two or more people was illegal, freedom of expression was repressed, and critics were either ilegally detained, tortured, or killed. 


After years of struggle and Ninoy’s assassination, Filipinos gathered on the streets of EDSA and ousted the Marcos dictatorship.

About the Author

Augie Rivera is an award-winning Filipino children’s book author, editor and television writer at Batibot. He is known for his popular works such as Ang Alamat ng Ampalaya, Xilef, and Isang Harding Papel. As a writer, he has challenged how to tell stories about taboo topics to readers at a young age. Some of his works that tackled serious topics include Xilef (dyslexia), Mantsa (verbal abuse), Ang Lihim ni Lea (sexual abuse), and Si Jhun-Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara ang Batas Militar. Augie Rivera was recently awarded the prestigious Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas because of his contributions to Filipino children’s literature.


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Continued education and actions on Martial Law

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