Faculty members, students perform in SDA historical drama

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the name Seventh-day Adventist, AUP staged the play “Making Us A Name” on October 1 & 2, 2010 at the Philippine International Church, AUP campus. Selected faculty members and students portrayed the roles of Adventist pioneers during the Vesper Worship Service and the Sabbath School program.

The production was sponsored by the Philippine International Church for the worldwide SDA Church celebration of “Hope Impact” on Oct. 2, 2010. Pastor Ephraim Parulan, PIC Senior Pastor keynoted the celebration with his Sabbath message, “I am a Seventh-day Adventist.”

The setting of the play was in Battle Creek Church, Michigan in 1860.  It was the time the pioneer Sabbath -keepers, including James and Ellen White, held their first Adventist Conference and officially organized the Church. After a serious deliberation among the conference delegates, the name “Seventh-day Adventist” was adopted because it embodies the doctrine of the Sabbath and Christ’s Second Coming.

“Making Us A Name” was an original material of the Adventist Heritage Ministry. AUP Public Relations director, Dr. Romeo Barrios,  directed the play of four scenes. The cast of characters include: Vernon Musale as John Andrews, Roy Drummond as Joseph Bates, Teddy Asok as Ezra Brackett, Jerry Olson as T. J. Butler, Jett Tanamal as Merrit Cornell, Milky Garino as Abram Dodge, Jeruel Ibanez as Joseph Frisbie, Wayne Ramschie as David Hewitt, Thadee Katembo as Moses Hull, Nimrod Salazar as N. Loughborough, Angelo Lagrada as W. Ingraham, Milky Garino as E. A. Poole, Errand Ong as Uriah Smith, Sam Kakai as J. H. Waggoner, Glen Maypa as S. B. Warren, Amelyn Olson as Ellen White, and Gamy Valencia as James White. Technical staff are Jenald Rodellas, Jessica de Guzman, and Noli Catimbang.