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Kagitingan braids together music, movement, visual art, and the exact words of Filipino World War II Veterans, telling their stories of friendship and loss, belonging and discrimination, and of their resilience during the war and their ongoing struggle for recognition. The title comes from a Filipino word meaning “valor” in English, and Araw ng Kagitingan, or Day of Valor, is a national holiday in the Philippines to commemorate the Bataan Death March when thousands of Filipino soldiers serving with American forces lost their lives. The audiences will encounter endearing characters based on Filipino WWII veterans interviewed in California and Hawai’i in the United States and Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. This fusion of dance and documentary theatre celebrates the unyielding spirit of these unsung heroes.


This project is inspired by the doctoral research of Dr. Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours on citizenship and identity, which was funded by the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, the UC Center for New Racial Studies, and the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and garnered the inaugural Steck Family Dissertation Excellence Award. The show was developed with support from the MAP Fund and the California Arts Council.


Kagitingan includes mature themes and is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up.



Tickets are available for Thursday - Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. 

PLEASE NOTE: a limited number of tickets may be available for sale at the door. To reserve those seats or add your name to the waitlist, please contact the box office by emailing


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(619) 435-4856 or



Written by: 

Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours

edited by Desha Crownover and Blake McCarty

Directed by:

Desha Crownover

Choreographed by: 

Theresa Maigue-Bendorf

Produced by: 

Blake McCarty and Shellina Hefner 

Scenic Designer:

Hsi An Chen

Costume Designer: 

Grace Wong

Lighting Designer: 

Michael Barahura

Stage Manager

Shellina Hefner


Dey Ilagan, Jonathan Nagtalon, Frank Kensaku Saragosa, Jessica Mercado, Gabrielle Ocampo, Jayden Pagsolingan, Isaac Brieske, Samuel Young, Bong Cabrera, Arlene Grace Nagtalon,

Leobardo Rubio, Kailey Agpaoa, and Joseph Corrales

Based on research by Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours

With additional dramaturgical and dialect coaching support from Dey Ilagan



Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego 

1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

MCASD is located in Downtown San Diego. Street parking is available on Kettner Blvd and neighboring streets. Street parking downtown is free after 6pm on weeknights and free on Sundays. Trolley and public transit stations are located across the street at America Plaza and Santa Fe station. 


FREquently asked questions

Is this show appropriate for children?

Although children are allowed in the theatre, Kagitingan contains mature themes of war and violence and recommended for audiences 12 and up. 

Are the characters real people? 

The characters you will meet are a combination of many interviews conducted by Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours. 

Will this show be triggering?

Persons who have experienced warfare and violence may be triggered by some of the testimony in the show. Please let us know if there are any accessibility requests we can accommodate. 

How long is the show? 

The show runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. 



Kagitingan is presented by

Blindspot Collective.

Blindspot Collective develops artistic programming to illuminate voices, communities, and stories

in the blindspot of our society.

If you have questions or wish to learn more, please email us at

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