Hot on the heels of its sold-out run and due to insistent public demand, BAWAT  BONGGANG BAGAY—the Filipino-translated staging of Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s “Every Brilliant Thing“—will be back for a limited run this September 2023.  

Multimedia artist, comedy icon, and master impersonator Jon Santos will reprise his role, previously performed at the recently concluded SANDBOX FEST 2023, to bring  the hilariously moving play back on stage. BAWAT BONGGANG BAGAY will return for  a strictly limited engagement from September 15 to 24, 2023 at the Zobel De Ayala  Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City.  

Santos, who has made an indelible mark in the entertainment industry, returns after  much critical acclaim and clamor. Santos brings both depth and levity to the show, striking  the perfect balance between heartrending and heartwarming. In an interview with, he shares that he is a fan of the original material. He dreamed of doing a Filipino version and feels blessed that he is Sandbox Collective’s first choice to do it. He is even more ecstatic that this version even has an LGBTQ angle and representation.

BAWAT BONGGANG BAGAY (Every Brilliant Thing) is a one-act, interactive play that  follows the story of a young child growing up with a parent suffering from mental  illness. The show has been staged in multiple countries and has also been translated into different languages such as Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, and Hebrew. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, BAWAT BONGGANG BAGAY is a hilariously moving play about mental  health that enlists members of the audience to help tell its story. 

The Sandbox Collective was honored to have collaborated with award-winning playwright, translator, actor, and director Guelan Luarca who worked on the Filipino translation of Every Brilliant Thing. Luarca was the recipient of the 2022 Gawad  Rolando Tinio Translator’s Prize by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. 

BAWAT BONGGANG BAGAY continues the conversation on mental health by bringing real and pressing issues to the forefront, and by creating a safe and communal space where audiences become part and parcel of the storytelling. Jenny Jamora once again steps in as director, having directed all of the previous runs, and winning Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play in the 12th Gawad Buhay Awards.  

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