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More Participants Joined Water Repentance Act

November 30, 2019 | Jonas Trinidad

As rehearsals for the upcoming Water Repentance Text stage adaptation are ongoing, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers goes through a mountain of paperwork. They're responsible for making sure that every participant has a specify spot in the huge human formations. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

Story Highlights

  • As more people join the Water Repentance Text stage adaptation, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers doggedly come up with ways to fit them into the formation. Despite the challenges, they made sure the formations that would appear in the show would look pleasing in the eyes of the audience.


Amidst the increase in the number of participants for the Water Repentance Text stage adaptation, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers struggle to accommodate the extra people into the formation.

Sharon Sy and eight of her fellow volunteers spent the afternoon trying to provide every new participant with a specific slot in the human formation. With a total of 1008 persons in two stages acting out the adaptation simultaneously, this is not an easy task as she attests. Each human formation can only accommodate a limited number of people for it to appear just right in the eyes of the thousands who are expected to watch the show on February 29 & March 1, 2020.

“As long as everyone pitches in, hand in hand, all challenges can be overcome,” said Sy.

With the Philippines’ first Water Repentance Text stage adaptation drawing near, the production team from Taiwan arrived in Manila to oversee the rehearsals. Despite challenges like the language barrier, the instructors and participants pooled their best effort to ensure the success of the performance in 2020. Even the smallest things they do can lead to great things in the long run.

  • The volunteers have to take into account various factors like the size of the stage and even the participant's mastery of the sign language. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Tzu Chi volunteer Sharon Sy (right) leads the unsung but all-important effort of arranging the participants in the formation. She admits that it's a difficult job, but through teamwork they can make it work. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】