from the Spanish word comedia


According to a study on Philippine metrical romances published in 1916:

In the Philippines, comedia and moro-moro are synonymous terms. They signify a long play, sometimes continuing for three nights, in which is represented a war between Christians and Saracens (or Moros). Kings, princes, and dukes fight and parade in great magnificence. Needless to say, the Christian is always victorious in the end, and the Christian prince invariably brings about the conversion of the pagan princess with whom he is in love. Most of these plays are adapted from the corridos.