HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL, a projection of our thinking and desperate of hope.

Himala’ is regarded as one of the best Filipino films of all time and that movie was stage by CCP in  2003 in the 20th Anniversary of Tanghalang Pilipino directed by Soxy Topacio. Himala: Isang Musikal revolves in the small town of Cupang about the story of the young Barrio girl named Elsa reported seeing the Virgin Mary during an eclipse near a tree atop of an arid hill.

This September 2019, The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical brings back the theatrical production of this Filipino classic. Ricky Lee, the original scriptwriter of the movie with composer and lyricist Vincent de Jesus, writes the musical under the direction of Ed Lacson Jr.

Believing in miracle is a projection of our thinking and desperate of hope. Sometimes we Catholic are blinded by our faith and easily be fooled by someone claiming to be a prophet. Sometimes we are feeling hopeless if times or luck does not favour us, just like the townspeople of Cupang who suffers poverty, drought, cholera outbreak, and the alleged apparition.

Photo by Barque RA

You will feel the transformation when you enter the auditorium designed is like the actual Barrio Cupang. The audience seat is dressed with some nipa hut, with a wooden bench in the centre,  with this setup, the audience feels, as they are part of the action. Himala is not an ordinary musical play because they perform with live piano as a musical background, without makeup and glamorous costume. Also, the settings make the actors in and out in every corner of the venue that makes us, the audience to follow the actors’ movement.

The purported seer and healer Elsa considered Nora Aunor’s performance in the film. Aicelle Santos stunning performance and powerful voice were equally impressive as the new Elsa. Joining her are Celine Fabie alternating her role as Elsa, May Bayot-De Castro and Sheila Francisco alternating for the role of Nanay Saling, Kakki Teodoro as Nimia, Neomi Gonzales as Chayong, Sandino Martin and Vic Robinson alternating for the role of Pilo, David Ezra as Orly and Floyd Tena as Pari.

Completing this year’s cast are Roxy Aldiosa, Sigrid Balbas, Gene Barsaga, Jay Barrameda, Patricia Bermudez, Raflesia Bravo, Joshua Cabiladas, Dannielle Cruz, Christian Cusi, Katreen Dela Cruz, Angelo Esperanzate, Marielle Estalani, Mano Domingo, Kits Falcis, Jef Flores, Nel Gumalog, Jasper Jimenez, Gary Junsay, Glenda Liao, Alvin Maghanoy, Roby Malubay, Hazel Maranan, Eizel Marcelo, Nathan Molina, Ivan Panganiban, Matel Patayon, Cristy Peredo, Neil Tolentino, Onyl Torres, and Jenny Villegas.

HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL will open on September 20, 2019, and will have a limited engagement until October 20, 2019, at the Powermac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati.
Tickets are now available through Ticketworld online or 891.9999,
The Sandbox Collective at 0956 200 4909, 0917 554 5560 and 586 7105.
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Barque Raul

I am an HR practitioner by profession. I have a passion for writing but definitely not a writer. I created this blog in 2008 just to journal my thoughts, ideas and my opinions that went through my mind.

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