“Miong” Review: Visually Spectacular with Catchy Songs

There’s a sudden surge of interest in our history. Maybe it was the success of Heneral Luna but we’re beginning to see more stories set during our country’s pivotal moments. And it’s great because we have a rich past filled with fascinating tales and characters. The latest in the entertainment landscape? Repertory PhilippinesMiong, a musical based on the life of Emilio Aguinaldo, the country’s first president. Here’s my Miong review.

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Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Review: Fun, Lively, and Doo Bidoo

You don’t have to be born in the ‘70s to appreciate Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! You can be born in the ‘80s, the ‘90s, and even the ‘00s and still appreciate the story of the musical, where seven college students join a song-writing and singing contest during the time of Martial Law. The musical is set to the songs of APO Hiking Society, a legendary Filipino band.

It also doesn’t matter that you weren’t born when the band first released its singles. APO’s songs are such a classic that those born in later decades will still recognize them. And what a great repertoire to create a story from.

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PETA’s “Charot” is a Hilarious Satire on Philippine Politics

The current state of Philippine politics is in limbo. Outrageous statements are dropped like bombs, suspicious alliances are formed, and shady dealings are brought into the light. How do we react to it? We answer with laughter, the same way we respond to things that are out of our control. PETA’s Charot takes advantage of this quirk by turning it into a musical and it is entertaining.

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“M. Butterfly” to Go on a National Tour This 2019

One of my theater regrets in 2018 was not seeing M. Butterfly. The play, adapted from the Tony Award-winning piece by David Henry Hwang, was a hit when it was staged in Manila, winning three out of its six nominations at last year’s Aliw Awards. I also have a personal stake since my first literary work was a screenplay of Giaccomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which I wrote when I was in the fifth grade. I’m not going to let it pass this time since it’s being staged again, and it’s going on a national tour!

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“Potted Potter” is Returning to Manila This Year

There’s one show you shouldn’t dare miss if you’re a fan of both the Harry Potter franchise and theater. Potted Potter is returning to Manila this 2019!

Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 minutes. The show features all your favorite characters, a fire-breathing dragon, costumes, songs, props, and lots of Hogwarts magic!

The show premiered in Manila in 2012, followed by sold-out performances in 2013 and 2014. Now it’ll be back with nine shows beginning March 20 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater.

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