Monday, December 8, 2014

An Awesome Experience Watching #RakOfAegis!

The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) “Rak of Aegis”, uses Aegis’s songs in the key of sawi to tell a story of human resilience and recovery after a devastating natural calamity. The title is a pun on “Rock of Ages”, the five-time Tony-nominated rock musical featuring classic rock songs from ‘80s glam metal bands.

pc: Ron Mikhail


With its successful comedic approach to social issues plus catchy musical arrangements, “Rak of Aegis” brings to life the music of power pop band Aegis through an engaging narrative that highlights the strong spirit and resilience of the Filipinos.

As PETA artistic director Maribel Legarda puts it, “The larger objective of PETA in doing original work is always really to be able to express what is the Filipino sentiment, whether it’s in music or performance, or whatever it is through art. We cannot be a world class force if we do not have our own originality!”

Jam Packed!


The musical started with unusual reminders to the audience not to sing with the cast or else they’ll be dunked in flood water for “tin sikands (10 seconds). which draw laughter to everyone. I will not spoil other reminders as I want you to personally enjoy the humor. 

Aside from tackling social issues and natural calamities, “Rak of Aegis” also revolves around the love interests of the main characters, whose names are derived from those of Aegis band members as a tribute to the Filipino novelty rock group that made waves in the 90’s.A story of love, fame and resilience, the narrative revolves around the residents of the flooded village of Villa Venizia. At the center of the story is Aileen, a young mall promodizer caught in the web of finding love and seeking fame to support her family.

Tickets and souvenir program


Aileen’s family like the other residents is greatly affected by the flood. Her father Kiel is in the brink of losing his job as baranggay captain Mary Jane plans to close her failing shoe factory. Knowing that her income will never be enough to make ends meet, Aileen decides to make a video in the hopes of becoming the next YouTube sensation. Aileen’s suitor Tolits posts the video online, unaware that it will put Villa Venizia under the spotlight and change their lives forever.

“Rak of Aegis” is a musical filled with visual spectacle showcasing the Pinoy’s natural love for music. The musical is created by the same women behind PETA’s hit comedy musical “Care Divas,” PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda and Palanca Award-winning writer Liza Magtoto, with musical arrangement and musical direction by actor-musician Myke Salomon.

the cast


“Rak of Aegis” also consists of a talented artistic team which includes Gio Gahol (choreography), Jonjon Villareal (lighting design), Mio Infante (production design), Carlo Pagunaling (costume design), Maco Custodio (shoe design), and Joan Pamintuan (accessory design).

Ready to RAK!

After the sold-out shows this month, for sure, there will be re-runs next year (2015). You should definitely watch Rak of Aegis as this musical illuminates the typical Filipino problems in the flood prone areas. More than that, this musical is truly remarkable, awesome, world-class and worth every inch of your penny.

Looking forward for more PETA prods in the future

Special thanks to Tito Toots and PETA for inviting me to this one of a kind production!


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino Opening Night! #TheTheatre #SolaireResort


Opening of The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino happened last November 26, 2014, Wednesday in ParaƱaque. It was the grandest event I've ever attended for the year 2014 as people from politics, entertainment, business and a lot more were present. To name a few, I saw Juana Change, Annabelle Rama, Eddie Guttierez, German Moreno, Cory Quirino and Senator Panfilo Lacson. A lot of theater enthusiast were also present in this event.

Orange curtain matched with orange seats.
I'm seated on the center of everything. :)

glaring lights.
Taken while I was waiting for the show to start.


The production was also grand as The Theatre is one of kind venue which can accommodate almost all shows ranging from concerts, stage plays and musicals, pageants and a lot more. The Theatre promises to be one of the leading entertainment venue in the Philippines and in Asia as it has The Constellation system  which was described by Mr. Audie Gemora, Solaire's entertainment director, as a network of microphones that have been implanted all around the Solaire Theatre, so that it picks up every single sound which can be controlled by a computer. The overall resonance of the theater becomes more versatile. I myself was amazed when Gerard Salonga showed us the difference of listening while the system is on and off. The whole experience was so surreal. It's just like you're listening with headphones on. That's how awesome The Constellation system was.

Mr. Thomas Arasi, President and COO of Solaire 

Mr. Audie Gemora, Solaire's entertainment director while performing

The show was kicked off with a speech from Mr. Thomas Arasi, President and COO of Solaire, followed by Mr. Jasper Evangelista, Vice President for Brand and Marketing. Those who played a big role behind the theatre were also introduced namely, Ed Concepcion (Theater Manager), Shax Siasoco (Venue Technical Director) and Sandy Hontiveros (Talent Center Manager).

Performance began with Mr. Audie Gemora singing while the stage turns from blank to colorful as stages in Vegas

Mr. Gerard Salonga explaining The Constellation System


Gerard Salonga with ABS-CBN Philharmonoc Orchestra

Karla Gutierrez, Myramae Meneses, Camille Lopez-Molina together with Ervin Lumauag and Philippine Opera Company Center: Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila


Maestro Ryan Cayabyab appeared on the big screen to share about the multi-purpose rehearsal studio located backstage. He introduced next performers about Filipino musicals.

Robert Sena and others 

Karylle singing an excerpt from Rama Hari

Myke Salomon singing an excerpt from Magsimula Ka

Isay Alvarez singing an excerpt from Katy

Isay Alvarez singing an excerpt from Katy

Sam Concepcion with Mercator Models

Mitch Valdez, an OPM icon, introduced the next act on screen. Morissette, Christian Bautista and Yeng Constantino all had their solo spots. They also performed the song "Sana'y Wala ng Wakas" altogether.






Martin Nievera came out to sing his solo spot with the song "Kahit Isang Saglit." He then sang a little bit of "Music of the Night" (from "Phantom of the Opera") to introduce the final performer of the night.


Lea Salonga was the final performer of the opening show of The Theater at Solaire in ParaƱaque. Her medley included "Memory" from "Cats," which she performed in the Manila run of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in 2010. Salonga also delighted the audience on Wednesday with her rendition of "For Good" from "Wicked," accompanied by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, which was led by her brother, Gerard.

She went on to sing "Brighter Than The Sun" by Colbie Caillat, before being joined on stage by the other performers of the night, including Isay Alvarez, Audie Gemora, Martin Nievera, Yeng Constantino, Christian Bautista, Karylle, Sam Concepcion, Morissette Amon, Regine Tolentino, Aicelle Santos, and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.





It was really a great night of entertainment! I can't wait for my next event at The Theatre! :) This post would not be possible if only with Mr. Toots Tolentino's invitation. Thank you sir!




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