In the midst of so many foreign pop acts and musical productions from Broadway and the West End, one small theatrical effort made waves four years ago. It was a musical revue featuring traditional and contemporary Filipino songs, sung not by legends of Classical singing, but by a troupe of dedicated artists. The show was Philippine Opera Company’s “ANG BAGONG HARANA,” and I can still remember my experience from four years ago. Until now, I’m still as exhilarated. You can read my review here.
In celebration of its 15th Year Anniversary, Philippine Opera Company is bringing back “ANG BAGONG HARANA” this October. “Ang Bagong Harana” is very fitting to celebrate POC’s Pearl Anniversary not only because it is one of POC’s successful shows but also to promote that our heritage is our country’s best asset. “Ang Bagong Harana” will also remind us to put our country’s future first especially in the coming election.
From children’s songs to tribal chants, from planting songs to courtship ditties, from stirring kundiman to the delightful showstoppers by Sylvia la Torre, “ANG BAGONG HARANA” will showcase the best of all the Filipino composers from different music genres — Nicanor Abelardo, Ryan Cayabyab, Willy Cruz, Francisco Santiago, Antonio Molina, Resti Umali, George Canseco, Ernani Cuenco, Levi Celerio, Jose Estrella, Constancio De Guzman and Felipe de Leon, to name a few.
With all the warm response it generated, Philippine Opera Company was all the more convinced that there is a hungry audience for this ‘brand of entertainment’ that reconnects Filipinos to their souls. It’s the one thing we cannot face the future without.
“ANG BAGONG HARANA” features Karla Gutierrez, Cris Go, Lorraine Lisen, Melissa Camba, KL Dizon, Cristiani Rebada, Michael Odoemene, Noel Rayos, Lawrence Jatayna and Nazer Salcedo with the special participation of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.
Directed by Floy Quintos with music arrangements by four of the country’s most awarded arrangers Von de Guzman, Jessie Lasaten, Jesse Lucas and Paulo Zarate.
The songs you will hear in “Harana” are our legacy and our best gift to the world. In singing them again, we say to the world, “This is who we are” … “This is our heritage”… “This is the cultural journey all Filipinos should take!”
“ANG BAGONG HARANA” will run at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza on October 17 and 24 at 8pm and October 18, 23 and 25 at 3pm.
For ticket sales, please call Philippine Opera Company at 822-9609 or 0917-5272880 or TicketWorld at 891-9999 or Like Philippine Opera Company on Facebook.
Source: Toots Tolentino and The Philippine Opera Company