OCTOBER 2018. Filipino theater is on the rise–and what a year it is Filipino musical theater.

With one run after another, musicals in The Philippines have brought Filipinos back to the theater. Productions such as Himala, Rak of Aegis, Apo the Musical, Ang Huling El Bimbo, Geegee and Waterina, Binondo the Musical, Balag at Angud and Dekada ’70, have all reminded us of the beauty of storytelling and in song–one that seem to be ingrained in the Filipino DNA.

This 9th of November, following this unmatched series of Filipino musicals for 2018, Mula Sa Buwan returns with a limited sixteen-show run, and a roster of returning and new cast. The original Filipino musical written by director Pat Valera (concept, book, and lyrics) and William Manzano (lyrics and music) finds its new home at the brand new 800-seater theater of the Hyundai Hall, Arete in Ateneo de Manila University.

Mula sa Buwan puts a fresh, Filipino spin to the beloved tale of Cyrano de Bergerac–where long-nosed poet Cyrano, deeply in love with his childhood friend Roxane, lends his words to Christian, the handsome new suitor of his beloved.

Beyond the retelling of this quintessential love triangle, Mula sa Buwan offers a new and gripping take: set in 1940’s Manila on the cusp of war, Cyrano, Christian, Roxane and their merry troupe of cadets and friends fight for their love–as they fight for their lives. Through the perils and pitfalls of war, the young Filipinos try to find rhyme and reason to carry on in the midst of conflict and duty.

Nicco Manalo and Boo Gabunada once again don the iconic nose and nuance of poet-cadet Cyrano, while Edward Beñosa returns as the handsome yet bumbling Christian.

Joining the lead cast is Myke Salomon who alternates with Beñosa as Christian; theater actress Gab Pangilinan, and opera singer Cris Go, meanwhile, alternate as the wily, feisty, and beloved Roxane.

Music as Manifesto. Alongside the story itself, and within the tragic setting of wartime Philippines, Mula sa Buwan’s original music cuts through history and paints the spirit of young love, life, and loss.

Inspired by traditional kundiman and infused with the contemporary zest of pop rock, Mula sa Buwan’s songs have found its way to the hearts of many. The anthemic Manifesto–performed by the regal leader of the misfit cadets Rosana (alternatingly played by Ronah Rostata, and new cast member Phi Palmos)–is an anthem of identity and resistance. Cyrano’s Ikaw, the love song of secret admirers; Christian’s Matatapos din, a ballad of hope. Roxane’s Ang Sabi Nila, the heart-wrenching hymn of a true love, lost.

With Philippine theater rising full-speed ahead, Mula sa Buwan joins the Filipino theater industry in its showcase and celebration of our unmatched talent and artistry.

Join Cyrano, Christian, Roxane and fly to the moon and back in this season’s most heartbreaking original Filipino musical–running from November 9 to 25, 2018, at the Hyundai Hall of Ateneo de Manila’s Arete.

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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