Friday, February 22, 2013

HIMALA: The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Musical

Thirty years after the film was first shown to Philippine audiences, Himala still remains as one of the most celebrated Filipino films ever made.  

This March, listen, learn and be moved as May Bayot, Isay Alvarez and Cynthia Culig-Guico bring to life Elsa’s story through the music composed by Vincent de Jesus in  HIMALA – A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSICAL

Watch HIMALA (A Celebration of the Musical)  
on MARCH 24, 2013 (SUNDAY),  8PM at the PETA PHINMA Theater  Ticket Prices: 2000 (VIP Orchestra), 1000 (VIP) and 650 (Balcony)
For reservations, contact: Onay Sales (0917.908.0565)


VINCENT DE JESUS is a multi-talented, multi-awarded composer/lyricist, musical director and musical scorer whose body of work includes theater, television, advertising and film projects. He has been recognized by the industry and honored with three Urian Awards, two Golden Screen Awards, two Star Awards and one Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Achievement in Music . Vincent is also a celebrated writer having received the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and is a member of the Writers’ Bloc Inc. Truly a man of many talents, Vincent is also an actor, singer, musician, director, record producer and a teacher for musical theater. He has been a member of the Philippine Educational Teacher Association since 1985.

RICKY LEE is perhaps the most prolific and most celebrated film writer of his generation. Since he began writing in 1973, he has completed over 150 film scripts which have been brought to life by some of the country’s most respected actors and film directors including Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Laurice Guillen, Olivia Lamasan, and Mel Chionglo. He has received over 50 trophies from the film industry’s various award-giving bodies and was honored by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino with the Natatanging Gawad Urian Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He has also received international acclaimed in international film festivals in Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin among others, where a number of his films have been screened. Ricky is also a fictionist, journalist and playwright.

MAY BAYOT was already considered one of the country’s best vocalist as the lead singer for the band ACOUSTIC JIVE when she set foot onstage to take part in her first musical. It was her tour de force portrayal of Elsa In Himala the Musical that established her as one of the most gifted performers in the Philippine Musical Theater industry. Her performance was so well received that she won the Best Actress in Musical Role award from the Aliw Awards. She was also given the first Gawad Buhay citation for Best Actress in a Musical Role. Truly a versatile performer, May is also a core member of Transitopia Contemporary Dance Commune.

ISAY ALVAREZ first gained international attention as one of the lead cast members of the London Production of Miss Saigon. Since then, Isay has become a moving force in the Philippine Theater industry while still being actively involved in international productions. Isay and her husband, Robert Seña, have harnessed their joint experiences on the global theater stage to produce shows and albums. Not one to rest on her laurels, Isay has also become one of the busiest film and television actresses.

CYNTHIA CULIG-GUICO has enthralled audiences in the US, Canada, Scotland, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and Germany as the soloist and lead actor in numerous concert and stage productions. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice from the UP College of Music. Cynthia has chosen to “pay it forward” by teaching aspiring performers at the Philippine Opera Company, Trumpets’ Playshop and the Miriam Music Center.

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