In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association (MMCAA) is sponsoring a special matinee show of the restaging of one of Ballet Philippines’ most celebrated productions, the original rock opera, “Tales of the Manuvu”, on Sunday, March 24.
Choreographed and directed by National Artist for Dance and one of Miriam College’s (MC) Amazing Alumni Achiever Awardees, Alice Reyes, “Tales of the Manuvu” is based on the retelling of the origin myths of the Manuvu Tribe. Completing the MC circle, the ballet will be staged at the Main Theater of the country’s premiere home for culture and the arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), which is chaired by another MC Amazing Alumni Achiever Awardee, Margie Moran-Floreindo.
This unique adaptation of the Manobo creation story was the most monumental coup of Ballet Philippines in the ‘70s. Not only did it bring together rock, opera, pop and ballet on the stage, it also brought audiences from all walks of life to one theater in a collective celebration of Philippine culture powered by the likes of National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Nonong Pedero, the Afterbirth band, Ernest Santiago and Monino Duque. It starred another Maryknoll alumna, Celeste Legaspi, who popularized the iconic song from the ballet, “Noong Unang Panahon”, as well as celebrated singers Hadji Alejandro, Anthony Castelo and Boy Camara starred in the premiere, and Leah Navarro made her debut performance in the production, which also featured Rey Paguio and the UP Concert Chorus.
In this 2019 refresh, Francis de Veyra provides new musical arrangements while Broadway theater designer and multi-awarded filmmaker Loy Arcenas is lending his genius to the creation of the mystical Manobo realm. Multi-awarded performers like the Minstrel’s Ding Mercado, theater veteran couple Shiela Valderrama and Lorenz Martinez, Poppert Bernadas (of Rak of Aegis fame) and Aicelle Santos – straight from her Miss Saigon tour in Ireland, will be joining this grand revival of “Tales of the Manuvu”, along with top contemporary singers Lara Maigue, Nar Cabico, and Reuben Laurente. The UP Concert Chorus once again contribute their vocal support, with Radioactive Sago Project rocking the house as the band.
Supported by San Miguel, proceeds from this benefit show on March 24 will go to the Lumad Bakwit School Manobos and other Lumads, and the MMCAA’s Project MMaria (Quick Response to Emergencies) Initiative. Ticket prices range from Php300 to Php3,000 and are available via TicketWorld and the MMCAA office, where an exclusive 4+1 (Buy 4 get 1) 40th anniversary promo on Php3,000, Php2,500 and Php1,500 tickets is available. For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MMCAA office at 930-6272 loc. 1187.