The Philippine Opera Company’s (POC) critically-acclaimed Filipino musical production “ ANG BAGONG HARANA ” goes on its third re-run from October 18 until October 28 at 8 p.m. with a new theme “An Ode to Mother Nature”. With the increasing concern over the health of our planet, POC has decided to focus efforts on bringing attention to the plight of Mother Earth. There will be matinees at 3:30 p.m. on October 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
For the October show, audiences will be treated to a brand new suite in the repertoire -- An Ode to Mother Nature. Over the past months, our country has been beset by calamities and disasters of magnifying proportions. And with these comes a clarion call for Filipinos to open their hearts and minds by seriously helping in the various preservation programs geared towards our Mother Nature before its too late. Quite a serious note, yet, translated into a song, it is very meaningful and heart-wrenching.
Two OPM compositions will be interpreted with a fresher mood and tone. Both songs shall also symbolize Philippine Opera Company’s advocacy to help preserve our Mother Nature.
The company of ten singers is made up of theater actors and singers Karla Gutierrez, Aizel Prietos, Charley Magalit, Janine Santos, Marian Santiago, Arlynne Tecson, Lawrence Jatayna, Noel Rayos, Nazer Salcedo, Marvin Gayramon and Al Gatmaitan with the special participation of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group. Most have appeared in plays and musicals. None of them are what you would call " mainstream ". And that is precisely what makes their performances all the more poignant and powerful.
“It is a difficult effort to try and do something truly Filipino nowadays still bearing in mind the continuing influx of ‘ foreign acts and shows ’ until December 2012,” points out Karla Guiterrez, head of POC.
Originally conceived and directed by award-winning writer/director Floy Quintos, “ Ang Bagong Harana ” shall still carry the original repertoire which showcases the best works of noted 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.
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