Costanilla: Purely Cole Porter-A A +A
Sunday, October 20, 2013
MUSICALE. Something exciting, actually a dinner musicale, is happening next month courtesy of a civic club that’s marking its 45th founding anniversary with friends and benefactors. Fellow columnist Mila Espina is the scriptwriter and director of the upcoming show titled “Legends of Men,” whose performers are some of Cebu’s noted personalities in the fields of business, academe, medicine, etc. These gentlemen are out to prove that they can also sing and act, and even impersonate some popular individuals. We gathered from Espina that American consul John Domingo, singing doctor Warfe Engracia, veteran photojournalist Loy Jurado, business leader Francis Monera, businessman Greg Huettel, Fr. Manny Bonilla of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Jong Fernandez and Jessielito Moncada have already committed to perform and wow the audience with their numbers. This writer will also appear in a song number titled I Get A Kick Out of You.
Women. The dinner musicale will also feature, in cameo roles, some of Cebu’s lovely ladies like Amparito Lhuillier, Tess Chan, Myrna Tan, Aida Uy, Janice Minor, Cely Chiongbian, Agnes Huettel, Mariter Klepp, Matty Baguia, Carol Ballesteros, Jun Alegrado, Neli Neri and Mayen Tan. All dance numbers will be rendered by the Knapsack Dancers, led by Cinbeth Orellano. What will these ladies and gentlemen do on the event night? We already have an idea what the show will offer. Trust Espina to come up with a concept that will excite and fascinate the audience. In the meantime, we can only give you this small hint: All of us will be doing purely Cole Porter compositions.
Porter was a popular American songwriter and among his over a thousand compositions are C’est Magnifique, I Love Paris, I’ve Got a Crush on You, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Begin the Beguine and In The Still of the Night.
Teamwork. We have seen the teamwork that Espina and the rest of the Zontians have displayed just to come up with this wonderful presentation.
Area director Anita Sanchez, president Lucille Colina and music tutor Tina Ebrada are enjoying the full support from their fellow officers for this dinner musicale to become another memorable production of the club this year. Personally, we are endorsing this event to the general public. It’s a must-see dinner musicale because it would surely be the talk of the town after its staging. We gathered from Espina that the club is not selling tickets but those interested to come may contact any Zontian.
Show. So everything is final as far as “Legends of Men” is concerned. The show will be on Nov. 25, at 6 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Hotel. We encourage the audience to come before the show starts. Let’s all have an enjoyable evening then with the Zontians and their talented friends whose singing and acting skills—despite their being non-professional entertainers—would surely delight all of you. We deeply appreciate them for allocating some of their precious time to the series of rehearsals which is a clear indication of their genuine intention to help a noble cause.
Club. Another club is slowly making waves as it starts forming its Cebu chapter. We are referring to the Philippine Publishers’ Association Inc. whose Manila leadership has already authorized Cebu Catholic Television 47 talk show host Andy Manatad and Bantay Radyo commentator Greg Senining to formalize the club’s local chapter. The two of them are on top of preparations for Papi’s induction ceremonies in December.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 21, 2013.