Two events with reminiscences-A A +A
Monday, April 14, 2014
WITHIN the week, April 5 and April 9 to be exact, two significant events happened in my life. On April 5, I had to condition myself to be able and strong enough to attend the gala musical presentation of Musikademy, Davao's Premier Music Studio. I am homebound due to my health but I really want to see this show. Minsan Pang Minahal is an original musical featuring the songs of Ryan Cayabyab. My daughter-in-law, Cecile Diokino Hidalgo plays an important role in the show. She is also in the creative staff as choreographer together with Edison Morales. This presentation is reminiscent of an editorial of Sun.Star Davao entitled, "WhereThere Is No Heart" by its EIC Stella Estremera. I would tackle this interesting topic now in connection with the presentation of the musical show.
The second event happened on April 9. The RH Bill was finally, yes finally, passed by the Supreme Court with all its sections and provisions except Section7 and its provisions which were declared as unconstitutional. We waited for about 15 years for this approval. This event got my attention and I remembered having written a two- part column which I wrote in my Sun Star Davao August 14 and August 21, 2012 entitled The RH BILL-The Endless Debates. I will write about this in my next column on April 22.
For today, I will expound on the subject of "Arts" the "Heart of a City's Life. Ms. Estremera is lamenting the fact that is there is a felt lack of this art, this aesthetic type which is truly human in sentiment, love and joy. There were a few like Agnes Locsin's series of the Dahon and Puno Nature's presentation in ballet form, Encantada was a memorable offering. Kublai Milan and his wife famous for their poetry and music, his sculpture and art work, photography is known here and abroad. Poets wrote also.
There have been attempts to develop this but the efforts were not enough.
There was no concerted effort to keep the light and the spirit burning. The show is a bold attempt to contribute to the promotion of Arts in our city.
The musical, Minsan Pang Minahal, is the love story of Ann and Marco set in two periods, whose love for each other is tarnished by the overpowering temptations of fame and a more comfortable life. They drifted apart but in the end the power of true love and forgiveness prevailed. The music of Maestro Cayabyab interwoven into the whole length of the flashback scenes are a roller coaster of emotions filled with pathos, uncertainty, simplicity, from introspective to sudden turns that are playful and gleeful with exuberance.
The series of flashbacks from the teen years of Ann and Marco and all their friends ventures into the world of the stage, acting and singing, camaraderie. The speaking parts were soulful and here, I will not forget to congratulate the choreographers who took care of the ballet sequences. They were excellent in adding to the mood and romantic nuances of the scenes. The dances were artistically crafted to harmonize with the speaking parts of the cast made up of the students and faculty of Musikademy from the young ones to the teeners and the major artists in the love story of Ann and Marco.
The guest artists are Mars Severino with an MA in Physics, a mainstay of Teatro Ateneo, Dr. Rina Angeles an aesthetic surgeon, Gemma Herradura a Culinary Arts and Management expert, Arvee Sanchez is taking an MA in BM at Ateneo De Davao University. Cecile D. Hidalgo as Bechay is an architect and ballet instructor, a UP Diliman graduate. She is one of the lively and able pair of "chismosas" with Bebang played by Vicky Villarino a member of the UP Concert chorus, a powerful concert soloist in the show.
The two "chismosas" were the narrators who wove the whole story with their "pakialam" in whispers matched with very realistic acting from the beginning to the end of the musical. The two characters stole the show time and again with glee.
Remarkable with fun and gleesome repartee was the sequence with our versatile friend, Mike Dakudao acting as Tito Mike and Director with the young cast when they sang and danced Da Coconut Nut. Mike is an architect from UP Diliman and a columnist of Mindanao Times. He was the king in the King and I opera of Musikademy. The Musical, Minsan Pang Minahal ended with the reconciliation of Ann and Marco with three beautiful songs -- Iniibig Kita, Ann's solo of Minsan ang Minahal ay Ako, and the finale duet, Once Upon A Life. How romantic and inspiring, the spectators reacted with a sigh.
Everyone in the audience were agog about the Finale with the whole cast singing and dancing in abandonment with gusto. Prominent among them are two "chismosas". Here, Cecile admitted that it was her first venture into singing a solo part and she made it. The Musical ended with the spirited "Hibang sa Awit". The presentation of the cast followed and there was an almost endless applause and cheers. That was the end of the successful musical where all the cast spent nights till midnight perfecting the show. I hope Ms. Estremera will find this show as one of the sincere efforts of the people of Davao to keep the light burning to make our city, a city with a Heart. For comments text cp. no. 09202112534.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 15, 2014.