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‘Rak of Aegis,’ ‘August: Osage County’ lead Gawad Buhay!’s 2014 1st/2nd-quarter citations

SCENE from Peta’s “Rak of Aegis,” written
by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel
Legarda, with musical direction by Myke
Salomon and featuring themusic of Aegis

The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s “Rak of Aegis,” a musical-comedy production about a fictional urban-poor community coping with floods that features the songs of the iconic pop-rock band Aegis, grabbed the lead in the 1st/2nd-quarter citations of the 2014 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 16 citations in the performance and technical categories.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Arnell Ignacio, OJ Mariano join ‘Rak of Aegis’ rerun

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There is something about Aegis’ music that resonates with Filipinos regardless of social class. There are those who may deem such music as bakya, but in theater, where the display of emotion is the driving force of every performance, how can one not feel for a lovelorn character drenched in the rain and bellowing out, well, what else, “Basang Basa sa Ulan”?

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Peta goes ‘from local to global’

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CAST OF the upcoming “Florante at Laura Remastered” performing an excerpt from the play at Peta’s 47th theater season launch. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM/THEATERFANSINMANILA

Francisco Balagtas and Anton Chekhov will highlight the 47th season of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta), which opens in July. But first, pop-rock music will again serve as the clarion call, and then an international partnership will be launched.   “The theme is different forms of adversities, different forms of people,” says Peta artistic [...]

Posted: May 10th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Appealing soundscape, vocal brilliance in ‘Rak of Aegis’

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SCENE from “Rak of Aegis,” written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda. JEFF HERNANDEZ

There’s no need for a Tolstoy, a Wilde or even a Hendrix quote to prove music’s ability to swallow a person whole.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Rak of Aegis’–fitful narrative, heart-rending music

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SCENE from Peta’s “Rak of Aegis,” directed by Maribel Legarda

Myke Salomon is able to break apart Celso Abenoja’s compositions for seminal rock band Aegis into fun and sometimes funny new arrangements in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s “Rak of Aegis,” which is running at Peta Theater Center until March 9.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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