Bituin Escalante, '80s music theme in Apec show tomorrow | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Kaleidoscope of bodies at Apec forum party in Boracay. THELMA SIOSON SAN JUAN
YOUNG sculptor Leeroy New installing the APEC stage for the big bash tonight, inspired by coral
YOUNG sculptor Leeroy New installing the APEC stage for the big bash tonight, inspired by coral

Tomorrow night’s musical show for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) delegates and economic ministers in Boracay–the biggest so far in the series of APEC events hosted by the Philippines this year–will carry a 1980s theme performed by top Filipino artists.

Bituin Escalante will lead the Filipino performers.

The stage, set on the beachfront, is an installation by young, in-demand sculptor Leeroy New. It is a representation of the country’s coral reefs–their wild variety of shapes and colors.

Why the ’80s? “Because the age demographic of the delegation grew up in the ’80s. They can connect to its music,” said ex-Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) president and ex-Cinemalaya head Nes Jardin, who is in charge of the APEC events’ performances.

CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado is directing the show.

Close to 3,000 delegates are in this world-famous resort island for the APEC meet hosted by various government agencies including the Department of Tourism.

CCP's Chris Millado, ex-president Nes Jardin working on APEC culture shows in Boracay.
CCP’s Chris Millado, ex-president Nes Jardin working on APEC culture shows in Boracay.