“Ampalaya The Musical” is based on the award-winning children's story “Alamat ng Ampalaya” (The Legend of Ampalaya) written by Augie Rivera Jr. PHOTO BY URICH CALUMPANG/SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY
From Dumaguete City, ‘Ampalaya The Musical’ plays at CCP July 15
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:50 AM July 11, 2015
For the first time ever, the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee, the city’s unofficial cultural arm, brings to Manila audiences “Ampalaya The Musical,” an original new musical that will delight and educate, with a performance on July 15 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental has long been known as the Cultural Center of Southern Philippines. The CCP performance is part of Silliman University’s commitment as the official regional cultural hub of the CCP.
“Ampalaya The Musical” celebrates Philippine culture through music, dances, games and values. The musical play is based on the award-winning children’s story “Alamat ng Ampalaya” (The Legend of Ampalaya) written by Augie Rivera Jr.
Another highlight of this production is the original music by New York-based guitar virtuoso Maestro Michael Dadap, who has set the play’s music using a live 22-piece Orchestra Sin Arco (Orchestra of Plucked Instruments).
The musical, which began as a short play that debuted in 2000 in Boston, is directed by Dessa Quesada-Palm, of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, with musical direction by Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez and choreography by Angelo Sayson.
The show has just finished its run last July 3 to 6 at Silliman’s Luce Auditorium. Its first full-length run was in September 2014, also in the same venue.