THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
IN its long outstanding run, the Philippine Educational Theatre Association‘s (PETA) musical phenomenon “Rak of Aegis“, co-presented with the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM), the Philpop Musicfest Foundarion (Philpop), and PLDT Home Fibr, is back for its seventh season, welcoming new cast members composed mainly of OPM legends.
This all new season for the beloved Filipino musical boasts a new roster of popular and award-winning OPM artists as part of its cast from July to September 2019 at the PETA Theater Center: household name singer and actor-comedian Randy Santiago as Fernan, multi-award winning singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon as Kiel, and multi-award winning world music performer and actress Bayang Barrios sharing the role of Mary Jane with prominent movie actress and singer Jenine Desiderio.
Randy Santiago is a host, actor, director, and singer-songwriter with a string of platinum and gold recordings known behind the OPM hit “Beinte Na…Hihirit Pa”, “Babawro”, “Di Magbabago” and more.
Recently, he was in the ABS-CBN teleserye “La Luna Sangre” and its currently a “Tawag ng Tanghalan” judge in the noon-time show “It’s Showtime!”
Known for being an exceptional performer, he ventures into thr world of musical theater as Fernan in “Rak of Aegis”.
“When I got the text, for the role of Fernan, natuwa ako. Napanood ko naman ‘yung previous runs nito.
“In High School and College naman, I did na several stints sa mga okays, musicals. “Pippin”. “Grease”. Na ang Sandy pa nga noon si Sandy Hontiveros. Ajo ‘yung John Travolta. Hanggang nag-Kundirana na ako. And here I am. Excited and at the same time, may pressure. Lagi na sinasabi, iba ang disiplina sa Teatro. Marami kaming natututunan.
“Hindi naman makaka-affect with my other schedules. Sa June 8, 2019, I am leaving for Winnipeg, Canada for a show sa TFC (The Filipino Channel). Then sa Vancouver din. Then back sa pag-judge in “It’s Showtime’s” TNT.
“I’ve long wanted to be in a stage musical. Pero alam naman na nayin ang itinakbo ng career ko. Ito siguro ‘yung tamang timing. Marami naman ako pinapanood. Hopefully, in the future, I can work with Myke (Salomon) sa dream ko na mag-produce naman ng musical na mga kanta ko naman ang iikutan ng istorya. Nakaka-inspire, eh. Imagine, itong “Rak of Aegis”, Season 7 na, naka-300 plus shows na.”
On board for the new season are Noel Cabangon, as Kiel; Bayang Barrios as Mary Jane; and Jenine Desiderio as Mary Jane, too.
They will be joined by new cast members: Wish 107.5 Wishcovery 2018 1st runner-up Kimberly Baluzo as Aileen; Leah Patricio from “The Voice of the Philippines” Season 2 as Mercy; GMA-7 artist Derrick Monasterio as Tolits; Viva Artist and two-time Philpop grand prize winner Yumi Lacsamana (ensemble); and up and coming theater artists Ashe Uy, Marynor Madamesila, Lemuel Silvestre, and Gerard Dy as members of the ensemble.
The exciting attraction is the comeback of the original and returning cast: Aicelle Santos, Kim Molina, and Shaira Opsimar (Aileen); Isay Alvarez Seña and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson (Mary Jane); Robert Seña and Renz Verano (Kiel); Kakai Bautista and Neomi Gonzales (Mercy); Myke Salomon, Poppert Bernadas, and Vince Lim (Kenny); Jerald Napoles, Pepe Herrera, and Joshua Bulot (Tolits); Ron Alfonso and Jimmy Marquez (Jewel); Gie Onida and Rody Vera (Fernan); and Gimbey dela Cruz, Gab Pangilinan, Matel Patayon, Abi Sulit, Teetin Villanueva, Gold Villar-Lim, Paeng Sudayan, Roi Calilong, Gio Gahol, Carlon Matobato, and John Moran as members of the ensemble.
“Rak of Aegis” Season 7 hopes to “showcase the glorious repertoire of OPM music, showcasing the formidable talents of our theater actors, musicians, and songwriters, while giving the audience a fantastic time”, says its director Maribel Legarda.
Simply put, it is what sparks joy in all of us!
The musical will run from Jukyb5 to September 29, 2019 at the PETA Theater Center, with shows from Thursdays ro Sundays.
For ticket and showbuying inquiries, contact TicketWorld at 891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph or PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 725-6244 and 0917-539-1112 and www.petatheater.com/rakofaegis.