Wednesday, May 23, 2007

'Rama at Sita' on video! (Part 2)


Part 1 here.

Here is Act 2 of "Rama at Sita." You know the drill--just click on the YouTube links below, sit back, and enjoy these never-before seen excerpts!

More praise from the archives:

"Fusing Hindu traditional musical strains with contemporary pop, the musical adaptation [of "Ramayana"] electrifies, [but] the spectacle doesn't bury the epic's heart and soul. The sumptuous production design is easily one of the most lavish this reviewer has seen in recent years."(Cora Llamas, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

"Robert Sena is in a class of his own with his portrayal of the evil Ravana. Jaya's Soorphanaka is only a 10-minute appearance in Act 2, but she does bring the house down with that voice and pizzazz. The role of the storyteller Vishvamitra is sagely acted by Edward Granadosin." (Raul Teehankee, Manila Bulletin)

Before we go to the video clips, it's important that we honor, too, the creative, production and technical crew that comprised the offstage backbone of "Rama at Sita." In particular, the spectacular set design (by director Leo Rialp) and costumes (by Patis Tesoro) deserve the highest praise, right? Click on the images below for the complete credits.













1. Ako'y Iyung-Iyo--Ariel Rivera, Chiqui Pineda. In a cave in the enchanted forest, the exiled Rama and Sita share their first night of bliss. (A splendid touch here: shadowy dancers garbed as Hindu statues form Kama Sutra poses around the couple!)

Franco Laurel's Multiply site has the Lani Misalucha-Ariel Rivera version of this love duet, from the original cast album of "Rama at Sita." Check out his site here.

2. Buktot, Ako'y Buktot/Harot, Ako'y Harot--Robert Sena, Jaya. The witch Maricha (Arlene Borja) reports the presence of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to Ravana and his sister, Soorphanaka. The evil siblings decide to disguise themselves and try to pry the newlyweds apart. (Prepare to be blown away by the powerhouse vocals of Robert Sena and Jaya!)

3. Ginoong Ermitanyo--Robert Sena, Chiqui Pineda, Jaya, Ariel Rivera, John Arcilla. Ravana, dressed as a hermit, attempts to seduce Sita, while Soorphanaka is all over Rama and Lakshmana. But the brothers see through her designs, and when she tries to hurt Sita, Lakshmana maims her, sending her back screaming to her underground lair.

4. Kaya N'yo Bang Tumagal--Ravana succeeds in snatching Sita and spiriting her away to Lanka. To rescue her, Rama asks help from the monkey army of Kiskinda. Sita, meanwhile, refuses Ravana's advances, but in an optical illusion, Rama's monkey spies see a Sita look-alike cavorting with Ravana. The hasty report crushes Rama.

5. Magbalik Ka Na, Mahal/Tagistis ng Ulan--Chiqui Pineda, Ariel Rivera. Rama and Sita's mirror laments, one waiting to be freed from captivity, the other missing his bride but ruing the frailty of love.

Just to complete your "Rama at Sita" experience, here is Lani Misalucha's version of "Magbalik Ka Na, Mahal," from the original cast album:



6. Finale: Sadyang Pinagtagpo/Huwag Takasan (reprise)--Ariel Rivera, Chiqui Pineda, Chorus. In the great war that follows, Rama's forces defeat Ravana. But believing that his wife is now impure, Rama refuses to take Sita back. Sita, heartbroken, decides to end her life by being burned on a pyre. The gods intervene just in time to commend Rama and Sita for their fealty to dharma (duty), no matter how difficult. Rama and Sita reunite to reclaim their love and the throne of Ayodhaya.

7. Bonus: Curtain call--Watch the star-studded closing-night crowd erupt in thunderous cheers as the performers and creative crew take their bows. If you feel like joining them in applauding the remarkable all-Filipino production you've just seen, by all means, go ahead! Bravo, indeed!

Lucky for us, we can now watch the "Rama at Sita" videos in YouTube again and again, any time we want. We can't say it enough: Thank you, Franco and Ayen Laurel.

PLUS: More pictures!



18 comments:

Anonymous said...

i hope you can also post the tv ads for 'rama at sita.' from what i remember, they were really well-made. besides, i've never seen any other theatrical production advertised that way.

Anonymous said...

hi gibbs. i was wondering if you could direct to me to where i can get a copy of the soundtrack. i've been looking for lanis' version of "magbalik ka na mahal" for sometime now. it's breathtaking. please, please. thank you.

-ryansumera

rhey said...

rama at sita was the first Filipino play i ever got to watch...

astig.

gibbs cadiz said...

hi ANONYMOUS, uh, i wish i could. mr. laurel tells me their copy of the TV ads are all in vhs format. unfortunately, di kaya ng powers ko ngayon to convert from vhs to dvd, hehe. but malay natin, soon. :)

hi RYANSUMERA, am sorry but as far as i know, there are no more copies of the soundtrack available anywhere. but tell you what, if you'd really like one, i can burn you a copy. nope, i'm not gonna charge you for it--just promise to watch and support the next pinoy play or musical that comes along. starting this june, meron na ulit. deal? :)

hey REY, naman! :)

Anonymous said...

thanks so much, gibbs! i'd really appreciate that. i've been a theater person naman since eh so you really don't have to make me promise ehehe :) where can i get the disc?

-ryansumera

gibbs cadiz said...

ey RYAN, next week. text me 0927-2402358, let's agree on the date/time when you can drop by the inquirer office so i can give you the copy. thanks. :)

beektur said...

what a delight! what a treat! what ecstasy watching these clips. is there anyone that approximates the vocal power of lani? anyone as beautiful as ariel?! oa ko. but it only happens when i am before great talent. thanks so much gibbs. this is a coup for you.

may kopya ka pa pala ng Rama at Sita OST. naalala mo ba na pinahiram mo sa akin ang isang kopya mo ages ago. di ko pa naisasauli. di ko NA isasauli. salamat nang marami.

gibbs cadiz said...

haha, oo nga BEEKTUR, antagal kong inantay ibalik mo after mo ma-burn (all the way sa chicago pa ang burning!), buti na lang me nakuha pa ako isang kopya. sha, sayo na yan, hehe! :)

wendell said...

gibbs!!!

tell lito to tag you along every time he drags me out for coffee. we already had coffee and meals together twice since i came back. usually we meet in coffee places along morato, in gateway or cafe adriatico.

ive been teaching and doing admin work simultaneously since i got back. no time to rest. work to death talaga.

keep in touch!!

Micaela said...

sorry for the late (comment)post...:)

anyway, thanks for this great treat!!! rama at sita is a super favorite. i cried a lot when i left my CD (of the soundtrack) inside a taxicab (i even went as far as reporting the loss in korina & ted's morning show hahahahaha). but don't worry, i have the whole album in my iPod now, thanks to john. :)

Coffee fairy said...

hey I loved Rama at Sita! Watched it during my good 'ole U.P. days!!! I loved the elephant! I love the production, it was really great! I bought a very nice souvenir t-shirt, I wonder if I could still find it in my closet back in the Philippines...

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mikko said...

Hi Sir. It's Mikko again.
Gawd.I can't help but to post.:))

Meron po ba kau nung OST? I mean ung lahat ng kanta andun? Kasi ang meron lang po ako nung cd na may 19songs lang. Nakakabitin. :D

Sana pumayag ang SK n mplbas to sa TV, kht once lang. Let's say sa ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best o kea sa GMA'S SNBO.

Haha.Sorry kung post ako ng post.
Rama't Sita = HOT!

GodBless everyone!

Anonymous said...

hi. where can i get a copy of the CD of the soundtrack for rama at sita. i've looked everywhere on the web. i'm going to manila in feb. 2010. any help will be appreciated.

jorgejjacobo (at) rocketmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

hi...
can you tell me where can i get a copy of the soundtrack...
tnx...
email me...romil_1987@yahoo.com.. or txt me09273514332

Renen said...

hi gibbs :)

i was able to partake in the glory days of Rama at Sita @ UP. Up until now, I am waiting for the chance that this marvelous play will be seen on stage again. But according to you, the chance is really small.

Some songs are now part of my shuffle. I cannot do anything but to relive the moments. But I think Im missing some of the songs like Sana'y Sya Na Nga.

As I read through the thread, I've found out that you have a copy of the OST. May I also ask for a copy of it if it is not a big inconvenience to you. There's no one that I can turn to to have a copy of it.

Hope you can help me....

Thanks....Thanks....Thanks.... :)

gibbs cadiz said...

sure, renen, pagbalik ko. :)

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