A repost--first, because the original clips were wiped out when my first account was terminated by YouTube; and second, to remind you, you and you who haven't watched yet, that Audie Gemora's lustrous new production of Noli Me Tangere, The Musical for Tanghalang Pilipino has additional shows this September 9 and 11. It's Gian Magdangal as Ibarra on Friday, Mark Bautista on Sunday. Go!
Music from the original Filipino musicals Katy!, Alikabok, Rama Hari, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
Performed by Emmy Cayabyab, Carlo Orosa, Robert Sena, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Monique Wilson, Cocoy Laurel, Audie Gemora, Nanette Inventor, Joy Viado, Sheila Francisco, Mitch Valdez, KL Dizon, Trumpets et al, with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Mr. C himself.
Highlights: Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo transforming Magbalik Ka Na, Mahal (from Rama, Hari) into a searing torch song, Audie Gemora singing a magnificent Awit ng Isang Lawin (from El Filibusterismo, The Musical), Monique Wilson and Cocoy Laurel (scary intensity--though he did mess up his last note) dramatizing Ibarra's farewell to Maria Clara, Paalam na, Pag-Ibig (from Noli Me Tangere, The Musical.)
Excerpted from the ABS-CBN/CCP special Kulturang Handog sa Bayan, hosted by Charlene Gonzales and the late Rico Yan.
[Note: Rony Fortich, as you requested.:) Mickey Munoz, thank you for these now-vanished musical gems.]