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Mio Infante's design process for the set of Peta's 'Rak of Aegis'

'Luha,' 'Basang Basa sa Ulan'-yes, it's a watery world for Peta's 'Rak of Aegis'
By Walter Ang
Dec. 28, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The music of the popular Filipino band "Aegis" will be featured in Philippine Educational Theater Association's (Peta) staging of its original jukebox musical "Rak of Aegis."

The rock-comedy musical will have songs such as "Halik," "Sinta," "Luha" and "Basang Basa sa Ulan," rearranged by musical director Myke Salomon.

The cast is led by Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña, Aicelle Santos ("Katy!"), and Poppert Bernadas ("Lorenzo"). Peta artistic director Maribel Legarda will direct.

Inspired by Tropical Storm "Ondoy" and the flooding that came with it, Liza Magtoto wrote a script set in the flooded barangay of Villa Venizia where its residents face compromising situations: natural disasters and broken hearts.

Bright idea
Legarda approa…

REVIEW: 'Maxie The Musicale' – long and loud, but heartwarming

'Maxie The Musicale' – long and loud, but heartwarming
By Walter Ang
Dec. 7, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In Bit by Bit Company's "Maxie The Musicale," the irrepressibly ebullient Jayvhot Galang as Maxie and the impossibly handsome Jojo Riguerra as Victor, the policeman that Maxie has a crush on, cut striking, beautiful figures on stage.

Based on the 2005 film "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros," written by Michiko Yamamoto and directed by Auraeus Solito, the adaptation by Nicolas Pichay follows protagonist Maximo Oliveros, a bubbly tween who knows what he wants and finds ways to get it.

Unfortunately, the musical he inhabits doesn't really quite know what it wants to be just yet. Like a hot mess of a tranny with too many feathers and ribbons, the self-indulgent staging is overly long and overly loud.

Too bad, because the musical is a loving, heartwarming coming-of-age tale that struggles to break out of a closet whose door is blocked by bells, wh…