MUSICAL REVIEW: Ang Huling El Bimbo

I heard that Ang Huling El Bimbo Musical will be restaged starting 1 March 2019 after after the final curtain call of a season of sold-out shows during its six-week run that started on 20 July 2018 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

The musical follows the story of three friends – Hector (Gian Magdangal), Emman (OJ Mariano), and Anthony (Jon Santos), who find themselves in an unlikely mini-reunion 20 years after their college graduation. Their younger selves—played by Reb Atadero (Hector), Boo Gabunada (Emman), and Topper Fabregas (Anthony)—are revealed in a slew of flashback scenes starting from how they met in a dormitory (“Minsan“) to how they parted ways on the last day of school. Along the way, things take a different turn in the life their friend, Joy (played by Tanya Manalang, later Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo), named in allusion to the song “Ligaya.”

Tanya and Menchu. Courtesy of Resorts World Manila

Eraserheads’ songs, but not all, are expertly put together to build the story of these individuals.

The backdrop and set are made of wood, capturing the state of their friendship. The sets take references to characters and contexts found in the songs of the most iconic rock band of the 90s . One of these is “Toyang.”

Ang Huling El Bimbo is a piece that tackles current social issues – a son struggling with identity, a dreamer trying to get out of poverty, a man with a commitment phobia, a girl who lost herself.

The musical brings you into a world of emotions – from a lively and energetic tone of the first and last acts.

With Gian Magdangal

I commend Fullhouse Theater Company, Resorts World Manila, writer Dingdong Novenario and director Dexter Santos for this great piece.

Thanks to Pisay ’96 for providing discounted rates for KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. as one of its corporate sponsor. I got the SVIP ticket at PHP3,150 from a regular price of PHP3,500 for an exclusive show on 25 August 2018 with my colleagues Tel and Jenny.

The restaging runs until 6 April 2019. Get your tickets now via TicketWorld. Ticket price starts at PHP1,000 for Bronze. Click this for more details.

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Paul Michael Jaramillo
Paul Michael JaramilloExecutive Editor
Paul is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a youth and environmental advocate, leader, writer, blogger, filmmaker and an organist. He’s the former Chairperson of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chapter. As a writer, he has found focus and interest on reproductive health, deaf rights, youth development. At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership by leading student organizations and college publications. He was a recipient of the PGMA Campus Journalism Award. He joined and won national contests and published some articles related to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in a Spanish paper and website. Some of his articles were also published in leading Philippine news websites and featured in international organizations website.

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