‘Rak of Aegis’ Continues to Make Waves This 2019
by Inside Manila Team, June 18, 2019 3:35pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
This 2019, due to insistent public demand, RakofAegis will have its seventh season, co-presented with the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), The PhilPop MusicFest Foundation (PhilPop), and PLDT Home Fibr, as “a tribute to and celebration of original Pinoy music and artists,” according to RakofAegis director Maribel Legarda.
Written by Liza Magtoto, Rak of Aegis features songs from the popular 90’s band, Aegis, arranged for the show by musical director Myke Solomon. The musical tells the story of Aileen, a young girl with a big voice who dreams of viral fame on YouTube and guesting on the Ellen Degeneres show. While Aileen’s motives seem shallow at first, she later reveals that it is because she wants the world to know of her barangay’s condition: submerged in flood for almost three months, with their livelihood and health all slowly drifting off with the waters.
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Since the show opened in 2014, Rak of Aegishas taken Manila by storm. The original Pinoy musical brought one of OPM’s most iconic bands, Aegis, to the spotlight by featuring its powerful hits like "Halik," "Sinta," "Basang-basa sa Ulan,"and more.
Rak of Aegis was also one of the first Filipino productions to usher in the trend of jukeboxmusicals, giving birth to a newfound appreciation for theater and original Pinoy music that reaches out to all kinds of audiences. Today, Rak of Aegisis the longest-running original Pinoy musical in contemporary Philippine theater, with over 300 shows to date.
OPM legends are an exciting addition to the cast: singer-songwriter and actor-comedian Randy Santiago (Fernan); multi-award winning singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon (Kiel); world music performer and actress Bayang Barrios and singer-actress Jenine Desiderio (Mary Jane), who will be joined by Leah Patricio from The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 (Mercy); GMA artist and singer Derrick Monasterio (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.
Another attraction is the comeback of the original and returning cast: 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.
A raging storm of laughter, powerhouse vocals, and rousing stories of Pinoy resilience await audiences once more in Barangay Venezia!
Rak of Aegis runs from July 5 to September 29, 2019 at the PETA Theater Center, with shows from Thursdays to Sundays. For tickets and more information, visit www.petatheater.com/rakofaegis or call PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 725-6244 and 0917-539-1112.