Music in the Form of Celebration, Memories and Bittersweet Farewells

Music comes in diverse forms, and this month’s local music scene round-up via Music Roll further illustrates the versatility of music.

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We start with PhilPop 2016’s big bash celebration of Filipino musicality; the celebrated dream collaborations between Ely Buendia and Itchyworms in “Pariwara”; the indie music taking charge of this year’s first ever Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino; to memories worth recalling in Clara Benin’s songs while we wait for her return; in the never-ending cycle of love, denial, separation and finding new hope all together in new singles of Rico Blanco and Arnold Reyes; and for the ability to create free music in Josephine’s story and The Benchboys’ reunion for one last time.

Let’s always celebrate music in all its forms, with the old and new, with the happy and sad, with beginnings and farewells, but most of all for all its good and enduring memories.

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In Photos: Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady

If you plan to see “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” because you’re a fan of original Filipino musicals, then you won’t be disappointed. It features more than 20 unforgettable tunes of Vincent de Jesus and that you may find yourself wanting more, in a story of Carlo Vergara brought to life by director Chris Martinez.Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (5)

It’s not only music, but more drama and ample humor. “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” revolves around the story of two sisters named Mely (Bituin Escalante) and Viva (Kim Molina), who both yearn to fulfill their dreams. Their sibling relationship and rivalry become more complicated due to an unsettled past and a budding romance, all in the context of an ongoing war between the superhero and super villain.

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The show opened on May 7 at the PETA Theater Center; it was great while it lasted. “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” has all the crowd-pleasing chemistry celebrated into an extraordinary music like a good jukebox musical; the hits just keep on coming.

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