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Trip Down Memory Lane: POC's Ang Bagong Harana

When did you last listen to original Filipino compositions?  Do you still remember?  If not, probably you are one of those who enjoys listening to foreign tunes that is dominating the music charts of this generation.  Let's admit it, most of us already forgot to look back and acknowledge the arts that help shape our nation's artistic sensibility.  Thank God there are still people who value our Heritage and one of them is Philippine Opera Company who produces their latest show, Ang Bagong Harana.

I was so thrilled months ago when they announced this show and for somebody like me who's playlist are mostly local songs, I can say I'm strongly excited to see and listen to these long forgotten melodies.  POC didn't fail me as expected.  The repertoire is well prepared with carefully selected songs that perfectly pictures our society through time.

Songs dated as early as the time of our ancestors with unknown composers opens the show with ancient lullabies,  tribal chants and folk hymns.  Then comes the early classics with pieces created by the likes of Joey Ayala and Levi Celerio.  If the first part is a complete education for most of us (because they are practically behind our generation), the second half on the other hand features the contemporary music era that we already enjoyed during our childhood as composed  by Ryan Cayabyab, George Canseco, Francisco Santiago and Freddy Aguilar.

Though you may think that Ang Bagong Harana is a very simple show, it is something more than that if you experience it.  Directed by Floy Quintos and as performed by the company's most celebrated singers and actors like Karla Gutierrez, Aizel Prietos, Charley Magalit, Janine Santos, Marian Santiago, Lawrence Jatayna, Jack Salud, Nazer Salcedo, Marvin Gayramon, Al Gatmaitan, Jurgen Unterberg and Floyd Tena, I assure you that you will get more than what you are asking for.

Ang Bagong Harana is literally a time machine on stage and I'm so happy that I became part of this small but monumental event of taking pride of being a Filipino.  You can experience it too today, (Oct. 1) 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC plaza, Makati. For ticket sales please call Philippine Opera Company at 881-7168 or 0917-5272880 or call TicketWorld at 891-9999.

Don't miss this one of a kind show.  Look back and experience the Legacy. Experience Ang Bagong Harana.

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