Rak of Aegis: a rock-musical inspired by Filipino resilience

The Philippine Educational Theater Association opens “Rak of Aegis” Friday, a rock-musical inspired by the Filipino resilience during times of adversity.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Educational Theater Association opens “Rak of Aegis” on January 31, a rock-musical inspired by the Filipino resilience during times of adversity.

G Töngi reports.

Rappler is here at PETA to see a special excerpt of their upcoming original musical called Rak of Aegis. Rak of Aegis closes PETA’s 46th theater season and is a musical that features the OPM hits of the 90’s band, Aegis.

Rak of Aegis is an original rock-comedy that celebrates the resilience of the Filipino spirit, inspired by the events of typhoon Ondoy.

Director Maribel Legarda collaborates once again with writer Liza Magtoto. She says original works are important in creating a body of literature for the Philippines.

MARIBEL LEGARDA, DIRECTOR, RAK OF AEGIS: The larger objective of PETA in doing original work is always really to be able to express what is the Filipino sentiment, whether it’s in music or performance, or whatever it is through art. We cannot be a world class force if we do not have our own originality!

Husband and wife Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez lead the theatrical production with lung powered musical numbers.

ROBERT SEÑA, THEATER ACTOR: Because it’s OPM, me, I wasn’t here in the nineties so I don’t really know the music of the Aegis but when I heard the music, it’s really OPM!

Isay says the music may not be familiar now but was iconic during the nineties.

ISAY ALVAREZ, THEATER ACTRESS: We don’t really sing the songs of Aegis because for one, it’s difficult and we’re not always heartbroken. It’s very Pinoy but the arrangement of Myke Salomon really makes the music more interesting.

Aicelle Santos plays the role of Ailene, a breadwinner with hopes of being discovered to help her family out of poverty.

AICELLE SANTOS, THEATER ACTRESS: Yung kwento nito eh, bukod sa mga kanta, yung kwentong for sure makakarelate lahat ng Pinoy dahil bawat pinoy may pinagdadaanan na hirap eh. You know how Filipino’s are eh, despite all the struggles, the hardships, tomorrow, magiging okay lahat. Filipino smile, kahit may delubyo. (Aside from the songs, all Filipinos will be able to relate to the story because every Pinoy has gone through hardships. You know how Filipinos are, despite all the struggles, the hardships, tomorrow everything will be okay. Filipinos smile even when there’s a deluge of problems.)

CAST, RAK OF AEGIS: Please come watch Rak of Aegis from January 31 to March 9 at PETA Theater. Please contact Ticketworld at 891-9999 or you may visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or www.petatheater.com.

The Filipino spirit soars high amidst adversity in Rak of Aegis. G Töngi, Rappler Manila. – Rappler.com

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