Congrats to the cast and crew of Binondo the musical closing tonight at Solaire Theater!
This is gonna be a very personal blog post of my very subjective trip. And will write in random order haha.
My Chinese friend Sam Tan enjoyed it more than the Lion King! And he is a musical theater connoisseur so that is a big compliment. Also being Chinoy it makes it very relatable.
Most Filipinos have some Chinese and some Spanish blood mix, so this is a musical for every Filipino to watch. Hope they can rerun it in the future.
Giant effort by Miss Rebecca Chuaunsu to produce, put together, give birth to the story of her uncle. This is a Herculean task. I have produced and directed before and I can relate of the incredible amount of effort that that can be. So thankful for her patronizing iChill Theater Cafe for her auditions and workshops.
I don’t speak Tagalog, I was hoping for subtitles for the Chinese or Tagalog lines hahaha. No luck. Tho I could follow the story line and I enjoyed seeing such talented artists on stage.
Surprised and amazed to see Tuesday Vargas on stage. Knew her from when I was invited as an actor to her TV serie Kano Luvs Pinay for TV5. Her performance in Binondo stands out. She really squeezes the juice out of her funny character. And that was a good lesson for me to watch. She is a star, an artist, a creator, and that shows!
Happy and honored to say hello again to director Joel Lamangan. We worked together in Enchanted Garden TV serie for TV5 many years ago and hadn’t seen him again since. Good job directing Binondo sir. A big cast, very different types of artists on stage (tv, dancers, musical theater actors) and a show born from scratch. It’s clean and understandable even for a non Tagalog speaker like me, so great direction!
Book by Mr Ricky Lee. Very loved in the industry personality. Mentor to many. Never worked together so far. Looking forward to it. Another big achievement because this is a 3 hour musical! And I could see how people enjoyed it and gave a final standing ovation.
Big plus for me was to watch perform, for the first time in my life, Ima Castro. She was Kim in Miss Saigon London and that is a giant title that makes me bow. Great voice and acting.
Talking about great voice and acting we have to bow again for the leading lady Sheila Valderrama. Who is going to portray very soon the role of the Virgin Mary in Guadalupe the musical. So thankful to perform with her soon in that musical for the first time. I am a fan since I saw her perform in Noises Off for Repertory Philippines.
My childish mind was screaming seeing her kiss so much on stage with leading man Arman Ferrer, coz she is the Virgin Mary in the next play hahahahha. And because I know the husband in real life, actor Lorenz Martinez! Jooooke haha this is my ADHD mind doing it’s thing!
Arman Ferrer had a great performance. He has kept on improving since we alternated the role of Ibarra in Noli me Tangere the Opera in 2011. And he has bulked up physically so he is a good romantic lead role candidate. For that reason probably director Baby Barredo chose him to star in Guadalupe the musical next.
Met Floyd Tena, who plays the role of Carlos, the love loser guy we could say? Now I gotta follow his career forward, he was solid on that stage.
Sayang they were not selling the CD coz my friend wanted to buy!
Many friends in the cast, all so talented!
The Artistic Staff
Book and Lyrics: Ricky Lee, Gershom Chua, Eljay Castro Deldoc Music Composition and Musical Direction: Von de Guzman Choreography: Douglas Nierras Lighting Design: Joey Nombres Production Design and Technical Direction: Otto Hernandez Production Management: Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. Original Story: Rebecca Shangkuan Chuaunsu Direction: Joel Lamangan
BINONDO, A TSINOY MUSICAL shall feature the country’s multi-talented artists from film, TV, stage namely:
Shiela Valderrama Martinez & Carla Guevara Laforteza (Lily); Arman Ferrer & David Ezra (Ah Tiong); Floyd Tena & Noel Rayos (Carlos); Mariella Laurel (Jasmine); Ashlee Factor (Ruby); Ima Castro (Mrs. Dela Rosa); Jennifer Villegas dela Cruz (Lourdes); Dondi Ong (Mr. Chua); Kay Balajadia Liggayu (Mrs. Chua); Russell Magno (Mr. Zhang); Elizabeth Chua (Mrs. Zhang); Jonel Mojica (Matandang Tsino/Ge Lao); Jim Pebanco, Lorenz Martinez, Khalil Kaimo, Tuesday Vargas, Ellrica Laguardia, Rhapsody Li (Chorus); Philip Deles, Ivana Villanueva (Swing) Froilan Dabalus, Christaliza Dabalus (Principal Dancers)
Ensemble: Ryan Caraan, Carlos Deriada Jr., Rence Aviles, Paul Clark, Xander Pineda, Romcel Brinquis, Joseph Puducay, VJ Cortel, Daniel Cruz, Zyrus Imperial, Cheeno Macaraig, Roy Sotero, Dusty Suarez, Randy Rey, Precious Sementilla, Julia Chua, Janine Tolentino, Ronald Policarpio, Ric Mar Policarpio, Kate Jacob, Judy Anne Mendoza, JR Calumpiano, Joshua Orbasido, Divine Dacles, Cheska Quimno.
Again congrats all cast and crew for bringing up a musical from scratch to life!
I am so surprised to see how my family doesn’t believe in me enough.
I am the most successful person among the circle I grew up with under my eyes, but not theirs.
Why is that?
I have performed in around 50 different projects: movies, theater, tv. In several countries. Getting paid decently in most. In the principal stages of Spain and the Philippines. Dozens of interviews and articles about me in print and online.
I have 6 businesses all up and running giving some profit.
I am a spiritual leader for the Raelian movement in the Philippines.
I coach and help some people who are ready to listen about life and money.
I have investments in real estate, stock market and passive income businesses run by others.
I have sexual success above average.
I am an activist for social causes I believe in, an active member and relevant player of the projects I believe in.
I give a livelihood to waiters, drivers, mechanics, etc.
I have an online following of 65k as we write this. And a viral video with around 2 million views.
How come they still don’t think I am successful?
Is it that I don’t project myself as successful enough? Do I need to market myself as a more successful person?
I have been diagnosed with adult ADHD and not taking any meds. This is a lot of achievement. With or without my ADHD.
Maybe it’s because I never had a traditional job? Coz I didn’t build a normal career?
Coz I didn’t go super deep enough in any of my endeavors? Wow. This could be something I do blame myself for.
Well. I never have money because I am always investing, farming. So that gives a sensation of scarcity in me and in others. Do I like that sensation? No I don’t. Do I want more money? Yes. Do I want to have an office job? No.
I don’t need the support and respect from my circle and society tho I do want it and appreciate it when it is there.
At the end, since you cannot please everyone and convince and change the people. Well I guess I just need to not mind and little by little replace them for people who do share the vision and mental wave.
Tho I did cry over this matter. And I don’t understand them not believing in me or seeing my success.
Our minds are wired totally different and unless they get into self help, motivation and business readings we will never be in mental connection.
I will love hearing from you about this matter please reach out to me in social media with your comments. Thank you 🙂
If you have never been to Broadway shows before, it is important to find something really accessible to go to for your very first time. With a compelling and simple story line, and a strong theme, played on organ, that will have you riveted to your seat, Phantom of the Opera is one of the best Broadway shows of all time, and that is a fact.
They say that Broadway shows, and all musicals for that matter, are made by people who do not have the talent to actually write a script on their own. A broadway show without songs is not done in Broadway, it’s done in hollywood, and it is not called a musical, its called a movie. If people don’t want their plays to be seen as antiquated and quaint, they should either adapt them for the big screen, or turn them in to Broadway shows.
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0:03thanks to the war on drugs of the third
0:05day we Filipinos are safe again once
0:09again we feel safe in the streets in the
0:11streets of Sampaloc last year we
0:13couldn’t walk you know before the
0:15birthday we couldn’t walk in the street
0:16to some Paris at night at night I had
0:19waitresses gun held you know several
0:23students couldn’t walk on the street at
0:252:00 a.m. now they can now you say yeah
0:28you can see young students walking at 3
0:30a.m. in the middle of the street so to
0:32all those people who are scandalized by
0:34the war on drugs the human rights etc
0:36how about the human rights of the people
0:39who don’t take drugs and feel unsafe how
0:44about the safety of the people who go to
0:51work every day how about the safety of
0:55the students who have to go home late of
0:58a young girl that has to go home late
1:00how about the safety of those you got to
1:04choose you get a choose you cannot just
1:07get the Human Rights etc etc etc and
1:11give all the safety to those drugs to
1:14the drug pushers to the drug dealer to
1:16the drug consumers you want to keep them
1:19safe and keep unsafe the people who want
1:23to go work the people who don’t do drugs
1:25the people who want to go study those
1:30are the ones you gotta keep safe not the
1:33drug pushers and the drug consumers you
1:36wanted to drugs fine fine do it at home
1:40inside your house okay never in the
1:44street so I really clap the initiative
1:47of Duterte against the drugs against
1:50against smoking we cannot smoke anymore
1:52in the streets yes thank you the death
1:54day let the people smoke at home dirty
1:58their own homes yes
2:01outside hopefully some people get
2:05healthier and not smoke anymore it’s
2:07working we’re going to have healthier
2:10youth we’re going to have safer streets
2:14see for everyone you know I have some
2:19relatives or some friends let’s say no
2:22no you know but you know because they’re
2:25scared of losing freedom okay I guess a
2:28point we think the martial law of Markos
2:32is coming back and the atrocities are
2:33going to happen etc etc okay you are not
2:39in the streets of Manila you may reach
2:41friends don’t walk in the streets of
2:44sample of Manila where I’ve seen a lot
2:47of things happen where I could feel the
2:51fear two years ago and now I can walk in
2:56the street being a white guy young girls
2:59can walk in the street safely okay
3:02relaxing in that that has no price it
3:06doesn’t ruin the life of one person if
3:09if you you do it at home that’s fine
3:13okay you’re not grinning I mean if you
3:16live alone if you don’t have kids if you
3:18don’t have parents okay who you will
3:22affect if you don’t even have friends I
3:24don’t want you to be my friend and be
3:26drug the whole day I don’t want I’m not
3:29going to keep on going with you you do
3:32it once in a blue moon fine okay that’s
3:35fine but if you’re doing it repeatedly
3:39your head is not going to work anymore
3:41and our relationship is not going to
3:45work anymore and you’re not going to be
3:47able to work well anymore and attend to
3:49your clients and attend to whoever
3:54you’re ruining the love your love life
3:58you’re ruining the life of the people
4:00you love around you end up damaging
4:06someone end up stealing something if
4:10you’re rich rich rich enough love
4:13yourself at home that’s fine do whatever
4:15you want at home okay but not don’t drug
4:21yourself and then go to the streets
4:22which was the dangerous part of all of
4:26drunk people walking around the streets
4:28hurting other people hurting other
4:32people who just want to go to work who
4:34just want to go to study yeah there’s no
4:38right for that
4:39that’s not human rights you have the
4:42human right the human right of the
4:45people who want to do the regular life
4:47is way above the human rights of a guy
4:50who wants to treat drugs or sell drugs
4:53and go to the street and damage those
4:57other people okay and it happened a lot
5:01because some people don’t have control
5:03if you have super control and you drug
5:06yourself at home and you don’t bother
5:09anyone you lock yourself in you don’t
5:11bother and you want fantastic good enjoy
5:13your life you want to do that fine I
5:17just recommend it but fine freedom okay
5:21but the people who do it and do it in
5:25the streets or do it at home and then go
5:29to the street or the people who are
5:30drinking by 7-eleven and bothering
5:34everyone and dirtying the place and
5:36being on the streets and smoking the
5:38street doing drugs in the street go to
5:42Ed site you can see all the kids
5:44sniffing iseman in front of police let’s
5:49do something let’s fix this country
5:51finally we have someone with the balls
5:54enough to go against everything and
5:56anything in big out of blood out of
6:00blood to fix this country out of love
6:03for this country we have a hero do death
6:07there think you think you think is the
6:08third day you’re a hero you’re a
6:11going against anything against public
6:14opinion against other countries opinion
6:16you know we talk a lot about the third
6:19day out of the Philippines saying a lot
6:22of bullshit about him but you know what
6:24most of the people in the Philippines in
6:26his country the ones he affects love him
6:29yeah most of the people in this country
6:32love him I’m just a Duterte supporter
6:35who can see clearly what’s happening
6:38I can see clearly how it affects me and
6:41the people around me in sample of Manila
6:45we see it constantly fighting corruption
6:47finishing the red day finishing all this
6:51ball shared fixers something to fix yet
6:56we have to wait three months for a
6:58password appointment it’s crazy
7:03everyone was wanting a change everyone
7:05all it’s change the Philippines let’s
7:07hope hope some politician changes the
7:10well he’s changing it is changing it and
7:13he’s changing it very fast do you think
7:19change is not going to be painful do you
7:23think change it’s easy it’s not change
7:27is always painful growth is always
7:32painful learning is always painful
7:37change comes at a price so if you want
7:43to change you gotta pay the price are
7:47you willing to pay the price there’s
7:50some people who will always have an
7:52excuse to attack be tested
7:54you know it’s fucking hard to be the
7:57president you know I tell you you who
8:01talk so much why don’t you run for
8:03president and do it you know you’re
8:06doing the worst thing you can do you
8:07know what you’re doing you’re poking the
8:09eye of the driver we’re all in the same
8:13bus he’s the driver he won the elections
8:17alright so that’s it you believe in
8:20democracy so now you have a president he
8:25was voted so accept whatever he fucking
8:28wants to do accept his leadership
8:37if you’re poking the eyes of the driver
8:40we might have an accident let’s all
8:45support to that and next election let’s
8:48vote again and both whoever you want or
8:53present yourself smartass
8:55present yourself you try to be the
8:59president and try to get all the
9:01spanking answer it’s fucking hard to be
9:06Bravo testa Bravo thank you for being
9:10brave thank you for being so smart thank
9:13you for being so Mattapan Callaghan
9:16selamat Solomon Solomon brother we have
9:20the Punisher we have a strong man we’ll
9:23kick the ass of forevers messing up with
9:26his country stop criticizing start
9:31appreciating the man doesn’t need this
9:36the man the birthday is doing it out of
9:40love for the country he’s rich enough
9:44and old enough he could retire in any
9:47moment but he decided not to retire he
9:51decided to give to give to give us to
9:56give you to give me all our Filipinos he
10:00decided to give us his energy his life
10:02his ideas his strength so appreciated
10:08I love you to death day thank you