Innate goodness big plus for charismatic Juan Karlos

Thirteen-year-old Juan Karlos Labajo’s natural charisma is unquestionable.

From The Voice Kids Blind Auditions trailer in May up to the proclamation of the grand champion on Sunday, the Cebuano lad had been winning hearts by hundreds of thousands every day.


Juan Karlos Labajo

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The Blind Auditions video of him singing Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You breached the 2-million mark for the reality singing competition on YouTube.

His witticism interspersed with the sad news about his mom’s death in November endeared him more to viewers.


JK hugs then lifts Lyca

As the contest progressed, people saw the other side of him – serious about his craft but easily connects with the audience, well-liked even by the other contestants (both younger and older) and teachable as testified by his coach, rock icon Bamboo Manalac.


JK, Lyca, Darren, Darlene (hidden) in a huddle after the show

JK performed Yesterday by The Beatles for the Power Ballad Round in the Grand Finals, which had him cry towards the end and was not able to answer host Luis Manzano’s question why he cried, but just pointed up as gesture for the reason of his emotion was his mom.

He did Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars in the Upbeat Round, earning accolades from his Coach Bamboo that he made the song his own.


JK and Coach Bamboo

His charm, singing talent and strong stage presence assure him of a career in singing, and surely, as an actor, too, being a total package.

His enigmatic rendition of the song made Lea Salonga comment:

“I’m actually looking at you as a 13-year-old and seeing what you’re going to be like five years from now, ‘yung mga DJ na ‘yan, ‘yung mga… wala, sorry. Their names are going to be erased once you get to that age…”

Fans of heartthrob Daniel Padilla (also known by his nickname, DJ, for Daniel John) immediately took to social media to voice their reaction to the Broadway star’s candid comment.

Lea did not have to wait for more reactions and posted on Twitter and Facebook:

“Ohhh dear… I offer my deepest apologies to Daniel P and his fans. In building up JK I neglected to think that I might hurt other people.”

Daniel, meanwhile, said Lea’s comment did not offend him and there was no need to explain or apologize for as his mom Karla Estrada (also a singer-actress who started out as That’s Entertainment talent) has high regards for the original Miss Saigon.


JK’s swag is all his own

JK can fill a room merely by his presence, illuminates it some more when he sings, then brings the heat when he moves.

On Sunday, he performed Eto Na Naman with Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano – the only upbeat number among them four Grand Finalists.


TVK’ Hosts and Coaches with ABS-CBN Execs Gabby Lopez (extreme left) and Cory Vidanes (extreme right)

Ranked third after Lyca Gairanod and Darren Espanto (both of Team Sarah) when the votes were tallied choosing the Top 4 out of the Top 6, the ranking never changed on Grand Champion Night.

Lyca was declared the first-ever The Voice Kids Grand Champion.

Upon the announcement, JK immediately hugged and lifted the nine-year-old tyke from Cavite, as if she’s his younger sister and not a competitor at all.


‘TVK’ Season 1 Big 4

JK’s gesture was praiseworthy as it’s a display of his innate goodness. Though barely noticed by the diehards, some took their hats off and lauded the young man for it.

Even at the After Party, where Lyca expressed her gratitude to all those who supported and voted for her, it was JK who led in the performances along with members of Team Bamboo and their beloved coach.


Seeing Double with Darren Espanto

Shows and guestings have been lined up for the The Voice Kids Top 4 in the coming days.

One of these is the Charity Concert of The Voice Kids.

Dubbed Boses Ng Bulilit, Kami Ulit the concert features the Top 4 (Lyca, Darren, JK, Darlene), the coaches (Sarah, Bamboo and Lea) and Kapamilya artists. This is for the benefit of the victims of recent Typhoon Glenda.

(Call 0937-411-4850 and look for JM Lafuente for ticket inquiries and reservations)

Click links to watch JK’s Grand Finals videos:


JK with Lyca’s parents


‘Runaway Baby’

‘Eto Na Naman’ with Gary Valenciano

Announcement of Grand Champion

Other videos:

Teaser video, now with almost 2,400,000 views

Full Blind Auditions

Battles Round, ‘A Thousand Years’ with Julienne and Maite

Sing-Off Round, ‘Stay’

Announcement of Team Bamboo Final 2

Semi-Finals Round, ‘Sway’

Top 6 Boys, ‘One Way Or Another’ with Darren and Tonton

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Get to know JK once again thru his slam book

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Despite not winning ‘The Voice Kids’ title: Singing heartthrob Darren is staying and may try acting, too!

#DarrenDontLeaveThePhilippines became a trending topic not only in the Philippines but worldwide soon after the proclamation of Lyca Gairanod as The Voice Kids grand champion with Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation Darren Espanto placing second.

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Fans, especially the Darrenatics, were weary and wary that Darren will go back to Canada for good since he did not win the title.

The hashtag has been retweeted more than 2,000 times and favorited more than 1,000 times.

Upon the proclamation of Lyca as grand champion, Darren was seen being hugged and comforted by Coach Sarah Geronimo. When the replica check was awarded to Lyca, Darren was seen hugging ABS-CBN executive Cory Vidanes (who announced the result) and sobbing.


Darren not winning the title made a lot of people – both supporters and neutral viewers – sad, some even cried, not because Lyca won but because they knew and believed Darren should be the first The Voice Kids grand champion.


One issue being discussed and circulated is that when they voted for Darren (following the mechanics) they got replies saying that the vote was confirmed to have been received but went to Lyca.

Darrenatics are in protest of this kind of scheme, again, not because they think Lyca is not the rightful winner, but because their votes for Darren was counted for Lyca.

Having been fooled, duped, naisahan and other terms available for this kind of scheme, fans and supporters are up against the system and have collectively moved to file a formal complaint with ABS-CBN.


When the Top 4 were announced out of the Top 6, Lyca was called first and Darren was last. Host Luis Manzano later revealed the ranking: 1) Lyca 2) Darren 3) Juan Karlos (Labajo of Team Bamboo) 4) Darlene (Vibares of Team Lea). Both Lyca and Darren come from Team Sarah.

The difference between Lyca and Darren reportedly was very slim, almost neglible.


After the grand finals performances last Saturday, Lyca came in quite strong with Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. But Darren was stronger with Ngayon by Basil Valdez and Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber.

As seen by neutral viewers, the performances on Sunday, though, sealed it for Lyca with her concert-like performance with Aegis for Basang-Basa Sa Ulan.

Filipinos love underdogs but also celebrate hair-raising experiences especially in singing competitions, with the fact that Aegis songs are the most popular yet hardest-to-perform ditties during gatherings.


Darren, who said he was to give Lyca the house prize if he won, shows no regret at all for not winning the title. This should allay the fears and weariness of his legions of fans.

Is he staying put or is he going back to Canada?

“Kung may (If there are) offer(s) I’ll stay here po,” he said in an interview at the backstage after the show.

Shows and guestings have been lined up for the The Voice Kids Top 4 in the coming days.

One of these is the Charity Concert of The Voice Kids.


Dubbed Boses Ng Bulilit, Kami Ulit the concert features the Top 4 (Lyca, Darren, JK, Darlene), the coaches (Sarah, Bamboo and Lea) and Kapamilya artists. This is for the benefit of the victims of recent Typhoon Glenda.

(Call 0937-411-4850 and look for JM Lafuente for ticket inquiries and reservations)

Whether in the Philippines or Canada (or anywhere in the world), Darren will surely continue singing.

As taught by Sarah to be always humble, Darren feels blessed and happy of the support he’s getting.

He also wants to try acting and would love to have a project with his coach.

“Pangarap ko rin pong mag-artista (It’s also my dream to become an actor),” he said when asked if he’d try acting, too, adding that he’d love to have a project with his coach and idol, Sarah Geronimo.


Click link to see related article Will Darren Espanto be staying in the Philippines after ‘The Voice Kids’?

Click link to watch Darren’s cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds

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‘Little Superstar’ wins: Lyca Gairanod is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion!

Broadway star and The Voice of the Philippines and The Voice Kids Coach Lea Salonga likened her to Superstar Nora Aunor, for being small but terrible (in singing).


Coach Sarah Geronimo and ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Her own coach, Sarah Geronimo, called her “My Superstar.”

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Lyca performs ‘Basang-Basa Sa Ulan’ with Aegis

From Blind Auditions singing Aegis’ Halik to the grand finals night singing Basang-Basa Sa Ulan, this time live with the most popular and three-girl-member beloved band, nine-year-old Lyca Gairanod has captured the hearts of millions of Filipinos worldwide and by public voting, was declared the first ever The Voice Kids grand champion.

(Click link to watch Lyca’s performance with Aegis)

Lyca edged out teammate Darren Espanto, touted to be the most ready, most ripe and most prepared among the four grand finalists for superstardom.


Darren performs ‘You Are My Song’ with Martin Nievera

Darren performed with Concert King Martin Nievera, initially playing the piano and did second voice for the song, You Are My Song.

(Click link to watch Darren’s performance with Martin Nievera)

Those with keen ears heard flats and disharmony, unlike during performance night on Saturday that the Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation asserted his top position with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston in the Power Ballad round and Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber in the Upbeat round.


Opening number with the grand finalists and their coaches. Extreme left is host Luis Manzano

Lyca sang Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen on Saturday.

As the grand champion, Lyca won P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.


JK performs ‘Eto Na Naman’ with Gary Valenciano

Days before the grand finals, Darren said he’d give Lyca the house if he’d win. Now, that it’s Lyca who won, the daughter of a fisherman and a scavenger from Cavite has all the prizes to her own and her family.

The ranking never changed.

When the Big 4 were chosen out of the Top 6, Lyca topped the votes, with Darren placing second, Team Bamboo’s Juan Karlos Labajo at third place, and Team Lea’s Darlene Vibares, fourth.


Darlene performs ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ with Lani Misalucha

(Click link to watch Juan Karlos’ performance with Gary Valenciano)

JK performed Eto Na Naman with Gary Valenciano and Darlene sang You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me with Lani Misalucha.


Grand Champion Lyca performs ‘Narito Ako’

At conclusion of Lyca’s performance on Sunday, Sarah asked her ward if she was aware she’s on the grand finals, to which Lyca said, yes.

(Click link to watch Darlene’s performance with Lani Misalucha)

Sarah then said that Superstar Lyca seemed not performing in the grand finals but in her own concert, with the crowd at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila clapping and screaming enthusiastically.


Get to know Lyca once again thru her slam book

Meanwhile, the second season of The Voice of the Philippines is set to premiere later this year.

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Darren asserts supremacy in both rounds of ‘The Voice Kids’ grand finals performances

All four The Voice Kids grand finalists are good. In fact, they are more than good – already assured of places in the Philippine entertainment sun.


In Saturday’s performances – Juan Karlos Labajo, Lyca Gairanod, Darlene Vibares and Darren Espanto each sang a power ballad and an upbeat number.

(Click link to watch Darren’s powerful rendition of Ngayon)

Lyca sang Narito Ako by Regine Velasquez. All coaches were impressed by her performance. In the upbeat round, she sang Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe.


Lyca Gairanod

Lea Salonga said that whenever she’d talk to the kids in English, Lyca would say she could not understand, but proved she can also do English songs, after all.

(Click links to watch Lyca‘s performances)

Her coach, Sarah Geronimo, said “Kahit anong gawin mo, mamahalin at mamahalin ka namin, kasi talagang (Whatever you do, we will always love you, as certainly) you have the makings of a superstar.”


Juan Karlos Labajo

Juan Karlos did Yesterday by The Beatles, which had him cry towards the end and was not able to answer host Luis Manzano’s question why he cried, but just pointed up as gesture for the reason of his emotion was his mother who died only last November.

(Click links to watch JK‘s performances)

JK did Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars in the upbeat round, earning accolades from his Coach Bamboo that he made the song his own. His charm, singing talent and strong stage presence assure him of a career in singing and also acting being a total package.


Darlene Vibares

Darlene started out of sync performing Sharon Cuneta’s Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas but able to catch up and still gave a powerful rendition of the popular love song. Her coach, Lea, said it happens to all performers but praised her for making it through.

(Click links to watch Darlene‘s performances)

Darlene did Louder by Charice and also got remarks from Lea that the international singer must be very proud of the kid’s performance.


Darren Espanto

It’s Darren that brought the house down and had all three coaches giving him standing ovation, not just her coach, Sarah, after his performance of Ngayon by Basil Valdez.

Shedding tears after the prolonged high-note last word of the song, he told host Alex Gonzaga that he was just emotional, the reason why he cried.

Lea commented, “Sa lahat ng iniidolo ngayon ni Darren, ito ay isang babala sa inyo, ilalampaso kayo ng batang ito balang araw (To all those that Darren presently idolizes, this is a warning, this kid will sweep you away someday).”

Darren slumbook

Get to know Darren again thru his slam book

Coach Sarah remarked: “Ngayon ay pinatunayan mo na ikaw ang karapat-dapat na tanghaling grand champion ng The Voice Kids (Now [title of his song in English] you have proven that you deserve to be proclaimed as the grand champion of The Voice Kids).”

Darren performed Somebody To Love by Justin Bieber for the upbeat round.

Sarah said Darren is very much ripe, ready for superstardom and there’s nothing to coach him on anymore, as every forte is his forte.

(Click link to watch Darren‘s upbeat number)

She added that Darren is a mixture of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano (known for his singing-dancing skills) and Power Balladeer Martin Nievera.


The Voice Kids grand champion wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.

The first grand champion of The Voice Kids (Philippines) is known tonight, Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Take note of the time: It’s 6:15 p.m. and not 6:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN.

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Darren to give house to Lyca, musical set to Darlene, money to church if he wins ‘The Voice Kids’

In a casual conversation of The Voice Kids Big 4 while sipping tea during break, Darren Espanto said that, in case he wins, he will give the money to his church and the house to Lyca (Gairanod).


‘TVK’ Big 4

Juan Karlos Labajo said he will share his winnings also to Lyca so she can buy house for her and her family, in case he wins.


Darren Espanto

Darlene (Vibares) protested that no one’s giving her anything. JK later said he will give Darlene financial support, five thousand (pesos) and guitar.


Lyca Gairanod

Darren first said he will give Darlene his moral support, but later changed his mind and said he will give Lea Salonga’s bet the musical set.


Darren, Lyca and Coach Sarah

The 53-second video was posted by Michael Asher Andal Hermo and shared to Sarah Geronimo’s Popsters.

Lyca fanatics, though, said nothing like this could happen as it’s their superstar who will win.


Darren and JK

The Voice Kids grand champion, to be known on Sunday, July 27, 2014, wins P1 million, one-year recording contract from MCA Universal, house and lot (from Camella Homes), home appliance showcase, musical instrument showcase and P1 million worth of trust fund.


Juan Karlos Labajo

Darren is the strongest contender to the title, along with Lyca. Both are from Team Sarah.

(See related story Team Sarah vs Team Sarah: Darren and Lyca seen slugging it out in ‘The Voice Kids Champion’ final round


Darlene Vibares

Juan Karlos from Team Bamboo and Darlene are the other two grand finalists in the first edition of the singing reality franchise that originated in the Netherlands in 2010.


The Coaches with ‘The Voice Kids’ grand finalists

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Darren plays big brother to Lyca


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Team Sarah vs Team Sarah: Darren, Lyca seen slugging it out in ‘The Voice Kids Champion’ final round

Although Lyca (Gairanod) ranked #1 and Darren (Espanto) ranked #2 in the votes during the Top 6 performances last Saturday, which also made #3 Juan Karlos (Labajo) and #4 Darlene (Vibares) to enter the Big 4 for the Grand Finals this Saturday, the gap between Lyca and Darren was reportedly so close it was almost negligible.


‘The Voice Kids’ grand finalists

Basing on the likes and comments on the postings of The Voice of The Philippines official Facebook and Twitter accounts and also that of ABS-CBN, Lyca and Darren, both from Team Sarah (Geronimo) have the most number of supporters.


Coach Sarah with Darren and Lyca

It is seen that it’s going to be Lyca and Darren in the The Voice Kids Champion final round on Sunday, July 27.

Lyca, called by Broadway star and TVK Coach Lea Salonga as little Nora Aunor being small but terrible, is also called by her own coach Sarah as “my superstar.”


Lyca Gairanod

The kid from Cavite, whose family’s livelihood is scavenging for scraps, won the hearts of millions since her Blind Auditions piece of Aegis Halik.

As she moved from the Battles to the Sing-Offs to Top 6 then to Big 4, Lyca’s simple yet heartfelt singing has won more hearts in the process. Her win will be providential.


Darren Espanto

Darren, on the other hand, immediately set social media on fire right after his Blind Auditions performance of Jessie J’s Domino.

(See related story Canada-based Pinoy singing sensation Darren Espanto sets social media afire with ‘The Voice Kids’ blind audition, chooses Sarah G. as coach


‘TVK’ Big 4 with the Coaches

His story of coming back to the country from a comfortable life in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (yet speaks Tagalog fluently) just for the contest has endeared him to millions of Filipinos worldwide.


Darren and JK

Darren asserted his position as the most ready/best prepared for superstardom – showing his vocal and dancing prowess in the Battles, Sing-Offs, Top 6 and Big 4.

His win will be well-deserved – devoid of dramatics or sad story background – just plain vocal superiority.


Juan Karlos Labajo

Not to be outdone is Juan Karlos who mustered following even still with the trailer of The Voice Kids with his performance of Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You in the Blind Auditions.

(See related story ‘The Voice Kids’ amazing discoveries ensure steady supply of singing superstars


Coach Bamboo with JK

JK proved to be Team Bamboo’s strongest bet with his natural charm, vocal ability, stage presence and amiability.

From Team Lea is Darlene Vibares.


Darlene Vibares

Since her Girl On Fire Blind Audition piece, Darlene carried her team’s banner strongly in Top 6 to Big 4.

Some netizens noticed and criticized her being OA, a little bit pitchy and poor English diction but her legions of supporters want her to reach the championship round and would not want nothing less for this girl who initially caught the attention really big of viewers and reality show aficionados.

The coaches of the Big 4 who are to battle it out in the Final Showdown have pitched for each of them.

Sarah refers to 12-year-old Darren as “world-class, total performer” while 9-year-old Lyca as “boses ng masang Pilipino” (the voice of Filipino masses). The Pop Princess is the only coach whose Top 6 artists both made it to the Big 4.


Coach Lea with Darlene

Lea, on the other hand, said that 10-year-old Darlene should win because “she sets ablaze any stage she is on.”

As for Bamboo, he said 13-year-old Juan Karlos is “incomparable because he makes an emotional connection with the audience.”


Hosts Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga

Click link to watch the Coaches pitch for their bets

Click links to watch semifinals stage rehearsals of each of the Big 4–lyca

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A must-see for every Juan: ‘Filipinas 1941’ a musical stage play fusing history with bits of comedy

Juan Dela Cruz is the prototype of the Filipino. If rich, he’s Juan Bacnang (Ilocano term for affluent). If indolent, he’s Juan Tamad.

In the musical stage play, Filipinas 1941, though, the Filipino is represented either by Felipe or Nestor.


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Set during the Japanese occupation, the almost three-hour production centers on the love-hate-love relationship of two brothers and their inamoratas – Sofia and Emilia, respectively.

“It’s actually inspired by my relationship with my only (and younger) brother, whom I haven’t seen and talked to after a long time until the birth of my son,” intimated lawyer-actor Vince Tanada.


Vince Tanada as Felipe

Tanada said the idea had been playing in his head during the run of Bonifacio, Isang Sarsuwela which he also penned, directed and starred in. To put things together, he secluded himself in the paradisiacal island of Boracay and finished the script and libretto all in just four days.

It took another month-and-a-half to put in the music, choreography and other aspects of the production – and the outcome is impressive, awesome, jaw-breaking one hell of a show!


Patrick Libao as Nestor

Against a static three-layer backdrop, but with videos playing in the background at times, the strength of Filipinas 1941 lies on the lines, the music (by Pipo Cifra), the superb acting of everyone in the 42-member ensemble.


Adelle Ibarrientos-Lim as Sofia

In fact, it is by far superior than the highly acclaimed Miss Saigon (which catapulted Lea Salonga and other Filipino artists to international recognition) in terms of hitting the very core of the soul.


Cindy Liper as Emilia

Filipinas 1941 starts with younger Nestor catching up with older Felipe in the American-run school who flunks again for being so poor in understanding the lessons, which made him downtrodden with inferiority complex.


Jomar Bautista as Manuel L. Quezon

The younger sibling, who finishes at the top of the class, offers his medal to the older one. Nestor becomes successful in business and Felipe is left to tend the land.

The conflict starts to build up when their mother dies, then comes the war. When Nestor is hit by shrapnel from Japanese bombardment, Felipe comes to the rescue, carries his brother on his back then in his arms for hundreds of thousands of steps to the hospital.


Chris Lim as Gen. Douglas McArthur

Nestor submits his fate to the pronouncement of the experts – the doctors and nurses – that he could no longer walk. Felipe, however, believes in willpower and forces Nestor to try walking again and never give up, to which the younger brother slumps to the floor instead then curses his older brother who saved his life.


JP Lopez as Jose P. Laurel

When Japanese forces bomb the surroundings hitting the hospital, Nestor is left with no one except himself, so by willpower, as what Felipe taught him, he stands, walks and escapes. Thru his in-laws, Nestor does business with the Japanese, making shoes for the enemies of the state.

Driven out by his brother’s hatred, Felipe gets to meet guerillas and Hukbalahap members, meeting Tata Edong and young Pancho along the way, making his adventures more colorful and comedic in some instances. He becomes leader of the revolutionaries.


Gabby Bautista as Pancho

History then unfolds – some of it Filipinos already know, some of it majority never cared to know: like Jose P. Laurel accepted the presidency given to him by the Japanese Imperial Army because for him, the Philippines is still better led by a Filipino than a foreigner; that President Manuel L. Quezon paid Gen. Douglas McArthur US$500,000 to come to defend the country from Japanese invasion.

(Vince, who himself is an avid historian, asserts that there is evidence to this as shown in the contract signed between Quezon and McArthur.)

Missing in this piece of work, though, is Quezon’s famous declaration: “I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans (because however bad a Filipino government might be, we can always change it).”

Vince explains that this line is not needed in the historical facet of the play.


Chin Ortega as Tata Edong

Filipinas 1941 aims to educate and entertain, not just students or stage production aficionados, but every Juan, practically every Filipino – to feel patriotism in every fiber of their being and look back at the sacrifices of their forefathers who paved the way for the freedom they are enjoying right now.

“The missing links of our history needs to be filled out and this play will try to fill the gaps. The misrepresentation of our history regarding our efforts in the Second World War needs to be corrected. Our war against the Japanese was made successful because of the Filipino spirits. The country is already winning when McArthur returned, as such as 12 out of 40 provinces was left to the Japanese forces and was bound to fall in coming months.

“The Philippines is the apex of the Second World War and the end of it is the turning point that would spell success or failure between the ruling powers. The battle of Leyte Gulf is arguably the biggest naval battle in history. Our character will join us in tragic battle. Lives will be lost, tragedy will be told, but at the end of the day, Filipinas 1941 will give you a spectacular musical experience that would show our history through the eyes of our countrymen and how the resilience of the Filipino won the day for the Philippines.”

Thus says the conclusion of the synopsis of this extravaganza.


‘Filipinas 1941’ Ensemble

Presented by Philippine Stagers Foundation, Filipinas 1941 runs from July 2014 until March 2015. It had its initial run at SM North EDSA last July 12, 13 & 14, then on July 19 & 20 at St. Scholastica’s College Manila.

Playdates for the rest of this month are July 23 (Wednesday) 8am, 11am, 2pm Tanghalang Pasigueno, Pasig City; July 26-27 (Saturday, Sunday) 8am, 11am, 2pm St. Scholastica’s College Manila; July 28 (Monday) 10am, 1pm Laguna State Polytechnic University, Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Vince Tanada essays the role of Felipe (with Kevin Posadas as alternate), Patrick Adrian Libao as Nestor (with Kenneth Sadsad as alternate), Adelle Ibarrientos-Lim as Sofia (with Nikki Joy Villaviray as alternate) and Cindy Liper as Emilia (with Cherry Bagtas and Alence Villanueva as alternates).

Other important roles are played by Jomar Bautista as Manuel L. Quezon (with JV Cruz as alternate), Chin Ortega as Tata Edong, Chris Lim as Gen. Douglas McArthur, JP Lopez as Jose P. Laurel and Gabby Bautista as Pancho (with John Rey Rivas as alternate).

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