Siddhartha Musical at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

December 3, 2007.

After the recent successful world premier at the Pacific Ballroom of Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, SIDDHARTHA, A Musical Journey to Enlightenment, written by multi-awarded songwriter JUDE GITAMONDOC and directed by Out of the Box Training & Productions Artistic Director, DAISY BA-AD, is scheduled to have a restaging at the Cultural Center of The Philippines (CCP) Main Theater, Manila on November 3 and 4, 2007 made possible through the recommendation and approval of the Fo Guang Shan head quarters, and through the collective efforts of the devotees with the Intl. Buddhist Progress Society (IBPS) and the Buddha Light International Association, (BLIA) Manila Chapter as producers of the restaging.

The all Cebuano creative team, cast and BLIA Cebu producers take pride and joy in bringing the play to Manila and look forward to bringing it to the world as there are currently invitations to bring the musical to Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and even New York after having seen the video of the Cebu production and witnessing an excerpt brought live in Taiwan as BLIA Cebu’s birthday gift to Venerable Master Hsing Yun, whose poetry formed a large part of the musical play.

Rehearsals are now in full blast under the helm of Production Manager Michelle Simtoco, Dance Director Marijo Cypril Japora, Dance Masters Micheal Lowel Dohig and Ian Ed Jamilarin, and Technical Director Bob Urpiana, as production numbers are improved, scenes made more intense, audio-video material enhanced, production design adjusted to the CCP Main Theater facilities, to prepare for the restaging which the group is dedicating to Sir Eden Tantiansu, as a way of paying tribute to him who envisioned the musical to be created --- husband of BLIA Cebu incumbent President Susan Tantiansu.

The project is led by BLIA Adviser Ven. Master Chueh Lin, and ably supported by BLIA Vice Presidents Ernesto Chua, Erwin Go, and Gino Yongco, and Treasurer Susan Yap-Tan, who will be accompanying the troupe composed of nearly over 70 young professionals and students coming from different schools, colleges and universities in Cebu all currently undergoing rigorous training for the CCP performance.

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