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September 14, 2011



THE rich musical and cultural heritage of Pampanga will be celebrated in a musical production billed Mikit Tamu King Milabas (Romancing the Past) on September 24, 2011, 4pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino (LittleTheater).

The show, a co-production of the CCP and ArtiSta.Rita, presents the collection of ArtiSta.Rita zarzuelas and showcases excerpts from the group’s most unforgettable and outstanding musicals staged in the last ten years. The show also marks the group’s 10th anniversary.

Founded in Sta. Rita, Pampanga in 2001, ArtiSta.Rita is a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of artists dedicated to promote the arts, and in particular to keeping Kapampangan music alive. Inspired by the popular songs of childhood, ArtiSta.Rita took on the challenging and ambitious project of recording old, almost-forgotten Kapampangan songs. Whether in their traditional form or modernized, the albums received an enthusiastic response and created a strong and loyal following for ArtiSta.Rita’s brand of music and artistry. To date, ArtiSta.Rita has produced four all-Kapampangan music recordings, with one more in the works. Among its other accomplishments is the creation of the Duman Festival in 2002. This yearly Festival, with fine Kapampangan music and cuisine as main attractions, has grown to become a grand cultural event, drawing crowds to Santa Rita, Pampanga. For its work in promoting Kapampangan culture, ArtiSta.Rita was given the 2004 Most Outstanding Kapampangan award and the 2007 National Commission for Culture and Arts Gawad Alab ng Haraya Award (Duman Festival).

For its CCP show, ArtiSta.Rita will present excerpts from three zarzuelas in its collection---Kapampangan Ku, Kwayan and Pamanuli. Kapampangan Ku portrays provincial life in the olden times. Kwayan highlights the Kapampangan’s bayanihan spirit while Pamanuli shows how old traditions evolve and change in modern times.

Tickets are priced at P1,500 with 50% discount for students, 20% discount for senior citizens, government employees and military personnel. Group discounts are available. For more information, please call the CCP Performing Arts Department at 8321125 loc. 1606/1607 or CCP Box Office 832-3704.

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