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February 2, 2013

Daragang Magayon onstage at the CCP: Three major Filipino artists in an Undying Legend




Virgilio Almario, Ramon Santos, Abdon Balde, Jr. join forces with emerging artists to give Albay legend a fresh outlook. The talents of three Filipino artists were pooled to present a fresh yet enchanting version of the undying legend of Daragang Magayon: The poetry of National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, the music of Dr. Ramon Pagayon Santos and the creative resources of Albayano writer and researcher Abdon M. Balde Jr.—who was recently appointed Albay Poet Laureate.




The familiarity of Dr. Santos with the tale is probably the reason why he can smoothly carve out hidden emotions from new scenes on the subject.

National Artist Virgilio Almario lends the magic of his poetry to the lyrics, carefully threading in Rio Almaic verses through the tale that pricked supernatural emotions, and led the gods to conspire in favor of an enduring love.

Much of the magical realism of the legend, involving ancient rituals and mythological characters is a product of the research and stories weaved by multi-awarded Bikolano writer Abdon M. Balde Jr. who specializes in mythopoeia and the folk stories of Bikol.


Daragang Magayon will be performed on February 8 at the CCP. Contact 381-3161.

Date and Time: 
February 8, 2013

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