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October 2, 2013

Ang Bagong Harana - A Musical Journey Every Filipino Should Take

Mounting a show like this is an act of faith. All around, the commercial theater and concert scene is full of imports, both the ideas and the actual productions. When we at the Philippine Opera Company decided to make a tradition of our Harana series, we said to ourselves “This is going to be a tough job. But we want to do it because we need to be reminded of how beautiful our music is, and how much our souls can be enriched by hearing these sung again.

So, with a cast of ten dedicated singers, plus the members of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, we set out creating the production. The stirring arrangements of multi awarded arrangers were more than enough basis for the staging and the choreography. As the production took shape, we felt more and more inspired and encouraged by the over-all picture that we were painting for an audience: a picture of an Age of Innocence that we Filipinos so badly need to return to.

From children’s songs to tribal chants, from planting songs to courtship ditties, from stirring kundiman to the delightful showstoppers by Sylvia la Torre, from the works of the three C’s - Canseco, Cruz and Cayabyab, the portrait we paint is of a race that is inherently good, inherently strong and kind and noble. The music we need to hear again and again, has painted the portrait of a people we need to be reminded we once were.

And that is why we wanted to push through with “Ang Bagong Harana”, despite the financial constraints, despite the constant struggle to find sponsors and sell tickets, despite the seeming foolhardiness of doing a Pinoy Musical revue when every other Pinoy seems interested in listening to anything but his own traditional music. Now, more than ever, we need to believe in ourselves. The songs that have served us well in the past will also serve as well as we go bravely into the future.

“Ang Bagong Harana” will showcase the best of all the Filipino composers from different music genres - Nicanor Abelardo, Ryan Cayabyab, Willy Cruz, Francisco Santiago, Antonio Molina, Resti Umali, George Canseco, Ernani Cuenco, Levi Celerio, Jose Estrella, Constancio De Guzman and Felipe de Leon, to name a few.

Directed by award-winning director and writer, Floy Quintos. “ANG BAGONG HARANA” will have a re-run on October 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8pm with matinees on at 3:30pm on October 13 and 20 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

Why do we need to do “Ang Bagong Harana”? We at Philippine Opera Company have chosen to do it because now more than ever, when globalization is the future of the world, we need to remind ourselves of who we are, where we are, where we have been, and what we held dear. “This is who we are”,

“This is our heritage”,
“This is the musical journey all Filipinos should take”.

Contact Details:
For tickets call POC at (63 2) 822-9609 or (63 917) 5272880 or TicketWorld at (63 2) 891-999.

Buy tickets at

Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
RCBC Plaza

4th Podium (Northeastern Corner), RCBC Plaza - Tower 1, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Ave. corner Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Salcedo Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Friday October 11, 2013
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Saturday October 19, 2013
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