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Rerun of the musical play RAK OF AEGIS

When your friend invites you to watch a play entitled “Rak of Aegis” (w/o the awareness of the spelling), surely you get excited because you are expecting the Rock of Ages, a 2012 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. Don’t worry, I know where you’re coming from, I felt the same way. But when you learn the correct spelling, I’m pretty sure you will ask, “What about Rak of Aegis?”

The title is very intriguing on how they come up with the idea of choosing that. Maribel Legarda the Director said, that Rak of Aegis began as a jest almost two years ago when Myke Salomon the musical director jokingly said to her, “kung mayroong Rock of Ages, dapat tayo Rak of Aegis”.  “It didn’t take a second before I realized that it was a brilliant idea. Yes indeed, why not create musical around the iconic 90’s band whose music cuts across all ages and social status?” she stressed. Great idea, because of the title, it is easy to remember and it is a very effective marketing strategy.

Stressing the Filipino challenges is the main thought of comedy musical “Rak of Aegis”. It showcases the resiliency of the inhabitants of a flooded area from a catastrophic typhoon. A talented promodizer who dreams to become a YouTube sensation  named Aileen (Aicelle Santos alternating with Joan Bugcat), the family, the flood and the residents who live in a flooded Brgy Venizia ( far from being like city of Venice). The plot is very simple yet heartbreaking because it reflects the reality of Philippine Society. Because of its simplicity it can easily penetrate the mindset of the audience.

The message is very clear; it is Love in the Time of Calamity. “People always hail Pinoys as being resilient like its sole golden virtue that our people can use to survive. As though we can take any beating with a smile, call its exasperation, but sometimes I feel corrupt officials tend to use it as an excuse, hailing the Pinoy’s resilience and not to do after. While it’s true we are resilient, I’d like to go beyond resilience. How about accountability? How about support for local endeavors? How about true public service?” the writer Liza Magtoto said.

Singing along with the casts during the show is not allowed, however I can’t avoid humming while listening to the lineup of songs being mashed-up and narratively sang in every segments of the entire show. Who doesn’t know the rock band Aegis?

The backdrop of the said musical was the songs of Aegis; Halik, Luha, Basang-basa sa Ulan, Christmas Bunos, Munting Pangarap and etc. This play lifts up the Original Pilipino Music. “Appreciation leads to patronage; Patronage leads to progress and progress creates sustainability. Rak of Aegis is an embodiment of what we have to do as Filipinos” Ogie Alcasid (Organisasyong Pilipino Mang-aawit President) said.

Not surprisingly, with the collaboration of artistic staff, production is good. Lights are visually pleasant and it added up the drama of the set. The complex set design is a multi-story semi arena stage wherein divided equally into three levels designed by Mio Infante. Costumes were simple that shows the existing poverty that once thriving barangay has been ravaged by a typhoon and is immersed in the flood. However, during the final part of the play that will be the time that you will witness the exquisite designs of Carlo Villafuerte Pagunaling, Shoe designs by Maco Custodio and Accessory Designs by Joann Pamintuan.  Real water is being used and the front row audiences will get slightly drenched. Choreography is quite good with the modern jazz genre choreograph by Gio Gahol.

Rak of Aegis is a story of everyone, each one of us dreams to be successful despite of various predicaments. Yes, the focus of the play is the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens. But in a way, stressing resiliency towards the Filipino is not good. Teaching Filipino to become inure and get used to is very alarming and not advisable. Just like what a dreamer always said “Huwag mo hayaang masanay ka sa nakalakihan.” Filipinos tend to accept and let the sufferings happened, we are not finding alternative ways for us to avoid on these.

Rerun on August 6,2014
Tickets are now available via (+632 8919999). For more information, contact PETA at (+632) 7256244 or (+63) 917-5765400, email, or visit

Jonathan D. Orbuda, an Economics graduate and now an occasional motivational speaker, was a writer way back in college, when he served as a section editor (2007-2008) of The Pillar Group of Publications. But beyond this, he established a blogsite detailing traveling sans (much of the) frills. Since finishing his schooling, he already worked for a bank and the BPO industry, among others. But his burning passion remains writing, and so he now travels as much as he can to discover what this world (and life) has to offer. As he keeps stressing: “Live life the most out of it ” You can email him atilovetansyong(at)gmail(dot)com for any concern , or connect him at Google+ 

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