“BINONDO: A Tsinoy musical” sheds music and rhythm to the plight of Chinese-Filipinos

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SYNERGY 88 Digital, Rebecca Chuaunsu Film Production (RCFP), and Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. present an original musical about Chinese-Filipinos titled “BINONDO: A Tsinoy Musical”; directed by Joel Lamangan, written by Ricky Lee with Gershom Chua, and Ejay Castro Deldoc.

The Story

The true story came from the memories of the creative producer, Rebecca Chuaunsu, who can still recall when a Chinese professor shared the story of his eternal love for a Filipina. This story moved her and as a Chinese-Filipina herself, it has always been a dream to have a theatrical narrative that would give a fleshed-out representation of the plight of Chinese-Filipinos. Her first theater mentor, Joel Lamangan became one of the keys in staging this dream, as Ricky Lee also came into the picture when he eagerly accepted to write the book and lyrics of the musical. As a Chinese-Filipino, Ricky Lee admitted that he had noticed the scarcity of literary pieces that highlight the deeper context of their struggles.

BINONDO: A Tsinoy Musical” tells the story of how Lily, a Filipina night club singer in pre-Martial Law Manila, and Ah Tiong, a mainland Chinese scholar returning to Cultural Revolution-era Beijing, embark on a journey of great love and heartbreak that begins one fated, moon-lit night during the Mid-Autumn Festival of 1971 in the heart of Manila’s Chinatown.

Lily, a hopeless romantic, finally finds her unlikely great love in Ah Tiong, a cynic about destiny, during this night of one of the fullest moons ever recorded and on the birthdate of Ge Lao, the Old Man under the Moon or the Chinese Deity of Love.

Vying for Lily’s heart as well is Carlos, a local Chinese childhood friend of hers who is finally pushed to confront his feelings for her with the arrival of this stranger set on stealing her heart. A triangle centered on different ways of loving and receiving love forms the crux of this story.

Spanning two decades (the 1970s and 1990s respectively) and two countries (China and Philippines), the musical explores how love can triumph amidst racial prejudice and political turmoil, years of waiting and absence; only to grow deeper and change the lives of everyone who dares to put their hearts on the line.

The Team

The musical prides in featuring the country’s multi-talented artists from film, television, and theater namely Shiela Valderrama Martinez and Carla Guevara Laforteza (Lily); Arman Ferrer and David Ezra (Ah Tiong); Floyd Tena and Noel Rayos (Carlos); Mariella Laurel (Jasmine); Ashlee Factor (Ruby); Ima Castro (Mrs. Dela Rosa); Jennifer Villegas dela Cruz (Lourdes); Kay Balajadia Liggayu (Mrs. Chua); Dondi Ong (Mr. Chua); Russell Magno (Mr. Zhang); Elizabeth Chua (Mrs. Zhang); Jim Pebanco, Lorenz Martinez. Khalil Kaimo, Ellrica Laguardia, Rhapsody Li & Tuesday Vargas (Chorus); Jonel Mojica and Joseph Billeza (Ge Lao); Philip Deles and Ivana Villanueva (Swing).

The artistic team of “BINONDO: A Tsinoy Musical” is composed of the following: Joel Lamangan (Direction), Rebecca Chuaunsu (Original Story / Creative and Line Producer), Ricky Lee, Gershom Chua, and Eljay Castro Deldoc (Book and Lyrics), Von De Guzman (Music Composition and Musical Direction), Douglas Nierras (Choreography), Joey Nombres (Lighting Design), Otto Hernandez (Production Design and Technical Direction).

Show Details

The schedule of performances is as follows: June 29 at 8pm; June 30 at 3pm and 8pm and July 1 at 3pm and 8pm; July 6 at 8pm; July 7 at 3 pm and 8pm; July 8 at 3pm and 8 pm.

The Venue: Theatre at Solaire

For tickets, call TICKETWORLD at 891 9999.

The ticket prices are as follows:

Orchestra Center: PHP 2500

Orchestra Side PHP 2000

Premium Center PHP 4000

Premium Side PHP 3000

Balcony center PHP 1000

Balcony side PHP 500.

For further inquiries, contact Geordina at 0917 546 3401, or Hepzi at 0917 583 0331.

For more updates, follow #BinondoMusical and @BinondoMusical on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; visit their website: www.binondomusical.com.

 

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