Masculados member—Orlando Sol and co-talent of Productions56—Xyruz Cruz star in a Fringe Benefits Productions play based on the original texts of Rlando S. Tinio titled ‘Shakespeare in Parade and the Filipino Electorate’, a deconstruction under the direction of Aurora D. Yumol, starts on Sunday, March 6 at Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University-Manila Campus, Taft Avenue. It will have two runs on Sunday, March 6 at 11am and 3pm, respectively.
Sol will play Macbeth while Cruz is Romeo opposite GMA-6 Artist and Starstruck Finalist—Analyn Barro as Juliet. Both talents who were discovered and have been harnessed by internationally-acclaimed TV and film master director—Maryo J. Delos Reyes are no strangers to acting on stage. In 2015, Sol was featured in a Virgin Labfest play titled—‘Huling Huli’, which was directed by filmmaker Lawrence Fajardo; while Cruz, also debuted in a stage production last year via of the same production group and play–‘Katwiran na May Katwiran’, also directed by Aurora Yumol.
The two artists play vital roles as they appear as two opposing parties, the crises of the story, centered in political upheaval swings to the love scene-cum-balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet, as Macbeth received prophesies of the Three Furies that he leads an uprising Prince of Scotland as he led an uprising. And Macbeth did not escape death himself nor thus Romeo. Witness how Shakespeare interrogates his ‘imagined’ characters.
Veteran actress, theater director, a three-time Palanca awardee—Aurora Yumul is the artistic director of Fringe Bnefits Production and directs the deconstruction made possible by De La Salle University Medical Center-Dasmariñas City. It is also sponsored by 1771 Group of Restaurants, Make You Nanay Proud Foundation, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Teacher’s Partylist, Office of the City Manila Mayor, Le Heim Music Center and Councilor Yul Servo.
MANILA, Philippines – One of the members of The Masculados, Orlando Sol is making a buzz via the song titled ‘Ingatan Mo and Salitang Mahal Kita’ which is the theme song of the currently running drama series on GMA-7 Kapuso network—‘My Faithful Husband’ which premiered on August 10 with Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo as lead stars.
The song was chosen to be the series’ theme song due to its message that reflects the unconditional love of Trillo’s character as Emman, the husband of Mel portrayed by Mercado. Jerwin Nicomedez composed and arranged the love song for Sol.
According to Nicomedez, he wrote the song last year and is based from his personal experience: “Ginawa ko yun sa isang taong mahal na mahal ko. Binigay ko lahat para sa taong yun, in return nakukuha pa din niya akong balewalain at saktan to the point na nakalimutan ko na lahat pati family ko para sa pagmamahal ko sa kanya; kahit alam kong niloloko niya ko nagbubulag- bulagan ako.”
Despite the blindness of his love toward the person he loved, it came to a point that he woke up one day and realized that the one person he loved couldn’t love him back.
Jerwin added, “Sa sobrang sakit mas pinili ko na lang lumayo pero sa paglayo ko hindi ibig sabihin nun na di ko na siya mahal. Lumayo ako para malaman kong hahanapin niya ko at umaasa na gaya sa last line ng awitin: ‘At kung ako ay babalik sa ‘yo sana ay tanggapin mo akong muli’.”
Orlando is elated for his song to be part of the hit telenovela that tackles on the faithfulness of a husband, which is rarely given the spotlight since drama shows on the boobtube normally place female as the central character. Besides, apart from the series, he believes that the song is relevant nowadays and would remind humans to refrain from saying the words ‘mahal kita’ without love at all and by mere lip-service only. For him, love is a decision that one should truly commit whole-heartedly and must not be abused in any way possible. He was also asked if he is considering of leaving the longest-running, sing-and-dance, all-male group he is part of.
“Direk Maryo J. my manager is allowing me to explore on other things as well as expand my territory by trying out to sing solo, but it doesn’t mean I am leaving my group.
“Productions56 is a home of premium actors and is also where one of the country’s finest actors like Yul Servo is managed. Who doesn’t want to follow Kuya Yul’s footsteps?” Sol excitedly shares his latest venture.
In July this year, Orlando was also part of the Virgin Labfest stage play titled ‘Huling-Huli’ which was about a middle-aged widow torn between keeping her principles and becoming like the women in her village who have no other means of supporting themselves but offering sexual favors to fishermen in exchange for the chance to buy the fish they caught and resell in the market. He was paired with theater veteran and award-winning actress—Angeline Kanapi. He recently shared the limelight with the one and only Superstar–Nora Aunor in a TV guesting via another hit series on Kapuso Network—‘Pari ‘Koy’.
On the other hand, the song that Sol performed the theme song is the series that reunites Mercado and Trillo after the last project they did together back in 2010, which was the TV remake of the 1990 Viva film of the same title.
Another film that I thought won’t appeal to me, but to my surprise—it did the opposite, and it’s Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes’s ‘Bamboo Flowers’. Having said that, I could dare say—it is one entry in the recently concluded Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival All-Masters Edition that is a must-see.
Aloy Adlawan beautifully crafted three stories that narrate the lives of various characters in the province of Bohol, as its main setting. Though in its simplicity—it did rock. De los Reyes’s work is not presented in a complicated manner; and it did combine commerciality and with deep sensibility.
The film opens with Ma’am Berta’s (Irma Adlawan) story, who pursued a simple lifestyle along the Abatan River, but is having a hard time due to her aging father’s (Spanky Manican) health conditions. She has a son named Omel (Ruru Madrid), who volunteered to work in Tagbilaran City to support the family’s growing expenses, particularly on his grand father’s medical needs.
The second story is about Sandra (Mylene Dizon) who decided to go back to the coastal town of Anda with her 10-year-old son Eric (Yogo Singh) in tow. Moving back to her hometown after the death of her husband—has further complicated her relationship with her son. Both were nursing the trauma from witnessing a suicide act.
And the third story revolves between the lovers—Dolores and Luis (Max Collin and Orlando Sol). Both dreamt of working abroad after they graduate in their respective studies—she as a tourism student and he as a nautical student. The lovers found themselves in a test. Luis couldn’t manage to graduate while Dolores met a foreigner who lured her to getting into marriage and promised her with a greener pasture.
Among the three sub-stories, I found the first one more relevant and realistic. The third one idealistic and the second as melodramatic.
Irma Adlawan and Spanky Manican performed their respective roles with great sensitivity. In fact, the young actor, Ruru Madrid gave a promising performance, too. Omel’s journey as one of the contestants in a talent-reality show titled ‘Protégé’ came as an easy platform for him to showcase his commercial appeal. Delos Reyes made me shed a tear in the scene where Omel bade goodbye to his grandfather. The lovers played by Max Collin and Orlando Sol were also outstanding. They all have their moments and even if the writer chose a ‘happy ending’ for them, which is actually the premise of the film—still it felt good to see them together in the end. The one with Mylene Dizon didn’t stand out. I felt Dizon’s acting weren’t given much highlight or I was just the one who couldn’t feel the struggles of the character[s] in this sub-story.
Direction-wise, Delos Reyes did well in painting a rural life in Bohol. Watching the film is like being there—experiencing first-hand the beauty that awaits the people who get to visit the said province. He was also effective in making a simple statement with his film—“When the flowers bloom, the bamboo dies.” It is liken to the passage in scriptures in the letter of Paul to Galatians (chapter 5: 22-23) and the gospel of Matthew (chapter 7:16a): “In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” and “By their fruits you will know them.”
Though treated in a secular way, Delos Reyes’s background did shine through as a former seminarian and punches with a simple message to his audience. He doesn’t mean to substitute what the priest[s] would do on Sunday homilies, but his film attempted to convey a more apt lesson—one can choose to live a simple, contented, but fulfilling life and leave behind an inspiring legacy to the next generation.