'Mula Sa Buwan' Is Almost Sold Out—And You Wouldn’t Want To Miss IT
Gracing the newly built theater of the Ateneo de Manila University's creative hub, the Arete, is the rerun of Pat Valero's decade-long project, Mula sa Buwan. A filipino translation of Edmond Rostand's play, Cyrano de Bergerac, Black Box Production's newest musical tells the story of a CAT cadet-poet with maddening panache and a hilariously long nose.
Against the backdrop of the impending Japanese invasion, we are introduced to a young handsome promdi, Christian, played by Myke Salomon and Edward Beñosa, who immediately falls in love at first sight (why not?) for a binibini, Roxane, portrayed by Gab Pangilinan and Cris Go. Unknown to these two, the lead, Cyrano, alternatingly played by Nicco Manalo and Boo Gabunada, is also secretly in love with Roxane, but for the lady's happiness he decides to stay in the shadows. Being told by Roxane herself that she is in love with Christian, Cyrano takes the backseat and lets the love story of the two unfold in front of his eyes.
Nicco Manalo as Cyrano, Myke Salomon as Christian, and Gab Pangilinan as Roxanne
Edward Beñosa as Christian, Cris Go as Roxanne, and Boo Gabunada as Cyrano
Throughout the musical, Pat Valero tugs us to a world of playfulness and joviality. And true to the spirit of Zarzuela, we meet a band of jolly bards headed by Cyrano, singing and dancing to merry tunes to tell their tales. There are songs that highlight the marriage of traditional kundiman and contemporary pop rock, in contrast with the goosebumps-inducing Manifesto, an anthemic song of identity and resistance. Ballads also litter the play, with love songs and hyms of secret love and love lost.
While love is a always a great tale, Mula sa Buwan goes above and beyond the usual unrequited love narrative with themes of war, survival, and acceptance. In changing the play's milieu to that of the Philippines during the Great War, Mula sa Buwan strives to poke our country's—rather, the audience's—psyche to again muse on the universal truths of defiance, courage, and brotherhood, sometimes in the guise of lyrics and laughter, but at pivotal moments, told in gripping anthems and explosive numbers.
"Kami ay naglayag sa lugar na walang sakit, o hapdi. Lahat ng tao ay nakangiti sa buwan. Ako'y mula sa buwan."
Central to the musical's theme is their claim that they are “from the moon.” But while it seems outlandish and comical for a tale that wants to tackle war at its eve and at its peak, Cyrano's claim of “coming from the moon” is actually a war call in itself. His words are of defiance against a world unwilling to let him be, what he ought to be—as himself.
Prepare to laugh, to sing along, to aww, and to cry, exactly at moments orchestrated by the musical. Prepare your hearts—and tissues—as Mula Sa Buwan will bring you along the highs and lows and peaks of wars fought—a war of a country fighting for its freedom, a heart at war with what it wants and what it deserves, and a war for a love and affection that sometimes is all that you need in times of great peril.
Mula Sa Buwan is down to its last two weeks starting November 15 to 25 at the Hyundai Hall at Arete, Ateneo de Manila. Many seats to during the final week are sold out and many dates have limited tickets left. And believe us when we say you wouldn't want to miss this one.