This show evoked mixed emotions from me. While they were playing the almost forgotten songs like “Pangarap Na Bituin,” “Sana’y Maghintay Ang Walang Hanggan,” “Init Sa Magdamag,” “Kumusta Ka,” “Magandang Gabi,” and, of course, the titular song, “Bituing Walang Ningning,” I can’t help but to feel proud.. really proud to be a Filipino. These songs are beautiful and the lyrics brilliant. Then after hearing them, another emotion hit me, a sad kind of emotion. Song writers, composers nowadays don’t write songs like the ones before them.
I was born mid-80s and remember hearing songs with varrying themes not only romance. Song for mother nature, song for our beloved country, song for a vehicle, song for a night, song for a bird, etcetera and I’m not talking about folk songs.
I enjoyed watching this and can’t help but to admire the newcomer, Monica Cuenco. She gave justice to the character of starstruck fan Dorina Pineda. She sounds almost exactly like the Megastar Sharon Cuneta. Cris Villongco also made a wonderful job on portraying her role as the scheming and super ambitious Lavinia Arguelles.
I also have to commend the performances of Jon Santos as Auntie, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Edith, and John Nite as Kuya Germs who once in a while inject humor in otherwise solemn or stern setting.
I hope that this show will inspire many song writers and composers to bring out again the brilliance of Filipino music.
“Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical” has performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and on Sundays at 3 p.m. until July 18, 2015. For more information, phone 908-8000 local 7700 or visit rwmanila.com.