Article by Angeline Merced
This is a musical for those who have loved and lost and learned to love again.
Mula Sa Buwan is a new Filipino musical directed by Pat Valera, and produced by Black Box Productions. The play stars Nicco Manalo and Boo Gabunada as Cyrano, KL Dizon as Roxane, and Fred Lo and Edward Benosa as Christian. The musical was first staged last December 2 to 4, 2016 and has now returned to the stage for its second run.
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Based on Edmon Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Mula Sa Buwan is set in 1940s Manila where a fresh bunch of ROTC cadets and sarswela enthusiasts show what it means to brandish love, honor, and courage as a weapon in a time of war. The heart of the story lies in the tale of three people: Cyrano, a soldier and poet, Christian, a new cadet from the province, and Roxane, a rich young maiden from the city.
More than being a love story, Mula Sa Buwan’s number one hugot is its passion.
Passion for your country. From the eyes of Manila’s youth, Mula Sa Buwan proved what it means to fight instead of flee, despite the fear. It showed that your circumstance is never a hindrance to fighting for your country, as long as you do it for love.
Passion for your art. Mula Sa Buwan isn’t just a history lesson. The musical was filled with intricate choreography and catchy yet heart-wrenching songs that are both pleasing to the eyes and ears. It showed that in the wreckage of war, you still have a choice to create something beautiful.
Passion for your friends and family. If there’s one thing that’s unforgettable about Mula Sa Buwan, it’s not just the leads but it was the bond of every character in the musical. If you have no more strength left on your own, you can still find strength in each other.
Passion for your loved one. Of course, the most compelling theme of Mula Sa Buwan is unrequited love. It showed that loving someone unconditionally was never a loss. The story of Cyrano, Roxane, and Christian showed that a love borne out of selflessness is a love that can redeem, and a love that can cause you to do greater things — even cause you to go as far as the moon.
So whether you know the songs or not, whether you’re a thespian or a newbie, Mula Sa Buwan is sure to capture your heart — whatever state it may be in.
If you’re a passionate person or you’re running out of passion, catch ‘Mula sa Buwan’ and let it rekindle your flame for love and the defiance of all that goes against love. Don’t miss out on their FINAL RUN this February 24, 7:30PM, February 25, 3:00PM and 7:30PM, and February 26, 3:00PM and 7:30PM. Tickets are available online at TicketWorld, and at TicketWorld outlets.
Kita-kita sa buwan!
Article by Angeline Merced
Mula sa Buwan
Henry Lee Irwin Theatre, Ateneo de Manila, Katipunan, Quezon City