Must-see exhibits and performances by Thomasians


Thomasians showcase their homegrown talent in these must-see exhibits and performances running until April.

Himala: Isang Musikal (Feb. 10 to Mar. 4 at PowerMac Center Spotlight Level 2 Circuit Lane)

The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical bring you the 15th Anniversary production of Ricky Lee and Vincent de Jesus’ “Himala: Isang Musikal,” an immersive musical stage adaptation of the award-winning film by Ricky Lee and Ishmael Bernal.

Fifteen years after the original musical and 35 years after the film, the masterpiece returns to the local stage.

The musical stars Aicelle Santos as Elsa, together with Bituin Escalante, Sandino Martin and Thomasian David Ezra.

Alma del Core: Soul of My Heart, a UST Singers’ Concert (Feb. 27 at the UST Central Seminary Chapel)

Under the baton of Prof. Fidel Calalang, Jr., the UST Singers will serenade the Thomasian community with an all-contemporary repertoire.

Guitar Week (March 5 to 8 at the Recital Hall 2 of the Albertus Magnus Building)

The Guitar Department of the Conservatory will be holding its annual “Guitar Week,” a week-long event featuring lectures (including one by Spain-based Luthier Adolfo Timuat), film showings, workshops and concerts by the Classical Guitar faculty and students.

 Manila Architecture Festival (Mar. 9 at the UST Benavides Park)

An exhibit by Arkitrato UST features the works of National Architecture Jamboree delegates. Talks on relevant and significant topics in architecture, dubbed UAPSAPAN and ARCHIVE: PechaKucha Night Vol. I, featuring various speakers, will also be held. Australian architect Eugene Soler will host a workshop for  students and faculty members. This event is part of the Manila Architecture Festival organized by Archinet.

MARAWING SALAMAT: THE BEST OF OPERA AND FASHION FOR MARAWI (April 6 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater)

A collaboration of the big names in the opera and fashion circles, all for the love of Marawi. The net proceeds of the event are intended to support the rebuilding of the artistic and cultural Mecca of Muslim Mindanao.

The best of opera, the Lyric Opera of the Philippines, the most prestigious non-profit opera company in the Philippines, will stage “Carmen,” “Tosca,” “La Traviata” and “Turandot.”

To be directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, with lighting design by John Batalla, the grand production will feature the 70-piece UST Symphony Orchestra, a CCP resident company, under the baton of a guest conductor, American Maestro William Barkhymer.

The fashion counterpart of the event will showcase Filipino beauty and talent in a parade of traditional and contemporary Filipiniana creations inspired by the glorious era of the carnival queens (circa 1908-1939). Playing immortal Kundiman classics and folk songs, along with Pinoy pop tunes, the UST Symphony Orchestra will be conducted this time by Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, former resident conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.


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