San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines
San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines brings to life the latest Filipino to be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church. Pedro Calungsod’s life as a missionary was given media mileage. It happened after the Jesuit priest that he was assisting, Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores, was beatified by the Vatican. Such events would be set to music. Filipino balladeer Gerald Santos takes on the titular role of Calungsod. Musical theater veteran Kuya Manzano takes on the role of Padre San Vitores.
Pedro Calungsod started as an altar boy for the Spanish friars. This was when the Philippines was under Spanish colonial rule. The Jesuit missionaries chose from the Visayan roster of altar boys. They needed these young lads to help them in preaching the gospel to more shores. San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines would present the life of one of the earliest documented Catechists today. Catechism served as one of the vital methods. This was how the missionaries proliferated the word of God.
San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines presented the story of one of the earliest overseas Filipino workers (OFW) documented. This was how most media outlets reported it. Surely, Calungsod’s Catechism is a non-paying job. But centuries after Calungsod went with Vitores to the Ladrones Islands (Guam today). Filipinos still take on the challenge of doing missionary work. This despite little compensation that comes with it. Such struggles and travails are expected in this musical. Most folks that ended up relating to this musical are contemporary OFW’s themselves. For a predominantly Catholic country. San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines definitely tugs right at the Filipinos’ heartstrings.
It also demystified the stories about Spanish friars residing in the Philippines at that time. Stories about abuse and other forms of criminal behavior abound. But heart-warming stories like those of Calungsod and Padre San Vitores are also found. Much of the story presented in San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines would be based on information unearthed by researchers. From the Calungsod roots as “Calonsor El Visayo”. To getting shipped to the Ladrones Islands. The musical also covers the martyrdom. Vitores and Calungsod met a bloody death. A bloody consequence for their resilience. These researchers used the data found to petition for the beatification and eventual canonization of Calungsod.
San Pedro Calungsod The Musical in the Philippines will start on 13 September 2015. Staging will be at La Salle Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines. It will also get staged in General Santos City by 22 September 2015 and 23 September 2015 at Lagao Gymnasium. For ticket inquiries, contact Redlife Entertainment at (02) 332-2493, 0918-764-0947 and at 0908-594-8031. Get in touch with the lead actors too. Like Gerald Santos’ official Facebook by clicking here. And like Kuya Manzano’s official Facebook by clicking here.
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