CATS In Manila


CATS in Manila

JEMIMA:
“Moonlight,
Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you,
Open up, enter in,
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is,
Then a new life will begin…”

I used to sing and act (a little) during school days. They call it “Teatro San Antonio”. I was not able to pursue this passion, though through the years, it was still in my heart.

Almost 10 years ago, working in a theme park requires talent, creativity and passion to entertain. The Entertainment Dept. of course in in charge of that, though the rest of the Departments like ours (Retail Operations) must uphold to the same goal. To entertain. And we did! There’s this annual inter-departmental competition to come up with a presentation (maximum of 12-15 performers) based on a specific theme. For 5 straight years. We won each year except for a certain year. Not bad, thats 4/5 wins! (–,) And we were able to establish a certain popularity. They would earlier suspect, that what we’re going to perform is something we took from Broadway. It has become our “Tour de Force”. The riddle is. what play would it be? We did “The Lion King”, “Ms. Saigon” (I was Kim! (–,)), “Grease” among many others. One of my favorites is “CATS”. You wouldn’t believe, I played “Jemima”.

After a few years, a friend of mine happily announced to me that Cameron Macintosh is bringing in “CATS” in Manila! I could not believe it but knew than whatever happens, I am going to see it! What made it more special, is that our very own Ms. Lea Salonga will play the lead role of “Grizabella”.

I finally did. I watched it with my soul buddy who willingly accompanied me because she herself likes Broadway hits as well. I’m so happy! We also tagged another friend. The more, the merrier.

As I was watching it, it brought me back while we were doing it, and it was a mixed-feeling. Had a lot of “I could haves” and always wondered why I did not pursue the passion (which eventually died a natural death) of performing on stage. I guess it’ll forever haunt me. From that, I learned, that we should always pursue what we love. Whatever it takes.

We were ecstatic, yelling (yes, yelling and screaming but of course at the end of the show!), there was a standing ovation at that time, and there have been good reviews which paved ways to more shows be brought in the Philippines. Yey! (–,)

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Our very own Ms. Lea Salonga.
a
While waiting for the show to start!
b
She’s my soul buddy! Trying to be silly then! Thank you Mr. Webber!
c
After the show! Still entranced!
d
(–,)
So happy! I hope there's more shows to come! Like Phantom, Le Miz, Grease, Chicago, Wicked, etc.
So happy! I hope there’s more shows to come! Like Phantom, Le Miserables, Grease, Lion King, Chicago, Wicked, and Miss Saigon
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-An only daughter. A mother of an 18 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! Though, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow, blue as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food as well, along w/ broccoli, prawns and mushrooms. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. As I used to write even when I was a teenager, and I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost my father a year before and I guess in one way or another, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son and mother, as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is so negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for them, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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