'Cory, The Musical' draws big crowd

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2008 04:01 PM | Updated as of Dec 02 2008 12:02 AM

The first musical play about the Philippines' former President Corazon Aquino, dubbed "Cory, The Musical" drew a huge crowd on its first and second night, November 29 and 30, at the Meralco Theatre in Quezon City.

The play was attended by Mrs. Aquino and her family.  Spotted during the event were her son, Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, brother Jose 'Peping' Cojuanco, Cory supporters, friends, and former colleagues in politics.
 
According to Mrs. Lourdes "Bing" Pimentel, the show's writer and producer, the musical is a gift to the former president for all the good things she has done for the country.

"It's a gift of the nation to President Aquino," Pimentel said.

The project was conceptualized and developed after Pimentel learned that Aquino was diagnosed to have a colon cancer.

"Alam niyo, ng nalaman ko personally na may cancer si former President Cory, I felt bad, and I wanted to do something for her. I can't give her anything because she has everything.  I have the gift of music composition, so I thought: why not a play? Kasi yung play ko dati na "Pag-Ibig sa Bayan" na pinanood niya, nagustuhan niya. So that's why I came up with a play," Pimentel said.

The musical features the life and works of Aquino from her teen years until she became the 11th president of the Philippines.

"We focused on Cory's life as a mother, as a wife, and as a young girl hanggang naging president na siya," Pimentel added.

Senator Noynoy invited the youth to watch the play so they will learn things that happened in the past and how her mother sacrificed for the country.

"Baka dito, mas madaling matanggap ng kabataan kung ano ang nangyari ng mga panahon na 'yon, ano ang sakripisyong kailangan para sa mas nakakaraming  kababayan. Kasi ang daming masasabi nating kalayaan o karapatan na tinatamasa nila ngayon na sabi nga sa ingles ay, taken for granted...Sana, ang mga kabtaan ay matutunan kung paano naipababa ang diktadurya noong araw," he said.

"Yung nga kabataan kasi, sila ang magmamana ng ating kinabukasan at para maiwasan ang pagkakamali ng lumipas, bakit di natin tignan ang malagim na nakaraan," Noynoy said.

Former Miss Saigon, Isay Alvarez plays the character of Cory, while Sherwyn Sozon plays the late former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino.  Robert Sena takes the role of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos while Pinky Marquez plays Imelda Marcos.

The production is directed by Nestor Torre. It will have another show today, December 1, at Meralco Theatre.