Joey Reyes on 'Oro Plata Mata' musical: 'Let's do it!'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2012 01:59 PM | Updated as of Dec 02 2012 08:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The writer and a cast member of the Philippine film classic "Oro, Plata, Mata" wanted to bring the Peque Gallaga masterpiece to the stage as a musical. 

Jose Javier Reyes. File photo

Fides Cuyugan, who was among the ensemble cast of the 1982 film, revealed to ABS-CBN News last Wednesday that a stage adaptation of "Oro, Plata, Mata" was at one point in development.

"They did plan. Peque should be able to talk about it. There was a plan [to translate it into a musical] two years ago," Cuyugan said.

Restored in high-definition by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc., "Oro, Plata, Mata" opened the 2012 Cinema One Originals Film Festival at the Robinson's Galleria Movie World last Wednesday, 30 years after the film classic was first shown in theaters.

A musical theater writer herself, Cuyugan, 83, said making the film into a musical would serve to immortalize its legacy, pointing to the enduring successes of many Broadway shows.

"I write music theater, and I think that's the only way that the works can be remembered for years, because after you stage a work, that's it, because it cannot be forgotten, like 'Phantom of the Opera,'" the former actress said.

For his part, film director Jose Javier Reyes, who wrote the screenplay of "Oro, Plata, Mata," expressed willingness to bring the film to the stage.

"The very fact na ginamit sa music nito ('Oro, Plata, Mata') is the 'Humming Chorus' of 'Madame Butterfly,' it's exciting, so go, go, go, let's do it," Reyes told ABS-CBN News, referring to a part in the classic Giacomo Puccini opera.

"The perfect director is Peque, who's a master of all this stuff. He's a master of the opera, so why not? I'm willing to do it," he added.