Musical on how to live longer,better lives slated for March 9 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:13

After more than 400 shows and performances in various cities in the Philippines and in Italy, the vastly anticipated one-of-a-kind medical-lecture dubbed “How to Remain Young at Heart: The Musical” will find its way to Zamboangueño audiences on March 9, 2012 at Centro Pastoral.

The grandiose production will not tackle the usual themes of love, hate, betrayal or even revenge. Instead, it will deal with matters of the heart as it will teach how to live longer and better lives, free from problems related to heart disease.

This was announced yesterday by City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, president of the Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Diseases (FLEHD), which sponsors the event together with the Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine and the City Health Office.

Dr. Agbulos said the musical will have a matinee show at 2 p.m. and gala at 7:30 p.m. of March 9.

Under the direction of Dr. Adolfo Bellosillo, founding president of the FLEHD, the musical will be performed on stage by the equally talented University of the Philippines Concert Chorus.

“The musical lecture is intended to deal with matters of the heart, so to speak. The show expounds on health issues affecting our heart as it showcases the benefits as well as the danger our heart can face, for us to be able not just to live longer but to live better lives,” Dr. Agbulos said.

According to him, the show is in itself both significant and crucial. “Rather than having a traditional presentation thru lecture, this show is presented in a layman’s angle as the songs focused on two major common heart ailments; hypertension and coronary heart disease,” he explained.

The primary aim of the musical is focused on educating the Filipino community with good medical care. The lyrics and libretto of said highly-successful and well received show are by Dr. Bellosillo, while the musical’s 35 numbers were arranged by a Zamboangueño songwriter Jeremiah Calisang, who holds a master’s degree in voice from UP College of Music and a gold medalist in singing during the 2008 World Performances Competition held in Hollywood, USA.
Among the musical’s lead performer is Jai Sabas Aracama, a noted mezzo soprano and directress of the UP Concert Chorus. — Vic Larato