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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 2, 2014

Aegis Band Wows Viewers Of Their Peta Musical Play, 'Rak Of Aegis'

THE AEGIS BAND spawned hits the masa really love, like “Halik”, “Luha”, “Basang-Basa sa Ulan”. PETA now assembles their best songs in the play “Rak of Aegis” (a nod to “Rock of Ages”). We saw its premiere presentation last Friday night at the PETA Theatre which was filled to the rafters. They set the story in a perennially flooded village where the impoverished residents are always having problems about money.

There are two set of love triangles. First is that of Robert Sena, Kakai Bautista (who plays his wife) and the barangay captain Isay Alvarez (his jilted sweetheart named Mary Jane, which is the title of an Aegis song). The second love triangle consists of Aicelle Santos (daughter of Robert and Kakai), Poppert Bernadas (son of Isay) and the boatman Jerald Napoles.

You can’t fault the performances. The whole ensemble is superb. Aicelle, Robert and Isay rise to the occasion in belting out the popular Aegis birit numbers. Jerald and the exceptional Julien Mendoza (we also enjoyed his performance in “Bona”) give some rollicking numbers.

The play is good, in parts. We can’t get over the fact that for a musical, it’s too talky, so it drags. The humor is very gay (as usual, there’s a scene stealing gay character), tends to be too lowbrow and tries so hard to always please the crowd (they even have a reference to Deniece and an invitation to her condo.) The best part of the evening is when the real Aegis Band went up on stage and sang a medley of their hit songs. Sisters Juliet, Mercy and Ken Sunot really ruled the stage and the audience won’t let them go, singing their songs with them. They were very visibly moved by the fantastic reception that Juliet was in tears as she thanked everyone.