ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra works with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab for "Ang Larawan: The Musical Movie" Original Soundtrackby admin
Exactly this month last year, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra played the songs of the Maestro for his 60th birthday concert celebration in the "Spotlight Series presents The Music of Ryan Cayayab," which bagged numerous awards from different award giving bodies in the country. For this time around, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra works again with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab for a much-awaited musical movie entitled "Ang Larawan: The Musical Movie."
Produced by veteran singer-actress Celeste Legaspi, "Ang Larawan: The Musical Movie" is a movie adaptation from Nick Joaquin's elegy titled "Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino." Cayabyab shares "Ang Larawan: The Musical is originally a play, then Celeste Legaspi and Girlie Rodis produced a musical [based from the original play]." "In the year 1997, the musical played several times at the CCP, for some weeks." As for the maestro "Matagal na nilang [Celeste and Girlie] gustong gawin itong movie. This is what the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is working on - the "Ang Larwan: The Musical Movie." he added.
The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is working on the musical movie adaptation's original soundtrack. When asked if there are pieces on the soundtrack that are familiar to everyone, Maestro enthusiastically shares "Yes, there are. As a matter of fact, there are only 2 na ginawa talaga ni Rolando Tinio. As for top consumption at para magaan sa tenga, there are "Hindi Simple Ang Buhay", which was sang by the senator, and "Malaya Na Ako", which was sang by Paula. Paula is in the movie, Paula is Rachelle Alejandro."
While talking about the cast of the original and adaptation, he says "The original cast wala na dito. However, some of the original cast, nandito, but in a different role. In the adaptation, Celeste was Donya Loleng. She used to be Candida; Rachelle was also cast in the 2nd showing, the 2nd run. So basically, Rachelle is doing her 2nd role as Paula."
Maestro Ryan Cayabyab has been all praise for the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra since the very start. For Maestro, he finds it amazing to work with the orchestra. "Magaling magbasa, magaling hindi lang magbasa, magaling din tumugtog. Yung feeling nung kanta, that's why ang galing diba? Because we scheduled it for a longer period of time. We finished maybe one full session, about 2 hours earlier than expected, than scheduled...Like even now, schedule is until 5pm, eh 2:30pm palang tapos na kami. That's how good the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is!"
"Ang Larawan: The Musial Movie" is to be directed by veteran director Loy Arcenas with music by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. The book was by Rolando Tinio and was based on Nick Joaquin's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino."