“Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical” Set for Repeat Run in July


Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical
Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Lily and Arman Ferrer as Ah-Tiong; photo by Erica Feliz Marquez-Jacinto

The Maritess Alava–Yong Foundation is set to produce the limited repeat run of Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical. The musical will run for only 4 performances– July 12 (8pm), 13 (3pm and 8pm), and 14 (3pm) at the Theatre at Solaire.

Spanning two decades and two countries, Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical explores how love prevails even in times of racial prejudice, political turmoil, absence and longing. From the original story by Rebecca Chuaunsu, written by Ricky Lee, Gershom Chua, and Eljay Deldoc, the musical first ran in the same venue from June 29 to July 8 last year. It is directed by Joel Lamangan, with music by Von de Guzman, choreography by Douglas Nierras, lighting design by Joey Nombres, and production design and technical direction by Otto Hernandez.

Set in Manila’s pre-martial law days, the musical tells the story of Lily, a Filipina night club singer, and Ah Tiong, a mainland Chinese scholar, who fall in love during a tumultuous time. Vying for Lily’s heart is her childhood friend Carlos, a local Chinese-Filipino who is forced to confront his feelings for Lily.

Principal cast members Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Arman Ferrer, and Noel Rayos will be reprising their roles as Lily, Ah Tiong, and Carlos respectively.

Also in the cast are Mariella Laurel (Jasmine), Jim Pebangco, Lorenz Martinez, Khalil Kaimo, Rhapsody Li, Ellrica Laguardia (Koro), Ima Castro (Mrs. Dela Rosa), Ashley Mickaela Factor (Rubi), Dondi Ong (Mr. Chua), Kay Balajadia (Mrs. Chua), Jennifer dela Cruz (Lourdes), Elizabeth Chua (Mrs. Zhang), Russell Magno (Mr. Zhang), Jonel Mojica (Ge Lao), and Philip Deles (Swing).

The ensemble also includes Cheeno Uy Macaraig, Carlos Deriada, Jr., Daniel Joseph Cruz, Dusty Suarez, Patrick Paul Clark, Randy Rey, Rence Aviles, Romcel Brinquiz, Roy Iringan, Ryan Caraan, VJ Cortel, Xander Pineda, Janine Tolentino, Julia Chua, Precious Sementilla, Douglas Nierras Powerdance – Christaliza Sawada-Dabaluz, Froilan Dabaluz, Divine Dacles, Ronald Policarpio, Ricmar Policarpio, Joshua Orbasido, Katlyn Kate Jacob, Cheska Quimno, and Jay R Aguvida Calumpiano.

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891 9999.

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