Tanghalang Pilipino has partnered up with VISA to stream a new version of the company’s original musical, Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog.
The production, now entitled Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog Pa More!, has been converted to a 5-episode comedy web series. Written by Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Avic Ilagan, the new LLBB stories focus on various financial topics such as the concept of promotional sales, value of saving, basics of credit, earning additional income, and scam awareness and prevention.
It follows the story of Gwyneth, a teenage girl who will embark on a journey to financial literacy with guidance from characters like Lolo Sally and best friend Jing-Jing. The new web series also introduces new roles such as Gwyneth’s mother Blessie and friend-turned-admirer Aaron, with special appearances from Philippine national heroes and cultural icons.
Well-known financial literacy experts Salve Duplito and Rose Fres Fausto are also featured in the after-show interviews with Lolo Sally to provide financial education tips. Through their easy-to-apply tips, viewers will gain a deeper understanding of financial literacy concepts and gain better money management skills.
“It’s important to teach young Filipinos how to make smart financial decisions and the Lukot lukot, Bilog-bilog theater performance has been extremely successful in helping us achieve this objective,” says Visa Country Manager Dan Wolbert. “This year, we wanted to create new stories that are relevant in the new normal, while making the play educational and entertaining. We are excited to partner again with our trusted allies in financial education such as Tanghalang Pilipino and Teach for the Philippines to introduce the web series, to expand our outreach to more Filipino children and young people in the country.”
Featured in the cast are Antonette Go, Lhorvie Nuevo, Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, Doray Dayao, Monique Nellas, and JV Ibesate. Joining Deldoc and Ilagan in the artistic team are Neil Daza (Director of Photography), Antonette Go (Assistant Director/ Health and Safety Officer), Ybes Bagadiong (Assistant Director/ Radio Drama Adapter), Monique Nellas (Radio Drama Adapter), Marco Viaña (Production Designer/ Director for Radio Drama), Daniel Gregorio (Production Designer/ Costume Custodian), Lhorvie Nuevo (Choreographer), TJ Ramos (Composer/ Sound Designer), Ellen Ramos (Video Editor/ Animator), Dodjie Fernandez (Sound Recording Editor/ Music Scorer for Radio Drama), Aggy Mago (Graphics/ Subtitlist), and JV Ibesate (English translator).
The first episode already started streaming at 7pm tonight via Tanghalang Pilipino’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as via Teach for the Philippines’ and Visa’s Facebook pages.
The next four episodes will begin streaming on the following dates:
Episode 2: October 2, 7pm
Episode 3: October 16, 7pm
Episode 4: October 30, 7pm
Episode 5: November 13, 7pm
To reach remote parts of the country with limited access to the internet, LLBB also adapted this web series into a radio play which will air in local radio stations nationwide via the radio networks of Manila Broadcasting Company and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Since its debut four years ago, LLBB has reached over 37,000 students and educators across the Philippines.
You can watch the first episode below.