‘Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan’ to be Livestreamed Tonight
The NCCA musical Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan will be livestreamed online once again at 6pm tonight on The Metropolitan Theater’s Facebook page. The online event officially closes the 500th year anniversary of Lapulapu’s triumpth in the Battle of Mactan.
The musical was the first production staged at the newly restored MET Theater. It initially streamed last October 24, 2021 on the Metropolitan Theater’s Facebook page.
As mentioned by NCCA Chairman and Lapulapu: Ang Datu ng Mactan Artistic Director Nick Lizaso in an online press conference last January, the production was originally slated to be staged with a live audience this month. It has not pushed through, and new dates for the live show have yet to be announced.
The story follows the Victory at Mactan in 1521, as told from the point of view of the mysterious Lapulapu, the circumnavigation of the world, as told from the point of view of the trip’s chronicler Juan Sebastian Elcano, and the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, as seen from the lens of Reyna Juana.
The cast features Arman Ferrer as Lapulapu, Andre Tiangco as Ferdinand Magellan, Red Nuestro as Rajah Humabon, Cara Barredo as Reyna Juana, Natasha Cabrera as Babaylan, Paw Castillo as Enrique de Malacca, Matthew Barbers as Juan Sebastian de Elcano, Al Gatmaitan as Antonio Pigafetta, and Ivan Niccolo Nery as Papa Alexander XI and Padre Pedro de Valderrama.
Also in the cast are Joshua Bajado, Jan Lloyd Celecio, MC Dela Cruz, Kirby Dunnzell, Jiny Jane Ferrer, Liway Gabo, Francis Gatmaytan, Mark Anthony Grantos, Maila Habagat, Mary Joy Herosa, John Neil Licuanan, Marynor Madamesila, Louise Meneses, and Brian Moreno as members of the ensemble.
The libretto is written by Nicolas Pichay, with musical direction and arrangement by Krina Cayabyab. Aside from original songs written by Pichay and composed by Cayabyab, the show also features products of PhilPop Bootcamp 2019. The show is directed by Dexter M. Santos.
Also in the creative team are production designer Gino Gonzales, creative director Adriana Agcaoili, theater director Aaron Veloso, lighting director Dennis Marasigan, sound engineer Rards Corpus, video designer GA Fallarme, choreographers Stephen Viñas and Kenneth Torres, technical director Dong Calingacion, and hair, make-up, and tattoo designer Norman Penaflorida, with special participation by NCCA Arts Ambassador Catriona Gray and historical annotation by Xiao Chua.