WATCH: Aicelle Santos, Bituin Escalante, Lea Salonga Sing Songs from “Himala: Isang Musikal”
Moderated by Bianca Gonzales and Ryan Agoncillo, film actors, directors, and musical theater artists came together last night in Gabi ng Himala: Mga Awit at Kwento to revisit Ishmael Bernal and Ricky Lee’s 1982 film Himala starring Nora Aunor as Elsa.
Aicelle Santos, who played Elsa in the most recent stage version of Himala: Isang Musikal, performed the song Walang Himala!, while Bituin Escalante, who played Elsa’s mother Aling Saling, performed the song Uyayi ng Ina. Lea Salonga also performed one of Elsa’s songs for the evening, entitled Gawin mo Aking Sining. Based on Bernal and Lee’s film, Himala: Isang Musikal was written by Lee (book and lyrics) and Vincent A. deJesus (music and lyrics).
Gabi ng Himala also featured performances from Marian Rivera, Jericho Rosales, Piolo Pascual, Angelica Panganiban, Maja Salvador, Jodi Sta. Maria, Nadine Lustre, Shaina Magdayao, Iyah Mina, Tom Rodriguez, and Raymond Bagatsing, with guest appearances from Joyce Bernal, Lav Diaz, Ricky Davao, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Dan Villegas, Dingdong Dantes, Petersen Vargas, and ABS-CBN Films Managing Director Olivia M. Lamasan.
There was also a roundtable discussion with Nora Aunor, Ricky Lee, Joel Lamangan, and ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer and University President Charo Santos-Concio.
Gabi ng Himala: Mga Awit at Kwento is a fundraising project that aims to provide aid for displaced film industry workers during the quarantine. It was organized by Sagip Pelikula, Lockdown Cinema Club, and the Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop.
The event was streamed live on the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Facebook page. You can watch the entire video below.