“I ♥ MLA!”
You can just imagine the impact of this shoutout if it will be underscored in the punchlines of Jon Santos and the music of The Company, plus, Bo Cerrudo.
And it will be the focal point of their concert series that will be staged at the Music Museum on September 5 and 19; October 3, 10, 17 and 24; November 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The group thought it’s a very timely theme given the nonstop rains and recent floods that hit most parts of the city.
Jon muses, “We felt we need a break from all the beating of Mother Nature. Ang daming nangyari of late, di ba. ”
And this is their way of highlighting the “charming, funny, and unique” side of Manila “through all the senses,” as the stand-up comedian puts it.
WHAT THEY WILL DO FOR MANILA. Expect a lot of laughs, some dancing, and, of course, singing!
Jon elaborates, “Fortunately, one of my teachers is in The Company, and may basbas na kaya na raw akong tawaging… tenor.”
To be more specific, “Tenor 9!”
He adds, “Nag-ilusyon akong puwede akong kumanta-kanta konti. And I’m taking singing to whole new level, but I’m not saying which directly…”
Meanwhile, his co-performers, Jon says, will be “getting out of their comfort zones, and will also show comic skills.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asks: are they also going to impersonate?
With a smile, he replies, “Natatakot akong mag-spoiler... But one thing for sure, they put on things they have never put on before.”
He adds, “And si Bo, he will be singing different songs from different generations…”
The dancing part will be courtesy of the Whiplash.
Jon continues, “So this show, it will be through movement, through comedy, through music, through costumes…”
He will be wearing six outfits created by Eric, who's “going to tinker with electric gadgets.”
Back to the show, it will also have something about the “food that will make you sweat, make you smile, and make you marvel!”
Plus, it will also show Manila’s rich “architecture.”
Jon relates, “Si Toni Rose Gayda, binigyan ako ng footages ng Anak Dalita (1958), I saw Intramuros as a location by Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos in that Lamberto Avellana film. It’s just really beautiful!”
He resumes, “Kaya, for example, Bo will be singing Filipino love songs with the Metropolitan Theater as his backdrop.”
WHO’S COMING? Two foreigners have already confirmed: Be My Lady Gaga and Pineapple de Ap.
Jon enumerates, “Si Be My Lady Gaga, darating iyan. Sobra rin siyang na-in love sa Manila, so, Manila-inspired ang damit niya.
“At kapag may nagprotesta, she prepared a song— ‘Born Against This Way.’
“Si Ate Vi naman, magkukuwento tungkol sa Manila being a character in films.
“Manila was a character in Bourne Legacy. Di ba sa sinehan, pagsabi ni Rachel Weisz, ‘It’s in Manila, ‘whooo,’ gumagano’n [ang mga viewers]…”
After the press conference— held on August 26— Jo, Bo and The Company invites the Pinoys to watch the show by singing: “Won’t you come along with me/ there’s so much to do and see/ there’s a lot to learn in me, see you in Manila…” (CLICK HERE to view video)
For ticket inquiries, call Music Museum at 721-6726 or 721-0635. For additional show inquiries, call 346-3942 or (0922) 8208292.