LapuLapu Rock Opera streams online for free to mark Philippine Independence Day

LapuLapu Rock Opera Philippine Independence Day
“LapuLapu: The Neo-Classic-Ethno-Rock Opera” is streaming for free to the public as the Philippines marks its 123rd Independence Day. Screengrab from video.

The remastered version of “LapuLapu: The Neo-Classic-Ethno-Rock Opera” will be streamed online for free to the public for the first time on June 12 to mark Independence Day for Filipinos and the Quincentennial Commemoration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

The opera, with music by Jose “Toto” Gentica V and libretto by Victor Henry Tejero, follows the historical events culminating in the Battle of Mactan in 1521 when Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan introduced Christianity to the country before ultimately dying in combat with LapuLapu, the Philippines’ first freedom fighter.

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Pop-rock icon and president of Earthday Jam Foundation Lou Bonnevie produced the multilingual opera. It was directed by the late Behn Cervantes, with sets designed by National Artist Salvador “Badong” Bernal.

LapuLapu was originally produced in 1997 at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and was remastered this year as an online presentation.

“LapuLapu: The Neo-Classic-Ethno-Rock Opera” will be streamed free to the public for 24 hours starting June 12, 7:30 PM to June 13 on the Lou Bonnevie YouTube Channel.

The Philippines’ National Flag now flies permanently over Liberty Shrine at Barangay Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, marking the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.

40,000 job vacancies are being offered in the job fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2021.

WATCH “LapuLapu: The Neo-Classic-Ethno-Rock Opera” when the Philippines marks its 123rd Independence Day via the YouTube Channel here:

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