After seven highly successful seasons and several hundreds of sold-out shows, the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) phenomenal hit Rak of Aegis remains to be the longest-running original Filipino musical to date. It has brought to the spotlight one of OPM’s greatest icons, The Aegis Band, and ushered in the trend and golden age of Filipino jukebox musicals which gave birth to a newfound appreciation for theater that crosses the boundaries of social class and age.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the necessary lockdown and closure of businesses and institutions endangered the survival of many industries, including the arts. PETA President CB Garrucho explains the impact of the pandemic on PETA, “It is certainly not easy times for many artists and cultural institutions like us. In the last few months alone, we had to make some of the hardest decisions in our 54-year history. Despite our best efforts, we had to let go of 20% of our staff, while implementing across the board pay cuts for over a year.”
CB Garrucho says that while PETA is proud to have been able to keep going, they are painfully aware that there are over a hundred people – a community of artists, production staff and crew – who have lost so much work during the pandemic because of cancelled workshops, events, and shows. However, those in PETA remain to be determined, committed and creative people who refuse to raise the white flag of surrender.
Together with Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang–Aawit (OPM), The Philpop Musicfest Foundation (Philpop), PLDT Home Fibr, and Foodpanda, PETA is proud to present the online streaming of Rak of Aegis as one of its major initiatives to keep the company afloat.
The streaming, happening July 31, August 1, 7, 8, via PETA’s official ticketing and streaming partner, www.ticket2me.net, will be the banner project of the #TakePETAbeyondCOVID campaign, a fundraising drive that aims to augment the loss of PETA’s 2020 season and raise funds for its immediate future, and a part of the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) 2021 celebration.
In a time where we see community pantries mushroom around the country, PETA believes that the arts can give intangible food – a cultural pantry, if you will – from which audiences can draw joy, hope, and inspiration to go on, especially during times of incredible hardship. “This streaming is available globally, so anybody from anywhere in the world can watch this proudly Pinoy musical!” says CB Garrucho. “Every ticket sold helps us gather funds to sustain our operational funds and activities so that in turn, we can give more jobs to our artists, teachers, and production and technical staff.”
The streaming cast includes Aicelle Santos, Pepe Herrera, Poppert Bernadas, Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña, Joann Co, Jimi Marquez, and Gie Onida, together with John Moran, Matel Patayon, Marynor Madamesila, Lemuel Silvestre, Teetin Villanueva, and Rafael Sudayan in the ensemble.
Rak of Aegis was written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda, with musical direction and arrangement by Myke Salomon, choreography by Gio Gahol, set design by Mio Infante, lights design by Jonjon Villareal, costume design by Carlo Pagunaling, and shoe design by Maco Custodio.
Tickets are on sale starting May 7, 2021 via www.bit.ly/rakofaegisstreaming
Audiences can choose from the following viewing options:
Livestream at Php 350 – 8:00 P.M to 11:00 P.M. (Philippine Standard Time)
Video On Demand at Php 500 – 24-hours streaming from 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. the next day (Philippine Standard Time)
Video on Demand Premium at Php 1,000 – 24-hours streaming from 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. the next day (Philippine Standard Time) plus exclusive access to the Rak with Aegis LIVE virtual concert on August 8, 8:00 P.M., featuring the Aegis Band and select cast of Rak of Aegis.
Those looking to make even more of an impact can make an additional donation to PETA through www.ticket2me.net (for donations 500 and up), or through PETA’s Gcash account. Through Rak of Aegis, we make the move to support artists, the arts industry, and other communities in need. Our creative spirit will not be dampened. Through your help, this is possible!
For bulk tickets and partnerships, contact Mitch Go, email@example.com, 0917-5391112. For more information, follow PETA’s social media pages: Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater; Instagram @petatheater; Twitter @petatheater; YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline or visit www.petatheater.com/rakofaegis. (PR)