Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Tony winner Lea Salonga and Australian stage actor David
Harris waived their professional fees to raise funds for
super typhoon Haiyan survivors in central Philippines.
Photo by Aileen Siwa

"DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? is a concert celebration of the musical genius of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. It is an unexpectedly moving tribute to the universal appeal of their collaborations, and shows how LES MISERABLES in particular has impacted people all around the world." - BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, February 1, 2014-- As previously announced, DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? in Manila has been turned into a two-night benefit concert (1/29-30) for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in central Philippines. The goal, according to presenters Bouberg Productions, Enda Markey, IMG Artists, and Resorts World Manila, was to build 200 permanent shelters for the typhoon survivors through the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity-Philippines. The concert, top billed by Tony winner Lea Salonga ("Miss Saigon"), David Harris ("Legally Blonde"), and Marie Zamora ("Les Miserables"), featuring mostly former members of "Miss Saigon" companies around the world, raised PhP24M or nearly $530K on its first night alone.

Photographer Aileen Siwa of Lens and Beyond shares her photos.

Held at Resorts World Manila's Newport Performing Arts Theatre, the concert, which features songs from musicals "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "La Révolution Française," "Martin Guerre," and "The Pirate Queen," was accompanied by ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Gerard Salonga (DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?-Shanghai). Jonathon Velasco was choirmaster; Andrew Pole was director; JAmes Browne was production designer; Christopher Page was lighting designer; and Thomas Brickhill was sound designer.

Other cast members included guest soloists Jon Joven ("Miss Saigon"), Leo Tavarro Valdez ("Miss Saigon"), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo ("Miss Saigon"), Carla Guevara-Laforteza ("Miss Saigon"), Rachelle Ann Go ("Miss Saigon"), Jed Madela (World Championships of Performing Arts), Cocoy Laurel ("Miss Saigon"), and Michael Williams ("Miss Saigon"); ensemble members Pinky Amador, Analin Bantug, Edward Bungalon, Tricia Canilao-Buser, Robbie Guevara, Natalie Everett, Jake Macapagal, Lora Nicolas, Jun Ofrasio, Ivy Padilla, Aileen Payumo, Amparo Sietereales, Christine Sambeli Marquez, Arnold M Trinidad, Jojo Urquico, Gina Respall, Meliza Reyes, and Christian Rey Marbella; an 80-member adult choir made up of choir members from Ateneo Chamber Singers, Mass Appeal, Aleron, and San Miguel Master Chorale; and 20 children from International School Manila's Middle School Honor Choir.

"Les Miserables" writing partners Boublil and Schönberg attended the fundraiser.

Photos by Aileen Siwa

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Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Lea Salonga, David Harris

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
David Harris

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Marie Zamora

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Lea Salonga

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Lea Salonga, David Harris

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Manila Cast

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
Lea Salonga, Rachelle Ann Go

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Manila Cast

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Manila Cast

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Manila Cast

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Manila Cast

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Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros received a master's degree in public relations and corporate communication from New York University while serving as regional director for BroadwayWorld.com, where he accepted an Award for Excellence: Best International Editor in 2013.

For nearly 20 years, Oliver has been handling public relations, corporate communication, and integrated marketing communications for numerous brands (including Pepsi), Broadway shows, Broadway stars, non-profit organizations, and mainstream celebrities.

He is also the editor-in-chief for Fil-Am Who’s Who, a monthly magazine that tells the real-life success stories of Filipino Americans from the New York Tri-State area.