Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical

April 24
6:18 PM 2013

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock MusicalManila, Philippines, April 24, 2013 -- I'm no fan of Pinoy rock, all the more Sugarfree. Yes, I've heard of the band. Maybe I've heard the band's songs play on the radio; but I couldn't figure out if those songs were from Sugarfree.

Before watching "Sa Wakas," a Pinoy rock musical based on the songs of Sugarfree, I didn't do any research about the band because I wanted the musical to surprise me. I wanted the songs to sound as if they were originally written for the musical.

True enough, song after song, it feels like each song is written for the musical; each song carefully, brilliantly crafted into the story of an aspiring photographer Topper who meets a passionate magazine editor Gabbi after the former's relationship with a career-driven doctor Lexi turned sour.

The musical's plot may be simple: a typical love triangle seen in the movies. But what makes "Sa Wakas" totally different is the style of how the story is told: it starts from where it's supposed to end. Instead of a linear storytelling, the play tells its story backwards. Every scene makes you ask yourself, "How did that happen?"

The success of the play's non-traditional storytelling relies mainly on the wonderful actors that play their parts so convincingly. Victor Robinson III effortlessly plays Topper, who exudes a roller coaster of emotions: love, happiness, and confusion. His singing voice is brilliant, properly placed, even when singing those high notes. Caisa Borromeo, who plays Lexi, and Kyla Rivera, who plays Gabbi, perform the best stage roles I've seen them take on.

Altogether, "Sa Wakas" is very endearing because it touches the heart of every audience member.

I left the theater singing a song from the show, "Tulog Na," all the way home.

"Sa Wakas" plays at PETA-PHINMA Theater until Sunday, April 28.

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Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Culture Shock Productions, Fringe MNL present SA WAKAS, a new rock musical

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo, Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Kyla Rivera, Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo, Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo, Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Victor Robinson III, Kyla Rivera

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo, Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo, Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Caisa Borromeo, Kyla Rivera

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Victor Robinson III, Kyla Rivera

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Victor Robinson III

Photo Coverage: SA WAKAS, A New Rock Musical
Kyla Rivera, Victor Robinson III, Caisa Borromeo

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