PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Manila, Philippines--The Philippines' first full-length opera, National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Felipe Padilla De Leon's most beloved 1957 opera, "Noli Me Tangere" (Huwag Mo Salangin/Touch Me Not) returns to the Cultural Center of the Philippines' (CCP) main theatre, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, from March 8-10, 2019.

In partnership with the CCP, in time for its 50th anniversary, with support from the Honorable Senator Loren Legarda, the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, and E. Zobel Foundation Inc., J&S Productions Inc., the producers behind the opera's acclaimed performances at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City (2013), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. (2014), the Newport Performing Arts Theatre at Resorts World Manila (2014), and the CCP (2017), which commemorated the opera's 60th anniversary, fulfills its commitment anew to keep this masterpiece alive for the young Filipino audiences to experience and enjoy.

In this 2019 all-new production, about 200 actors-classical singers, classical musicians, and production crew are joining forces to stage this grand, "elegant affair" (The Washington Post, 2014). Leading the cast are Nerissa De Juan and Bianca Lopez (Maria Clara); Ivan Nery and Nomher U. Nival (Juan Crisostomo Ibarra); Allison Cervantes, Kelly Peralejo, and Bernadette Mamauag (Sisa); Joseleo Logdat (Elias); Greg Abelardo de Leon (Pilosopo Tasyo); Nil's Flores and Ronaldo Villaruel Abarquez (Padre Damaso; Abarquez also plays Kapitan Tiago at certain performances); Miguel Espiritu (Kapitan Tiago); Noel Comia Jr. and Mari Yapjoco (Basilio), and Santino Juan Santiago (Crispin).

Also joining the cast are Mia Bolanos (Dona Victorina), Oliver Pineda (Tenyente Guevarra), Jose Mari Javato (Padre Salvi), Charina Althea Balmores (Sinang), Micah David J. Galang (Andeng), Krissan Manikan-Tan (Tiya Isabel), Timothy Racho (Alferez), Ruzzel Clemeno (Don Filipo), Tomas Virtucio (Albino/Linares), Lorenz Edward Sarrondo (Linares), Rare Jireh Yzel Columna (Victoria), and Renz Nathaniel Cruz (Manlilibing).

The large ensemble includes Roxanne Abuel, Neomi Giron, Eden Lorrice Dumlao, Sheila Gamo, Mavel Bautista, Cris Go, Krystl Buesa, Katrine Jamar Sunga, Angeli Benipayo, Elle Tuason, Erielle Fornes, Via Villasin, Marifel Motilla, Airo Saret, Kevin Chen, Michael Del Rosario, Charlene Ramos, and Otepp Billeza.

Co-directed by New York-based event stylist Jerry Sibal, who also does the set and costume design, and veteran actor-director Jose Jeffrey Camanag, featuring the 53-piece NOLI Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, "Noli Me Tangere, The Opera," which is based on the National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal's 1887 classic novel of the same name, tells the timeless story about love, betrayal, and hope set against a repulsive backdrop of tyranny, torture, and murder.

The opera is performed with English supertitles.

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Photos: Mark Francis Parallag

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Mia Bolanos, Nils Flores, Ivan Nery

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Ivan Nery, Bianca Lopez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Santino Juan Santiago, Noel Comia Jr., Greg Abelardo de Leon

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Greg Abelardo de Leon, Allison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Center: Alison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Center: Bianca Lopez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Center: Joseleo Logdat with Bianca Lopez, Ivan Nery

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!The Company

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Center: Ivan Nery, Nils Flores

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Bianca Lopez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Center: Nils Flores with Lorenz Edward Sarrondo

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!The Company

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Bianca Lopez, Nils Flores

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Ivan Nery, Bianca Lopez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Bianca Lopez with Jose Mari Javato

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Noel Comia Jr., Allison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Noel Comia Jr., Allison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Joseleo Logdat, Noel Comia Jr., Allison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Center: Ronaldo Villaruel Abarquez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Bernadette Mamauag

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Mari Yapjoco, Bernadette Mamauag

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Joseleo Logdat, Mari Yapjoco, Bernadette Mamauag

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Nerissa De Juan, Nomher U Nival

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Nerissa De Juan, Nomher U Nival

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019! Ronaldo Villaruel Abarquez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Noel Comia Jr., Allison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Allison Cervantes

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Bianca Lopez, Ivan Nery

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Nils Flores

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Ivan Nery, Bianca Lopez

PHOTOS: Get a First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA 2019!Bianca Lopez, Ivan Nery

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