When the going gets tough, where do you get your strength?
Artist Playground’s Playlist TRACK 2 proudly presents I REMEMBER A BOY - an original musical revue featuring OPM’s most classic hits on Nov. 11 – 12 at Arts Above located at West Venue Bldg., 112 West Avenue, QC.
Made by Millenials, for Millenials, AP’s Playlist, Track 2: I Remember A Boy, is about a group of friends who reunite at a cafe they once frequented when they were still college students. They shall recall how their friendship came together, how they fell in love and fell apart. While reminiscing on their past - remembering the best and worst memories - they unearth feelings which were once laid to rest. With ties severed and hearts broken through the years, will this short reunion allow them to rekindle old flames and begin anew?
This fresh yet nostalgic story of love and friendship that transcends time will be featuring six young, experienced and talented performing artists: Kathleen Francisco, Cathrine Go, Philippe Go, Joe Henson, Mariella Laurel and Miko Manguba.
With musical direction by award-winning Jesse Lucas, I REMEMBER A BOY will relive to the younger audience the beautiful and meaningful melodies of classic OPM hits dating from the 70s to the 90s.
I Remember A Boy is presented by the ALM Foundation, co-presented by South Hub Productions, Hues n Cues Lighting Design and Mismo Studio, with its major sponsors: Elle Battung and Sandstone Productions; and minor sponsors: Andrea Zubiri Photography, Nina Carlos Makeup.
Show Dates and Schedule:
November 11 (Saturday) : 7PM- 9:30 PM
November 12 (Sunday) ) : 7PM- 9:30 PM
Ticket Price: Php 800.00, inclusive of one (1) drink;
Php 600.00 for students, senior citizens and PWD, inclusive of one (1) drink
PROMO: Buy 5 Get 1 Free, for regular priced ticket (Php 800) until Nov 5, call Kim at 0975 919 3179
Meet the Cast
Kathleen Francisco is a 24 year old freelance performing artist who also doubles as a marketing consultant for various theater and events companies
At the tender age of six, she broke into the musical theater scene, through Trumpets Playshop in the summer of 1999. Immediately after, she became a Trumpets Playshop Kid along with other young talents who performed in various concerts, television shows, corporate events and musicals. In those eight years, some of her notable work included ‘A Grinchmas Christmas Musical’ as Lucy Lou Who and ‘Christmas Spark the Musical’ (Nine Works Theatrical), the Dunkin' Donuts Christmas VCD (2003), Christian Bautista’s “Colour Everywhere” concert, as well as the singing voice of Young Imang in the ABS-CBN first fantaserye, Kampanerang Kuba (2005)
After conquering university life, Kathleen decided to take on the stage once again. Since 2015, her most notable theater work includes MLQ: Ang Buhay ni Manuel L. Quezon (Full House Productions, 2015) The Little Mermaid as Princess Sapphire (Trumpets Inc., 2015), Dog Sees God as Tricia/Peppermint Patty (Twin Bill Theater, 2016), Queen Of The Universe as Sarah Wurtzbach (STAGES, 2017); and Baby B as Amy Ocampo (Artist Playground, 2017). Her line up for corporate events includes major brands such as PLDT, Nestle, Nickelodeon, Jollibee, Johnson and Johnsons, Maybank, Personal Collection, SM Malls, Megaworld and much more.
Aside from her theater credentials, she lends her voice to local advertisements, hosts and writes for corporate events and parties. Kathleen is also experienced in her finished degree, having acquired a masters degree in Communication Majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She works as the marketing manager and consultant for the following theater and events companies: Trumpets Playshop, Playshop Playhouse and Twin Bill Theater Productions, ArtSource and Artist Playground. With her passion for storytelling and creation, Kathleen also worked alongside the creative team of I Remember A Boy, heavily contributing as their Artistic Consultant.
Cathrine Go is a full-time freelance performer, performance-maker, actor and theater artist-teacher. Won as Best Actress in Sikat Awards in 2013 and an Aliw Awards Best Actress nominee for the year 2016 for Rody Vera’s Happiness is a Pearl. She is one of the resident actors (The Players) of Artist Playground, member of Tag-ani Performing Arts Society, member of The Scenius Pro and Scenius ProActives and performer in Party with Jive. She took several trainings for theater and other artistic disciplines at PUP Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory, PETA-MTTL and Artist Playground. It was 2015 when she was chosen to be the Philippine Delegate for Dramatic Arts in ROK-ASEAN held in Korea National University for the Arts, Seoul, Korea. Some of her notable performances are her portrayals for Maikling Dasal, Mahabang Gabi, Mabuhay ang Bagong Kasal, Hindi na Muli, Happiness is a Pearl, Mulagat, Prelude to Macbeth and M Episode.
Her other performances includes her participation with Tag-ani’s music album – Saka Lamang Papayapa and her performance for the recent KoryoLab 2017.
Philippe Go is a product of Trumpets Playshop Playhouse and played Papa Ge (Once On This Island) and Mr. Ostrovsky/Carl Grubenniere (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) in their 2016 and 2017 annual showcases, respectively. His most recent role was with Make Believe Productions where he portrayed the Pilot in their interactive musical adaptation of The Little Prince.
A chemist by profession, he entered the pop music scene after being chosen by Lea Salonga in The Voice of the Philippines Season 2, thereafter becoming known as "The Singing Chemist." This was followed by numerous guesting stints as song interpreter in UNTV's A Song of Praise Music Festival making it all the way to the grand finals in 2015.
Philippe began his musical journey as a chorister, having performed and toured with the Philippine Vocal Ensemble, and is currently active in the Philippine contemporary a cappella scene as a tenor in the all-male group, Ten Thousand. The group recently competed in the Singapore A Cappella Championships finishing second and receiving a Gold Diploma.He performs at events, sings at weddings, and does radio/TV guestings and CrossFit in his spare time.
Joe Henson, aged 26, is quite new to the professional theater world but not with performing on stage. Coming from a musically inclined family, he has been exposed to music at a young age and has experience with the stage at 14. The vast majority of his exposure has been in singing in church and performing at Sunday school Christmas productions. He found his passion for theater and the arts in high school when he joined the drama club while he lived in Malaysia. It was there where he tried his hand in script writing, stage management, and directing for the following productions Around the World in 80 Days (2006) , Enchanted (2007), and Arianna (2008). Afterwhich, he focused on his studies and performed during worship services for his church.
In college, Joe ventured into the indie-music scene of Manila by performing in several gigs with his friends as a solo artist and doing duets with other up-and-coming artists. He did this while pursing his degree in Behavioral Science and later on he finished his post-graduate studies in DLSU. In 2013, he stopped performing and became a full-time student. After graduating, he then pursued a 9 to 5 job in Public Relations and events and eventually got involved in community work.
Joe is currently freelancing in various projects and events while getting more involved in the ministry of his church. His involvement in I Remember A Boy will be his first musical performance since high school. Regardless of where his path takes him, he believes that he will always have a passion for the arts.
Mariella Laurel is a freelance performing artist who also finds joy in production work and teaching Musical Theatre for children. She’s been gracing the stage through countless opportunities that started at young age of 9. Sparking her interest for musical theatre was her first professional role in a musical as Crystal in Floy Quintos’ Lives. With that growing passion fueling her love for theater, she actively participated in Brent International School Manila’s voice and dance concerts, sang for the choral and performed in annual major productions, such as The Fantasticks as Luisa, Pippin as Catherine, Godspell as Robin, and Grease as Marty. She was a singer and officer of De La Salle Innersoul, De La Salle University - Manila’s Pop Vocal group, while completing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts.
Her most notable theater work includes Shrek The Musical as Baby Bear, Villager, Tap Rat and Dulocian (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, 2014), Lagablab as Chayong (Artist Playground, 2016), A Christmas Carol as Scrooge’s Mother/Poulterer (9 Works Theatricals and Globe Lives, 2016), Baby B as Baby B (Artist Playground, 2017) and M Episode’s Prelude to Macbeth as Lorna Stewart (Artist Playground 2017). Apart from her theater credentials, she lends her voice to local TV and Radio advertisements, hosts and performs for corporate events (Nestle, PLDT, Smart, MegaWorld, Korean Tourism Organization and SM malls.) and has acted for various short films, and TV5’s Wattpad Presents and Hi-5 Five in the Air.
Not only will we experience her soprano notes, acting chops and moves like there’s no tomorrow, but I REMEMBER A BOY marks her debut as Director. Being offered this production as part of the artistic/creative team, learning from her veteran mentors, as well as collaborating with fellow Millennials are only a few highlights to this new journey she is grateful for!
Jamiko Allan Sabbun Manguba (born 24 April 1994; 23 years old), or Miko M is a Filipino musician and is a member and leader of GMA Network's winning boy band Top One Project.
He made his debut as a singer with organizations in De La Salle University including De La Salle Innersoul and an a cappella group called "Taftonic." In 2015, Miko auditioned for the reality show To The Top, judged by the maestro Ryan Cayabyab and mentored by The Company and the Philippine All-Stars. He ended up being one of the grand winners that was later grouped together and became known as Top One Project (T.O.P.).
In 2016, T.O.P. released its first self-titled album under GMA Records with their carrier single, “Paggising,” which became the soundtrack of the Koreanovela “Pretty Woman” on GMA Network. Miko and his group received the Best Duo/Group Artist of the Year award under the PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) Star Awards for Music 2016, with fellow nominees such as The Company and Silent Sanctuary. The group had their first-ever concert in October 2016, “TOP in Concert” at the Music Museum with special guests Aicelle Santos and Kim Domingo.
Miko Manguba is currently studying AB Music Production in De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde to pursue this career path. His group T.O.P. is currently the artist for the soundtrack of Mulawin Vs. Ravena, “Ikaw Nga,” with another version by Regine Velasquez.
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