July 15, 2022


Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theatre)


Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with Erehwon Center for the Arts


July 15 & 16, 2022 | 7:00 PM
July 17, 2022 | 3:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with Erehwon Center for the Arts, presents Bayan Bayanan: Letters from Home, a new musical production of the classic play by multi-awarded playwright, Bienvenido Noriega, Jr. It is given life onstage by the creative direction of internationally acclaimed film and theater director, Dr. Anton Juan.

Featuring new songs, modern sets, creative lighting, and passionate acting, the play portrays the heartwarming and sometimes, heartbreaking stories of Filipino migrant workers trying to carve a better life for themselves abroad. The twists and turns of their lives are viewed by Dino, a scholar sent to study abroad on an international scholarship, much as Boy Noriega was, when he was inspired to write the play. Dino is portrayed by theater actor and classically trained singer Carlo Mañalac, who is remembered for having played several roles in different presentations of “Kanser,” a theatrical adaptation of Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere.” In the play, he becomes enamored with France, so eager to absorb everything about it, especially when he falls in love with a French woman, portrayed by Uno Zigelbaum.

Professional theater actress and singer Banaue Miclat-Janssen portrays the central character, “Manang.” Banaue has performed in various spaces and films in the Philippines and abroad. She is an Aliw
Awards Foundation Hall of Fame for Best Performer awardee. Ava Olivia Santos, a singer, recording artist, and an actor in theater, film and television, portrays a Filipino nurse, struggling to carve a better life for herself abroad, seeking a fairy tale love.

New songs have been composed by Anton Juan, himself, along with Cleofe Guangko-Casambre, who had composed for the play, “‘Rizal’s Sweet Stranger;” Russ Narcies Cabico, who is also a theater and television actor and singer; pianist-composer Andrew Bryan Sapigao; and composer-musical arranger Jonathan Cruz. Jonathan Cruz has tapped the talents of the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra musicians to produce the musical arrangement.

The play is part of the series of events celebrating the 75th anniversary of Philippines-France relations, in accordance with the agreement signed by Erehwon with the Embassy of France in the Philippines


Ticket prices: Php 2,500/ 2,000/ 1,500/ 1,000/ 800/ 500
1. Call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704/ 8832-1125 local 1409
2. Call TicketWorld at 8891-9999/ 0917-5506997 (Globe)/ 0999-9545922 (Smart)or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph
3. Call Erehwon at (02) Landline: (02) 7758-5082/ Mobile 0917-6579932/ email: info@erehwonartcenter.com / or visit www.erehwonartcenter.com

Fri 07/15 7:00pm