Cinderella in Manila! Relive the Miss Saigon Feeling of being Proud to be a Filipino!

I love watching musical plays because of its timeless lessons that shape my life today.

Rent taught me that there is “No Day but Today”. I also learned how to measure your life — not in terms of five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes but in terms of Seasons of Love. It is the reason why I pursued my wife despite all odds at that time.

Kate Monster from Avenue Q taught me: “You gotta go after the things you want while you’re still in your prime.” That is one of the reason why I am pursuing my passion today – blogging my heart away and sharing with people how awesome the Philippines is.

The valuable lesson I learned from Cinderella is that: “Impossible Things are Happening Every Day!”. I watched how Filipinos — Lea Salonga as Cinderella and Bobby Garcia as Director – are leading a predominantly American Broadway cast in the Asian premiere of Cinderella. Is it impossible for Filipinos to be a great nation in 2010? It’s Possible!!

I can’t get this song off my mind:
” Impossible! But the world is full of zanies and fools
who don’t believe in sensible rules
and won’t believe what sensible people say..
and because these daft and dewey eyed dopes
keep building up impossible hopes
impossible things are happening every day! “
– Cinderella’s Godmother

We are so proud of both — Lea Salonga and Bobby Garcia! You guys deserve the sold-out opening night which ended in a standing ovation! Thanks for showing us that Filipinos can lead the world!


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

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9 thoughts on “Cinderella in Manila! Relive the Miss Saigon Feeling of being Proud to be a Filipino!

  1. I’m still thinking if I should watch or not… (expensive kasi) hmm… if i dont i’d miss a lot noh? =)

  2. hi 🙂 i’ve checked ticketworld last saturday. only tickets worth 4k and up are available.. do you know anyone who’s selling tickets for weekend show 3pm (any balcony tickets)? tnx! 🙂

  3. ” Relive the Miss Saigon Feeling of being Proud to be a Filipino!”
    this catchphrase simply reinforces our insecurities as filipinos. we don’t need ms. saigon and the like to be proud of our heritage as it is simply another drop in the bucket. susme, ang daming musicals dito sa nyc and people don’t make a big deal out of it.
    i haven’t heard a single hongkie proclaim that he’s proud to be a hongkie because of jackie chan…nor a brit say the same thing about the beatles…
    just my two cents…

  4. Maybe it’s really that we make a big deal about things like this. But also maybe exactly the reason why is because we are Filipinos! Hongkies or Brits may not care — but we do. And I’m proud not only because a Filipino is leading the play, but also because we care, and we make a big deal about it. 😉

  5. hi, watched Cinderella last sunday (August 3, 2008, 3PM). it was soooo good. i love it! the play is not a all-so-serious play, there are parts that are funny and there are parts that you’ll feel like you’re about to sleep (this is a play not a movie, so expect that), but overall my Php2500 was worth every penny. btw, we were lucky that lea salonga was the lead because from what i heard there is someone who will relieve for her.

  6. hello! i just watched Cinderella last sunday..i bought the tickets a month before the show! got the balcony I row A we bought the eyemax binoculars, which did us good since we were able to see (almost) lea’s face hehehe…the show was great! lea is still lea – a great stage performer! =) wish i could have seen her in ms saigon or les miz tho…

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