By Patricia Simone Dauz

The 2006 grand champion of  Pinoy Pop Superstar  Gerald Santos is not just a singer, he is now a musical theater actor.  Redlife Entertainment Production Inc.’s (REPi) is staging its maiden production “San Pedro Calungsod the Musical” (SPC), where the young balladeer is the lead actor. So far, he has done quite a number of shows at the SM Skydome, Music Museum, and in Digos, Davao Del Sur. His latest album is “Kahit Anong Mangyari.”

Gerald Santos as San Pedro Calungsod

REPi is an offshoot of RED family’s existing business. In 1996, they started as a manufacturing and marketing business supplying school materials in Catholic schools. Because of this, the production will be toured  in Mindanao, from September 23 to 26, in Davao and Cotabato. Hopefully, the can bring it to other key cities nationwide.

Gerald Santos with Kuya Manzano
Gerald Santos with Kuya Manzano (Padre Diego)

Aside from Gerald Santos, the musical co-stars Kuya Manzano as Padre Diego. This Filipino-Spanish nephew of Edu Manzano performed in Repertory Philippines’ productions and has appeared in films, both in the Philippines and abroad. His last Filipino film was Heneral Luna.

Prince Jemuel Luciano
Prince Jemuel Luciano

Playing Santos’ mom is the talented May Bayot, a veteran thespian whose recent musical productions were under Tanghalang Pilipino. One of her most memorable roles in theater was Elsa, the protagonist of Himala. The antagonists are played by Carlos Sia (Hurao) and Hutch Perales (Matapang), both are new faces, in the independent film and theater scenes.

A real standout in the play is Prince Jemuel Luciano, who has a special role as the scheming Choco. He has solid nuances and he connects well with other actors, in any given scene he’s in. This was based on the recent performance we watched at the DLSU-Dasmariñas Campus, last Tuesday.09182015_princeofballad_04

The musical is based on the life story of our second saint, Pedro Calungsod canonized in 2012. The show is directed by Rommel Ramilo. For ticket information, you can contact Peggy Rico (production manager) at 09998830972.


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