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Rita Avila book is now a musical


‘THE INVISIBLE WINGS’ – Upon the insistence of dear friend and colleague Aster (Amoyo), this columnist dropped by at the presscon of the musical “Ang Hindi Nakikitang Pakpak.” She said that Rita Avila would be happy to see me and true enough the actress-author welcomed Aster and I warmly.

Rita’s the author of “Pakpak,” made into a musical showing Oct. 20, 21, and 22 (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) at the St. Cecilia’s Hall of St. Scholastica’s College Manila.

“The Invisible Wings” is the title of Rita’s book, revolving around three siblings named Popoy, Mimay, and Pony, victims of bullying in their school. They made a pact that instead of developing a vindictive heart they would do one good thing each day for love and obedience to God. It is a reminder that good hearts can make miracles.

Rita has written five books for children, including one acknowledged by Pope Francis via a letter from the Vatican.

ANGELIC VOICES – Too bad that Aster and I missed the musical number of the young cast at the presscon of “Ang Hindi Nakikitang Pakpak.” Was told that their voices were angelic.

They are Lester Andrada, Candy Arcanghel, Arvin Baltazar, Hazelyn Cascano, Bobby Andrew Garcia, Jerome Ignacio, Meggy Katigbak, Faith Leynes, Sheryl Leynes, Ram Mariano, Donald Ocfemia, Jr., Matel Patayon, Pia Paulican, Cristina Peredo, Neil Ragas, Alex Reyes, Sarina Sasaki.

Directed by Joey Ting, with adaptation by Neil Tolentino, libretto by Chynna Roxas, and music by Barbie Dumlao.

Produced by Stateofstage Entertainment in cooperation with Heaven’s Best Entertainment.

For inquiries for touring the production, email at ahnpthemusical@gmail.com.

OLD FRIEND – Aster says that Rita Avilla is a friend from way back, when she was still a student at the University of Santo Tomas. Then Rita was known by her real name Ana Erea, very pretty and petite Fil-Spanish-Japanese mestiza.

Their friendship remained, with Rita attending almost every affair Aster invited her. And so Aster said she had to give moral support to the musical (adapted from Rita’s “The Invisible Wings”) presscon held at the Salu Restaurant on Scout Torillo St., Quezon City.

The musical is endorsed by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference and reinforced by the special support memos from Bishop of Cubao Honesto F. Ongtioco DD and Archbishop of Manila Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle.