As a television show, Aawitan Kita ran for 35 years. A veritable display of Filipino artistry, it initially aimed to develop and encourage appreciation of Filipino arts and culture through indigenous Filipino music, by way of reviving especially among post-war generations what used to be a homeland’s love for something inherently its own.
It revived old folk songs and kundimans, and also commissioned musical works including contemporary zarzuelas that have become legacy. Restie Umali, for instance, composed 65 original songs for various Aawitan Kita TV specials, and National Artist Levi Celerio wrote 180 song lyrics for original compositions and updates and re-writes of folk songs, kundimans, balitaws and haranas.
Balikbayans who have seen Aawitan Kita sa Makati invariably say “This is a show that must be seen by Filipinos the world over.” So here it is now, a contemporary Filipino zarzuela in three acts, set in a typical Filipino community.
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The storyline: First, between the spinster Armida and her old maid niece Lirio. Armida keeps on reminding Lirio that all is well and good in the country. Lirio seems to be in agreement, but truth is she’s secretly pining for the big love of her life who left for the US many years ago and promised to come back for her but still hasn’t. What Lirio doesn’t know is that she and Armida share the same story, that Armida’s heart had also been broken in the same way.
Then, between the OFW Bo and his wife Rachelle: Bo leaves Rachelle in the care of his best friend Raul, to work abroad. Oceans apart, the couple tries to keep their marriage going with phone calls, text messages and e-mails. They are both miserable with the separation, but they have no choice. When Raul woos the lonely Rachelle, her loyalty is with her husband so she does not give in to temptation. But she is so affected by their distance; she dies, ironically in Raul’s arms. Raul sends Bo a text, informs him of Rachelle’s death.
Finally, the goings on among the young: Bayang personifies mother country and around her the activists cluster. Miguel does not waver from the path, but Cris and Richard have separation issues especially as Cris is set to seek greener pastures elsewhere. Cris leaves but makes it clear she will be proudly Filipino wherever she goes. Richard takes his cue from Miguel’s idealism soon and plunges into community work.
We end with the crisscrossing of storylines: Bayang, Miguel and Richard remind all that country comes first. Lirio chances on Armida trying to sing “Babalik Ka Rin” but emotionally unable to; she sings the song for her aunt but on a much stronger tone. Raul surmounts personal grief. Bo returns to homeland not bitter but just glad to be home. Rachelle, we imply on her way to heaven, a pleasant memory, the “Mutya ng Pasig.”
It turns out that the story is a flashback for Cris, now living away from home. Her mind so much on her roots, she sings “Bayan Ko,” then proceeds to do a big fiesta song and sing it simultaneously with the folks back home—including the dead Rachelle—for such is life in the Philippines. For
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