Come to the Fun Home

Like chaos never happens if it’s never seen.” 🎶

Watched Fun Home Manila with my friends last November 13, 2016 during the Matinee Show in RCBC Plaza, Makati City. I was really excited and thrilled to see the show because of the awesome line-up of cast.

First of all, Fun Home focuses on Alison Bechdel, her discovery of her sexuality, her relationship with her father and her father’s sexuality and on the mysteries of her life and her family. It’s a musical adaptation of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron from Alison Bechdel’s memoir in 2006.


AMAZING CAST
Andee Achacoso who’s the Small Alison Bechdel during the show. The first time I saw her on stage, I’m amazed of her beauty. She’s really beautiful on stage. I loved her rendition of “Ring of Keys”. Her performance gave me goosebumps. Hands down to this little girl!!!

Teddy Velasco and Albert Silos, who portrayed the roles of Christian and John Bechdel. These two guys are so cute!!! I loved how they were enjoying every performance of theirs during the show. I smiled from ear to ear when they were singing and dancing in “Come to the Fun Home”. Can I pinch their cheeks, please? I just can’t handle their cuteness on and off stage. I hope to see more of these handsome kids and also, more of Andee, too, in the future. I wish I’ll see more of them on future broadway shows, they really seem to have the calling for performing. 

Yanah Laurel was Joan in the show. A really really gorgeous girl… I mean, lesbian in the show. She really nailed her role. I swear. The first time she went out the stage, the only thing that came out of my mouth was WOW. I love how she (her character) supports Alison in everything. I also think she’s naturally funny and not just because of the lines she’s saying to Alison or to other characters, but also because of her ability to deliver those lines with ease. One thing that made me remember Yanah is her kiss with Mikkie, who portrays Medium Alison Bechdel. Hands down to the both of them in that part. I mean… really, hands down!!! 

Laurence Mossman who portrayed all of the guy in Mr. Bechdel’s life. Okay, first, he’s really handsome!!! And let me use the gay term, “borta” to him. Yes, he’s really “borta”. I was really entertained by him during their performance of “Raincoat of Love”. He only had a few scenes in the show but he really left an awesome impression to the audience.

Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante portrayed Medium Alison Bechdel. I know her because I see her on the television, most of the time for some show guestings. But I didn’t know that she’s that awesome on stage. Her version of “Changing My Major” is still stuck on my head, and it already has been a week since I watched the show! That was really her moment in the show. Her performance of “Changing My Major” made the audience laugh and cry. After the show, I had the chance to met her and asked her to sign my Fun Home brochure. She was so nice to sign most of the fans’ merchandise and took some selfies with them. She was really sweet and approachable, on some pictures, she volunteered to be the one holding the phone and with that, I can say that she’s really a beautiful lady, inside and out.

 The handsome Eric Kunze who portrayed the role of Bruce Bechdel, the father of Alison. He’s one of the reason why I watched the show. Hee hee! Fangirl. He proved to everyone in the audience that he is really Eric Kunze. Most of his scenes in the show really made me cry, honestly. Some of his scenes with Medium Alison and with Mrs. Bechdel really touched my heart and brought me to tears. One thing that really made me give him a thumbs up is his performance of “Edges of the World”. Wow. Just wow, Eric!!! My jaw really met the floor. Ugh-mazing.

Second but not the least is Cris Villonco. Cris played the role of Alison Bechdel. Okay, i’m really speechless for Cris’ performance. Let me just say this to you, Cris. YOU NAILED IT!!! You were very consistent from start until the end. You brought all of us to tears especially during your performance of “Telephone Wire”. Until now, I still listen to the version of the song on Spotify, talk about major LSS! The song keeps on playing in my mind and I can only hear your version of that. During your performance of “Telephone Wire”, I was really sobbing because I can really feel your emotions, I can feel Alison’s sadness. Sigh, Cris, you brought us in tears. Bravo!!! Bravo!!! Hope to watch you again on your upcoming shows. 

Lastly, THE Lea Salonga, who played the role of Helen Bechdel. Lea Salonga was really the reason why I watched the show. I’m a proud fan of hers and there’s no use hiding it to everyone because I’m very vocal about it. I’ve seen her perform on tv, had a marathon of her Youtube videos and many other stuff that a normal fangirl does. But seeing Lea perform on a theater stage is a different story. She only had a few scenes in the show but those scenes will really touch the hearts of the audience. Those scenes are also the ones who hit me the most. I could really relate to it. I can imagine my mom telling me those words, those lines. And that really made me cry. No, I was really sobbing. I was such a mess during the show, I admit. My favorite Lea performance was when she sang “Days and days”. She was sitting AND crying, but still managed to belt that song! And I was like, ” HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT SEEM EFFORTLESS?” Oh, yeah right, she is THE Lea Salonga. My other favorite Lea performance during the show was when she sang ” Raincoat of Love”. During the “Raincoat of Love”, the occasional dancer Lea was seen in that performance. I always smile from ear to ear every time I see Lea dance. Hee hee!!! Another thing that made my heart swell was Lea Salonga playing the piano. It was the first time I saw her play the piano and I swear, she just took my breath away. Hands down to you, Lea!!! Once again, you proved to everyone the prowess of the ‘Broadway Diva”. You wowed everyone who watched the show, and all of your fans are really, really proud of you. I am a Lea Salonga fan, and I am so proud to call you my idol. 

And to all the cast and crew of Fun Home Manila, a big warm of applause to everyone. And to the amazing man, Direk Bobby Garcia, congratulations for a very, very wonderful show!!! Shoutout to every one in ATEG! Bravo, everyone!! I hope I can watch more of your upcoming shows.

To everyone, please, don’t forget to catch the last 5 shows of Fun Home MNL until November 27, 2016 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City. For ticket inquiries, visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph

PS. Can’t wait to watch it again on the 26th. See y’all again, amazing cast!!!

For Good

“I’ve heard it said, That people come into our lives for a reason…” (For Good; Wicked)

YES. People come into our lives for a reason. And there’s a reason why the group Team Asterisks is existing.

Team Asterisks. Where did it all start? What’s the reason behind the name? I’ve heard and read lots of WH questions from people, close friend or not, non-Lea fan or not, everyone. My ears are already tired hearing those questions. My mind and lips are also tired explaining it to them. But the only thing I will never get tired of is loving those 9 girls (excluding myself) of Team Asterisks. 

It had been a year. Yes, only a year. But I felt we already know each other for more than 5 years. A year full of ups and downs. A year filled with happiness and sadness. A year full of hugots and kalokohan. A year full of ganaps and hopia. An amazing one year of friendship. 

We’re one of those typical Lea fans, who’ll forever idolize Lea. A typical group of girls. Nothing so much special. We’re normal, but, most of the time, abnormal. We also have our ups and downs. People may see us as perfect group, squad goals and etcetera. But what they don’t see is that we also have our low moments. We face problems. We have misunderstandings. We cry. We get angry or mad with one another. We get so stressed. We get tired of understanding each other. We’re so close to giving up. We’re so close to leaving the group. So close of breaking the group. We also have that. It’s a cliché, but really, in front of those smiles is a crying heart. But what makes us still one is that every problem, every challenge, every misunderstanding, we’re facing it as a group. We always talk about it. And especially, we love each other.

As I have said a while ago, there are times that we’re so close to leaving the group. Honestly, I’m one of those. But not leaving the group itself, but the fandom. I tried leaving them, not talking to them, not checking or answering their messages, not updating myself about Lea. I’ve tried but I really CAN’T. I can’t leave them easily because of the memories we’ve shared. The laughs and tears. The kalokohans we’ve done. The annoying hugots we tell to each other. The kabullyhan that we do everyday. EVERYTHING. And lastly, I can’t because I love them. 

I know that I’m not the perfect kind of friend. Not the most understanding friend you’ll have. Also not the sweetest and kindest friend, but I always make it up to them. 
To my 9 ladies, it’s only a year. I wish that we’ll make this friendship last forever. I know that this friendship is not just because of Lea. We always tell each other that we’re sisters, so, let’s stay as that. I will never get tired of understanding you. I will always be here to all of you in good and bad times. 


“Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true

But I know I’m who I am today

Because I knew you…. 

…I have been changed for good.” (For Good; Wicked)


Happy one year, Team Asterisks!!! 

SPECIAL

“It’s been a long day without you, my friend, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again…” (See You Again; Wiz Khalifa)



We’ve known each other for almost two years. Isn’t that enough to tell that our friendship is one of the strongest. We don’t have a perfect kind of friendship. Yes, It’s only two years but we already passed some of the rough roads on our way.

Rodess, for the past two years, you’re my closest Lea-fan friend and even without the ‘Lea’, I’ll still be your friend. The past few months, weeks and days were a very difficult one to the both of us. I know that something’s wrong, something’s changed, something’s different. But still, at the back of my mind, I’m hoping that everything will be fine.

Honestly, I MISS YOU. I missed talking to you. Laughing with you. Chatting with you. Having a 2-hour phone call with you. Whole day conversation with you. Telling you everything that I’m irritated with. Secrets that we keep. The times we bully each other. EVERYTHING. And most especially, I really miss you.

I’m not the kindest friend. Not the most understanding one. I’m very short-tempered. There are still a lot on the list that I am not. But still you allow me to be one of your friends and because of that, thank you! There are so many things that I need to be thankful for. Thank you for your understanding my moods. I know I’m very short-tempered, I’m bipolar. Thank you for the conversations, secrets, laughters, dramas, and so many memories that we have. 

You always complain that you aren’t special to anybody. You. Are. Wrong. You’re very special to me. Really really special. Maybe, you can’t feel it because, honestly, I can feel that we already have a gap with each other. We aren’t as close as before. But don’t worry, I’ll always be here for you. Maybe, if you ever you’ll decide to stay away from, you’re free to it. I’ll let you go. I’ll let you stay away from. If you’re already tired of me, I’ll understand. BUT, don’t forget that if ever you’ll leave and decides to come back, I’ll always be here waiting. I’ll always be here for you. No. Matter. What.

Happiest Birthday, My Fave! I’m sorry for what happened. I promise I’ll make it up to you. I love you forever, Rodess! You’ll always be my favorite one.

Feels like I’m a Part

  

I became a fan of Tanya Manalang for almost 2 years. And I’m so happy and proud that I’m a fan of her. This pint-sized lady never fails to amaze me because of her beauty and kindness. And I think, it’s more than a year that I met, not personally, her parents on Facebook (If my memory’s right). Her parents, Mr. Mark And Mrs. Christine Manalang, are one of those kindest people you’ll meet. That’s why this post/update is dedicated for the Manalangs.
  
First, Tito Mark/Tito Daddy, you’re the person who always tell me “Wag kang mahihiya.” With those words, you always make me feel that I’m must not be awkward or shy to you and Tita Christine and Ate Tanya. Thank you for that, Tito Daddy! I can’t promise that I won’t be shy when meet again. He he! Maybe, part of me is really shy but the larger part is that I’m STARSTRUCK to the three of you. Lastly, I will never forget the moment when you called me “anak“. Yie!!! I’m so ‘kilig’ that moment. (Sorry for being conyo.) Again, thank you very much, Tito Daddy! 
  
Next, Tita Christine/ Tita Mommy, you’re the person who is always ready to help me in everything. Everything means everything, not just about Ate Tanya but also when I ask help for my academic requirements and other stuff. I’m very thankful for everything, Tita! You also makes me feel that I’m loved. And that I’m part of your family. I love you, Tita Mommy, i know you know that.
  
Lastly, “Areh” Tanya, these started all because of you. Tee hee!!! You’re so down to earth. Wala akong nakitang arte. You’re very simple and crazy (yes, krung krung). I’m really shy and really starstruck, last saturday. My heart wants to burst because of ‘kilig’ but I need to contain my happiness and literally, my self. I love you so much, “Areh” Tangs. I can’t promise that I won’t be shy the next time we’ll meet. He he! Thanks for being an inspiration to us, Tanyaians. And we’ll never get tired supporting and loving you. I love you! 💕
   
 

 To the Manalang Family, thank you so much for making me feel that I’m part of you’re family. Thank you for everything. I wish to have many more TanyAdventures with you. I’ll always be her for you, no matter what. Thank you for the love. I love you, three!!!! 

Lea and Life

“Mula nang makilala ka, aking mahal ‘di ako mapalagay sa kakaisip ko sa’yo” (Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal) – I really don’t know when and where I started fangirling over Lea. I think it’s like true love, you’ll just feel it without questioning yourself of how and why. There are days in the past that I had a ‘Lea Marathon’ for almost everyday. Browsing Lea singing videos, Lea interviews and more Lea-connected videos. I also looked for Lea photos that I’ve never seen. Checking her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account, if she posted an update already. Days, weeks, and months had past, my fangirl life improved. I started going to ‘ganaps’ and also, I become an active fangirl of her. My twitter account was flooded of so many Lea-related tweets. And I’ll never forget that. YES, that’s my life as a fangirl of Lea. Watch her videos. Look some photos. Update myself about Lea. Go to ‘ganaps’. And keep on asking my mind, “Lea, bakit nga ba labis kitang mahal?”


“Cause darling, I would catch a grenade for you… You know I’ll do anything for you!” (Grenade) – A life of a fangirl is not as easy as what others think. There will always be people who would not agree with your thoughts about your idol. There are always bashers. This maybe cliché but really, we cannot please everyone. But as long as my fangirl life is concern, I won’t let anyone tell Lea things that are below the belt. I know Lea is the toughest. She can handle them in her different ways. But as a fan, I’m hurt. I won’t let my idol to be hurt. That’s why, Lea, I’d catch a grenade for you.

“A dazzling place I never knew” (A Whole New World) -I never thought that I’d be a fangirl of Lea. This is really a new world for me. New perspective about life. New people to meet and to communicate with. Everything’s new. But I didn’t thought that I’m going to enjoy this life. Enjoying moments that I had with my co fangirls. Everything is FANTASTIC. Yes, there are negative issues, bashers and etc. The fandom don’t mind them because we don’t want to stress our lives with non-sense things. I know that this is a whole new world but I’m enjoying this magic carpet ride with Lea.

“Kung kaya kong, iwanan ka, ‘di na sana aasa pa” (Sana Maulit Muli) – I’m always having second thoughts about leaving the fandom. I really don’t know why. I want to leave because of priorities. And I want to leave because of some personal things. But I really really can’t. First point is because of LEA. The very reason why I enter this fandom and why I’m still staying. Much love for Lea that’s why I can’t leave her. There are lots of factors that push me to leave the fandom; but Lea is the main reason why i’m still holding on. And, now, I promise. I. Will. Never. Leave. Lea. Second, people that became part of my life that I don’t want to leave. Team Asterisks, the first one on my list. Team Asterisks, namely, Abhie Manlapaz, Barbie Fernandez, Christel Leron, Dess Rea, Erika Mabansag, Jheanne Las, Sha Natividad, Viel David, Zane Rivera and yours truly. They became part of my life. They became my sisters. Lea brought to us together to become sisters and to become a family. And I don’t want to regret leaving them and I don’t want to hear myself saying, “Sana maulit muli, ang mga oras nating nakaraan”

“When will my reflection show who I am inside?” (Reflection) – This is already the real me. This is my true reflection. TO. BE. A. LEA. FAN. To my dear Queen, I may not be your daughter, your sister, your friend, your bestfriend, or your mom but I will always be a fan of yours. I will be forever proud of your achievements, and who you truly are as proud as your daughter, as happy as your sister, as blessed as your friend or bestfriend and I will also have the tears of joy like your mom. And I’m meant to play this (fangirl) part.

“So, I don’t have to say you were the one that got away” (The One That Got Away) – You maybe Aga’s The One That Got Away. But you’ll always be the “The One That Changed Our Lives”. You changed us, Lea. You changed us to be better, to be who we really are. And we are very very much thankful for you for that. 

To top it all, to our dearest Lea, Happiest 45th birthday! We will always catch a grenade for you. We will join you in every magic carpet ride. Hindi ka namin kayang iwanan dahil hindi namin kayang sabihin ang mga katagang ‘sana maulit muli’. Dahil ngayon, alam na namin kung bakit labis ka naming mahal, Lea. And we’ll support you until the end because this is really who we are inside. And lastly, you will never be our the one that got away because you are the one who changed our lives. Thank you, Lea! Thank you for your 45 years existence here! And thank you for being the greatest part of our lives. Happy happy birthday! Cheers! 🍻