MANHID (1991)

The Eraserheads were part of the musical, "Manhid" at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. The play was written by Auraeus Solito (yes, the same guy who'd direct the "Ang Huling El Bimbo" music video five years later) under the pseudonym, 'Arturo Calo'. The 2-hour musical is based on Salman Rushdie's novel, "Midnight's Children" & "X-Men" comic books. The Eheads were the backing band and were doing about 30 songs (The most notable was "Kailan" as it was later recorded by the band and included on the 1994 album, "Circus"). The musical first premiered at the steps of UP's Palma Hall (aka 'AS Steps) sometime in 1991. It run for 4 weekends at UP and was later moved to the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Little Theater) for 1 weekend. It was presented by UP Tropa.

Credits: (incomplete)
Christine Bersola
Johanna Cabili - soprano
Rowena (Wena) Basco (yup, the main character in the "Ang Huling El Bimbo" music video)
Romeo Lee - watch him talks about the Eheads & Manhid on MYXposed (April 29, 2008)

Auraeus Solito - writer
Paul Morales - director
Vince De Jesus - musical director
Eraserheads - band

For full credits & info, download the official program
(from the Manhid 2015 facebook page; incomplete/missing pages; enhanced & re-assembled by schizo)

Watch the following videos on YouTube (uploaded by Rodel Basco):
Video 1 | Video 2: "Huwag Mo Akong Ha-hagkan (aka "Kailan") | Video 3 | Video 4 | Video 5 | Video 6 | Video 7

MANHID: The Pinoy Super Hero Musical (2015)

Fast forward to 25 years later, an updated "Manhid" returned. Dubbed as "Manhid: The Pinoy Super Hero Musical", the play was written by
Kanakan-Balintagos (aka Auraeus Solito). This time the backing band was the Radioactive Sago Project. It was held on 3 weekends from Febuary 20-22, February 27-March 1 and March 6-8, 2015 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). It was presented by Ballet Philippines and CCP's Tanghalang Pilipino for their 29th Theater Season 2015-2016.

Written by Kanakan-Balintagos (aka Auraeus Solito)
Music by Vincent de Jesus, Carina Evangelista, Kanakan-Balintagos and the Eraserheads
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Francis de Veyra
Choreographed by Alden Lugnasin and Paul Alexander Morales
Set Design by Zard Eguia
Costume Design by Victor Ursabia
Lighting Design by Roman Cruz
Video Effects by Digibox
Dramaturgy by Rody Vera
Directed by Paul Alexander Morales
Radioactive Sago Project - band

Teaser (March 2014) I Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster 3

Videos: Behind The Scenes | Teaser

Articles & Reviews: for more, just search for "manhid musical"

[REVIEW] Staging this musical required no less than heroic effort. (by Paul Catiang / / February 26, 2015)

[REVIEW] ‘Manhid’: Superheroes and a timeline in which People Power never happened (by Tricia Macas / GMA News / February 24, 2015; 9:48 PM)

Before the Eraserheads became rock stars, they wrote a Pinoy musical (by Pam Pastor / Philippine Daily Inquirer / February 21, 2015; 4:30 AM)

Musical on alternate EDSA history to feature Eraserheads composition (by Louis Bacani / / February 18, 2015)

Radioactive Sago Project steps into Eraserheads' shoes in 'Manhid' ( / February 11, 2015; 5:00 AM)

After 24 years, 'Manhid' returns to the stage (by Amadis Ma. Guerrero / Philippine Daily Inquirer / February 7, 2015; 5:03 AM)

In 'Manhid,' superheroes in the PH fight for the greater good (by Rome Jorge / / February 6, 2015; 2:35 PM)

Ballet Philippines’ Pinoy superhero dance-musical ‘Manhid’ flies Feb. 20 (Philippine Daily Inquirer / January 24, 2015; 5:13 AM)

Sandino Martin topbills Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical, which will kick off on February 20 ( / January 24, 2015)

Read Auraeus Solito's statement about "Manhid" at its press conference on January 21, 2015 (as posted in his Facebook account)

Manhid: The Pinoy Super Hero Musical on Facebook

Auraeus Solito : website | Facebook

Ballet Philippines : website | "Manhid" event page | Facebook | Instagram @balletphilippines | YouTube

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