About the Musical

Cultural Center of the Philippines and Erehwon Center for the Arts present “BAYAN BAYANAN: Letters from Home,” a new musical based on the classic play of Bienvenido M. Noriega, Jr.

This production enjoys the special support of the Embassy of France in the Philippines, which has designated the play as part of their series of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Philippines - France diplomatic relations.  The Embassy has sponsored the participation of French actress, Ms. Uno Zigelbaum, for a special role in this musical.

Director:  Anton Juan


Dates/ Time:  evening shows (7 pm) on July 15 and July 16; matinee (3pm) on July 17, 2022

Librettists and Composers

Anton Juan

Cleofe Guancgo-Casambre

Russ Narcies-Cabico

Andrew Bryan Sapigao

Jonathan Cruz

with a special song from

Jerry Dadap

Musical Arranger

Jonathan Cruz of the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra

Stage Designer

Ohm David

Lighting Designer

Meliton Roxas, Jr.

Actors & Roles

Banaue Miclat-Janssen - Manang

Ava Olivia P. Santos - Tessie

Carlo Angelo Falcis - Ginoong del Castillo

Abigail Sulit - Aling Pia

Jacinta Remulla - Connie

Carlo Mañalac - Dino

Greg de Leon - Ginoong Luz

Roxie Aldiosa - Ginang del Castillo

Christine Angelica Evangelista - Anna Marie

Kendrick Tamayo - Ricky

Richard Macaroyo - Pol

Timothy Carlo Racho - Manong

Jane Florence Wee - Ginang Luz

Matteo Teehankee - Pol’s son

Adrian de Ubago - Barkada

Karina Macaspac - Barkada


Almost every Filipino knows of a relative or friend who has gone abroad in search of a better life.  “Bayan Bayanan” is their set of stories, their effort to create a community of kababayans abroad.  Relate to the heart warming, comedic, tragic, eye-opening interactions.  The setting is in Europe, where various Filipinos have somehow found various types of work, or aspirations for a better life.  The perspective is from a eyes of a Filipino scholar sent to Geneva for further studies, but who is enamored with France, immerses himself quickly into its culture, is a quick learner of its language, and is smitten by a French girl.

Filipinos who leave in search for work abroad is celebrated by our country as a hero.  But, for many, the pot of gold is elusive, and the journey, a tale of sacrifices, of longings for home and family, interspersed with the newfound comfort of new friends, of kababayans abroad, who become like second families.

“Bayan Bayanan: Letters from Home,” and their stories are classic tales of their efforts to create a “community of home” wherever they are in the world.