Not that I’m Filipino who grew up listening to them in the 90s, but Aegis’ music doesn’t seem like anyone else's, does it? Queens of rock and rasp Bonnie Tyler, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Pink all don’t stand a chance to the Sunot sisters’ “tunog-tricycle” pipes. (I’m quoting that from the 2014 staging of the Aegis-music inspired musical Rak Of Aegis, shown then to open PETA’s 46th season. The play became such a hit, it bred more editions in the years that followed.)
Aegis’ music started as a group of OFWs performing in Japan. The band has been topping charts since the mid-90s, and are considered living legends today. The stuff that prove this myth to be absolute truth are nothing less than platinum and gold albums boasting of OPM classics. “Halik,” “Ulan,” “Luha,” all of which have evolved from easy karaoke staples to theater gold.
If not “Why can’t I sing like them?” every Filipino like myself who grew up with Aegis blaring from the radio (yes, kids, “radio” was a thing) must have thought to himself, “How do they frickin’ do it?” It’s not so easy, really, revealed Juliet at the press conference of their headliner show Aegis na Aegis: A Story of Us.
“Hindi ako umiinom ng malamig. Maligamgam lang yung kailangan ko tapos bawal sa akin ang ice cream, matatamis—ice cream, puwede syang i-microwave para makakain lang ako.”
“’Tapos tulog lang ang kailangan ko. Basta tulog, disiplana lang sa sarili. Walang vocalization… mag-pray lang kami. basta hot water lang bago kami mag-show,” she said.
With Lambert De Jesus at the writing and directing helm, Aegis na Aegis: Story of Us captures the band’s journey over the past 20 years and more through a nostalgic musical. The concert will feature not just the anthems we loved but also their covers of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Heart, and the likes.
The concert is, in fact, Aegis’ first major local show together; and so it’s poised to draw people of all ages to fill the 1,500-seater Newport Performing Arts Theater no less. (Don’t worry, Aegis, from what we’ve heard about your jam-packed US tour recently, there’s no room for doubt about this one becoming a success!)
Catch Aegis na Aegis: A Story of Us at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila on September 1 8PM. For ticket inquiries, please call 908-8833.
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