PETA Brings Phenomenal Hit 'Rak Of Aegis' Online Amid COVID-19 Quarantine
The Pinoy original Musical Rak of Aegis, which features timeless songs of the rock band Aegis, can now be watched online after the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) announced that it will be streaming the show for two weekends via pay-per-view on Ticket2Me.net.
The musical will stream from 31 July to 1 August and from 7 to 8 August under the group's banner project #TakePETAbeyondCOVID fundraising campaign.
According to PETA President CB Garrucho, his organisation was among the groups that experienced the wrath of COVID-19. “It is certainly not easy times for many artists and cultural institutions like us. In the last few months alone, we had to make some of the hardest decisions in our 54-year history. Despite our best efforts, we had to let go of 20 per cent of our staff, while implementing across the board pay cuts for over a year.”
Garrucho says that while PETA is proud to have been able to keep going, they are painfully aware that there are over a hundred people—a community of artists, production staff and crew—who have lost so much work during the pandemic because of cancelled workshops, events, and shows. However, those in PETA remain to be determined, committed and creative people who refuse to raise the white flag of surrender.
The #TakePETAbeyondCOVID fundraising campaign will ensure that performances like Rak of Aegis, will not perish and continue to entertain people amid the global crisis. “This streaming is available globally, so anybody from anywhere in the world can watch this proudly Pinoy musical!” says CB Garrucho. “Every ticket sold helps us gather funds to sustain our operational funds and activities so that in turn, we can give more jobs to our artists, teachers, and production and technical staff.”
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Rak of Aegis, which debuted in January 2014, tells the story of Aileen, a young girl in Barangay Venezia, who dreams of becoming a YouTube sensation. It was written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda, with musical direction and arrangement by Myke Salomon, choreography by Gio Gahol, set design by Mio Infante, lights design by Jonjon Villareal, costume design by Carlo Pagunaling, and shoe design by Maco Custodio.
Audiences can choose from the following viewing options:
- Livestream at PHP300 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm (Philippine Standard Time)
- Video On Demand at PHP500 - 24-hours streaming from 10:00am to 10:00am the next day (Philippine Standard Time)
- Video on Demand Premium at PHP1,000 - 24-hours streaming from 10:00am to 10:00am the next day (Philippine Standard Time) plus exclusive access to the Rak with Aegis LIVE virtual concert on August 8, 8:00pm, featuring the Aegis Band and select cast of Rak of Aegis.
The streaming cast includes Aicelle Santos, Pepe Herrera, Poppert Bernadas, Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña, Joann Co, Jimi Marquez, and Gie Onida, together with John Moran, Matel Patayon, Marynor Madamesila, Lemuel Silvestre, Teetin Villanueva, and Rafael Sudayan in the ensemble.
Those looking to make even more of an impact can make an additional donation to PETA through ticket2me.net (for donations 500 and up), or through PETA’s Gcash account. Through Rak of Aegis, we make the move to support artists, the arts industry, and other communities in need.
For bulk tickets and partnerships, contact Mitch Go, firstname.lastname@example.org, +63917 539 1112. For more information, follow PETA’s social media pages: Facebook; Instagram: @petatheater; Twitter @petatheater; YouTube or visit petatheater.com/rakofaegis.