Ang Huling El Bimbo was a last-minute decision on my part. This is my unfinished business from last year – my friends and I had tickets but it rained so hard the weekend we were supposed to go so we couldn’t make it. I bought tickets for August 14th – the last show was on the 18th. I couldn’t find any good seats for the weekend so I decided to just go on a weekday – Wednesday. I had work so I asked to swap shifts with a colleague so I can watch. It was the best decision ever because I got a really good seat – I was sat on the first row by the side of the stage, right in front of the orchestra. There were times when I’d watch them instead and it was pretty cool to see that happen before you. The production won’t be complete without these superheroes. I was also super early this time around. Usually, I’d be running in the elevators so that I’m not late but not this time – I was 45 minutes early. I had time to have my photo taken at the backdrop, and there was no line!
As far as I can remember, my first concert ever was Eheads when I was 12 or 13. (Ok, so I’m not 100% sure because I really have a terrible memory.) This hit so close to home because while watching, it felt like my childhood was flashing before my eyes. Sure, I didn’t stay in a dorm during college but as someone who has spent half her day in UPIS/UP for so many years, I share the same experience. Since I’m usually emotional anyway, I did cry A LOT. I was literally wiping my tears using my sleeves (until I remembered that I had tissue inside my bag LOL). Well, what did I expect? The song Ang Huling El Bimbo is such a sad, heavy song, anyway. When it ended, I still couldn’t move on to the point I almost forgot to take a video or photo of the cast during closing.
In my honest opinion though, this has the best song arrangement out of all the local productions I’ve seen so far. Pare Ko was the definitely the best for me, because I super enjoyed CAT in high school. I also saw one familiar ensemble member who I’ve seen on the Dekada 70 musical last year.