I didn’t read any reviews of Ang Huling El Bimbo before watching it. In fact, I didn’t know what to expect so I had no expectations at all. All I knew was it’s all about the songs of Eraserheads, the 90’s most iconic Pinoy rock band.
I am a 90’s kid so I pretty much grew up listening to their songs. I can still vividly remember how I enjoyed their music back then. When I learned about an opportunity to watch Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical, I didn’t think twice. I grabbed the chance and cut short my vacation in Southern Leyte to be in Manila.
The Nostalgic Part
There are many parts of the musical that made me feel nostalgic. First, it brought me back to my college days in UP. Some of the scenes reminded me of the struggles I went through in college. The ideologies came back and it made me realize how lucky I am to find great friends in the university who helped get through the hardships.
Most people would say that high school was the best part of their life, but not me. I say college was the best part of my life. I taught me how to be independent and how to be idealistic and realistic at the same time.
So, if you want to reminisce those college days- the strucggles, the highs and lows, I really recommend you watch Ang Huling El Bimbo.
The Fun Part
You will feel like you are part of the play. You’ll end up relating to one of the casts. The friendship that was formed during college was relatable. A lot of the scenes will definitely make you laugh. I don’t want to spoil you but the first part of the play is mostly about the fun part of life.
The Sad Part
The second part of the play will make you feel sad. And, if you’re as emotional as me, you’ll probably end up crying. Yes, the reality bites. I don’t want to be in a situation where I will be left alone. I really felt sad about that scene where the young Joy was left alone. I don’t want to be in that situation but I know it could happen to me. That seriously made me cry knowing that one day, I might just end up like her – with no one and betrayed by the friends I consider family.
I highly recommend you also watch Ang Huling El Bimbo the musical. It’s the second run and it got better according to people who watched the first run last year.
Ang Huling El Bimbo runs until April 14, 2019 with shows every Thursday to Sunday at 8:00 PM, and matinees at 3:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. You may purchase your tickets at RWM Box Office and TicketWorld outlets.
Disclosure: My experience along with the regional media from Davao, Cebu, and Pampanga was courtesy of Resorts World Manila.
Glen Nomad is a travel blogger and the founder of Escape Manila. He has visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines and has explored 30 countries across Asia, Latin America, East Africa, and Australia. Follow him on IG at @escapemanila