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This page is dedicated to the efforts of a group of Filipino Australian community radio broadcasters, announcers, technicians and producers in Sydney as they pay homage to the Philippine national hero, Dr Jose Rizal, via radio broadcast of the hero’s selected works. The Rizaliana radio festival is their way of celebrating the hero’s sesquicentennial year and their tribute to the hero’s life-time fight for freedom.
The program segments will be aired alternatingly in December 2011 by participating community radio programs. After each broadcast, the radio segment will be uploaded to this page and archived for playback.
Cast & Production Team
SBS FILIPINO LANGUAGE PROGRAM
RIZALIANA SESQUICENTENNIAL RADIO FESTIVAL (RSFRS)
DR. MARS CAVESTANY
(Concept – Production Design – Script Adaptation – Artistic Direction)
Ronald Manila & Dr. Cen Amores
Benny Chan Jr.
Josie Musa, Fresinida Daguio, Magdalene Pasco
Did you miss your favourite radio programs when they aired some Rizal-related pieces? Don’t worry. Here are some of them which you can play back.
An Hour Before Martyrdom
Multi-awarded actor-director-playwright and Radio Bandila broadcaster Mars Cavestany sets the ball rolling with his moving renditions of Rizal’s poem “Awit ni Maria Clara” and his own poetry “An Hour Before Martyrdom” plus a short narration about our national hero’s equally heroic mother, Teodora Alonzo.
“Awit ni Maria Clara” is a classic piece based on Dr Jose Rizal’s Canto de Maria Clara, but the version used in this radio festival is the music composition of Juan M. Hernandez. The song in this website was originally sung by Rachel Zarate for the play “her Son, Jose” directed by RC Reyes and used here as a background to Rizal’s poetry “Song of Maria Clara” recited by MDCJR.
Ikaw Ang Best Friend Ko – Composed by Oliver Gadista, one of the most exciting Sydney-based homegrown Fil-Oz songwriters to watch out for.
Only After All This Time
These original Oliver Gadista compositions will be adapted into the Rizal sarsuela “Along the Pasig”. Listen to the original now and watch how these songs transform into musical theatre pieces the next time you visit this website.
Latest blogs about the festival
27 Nov 2011 Chained by Fate by Bless Salonga
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Sponsoring Groups & Participating Radio Stations
Filpress Radio Cell / Jaime K. Pimentel
SBS Filipino Language Radio / Ronald Manila
The Filipino Australian / Romy Cayabyab
Radio Bandila, 2CCR 90.5 FM
Tom Baena / Raquel Pellero / Mars Cavestany
Radio Dalisay, 2NSB 99.3FM
Nilda Carpo / Mars Cavestany
*** Playing festival segments on 18 & 25 Dec 2011; 1 Jan 2012
Radio Kawayan, 2SWR 99.9 FM
Josie Musa / Gerry Musa
Radio Mabuhay, 2BACR 100.9 FM
Cen Amores / Ruben Amores
The Mob, 2RDJ 88.1 FM
Oliver Gadista / Bless Salonga
The Mob, SWR 99.9FM
Oliver Gadista / Bless Salonga
Pinoy Radio, 98.5 FM
Ross Aguilar / Cecille Aguilar
Radio Sandigan, 2RDJ 88.1 FM
Michelle Baltazar / Violi Calvert / Veronica Munro
Radio Tamaraw, 2GLF 89.3 FM
Jhun Salazar / Cora Paras / Alisha Buaya
SBS Radio, 97.7 FM (Sydney)
Sat/Mon, 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Tue/Thurs/Fri, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Wed, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
The cast of “Parting at Calamba” during their final rehearsal on Monday, November 14 at Director Mars Cavestany’s place.
Here are some photos (courtesy of Violi Calvert) the cast likes to share with everyone. In one of the group photos are Mars Cavestany (front, kneeling down), Jhun Salazar, Hazel Urqueza, Bless Salonga, Violi Calvert, Nilda Carpo and Jemwel Danao (who plays Rizal in “Her Son, Jose Rizal” who dropped by from working on the set for HSJR).[/wpcol_1third_end]