Cast at the Noli Press Conference in Intramuros with Jerry Sibal, Jose Jeffrey Camanag, Herminigildo Ranera, CCP President Nick Lizaso, Raul Sunico and Felipe de Leon Jr.

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The internet and social media is ablazed with Noli the Opera at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)!

The Philippines’ first full length opera, National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Felipe Padilla De Leon’s most beloved 1957 opera, “Noli Me Tangere” (Huwag Mo Salangin/Touch Me Not) returns to the CCP’s main theatre, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, from March 8-10, 2019.

Celebrating CCP’s 50th Anniversary and commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the opera’s production at the CCP, the 2019 all new production is co-directed by Jerry Sibal and Jose Jeffrey Camanag, with Maestro Herminigildo Ranera conducting the 53-piece NOLI Symphony Orchestra.

“Expect a brand-new production of the ‘Noli Opera,’” said Sibal.

“We will be using LED walls instead of mapping projections alongside physical set pieces, which create a more ‘cinematic’ look and feel.”

(Now wouldn’t you like J&S Production to film and broadcast/screen Noli very much like the popular Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning cinematic HD series?)

“Noli Me Tangere, The Opera,” which is based on the National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s 1887 classic novel of the same name, tells the timeless story about love, betrayal and hope set against a repulsive backdrop of tyranny, torture and murder.



The opera in Three Acts follows Juan Crisostomo Ibarra who returns to the Philippines after pursuing scholarly studies in Europe.

He plans to open up a school and marry Maria Clara, his betrothed.

However, parish priest Padre Damaso, the archenemy of the Ibarras, is out to hinder Crisostomo’s plans.

Leading the cast are Nerissa De Juan and Bianca Lopez (Maria Clara); Ivan Nery and Nomher U. Nival (Juan Crisostomo Ibarra); Allison Cervantes, Kelly Peralejo and Bernadette Mamauag (Sisa); Joseleo Logdat (Elias); Greg Abelardo de Leon (Pilosopo Tasyo); Nil’s Flores and Ronaldo Villaruel Abarquez (Padre Damaso; Abarquez also plays Kapitan Tiago at certain performances); Miguel Espiritu (Kapitan Tiago); Noel Comia Jr. and Mari Yapjoco (Basilio), and Santino Juan Santiago (Crispin).

The 2019 CCP production is also supported by the Honorable Sen. Loren Legarda, the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, and E. Zobel Foundation Inc.

When the opera returns to the CCP on March 8-10, 2019, it will be one of the highlights of CCP’s 50th anniversary.

For tickets, call CCP Box Office 832-3704/06, TicketWorld 891-9999, J&S Productions, Inc. 0947-168-1714, 0915-819-3459 or 998-2356.