Rene Garrucho, the ANCOP coordinator for B.C., said Liza and RJ Jose will manage and direct Magsimula Ka. “The Joses have directed two CFC conferences for volunteer work and plays in the past,” Garrucho said. Liza Jose, Senior Manager of Communication and Collaboration Technologies, Information Technology, at the University of British Columbia, said, “ANCOP
International B.C. Chapter will produce an adaptation of the musical highlighting notable Filipino qualities such as going for one’s dream and working hard to achieve it. “ANCOP also aims to recognize the generosity of Filipinos, who have a natural desire to share with others the fruits of their labours. This musical will surely inspire you as it reflects the general theme of the Canadian version of Magsimula Ka: aspire-achieve-inspire-share.” Liza Jose said the original playwrights, Nestor Torre and Gines Tan, staged the original musical hit in the early ‘80s. Composer Tan, she added, was very pleased to know that his original creation was going to be adapted and used for a good cause in an ANCOP project. “All net proceeds will go to ANCOP’s programs in education, shelter, and medical mission in the Philippines.
Two shows will be staged Oct. 6 at the Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam.” Auditions for cast members will be held 2-6 p.m. April 14 at Canadian Martyrs Parish in Richmond and 2-6 p.m. April 15 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Surrey. “This volunteer work will probably be one of the best things you’ll do in life. Compensation includes working with Vancouver’s best Filipino talent and members of a community with common goals, values, and principles in life; a chance to use and hone your God-given talents to share and give back.
“The poor and marginalized who will benefit from the work will heartily thank you for making a difference in uplifting their lives. The time spent is priceless. Every prayer offered for the least fortunate, every sacrifice, will ultimately go a long way.” - The B.C. Catholic
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