Theater enthusiast mounts ‘Imelda’ musical

Francis Tanseco helms ‘Darling Philippines’

Francis Tanseco helms ‘Darling Philippines’

An opera/rock musical depicting former First Lady Imelda Marcos will go onstage at the Rizal Park on May 16.

Francis Tanseco is at the helm of this artistic endeavor, which promises not to “condemn, parody or judge” the 84-year-old widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos, as producer, director, and writer-composer-librettist

“I know what she wants and what she means,” claims Tanseco, who is in town from his home base in London for the project. “This is how she desires her past [to be told]and how to differentiate them from her dreams and ambitions. I believe she wants political and national healing, and this is the essence of Darling Philippines.”

While Tanseco is a nursing graduate of Concordia College, he was very active in the university theater scene, having directed an adaptation of Ricky Lee’s Himala, and acting in a production of Jose Rizal’s life titled Tanging Ikaw.

For his ambitious project, Tanseco has gained the support of the Association of Merkaba Arts Philippines Inc., and the National Park’s Development Committee, which will run Darling Philippines free to the public in its Weekends at Six program.


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