He started it out training as a classical music singer when he was still in his grade school. And four years after his high school education, he met Mrs. Camille Lopez Molina and Pablo Molina who became his mentors as being a classically-turned soloist/performer. The rest is history.
“For almost eight years, I also became a member of VIVA VOCE, a group of classically-trained singers”, Carlo Manalac started saying to a blogger. “It’s composed of students from University of the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College, to name some- who are into classical music. We have performed in various concerts, schools and the likes. And so far, each of us members there are all doing good in our respective musical careers.”
Yes, his name, as mentioned above is Carlo Manalac. And he is the new Crisostomo Ibarra in the upcoming mild musical version of the play KANSER by Gantimpala Theater Foundation. Last year, he played the role of Padre Salvi in the said theatrical production, and by the merits of his good performance there, this year, direk Frannie Zamora personally chose him to play the lead part of Crisostomo Ibarra.
“I can say that I am very much excited at this time”, Carlo said. “But I know, once I read the revised script, I will start to feel nervous portraying the part. I am really looking forward to play the part to the best of my ability.”
Carlo’s very first play was at Dulaang U.P.’s version of Noli me Tangere. But last year was his very first full-blown musical play- and it was KANSER@35: THE MUSICAL by Gantimpala Theater Foundation (playing the part of Pardre Salvi). A lot of people noticed how good he was as Padre Salvi, His emotions came there at the right time portraying that character.
“As a clasical singer, we learned to know how to act”, Carlo said again. “It was a place for me to explore further my other talents. It helped me a lot playing with feelings. And that’s where acting came into the picture.”
Carlo knows by this time that director Frannie Zamora, together with Gean Alain de Leon (Frannie’s assistant director), will help him more into fully motivating the character of Crisostomo Ibarra.
“It’s Alain who helped me last year mold everything into pieces”, Carlo revealed. “Then, after the molding, direk Frannie would teach me all the needed details after. It was a good team-up between the two of them for helping us internalize more as stage performers.”
A younger, well-built and classically-trained singer this time portraying Crisostomo Ibarra would sound and look a lot better. So better get ready, Carlo as Ibarra would soon steal the show.
(written by robert manuguid silverio)
(P.S.- PERFORMANCES OF “KANSER” WILL START BY THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. CLICK THE FB PAGE OF GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION FOR FURTHER DETAILS. https://www.facebook.com/gantimpala/?fref=ts. )