“War turns human beings into monsters.

It also forges heroes out of its flames.

We tell this story to honor their memory.

And to remember.”

As part of their year-long centennial celebration and also to commemorate the death of 16 La Salle Brothers who died one tragic day on February of 1945, De La Salle University presents A Fire in the Soul: A Cantata based on the libretto of Vicente Garcia Groyo and the music of Von De Guzman.

A Fire in the Soul tells the story of a crucial event in the history of the La Sallian mission in Southeast Asia.  On February 12, 1945, a group of Japanese soldiers entered the De La Salle College campus in Taft Avenue, Manila and killed  Twenty-four men, women, children including 16 La Salle brothers.

They’ll be having two play dates: February 26 at 3pm (Sunday – Matinee) and on February 27 at 8pm (Monday – Gala Night).  Both shows will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, 17th Floor of the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU.

A Fire in the Soul is created by Gabby Fernandez and directed by Peque Gallaga together with the artistic talents of Mio Infante and GA Fallarme (Production Designs),  Dong Calingacion (Technical and Lighting), and producers Bro. Bernard S. Oca, FSC and Lore Reyes.

The Cast:

Franco Laurel (Br. Antonius) is a theatre, television and film actor.  He is a two-time Aliw Awardee for Best Stage Actor in a Musical.  He has two recorded albums under his belt, beginning with his self-titled album in 1999 and With You in 2002.


Michael de Mesa (Br. Egbert)  is an award-winning actor for film, theatre and television. He is currently based in the United States but is back in the Philippines to work on the new TV 5 soap, Valiente.

Miguel Castro (Br. Arkadius) is a singer, actor and visual artist.  He is currently a regular singer for Armida Siguion Reyna’s Aawitan Kita Live sa Makati, and a member of the Filipino Tenors.

Floyd Tena (Br. Athanasius) is a singer, radio talent and commercial model.  He has appeared in numerous theatre productions and is part of the all-male Filipino vocal trio, Primo.

Jonel Mojica (Br. Friedbert) is a Full-time Real Estate executive and occasional actor, singer and radio talent. He was last seen in Von de Guzman’s Lam-Ang.

Al Gatmaitan (Br. Mutwald) is a Lyric/Spinto Tenor and actor.  He has worked with the Philippine Opera Company, PETA and other prestigious theatre groups.  His works include the musicale film Emir and the stage musical Noli Me Tangere.

Only Torres (Japanese Captain)  is a singer, stage actor, music director and vocal coach.  He has directed the music of ALIW Award Nominee productions such as Repertory Philippines’ Little Women and Sweeney Todd.

Nazer Salcedo (Japanese Soldier 1) is a stage actor,director and, educator.He has performed in Europe, America and all over Asia as a classical and kundiman artist.

Gary Fabricante (Japanese Soldier 2) was one of the cast members in La Boheme  in Singapore (1997) and recently in Kaos, a musical-spectacle show at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.  He currently sings with the Ateneo Chamber Singers, Mass Appeal (a group of professional musicians), Chamber Choir of Asia, the Akafellas and with Nelcanto, an all-male quartet singing classical-pop repertoire.

John Gilbert Arceo (Japanese Solider 3) has been a film, television and theater actor for the past 20 years.  His film credits include Scorpio Nights 2, Ekis, Pendro Penduko, Gangland and Amok.  He has hosted regular shows for ABS-CBN and GMA-7 in Bacolod City.  He was part of the cast of the A Fire in the Soul (Bacolod production).

Naomi Sison (Alma Mater) is a pianist and singer.  She has performed as a soloist in Paco Park, the Thomas Jefferson Center and the May Theatre in Osaka.

Featuring the appearances of kids from La Salle-Greenhills.

The Narrators:

Jaime Fabregas  is an actor, composer and scorer for film. He is one of the most respected veteran actors in the industry with more than 100 movie credits to his name.  He is presently seen in ABS-CBN’s new primetime soap, E-boy.

Conchita Castillo  is an educator and stage actor. She is a founding member of the Genesius Guild Bacolod and actively involved in the theatre activities of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod.

Dado Jose  is a retired banker.  He has acted in Royal Hunt of the Sun and was last seen in TV5’s Regal Shocker.

Ricardo “Ricky” L. Gallaga, Jr  is a  father, ophthalmologist, teacher, friend, collector of Nativity sets (and miniature shoes, eggs, angels, etc.), has been involved in acting and directing for the past 50 years.

Tanya Lopez  is passionate about theater, museum work and photography.  This Bacolod-based Negrense artist dedicates herself in using arts for education and advocacy.  Her interests include developing scenarios through improvisations, works-in-progress and inter-disciplinary creative collaborations.

Louie Zabaljauregi  is an occasional stage and movie actor. He has appeared in various plays, among them is Man for all Seasons; and movies like Virgin Forest, Ang Magdadapo and Namets.

The Performers:

De La Salle Inner Soul

De La Salle-Zobel Chorale

La Salle Centennial Orchestra

La Salle Centennial Chorus

For the matinee performance on February 26, 2012(3pm), regular tickets are at P200, while student rates are at P100. For the gala show onFebruary 27, 2012(8pm), orchestra seats are priced at P500 (regular)/ P250 (students) and balcony seats at P250 (regular)/ P200 (students).

For more information, please call the DLSU Centennial Office at (632) 524-4611 local 290 or email [email protected]

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