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Resorts World Manila (RWM), the Philippines’ first and leading integrated entertainment and tourism destination, is staging the classic musical “Annie” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT).

Launched in 2010, the 1,500-seat NPAT has helped revitalize the local theater and performing arts scene. It has been home to six major stage productions, starting with KAOS as the first show. This was followed by a series of musicals featuring all-Filipino casts and crews, The Sound of Music (2011), The King and I (2012), Cinderella (2013), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2014), and Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical (2015).

“For the past seven years, it has always been our advocacy to champion the Filipino in all of our endeavors. Annie, which opened on September 30, continues the proud tradition of bringing Filipino talent at center stage where it belongs,” said RWM President Kingson Sian. “This unwavering commitment resonates strongest in our drive to nurture the performing
arts.”

Sensing a momentum for cultivating homegrown talent and interest in the performing arts, RWM, through the vision of founding chairman Dr. Andrew L. Tan, founded the Original Pilipino Performing Arts (OPPA) Foundation.

With help from Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. (TIHGI), owner and operator of RWM, the foundation aims to cultivate Filipino talent by supporting the local industry with

The resources will be channeled to grants and scholarships providing artists with avenues and opportunities for development, and elevating standards and capabilities by providing global expertise and resources.
OPPA has the support of many leading luminaries in the local performance arts industry, such as Philippine Opera Company Artistic and Managing Director Karla Gutierrez, Manila
Philharmonic Orchestra Musical Director Maestro Rodel Colmenar, musical theater and
opera director Jaime Del Mundo, Theater Icon and OPPA Foundation President Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, along with RWM Chief Operations Manager for Entertainment Alou Almaden. Together, they select and guide young Filipino artists who have the heart and talent to take Philippine theater to new heights.

“We looked for individuals who have both the drive and the talent for performance arts,” Lauchengco-Yulo said. “It wasn’t enough for somebody to just have the natural ability to sing, dance, or act, but we looked for that special spark that we feel could one day uplift the local theater industry.”

“Beyond thrilling the world, we at RWM are also committed to social responsibility and corporate citizenship. One of the ways we achieve this is by nurturing the performing arts,”
Sian said.

ANNIE opens on September 30, 2016 and runs until December 4, 2016 at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Visit www.rwmanila.com or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline (+632) 908-8833 for more information. Learn more about OPPA at www.oppafoundation.org.

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