Culturtain Musicat Productions, the makers of the hit musical film, “Ang Larawan” has announced their newest project entitled, “Song of the Fireflies,” a movie based on the story of the world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir.
The company has partnered with Cignal Entertainment to bring this true story to the big screen. The project is also supported by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap whose provincial government office is assisting the film shooting in Bohol.
The Loboc Children’s Choir (LCC) is a singing group composed of students from the Loboc Central Elementary School. From humble beginnings as a school-based choir founded in 1980 by conductor Alma Taldo, the LCC has brought Loboc’s musical heritage to the international arena and has become one of the world’s most acclaimed youth choirs. They continue to bring honor to their hometown of Loboc in Bohol and the Philippines.
Producers Celeste Legaspi, Girlie Rodis and Rachel Alejandro have opted to tell the LCC’s story to pay tribute to the group’s amazing rise. Ms. Rodis explains, “Whenever people ask why we decided to produce a film about the Loboc Children’s Choir, we tell them it’s a story that inspires – a simple school teacher had a wish to help the children in her community and from that simple wish was born a world-class choir.”
The ensemble cast of “Song of the Fireflies” is composed of singer Morissette Amon as the LCC’s mentor Alma Taldo; Rachel Alejandro as music patron Equet Butalid; Krystal Brimner and Noel Comia, Jr., as members of the choir, and the current Loboc Children’s Choir. Also among those who are confirmed to be part of the cast are Cris Villonco and Donny Pangilinan.
“Song of the Fireflies” reunites the producers with National Artist Ryan Cayabyab who also composed the music of “Ang Larawan.” Mr. C, as Cayabyab is fondly called, is co-musical director of “Song of the Fireflies,” with his daughter, Krina Cayabyab, a music professor and a member of the all-female singing trio Baihana.
Palanca-winning Sarge Lacuesta is the screenplay writer and King Palisoc, who helmed the action-drama “Tandem,” is the director.
“Happy to share that I’ll be working on my very first project on the big screen with none other than the makers of ‘Ang Larawan,’” Morissette proudly announced on her Instagram account. “Thank you po for the trust, looking forward to growing into this craft and more as an artist,” added the alumna of “The Voice of the Philippines.”
The teaser trailer premiered last December in cinemas and online to raves from film and music fans. The two-minute video shot on location in Loboc had scenes with Morissette, Noel, Krystal and Rachel, and featured the theme song entitled “Alitaptap” sung by Morissette, written by Sarge Lacuesta, composed by Ryan Cayabyab and arranged by Krina Cayabyab.
“Song of the Fireflies” will be shot on location in Bohol and Manila. Principal photography commences this summer.
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