The Manananggal is known to be a horrific creature that can leave the lower part of their bodies, bat like wings carrying their upper torsos at night, preying upon and consuming viscera and the unborn babies of pregnant women. But what are the origins of this gruesome Aswang? Could it be there is more than meets the eye? Who decides what makes a monster? To be performed by the one and only, Charmaine Clamor.
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About Charmaine Clamor
Raised in Subic-Zambales, Philippines, CHARMAINE CLAMOR is the world’s most celebrated Filipino-American jazz vocalist. Known as the “Queen of Jazzipino,” she has given concerts on five continents, including a command performance at Malacanang for President Benigno Aquino, Jr., Mexico’s Women in Jazz Festival, and headlining Helsinki Finland’s World Music Village. As a recording artist, Charmaine has collaborated with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, South Africa’s Selaelo Selota, and American blues legend Linda Hopkins. She’s released five critically acclaimed albums as a solo artist, most recently “The Better Angels,” produced and arranged by pianist Laurence Hobgood. Based in Los Angeles, Charmaine is the co-founder of JazzPhil-USA and The Better Angels Festival.
Hermano Pule was a Filipino religious leader who founded and led the Cofradía de San José which was established in 1832 in response to the Roman Catholic Church's discrimination against the indios.
Find out more about him in the Aswang Concert.
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The very multi-talented Giovanni Ortega will be playing the part of the Host, our guide throughout the realm of the Halimaw.
Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is an Actor, Author and Director who has been working professionally since 2004. He believes in creating an accepting and inclusive relationship with artists and communities alike regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and class.
More at www.giovanniortega.com