Now on its third and final run, Sa Wakas remains to be a critically acclaimed, homegrown musical based on the
songs of one of the country’s most beloved rock bands, Sugarfree. Co-written by Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, Ina
Abuan, and Charissa Pammit with the music beautifully arranged by Ejay Yatco, Sa Wakas was one of the first
to bring together the world of pop rock and theater in one groundbreaking musical. The show is created and
produced by Charissa Pammit and is presented with the Manila Fringe Festival.
Completing this year’s artistic team are Ed Lacson Jr. and Miguel Panganiban, for set and lighting design
A bittersweet story set in contemporary Manila, Sa Wakas raises the timeless question of why relationships fall
apart. What makes the show unique is its unconventional perspective, adopting an inverse chronology wherein
the narrative begins at the end of the crushing breakup and works its agonizing way backwards to the
relationship’s starry-eyed beginning.
Sugarfree was an alternative rock group led by Ebe Dancel that gave us beloved hits such as Mariposa,
Burnout, ‘Wag Ka Nang Umiyak, Hari ng Sablay and Makita Kang Muli. Though the group disbanded in 2011,
their music still resonates today and will forever be cherished by its legions of fans.
Sa Wakas, which incidentally is also the title of the band’s first album, aims to re-introduce these heart-
wrenching songs to a new generation and present it with a fresh and distinct “Broadway-fied” sound. The only original song in the musical, Bawat Daan, was composed by Ebe Dancel three years ago as a central song for
the show and was released recently as a single for Star Records. It swept at this year’s Awit Awards including
Song of the Year, Best Inspirational Recording, and Best Song Written for a Movie/TV/Stage Play.
The company is proud to have in its roster some of the best and most talented young stars of Philippine
theater. The lead character, Topper, will be alternately played by Gawad Buhay Award winner Pepe Herrera
(PETA’s Rak of Aegis) and Gawad Buhay Award nominee Vic Robinson (Cornerstone Entertainment’s Ako si
Josephine). Making a comeback is Kyla Rivera-Soong (Repertory Philippines’ I Love You Because), who this
time plays strong-willed Lexi alongside Cara Barredo (Repertory Philippines’ A Little Princess). Meanwhile,
spunky Gabbi will be played by Maronne Cruz (Cornerstone Entertainment’s Ako si Josephine) and Justine
Peña (Resorts World Manila’s Cinderella). Also coming back as part of the lovable ensemble are Abi Sulit and
Hans Dimayuga. Joining them are Laui Guico and Moira Lozada.
Sa Wakas, the Farewell Run, will open on April 7, 2018 and run until the end of May at the Power Mac Spotlight
Theater in Circuit Makati. For tickets and other information, visit any Ticketnet outlet or check out the official
website at www.sawakasmusical.com.