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Heart in hand, Monique reminisces
inq7.net ^ | today | Francis O. Villacorta

Posted on 05/05/2005 10:28:23 AM PDT by Rodney King

WHEN true artists look back on their careers, they inevitably do so with a sense of romanticism: the journey is usually long and every moment is worth relishing.

In celebration of her 25 years in theater, Monique Wilson recently starred in a concert that reflected on her own journey, which began in 1980 when she was 9, with Repertory Philippines.

The little girl Monique dreamed, believed and persevered. On Saturday evening, she narrated the years that came between those days of dreaming and her present reality.

The night of musical remembrances began with "When You Wish Upon A Star" (from "Pinocchio") and "If You Believe" (from "The Wiz"), rendered by Monique and 9-year-old nightingale Julia Abueva.

Monique recalled how theater stalwart Zeneida "Bibot" Amador molded her, honing her talent between performances and production work.

She thanked her mentor by singing "Pie Jesu" (from "Requiem"), visibly holding back tears -- a touching performance.

"The Phantom of the Opera" medley she was most engaging, singing with her friend Cocoy Laurel. It was a moment of theatrical triumph.

Monique then complimented Lea Salonga with stories of the latter's kindness and generosity during the mounting of Cameron Mackintosh's "Miss Saigon" (1989-1991).

But it was in the tribute to her father, the late Johnny Wilson-"Papa, Can You Hear Me," from "Yentl"-that tears came running down Monique's cheeks. For her mother, she sang "Mama" by Il Divo.

With members of her New Voice (theater) Company, Monique sang songs from the musicals they have previously staged-"Chess," "Falsettos," "A Chorus Line" and "Cabaret." Particularly impressive were Lynn Sherman and Jake Macapagal.

(New Voice, established in 1994, embarked on such daring projects as Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: Perestroika" in 1995 and Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" in 2000. In 1996, Monique received a Parangal ng Bayan Award for arts and culture. In 1998, she was a Towns (The Outstanding Women of the Nation) awardee for theater arts. Again in 2000, she was honored with an Outstanding Citizen of Manila Award for theater arts.)

"Monique -- 25 Years in Theatre" ended with the celebrator's rendition of "When You Believe" (from "Prince of Egypt") and the encore number, "You Raised Me Up,"

Conceived and directed by Monique, the concert was admirable for its sustained mood, enhanced enormously by Martin Esteva's lighting design.

But what made the show really come through was Monique's sincerity and artistic integrity. Everything came from the heart, rendering her at once gracious, intense and luminous.


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1 posted on 05/05/2005 10:28:25 AM PDT by Rodney King
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To: Rodney King

Bump.:)


2 posted on 05/05/2005 11:50:18 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Ignorance is the sole breeding ground for liberalism.)
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To: Rodney King

This is really interesting...


3 posted on 05/05/2005 11:50:21 AM PDT by bikepacker67
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To: Rodney King

I think Katie Holmes is just like Monique.


4 posted on 05/05/2005 11:50:56 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Rodney King

This post is bound to generate a lot of insightful comment


5 posted on 05/05/2005 11:51:08 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

Woo Hoo!!! I win.:)


6 posted on 05/05/2005 11:51:15 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Ignorance is the sole breeding ground for liberalism.)
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To: Rodney King

This is really great. everyone should read it.


7 posted on 05/05/2005 11:51:30 AM PDT by js1138 (e unum pluribus)
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To: Rodney King
I don't read the articles, I just jump into threads and post.
8 posted on 05/05/2005 11:53:44 AM PDT by chapin2500 (Revenge is a dish best served cold.)
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To: Rodney King

Apparently you have far too much free time.


10 posted on 05/05/2005 11:55:34 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: TAMU_Neocon

Somebody should post in at DU, they will probably there is some deep insight into how the patriarchal leads to certain outcomes, etc.


13 posted on 05/05/2005 12:02:13 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
Monique recalled how theater stalwart Zeneida "Bibot" Amador molded her

What's really interesting about that, is that when Zeneida began his firs -..;-_____

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15 posted on 05/05/2005 12:11:56 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Rodney King

I only read articles with pictures.


16 posted on 05/05/2005 12:23:57 PM PDT by girlscout
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To: girlscout
How about this Monique Wilson??


17 posted on 05/05/2005 12:45:12 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: girlscout

18 posted on 05/05/2005 12:47:16 PM PDT by evets (God bless President Bush and VP Cheney)
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To: Rodney King

Sorry Rodney, already posted here:

www.whyamIreplyingotthisthread.com


:^)


19 posted on 05/05/2005 12:48:21 PM PDT by subterfuge (*Wherever a baby needs killin', we'll be there----the ACLU*)
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To: TravisBickle; evets
Oh my. Well, I think what I had in mind was more like this ...


20 posted on 05/05/2005 1:22:56 PM PDT by girlscout
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To: Rodney King

Wow! Monique must have quite the trophy room! And deservedly so! I'll have to catch a performance if she's ever in St. Louis! If I can wait that long!


21 posted on 05/05/2005 1:54:26 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
I remember when Monique was young and she would sing for her supper in the camps. She would twirl round and round as she sang,round and round closer to the fire. Then one night she grew faint and fell into the fire as she twirled. She cried as she had burned her cheek, but we told her not to worry as the tattooed lady would fix it so that no one would ever notice the scar.
Ah, those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and...Oh, sorry, sorry.
22 posted on 05/05/2005 2:09:02 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: Rodney King

This is just so totally boring--but not too weird.


23 posted on 05/05/2005 2:12:24 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Waited over an hour before commenting.)
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To: TravisBickle; girlscout
Silly geese! If you would just click the link to the article, you would see a picture of the Monique:

"PAPA, Can You Hear Me?"

24 posted on 05/05/2005 2:22:39 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Heart in tagline.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

That would require an effort on my part ;-)


25 posted on 05/05/2005 2:28:29 PM PDT by girlscout
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To: girlscout

A girlscout is always prepared.


26 posted on 05/05/2005 2:31:31 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Heart in tagline.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Yes we are. I've just made some smores. Would you care for one? They are probably better for you than Monica what's her name.


27 posted on 05/05/2005 2:41:46 PM PDT by girlscout
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To: Rodney King

that really is a doozy


28 posted on 05/05/2005 4:56:44 PM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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