The Philippines’ ultimate heartthrob Piolo Pascual recently announced his return to theater in the role of Ibarra in a stage adaptation of the classic novel “Noli Me Tangere” by Jose Rizal. This marks Piolo’s first theater performance in over a decade, and fans of both the actor and the novel are eagerly anticipating his portrayal of the iconic character.

In “Noli Me Tangere,” Ibarra is a young Filipino who returns to the Philippines from Europe and becomes embroiled in the social and political issues of his country. The novel is a powerful commentary on the injustices and abuses that were prevalent during the Spanish colonial period, and has remained a beloved and influential work in Philippine literature.

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Cast: Myramae Meneses as Maria Clara, Jeffrey Hidalgo as Elias, Floyd Tena as Padre Damaso, Carlo Mañalac as Padre Salvi, Nicole Laurel Asensio as Sisa, JD Tena as Basilio, Elian Santos as Crispin,  Jon Joven Uy as Pilosopo Tasyo, and Carla Guevara Laforteza as Doña Victorina

Piolo Pascual is no stranger to the world of acting, having starred in numerous films and television series throughout his career. He is known for his versatility as an actor, and has won several awards for his performances. However, his return to the theater after such a long hiatus is a significant event, and demonstrates his commitment to his craft.

In a statement, Piolo expressed his excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to take on the role of Ibarra. He acknowledged the challenges of performing live on stage, but also spoke of the thrill and fulfillment of connecting with an audience in this way.

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Ibarra is a musical theater adaptation with original music created by Joed Balsamo from the libretto of Jomar Fleras. It is produced by Tanghalang Una Obra in cooperation with GSIS for the benefit of Rise Against Hunger Philippines. The production is directed by Frannie Zamora.

Overall, Piolo Pascual’s return to the theater as Ibarra is a significant moment in Philippine theater and culture. His performance is sure to be a highlight of the production, and will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on audiences.

The shows are scheduled to take place at the GSIS Theater, CCP Complex on J.W. Diokno Boulevard, from June 8th to 18th. If you have any questions about ticket purchases or sponsorships, please send an email to Check out Ticketworld.


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