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HANDOG: An original Filipino musical delves into the true meaning of giving and self-discovery

HANDOG: An original Filipino musical delves into the true meaning of giving and self-discovery

How do you feel about this story?


What will it take to discover one’s self across our relationship with others but most especially with our own family?

This is the story of the much-awaited original Filipino musical HANDOG as it seeks to answer this profound question at the iconic Metropolitan Theater in Manila City on October 14, 2023, with two heartwarming shows at 3 PM and 8 PM.

Produced by J&A Productions, consisting of BNI Eagles members, namely Engr. Carol Rufino, IDr.  Loubelie Gardiola, Mr. JC Lumba, and Mr. Erwin Reyes. HANDOG will tell the story of Gary, Paul, Amanda, Uncle Ped; Chel, Mike, Robert, and Lizette as they navigate loss, sacrifice, and the redemption that comes from embracing the power of giving and love.

The Artists: From left back row, Chellie Maynes, Kevin Batulan,Vince Conrad,Drei Arias,Joseph Billeza,Karl Jingco, and Ryan Ayangco. From left front row, JM Avelino, Victoria Mina, Dianne Fabros, Migui Moreno, Michelle Bunoan, Dea Formacil, Hannie Jade Del Mundo, Trixie Esteban, Rexter Nagaño, Carlos Deriada Jr., Noelle Polack and Gabo Tolentino (not in photo).

By the end of the musical, the team that makes up the whole production – from the artists and project head to the chapters of BNI and an array of community builders – hopes to ignite BNI’s seven core values: givers gain, building relationships, life-long learning, traditions, and innovation, a positive and supportive attitude, recognition and accountability.


In a press conference for HANDOG, organized by PMCM Events Management, April Villarta – Manuud, overall Project Director and Creative Team’s Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, said: “Join us in forging connections that unlock our potential, fostering ‘UNWAVERING SUPPORT’ and embracing BNI’s core values.”

The Executive Team: From left, April Villarta-Manuud – Over-all Project Director and Creative Team’s Managing Director & Editor-in-Chief, JC Lumba – J&A Producer, IDr. Loubelie Gardiola – J&A Producer, Engr. Carol Rufino – J&A Producer, Erwin Reyes – J&A Producer, and IDr. Leslie Ledesma – Project Deputy Head and Editorial Admin Assistant.

The press conference was hosted by the spectacular Dragon’s Nest, Paperwork, Paperspace and was made possible by esteemed major sponsors like C-Force Outsourcing, Lourel Development Corporation, Expanse Realty, and iChoose Insurance Agency. Behind the curtain is J&A Productions and BNI Eagles Chapter that wove their magic to create this musical masterpiece by Handog’s Artistic Team spearheaded by its Director Luisito Nario, Librettist and Musical Director Barbie Dumlao, Playwright Jobelle Ramos, Orchestrator and Arranger Orly Dela Cruz, Choreographer PJ Rebullida, Lighting & Technical Director Joseph Matheu,  Audio Director/Consultant Dino Dumlao, Production Director Lawyn Cruz, and Charlotte Despuez as Stage Manager. Also, with the efficient support of the Project Deputy Head, Dr. Leslie Ledesma.


The play was also brought to fruition thanks to the generous sponsors including 1-Pentagon Credit and Lending Corporation, ALDumao Window Treatments, Joanne Glass and Aluminum Supply, AJSL Hardware and Elevators, Basta Manibela Gilbert Garcia, and Alveo Land Corporation.


Part of the proceeds of this worthy musical affair will go to BNI Foundation’s Business Voices. So don’t miss your chance to align with greatness through sponsorship and reserve your seats now!  Call J&A Productions at 0917-627-5220  or  0917-868-5978 or email

Let’s make HANDOG an experience to remember!