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Carlo Orosa blows|
Posted: 3:01 AM (Manila
Time) | Aug. 04, 2003
By Marinel R. Cruz and
Irene Andrea C. Perez
'Underrated'"Trumpets has been my home," says
Carlo. "I've been involved since its conception. Now I'm with the
board. I'm also into marketing, sponsorship and PR."
HE TRIED to be a pop star but never
quite became as big as his contemporary, Gary Valenciano. But Carlo
Orosa, one of Philippine entertainment's underrated artists, has got
more talent than 10 young upstarts combined.
In 1986, Carlo
co-founded the Triumphant People's Evangelistic Society, better
known as Trumpets, and since then has been a moving force behind the
teaches acting, directs events and preaches the Gospel.
has been inclined to the arts as early as high school when he joined
the famous La Salle Greenhills singing group, Kundirana, in 1982. It
was there where he forged a friendship with schoolmate Gary V, who
later inspired him to break into the mainstream.
took up advertising at the University of Sto. Tomas and is a thesis
short of a degree.
He joined bands and eventually tried his
luck as a solo performer, even cutting a solo album. He has been a
born-again Christian since 1989.
Among other stage roles, he
gave powerful performances as Jacob's youngest son, Benjamin, in
"Joseph, the Dreamer," and as Jewel's friend, Nicodemus, in "Little
Mermaid." He starred in several telemovies and sitcoms but has not
done a movie.
Artist and minister
particular about the projects I do," he explains. "I'm not only an
artist, I'm also a minister. I have to set a good example. Not that
I'm judging other actors."
Although movies generally have
more following than theater, Carlo has high hopes about bringing
theater, particularly musicals, to the masses. He and the rest of
Trumpets know that many people want to see plays, such as "Rama at
Sita" or even "Miss Saigon," but not everyone can afford to see
Trumpets brings smaller plays to barangays, where
actors often have to make do with a basketball court for a stage.
These plays are usually done in Filipino and are well received,
proving that art appreciation knows no social class, says Carlo.
From Aug. 1 to Sept. 11, Carlo puts on a duckling costume
and performs in the Trumpets production of "Honk!"
is a modern remake of Hans Christian Andersen's classic, "The Ugly
Duckling." Trumpets brought the musical to the country after
Trumpets co-founder and president Audie Gemora saw it in Singapore.
It has three Best Musical honors, from the 2000 Laurence Olivier
Award, the FNB Vita Award in South Africa and Elliot Norton Award in
the US. The Philippine premiere last week was simultaneous with
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