CEBU, Philippines - If protest rallies, opinion columns or Senate hearings have failed to send the message to our
public officials and government agencies to end their corrupt practices, maybe an anti-corruption musical will stab at their
Not quite. But it should definitely send the powerful message that the fight against corruption is not the burden
of one man or of a single government body, but that it is a communal effort of all sectors of society.
The Visayas Regional Executives Council (VECL) and the Visayas Resident Ombudsmen Council (VROCL) chose to highlight
their anti-corruption campaign for their 10th year anniversary celebration next month through a musical extravaganza on November
11 at SM City Cebu Cinema One.
Dubbed "Hagit...Syagit! Pakigbisog Alang sa Kaligdong ug Kalinaw", this free-admission concert will showcase cultural
presentations from original song compositions to cultural dances and musical drama. It will be staged
twice, with a matinee performance at 3 pm and gala at 7 pm.
The concert is made up of two parts, the first being the cultural presentations of VECL and VROCL, which will depict
the Filipino values of faith, bayanihan and resourcefulness. The second part is the musical stage play showcasing talents
from various anti-corruption partners of the Ombudsman such as the Corruption Prevention Units and Junior Graftwatch Units.
To help come up with quality performances, experts in the field of music, choreography and acting were hired to train them.
Guest performers were also invited such as the Mandaue City School for the Arts, the DOST Choir, the University
of the Visayas Chorale, and the Cebu Normal University Dance Troupe.
A theme song made especially for this project with the title "Hagit Syagit!" was composed by architect Frederick
Villarojo. He also composed another piece titled "Kariton", which will be interpreted in a musical play.
The project, coined by Rev. Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, team leader of the "Ehem! Aha! Anti-Corruption Project" of the
Society of Jesus, promises to depict Filipino culture and how it has a strong influence to a person's lifesyle, belief and
principles, as well as a person's vulnerability to corruption. It will also remind us of the Filipino values that we should
honor and protect against materialism and absolute power, and that all sectors of society should coordinate in the fight against
According to Fr. Alejo, the concert title was inspired by the biblical story of Longinos, the Roman soldier who
guarded the tomb of Jesus, witnessed His resurrection and, despite strict orders from his Roman superiors not to talk about
the resurrection of Jesus, ran around the village and shouted that Jesus had resurrected from the dead. Longinos was beheaded
for his defiance and for telling the truth.
President Noynoy Aquino will be the guest of honor as the project is inspired by his campaign platform, "Kung Walang
Corrupt, Walang Mahirap."
Helping organize the event are members of the Ombudsman-Visayas anti-corruption network which are the Filipino-Chinese
Chamber of Commerce, Cebu Chamber of Commerce, Couples for Christ, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, SPARKS, Centennial
Force Foundation, Metropolitan Cebu Water District, Bag-ong Lampara Foundation and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
For more details and inquiries on the availability of a concert pass, contact Dr. Belle M. Quijano or any member
of the Corruption Prevention and Education Group of the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas at tel. nos. 4166134, 4125341 and