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Musicale honoring retired CJ Panganiban’s 85th birthday airs on GTV

GMA Network Inc., in cooperation with Ube Media and Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity, is happy to present Ageless Passion 3, a musicale on retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban’s vibrant life featuring original compositions from National Artist Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.  

Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban
Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban 

Airing this Sunday (Dec. 5) at 10:00 p.m. on GTV, Ageless Passion 3 features the life and works of Chief Justice Panganiban in a musical that captures his life’s meaningful moments and important milestones—from his childhood to his professional journey—via a spirited ensemble portraying his visionary chief justiceship and enduring passion to serve the country.  

From the poor newsboy in the backstreets of Sampaloc to the presidency of the most widely circulated newspaper in our country; from a modest Catholic to an adviser to the Holy Father in the Vatican; from a frustrated applicant for graduate studies to father of five wonderful children who each achieved his impossible dream of graduating in a pedigreed US university; from a shoeshine boy to the board rooms of the largest blue chips in our part of Planet Earth; and from a frustrated chemical engineer to a reluctant lawyer and to the highest magistrate of the land.  

Topper Fabregas as the young Artemio Panganiban
Topper Fabregas as the young Artemio Panganiban

Chief Justice Panganiban’s core judicial philosophy can be summed up to “Liberty and Prosperity under the rule of law” – justice and jobs; freedoms and food; ethics and economics; democracy and development; one is useless without the other.  Chief Justice Panganiban is now a sought-after speaker, columnist, director, and advisor in many publicly-listed companies, top corporations, and philanthropic foundations in the country.  

The musical offers an emphatic message encapsulated in the songs “The Newsboy” and “Ageless Passion” where themes of optimism and faith amidst difficulties and turning points in life are emphasized to inspire the youth and the younger generation of lawyers and professionals.  

Topper Fabregas and  Cris Villonco
Topper Fabregas and  Cris Villonco

Ageless Passion 3 features 18 original music by Maestro Ryan with libretto by Kristian Jeff Agustin – a rising lyricist who completed his Master of Arts in Visual Culture (with Merit) from the University of Westminster and is currently pursuing his PhD in Art and Design in Manchester School of Art, United Kingdom. He worked as a clerk in the office of the Chief Justice Panganiban in the Supreme Court.  

The musical is headlined by artists Topper Fabregas, Cris Villonco, Michael Williams, Lynn Sherman, and Bart Guingona—plus a special opening song by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle accompanied by the Manila Symphony Orchestra.  

Michael Williams and Lynn Sherman
Michael Williams and Lynn Sherman 

Produced by Donna May Lina, Ageless Passion 3 is under the stage direction of Bart Guingona and directed for TV by Louie Ignacio. Rember Gelera renders additional direction for this year’s edition.  

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