Cesar Montano is back to an old love — performing onstage.
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) president Nick Lizaso himself said that the hibernating actor and former Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) head will join an online media conference today, 15 September, as a performer in a coming show, Kung Hindi Man, a musical series that celebrates the kundiman.
The show also features Lara Maigue, Gian Magdangal, Clem Castro and Eugene de los Santos and Herminigildo Ranera of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).
Kung Hindi Man streams online on 18 September on the CCP Office of the President Facebook page.
This is not the first time that Montano is performing at the CCP but
In 1984, he was in the cast of the comedy play Estereminggoles held at the CCP Little Theater. The plays starred Johnny Delgado, Liza Lorena and Bembol Roco.
Estereminggoles was the Filipino adaptation of What the Butler Saw by Joe Orion. Leo Martinez directed the play with Angie Stuart Santiago writing the adaptation.
The production’s light designer was Dennis Marasigan, who will now direct Kung Hindi Naman.
In 2008, Montano performed in another CCP production, Si Lapulapu, Si Rosas Pandan: A Bisaya Musical Extravaganza. He played Lapu-Lapu to Vernie Vargas’ Rosas Pandan.
He had been a member of the UP Playwrights’ Theater under Tony Mabesa.
Montano has also been known to dabble in music. He released an album, Subok Lang, on Star Records.
On nine of the album’s 10 songs, he is accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. “Kailan Ko Lang Sinabi” features him in a duet with his then-wife, Sunshine Cruz.
Subok Lang was a hit and went platinum.
The last time Montano was in the news was in 2018 when he resigned from TPB allegedly due to financial anomalies.