This is not the music-based fundraising initiative led by iconic Bob Geldof and Midge Ure of the “80s.
Live AIDS (Ang Istoryang Dinebelop ng SAMASKOM) or Acts, Improvisations, Dances and Songs, is an annual musical-comedy series mounted by UP SAMASKOM.
Did you know it is the longest running comedy show in the country? What started as a mere applicants’ batch project back in 1985 is now one of the most awaited events in the Diliman republic. Each year, Live AIDS has never failed to surpass the previous record number of fans who trooped to its staging venues on all performances.
The press recently met up with Directors Tero Diaz, Porsche Mendijar, Bill Barrinuevo with the youngest Arvin Carlo Sicat, and celebrity alumni KaladKaren Davila , Tuesday Vargas, Rs Francisco , Jessica Paula Dizon and Councilor Monica B. Baldeo as panelists.
Coming off from the successful Live AIDS 31: HaLOLan, the U.P. SAMASKOM company members are back again for a brand new season of non-stop laughter with a chunky portion of parody and impersonations.
“This show bolsters one’s talent, skills, and self-confidence. It’s evident in our alumni members,” said alumnus, the now popular Kaladkaren Davila.
When asked of the reactions of their impersonations, KaladKaren is always conscious that what she is on cam is a reflection of the true-to-life news personality of Karen Davila of ABS CBN who has been a supporter of her who would send comments or reactions via Instagram or Twitter.
"That is why I am also careful of what I do or say because it somehow reflects on the credibility of the real Ms. Karen Davila to the public." points of KaladKaren.
For decades, Live AIDS has garnered fanatics and avid viewers who have steadfastly sought out the show, including known personalities such as Bianca Gonzales, Ricky Lee, Quark Henares, John Lapus, Rajo Laurel, Jigs Mayuga, Tim Yap and Vice Ganda. After all, it is the show which gave rise to the career of comedy stars Giselle Sanchez, Ate Glow, Michelle O’ Bombshell, Tuesday Vargas and KaladKaren.
In the case of my good friend theater/TV/actor/entrepreneur RS Francisco, having seen #LiveAIDS 3-6 in his younger years, actor and entepreneur RS always wanted to do a monologue and he got his wish during #LiveAIDS7 as an SM sales lady character and in later versions as Dr Vicki Below. He even enrolled at UP just to be part of Samaskom and Live AIDS.
One of the four young directors of this year’s installment of Live AIDS, Bill Barrinuevo of Batch 2010.2 BA Film, stated that, “there is pressure to outdo ourselves every year. It is terrifying but it is a welcome challenge we take on. UP SAMASKOM is very passionate in creating a show that speaks out and entertains at the same time.”
“Live AIDS made me the woman that I am today. As an artist and an entrepreneur, this show paved my way to achieve all my accomplishments to date,” lauded Tuesday Vargas - an alumnus of the organization and a veteran performer of the show.
As a venue for UP SAMASKOM members to enhance their wit, creativity and leadership potentials, Live AIDS is a playground for members to get invaluable orientation in the different fields of media. As such, this installment, a commentary on the Philippine society and on the experiences and travails that the Filipinos face, that features trending topics and viral content, will transcend not only to its avid audience, but even to its first time viewers.
So expect impersonations of different personalities whether from showbizness and politics based on the current issues and concerns they are in.
Bawal ang pikon at ang pikon ay talo...
As home to talented and diverse individuals from all walks of the university who have a passion for creativity and self-expression, Live AIDS has continuously lived on with its magic that fuels it: the collaboration between the members of UP SAMASKOM, student and alumni alike. This camaraderie and the trust that have formed within the "samahan" is what makes the magic of the show happen.
RS also adds and emphasizes that as artists and alumni, they are doing all these for the love of UP Samaskom and LIVE AIDS. "We are not getting anything financially from the show. Most of the time abunado pa in the expenses and I would like to make that clear."
Giving off a fresh take on socio-political issues and pop culture without sacrificing the classic Live AIDS formula, the 32nd installment of one of the most anticipated events in UP Diliman utilizing the classic brand of comedy that is quintessentially LIVE AIDS.
With Live AIDS being a parody of our current experiences, it tackles the present, the new, the trending, and the viral, by fusing comedy with the hard-hitting realities of this twisted socio-political sphere in the country. The show gets inspiration from these daily phenomena and aims to provide a different take, by providing a night filled with fun, spectacle, and entertainment you will never forget.
And I believe these and the rest are the reasons why the socio-politico comedy show ran for more than three decades and counting!
Live AIDS 32 is slated on April, 16, 20, 21, and 22, 2018.
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UP SAMAHAN NG MGA MAG-AARAL SA KOMUNIKASYON is a university-wide organization based in the College of Mass Communication. It is home to media personalities and industry heads Laurenti Dyogi, Tuesday Vargas, Kuya Kim Atienza, Tina Panganiban Perez, Giselle Sanchez, Ate Glow, Raul Castro, Peter Acuna, RS Francisco, KaladKaren Davila, among many others who first honed their showmanship and comedic skills In the LONGEST RUNNING COMEDY SHOW IN THE COUNTRY- LIVE AIDS.