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Siddhartha Musical

Updated on October 25, 2011

This musical is about a Prince who gave up the comforts of his home to seek for enlightenment to help people find joy and peace in a world of suffering. This story is based on the life of Siddhartha Gautama, around 600 BC in India.

Here are excerpts of this musical which started out as a local play and was brought into the international stage. Colorful, artistic, dramatic, funny, touching, inspiring are just some of the words that would best describe the musical.

Please come and journey with me as I present to you some of the more important scenes. Enjoy!

The Legend

According to a legend, when the Prince was born, he took seven steps. And with each step a lotus flower would bloom, and on the seventh step, he declared, "I am the uniquely honored one in this world."

The Prophecy

"The child you bear today will grow to become a man. Two choices, one decision is laid out in his hand. One will make him king and the other will make him monk. Should he choose, he'll come to be the Enlightened One." --Prohpet Assita

Prince Siddhartha marries Princess Yasodhara

Our little narrator watches the couple sighs, "Oh to be young and in love!"
Our little narrator watches the couple sighs, "Oh to be young and in love!"

Siddhartha: Don't you wonder sometimes why we are put here in such a beautiful place? What meaning is there to life?

Yasodhara: In my heart, I've already found my meaning.

Siddhartha: Yes, my love... But surely there is life outside these palace grounds. I want to see those people, to talk to them, to be able to reach out to them and share with them all I have. I believe I have more than enough for myself and there is much that I can give back to the world."

The World He Saw

Siddhartha: "Is there no way at all to end this suffering? Is there no hope in sight? Are we all doomed to be bound forever to this awful plight?"

"Now I see the way it is that we all die and people come and go. How can I live in perfect bliss, in perfect calm and knowing what I know. I must try, I must find the answer. There must be some way to end this curse."

The Five Attendants Find Siddhartha

Attendant: Aren't you Prince Siddhartha, son of the great King Suddhodana, ruler of the Sakyas, heir to the kingdom of Kapilavastu?

Siddhartha: I used to be that person. But as you can see, I am now a monk. Since then, I have given up my royal heritage to follow the way of asceticism in search for the truth, to save the people from suffering.

The Buddha

After six long years, his search had finally ended. There under the Bodhi tree, Siddhartha finally found Enlightenment and attained Buddha-hood. He became the great teacher and propagator of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path.

The Noble Path

"...Right thought, right understanding, right speech, right action, right effort, right livelihood, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the noble path, the eightfold things you need to do. To find enlightenment in you..."

Siddhartha Returns to Kapilavastu

King: But no! That can't be. You're still my son, you're Siddhartha, blood of my blood, flesh of my flesh. I see you've changed, but in my heart you will always be the same. O, Siddhartha, don't you remember me? Don't you remember your father, the one who cared and carried you all these years?

Siddhartha: You will always be the caring father who brought me to this saha world and I will always be grateful for your love. But now, I am the enlightened one to shower the gift of dharma that will relieve the suffering of the multitude.

The Reunion

Yasodhara: I already have my reward, Great Buddha. I'd like you to meet someone, someone very close to my heart, and surely, to yours too...."

The Finale

We Are One

"...Forget the "I", we are bound together never come undone. If we just try, we can stay forever ever warm and calm. Let there be "us", we belong and co-exist together, no matter where we're coming from. Like sister moon and brother sun, we'll stop the gloom as long as we are one..."

THE PRODUCERS

Buddha’s Light International Association, Phils. and Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order headed by Venerable Master Hsing Yun

LINKS:

  • BLIA Cebu Chapter headed by Venerable Master Chueh Lin and Mrs. Susan Tantiansu (BLIA Cebu President)

THE CREATIVE TEAM in Taiwan

  • Artistic Director: Daisy B. Ba-ad
  • Playwright/Musical Director: Jude Gitamondoc
  • Production Manager: Michelle Simtoco
  • Dance Director: Marijo Cypril Jamora
  • Dance Masters: Michael Lowell Dohig/ Ian Ed Jamelarin
  • Production Designer: Walfrey Mercado
  • Costume Designer: Jed Sevilla
  • Audio Controller: Marlon Ardiente
  • Stage Managers: Erlich Padura, Edwin Borres, Schubert Dichos, Clark Van Daryl Jolbot and Paul Lamber David

Special thanks to the ff. for the photos above:

Erwin Go, Britton Go, Taiwan Hair and Make Up team

Hubpages Links

10 Ways to Spot Unconditional Love

Our director, Ms. Daisy Ba-ad shares the wonderful lessons we gained from our Taiwan Siddhartha experience.

The Joy of Birthdays

My birthday in Taiwan, celebrated with the cast and crew, was an experience which made me reflect the beauty of birthdays.

Please come back for more hubs to continue the marvelous experiences we had in Taiwan.

PERFORMANCE UPDATES

  • April 24, 2009 at the La Salle Coliseum, USLS Bacolod, Philippines (1 show)

  • April 21, 2009 at the Colegio de San Jose Auditorium, Iloilo City, Philippines (2 shows)
  • May 25, 2008 at SM Cinema 1, Cebu Philippines (2 shows)

  • May 13, 2008 at Fo Guang Shan, Taiwan (1 show)
  • May 10 & 11, 2008 at Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (4 shows)
  • May 2-4, 2008 at the Dr.Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan (5 shows)
  • November 3 & 4 2007 at the Cebu Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila Philippines (4 shows)
  • July 6, 2007 at Waterfront Pacific Ballroom Cebu, Philippines (2 shows)

By far, we have twenty one shows in all!

Michelle as the Queen's sister!  Photo by Erwin Go
Michelle as the Queen's sister! Photo by Erwin Go

The Journey Continues...

Yes, I am a Catholic. And yes, I am part of a Buddhist play.

I am very honored to have been one of the cast and crew of the Siddhartha musical. I have met beautiful people, learned different ways to do things, crossed boundaries, race and culture to define and redefine who I truly am. The journey continues for me and to all the people I work with. Truly, it is a joy to share Siddhartha's story to the world.

Michelle D. Simtoco

Production Manager

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      shimla 7 years ago

      I would love to have seen this - thanks for the picitures!

      Shimla

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi beatrix darkly, thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to read through my writings here and elsewhere. I enjoyed working with everyone in the Siddhartha show and glad to have you joined the cast. Thank you for doing my stage make up... I still need to find this glittery make up that I don't get allergic to. LOL Yes, Mommy Jed and his team did a great job!

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      beatrix darkly 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'm a certified fan of your blogs, Ms. Michelle! This is a wonderful collection of pictures and excerpts. (I miss TONETTE!) And I have to say that it was an amazing experience working with you, Ms. Daisy, and all the cast and crew of "Siddhartha", the Iloilo-Bacolod run. I'm glad for the unexpected chance to finally join the cast, rather than the audience, which i've been part of for some time now. Thank you for letting me practice stage makeup on you! Hahaha! But I have to admit that Mommy Jed and his team did a much better job with our hair and makeup at the Bacolod show... :)

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      ram_m 8 years ago from India

      A GREAT hub on a GREAT spiritual teacher. Thank you

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Teresa, we are currently rehearsing again for another show this coming April. It will be held in Bacolod and Iloilo which is here in the Philippines. There is a never ending growing through this musical of which I am constantly grateful for. Thanks for dropping by. :-)

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Lovely hub, great story, wonderful show. I won't try to outdo all the comments here by other writers, I'll just say thank you, again, for being inspiration and sharing joy.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Without the makeup you are still a beauty queen! LOL

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Dottie, this is the same one :-) With all the make up as the queen's sister, it doesn't look like me at all! LOL

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I noticed a comment you left in my hub and wondering if you are rehearsing again for this musical or another? BTW what a beautiful sister to the queen you make!:)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You will be seeing and reading a lot of wonderful hubs around. :) Thanks and will be looking forward to reading your hubs.

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      hibiscus_mel 8 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey

      Brilliant and colorful pictures! As a newbie in this place I wish I could such an amazing and wonderful hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      And thanks for reading and sharing a comment. :)

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful Hub and thanks for sharing it with the world!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi soumyasrajan, the costumes have been stylized for theatre purposes. :) Thank you for your interest and your comment.

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      soumyasrajan 8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! ripplemaker

      Enjoyed reading your hub on Sidhartha musical in which you are taking part. I also enjoyed reading about you, how you are trying to make ripples with kids. Very inspiring indeed and very enjoying. 

      I am a scientist and live in Mumbai, India (I come to USA also often). So with Gautama Buddha and his teachings we have special love. We feel it is part of us.

      Off course his teaching and stories are more important than outer appearances. But I was a little puzzled by dresses in pictures on the website. Specially  those of women.  The dresses used look to me to be very different from the dresses which they wore in Gautama's time. Like in those days men practically did not cover their chests.  Women did not cover their faces at all and used to wear very short blouses. For example in Sarnath near Varanasi, a place where Buddha preached and which has a very nice museum, pictures show quite different style of dresses. The dresses used in these pictures on your website, it seems to me,  are more like Muslim style, which came to India much,    later almost 1700 years after Gautama Buddha. Just wondering, was there any reason to choose this style?

      One more question. I am also  often inspired by another Sidhartha, the hero of Herman Hasse's novel  "Sidhartha". His time period Hasse had set to be essentially the same as that of Gautama Buddha. He also gets nirvana in his own way. I wonder whether you or your organization has any plans to make a musical on him It should really be enjoying. Regards

       

       

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      HI Mike, I was the production manager and played several roles but not the Director LOL that is Hubber Dayzeebee! :) Yes it is indeed a different experience being on stage and facing stage fright most esp. if there were around 2 to 3 thousand people watching us. :) Well, creative Mike, thanks for dropping by and commenting! :)

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      mikeq107 8 years ago

      Hi Michelle :0) guess who!

      Great play:) and your a director what fun:0) I have alwalys wanted to act, not for the attention , but for the sheir enjyoment of it...About 6 years ago I tried some marrauana for the first and last time Lol it made me throw up!!!! But  at the time I wanted to know what the experience was like . Well it was a bout 20mins of an incredible creative Mike, I was doing standup comedy, poetry, singing, and un afriad and the rest of the night throwing up :0(

      But the next day i remembered everthing and resolved not to do it again, but to become that person i met last night.  I do not recommend this course of action but it was the catalyst to expand my borders and boldly face my fears and explore my natural gifts...

      On the funny side ,during the experience i kept thinking, This is Oregon and we have earth Quakes and what if one happened now ! Boy this  would not be good..I did not like the feeling of being of balance lol  it was no "WOW Man"..but Crap! Lol

      Ok Got to go....Have a great one    God Bless you! Mike :0)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Such a sweet thing to do Dottie! You are a wonderful person to have around... Blessings always!

      Hugs and smiles,

      Michelle

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I have cut and pasted your avatar and comment above and is now an addition to my favorite quotes on my dresser mirror. I will be singing the noble path, the eightfold things I need to do, with you every morning for my daily enlightenment. Thank you my friend. You too have a superb day! ~Dottie~

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi sis Dottie, hey I'm glad you took the time to listen to the song. Thanks! LOL As for you being ready for the eightfold things? You are! You have a positive spirit that absolutely shines. C'mon in between munching peanuts and jumping into a pile of autumn leaves, let's sing..."Right thought, right understanding, right speech, right action, right effort, right livelihood, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the noble path the eightfold things you need to do. To find enlightenment in you." Have a superb day ahead of you my friend!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Mi Sis Michelle, I did listen to the song FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS last week and tried to come back here to comment to no avail....maybe trying to tell me I'm not ready for the eightfold things....but today LOOK OUT WORLD! lol Loved the song.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sis Dottie, hehe, I'm glad you stumbled on this hub! Do you love to listen to the song? The eightfold things to do is found in the song entitled FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS in this site http://fgsphilippines.org/Siddhartha/music.htm It's a song that we all love.Yes, it was a marvelous experience singing, dancing and acting! :) Thanks for reading and commenting. Till our paths cross again. Lots of sunshine for you...Michelle :)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      What a beautiful journey Michele.  How did I miss this one!  I'll be looking for those eightfold things I need to do!  And to think you were part of the Siddhartha team!  That must have been so much fun for you. Great Hub and thumbs up.:) ~Dottie~

      P.S. going to check out your blog!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi ProCW, wish you could have watched it too! Who knows maybe some time in the future? hehe thanks for reading and commenting!

      Hi Crystal, thanks for viewing this hub many many times. I still am amazed actually whenever I see the pictures. And to have been part of it all was an experience to remember. Have you visited the blog? If you haven't here is the link: http://siddharthamusical.blogspot.com Again, thanks for dropping by. Hugs to you. :)

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      Crystal Lei 9 years ago

      hi miss michelle.. miss you so much miss also miss daisy.. i miss our practices a lot..

      when will be our next practice?hehe.. hope that would be real soon coz i really can't wait..heheh.. i miss everyone.. i miss the temple.. i miss the masters..heheh..

      This is a nice hub miss.. when am at work i keep on checking on this site.. reminising the time.. take care miss.. miss u a lot.. much love Crystal.

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      ProCW 9 years ago from South Carolina

      Such pretty pictures!! :) hehe

      Great hub, ripplemaker! I wish that I could have been there! It seems like it would have been a terrific show to watch!

      ProCW

      PS - T-U! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Eugie and Sparkling jewel, thanks for dropping by and reading this hub. :)

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      SparklingJewel 9 years ago from upper midwest

      what a beautiful play! Thank you for sharing with us !

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      eugie17 9 years ago from online (everywhere)

      Hi Ripple

      Great Hub of a great Story, and an opportunity to enlighten more peopleI loved it

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Abhinaya, I didn't know about Siddhartha not until we did this play LOL but yes I'm finding out that many do know about him. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      Hi Michelle, I didn't know this story of Siddhartha was so popular until you presented the hub.We study his life in schools and colleges and enjoy it each time.The play presented here is awesome.Great hub and very well presented!You were lucky to have been a part of the play.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      compu-smart, you never know. :) don't stop wishing...but first we have to wish we could perform there LOL

      pjdscott, if one is open, one can learn anything :) thanks for reading.

      Paraglider, I've learned a lot about Buddhism through this play. It was beautiful meeting of minds and hearts. :)

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      Dave McClure 9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Very much enjoyed reading this one and seeing the costumes. I've read Siddartha's story many times in "The Light of Asia" a 19th century epic poem by Edwin Arnold, also a Christian but one who was greatly impressed with Indian Buddhism. This hub brough back many memories.

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      pjdscott 9 years ago from Durham, UK

      A wonderful article and I am also enjoying the music, thanks! I think we can all learn something from such stories, irrespective of religion, race of creed.

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      Tony 9 years ago from London UK

      Mmm yeahh! sounds good! i won't hold my breath!! lol

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Jennifer, what a beautiful comment/note you have written! Thank you for sharing these things with me. As for doing crazy things, I think I should step out of my "responsibility" hat and put on a "silly" hat and go out and do crazy things too. :) I have treasured our sharings in Taiwan and truly glad to have you as one of the well-loved part-time back stage helpers. Take care. Miss you too. Lots of Love, Michelle

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      Jennifer 9 years ago

      Hello Michelle,

      This is a beautiful hub! I love it! and I love your photo!! The new sanskrit word we learnt in class is "Sudhara", which means beautifyl! and the name YaSODHARA, cames from the word beautiful!!

      It had been a long time since we chatted, would like to update you with the things i am busy with, (besides doing crazy things with Ven. Miao Guang, and Ms Andrea~) I would like to share an inspirational book "Energy of Pray" by Thich Nhat Hanh.

      In the book he mentions that the element we need for prayer is energy, energy are made up with elements f love, mindfulness, and right concentration. Mindfulness is the real presence of our body and our mind. Our body and our mind are directed towards the present moment. A prayer is basically the communication between ourselves and the one we are praying to. It doesn't matter if they know we are sending it, the important thing is that the energy is there and the heart of love is there and is being sent out into the world.

      When love and compassion are present in us, and we send them outward, then that is a true prayer!

      I would like to thank you and Ms Daisy for your friendship, and I would like to thank you for all the treasurable memories we shared in Taiwan, i will never forget the things you and Ms Daisy said to me, and I will do my best to spread all the love and happiness i have to all the people around me!

      I am really lucky that i could be a part of the Siddhartha family, although i am just a "part-time backstage helper".. hehehe..

      Miss you alot!! love you much!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Johanna (our Yasodhara), thanks for dropping by and commenting. :) A run thru to make sure we don't gain weight. LOL :D I guess we miss the family we have found in Siddhartha and the love shared there. Keep on singing... :) tc

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      johanna 9 years ago

      Ms Michelle,

      This is sooooo beautiful! oh, how i miss everyone and the rehearsals. can we have a once-a-month run-thru!? LOL >>>> That's how much i miss our SIDDHARTHA FAMILY...

      You take care and see you soon!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Compu-smart, me too. I didn't know about Siddhartha either, not until I was part of this musical. AND if the show will be brought to Europe, do watch. It will be something truly worth your while. LOL And it will be nice to "see" you then. (Grin) Who knows there might be a "free" ticket. :)

      HI Karen, thanks for reading. :)

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      What a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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      Tony 9 years ago from London UK

      Forgive me, but I have never heard Siddhartha Gautama before and and im a little wiser now! thanks!,

      i used to love watching pantomines and this musical looks well worth seeing! Any chance of a free ticket!?:)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Kenny and cgull, the pictures bring fond memories of our experiences. Yes, even if the people in Taiwan didn't understand English, they were moved by the story. We cont inue to be grateful for that. ANd oh we are so excited to where we will be led to perform next. :)

      Antoinette (our Yasodhara), I am glad you enjoyed the hub. The pictures look so nice and I miss our rehearsals and the cast and everyone. Happy belated birthday. :)

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      antoinette 9 years ago

      i enjoy the hub miss! thank you very much to you and to ms daisy...... you are both amazing!!!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Just awe-inspiring, Michelle! Thanks for that beautiful pic of yours, too. Bonus!

      I delighted in all the pictures you put up, from the show. Good work you people do; the show must have moved the hearts of all who watched it live!

      Buddha's ahimsa is what the world needs a dose of, today. :)

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Growing up, Buddha's story was one of my favorites. It is very inspiring.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for reading :)

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      iamtheknower 9 years ago

      You created an epic hub about Siddhartha The Gautama

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks Tiltil, Eunice and Amy! :) Check this hub for the links. Thanks. https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Boundless

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow Michelle, thank you for giving us a glimpse into what you have been doing with your spare time! That is amazing. It looks like a wonderful show. :)

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      Eunice Apia 9 years ago from New York

      This is cool. I will check it out. Is there a video on the site about the performance. I'm actually working with my sister on something similar, from a Queen's prospective.

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      TiltII 9 years ago from Roseville, California

      I became a fan a couple of days ago. This is beautifully done and the layout is excellent and really quite nice to read, albeit a little above my level of knowledge. I enjoyed it. The format is really consumer friendly. I think this is a winner!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I've heard this term being mentioned "Bodhisatva"...hmmm...interesting, bluewings. Thanks for coming back to share the information. :)

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      bluewings 9 years ago from Milkyway

      Yes Michelle, it's in a place called Bodhgaya in India where they have built a temple now and the lessons he learned are referred to as Bodhisatva/Bodhisatya where satva/satya , in Sanskrit , means the truth.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Coolbreeze, thanks for reading this hub. You are right, openness is one thing we need to take in our travels...esp. the road to enlightenment. :)

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      Rik Rodriguez 9 years ago from Hawaii

      Certainly you have found enlightnment by being open minded enough to learn and experience. Sometimes others may notice what we often fail to see. I enjoyed your hub. Thank you

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Diana, that was very thoughtful of you. Thank you for the help. :) I appreciate it a lot! As in! Glad you liked the music too. We all do. Sir Jude did a great job, that's for sure.

      Hi Robie, it was a beautiful experience and I also grew so much along the way. Thanks for reading this hub.

      Erwin, oh you are making me curious as to what your plans are. Excited to hear about it soon. :) Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

      Bluewings, that's awesome. You were really able to visit the tree where he found enlightement? Wow!

      Dayzeebee, thank you for getting me as your production manager. I'm glad you approved of what I've written here. :) hahaha

      MM, thank you very much. It makes us happy to showcase the talents of the Filipinos; and to be able to share such a significant story is an honor.

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      a great story of a great man.....congratulations to all the performers and the production team.....well done !!!

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      dayzeebee 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hello ripplemaker. great job at highlighting the significant points of the story. it speaks much of why you're the best person for the production manager position. hahaha

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      bluewings 9 years ago from Milkyway

      Just love the story.No matter how many times and in how many forms I read it.I'd been to the tree under which he is believed to have attained enlightenment through meditation.

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      ego888 9 years ago

      Very beautiful summary of the play! After seeing your summary, I hope you can help me fulfill a plan I had related to this musical. I will discuss this with you when we meet. :)

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      Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      what a wonderful production, Ripplemaker. Thanks for the synopsis and the beautiful photos--very inspirational. Must have been so special to be a part of this. Thanks for sharing.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Michelle,

      BTW I just listened to the music and it is awesome...and on another note... I gave a suggestion to your "fan" who likes to answer your questions... on his comments... I hope that was ok.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes, it is an english play! That is why it was such a "feat" having to perform in Taiwan, a chinese speaking country. The music is modern and oh, we so love the songs! Thanks storytellersus :)

      Hi Diana, it was simply marvelous. And it's a local play (with an all cebuano cast, crew, director, playwright, musical director and so on) so it has brought a lot of joy to us too. Thanks for your continued support :)

      Thanks G-Ma! :)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Absolutly wonderful...lucky you...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Michelle,

      What a beautiful Hub about Siddhartha, and his journey to enlightenment. Oh my goodness, I wish I could have been there to see this magnificent production. The costumes are amazing, so colorful and beautiful.. You must have had a ball participating in such a grand affair!

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      storytellersrus 9 years ago

      Thank you so much for providing us with this lovely site. I am listening to the music right now- I was surprised to hear the lyrics are in English. The melodies remind my daughter and I of Disney's Pocahantus- with a bit of Mulan thrown in. Very nice.