EMIR is the biggest original Filipino musical written for the
It tells the story of Amelia, a Filipina from Ilocos
who decides to work abroad to help her family.
She takes care
of a future crown prince - Ahmed, the Sheik's son - rearing him,
and in the process, introducing the young boy to the culture,
values, and language of the Philippines.
More than a nanny,
Amelia acts as Ahmeds surrogate mother and is even willing to
offer her life to ensure his safety.
Her journey reveals,
through words and music, the life that overseas Filipino workers
live -- their struggles to have a better life... their dreams,
and the hope that someday their hard work will finally be rewarded.
EMIR is thus far, the only movie to take on the heart and
soul of the Filipino through our innate love for music.
is a tribute to our OFWs... The hands that work, and toil in
foreign lands, and yet have one home, one heart and one spirit.
The story is by Chito Rono and Jerry Gracio.
lyrics by Gracio in collaboration with Gary Granada and Rody
Critics call it a landmark movie, made even more remarkable
by the original music by Granada, Vin & Ebe Dancel and Diwa De
Leon, with Chito Toledo as musical director and arranger.
††† * Frencheska Farr
††† * Julia Clarete
††† * Beverly Salviejo
††† * Kalila Aguilos
††† * Liesl Batucan
††† * Jhong Hilario