‘Halo Halo NZ’ is a celebration of the life and times of Filipino migrants in New Zealand.

A group of talented people will join forces to stage New Zealand’s first ever Filipino-Kiwi musical titled ‘Halo Halo New Zealand – The Musical’ during the ‘Philippine Week’ Food, Cultural, Travel and Trade Show in Auckland in September 2016.

The musical is a joint effort between Filipino singers, dancers, fashion designers and models, musicians, theatre directors, choreographers, stage managers, set designers and audio-visual technicians.

The concept was conceived in 2011 by the Editors of Filipino Migrant News and featured in the paper. At that stage the talent pool was relatively small. In the last six years, more and more people have put up their hands to be involved.

‘Halo Halo NZ’ is a musical exploration of the process of transition, settlement and acculturation of Filipino migrants in New Zealand.

For Filipinos, the musical will be a mirror of their own personal journeys in their adopted country. Other communities will gain a delightful insight into the culture of the Philippines and how it is being nurtured and transformed in New Zealand society.

A snapshot of this musical will be featured in this year’s 118th Philippine Independence Day Celebrations on 18 June 2016 in Auckland.

From the amazing backdrops, traditional and contemporary fashion, songs and dances, the carnival feel, and the depiction of patriotism and new found allegiances, the musical will be a feast for the senses because it will weave the old with the new seamlessly, and this astounding production will keep audiences wanting more.

Halo Halo NZ is a production that will have longevity. Year after year the content of the show will evolve reflecting the dynamics of cultural integration in the host country.

It will be a wonderful way for new audiences to be introduced to Filipino culture and a chance for New Zealand’s Filipino community to observe, participate and learn about cultural maintenance and acculturation in New Zealand.

After the Auckland run, the musical will go on a road show to Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

More information on: www.halohalo.nz or email Sheila Mariano or Mel Fernandez: filipinonews@xtra.co.nz