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''Ang Huling El Bimbo'' is a 2018 Filipino JukeboxMusical written by Dingdong Novenario, based on the songs of Filipino alt-rock band Music/TheEraserheads. It is a coming-of-age tale that follows three boys at a state university in TheNineties -- the would-be lawyer Emman, the sensitive and closeted Anthony, the well-off film student Hector, and their poor but optimistic friend Joy, whose aunt owns a small food stand that the three frequent. Although the four friends promise to stay together forever, a traumatic event just before their college graduation drives the four apart into unhappy adulthood. However, a tragedy forces the friends to reunite and examine the circumstances that led to this point.

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''Ang Huling El Bimbo'' (''The Last El Bimbo'') is a 2018 Filipino JukeboxMusical written by Dingdong Novenario, based on the songs of Filipino alt-rock band Music/TheEraserheads. It is a coming-of-age tale that follows three boys at a state university in TheNineties -- the would-be lawyer Emman, the sensitive and closeted Anthony, the well-off film student Hector, and their poor but optimistic friend Joy, whose aunt owns a small food stand that the three frequent. Although the four friends promise to stay together forever, a traumatic event just before their college graduation drives the four apart into unhappy adulthood. However, a tragedy forces the friends to reunite and examine the circumstances that led to this point.


* RuleOfSymbolism: Early in the show, the three boys make a mutual promise to achieve their dreams and master their fates, sealing their vow by raising their hands in the air. At the end of "Alapaap/Overdrive", they raise their hands again in reference to the vow, while Joy notably keeps hers down. While the guys were able to find success in their adult lives (albeit under unfulfilling circumstances), Joy does not.[[spoiler:Shown once again in the final scene with the same setting as "Alapaap/Overdrive" except this time, Ligaya sits on the hood of the car. While the guys raise their hands again in accordance to their vow, and Joy keeps hers down, Ligaya raises two hands up, showing that she will achieve Joy's dreams as well as her own.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Early in the show, the three boys make a mutual promise to achieve their dreams and master their fates, sealing their vow by raising their hands in the air. At the end of "Alapaap/Overdrive", they raise their hands again in reference to the vow, while Joy notably keeps hers down. While the guys were able to find success in their adult lives (albeit under unfulfilling circumstances), Joy does not. [[spoiler:Shown once again in the final scene with the same setting as "Alapaap/Overdrive" except this time, Ligaya sits on the hood of the car. While the guys raise their hands again in accordance to their vow, and Joy keeps hers down, Ligaya raises two hands up, showing that she will achieve Joy's dreams as well as her own.]]


* RuleOfSymbolism: Early in the show, the three boys make a mutual promise to achieve their dreams and master their fates, sealing their vow by raising their hands in the air. At the end of "Alapaap/Overdrive", they raise their hands again in reference to the vow, while Joy notably keeps hers down. While the guys were able to find success in their adult lives (albeit under unfulfilling circumstances), Joy does not.
[[spoiler:Shown once again in the final scene with the same setting as "Alapaap/Overdrive" except this time, Ligaya sits on the hood of the car. While the guys raise their hands again in accordance to their vow, and Joy keeps hers down, Ligaya raises two hands up, showing that she will achieve Joy's dreams as well as her own.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Early in the show, the three boys make a mutual promise to achieve their dreams and master their fates, sealing their vow by raising their hands in the air. At the end of "Alapaap/Overdrive", they raise their hands again in reference to the vow, while Joy notably keeps hers down. While the guys were able to find success in their adult lives (albeit under unfulfilling circumstances), Joy does not.
not.[[spoiler:Shown once again in the final scene with the same setting as "Alapaap/Overdrive" except this time, Ligaya sits on the hood of the car. While the guys raise their hands again in accordance to their vow, and Joy keeps hers down, Ligaya raises two hands up, showing that she will achieve Joy's dreams as well as her own.]]

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[[spoiler:Shown once again in the final scene with the same setting as "Alapaap/Overdrive" except this time, Ligaya sits on the hood of the car. While the guys raise their hands again in accordance to their vow, and Joy keeps hers down, Ligaya raises two hands up, showing that she will achieve Joy's dreams as well as her own.]]


* CorruptPolitician / SleazyPolitician: Modern-day Banlaoi.

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%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * CorruptPolitician / SleazyPolitician: CorruptPolitician: Modern-day Banlaoi.

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* CorruptPolitician / SleazyPolitician: Modern-day Banlaoi.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Created in 2018, set in TheNineties, which is when Music/TheEraserheads also became popular in the Philippine music scene.

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* IntroductoryOpeningCredits: A unique variation is used to introduce the cast in the filmed version; the main cast members are introduced with their playbill headshots (complete with a portion of their bios) while the entire ensemble is pictured in a collage together. Even the crew and creative team are featured with their very own headshots.


* HumbleGoal: Joy just wanted to find a man who wouldn't hurt her, but her friends inspire her to find a new dream, which is to finish her studies. [[spoiler: Becomes a TragicDream, when as she never accomplishes it.]]

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* HumbleGoal: Joy just wanted to find a man who wouldn't hurt her, but her friends inspire her to find a new dream, which is to finish her studies. [[spoiler: Becomes a TragicDream, when as TragicDream since she never accomplishes it.]]


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* TwoActStructure: The grim opening aside, the first act is a lighthearted college story... until the last moments, where [[spoiler:Joy is raped]]. The second act is much darker.


* MinorCharacterMajorSong" Joy's military boyfriend Andre only shows up for a single musical number, a duet in which he breaks up with her due to his suspicions regarding Banlaoi. This is one of the first steps that puts Joy on track of her destined path.

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* MinorCharacterMajorSong" MinorCharacterMajorSong: Joy's military boyfriend Andre only shows up for a single musical number, a duet in which he breaks up with her due to his suspicions regarding Banlaoi. This is one of the first steps that puts Joy on track of her destined path.

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* MinorCharacterMajorSong" Joy's military boyfriend Andre only shows up for a single musical number, a duet in which he breaks up with her due to his suspicions regarding Banlaoi. This is one of the first steps that puts Joy on track of her destined path.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Early in the show, the three boys make a mutual promise to achieve their dreams and master their fates, sealing their vow by raising their hands in the air. At the end of "Alapaap/Overdrive", they raise their hands again in reference to the vow, while Joy notably keeps hers down. While the guys were able to find success in their adult lives (albeit under unfulfilling circumstances), Joy does not.


* AgeCut: When young Joy [[spoiler:submits to the new, sleazy lifestyle she was forced into, the stage goes black as an ensemble of crooks and drug dealers circle around her. When the lights come up and the ensemble exits, she emerges as a middle-aged woman, signifying the passage of time]].

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* AgeCut: When young Joy [[spoiler:submits to the new, sleazy lifestyle she was forced into, the stage goes black as an ensemble of crooks and drug dealers circle around her. ]] When the lights come up and the ensemble exits, she emerges as a middle-aged woman, signifying the passage of time]].time.


''Ang Huling El Bimbo'' is a 2018 Filipino JukeboxMusical written by Dingdong Novenario, based on the songs of Filipino alt-rock band Music/TheEraserheads. It is a coming-of-age tale that follows three boys at a state university in TheNineties -- the would-be lawyer Emman, the sensitive and closeted Anthony, the well-off film student Hector, and their poor but optimistic friend Joy, whose aunt owns a small food stand that the three frequent. Although the four friends promise to stay together forever, a traumatic event just before their college graduation drives the four apart into unhappy adulthood. However, a tragic event forces the friends to reunite and examine the circumstances that led to this point.

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''Ang Huling El Bimbo'' is a 2018 Filipino JukeboxMusical written by Dingdong Novenario, based on the songs of Filipino alt-rock band Music/TheEraserheads. It is a coming-of-age tale that follows three boys at a state university in TheNineties -- the would-be lawyer Emman, the sensitive and closeted Anthony, the well-off film student Hector, and their poor but optimistic friend Joy, whose aunt owns a small food stand that the three frequent. Although the four friends promise to stay together forever, a traumatic event just before their college graduation drives the four apart into unhappy adulthood. However, a tragic event tragedy forces the friends to reunite and examine the circumstances that led to this point.



* SellOut: What the three primary male characters have become in adulthood. [[spoiler:Idealistic and folksy Emman has become overly absorbed with his low-paying job and has mostly lost his provincial accent. Anthony has been forced into marrying a woman and has yet to officially come out, even as his wife confronts him over being seen with another man. And Hector, who went to film school in New York, is a director of cheap soap operas, a womanizer who can't commit to anyone.]] None of them are happy about their lot in life.

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* SellOut: What the three primary male characters have become in adulthood. [[spoiler:Idealistic and folksy Emman has become overly absorbed with his low-paying job and has mostly lost his provincial accent. Anthony has been forced into marrying a woman and has yet to officially come out, even as his wife confronts him over being seen with another man. And Hector, who went to film school in New York, is a director of cheap soap operas, operas and a womanizer who can't commit to anyone.]] None of them are happy about their lot in life.


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* AdaptationExpansion: The entire play is basically a three hour long backstory for a six minute song.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The entire play is basically a three hour long three-hour-long backstory for a six minute six-minute song.



** CampGay: What he used to be in his time in the University.
* ArtistDisillusionment: InUniverse, Hector (formerly an aspiring film student) is frustrated that he's stuck directing mediocre soap operas that subject to the politics and nepotism of big studios with very little creative control of his own.

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** CampGay: What he used to be in his time in the University.
* ArtistDisillusionment: InUniverse, Hector (formerly an aspiring film student) is frustrated that he's stuck directing mediocre soap operas that are subject to the politics and nepotism of big studios with very little creative control of his own.



* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: In Joy's letter to Ligaya.]]
-->[[spoiler: Masyado akong umasa sa pagmamahal ng iba, akala ko kasi sila ang magbibigay ng bagong pag-asa sa buhay ko. Ilang beses akong umasa sa iba pero lahat ng yun, nabigo.]]

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* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: In Joy's letter to Ligaya.]]
-->[[spoiler: Masyado akong umasa sa pagmamahal ng iba, akala ko kasi sila ang magbibigay ng bagong pag-asa sa buhay ko. Ilang beses akong umasa sa iba pero lahat ng yun, nabigo.
Ligaya, she admits to her daughter that she relied too much on others' love in hopes that they would better her life, but all of it was for naught. [[spoiler:Emman, Anthony, and Hector are crushed when they realize Joy likely meant them.]]



* CampGay: The gay Anthony used to be campy and effeminate in college, but growing up forced him to become an ArmoredClosetGay.



* DirtyCoward: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: The three men weren't cowards for failing to protect Joy, because the men had guns. They did not take her to the police or the hospital afterwards and abandoned her come graduation. This ate away at them through their entire adult life.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Banlaoi and his associate, who turn Toyang's into a KTV.

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* DirtyCoward: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: The three men weren't cowards for failing justifiably failed to protect Joy, because the men had guns. They However, they did not take her to the police or the hospital afterwards and abandoned her come graduation. This failure ate away at them through their entire adult life.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Banlaoi and his associate, who turn Toyang's into a sleazy KTV.



* MyGreatestFailure: The three men failing to [[spoiler: protect Joy.]]

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* MyGreatestFailure: The three men failing to [[spoiler: protect Joy.]]Joy during and after her rape]] ate away at them through the years.



* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:After Joy is raped, Hector insists that he, Emman, and Anthony take her home and just forget about what happened instead of going to the police or to the hospital.]]

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