Peque Gallaga’s A Fire In the Soul: A Commemoration of the De La Salle Brothers


A Fire in the Soul: A Cantata tells the story of a crucial event in the history of the Lasallian mission in Southeast Asia during World War II.  It was February 1945 when a group of Japanese soldiers entered DLSU Taft Avenue Manila and attacked aroung twenty innocent Filipinos including sixteen La Sallian brothers. It was amidst this tragic event where heroes rised.

The Cantata is one of the highlights of the yearlong centennial celebration of De La Salle University (DLSU) in the Philippines.

 About the Director:

 PEQUE GALLAGA conceived A Fire in the Soul as a Cantata. He is a multi-awarded film director, writer and production designer. He is a steadfast educator and is the mentor of countless troops now active as actors, production people, or art department talents in the entertainment industry. In his childhood, he saw the film, The Great Caruso where they sang the “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore and the “Drinking Song” from La Traviata, and he has been hooked on musicals ever since.

 About the casts: Some of the casts who are mainstream celebrities are Michael De Mesa, Franco Laurel and Jaime Fabregas.


 Michael de Mesa (Br. Egbert) is an award-winning actor for film, theatre and television. He is currently based in the United States but is back in the Philippines to work on the new TV 5 soap, Valiente.

 Franco Laurel (Br. Antonius) ) is a theatre, television and film actor.  He is a two-time Aliw Awardee for Best Stage Actor in a Musical.  He has two recorded albums under his belt, beginning with his self-titled album in 1999 and With You in 2002.

 Jaime Fabregas (narrator) is an actor, composer and scorer for film. He is one of the most respected veteran actors in the industry with more than 100 movie credits to his name.  He is presently seen in ABS-CBN’s new primetime soap, E-boy

 Performances of various La Salle singing groups, namely: De La Salle Inner Soul, De La Salle-Zobel Chorale, La Salle Centennial Orchestra, La Salle Centennial Chorus and some kids of La Salle-Greenhills are also something to look forward to.

 About De La Salle University:

  A Fire in the Soul: A Cantata will have two performances only: February 26 (Sunday – Matinee) at 3pm and February 27 (Monday – Gala Night) at 8pm. Both shows will be held at Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium at the 7th Floor of Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU.

  For more information, please call the DLSU Centennial Office at (632) 524-4611 local 290 or email



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