A day with Broadway superstar MiG Ayesa’s number one fan
Fil-Aussie Broadway Superstar MiG Ayesa has countless of adoring fans everywhere he has performed in musicals or concerts. After watching him on stage in Rock of Ages in Broadway in July 2011, I was a total convert myself! His dynamic performance got me tapping my toes with the music throughout the show and took me back to the 80’s.
I was so impressed that I thought to ask him for an “email interview’ when I am back home. I thought that at worst, he could only say “no” and on the other hand, he could say “yes”! As soon as I got back in Sydney, I sent him a few questions for an “email interview” and you guessed it – he readily provided and sent back his responses.
A friend told me that his mother actually resides in Sydney and she kindly gave me the latter’s email address so I was able to share the link to MiG’s article with her. Then I wrote another article on MiG following his endorsement of the charity CD ~One~ which was produced to raise funds for the survivors of the typhoon Washi/Sendong. By that time I had more email exchanges with MiG’s mother – Dr Carmen ‘Uko’ Legarda-Nelson. Somehow we felt “connected” and agreed to meet up.
Despite the weather forecast for a windy and showery day, Uko and I enjoyed sunshine and clear blue skies. Our first stop was at an Italian cafe where we chatted away for more than a hour, about life in general and of course about MiG. Uko’s eyes lit up when she recalled how MiG’s love for music started from his high school days when he asked to have piano lessons and practised at the day care of the hospital where Uko worked as a doctor. She said that after three months of MiG’s piano lessons, she bought him a second hand piano as she was impressed by his progress. She recalled that he and a friend always got the lead roles in the school musicals and that his “professional’ work started being involved in a ‘Mission Impossible’ type movie which was filmed in Denmark and other places in Europe. Then MiG got the break into the stage when he played the role of Richard Valens of the Buddy Holly show. From then onwards, MiG successfully got roles from one show to another.
When I asked Uko what is MiG like in his younger years and now, she said in a loving and soft voice, and eyes misting: “He is a well-rounded guy, never has a bad word about anyone, a flatter and a generous person. I miss him so much. ”
After coffee, Uko and I walked around Circular Quay and played tourists posing for photos together. From there, we did more strolling at The Rocks where we dropped by the Billich Art Gallery and checked out the other shops. We then went across to the Sydney Opera House area and had lunch and more talking at a signature chocolate brand eatery.
As dark clouds formed and the wind started up, Uko and I thought wise to make our way home. We enjoyed the day so much we planned to do it again, upon her return from Manila where she was to attend the opening night of Rock Ages where MiG is reprising his role of Stacee Jaxx. As we parted, I said a silent prayer of thanks for MiG not only because he makes countless people happy through his music and has shown his kindness in endorsing the ~One~ charity CD, but he has also introduced me to a wonderful lady who is his number one fan.
[For more information about MiG Ayesa, check out his website: http://www.mig-music.com.]