Maryland Based Non-Profit Presents Historic Philippine Opera at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center

Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2014) – The Mid-Atlantic Foundation For Asian Artists (“MAFFAA”), a non-profit that promotes transcultural understanding and friendship through the presentation of culturally and historically significant works in performing arts, is presenting the Washington, D.C. premiere of a rarely seen opera, “Noli Me Tangere” at the Kennedy Center, on August 8 and 9, 2014.  The first night of the performance features a gala celebration in addition to performance of the opera.

“Noli Me Tangere” is a love story set against the intriguing backdrop of 1890 Spanish Colonial Philippines. It tells the dramatic and sometimes tragic history of the Philippine people, as told by Dr. Jose Rizal, an ophthalmologist, in his novel of the same name.  Dr. Rizal is a national hero in the Philippines.  The performance of this opera is rare, because of some of the controversial topics it addresses, including abuses of the Philippine people by the Catholic Church of that era.

This performance of “Noli Me Tangere” will be produced by Jerry Sibal of J.S. Productions, Inc., and will feature more than 100 production cast and crew with mostly of Asian heritage background. The costumes and sets are true to the period and the performance also includes a full orchestra.

Honorary chairs for the event are His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. the Philippine Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Loida Nicolas Lewis, a Philippine born industrialist, philanthropist, social civic leader. Mrs. Lewis serves as Chief Executive Officer of TLC Beatrice International LLC, a firm founded by her late husband Reginald F. Lewis.  Mrs. Lewis is also chairman of the Reginald L. Lewis Foundation.

“Bringing ‘Noli Me Tangere’ to Washington, D.C. was a priority for MAFFAA after it was successfully performed in Chicago and New York”, said Dr. Ed Seidel, president of MAFFAA. “We consider the performance of this opera to be a public service, and an educational and cultural opportunity for opera and performing arts enthusiasts”, Seidel explained.

MAFFAA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization created to propagate, perform and present the rich and diverse cultural artistic works associated with the Philippines and Asia.  A secondary goal is to increase the representation of Asian artists in opera.

MAFFA is seeking sponsorships to support the effort to make Noli Me Tangere a success here in Washington, D.C.  Those interested in becoming a sponsor or purchasing tickets to attend may visit MAFFAA’s website at

For more information about the event or about MAFFAA, call (202) 735-4301.


Dr. Ed Seidel, president of MAFFAA is available for interview to discuss the opera and MAFFAA ongoing mission. Please contact Patrick Realiza at or by phone at (202) 735-4301 to arrange an interview with Dr. Seidel. A TV interview conducted by Village Connector TV about the opera can be viewed clicking this link.  A press conference about the opera, scheduled for July 16, 2014, can be viewed by clicking this link.

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