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“Because of The King and I, I am a fashion designer.” – Rajo Laurel

Rajo announced that, after so many musicals and so many years, The King and I remains his personal favorite.

“Many, many years ago—I won’t tell how old me and Monique were—I played one of the kids, with Lea Salonga, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Raymond Lauchengco. And Tito Freddie was our assistant director.”

The “Tito Freddie” Rajo referred to is Freddie Santos, who is directing The King and I and who has just asked him to do the costumes for the play.

“I drew a lot of inspiration from the strong imprint The King and I had on me,” the well-known couturier said.

Of his costumes for the play, Rajo said: “It’s really an iconic play, and I wanted to stay true to that form, though I did inject my personal nuance of deep romanticism and my penchant for high drama.”  Read [More]

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