Calungsod musical producer dies

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MANILA, Nov. 5, 2014 – Bob Serrano, producer of the acclaimed Teen Saint Pedro (TSP) The Musical, died on Oct. 31 from cardiac arrest at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan City. He was with his wife, Aileen.

Head of the musician-missionary group 29 A.D., Serrano was supposed to meet his wife at a mall, but collapsed and could no longer be revived.

He was 55.

Teen Saint Pedro The Musical producer Bob Serrano appears onstage during one of the cast's curtain calls. (Photo: Emer Guingon)

Diagnosed with congenital enlargement of the heart, Serrano, who produced all of TSP’s local and international shows, including those in Australia, Dubai, had been called a “walking time bomb” by doctors.

“My heart is broken, but God is with me,” Aileen Serrano was overheard telling Couples for Christ leaders from Kuwait visiting his wake at the Santuario de San Jose, Greenhills on Nov. 1.

Those close to him like Emer Guingon of CFC – Central A3, who also played the shipwrecked Chinese pirate Choco in TSP The Musical, saw particular significance in Serrano’s time of death at 3:00 p.m., the hour of Divine Mercy.

“On this fateful day, brother’s Bob’s ‘Big’ heart finally said good bye,” Guingon said in a Facebook post on Oct. 31.

Hundreds expressed grief over the passing of a respected CFC leader, some sending their condolences from as far as Mauritius and Seychelles, where he had recently gone on mission.

The 29 A.D. Musicionaries, which Serrano started with his wife, performed “A Tribute for Bob” on Nov. 4 at 8:40 p.m.

A funeral mass for Serrano will be celebrated on Nov. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Mary the Queen Parish in Greenhills, San Juan City. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. at Heritage Park, Taguig City. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)

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