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Except for the languid, nostalgic opening, Buenaventura’s “By the Hillside,” all compositions rendered by the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra (MMCO) under conductor Josefino “Chino” Toledo were by Brahms, including the Concerto in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, with soloist Jose Artemio Panganiban 3rd. Rarely does a person excel simultaneously…

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PHIL-ITALIAN Association (PIA) honorary head Ambassador Massino Rossigno, PIA President Nedy Tantoco (of Rustan’s), and Cultural Center of the Philippines President Raul Sunico presented the phenomenal Cecile Licad, the country’s most internationally acclaimed pianist, in a benefit concert at the CCP Main Theater. Music lovers were enthralled by Licad’s choice…

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Having caught up to a certain degree with my reading – stacks of books are still awaiting my attention – I can report on the brilliant biography of Alfredo Siojo Lim by National Artist Nick Joaquin, and The Pope and Mussolini by distinguished American writer David D. Kertzer. May Langit…

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The 15th crystal anniversary season of the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra conducted by Josefino “Chino” Toledo featured the outstanding pianist Cristine Coyiuto and her similarly outstanding flutist daughter Caitlin before a capacity audience of music lovers and academicians at the CCP Little Theater. The first movement, Allegremento, of Ravel’s Concerto…

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Theater icon Cecile Guidote Alvarez—eminent actress and stage-director—founded the Philippine Educational Theater Association, which has, through the years, spawned countless distinguished actors, actresses and stage directors through the years. Cecile is married to former Sen. Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez who, during his tenure, served in government with honor, integrity and unwavering…

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“Allegiance”, a new Broadway musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII, was reviewed for the New York Times by Charles Isherwood. Although he had reservations about the rest of the players, he was all praise for Lea Salonga. He wrote: “Naturally, Ms. Salonga takes the vocalized lead on what…

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Herewith is the official announcement from Maestro Olivier Ochanine himself: “For the past six years, I have had the pleasure of being immersed in the Filipino music scene, working with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and experiencing the ins and outs of Filipino artistry. “When I began my term with the…

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Incredibly, 420 duo concerts were performed by eminent pianists Ingrid Sala Santamaria and Reynaldo Reyes in their Romantic Concerto Journey Tour from January 2001 to August 2015. Works of Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn were played from memory by Ingrid as soloist, Rey performing the orchestral…

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DESPITE a conspicuously scant attendance at the all-Chopin recital of celebrated Thai pianist Poom Prommachart, he gave an immensely impressive performance. The handful of those present—although Poom is a recipient of many prestigious awards, among them first prize in a competition in Serbia at which Raul Sunico was one of…

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He danced the tango in his youth, now receives roses from St. Therese The throngs that lined the streets for hours, even days just to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, waving right and left in a gesture of blessing them; the vast crowd that camped outside Villamor Air Base,…

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