CCP, LJC Group and Bonifacio High Street give free PPO concert tonight


IT’S true, culture can only thrive in a wealthy environment. And that’s how we who worked there when it was truly the World of Suzie Wong until almost recently in the new millennium could affirm that to be true about Hong Kong.

The first time I set foot in that then British Colony, there was no Arts Center.

Now it has a gigantic and fantastic official one and several smaller ones besides.

World-class icons in the performing arts go to Hong Kong now.

Something like how the arts and culture have flourished in Hong Kong (oh, yes, and First-World Singapore too, of course) is happening in Makati and Taguig nowadays.

Tonight (November 23, 2014) the Cultural Center of the Philippines, with the support of Bonifacio High Street and the LJC Restaurant Group, presents “A Holiday Symphony” featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre on 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The concert is free to the public. It will be a serenade of Christmas, classical and contemporary pieces.

Under the baton of Conductor Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform the Christmas-Beatle’s Medley, J. Nowak’s A Christmas Portrait, Ryan Cayabyab’s Kumukutikutitap, selections from Starwars and The Titanic, among many others pieces.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra is considered the Philippine’s leading orchestra and is one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Holiday Symphony” is presented as a Christmas offering of Bonifacio High Street.

It is also an event that celebrates 35 years of the LJC Restaurant Group, a company created by the late journalist turned restaurateur, Larry J. Cruz. The LJC Group manages Cafe Adriatico, Abe, Cafe Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J’s Kitchen, Lorenzo’s Way, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Abe’s Farm, Polka Dot Bakeshop and the LJC Catering Service.

Larry was one of my very, very, very best friends since childhood. He was also one of the best journalists in our group of Filipinos who worked in Southeast Asia and edited newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Larry and I worked together at The Asia Magazine.

The LJC Group is also these days celebrating the Emilio Aguilar “Abe” Cruz Centennial. Abe was the organizer of the Dimasalang Group of artists. There is now an exhibition of Abe’s and the other famous Dimasalang artists’ paintings in the National Museum.

Abe was the Editor-in-Chief of The Manila Times’ afternoon sister-newspaper and the chief editorial writer of The Manila Times.

Guests who go to tonight’s concert will also get a chance to win LJC dinner certificates, discount coupons and other prizes.


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  1. Anima A. Agrava on

    I hope the “ordinary” Filipinos get exposed to the high culture being offered free at Bonifacio High Street tonight. It;s true that only when a country’s economy becomes really rich–unless the country is a dictatorship–can the arts and culture flourish. But thank God that despite all their hardship, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Museum, the Central Bank Museum and other government agencies are not neglecting this important aspect of nationhood.
    Thank you also to business groups like Larry Cruz’s restaurants and the private sector owners of Bonifacio High Street for sponsoring projects like this with the Cultural Center and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.