Classic guitarist Berta Rojas plays for Manila, Cebu

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Berta Rojas

Berta Rojas

Berta Rojas, a star in the international guitar community, will hold concerts in Manila and Cebu on May 15 and May 17 respectively.

Rojas is tourism ambassador of her native Paraguay, where she happens to be the most popular musician. It is her profile that greets visitors just coming out of the international airport in Asuncion, the country’s capital.

The Manila concert happens at the Meralco Theater, while the one in Cebu takes place at the Marcelo Fernan Hall in Lahug. Jointly organized by the Independent Philippine Art Ventures, Inc., and the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, the concerts will be the classical guitar events of the year in the country.

Rojas, described by the Wahington Post as “Guitarist extraordinaire,” will play a mainly classical repertoire with a taste of jazz and salsa.


Special guests for the Manila concert are Ramoncito Carpio, the country’s most internationally awarded classic guitarist and Triple Fret, a trio composed of Marga Abejo, Jenny de Vera, and Iqui Vinculado playing classical and more accessible pieces.

Carpio started to play guitar at age 12. He decided to study guitar formally at age 17 at the extension program of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music. He earned his Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Prof. Lester Demetillo. He took his Master of Music degree at Philippine Women’s University (PWU) School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Benchito Cariño and is pursuing his doctorate in music with Dr. Angelito Agcaoili in the same school.

Triple Fret is an all-women classical-contemporary guitar trio that has captivated the hearts of music lovers all over the Philippines with their refreshing brand of music, performance and love for the classical guitar. Its members received training in the premiere music schools of the country, namely the University of the Philippines College of Music and the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. The women have brought the appreciation of the classical guitar throughout the country to new heights.

Prior to the concert, Rojas will also conduct a special Master Class on May 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cedar Room, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, the official residence of Rojas in Manila. It will be open, free of charge, to six students and enthusiasts that qualify in a transparent and competitive process.

In a master class, open to a public audience, the student plays a chosen piece before a virtuoso. The latter evaluates technique, style, interpretation, posture. It is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the student. Berta Rojas will spend 30 minutes with each participant.

The campus networking for the events is spearheaded by the University of Santo Tomas Music Conservatory Student Council, under the leadership of Mary Rose Luzande.

For ticket inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891.9999. For inquiries on the master class, e-mail Monch Carpio at monchingcarpio@gmail.com or ipavinc@gmail.com.

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