Ochanine conducts PPO at the Carnegie Hall in June

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Rosalinda L. Orosa

Rosalinda L. Orosa

Herewith is the official announcement from Maestro Olivier Ochanine himself:

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“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 orchestra, I made a commitment to the orchestra and to myself that the orchestra would perform in Carnegie Hall—if not the most, one of the most world renowned, prestigious performance venues in the entire world. The journey to making this tour was tough, at times feeling like a dead end over and over, as the financial implications of bringing the orchestra to the US are considerable. However, some things are meant to happen, and I was convinced that this was one of those.

“Therefore, friends, I can tell you that the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the country’s leading orchestra, will be the first orchestra ever from the Philippines to perform in the United States in Carnegie Hall.

“Save the date: June 18, 2016!

“Entitled Milestones: Celebrating the Filipino Spirit / The PPO USA Concert Tour, the tour will bring about great pride not only to the orchestra, but to Filipinos here and abroad. Joining us will be celebrated soloists, and other cities on the tour will be announced shortly, along with the names of our sponsors for this historical event.

“Time to showcase Filipino talent in the United States! Carnegie Hall, here we come!”

I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to Maestro Ochanine for his reprinting in every concert program of his excerpts of my review of his very first engagement as PPO conductor at the CCP main theater.

F. Hornedo passes away
The following CCP press release describes Florentino Hornedo’s life and career. Esteemed scholar, professor, cultural studies pioneer and expert in Ivatan culture Hornedo passed away on December 9 in his home province of Batanes. He was 77.

He was laid to rest in Sabtang Island, his birthplace, in Batanes on December 14.

A CCP Gawad Para sa Sining awardee for Cultural Research in 2012, Hornedo was honored for his contributions to the development of the discipline of cultural studies in the Philippines. He was lauded for choosing “to take a prodigious path to inquire and theorize about the breadth, depth, and complexities of the Filipino mind and identity.”

In an article Hornedo wrote for Kultura magazine, vol. 2 no.1, 1989, he expounded on the term “Filipinicity” and theorized that Philippine folk and popular literature was the result of forces such as significant and important events in Philippine history.

“Our Filipinicity is the late Frank Lynch’s dictum: Today’s native was yesterday’s visitors,” Hornedo said. To elaborate, he pointed to American Willys jeep and the Japanese Honda motorcycle as yesterday’s visitors that have become natives. These motor vehicles, according to him were appropriated by Filipinos, in their quest for mobility and transportation. The process of appropriation have caused these modes of transport to become Filipino, naturalized by possession and/or association.

Hornedo studied Philippine ethnic traditions, precolonial and colonial history and contemporary society.

An Ivatan and native of Sabtang, Batanes, he devoted much of his scholarly research to the Ivatans as well as the Bago-o people and Kankanay culture.

He was a prolific writer, researcher and author of journal articles.

He was a full professor of the Ateneo de Manila University, professorial lecturer at the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas and a visiting professor in 20 universities in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and the USA.

He was commissioner of the Unesco National Commission of the Philippines, commissioner for Ivatan language at the Commission on Filipino Language and consultant to the Southeast Asian Arts and Culture project of the Asean and Unesco Center for Asian Culture in Tokyo, Japan. He served as chair of the Unesco International Committee that drafted the “Statement on International Intangible Heritage” at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. in 1999.

Hornedo was born on October 16, 1938.

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