The Pen stages 34th Christmas concert

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The world-renowned Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbieri

Stylish regulars of The Peninsula Manila await with eager anticipation for the hotel’s annual serenade of classical and holiday-themed music. One of Metro Manila’s most enduring holiday traditions, this musical extravaganza transforms the elegant meeting place and social destination of the hotel lobby into a grand concert hall.

In cooperation with Cultural Center of the Philippines, the hotel presents its landmark 34th season of “Christmas Concert at The Pen” on Sunday, December 10. At this unique cultural event, the music strikes up at 5 pm with a 65-piece symphony orchestra that no other hotel has been able to match.

For this edition, the concert features the world-renowned Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) conducted by Maestro Ruggero Barbieri, who will be flying in from Italy especially for this musical endeavor.

With a classical and contemporary repertoire sure to get festive spirits rightly tuned for the days of celebration ahead, the concert showcases a stellar cast under the direction of Freddie Santos.


Headlining the show is OPM legend, and award-winning singer and actress, Celeste Legaspi, performing with the PPO for the very first time. Expectedly, Legaspi will render her most famous songs such “Tuliro,” which was composed by her husband, Nonoy Gallardo; “Saranggola Ni Pepe”; “Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako”; a medley of beloved Ryan Cayabyab Christmas songs, and the ever-popular “La Vie En Rose,” sung in Filipino, English and in the original French.

The cast also features tenor Lemuel de la Cruz, soprano Jade Riccio, and the 50-voice collective of the University of Santo Tomas Singers.

“Our holiday musical program offers an opportunity to enjoy music of the festive season by some of the best musical talent from the Philippines such as Ryan Cayabyab and the world’s greatest composers like Bernstein, Rossini, and Tchaikovsky,” The Peninsula Manila general manager Mark Choon said.

Part of the proceeds raised by the yearly benefit concert will be donated to the Hope for the Philippines fund that continues to support the families living in The Peninsula/Gawad Kalinga Village in Tanauan, Leyte.

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