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Philharmonic Orchestra holds free concert in Manila

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The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) held a free concert in Manila on September 27 in line with the celebration of the tourism month.

An audience of about 1,000 from all walks of life was able to watch a “world-class performance” held at the Kartilya ng Katipunan, just outside the Manila City Hall, the Manila Police District (MPD) said. Most of those who watched were students from the nearby schools and colleges, workers, government employees, and even street dwellers.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said that the concert was one of his ways to let all the less privileged Filipinos “to get an experience of a lifetime.”

“I myself haven’t experienced watching a performance of the Philharmonic because it’s expensive. It’s expensive because it’s world class,” he said.

Moreno also believed that the concert—presented by the PPO and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)—would serve as a reminder for Filipinos of “where we belong.”

“We, Filipino,, particularly the Manileños, should not forget who we are. We should let the future generations know where we belong, and that’s through arts and other performances,” he said in Filipino.

John Paul Bernardo, a 23-year-old employee in Quezon City, rushed to Manila after his work just to attend the free the concert.

“It’s nice that it’s free because not all Filipinos can afford such world-class performance,” he said.

CCP President Arsenio Lizaso said that the performance was part of their efforts to bring the CCP to people.

“Since you cannot come to the center, the center comes to you,” he said, adding that they were also touring various provinces in the country, including Benguet, Davao and Antique provinces.

Among the songs performed were The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Star Wars Medley by John Williams, and 2015 Playlist Medley arranged by Derrick Atangan, the public information office (PIO) said.

Also played were Die Fledermaus Overture by Johann Strauss Jr; Gold and Silver Waltz by Franz Lehar; American Salute by Morton Gould; Danzon no.2 by Arturo Marques; and My Fair Lady Selection by Frederick Loewe, with Herminigildo Ranera as the conductor.

The one-and-a-half hour long concert was organized by the Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau (MTCAB).

Several other government officials also joined the event, including former Manila mayor and current Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza.

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