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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Odin Rathnam in Olivier Ochanine's final PPO Season Concert as Music Director April 22


Press Update:
OUTGOING Music Director Olivier Ochanine features a thrilling line-up of orchestral music with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in its concert season ending on April 22, 2016.  The concert features American violinist Odin Rathnam as guest soloist on the Korngold Violin Concerto at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm.

The evening’s concert program also features Massenet’s Scènes de Féerie, Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 and Ginastera’s Estancia Ballet Suite.  The Ginastera suite will be a preview of the Carnegie Hall performance by the Philippine Philharmonic which Ochanine has put together for June 18.

Ochanine has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic since April 2010, when he took the helm as the youngest Music Director at the age of 30. Under his leadership, the orchestra has repeatedly brought to Manila audiences new listening experiences with countless Philippine premieres. With the upcoming tour, Ochanine hopes that the PPO can bring national pride to the multitudes of Filipinos on both US coasts who will get to witness the historic first performance by a Filipino orchestra in the country.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Panglao Take Two with Scent of Green Papaya

Doljo beach

Bolod
My first visit, three years ago, was a sneak peek of this beautiful island as I spent most of my time in my aunt’s gorgeous home, The Glass House, which she herself has designed.  She took me around the city and around some resorts.  We had ice cream, pizza, and a movie date to let me get a feel of how life is in Panglao. 

I spent an afternoon at Alona beach taking a stroll, sitting by the beach,  enjoying the sunset with a cocktail drink in one of the beach bars.   My stay was a dream as I woke up to a gorgeous sunrise view and closed my day taking in an inspiring sunset view of Panglao every day of my stay at the Glass House.  

From that experience, I learned how to get around in Panglao which is so much simpler than traveling to Boracay.  Going to Boracay, involves a plane ride, a van ride, and a boat to get to my destination.  In Panglao, I just had to take a trike from the airport to my accommodations.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cultural Studies Pioneer Florentino H. Hornedo dies


Press Update:
ESTEEMED scholar, professor, cultural studies pioneer and expert in Ivatan culture Florentino H. Hornedo passed away on December 9, 2015 in his home province of Batanes. He was 77.

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, Hornedo said, 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, monographs and books such as  Laji:  An Ivatan Folk Lyric Tradition (1979), Pagmamahal and Pagmumura Essays (1997), Culture and Community in the Philippine Fiesta and Other Celebrations (2000), Taming the Wind:  Ethno-Cultural History on the Ivatan of the Batanes Isles (2000),The Glitter of Gold in Batanes Cultural Heritage (2000), The Favor of the Gods:  Essays in Filipino Religious Thought and Behavior (2001), Ideas and Ideals:  Essays in Filipino Cognitive History (2001), Pagpapakatao and Other Essays in Contemporary Philosophy and Literature of Ideas (2001) and Epics and Ballads of Lam-ang’s Land and People(Bago-o Traditional Literature of the Bakun and Amburayan River Valleys) (2006).

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 university 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. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

PPO Music Director Ochanine Wins International Conducting Competition


Press Announcement:
MUSIC Director and Principal Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Maestro Olivier Ochanine won the first prize in the recently concluded first edition of the Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition held in Budapest, Hungary on November 28, 2015.

Maestro Ochanine shared the first prize with Azerbaijan conductor Orkahn Hashimov.  The second prize was won by Joost Smeets from the Netherlands.  

The three conductors went through three gruelling competition rounds before they reached the final round. These were the eliminations on November 23 which saw the participation of 120 conductors from different parts of the world; the 2nd round on November 25 wherein the competitors were narrowed down to 30; and the semi-finals  on November 26 wherein the competitors were  narrowed down to 10. The conductors were down to three on the final round.

During the finals, Maestro Ochanine, while suffering from the pain of post-surgery for a fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand, conducted two pieces: the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”, and the competition piece “Cyclos”, a new work by Italian composer Andrea Portera. His performance greatly impressed the jury led by renowned Hungarian pianist and conductor Tamás Vásáry.

As part of his prize, Maestro Ochanine will have the opportunity to conduct the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, the “I virtuosi italiani” Orchestra in Verona, Italy, and the “F. Chopin” Philharmonic Orchestra in Danzic, Poland on its 2016/2017 season.  He will also have the chance to participate in the 2016/2017 season of theEszterházy Vigasságok (Festival) in the Hungarian Esterházy Castle. A contract proposal with Contempoars International Artists Agency is also in the offing.

Olivier Ochanine began his music studies in France. He  went on to take studies in the United States, then expanding to orchestral conducting and taking graduate studies while attending master classes with some of the best mentors in the US. He obtained his master’s degree in Conducting from the University of Southern California (USC) and began his doctoral studies in Orchestral Conducting at the Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music under Mark Gibson. He is on his sixth and last season as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Competition is named after Antal Dorati, the late world renowned Hungarian conductor and composer who died in 1988.  

Monday, October 19, 2015

Rony Fortich is The Third Triple Threat at CCP



Press Update:
Multi-awarded composer Rony Fortich is the third and final featured artist in Triple Threats: The Composers on October 22, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) at 8:00pm.

Billed as Best Seat In The House 2, Rony Fortich brings his musical perspective to the CCP Little Theater for another celebration of music and friendship. It is an evening of stories and songs, all told from the piano bench - the best seat in the house.

Repertoire for the concert consists of excerpts from the Trumpets musicals "Mr. Noah's Big Boat" and "Bluebird of Happiness", Upstart Productions "Breakups and Breakdowns" as well as a number of songs Fortich has written for different artists and productions.

Joining Fortich onstage are Ring Antonio, Cathy Azanza-Dy, Caisa Borromeo, Mayen Cadd, Steve Cadd, The CompanY, Red Concepcion, Bituin Escalante, Topper Fabregas, Sheila Francisco, Audie Gemora, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Lana Jalosjos-de Leon, Cole Laparan, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Franco Laurel, Fred Lo, OJ Mariano, Pinky Marquez, Lorenz Martinez, Simone Martinez, Gab Medina, Giannina Ocampo, Timmy Pavino, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Kyla Rivera, Kakki Teodoro, Gabo Tiongson, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Mikki Villa, Morissette, Cris Villonco, and The Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Triple Threats: The Composers is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Individual concert tickets are Php1200, Php1000 and Php800.

For details, contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gawad Sining Awards 2015 at the CCP

Press Update:

Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awarded eleven individuals and two organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture recently at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP. The award was conferred on Denisa G. Reyes for Dance; Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music; Antonio O. Mabesa for Theater; Roberto Chabet for Visual Arts; Ricardo A. Lee for Literature; Nora C. Villamayor a.k.a. Nora Aunor for Film and Broadcast Arts; Paulo G. Alcazaren for Architecture; Ben S. Farrales for Fashion Design; Leoncio P. Deriada for Literature, Talaandig School of Living Tradition for Cultural Work, Armida Siguion-Reyna for Cultural Advocacy, and Basilio Esteban Villaruz for Cultural Research. The Missionary Society of St. Columban received the Tanging Parangal for Heritage Preservation.

Denisa Reyes holds an impressive line of choreographic works that won critical recognition in the international dance scene. Her works focus on Philippine and Asian Contemporary dance and the possibilities of presenting current local issues through dance expressions.

Fides Cuyugan-Asensio is an icon in the development of opera and musical theater in the Philippines. She has also realized her nurtured gifts to conceptualize and stage the art and craft of theater in the country. She continues to promote young classical singers through the Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines, the non-profit organization she has established.

Antonio Mabesa is a theater artist and mentor who has involved himself in nearly every field of theater arts. While he is known as one of the country's premier directors, directing over 130 stage productions, he is also an actor who has worked with the top theater companies and film directors.

Roberto Chabet, the first curator of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is credited with having introduced conceptual art into the Philippine art scene. He spearheaded the acquisition of notable works of Filipino masters and contemporary artists. He also founded the 13 Artists Exhibit.

Ricardo Lee championed the use of Filipino in fiction since the 1960s and screenplay writing since the 1980s. His numerous books are the embodiment of his creative and imaginative power enriching Philippine Literature and Cinema.

Nora Aunor is a multi-awarded Filipina actress, singer, and producer. She has also topbilled several stage plays, television shows, and concerts, and has received numerous national and international awards and nominations. She is regarded as the "Superstar in Philippine Entertainment Industry".


Paulo Alcazaren has been contributing works to the field of architecture that are not only aesthetically pleasing but environmentally sensitive as well. Owing to his education of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines, his works and that of his company, Paulo G. Alcazaren and Associates (PGAA), have adeptly integrated verdure in the urban setting.

Ben Farrales took his imagination to the next level and brought indigenous designs and materials into dazzling creations we see today, worn by prominent personalities in elegant balls, society affairs, and fashion shows. His patterns are based on the Muslim culture, taking the malong fashion in other parts of the world like Canada, Los Angeles, and New York through an exhibit called "Maranaw.”

Leoncio Deriada has won all the prestigious literary awards including the Palanca Hall of Fame for his works in English, Filipino and Hiligaynon. His most important contribution is his having encouraged and trained young writers in West Visayas and produced prize winners for writing in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon besides English and Filipino.

The Talaandig School of Living Tradition is a haven for pre-school children who learn reading, writing and arithmetic alongside traditional Talaandig values and mythologies, dance techniques, and music. The knowledge on the Talaandig people including their roots and identity are disseminated in the form of entertainment such as storytelling, chanting, music and instrument playing.

Armida Siguion-Reyna's contribution to both the musical theater and the film industry is far reaching. In the field of musical theater, the television program "Aawitan Kita" for which she has produced, hosted and sang was aired for three decades. Her outstanding contribution to the arts is underscored by the awards she has received from different award-giving bodies.

Basilio Esteban Villaruz holds the distinction of establishing and sustaining the 34-year old program at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the UP Dance Company. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected in the field of dance.

Since their arrival in the Philippines in 1929, the Missionary Society of St. Columban has been housed in the Malate Church (also known as the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), and has continued to cater to the Malate area's ecclesiastical needs. They have gone beyond their spiritual service to the congregation by also taking care of the church that they have called home.


The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, which is given every three years, is awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form. The award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in research, curatorship and administration, have helped to develop and enrich Philippine art. The Tanging Parangal is given to individuals or organizations to honor their outstanding contributions to the development of the arts in the country. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Schaefer Leads PPO on October 9 Concert

Press Update:
GERMAN conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on October 9, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm. The second concert is part of the PPO’s 2015-2016 concert season.

Program includes the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op.46, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Schumann’s Symphony No.3.

Henrik Schaefer’s conducting career began with a ballet production of the Rite of Spring with the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since then, he has become a sought-after Wagner conductor, and his repertoire includes all the great Mozart operas as well as the romantic Italian and French operas. He has appeared as guest conductor at the operas in Leipzig, Rouen, Chemnitz, Seoul, the Opera Hedeland, the Norrlands Opera, the Hongkong Opera and the Opera of Gothenburg.

Henrik Schaefer’s opera repertoire includes The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Eugen Onegin, Faust, La Traviata, La Boheme, Falstaff, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Hänsel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan, and Parsifal.

As a concert conductor he is a worldwide acclaimed guest with the Tokyo Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Holland Symfonia, Norrköping Symphonie Orchester, Sapporo Symphony, Brabants Orkest, Sendai Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan, the Swedish and Dutch Radio Orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Hongkong Philharmonic and the orchestras in Nürnberg, Aalborg, Antwerpen, Enschede, Aarhus, Tromsö and Madrid.


For inquires and subscription, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld (891-9999).

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