Mayor Evelio Leonardia (3rd from left) and Councilor Em Ang (4th from left) meet with CCP president Arsenio Lizaso (2nd from left), and CCP executive assistant Shiela Salvo, CCP Sales and Promotions Division chief Gemma Marco, and CCP Market Development OIC Elvira Mañibo on April 18, 2018 to discuss the mayor’s proposal of bringing the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to Bacolod City
BACOLOD City – The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), the country’s leading symphony orchestra and a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is staging a free two-night Outreach Concert on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who initiated the project, said the PPO will hold a concert at the SMX Convention Center Bacolod on Jan. 31 [Thursday] that will be “by invitation” only.
The next night, Feb. 1 [Friday], it will be an open air concert at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds.
“Bacolod has to grow in all aspects, including culture. We are also inviting the barangays to watch this concert,” Leonardia said.
Councilor Em Ang, project manager of the concert, said they started meeting with CCP president Arsenio Lizaso and other CCP officials since last year, to make sure that the Bacolod concert is included in the 2019 concert calendar of the PPO.
Ang said the two-night concert is part of the PPO’s outreach program which aims to “promote music appreciation in underserved communities in the different regions in the country.”
“The 80-man PPO is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region, and we are fortunate that it has chosen Bacolod to promote their music,” Ang added.
“It will boost our efforts to revive our people’s interest in the performing arts,” she stressed.
Ang said they have also invited civic and business leaders, government officials and employees, DepEd officials, and performing arts enthusiasts to watch the concert.