Manila Symphony Orchestra performs in Iloilo

ILONGGOS were treated to two nights of orchestral music courtesy of the 55-piece world-class ensemble Manila Symphony Orchestra.

To the baton of master conductor, Prof. Arturo “Toti” Molina, the Manila Symphony Orchestra held a concert dubbed “Sweet Symphonies: Bach vs. Beatles” at St. Anne Parish (Molo Church) and “Soundtracks and Symphonies” at Iloilo Convention Center, Aug.25 & 26, 2017, respectively.

It was brought to Iloilo City through the efforts of Senator Franklin Drilon, in his private capacity, with the help of Ilonggo businessmen, Alfonso Tan of GT Hotel and International Builders Corp. (IBC), in cooperation with the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (ILED).

Iloilo officials including Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. and son, 3rd District Rep. Arthur Defensor Jr., Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, among others, graced the event.

MSO’s performance in Iloilo City is part of Drilon’s initiatives to revive culture, particularly performing arts in Iloilo.

“Iloilo was once the center of culture and arts in the Philippines. We have started promoting our visual arts and now, we will focus on the performing arts,” said Drilon.

The Ilonggo senator, who also brought big-ticket infrastructure projects to the city during the administration of former president, Benigno Aquino II, recalled the grandeur of Iloilo in the late 20th century.

“In the first half of the 20th century, Iloilo was known for zarzuela, a musical stage play depicting the lives of the Ilonggos,” Drilon said. But Iloilo lost that grandeur in the past years.

“In the recent past, we’ve been undertaking projects to revive the city’s cultural and historical heritage to its old glory,” he said.

The renowned orchestra’s last concert in the province was held in 1985. MSO was established in 1926 by Viennese conductor Alexander Lippay. It is one of the oldest orchestras in Asia and continues to enrich the Filipino’s vibrant cultural life through fine music.

The concert venues, on the other hand, are landmarks that depict Iloilo’s great past and present.

The medieval-style Molo Church or St. Anne Parish Church is a rare Philippine Gothic Church. Also called “women’s church,” Molo Church houses 16 statues of female saints.

The Iloilo Convention Center, meanwhile, is a recently built modern structure that backs Iloilo as one of the top Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions destinations in the country. ICON can accommodate more than 3,000 people, and is located at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao.



‘Sinadya sa Ciudad’ culminates 80th Charter Day celebration


THE city government and the private sector culminated the month-long 80th Charter Day anniversary celebration with Sinadya sa Ciudad – a street dancing and float competition.

Six floats showcased the gains of the city of Iloilo in the past eight decades – Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U), Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc., Iloilo Scholastic Academy (ISA), RCP Ritmo Tambores, Adauge Commercial Corp (Atria), and John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University/Paraw Festival.

ISA won the P50,000 first prize; ISAT-U – P40,000 (2nd place); and Pepsi – P30,000 (3rd place).

Fifteen non-competing groups joined in the street dancing: Iloilo City National High School Marching Band, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippine Statistics Authority, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Philippine Dog Welfare Association, inc., RCP Marching Band, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-6, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) City Proper, ABC Arevalo, Arevalo Elementary Elementary School Drum & Lyre Corps, Blue Angels Association of Iloilo City, Mandurriao Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps, Department of Public Works and Highways-6, Department of Agrarian Reform, and Department of Justice Parole and Probation Administration.

Competing groups in DepEd, National Government Agency and Open categories were: DepEd District VI Molo, District 1 City Proper, District V-A Mandurriao, District II Montes Lapuz, District V-B Mandurriao, DepEd Lapaz District III, and District VII Arevalo; City Hall offices; West Visayas Elementary School, ABC Jaro, Iloilo City Fire Station, PHINMA University of Iloilo, ABC Molo, Jaro National High School, ABC Lapuz, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and ABC Lapaz.

The champions in the street dancing were: DepEd Arevalo (Category A), City Hall First Floor – (Category B), and ABC Jaro (Category C). Each received P50,000 cash prize.

Other winners and their respective prizes were the following:

-Category A (DepEd) – Jaro National High School District IV (1st runner up, P40,000), La Paz District II (2nd runner up, P30,000), District VI Molo (3rd runner up, P20,000), and Division of Iloilo District II Montes La Puz (4th runner up, P20,000). Special Awards winners were Best in Costume – District of La Paz, Best in Choreography –District of Jaro, and Best in Music – District of Molo.

-Category B (City Hall Offices) – 7th Floor, 1st runner up (P40,000); 4th Floor, 2nd runner up (P30,000); 6th Floor, 3rd runner up (P20,000); and 2nd Floor, 4th runner up (P20,000).

-Category C (Open) – WVSU, 1st runner up (P40,000); Iloilo City Fire Station, 2nd runner up (P30,000); ABC La Paz, 3rd runner up (P20,000); and BJMP, 4th runner up (P20,000). Special Awards winners were: Best in Costume and Choreography, ABC Jaro; and Best in Music, WVSU.

Others received consolation prize of P10,000.

ABC Lapuz received P10,000 for using Filipino songs in the street dancing competition.

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