VARIOUS quarters, including government officials, concede that home-grown artists and other entertainers, such as musicians, singers, actors and actresses, are among our treasures.
In fact, they are as much a national resource as the country’s national wealth, including rivers, lakes, mountains and forests, which are home to many endangered plants and animals.
That’s why we doff our sun-blest hat to hard-hitting but compassionate Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a former scavenger, for recognizing the talents of local artists and entertainers.
Moreno said “the city government is bent on showcasing home-grown talents, because the young generation nowadays was hooked on foreign entertainers,” adding “we should love our own.”
Mayor Moreno made the statement before the 70-member Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PP0) performed for free at the Bonifacio Shrine near the Manila City Hall Friday night.
PPO, resident symphony orchestra of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), played for about two hours at the Kartilya ng Katipunan side of the now clean and orderly Bonifacio Shrine.
Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau (MTCAB) chief Charlie Domingo said similar activities featuring Filipino artists are being lined up to perform at the Bonifacio Shrine.
Last month, there was a free public showing of the movie “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo,” a film featuring Mayor Moreno, who played the role of Fr. Jose Burgos. It was also held at the Bonifacio Shrine.
Mayor Moreno is doing a great job in caring for our home-grown talents and providing free entertainment to poverty-stricken Manilans, who cannot afford the pricey tickets to concerts.
Thus, like the rest of Manilans, we salute Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and his administration.