MAYOR Isko Moreno yesterday invited Manilans to a free performance by the world-reknowned Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).
Moreno said the show will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Kartilya ng Katipunan portion of the newly-refurbished Bonifacio Shrine near the Manila City Hall at no cost to the city government.
‘Once again, I thank the Philippine Philharmonic for agreeing to perform free of charge and treating the citizens of Manila to an experience of a lifetime,’ Moreno said, noting that the show would be for the ordinary masses who could not afford the pricey tickets to Philharmonic concerts.
Moreno also said the city government is bent on showcasing home-grown talents as he lamented that most youngsters nowadays are hooked on foreign entertainers.
‘We should love our own,’ Moreno stressed.
Manila tourism and cultural affairs bureau (MTCAB) chief Charlie Dungo said that today’s free concert will last for two hours. The PPO is the resident symphony orchestra of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
It was learned from Dungo that similar activities are also being lined up in the very near future.
‘The holding of the PPO concert is the second entertainment event to be held at the Bonifacio Shrine and is Mayor Moreno’s gift to the people of Manila,’ Dungo said.
Last month, a free public showing of the movie ‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’ was held also at the same site.
In attendance along with over 500 viewers were Director Enzo Williams, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Mayor Moreno himself, who was at the opening scene playing Fr. Jose Burgos, one of the three martyred priests.