ORDINARY Manilans got the experience of a lifetime when the world-renowned Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) treated them to a free concert that lasted about two hours at the Bonifacio Shrine located beside the Manila City Hall over the weekend.
City officials, led by Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, attended the free show along with Congressman Yul Servo, Moreno’s wife Dynee and Lacuna’s mother Inday, ex-mayor Lito Atienza, who was with his wife Beng.
In his speech, Moreno once again thanked the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) headed by its president Arsenio Lizaso for lending to the city of Manila the talent of the PPO, which is the resident symphony orchestra of the CCP, and presented Lizaso with a plaque of appreciation.
Moreno also expressed gratitude for the chance given those who cannot afford to buy tickets to the PPO concert the privilege enjoyed by the moneyed, citing that even he, in his 44 years of existence, had never experienced a PPO live performance.
Lizaso, for his part, earned wild applause when he told the crowd of about 3,000 that since they could not go to the CCP to see the orchestra perform live, they decided to bring the PPO to Manilans instead.
Manila tourism and cultural affairs bureau (MTCAB) chief Charlie Dungo said that normal ticket prices to ordinary PPO concerts range from P800 to P1,200 each and contracting the orchestra to perform will cost between P700,000 to P1.3 million, within and outside of Metro Manila, respectively.
The concert was held at the Kartilya ng Katipunan portion of the newly-refurbished Bonifacio Shrine near the Manila City Hall at no cost to the city government.