Top orchestra offers free show for Manilans

August 17, 2019
Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno is flanked by (from left) director Enzo Williams, Emmanuel Leyco and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna after the free film showing held at the Bonifacio Shrine Friday night. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

WITH the successful launching of the ‘Cine Kartilya’ the other night where a free public showing of the movie about revolutionary hero Gat Andres Bonifacio right at the Bonifacio Shrine, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said that the activity might be a regular thing already.

Thus said Moreno, as he also announced that plans are underway so the public may soon be treated to a free viewing of the famed Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, which is regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

It was learned from Charlie Dungo, chief of the Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau (MTCAB),  that the orchestra has offered to play for Manila residents for free, as they expressed how inspired they were by the positive changes in Manila since Moreno assumed office.

Moreno expressed gratitude for the ‘very generous’ offer, noting how pricey the tickets normally are for the said orchestra’s shows and said he is excited to give the ordinary Manilans the privilege of seeing the orchestra perform free of charge.

In his short message prior to the showing, Moreno thanked the public for coming and said the city government wanted to promote love of culture and heritage.

‘Tonight is about culture, about us being Filipinos. Ang di marunong lumingon sa nakaraan ay di makararating sa paroroonan. Kaya natin nilinis itong Bonifacio Shrine ay dahil binibigyang-halaga natin ang mga nakasulat diyan,’ Moreno said as he pointed to the ‘Kartilya ng Katipunan’ or the primer of the Katipunan, a resistance group formed by Bonifacio against Spanish rule.

Moreno also said that with the launching of the free movie showing, all that he and vice Mayor Honey Lacuna wanted is to make the residents happy via free entertainment.

The said showing of the movie Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo was attended by Moreno, its director Enzo Williams and Lacuna, among other city officials, who joined the crowd of over 500 who availed of the free entertainment.

The movie, which starred Robin Padilla and Vina Morales in the lead roles of Bonifacio and his wife Gregoria de Jesus, had for its opening scene the execution of Moreno, who played the role of Fr. Jose Burgos, along with Fathers Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora. The crowd notably reacted strongly when it was the turn of Moreno’s character to get executed.