A Holiday Symphony by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

It’s like a bunch of angels went down from the heavens and played us some awesome music!

This is the general feeling I felt after having watched and listened to the concert of no less than the Philippine pride, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).  Held at the outdoor amphitheater area of the Bonifacio High Street Central in Bonifacio Gobal City (BGC) the concert was entitled “A Holiday Symphony”.  It was organized by the LJC Group, the BGC and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This PPO event was free to the public that is why I did not let this rare chance pass by.  What is so good about the concert was their chosen repertoire.  It was pop and popular to the ear and not the usually highfalutin sleep-inducing classical tunes.

high culture in high street...
high culture in high street…
cellos and the cellists
cellos and the cellists… (photos by patrick uy)

Though the program started with a classical piece – to the beat of William Tell Overture – it was nevertheless fun and exhilarating to the ear.  It is because the tune was reminiscent of the background music of a Looney Tunes cartoon chase scene.  I initially thought Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner would suddenly appear on stage!

One of the highlights of the show was when a good friend Edwin Santos sang two songs in the concert.  He started with Pasko Na Cinta Ko (a Tagalog Christmas love song) and capped it with an explosive operatic performance by singing the Mexican song Granada.  I was super proud and was cheering like mad for Edwin!

explosive performance by edwin santos...
explosive performance by edwin santos…

PPO played Donna Summer songs, tunes from Star Wars plus a lot of Christmas songs crafting a very Christmas-ee feeling in the crisp November air.  When the orchestra played the gorgeous tunes from the movie Titanic, I initially held on to my seat for I thought a humongous ocean wave would suddenly appear bringing Rose and Jack on the stage!  But nothing beats the couple of Beatles songs they played.  People in the audience were actually singing along with them!

It is not the first time I heard PPO played yet still the emotions they drew from me was something unexplainable.  The nearest words that I can think of is it’s a mix of magic, glee and pride.

Sarap sa tenga. Pramis!

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