Opposing Pinoy political families unite in NY for a cause

By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Jul 06 2013 10:11 AM | Updated as of Jul 06 2013 06:11 PM

NEW YORK - They're mostly pre-school children but they perform like pros. The Philippine Montessori Center instrumental ensemble, a musical group from the Philippines, wowed the audience at the Merkin Hall Performance Center in New York.

At the beginning of each school year, talented students are recruited to become part of the traveling ensemble. They are taught musical instruments like the marimba, metallophones, glockenspiel and the native Indonesian anklung.

Some of the proud parents flew in from the Philippines to see the show.

"For her to continue to love music, it's a big deal talaga na we've seen it help her grow as a person as well and her passion for music," proud parent and news anchor TJ Manotoc talked about his daughter.

Some of the other parents who traveled to see their children perform come for various political families in the Philippines. And while they may be on opposite sides of the political spectrum, they were united when it came to their children's rehearsal and fundraisers.
"No word can express how I feel as a parent of a 5-year old daughter, performing in New York and after all the trouble we've been to, finally we made it in NY," Annie Binay said.

Another proud parent, PV Aquino, meanwhile, said "Dedication, hard work are really paying off, we'd like her to pursue her dreams, if this is her dream, New York is definitely should be in the picture."

Manotoc noted the children are "playing part of a group that represents the Philippines, sharing their passion and their talents in the world and oblivious to the political scene."

Kababayans here quipped that perhaps music and children singing their hearts out may just be the solution to make politicians get along in the Philippines.