MANILA -- The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will hold a free concert at the Kartilya ng Katipunan beside the Manila City Hall as the national orchestra seeks to give back to the public.
The one-and-a-half-hour-long concert will be held on September 27 at 5:30 p.m., Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau chief Charlie Duñgo announced Thursday.
“Sa ganitong paraan man lamang maiparamdam natin sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan ang experience of a lifetime,” Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said in a press conference.
“Ako mismo ay hindi nakakapanood ng Philharmonic dahil mahal. Mahal kasi world-class,” he said.
The 70-member orchestra usually charges about P700,000 for performances within Metro Manila and up to P1.3 million for out of town shows, said Cultural Center of the Philippines president Nick Lizaso.
“We can be invited by a city or a school and we waive that much money for them as part of our outreach program,” Lizaso told ABS-CBN News.
“We give back... [Because] Out of the taxes that you pay to the government, humuhusay ang pagtugtog ng Philharmonic,” he said.
Moreno said the city government of Manila has been trying to continually showcase local talent in the capital to preserve the country’s heritage.
“Ang mga bata ngayon ay abalang manood ng mga palabas na banyaga... Naging abala na tayo ay kumopya na lamang sa sining ng iba,” he said.
“Totoo na we will have to develop physically but not at the expense of our culture and tradition,” he said.
Before the month-end concert, an art exhibit will be featured at the Kartilya ng Katipunan, Duñgo told ABS-CBN News in a separate interview.
“Maraming magagaling na artist dito sa atin. Siguro ito 'yung magandang pamamaraan o way para i-encourage natin sila na ituloy nila yung pangarap nila,” he said.