For the love of music

Who would pass up on the opportunity to sing with no less than a full symphony orchestra as accompaniment? I wouldn’t, especially if it was for a very good cause which was to raise scholarship funds for talented young musicians.

And so this was what the Manila Symphony Orchestra envisioned when it held a concert dubbed “For the Love of Music” at The Theater at Solaire featuring top executives from various companies such as Peter Kawsek of Apo International Marketing; Armin Demetillo of I-Remit Inc.; John Aguilar, CEO and executive producer of Philippine Realty TV; Ophie Bakker, president of FEED Foundation; and Christopher Yu of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. who all took to the stage and performed like real pros.

With Armin Demetillo, director of I-Remit Inc.; John Aguilar, CEO and executive producer of Philippine Realty TV; Bituin Escalante; Ophie Bakker, president of FEED Foundation; Jose Mari Chan; Peter Kawsek and Christopher Yu. Photos by Jaypee Maristaza

The concert also featured popular singers Jose Mari Chan, Bituin Escalante, and Christian Bautista who serenaded the crowd with their fantastic renditions of a wide repertoire of hits. 

As I really enjoy singing as an outlet, the experience was, to say the least, exhilarating as we all sounded like seasoned performers with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and its talented young musicians who performed impressively under the baton of a fabulous conductor, Professor Arturo Molina.

With popular singer Jose Mari Chan; Peter Kawsek, CEO of Apo International Marketing; and Christopher Yu of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co.

The show, which was well attended, went really well, and we were able to generate a substantial amount to support the MSO’s Basilio Manalo Music Scholarship Fund.

It was an unforgettable evening, and definitely, one should put such an experience in his or her bucket list. Kudos to the organizers, the sponsors and my fellow performers!

Performing Michael Buble’s version of ‘Come Fly With Me’
Jose Mari Chan serenades the audience
Bituin Escalante performs jazz supers ‘Summertime’ and ‘Misty’
Christian Bautista sings an original – ‘Two Forevers’ – performed for the first time with a full orchestra
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