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From Francisco Tatad to Carmen Guerrero Nakpil–how I ended up rubbing elbows with architects and victims of martial law

WRITER-JOURNALIST Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and Gemma Cruz Araneta with the author.
Below, a rarely seen smiling President Marcos ogling pianists Rowena Arrieta and Cecile Licad
in Malacañang a year before People Power

Forty-one years ago, on Sept. 22, I reported to the pre-martial law Graphic Magazine office in Port Area only to find it closed.

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Licad recital discovers new music venue

ST. BENEDICT Chapel at Ayala Westgrove Height

Music-lovers from Manila discovered a perfect recital venue when pianist Cecile Licad “debuted” at the St. Benedict Chapel in Westgrove Heights in Silang, Cavite, on the eve of Typhoon “Glenda.”

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Music in prison, train station and other unlikely places

GERMAN cellist Alban Gerhardt playing in a Frankfurt train station.

It was once suggested to Cecile Licad and German cellist Alban Gerhardt that they should perform in Philippine prisons. The two artists liked the idea and said they were open to playing music in unlikely places.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

With the redeeming storm surge of Rach2, Cecile Licad lends a hand

MARTIN Nievera and Ryan Gallagher

On a recent autumn evening, as Cecile Licad was having dinner of Japanese noodle soup, vegetables and green tea cheesecake with her son Octavio and Manhattan-based author Ninotchka Rosca, we just had to ask her why she needed to practice seven to eight hours every day when she had been playing the Rachmaninoff piece almost all her adult life.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Health and Wellness | Read More »

Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Cecile Licad jam for ‘Yolanda’

Cecile Licad and Gerard Salonga

The special, hastily conceived “Jammin’ for Help” fundraising concert at the Rockwell Tent last Wednesday drew capacity crowd of various persuasions.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »