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Ingrid Sala Santamaria talks about her musical life amid the old-world charm of Negros

SANTAMARIA at the Yuan Thong Temple in Bacolod City

For more than a decade, pianist Ingrid Sala Santamaria has been holding classical concerts in the Philippine countryside in varied settings (not to mention playing and making do with inferior pianos).

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Classical music is not elitist’

JOAQUIN Maria “Chino” Gutierrez

Joaquin Maria “Chino” S. Gutierrez was barely out of his toddler years, a mere child at 4, when he first pleaded his case to his parents: He wanted them to buy him a violin.

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Amid young people’s lack of interest, PPO pushes for classical music

Oboist Reynato Resurrection Jr.; clarinetist Ariel Santa Ana; bassoonist Adolfo Mendoza; and French horn player Jay-ar Mesa perform.

Why are young people today turned off by classical music?

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Spanish documentary, ‘El Lago de España,’ shot in Cebu

MARCO Polo GMHans Hauri, Gema Luisa Pido, Ignacio Perez Cambra, Anton Percides

Una Noche Española” marked the formal launch of July as Spanish Month at the Casino Español de Cebu’s Salon Madrid.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

‘Suite Española’ to fuse classical music and flamenco singing

The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines will present “Suite Española” (Spanish Suite), an original performance which combines classical music and flamenco singing in search of a common ground, on June 7, 7:30 p.m., at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Admission is free.

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »