September 21, 2017, 8:14 pm
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A touching tribute to Red Romero

I JUST read an article about the late Filipino conductor Redentor Romero written by music impresario Pablo A. Tariman, It reminded me of those days when Red and I were young, and that we took violin lessons from the renown Maestro Bonifacio Abdon. Eventually, Red became a famous professional musician while I became a journalist. 

In his article, Tariman wrote that Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu, in his latest Manila engagement, gave a touching tribute to Red. Here are excerpts from his music review:

“In a well-received concert, Tomescu dedicated his first encore –Romero’s arrangement of Constancio de Guzman’s ‘Bayan Ko’--- to Romero who introduced him to Filipino audiences.

“As part of his latest Manila visit, Tomescu --- last heard in Manila in 2006 ---visited the grave of conductor-composer Romeo before his performance. The violinist and the conductor were last seen together in Catandunes in 2000 where Tomescu gave a violin recital at the Provincial Capital Lobby.

“Romero died in 2001 while Tomescu was playing Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos at the Meralco Theater.

 “The concert brought back excitement for the violin as Tomescu showed a level of playing that was by turns mature and distinguished, even if the concerto was by turns mature and distinguished, even the concerto was a bravura warhorse with big temptations to show off.

“All told, it was a magical night of music!” 

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I have heard Celeste Legaspi, who has been dubbed “Celestial Diva”, sing many times before such favourite ballads as “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal”, “Sarangola ni Pepe”, and “Mamang Sorbetero”.

Celeste, daughter of the famous Cesar Legaspi, National Artist for Painting and the Arts, is giving a concert on August 5, Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Theatre Solaire in Makati City. 

The concert also features Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, The Company and Baihana.

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“Happy Single Mother’s Day in Quezon City” is the title of an article published by the QC Weekly. Here are excerpts from the article:

“For a decade now the Quezon City Local Government has been taking care of single mothers and unwed teen mothers. 

 “The city administrators and legislators followed the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000 to create initiatives for single mothers....In a ten-year period the Social Services Development Department has registered and extended special services for some 10,855 solo parents residents.

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Quote of the Day: “The great object of music is to touch the heart, and this end can never be obtained by mere noise, drumming and arpeggios!” – Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach
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