By: Ariene Kayette F. Malanog
“An Afternoon of Beautiful Chinese Melodies” – this was the theme of the concert lead by the Hope Christian School and the Philippine Cultural College held at the East Atrium on mid-level 2/3 of the East Wing of the EDSA Shangri La Plaza last January 28.
The concert’s main goal was to promote Chinese culture. Last year, The Shang’s celebration for Chinese New Year was only two days, unlike this year when it was celebrated for five days, according to Sidney Bata, program director for Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies.
The Philippine Cultural College Glee Club started the program by singing various Chinese songs conducted by Philip Sun with a piano accompaniment of Sonnie Abella, followed by Jhonvid Bangayan who sang a combination of Chinese and Tagalog version of the song “I Believe” by Jimmy Bondoc, with a piano accompaniment by Albert Cedric Tan, a blind pianist, who also did a solo performance and played three piano pieces.
Angel Ko also performed on stage and serenaded the audience followed by the Hope Christian School Chorale, conducted by Sonnie Abella with a piano accompaniment of Lety Sarte. The chorale was later on followed by a solo singing performance by Ellen Pao.
The concert was culminated by an all-girl singing trio named “Sirein” with a lineup of Sherine Ann Koa, Evangeline Lao and Gimbey dela Cruz. The trio was formed because they have the same teachers in one subject, and that’s when they agreed to form an all-girl singing group. The first medley they sang is a song by Teresa Teng, a 70s-80s famous Taiwanese singer who has already passed away, and the second song was a theme song from Jackie Chan movie ‘Legend’, and the song was about an unrequited love.
The basis of choosing the song to be performed depends on the performer, whether he/she wants to connect to the audience, but given that most of the Chinese people who are celebrating the Chinese New Year are the older ones, most of the performers sang old pop songs, according to Bata.
Aside from the concert, members of the Saturday Group of Artists participated in a live Mural Painting Demonstration and a free Chinese Lantern Painting Workshop at the level 4 hallway of the East Wing (between Muji and Quiksilver). The painted lanterns from the workshop were displayed at the Streetscape. -AKFM