“We cater to everyone, this is not for the Chinese people only. Actually, this is to encourage everyone to celebrate Chinese New Year with us.”—Ms. Jubilee Ong, Spring Film Festival Organizer
An afternoon of beautiful Chinese melodies was brought to Shangri-La Plaza by the Ateneo-Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies as they celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Filipino-Chinese community.
The Chinese Music Concert showcased seven performances, composed of solo acts, a trio, and group performances.
One of the best acts was the Philippine Cultural College Glee Club, who captured the crowd’s attention not only because of their red dresses, black heels, and pretty faces, but specially because of the amazing melodies they made.
Another notable act was Albert Cedric Tan’s performance. He is a 17 year-old blind pianist that amazed the audience with how good he is at playing the keys of the piano. According to his mentor, Ms. Stephanie Que, Albert has been training since he was 3 years old and plays for free in concerts and recitals to inspire other kids. “He just wants to play, doesn’t mind if may pay. It’s up to the (organizer) if they want to give donations.” said Ms. Que.
Other performers were Johnvid Bangayan, Cherize Angelique Koh, Ellen Pao, The Sirens, and Hope Christian Highschool Chorale.
All of the performers were of Chinese descent so it is natural that the songs were in Chinese language. I may not have understood any of the words except “Gong Xi Fa Chai!”, but as a pure Filipino, it was refreshing to hear and appreciate a different kind of music.
All photos were taken by the writer.