DAGUPAN CITY – The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), country’s leading orchestra and one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific Region, received a standing ovation for their outstanding performance at the CSI Stadia on April 16 on the eve of the Grand Opening of the 2015 Bangus Festival.
Equally receiving rounds of applause were the Balon Dagupan Chorale when it sang several songs with the PPO like "Isang Lahi", "Bohemian Rhapsody", and John Miles’ "Music Was My First Love", all arranged by Pong Mendoza, a member of the PPO who together with his wife Virginia Llamas-Mendoza guided the chorale in a series of practice weeks before the concert.
The Mendozas are from Dagupan City.
In a crowd of more than 2,000, Maestro Olivier Ochanine led the PPO in playing world-renowned master-pieces like "Carmen", Ryan Cayabyab’s "Malinac Lay Labi" version and Eraserheads’ “Overdrive”, "Ang Huling El Bimbo" and more.
Ochanine thanked Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and Councilor Jigs Seen for a chance to perform in Dagupan again. PPO performed at the Dagupan City plaza during the city fiesta last December but was rained out. .
Ochanine likewise, congratulated the Balon Dagupan Chorale for their outstanding voice and performance.
At the end of the show, the people requested the PPO for an encore after a plaque of appreciation was awarded to them by City Administrator Farah Decano and Councilor Seen and had gladly obliged. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)