Chinoy talents highlight Chinese New Year event in Shangri-La
Sevilla, Micah S.
February 7, 2017
A showcase of young Chinoy talents highlighted Shangri-La plaza’s annual Chinese New Year celebration last January 28, where a grand Chinese musical concert took center-stage at the mall’s Grand Atrium.
The 45-minute show featured performances from Chinese schools and semi-pro groups, including the Philippine Cultural College Glee Club, Hope Christian Faith Chorale, and the Sireins, as well as solo performances from St. Stephen’s Jhonvid Bangayan, folk singers Angel Ko, Ellen Pao, Jiao Dao and Wo He Ni, and blind pianist Albert Cedric Tan from the Philippine National School for the Blind.
“Most of the songs performed are themed on happiness, prosperity, love and family solidarity,” says veteran pianist Lety Sarte, musical director to Hope Christian Faith Chorale.
In total, there were two chorale groups, five solo performances, a soprano trio and a blind pianist gracing the concert, all hand-picked by the concert’s musical director, Sherwin Sozon.
Sozon, who’s a music connoisseur of the Lyric Opera Philippines for over two decades now, believes that culture and art is what unites and defines a people, and that “music is an integral part of any culture, including China.”
“The purpose of this event is to promote Chinese culture and foster harmonious relationships between the Filipinos and the Chinese,” says the event’s director, Mr. Sidney Christopher Bata.
Bata, who’s a faculty member of Ateneo De Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Chinese Cultural Studies, asserts that “music is universal” and “is not bordered by language,” which he believes is key to uniting the two races in what he cites as “a difficult time of political tension among the Filipinos and the Chinese.”
“The concert deemed a success,” beams Bata, who spearheaded the event which took a month of preparation.
Nearly a hundred people attended the event, as Shangri-La Plaza kayaked with media partners to elevate marketing strategies, such as CNN Philippines, PTV4 and Manila Bulletin, something they have not done in the previous years.