PPO brings classical music to Filipino audiences amid pandemic with chamber concert series

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IN this time when social gatherings are prohibited, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra finds an alternative way to bring classical music to the Filipino audiences through the PPO Chamber Music Concert, slated on October 30, 2020 (Friday), 8pm, streamed via the CCP and PPO Facebook Pages and CCP YouTube Channel.Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, PPO music director and principal conductor, has carefully programmed a chamber concert series that highlights the different instruments of the orchestra while performing music composed for small ensembles.For the October concert, the repertoire focuses on string instruments.  For the first part of the program, PPO concertmaster and violinist Dino Akira Decena and cellist Giancarlo Gonzales will perform VIOLIN AND CELLO DUO OP. 6 No. 1 by Franz Anton Hoffmeister.Violinist Jose Carlo Tuazon, violinist Berny Dulce Payte, cellist Giuseppe Diestro, and double bassist Ariston Payte III will play SONATA FOR 2 VIOLINS, CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS NO. 2 IN A MAJO…

Phenom and Team Gilas Women’s is the Philippines representative for Red Bull Reign Global Finals

Red Bull Reign already has its champions, and will represent Philippines this coming August for the Red Bull Reign Global Finals in Toronto, Canada. The two Champions that emerged victorious last Saturday, June 29th, 2019, at Kerry Sports Manila in Bonifacio Global City are the Phenom for Men’s category, and Women’s Champions is Team Gilas Women’s. They will compete with other 15 nations from around the globe.

Red Bull Reign is a high-endurance, offense-driven 3-on-3 street basketball tournament that brings the best ballers in the world together. Each game is contested under strict rules inspired by FIBA’s (International Basketball Federation) 3-on-3 rules: Teams consist of 3 players (+1 reserve) age 18 and above. Games take place back-to-back on opposite halves of the court and the first team to score 21 points or the most points in 10 minutes wins the match
Team Gilas Women
There are fourteen male teams and eight female teams competed this year. Team Gilas Women’s members are Jack Daniel Animam, Claire Castro, Janine Pontejos and Afril Bernardino. They are members of the Philippines’ national women’s basketball team, with years of experience under their belt.
Team Phenom
While Men’s Champion is a Last Chance Qualifier, it’s a close fight with other eight teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Teams Phenom and Philippine Navy, and team J Hoop from Cebu City, crushed the competition to advance to the Semi-Finals together with Team Basilian.

The final showdown is thrilling as Phenom edge with a final score of 22-19 against Team Basilan, making them a three-time Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions, the Phenom consists of former NCAA and PBA D-League players Shaq Alanes, Junjie Hallare, and Micole Sorela.

Former PBA star Vince Hizon is the Tournament Director of Red Bull Reign, he said that having qualifiers for a world tournament is such a big deal.

“Red Bull has done an exceptional job in all the sports they’ve participated in, really uplifting sports through these amazing opportunities. But in basketball, they know how passionate the Filipinos are regarding the game.” Hizon said

Red Bull as a functional beverage aims to give wings to people and ideas, not only wings but vitalizing body and mind for all athletes, supporting their dreams and aspirations through their passions like basketball. For more information visit RedBull page. 

Special thanks to Diane Salonga for the main photo. 

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