Sezairi dominates streaming charts in Asia with global hit “It’s You”

After going viral on TikTok and subsequently charting on Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart where it peaked at No. 17, Singapore-based singer-songwriter Sezairi is currently on the rise with the recent success of his single “ It’s You .” A rousing ballad that showcases the journey of putting one’s fears to rest when it comes to loving someone, “It’s You” is part of Sezairi’s recently released EP, Undertones . “I had a lot of things in mind when writing this song but I guess the underlying theme is love,” the chart-topping artist opens up about the inspiration behind the track. “It’s like going on this crazy journey just searching for ‘the one’ and then having a sudden realization, and disbelief even, that you already know who you were looking for and that they were always there and will always be there for you no matter what. It’s also a sort of ode, a thank you to that special someone in your life.” The song is steadily climbing on Spotify Philippines’ Top 100 charts, ranking at No.

NAMCYA Continues Resonating Filipino Music Excellence At 45

Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra Quartet.
Greatly supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) is resonating forty five years of Filipino music excellence with "TAGINTING" Through decades of the competition since 1973, it has produced, discovered and nurtured choral groups, rondalla ensembles, soloists, educators, researchers and prominent people in various fields.
On July 25, 2018, the official press launch took place at CCP Silangan Hall to unveil this year's lineup. Dr. Renato Lucas, NAMCYA Secretary General welcomed the attendees and Baltazar Endriga, former CCP President and outgoing NAMCYA Chairman introduced the new NAMCYA Board of Trustees. Also present during the launch were Atty. Orly Ocampo, Board of Trustee, Dr. Ramon Santos, National Artist for Music, Margarita Moran, CCP Chairman, Maria Paz Lagdameo, NAMCYA Chairman and Board of Trustee and Virginia Bactad, NAMCYA Board of Trustee. To set the mood on that afternoon and to give a taste of what to expect and enjoy in this year's competition, Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) Quartet peformed Divertimento in D (Mozart) and Handog (Florante/Consolacion). Under the baton of Jeffrey Solares, MSJO returned triumphantly with a First Prize victory in the String Orchestra competition category at the recently concluded 12th Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held at the Golden Hall of Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
On Piano: Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, Soprano Nicole Pugeda and Tenor Radnel Olfasa.
The newly-organized Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble), composed of the participants of the First Rondalla Music Camp held in Baguio last July 2017, presented Concierto de Aranjuez (Joaquin Rodrigo) and William Tell Overture (Gioachino Rossini). The rest of the young artists who rendered with their chosen repertoire includes on piano, Etude no. 4 Embraceable You (Gershwin-Wild) by Gabriel Allan Paguirigan and Radnel Olfasa, tenor and Nicole Pugeda, soprano with Pakiusap (Francisco Santiago) and Makikiliti Ka (Severino Reyes).

Symphony Orchestra and Rondalla Ensemble performance at The CCP and Symphony Band Concert at Ayala Museum.

NAMCYA will kick-off a string center stage performance and celebration with "Minsan Lang Kami Maging Musiko" slated on August 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The concert will feature NAMCYA winners, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, Kuwerdas Pilipinas, world renowned Filipino choir Novo Concertante Manila and international opera singers Jonathan Badon and Stefanie Quintin. Next in the series that will captivate everyone's heart with "Serenata Sa Ayala" slated on August 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Ayala Museum. Presented in partnership with Ayala Museum, it will be a night of classical, contemporary and Filipino music eargasm featuring Cardona Ocho Band (2016 NAMCYA Youth Symphonic Band, 1st Prize Winner) conducted by Franz Ramirez (2008 NAMCYA Oboe Category, 1st Prize Winner), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (2015 NAMCYA Piano Category, 1st Prize Winner) and Raymond Sarreal (5-time NAMCYA Flute Category, 1st Prize Winner). Last in the series will feature outstanding and world class performances in the event dubbed as "Bayan Ng Musika, Alay Ng NAMCYA" slated on October 26, 2018 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). Featuring the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga and Professor Renato Lucas with Diomedes Saraza on piano, multi-awarded baritone Andrew Fernando, international soprano Rachelle Gerodias and Radnel Ofalsa and Nicole Pugeda (2017 NAMCYA Senior Voice Category winners).

Ticket price ranging from P300 to P1000 with 50% discount for students and 20% discount for PWD, Senior Citizens and Government Employees, are available by calling NAMCYA at 836-4928 or 0917-750-0107, CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. Visit and for online purchase.
Band and Percussion Workshop Series
Sponsored by the Metro Manila Development Authority, Saturnino Tiamson Jr. (2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men, Awardee), is spearheading a group of trainers for a Brass and Percussion Workshop exclusively for MMDA Drum and Bugle Corps from July 30 to August 1, 2018. Meanwhile, NAMCYA and JB Music will present a Percussion Workshop at Imus, Cavite from 4 to 5 August 2018. The Traditional Music Workshop will be announced during the Regional semifinals in September. Gian Vergel, Ryan Peralta, Karmi Santiago, Jacques Rivas Dufourt, IYSB Drumline, Brigada and Gip Chan from Hongkong will serve as facilitators. Registration for the workshop is free. For inquiries and registration, Jean Llamas can be reached at 0915-135-8400 or Saturnino Tiamson can be emailed at

Annual Music Competition Category
This year's music competition category includes Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar and Youth Solo Rondalla Instrument (Solo Category) and Children's Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir - Equal Voices, Youth Choir - Mixed Voices and Traditional Music for solos and ensembles (Group Category. The halls of the CCP will be filled with heartfelt music by these young Filipino musicians as they compete during the National Music Week from 20 to 25 November 2018. All applications will only be accepted online until August 5. Click the link for the competition guidelines:

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 


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