Cultured Weekend: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, National Museum
by Enzo Tacadao
A weekend could never go wrong with music and culture.
Timeless Classics, New Beginnings
Friday night. The crew: Enzo, Rose, Kath, Jeff. The metro traffic was as always horrible.
We arrived at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) 15 minutes before the program: Timeless Classics, New Beginnings of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of Olivier Ochanine.
I’ve been wishing to watch a full orchestra live for years now. I’m a fan of classical music and talented orchestras maybe because I learned how to play violin when I was in high school, and watching PPO live was definitely a treat.
The national orchestra played P.I. Tchaikovsky’s “March Slave”, J. Haydn’s “Symphony No. 88 in G” and D. Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10”.
The performance of PPO was nothing short of extraordinary. The music was fluid, exciting, moving. My favorite was the second movement of D. Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10”. The music was crushing and gripping, made me feel do something crazy. It was one good ride.I believe that this is the power of classical music, it inspires you, moves you, cripples your sensibilities.
For only P300, we had the chance to watch the country’s most iconic orchestra — conducted by decorated Ochanine. A truly remarkable experience. Everyone should watch a full orchestra play at least once.
Philippine National Museum on a Sunday
To cap the weekend, we went to the Philippine National Museum.
Arrived at the museum around 3:00 PM. The amazing thing about the National Museum is that entrance is free. Tracing back our country’s history, re-learning about the arts, and re-thinking about our culture is free.
The last time I visited the National Museum was when I was still in my elementary. I noticed two things: the renovations done were on point; the collections were expanded.
We were not able to visit all the galleries as the museum closes at 5:00 PM. But we shall be back soon.
The two hours of roaming around the museum called for some delicious dinner. Since we were already in the heart of Manila, we decided to go to Binondo. We ended our #cultured weekend with a heavy dinner at Wai-Ying, a popular Chinese restaurant in Binondo.
If you’re looking for a weekend trip that does not involve going to the mall, beach, movie house, bazaar, expo, visiting the country’s underrated treasures like the CCP and National Museum should be part of your shortlist. It feels good to be ‘cultured’ from time to time.
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Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 34th Concert Season schedule: