NEW YORK CITY Articles
Click for More Articles on NEW YORK CITY...

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Original Philippine Music (OPM) pioneer Cecile Azarcon
on piano (Photo: Rex Romero)

New York--Synergy Production and Marketing Inc., founded by husband and wife team Ronald and Grace Labaguis, to promote emerging Filipino-American artists and performers in the East Coast, successfully wrapped up its maiden project, a concert billed as "An Evening of Original Philippine Music with Cecile Azarcon and Sounds of Manila," featuring musical direction by Lorrie Ilustre, held Sunday, April 27, at Symphony Space on 95th Street and Broadway.

Azarcon is a popular Filipino composer and singer, whose songs have been recorded by Filipino mainstream recording artists Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, Martin Nievera, and Basil Valdez, among others.

Sounds of Manila (SOM) is a local band that produces an authentic '80s, '90s Manila sound, whose debut album, "SOM Sings Cecile Azarcon," was also launched at the crowd-pleasing event.

"From her [Azarcon's] very first composition in the '80s, the inspiring 'Lift Up Your Hands' to the soulful 'Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga,' it was a treat to listen to her live. And knowing that she was the composer of these classic songs was just a bonus," Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Online magazine OSM!, on the other hand, wrote, "Truly a night to remember, the concert ended with an energized audience who sprang from their seats to dance to the song 'Manila,' which Cecile and Sounds of Manila's Suzanne [Sabangan] and Hermie [Angeles] performed as a closing song."

Featured guest artists were Arnel Arcedo, Tony Gado, Jared Martin, Tiffany Viray, and Carlo Tampac of Chapter 2 band.

Photos: Rex Romero

high res photos

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Lorrie Ilustre, Cecile Azarcon

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon, Grace Labaguis

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Lorrie Ilustre, Cecile Azarcon, Grace Labaguis, Ronald Labaguis

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Lorrie Ilustre, Oliver Oliveros, Cecile Azarcon, Grace Labaguis

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Carlo Tampac, Ronnie Sabangan, Lorrie Ilustre, Cecile Azarcon, JR Gendrano

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Arnel Arcedo, Carlo Tampac, Ronnie Sabangan, Lorrie Ilustre, Suzanne Sabangan, Hermie Angeles, JR Gendrano

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Carlo Tampac, Tiffany Viray, Ronnie Sabangan, JR Gendrano, Hermie Angeles, Suzanne Sabangan, Grace Labaguis, Cecile Azarcon, Lorrie Ilustre, Arnel Arcedo

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Tiffany Viray, Lorrie Ilustre, JarEd Martin

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Tony Gado

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
JR Gendrano

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
JarEd Martin

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Tiffany Viray, Arnel Arcedo

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon, Sounds of Manila

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon, Suzanne Sabangan, Hermie Angeles

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Lorrie Ilustre

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Ronnie Sabangan

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Hermie Angeles

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Suprise guest Mara

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon, Mara, Sounds of Manila

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
Cecile Azarcon

high res photos

Related Articles


Comment & Share

About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros received a master's degree in public relations and corporate communication from New York University while serving as regional director for BroadwayWorld.com, where he accepted an Award for Excellence: Best International Editor in 2013.

For nearly 20 years, Oliver has been handling public relations, corporate communication, and integrated marketing communications for numerous brands (including Pepsi), Broadway shows, Broadway stars, non-profit organizations, and mainstream celebrities.

He is also the editor-in-chief for Fil-Am Who’s Who, a monthly magazine that tells the real-life success stories of Filipino Americans from the New York Tri-State area.