The Sound of Music: Classical Music takes Center Stage in Marinduque’s 3rd Annual “Musika sa Isla”

BOAC, MARINDUQUE—Symphonies are due to wake the sleepy town of Boac, Marinduque as the city holds its third “Musika sa Isla,” the country’s only classical music festival, on May 18, 19, and 21. Premier musicians from Asia are gracing the three-day event.

Musika sa Isla” gathers a diverse roster of musical talents, ranging from pianists to seasoned singers. This year, Franz Chen of Indonesia and Tomoyo Kobayashi from Japan are playing the piano. Japan’s Kazuki Yamamoto is the festival’s lone violinist, while Ivan Jenzer is representing the Philippines on the cello. Filipino soprano singer Arlene Escultero and baritone singer Joseleo Logdat are joining as well.

The festival will take place in the capital’s storied attractions. On May 18, the International Concert starts at 6 p.m. at the St. Raphael Parish. On May 19, the Grand Gala starts at 6 p.m. at the Boac covered court. Watch out for the additional concert on May 21 at the Moriones Arena and Park.

But the better news is, good music is finally affordable. Tickets sell for P200 for each event; students even get 50% off for one.

“Musika sa Isla” is set in the quaint but bustling city of Boac in Marinduque province. The heart-shaped island takes pride in its scenic landscape, rustic charm, and other natural wonders. Its near zero-crime crate and impressive agri-based economy are attracting curious wanderers as Marinduque poises itself as a budding tourist destination. Once dubbed as the country’s “forgotten paradise,” it’s time for us to remember the beauty we’ve always had, the beauty we need to recognize. An easy bus trip away, JAC Liner even includes the RORO pass with their advanced reservations now available online.

The third annual classical music festival is supported by AGREA Philippines, a local social enterprise that hopes to revitalize agriculture in the island of Marinduque.


Mirra Reyes

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The 2016 Steinway Youth Piano Competition: A Prestigious International Competition for Young Filipino Pianists

Finalists of the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition: (L-R standing) Irene Lee (Category 2 – ages 12 to 14); Jet Chong, Carlos Cornelio and Moriah Ongchoco (Category 3 – ages 15 to 17);  (L-R seated) Hansel Ang and Andrea Versoza of Category 2 (ages 12 to 14)

Finalists of the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition:
(L-R standing) Irene Lee (Category 2 – ages 12 to 14); Jet Chong, Carlos Cornelio and Moriah Ongchoco (Category 3 – ages 15 to 17);
(L-R seated) Hansel Ang and Andrea Versoza of Category 2 (ages 12 to 14)


Steinway Boutique Manila, in partnership with BDO Private Bank, is proud to present the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition where young pianists aged 17 and below gather in an evening of music. This year, the Philippines sees six young national finalists: Hansel Harel Ang, Irene Lee, and Andrea Bernadette Verzosa for Category 2 (ages 12 to 14); and Jet Stephen Chong, Carlos Raphael Cornelio, and Moriah Ongchoco for Category 3 (ages 15 to 17).



After the evening’s performances, only one will be selected by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges as the Philippine representative to the Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific, and will be hailed as the grand prize winner. From there, the winner will further compete with the representatives of participating countries—Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam—for a spot at the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany.


Nathan John Torento, national winner of the 2014 Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition says, “I am greatly thankful to Steinway for providing us young pianists and our families with such wonderful opportunities.The Steinway Youth Piano Competition was truly a life-changing and eye-opening experience for me; not only was I able to join a real international competition for the first time, but I was also able to make a whole new set of friends … I cannot express how grateful I am to have been part of this competition.”


The International Steinway Festival was created in 1987 and is now being held every two years in Hamburg, where Steinway & Sons pianos are built. The festival was envisioned as a non-competitive concert that celebrates musical excellence, the fostering of musical community, and the nurturing of young pianists in the formative stages of their careers.


The 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition will be held on May 21, 2016 (Saturday), 6 pm, at the BDO Francisco Santiago Hall, Mezzanine Floor, BDO Corporate Center, South Tower, 7899 Makati Avenue, Makati City. Tickets are available at Steinway Boutique Manila, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries, you may call +632 892 7508 or email


About Steinway Boutique Manila

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