by Carlito C. Dar and Mariel Oliveros
Baguio once again proved it is a haven for rich and diverse culture and arts with the successful staging of the second Baguio Music Festival.
Through a partnership between the Department of Education and Tourism and Special Events Division of the City Administration’s Office, the festival was held from May 6 to May 9 at the Baguio Convention Center.
Some of the country’s top performers such as the Philharmonic Orchestra and educators offered master classes in their lines of expertise during the festival.
The festival kicked off during the flag raising ceremony at the city hall grounds on May 6 while public performances culminated at SM City Baguio on May 9.
During the four-day activity, the participants availed of master classes in singing, conducting, dancing, and playing woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.
The first package of classes included a voice training under University of Santo Tomas Prof. Lemuel Dela Cruz, a conductor class by Prof. Herminigildo Ranera of the Philharmonic Orchestra, and a dance master class by the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.
The second package, instructed by the Philharmonic Orchestra, was set for instrumentalists with master classes on woodwind instruments (piccolo, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon); brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, baritone, French horn, and tuba); and percussion instruments (snare, bass drum, quadrafon, and cymbals).
The second Music Festival is in line with the city’s thrust to elevate the quality and of performances in the city.