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Hamilton’s Christine Allado, PPO headline Pen’s 35th holiday concert

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Ruggero Barbieri
Ruggero Barbieri will once again conduct the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at The Christmas Concert at The Pen.

FOR THE 35th anniversary of its annual Christmas concert, The Peninsula Manila will be featuring Hamilton star Christine Allado, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), and the UST Singers, among several other performers.

The concert will be held on Dec. 9, 5 p.m., at The Lobby.

The PPO will perform with guest conductor Ruggero Barbieri. The 2018 line-up stars Ms. Allado who has guest starred as Andrea Bocelli’s pop artist in his Cinema World Tour in Europe and Asia and is currently in HAMILTON: An American Musical in London’s West End; opera singers soprano Rachelle Gerodias (who is also Aliw Hall of Fame for Best Female Classical Performer) and tenor Arman Ferrer (an Aliw Awards nominee for 2017 Best Male Actor in a Musical for Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical).

Also performing is the University of Santo Tomas Singers, the only two-time winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Choir of the World trophy prize (1995 and 2010) at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfodd in Wales, United Kingdom.

Christine Allado
Christine Allado plays the dual role of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds at HAMILTON: An American Musical at London’s West End.

Other guest artists are Benjamin Angeles who will perform the Marimba Rhapsodic Fantasie and the Pundaquit Virtuosi, a string orchestra established by Coke Bolipata that is composed of children of fisherfolk and farmers from San Antonio, Zambales.

“Our holiday musical program offers an opportunity for the public to enjoy music of the festive season by some of the world’s greatest composers like Vivaldi, Beethoven, Gounod, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky,” says The Peninsula Manila General Manager Mark J. Choon.




Freddie Santos directs the concert.

There will be a P2,200 consumable fee (inclusive of taxes) with selections from a festive season merienda menu. Table reservations for parties of 10 at The Lobby are also accepted at P30,000 (inclusive of taxes) that comes with a set festive merienda menu for 10 and two bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Booking dates are until Dec. 8.

Concert proceeds raised will be partially donated to the continuing efforts of the Hope for the Philippines fund that benefits the educational and livelihood projects of the families living in The Peninsula — Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Tanauan, Leyte.

For inquiries call 887-2888, extension 7410, e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com, or visit the website peninsula.com.

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