It's the last week before I visit the Philippines for my brother's college graduation and so most of this week was spent running errands to make sure things are in place before I go. This involved making sure the apartment windows got cleaned and checked, missing blocks of wood in the kitchen were in place and the hot water issue in the shower was resolved.
Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall
I was psyched to learn that a Philippine Orchestra was to perform at the Carnegie Hall for the first time. So when a friend invited me to an open rehearsal at Hotel Pennsylvania, I gladly went. And when I learned they had an extra ticket to the actual performance I gladly hopped on that too. Even though I knew I had an early flight the following morning, I had to show up for this historic event.
The turn out of Filipinos who came to support the PPO at the Carnegie Hall was good. It was quite surreal to see so many of my folks in one place in a foreign land but it was good to see my countrymen supporting one another.
Here's a sneak peak of the PPO's rehearsal at Hotel Pennsylvania:
And here they are at the Carnegie Hall before the show began:
I am a Graduate Drama student at The Juilliard School from Quezon City, Philippines.