Ayala Triangle lit up with a vibrant fusion of art and music on March 23 for “Hindi Kita Malimot: The Filipino as Romantic,” a concert celebrating Ayala Foundation’s Funders’ Night and Ayala Corporation’s 170th anniversary.
Donors and supporters of Ayala Foundation as well as the public enjoyed an evening of Filipino and classical music interpreted by Cecile Licad, conductors Eugene Castillo, Ryan Cayabyab, and Arnel Feliciano, and the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra.
During the performance, photographs of Ayala chairman Jaime Zobel were projected on the canopy of Tower One and Exchange Plaza, dramatically transforming its fountain area into a concert hall.
The concert was the highlight of AFI’s Funders’ Day, an annual celebration which recognizes those who have supported or partnered with the foundation’s various social development projects in the past year. The event was open to the public and was attended by an estimated number of 2,000 people.
Hosted by Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, and the Bank of the Philippine Islands, the concert was also part of the yearlong celebration of Ayala’s 170th anniversary that honors the Filipino through a fusion of various arts and culture entertainment and social development projects. Featured artists performed the works of Piotr Tchaikovsky, Maurice Ravel, as well as the music of romantic Filipino composers including Constancio De Guzman, Mike Velarde, Jr., and national artists Ernani Cuenco and Levi Celerio. Cayabyab conducted the SMPO in a selection of great Filipino love songs which he himself orchestrated.
Fresh from her successful Paris debut, Licad performed Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G Major together with the SMPO under the baton of Castillo. Castillo, a highly acclaimed Filipino-American conductor, was recently appointed principal conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1961, the Ayala group of companies through the Ayala Foundation has taken an active role in helping improve the lives of the underprivileged through its various social development, education, arts and culture, information technology and youth development programs. These projects are carried out in partnership with individuals, companies and institutions that believe in the same dream of a better life for Filipinos.
“Ayala has long been aware of its corporate social responsibility,” noted Zobel. “Since its inception, Ayala Foundation has always striven to evolve and meet the changing needs of the times. Today, we continue to look for ways by which we can further nurture the soul of creativity of the Filipino.”