Virtual PPO pocket concerts to heal the heart and mind


Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines


These performances will be streamed online.


July 10, 2020 | 8:00 PM – PPO by Your Bedside

Streamed for FREE on the PPO Facebook page, CCP YouTube channel and the CCP website 


The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) in MUSIC FOR HEALING: PPO in Quarantine, a series of online performances or “virtual pocket concerts” featuring PPO member musicians. The series consists of three playlists: PPO by Your Bedside, PPO in Your Workplace, and PPO in Your Living Room. Each playlist, which runs for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, has a program of 10 to 12 musical numbers consisting of solo and ensemble performances, recorded by PPO musicians from their own homes. 

MUSIC FOR HEALING premieres its online streaming on July 3, 2020 at 8:00 PM, simultaneously on the CCP Youtube Channel, CCP Website, and CCP & PPO Facebook Pages. The launch program, 

PPO by Your Bedside, premiering on July 3, includes a delightful mix of popular classical pieces from Bach to Dvorak, film music, Broadway show tunes, standards, and OPM. The soothing, meditative playlist will surely set you in the mood for a peaceful and relaxing night with your loved ones. The pocket concert series continues with new performances curated for your pleasure every weekend. 

MUSIC FOR HEALING started with the PPO in Quarantine program, an online presentation of individual performances of PPO members whose recorded performances of popular and memorable tunes were posted on PPO’s Facebook Page hoping to raise the spirits of Filipinos in the midst of the quarantine period. MUSIC FOR HEALING aims to promote the benefits of music therapy on the mental and emotional health of the sick who are recuperating in hospitals or in their homes; of our dedicated front liners; and the rest of us who are trying to cope and heal in these challenging times. 

With MUSIC FOR HEALING, the CCP brings the PPO to your homes through virtual concerts to keep you company and provide you with a form of music therapy. The pandemic may keep us apart but the power of music will bring us together, keep us connected, and help us heal. 

1. 4 Romantic Pieces op. 75 no. 1 - Allegro Moderato (Antonin Dvorak)

Performer: Berny Dulce Payte, violin

In January 1887, Dvorak composed a string trio that was inted as simple piece for his private amusement. It was a set of bagatelles to be played by a group including an unskilled amateur violinist. In the course of his work, the trio somehow outgrew its limits. So he sat down again and wrote another, and converted the now outsized original one a few weeks later into the 4 Romantic pieces.

2. Gabriel's Oboe (Ennio Morricone)

Performer: John Peter Bautista, oboe

Gabriel’s Oboe was written by Morricone as the main theme of the 1986 motion picture The Mission. The film is set in the imperial era of Spain and Portugal. The story is about a Jesuit missionary who builds a mission in the South American wilderness in hopes of converting the natives there to Christianity. The theme is most prominently used when the Jesuit Father Gabriel walks up to a waterfall and starts playing his oboe, aiming to befriend the natives with his music so he can carry on his missionary work in the New World.

3. You'll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Performers: Dino Akira Decena, violin | Jascha Decena, piano

“You'll Never Walk Alone” is a tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. In the second act, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the protagonist Julie Jordan, sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, falls on his knife and dies after a failed robbery attempt.

4. What a Beautiful Name (Hillsong Worship)

Performer: Ma. Angelica Uson, violin

“What a Beautiful Name” is a song by Australian praise and worship group Hillsong Worship. The song, written and led by Brooke Ligertwood and co-written with Ben Fielding, refers to the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ as represented by His Holy Name.

5. Air on the G string (J.S. Bach) 

Performers: String ensemble players – Jose Carlo Tuazon, Berny Dulce Payte, Joy Allan Dela Cruz, Giuseppe Andre Diestro, Ariston Payte III 

This piece comes from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and is possibly one of the most famous single movements in Bach’s output. It features one of the Baroque composer's finest melodies over a slowly pulsing accompaniment. As with all of Bach's music, you can listen to each line of the music as a melody of its own.

6. Sometimes When it Rains (Secret Garden)

Performer: Alejandro Fernandez, trombone

This song was made famous by Secret Garden. It is the first track on their 8th album called "Earthsongs". It was released in 2005 on Decca.

7. Ave Maria (Bach – Gounod)

Performer: Abner Cruz, contrabass

Charles-François Gounod’s “Ave Maria” is a curious case in music history – the result of a musical collaboration that expanded through a century. The two great composers, in this case, Charles Gounod and Johann Sebastian Bach were not even contemporaries. The melody of this song was crafted 130 years after its accompaniment!

8. May Bukas Pa (recorded by Rico J. Puno)

Performer: Rolando Guerrero, cello

It is a song used in the Filipino Drama Series "Santino". Santino an orphan adopted by Franciscans, meets with Jesus in the flesh (calls him "Bro") and gives Santino the power to heal, and the boy has a series of adventures in the fictional town of Bagong Pag-asa, helping others with their problems.

9. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

Performer: Joven Edward Aquisap, viola

“Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). It has been viewed as a "baseline" for secular hymns. Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek (2001).

10. Ave Maria (Astor Piazzolla)

Performer: Jose Carlo Tuazon, violin

Ave María, originally titled "Tanti anni prima", was composed for the film Enrico IV (1984) by Marco Bellocchio. The film was based on Luigi Pirandello’s play of the same title. Ave María is the theme associated with Matilde. The piece was originally written for oboe and piano.

11. Can't Help Falling In Love (recorded by Elvis Presley)

Performer: Michael Del Rosario, violin

“Can't Help Falling in Love” is a 1961 song recorded by Elvis Presley for the album Blue Hawaii. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss. The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour", a popular French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini.

12. Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (Lucio San Pedro)

Performer: Rey Casey Concepcion, viola

“Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” is a Filipino lullaby. The music was composed by Lucio San Pedro while the lyrics was written by Levi Celerio. San Pedro drew inspiration in composing the music of the song from the melody his mother, Soledad Diestro, hummed when he and his siblings' were put into sleep during their childhood.