Virtual PPO pocket concerts to heal the heart and mind


Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines


These performances will be streamed online.


September 11, 2020 | 8:00 PM – PPO in Your Workplace

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


MUSIC FOR HEALING: PPO in Quarantine continues in its eleventh edition with a new PPO in Your Workplace playlist this Friday. Add a relaxing, comfortable, and balanced ambience to your workplace, whether it’s in your home or in a regular office. Let the soothing strains of jazzy, romantic, and rhythmical music as performed by PPO musicians, relieve your stress and make you feel at ease while working. Premiering in this virtual pocket concert are exquisite pieces of mood music that include the sensual bossa-nova vibe of Luiz Bonfá’s Manhã de Carnaval; the romantic ballad Araw-Gabi by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab or Mr. C; the jazzy and classic Someone to Watch Over Me by George Gerswhin; and the rhythmic and energetic Tsismis also by Mr. C. 

Featured PPO musicians include the bassoon duo of Adolfo Mendoza & Frenvee Andra, violinist Angelica Uson, trumpetist Glober Calambro, trombonist Ricson Poonin, and the PPO Violin Section.

MUSIC FOR HEALING, a series of online performances or “virtual pocket concerts,” consists of three playlists: PPO by Your Bedside, PPO in Your Workplace, and PPO in Your Living Room. Each playlist has a program of four musical numbers consisting of solo and ensemble performances, recorded by PPO musicians from their own homes. MUSIC FOR HEALING aims to promote the benefits of music therapy on the mental and emotional health. Music to soothe the heart, ease the mind, and heal the soul.

A Day in the Life of a Fool (Black Orpheus) (Luis Bonfa)

Performers: Adolfo Mendoza & Frenvee Andra, bassoon duet

Luiz Floriano Bonfá was a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He was best known for the compositions he penned for the film Black Orpheus. Manhã de Carnaval, also known as “A Day in the Life of a Fool,” “Carnival,” “Theme from Black Orpheus,” or simply “Black Orpheus,” appeared as a principal theme in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro by French director Marcel Camus. It became one of the first Bossa Nova compositions to gain popularity outside Brazil. Particularly in the United States, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s.


Araw Gabi (Ryan Cayabyab)

Performers: Angelica Uson, violin & Glober Calambro, trumpet

Ryan Cayabyab, also known as Mr. C, is a Filipino musician, composer and conductor. He was the Executive and Artistic Director for several years of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. He was named as National Artist of the Philippines for Music in 2018. Araw Gabi is a song written for his wife’s last birthday as a single person before they got married. It was originally sang by Nonoy Z and was popularized by Regine Velasquez.


Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gerswhin)

Performer: Ricson Poonin, trombone

George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, the jazz standard “I Got Rhythm,”, and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which gave birth to the hit “Summertime.” “Someone to Watch Over Me” is a 1926 song composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, assisted by Howard Dietz who penned the title. It was written for the musical “Oh, Kay!,” with the part originally sung on Broadway by English actress Gertrude Lawrence while holding a rag doll in a sentimental solo scene.


Tsismis (Ryan Cayabyab)

Performer: PPO Violin Section

In 1981, National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab released “One”, an acapella album and “The First of its kind in Philippine recording: a one-man performance.” It contains a mix of 10 original and cover songs all sung by the Maestro himself, in up to 16 different voices from soprano to baritone. One of the highlights of this album is the song entitled “Tsismis”. The song is arranged for violins in 4 parts and displays an exact concept of ‘tsismis’, a lively chattering between 2 people with playful melodies, a chaotic climax with the use of glissandos, thrills, pizzicati and sul ponticelli, and ends with a steady groove with ‘chops’ as its beatbox.