PPO’s fun and informative “musical instrument petting zoo” goes virtual!


Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines

This program is made possible with the support of the Philippine Gaming and Amusements Corporation (PAGCOR)


To be streamed online


August 30, 2020 – The Flute with Hercules Santiago

Streamed Live via the PPO Facebook page every Sunday at 4:00PM


The concert flute takes center stage in this edition of PPO’s virtual instrument petting zoo.  A member of the woodwind family, the flute is often described as airy, light, poetic, mellow, bright, ethereal, soft, graceful, penetrating, brilliant, clear, silvery, wind-like, whistling, whispering, humming, and sighing. Let Hercules Santiago, Principal Flutist of the PPO, take you on a journey with this orchestral instrument. Hercules will demonstrate the mechanisms of the flute; how it produces sound, how it is played, what sounds it can produce, and other interesting facts. The mini lecture-demo demo will also be highlighted with performances of delightful light classical pieces and popular tunes best suited to this orchestral instrument.

The Musical Instruments Appreciation Series for Children and Families aims to promote the appreciation for the individual instruments of the orchestra. An offshoot of “Tricks and Musical Treats, a PPO Family concert,” an annual concert for children and families, this virtual musical playground focuses on a different instrument every Sunday. We invite you to have fun learning about musical instruments of the orchestra and enjoy listening to musicians playing these musical instruments.

Santiago studied in the University of the Philippines College of Music, Major in Flute, under the tutelage of Prof. Eric Barcelo.  He was also a student of international flutist David Jerome Johnson.  He won 1st Place Soloist in the Balik Banda Provincial and Regional level in 1990, in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists as 1st runner-up Flute Category C in 1995. 

He was the Principal Flutist of the Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra, U.P. Chamber Orchestra and Manila Symphony Orchestra.  He was a member of San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra, Syrinx Flute Quartet, U.P. Woodwind Quintet and Clarion Flute Quartet.  Hercules had been a faculty member as Flute Instructor in the U.P College of Music Extension Program in Diliman, Quezon City and St. Scholastica’s College School of Music in Manila.   

Hercules is an active member and conductor of two famous marching bands in Pampanga: Ocampo’s Band 46 of Betis and Band 31 of Sasmuan. 

In October 2011, Santiago was officially appointed as the Principal Flutist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.