The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. 



May 6, 2017 | 5:00 PM

Tanghalang Maria Makiling, National Arts Center

Los Baños, Laguna




PPO Sunsets at Makiling is one of the CCP’s flagship outreach programs in the arts that bring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) to audiences in Los Baños and other cities and towns outside Laguna for a rare experience of live orchestral music. Set in the beautiful backdrop of sunset in the mountains, the concert features light popular works written by the great Classical Music Masters. This year, the PPO will be joined by young talented opera singers in a performance of excerpts from well-loved operas.


Conducted by PPO Associate Conductor Herminigildo Ranera, the well-attended annual concert brings opera closer to its audience as it features up and coming opera singers including soprano Nerissa De Juan, mezzo soprano Ma. Krissan Manikan, tenor Lorenz Lapresca, and baritones Belford Mabunga and Joseleo Logdat.  The programme includes overtures, arias and ensemble pieces from well-known operas including Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Bizet’s “Carmen”, De Leon’s “Noli Me Tangere,” among others. The concert’s Music Director and Vocal Coach is international Filipino Baritone Andrew Fernando.


Bring your picnic baskets and enjoy the sunset at the mountaintop venue as the country’s premier orchestra serenades you with classical strains from beloved operas!




Young soprano Nerissa De Juan is taking up her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice at the New Era University under Prof. Ligaya Quinitio. A new face in the field of opera, she was one of those who essayed the role of Maria Clara in  Felipe Padilla de Leon’s opera Noli Me Tangere at the CCP on January 2017. Ma. Krissan Manikan finished her vocal studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris under soprano Florence Guignolet under a French government scholarship. She has given performances in the Philippines and abroad. Lorenz Lapresca is currently taking up Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at St. Scholastica's College Manila under the tutelage of Pablo Molina and Camille Lopez-Molina. Belford King Mabunga finished his Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the Philippine Women's University College of Music. Joseleo Logdat finished his Bachelor of Music degree and his Master of Music degree  in Voice at the Sta. Isabel College of Music and at the Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. He is active as a solo performer and teacher. The concert’s Music Director and Vocal Coach is international Filipino Baritone Andrew Fernando who has performed as principal artist with Opera Pacific, San Francisco Opera Merola, Eugene Opera, Opera San Jose, New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, First Act Opera of England, LA Opera/Hong Kong Arts Festival, Walt Disney Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, Singapore Lyric Opera, Duluth Festival Opera and Cultural Center of the Philippines to name a few. Andrew is also active as a stage and concert director.



Free (Open to the Public)




Jeepneys to NAC will be available at Baker Hall from 2:00 PM onward on May 6, 2017.

Fare: Php50 (one way)