Cultural Center of the Philippines 



August 26, 2017 | 3:00 PM 

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)



Kabataang Gitarista (KG), a classical guitar training program for public high school students in Manila, Pasay and Paranaque celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a concert featuring different batches currently receiving training: the 2016 and 2015 Batches and the Core Group composed of Batches from 2014 and earlier. Their trainers are Maestro Jose Valdez, and his assistant Daniel Lopez. 


The highlight of the concert will be the performance of the KG five-member all-male Performing Ensemble composed of two alumni majoring in classical guitar who are currently enrolled in music colleges, and selected outstanding members of the 2014 Batch currently in high school.  The group is composed of Christian Mercader, Fernando Sy-Changco III, David Tiongson, Andrei Fernandez and Edel Mark Bitao. 



Batch 2016

Doon Po sa Amin (Valdez, arr.) 


Batch 2015

Ilang-Ilang (De Leon) 


Batch 2014 and earlier

Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms)

Andalucia (Lecuona)

Katakataka (Suarez)  

Ikaw ang Mahal Ko (Arevalo)

Ikaw Lamang (Silos) 

Danza Ritual del Fuego (De Falla) 

Medley of Movie Themes 


(All the ensemble pieces arranged by Maestro Jose Valdez)


All-male Performing Ensemble

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel/Mercader, arr)

Introduction et Fandango (Boccherini/Kannengeiser, arr.)

Selections from Carmen (Bizet/Kannengeiser, arr.)

Bluezilian (Assad)

Presto (1st  movement) from String Quartet No. 3 (Mozart/Hoger, arr.)

Libertango (Piazzolla/Hirakura, arr.)

Pacific Coast Highway (York)

Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal (Cuenco/Valdez, arr.)

El Relicario (Padilla/Valdez, arr.)

Usher Waltz (Koshkin)



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Kabataang Gitarista was organized by the CCP Artist Training Division in August 2012 to promote appreciation for and interest in classical guitar performance among public high school students; to provide the highest level of guitar training free of charge; and to develop a performing classical guitar ensemble. Read more...

















The concert is FREE and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.                           

Tickets will be distributed at the Little Theater Lobby one hour before the concert.