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Ramoncito Carpio in guitar recital

THE Arts Council of Cebu Foundation presents Ramoncito Carpio in a guitar recital tomorrow, April 29 at 8 p.m. at the Marcelo Fernan Press Center. It is in cooperation with Boysen, the No. 1 Paint; and the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel.

The program starts with “Fantasia on Themes from La Traviata” by Tarrega. Then come “ballad of a Young Girl in Love” by Leo Brouwer; “Tarantella” by Johann Kaspar Mertz; and “La Catedral” by Agustin Barrios, movements preludio saudade, andante religioso, and allegro solemne.

Part 1 closes with “Primavera Porteña” by Astor Piazzolla. After a brief intermission the program continues with the following: “Kudyawit” by Bayani de Leon; “Langit ka sa Lupa/Harana” by Angel Peña; “Invierno Porteño” by Astor Piazzolla; and “Koyunbaba” by Carlo Domeniconi, movements moderato, meno mosso, cantabile, and presto.

Here are some biographical notes on the artist: Filipino guitarist Ramoncito Carpio started to play the guitar when he was 12. He decided to study guitar formally at age 17 at the extension program of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music.

He earned his Bachelor of Music, major in guitar, at UP under the tutelage of Prof. Lester Demetillo.

He completed his Master of Music degree at Philippine Women’s University (PWU) School of Music under the guidance of Professor Benchito Cariño.

Thereafter, he continued to pursue doctoral studies in music with Dr. Angelito Agcaoili.

He took master classes with renowned guitarists such as Jorge Luis Zamora (Cuba), Aniello Desiderio (Italy), Berta Rojas (Paraguay), Elena Papandreou (Greece), Roman Viazovsky (Ukraine), and Shin-Ichi Fukuda (Japan).

He also takes special lessons with Philippine-based German guitarist Carsten Linck.

He has performed in numerous concerts around the Philippines and in several guitar festivals abroad. He was a featured soloist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, performing Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” under the baton of Arturo Molina.

In 2012 he won first prize in the Asia International Guitar Competition in Thailand, and second prize in the Taiwan International Guitar Competition.

His other awards include first prize in the Philippine International Guitar Competition (2011), third prize in the Singapore International Guitar Competition (also 2011), and 3rd prize Bangkok International Guitar Competition (2010).

He obtained the second prize in the NAMCYA Guitar category held in 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

In 2013 he released his first solo album entitled “Pahinungod” under Independent Philippine Arts Venture. He is currently working on his second CD, consisting of popular and well-loved OPM songs arranged for the classical guitar.

Ramoncito Carpio is active in promoting the classical guitar not only by performing but also through organizing events. In February 2014 he organized the first ever Philippine Women’s University Classical Guitar Competition.

In the same month, together with Independent Philippine Arts Venture, he brought in French guitarist and 1997 Guitar Foundation of America first prize winner Judicael Perroy for a concert in Manila.

He also helped in organizing the guitar concert of Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas at the Meralco theater in May 2014.

Monching is part of the guitar faculty of the Philippine Women’s University, and St. Scholastica’s College. He also writes music for guitar and stage plays.

For ticket reservations (at P300 each) call the Arts Council at 233-0452.

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Amigos de España en Cebu will have a regular meeting on Wednesday, May 4, at 12 noon at Salon Barcelona of the Casino Español de Cebu.

President Amparito Llamas Lhuillier will introduce the guests of honor—the Radisson Blu Hotel’s general manager Laurent Boisdron, and the hotel manager Fabien Martinez. They both speak Spanish fluently.

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On Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. is a preview of the Mandani Bay Show Gallery. Mandani Bay is a world class 20-hectare waterfront development along the Mactan Channel in Mandaue City.

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Ayala Center Cebu holds “Sartorial Summer” on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m., an occasion filled with fashion music and lots of fun, at The Gallery.

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Jason and Mira Co will celebrate the 18th birthday of their lovely daughter Julieanne starting at 6 p.m. at the Oakridge Pavilion in Banilad, Mandaue City.

Formal attire is requested, any color except red, say the invitations.

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