ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra

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ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded 2012
Location Manila, Philippines
Website philharmonic.abs-cbn.com

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is a Philippine broadcast orchestra based in Manila and is operated by ABS-CBN. The orchestra was founded in 2012, Gerard Salonga served as the orchestra's conductor and musical director. It is a joint venture of ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings Corporation, both under the portfolio of Lopez Holdings Corporation.[1] The orchestra consists of 40 instrumentalists.[2][3] Famous Filipino composer and conductor Ryan Cayabyab lauds the orchestra for its smooth and beautiful music.[4]


Its official debut was on July 20, 2012 on its concert at the Dolphy theater. The orchestra played some classical pieces and well-known soundtracks from Philippine films in the event.[3] Its first major public debut was on the "Icons at the Arena” concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on July 16, 2012.[4] The orchestra played some of the most recognized film scores of the American composer John Williams in its first solo concert, "The Magic of John Williams" on September 2, 2012 at the Meralco Theater.[5]

Reviews for the concert was generally positive. Norman Sison of the ABS-CBN News wrote "It was a good ending, just like in the movies."[6]

In 2012, the orchestra guested on the hit Philippine television drama Walang Hanggan.[7]

In Christmas 2012, the orchestra performed a concert at Rockwell Tent.[8]

In 2013, due to popular demand, the orchestra did a repeat of their concert "The Magic of John Williams" on February 23 at the Meralco Theatre.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (24 July 2012). "ABS-CBN forms its own philharmonic orchestra". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Andoque, Neil Jason. "ABS-CBN Philharmonic performs for Kapamilyas". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hila, Antonio C. (30 July 2012). "ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to hold inaugural concert Aug. 18". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Cayabyab lauds ABS-CBN Philharmonic". ABS-CBN News. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates John Williams and the magic of his music!". Rod Magaru Show. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Sison, Norman (3 September 2012). "Review: Movie magic with ABS-CBN Philharmonic". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Daniel-Katerina wedding wins big in ratings". ABS-CBN News. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Tomada, Nathalie (21 December 2012). "A Christmas gift from ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to do a repeat of ‘The Magic of John Williams’". ABS-CBN. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Tanchanco, John Paul (24 January 2013). "Hollywood maestro featured in Philharmonic concert". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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