A world premiere and choral works transcribed for strings highlighted the first concert in celebration of the NAMCYA 45th Anniversary. The National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines brought the strings to center stage as they kicked-off their celebration with “Minsan Lang Kami Maging Musiko” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert featured NAMCYA winners, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, and Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble) last  August 15, 2018. Guests performers included world renowned Filipino choir Novo Concertante Manila, and International opera singers Jonathan Badon and Stefanie Quintin.

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) is the youth orchestra program of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. The group placed first, ex aequo, at the recently concluded Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held in Vienna, Austria. The group is composed of the most advanced students of the MSO Music Academy and other qualified students ages 8 to 18 years old, some of which have participated and won prizes in the NAMCYA. MSJO is under the baton of Prof. Jeffrey Solares (NAMCYA 1990 Violin Category B 2nd Prize and 1993 Violin Category C 3rd Prize). Emanuel John Villarin (2016 Strings Semifinalist and 2018 Strings 2nd Prize), Jeanne Rafaella Marquez (2016 Strings Second Prize and 2018 Strings First Prize), and Damodar Das Castillo (2016 Strings Second Place), all members of the MSJO, were featured as soloists. They presented works by Vivaldi, Haydn, and selections from their competition repertoire including Nilo Alcala’s Dayo-dayo Kupita, and Benny Castillon’s Kruhay, both choral works transcribed for the string ensemble.

The newly-organized Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble) is a national rondalla ensemble composed of the participants of the First Rondalla Music Camp held in Baguio City in July 2017. Kuwerdas Filipinas presented a selection of rondalla-transcribed works by Mendelssohn, Abelardo, Brahms, among others. On their maiden voyage, the ensemble also premiered  “Dambana,” composed by National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon Santos for rondalla and choir. They were also joined by NAMCYA Winners Nelson Quirit (2012 Solo Rondalla Instrument Third Prize), CEU Manila Singers (2017 Adult Choir Second Prize), soprano Stefanie Quintin, tenor Jonathan Badon, and Novo Concertante Manila.



NAMCYA Secretariat

Dr. Renato B. Lucas, Secretary General

Prof. Ronan Ferrer, Supervising Culture and Arts Officer

Robert Jayson Javellana, Administrative and Finance Officer

Katrina Bermas, Cashier

Anni Pagkatipunan, Bookkeeper

Kiel Balog, Liaison Officer and Custodian

Ron Oñate, Culture and Arts Assistant



Production Team

Ron Oñate, Production Manager

John Mark Calica, Stage Manager

Luis Alcoran, Technical Director

Rosario Edralin, Marketing Consultant for Sales

Ramon Antonio Ramirez, Videographer

Rodel Valiente, Photographer

Joselle Calizo, Graphic Artist



Video Production

Written, Produced and Directed by: Ron Oñate and Blue Arjona (Drum Teacher Manila)

Storyboard by: Ron Oñate

Camera: Melody Arjona Arjona (Drum Teacher Manila)

Editing: Blue Arjona (Drum Teacher Manila)



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