Last November 29, a group of military men entered the Manila Peninsula, a five-star hotel in our business district, and called for the Philippine President to step down from Office. As a result of this mutiny, our armed forces entered into this grand hotel, blasted tear gas, sprayed gunfire, and forced an Armored Personnel Carrier into the lobby. The mutineers were eventually gathered and placed in custody but the hotel lobby was quite damaged.
However, just 9 nine days after this chaos, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will hold its annual Christmas Concert in this very same hotel, under the baton of Maestro Ruggero Barbieri, who yearly flies into the Philippines for this concert. The hotel has been cleaned and repaired, a testament to a resilient human spirit, and the show will go on. Heavenly music will fill the halls and wipe away the memory of near disaster.
No rain, not even of gunfire, can stop music from playing at Christmas.
I wish you all a wonderful performance this holiday season and a blessed time with family and friends!
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