Last March 22nd, 15 singers myself included was given an opportunity to be part Paco Park Presents. With guidance from our voice teacher Perpy Lopez-Heath and accompanied by renowned pianist Maryanne Espina, each one of us took center stage. The weather did not cooperate with us that day. It was raining all morning. It’s a good thing it was just a drizzle in the afternoon and when we started the show, the rain was all gone. All in all it was a very pleasant experience not only for me but for all of us who was part of concert.
Just to give a little background, Paco Park in Manila was once a cemetery for wealthy Spanish families. Today, this park is used for many events and occasions. With a recreational garden and an amphitheater in the middle, this place is visited by many tourists and locals alike. In the efforts of sustaining our Philippine history, the department of tourism launched Paco Park Presents. Mostly, this program features local artist but sometimes international artists perform as well.
Nowadays, we tweens take our history for granted, we are more interested in famous artists, popular places to go to and activities our peers are into. We love to watch concerts of foreign artists and eat at international restaurant chains. I can pretend to like learning about our history but truth be told, I’m so not into it. But, programs like Paco Park Presents definitely made me curious enough to know more about this place and made me wonder what the Philippines was like back in the day. As I started researching about the past I realized how rich and amazing Philippine culture is.