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And here’s another shot of Lea Salonga in her Grizabella costume. The show starts in a couple weeks. We hope everyone is excited!


And here’s another shot of Lea Salonga in her Grizabella costume. The show starts in a couple weeks. We hope everyone is excited!

Backstory: Proud of Gerard, awestruck by Cecile Licad

By Lea Salonga
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:15:00 07/08/2010

 MANILA, Philippines—If there’s one thing that makes me proud as a big sister, it’s seeing my brother Gerard totally in his element.

Saturday night, my little family (and a throng of classical music fans) headed to the Philam Life Auditorium in Manila to watch him conduct FILharmoniKA. Sure, I’d seen him conduct this talented young orchestra; I’d even worked with all of its members in concert. However, on this night, he would be collaborating with a musical genius who has been bringing honor to the country for many years: Cecile Licad.

Ms Licad was a protégé of the former first lady Imelda Marcos, who sent her abroad for music education.

She is one of the finest concert pianists in the world, and arguably the finest the Philippines has produced, not only for her abundant technical gifts, but for her interpretation and emotional connection to the pieces she plays.

Flower guy

Rob was tasked with being the “flower guy,” so before we headed to the auditorium, we went to our neighborhood flower shop and had an arrangement made for Ms Licad.

Nicole started sniffing the blooms and asking questions. Finally, she picked one flower for herself, and the nice arranger guy wrapped it nicely, and decorated it with a few bits of greenery. Her pink gerbera daisy was truly very pretty.

This was Nicole’s very first classical concert, so I had no idea how she would behave. But once we settled in, I didn’t have to worry. Her ninong and ninang were both onstage, so that got her attention.

She sat on my lap and started watching as Gerard began conducting the first piece of the evening, “El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-Cornered Hat)” by Manuel de Falla. Gerard’s conducting style is certainly entertaining, with side-to-side swaying of the hips and a permanent smile on his face. It was obvious that he was enjoying what he was doing.

I was also pleasantly surprised that this audience seemed to be one that attended classical performances often—no applause between movements, which is how it should be. The applause, and subsequent hooting, hollering and banshee-like screaming, should follow after the entire concerto has been performed.

Perfect acoustics

The Philam Life’s acoustics, I must say, sounded perfect.

After this first De Falla came another, “Noches en los Jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain).” Here’s where Ms Licad made her first appearance on stage to generous applause, wearing a gold halter dress that showed off her figure but wouldn’t hamper her movement.

A treat

I had never seen her perform live, so sitting in the third row was a special treat. Her fingers were fleeting, lightning-fast all over the keyboard. This is to be expected, given her training and experience.

Most impressive was her expression. She “sang” along when she played, her mouth moving almost as quickly as her hands. She would stamp her foot on the pedal from time to time, depending on what was happening in the music.

One thing that never changed was how she and Gerard were in constant two-way communication from the moment the piece began until its end.

Next in the lineup was Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia.” (Trivia: Sibelius wrote this in 1899 for a rally defending the freedom of the press when Finland was still under the Russian Empire. Wow!) Finally, the last piece: Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 22.” The moment Ms Licad started playing, I recognized it: the same piece that I had to “play” for the first part of “Redwood Curtain.”

Hearing it in its entirety played right, and with the orchestra backing her up, was going to send me into orbit. And it did! I was so excited! Throughout the piece, the communication between Gerard and Ms Licad proved valuable.


Gerard later revealed that she was just freely playing, and because of their being in complete sync, she could have thrown all tempi out the window and they still would have started, middle-d and ended together. It was magical to watch.

She later asked (I was so star-struck, I can’t remember the exact question) what working with Gerard was like for me, and I told her that when I’m with him on stage, I never feel alone, that no matter what happens, I know he’ll be there to catch me. I’m sure she felt that same way.

After the main program, the hooting, hollering and screaming audience on its feet kept her coming back for more. She must have played four or five encores. Man, I could have listened to her all night.

Ms Licad possesses amazing technical proficiency and emotional transparency. I never once had to guess how she was interpreting a piece, by the way it sounded, by her posture (and how it would change depending on the passage), a breath, a look, a smirk, a knowing grin.

Inside her petite frame is a monster of a piano player, at home in front of an audience, surrounded by an orchestra and supported by equally nimble players and a game conductor.

Who’s next?

I don’t know anyone can follow in Ms Licad’s footsteps at this time. I haven’t heard of another pianist that possesses the same qualities. I sure hope someone rises up to the plate. It would be unfortunate if she proves to be one of the last artisans of her kind.

After the concert I went online in search of her recordings; I do plan to purchase all of them. I entered the auditorium knowing of Ms Licad, and came away a rabid fan.


Promise Me by the amazing Ms. Lea Salonga


Lea Salonga as Grizabella in “Cats” (Photo from www.leasalonga.com)


Lea Salonga as Grizabella in “Cats” 
(Photo from www.leasalonga.com)

Lea Salonga feature in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

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An excerpt from an interview with Kent Avenido (Glee’s Howard Bamboo)

Q: Glee has scored a lot of amazing guest stars so far. Who would you like to see guest star on Glee?

A: As a Broadway enthusiast, my vote would have to go to someone like Hugh Jackman or Sutton Foster. With our mutual Filipino ancestry, perhaps Lea Salonga could play one of Howard’s relatives.

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A Sanrio song sang by Lea Salonga (1978) 
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Oh YES, we do!


Oh YES, we do!