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Philippine world-renowned pianist performs “Love for Bohol” at Emory University to help restore disaster-damaged historical churches
ATLANTA, GA – President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Dr. Raul Sunico, is set to present his repertoire in a solo piano performance on Saturday, November 1 at 2pm in Emory University to benefit the Filipino-American community’s efforts to support emergency restoration aid to 300-year-old heritage churches and their communities devastated by last year’s 7.2 earthquake and hit by typhoon Haiyan in the province of Bohol in the Philippines.
Dr. Sunico’s piano performance, Love for Bohol, intends to provide the local Atlanta audience with classical and Filipino masterpieces specially arranged for this event.
“It is through cultural enrichment that opens one’s appreciation to value heritage,” Dr. Sunico said. “It is my hope, through this event, to increase awareness of the need to save and restore important historical landmarks that transcend cultures.”
Besides his famous footprint as a concert pianist, Dr. Sunico is also an orchestral soloist and a composer-arranger of Philippine music. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Sunico has been praised for “unusual gifts of lyricism and poetry in his playing” by his eminent mentor Sascha Gorodnitzki. Dr. Sunico received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Piano Performance from New York University, Master of Music from Julliard School of Music, and Master of Arts in Statistics and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, both from the University of the Philippines. His Jesuit elementary and secondary education were completed at the Ateneo de Manila.
“We welcome Dr. Sunico on his debut performance in Atlanta,” said Lettie de Guzman, of the DeGuzman and Ramos Group, that’s among the event’s sponsors. “It is an honor for the Filipino-American community in Atlanta to host his performance for such worthy endeavor in heritage restoration and preservation.”
Ongoing restoration aid to Bohol has been initiated by Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia, Jr and his wife, Vicky, immediately after the earthquake struck Bohol last October 15, 2013. The formation of the Bohol Restoration Group was a result of this call to respond to the disaster and has, since then, carried out the work of volunteer experts in the fields of heritage restoration and preservation, including experts from the National Cathedral and UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites, to name a few among the groups involved with stakeholders on the ground in Bohol.
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