Monday, July 29, 2013

July 3rd: Malacañan Palace

Front page of the Inquirer with President Noynoy Aquino

Touring the inside of the Malacanan Palace
Nolen and his mom boarding the bus

Hey, it's Ceci! So, today we went to Malacañan to play for the Philippine President Noynoy Aquino III. We played Isang Dugo, Kay Ganda ang Ating Musika, Pobreng Alindahaw, Maria Cristina, and Palladio. At the end of our performance, Aaron and I got to give the president a Boston t-shirt as a gift. He, in return, gave all of us a commemorative 500 peso bill with his dad's and mother's picture on it, plus the girls received a tote bag and the boys a planner, both emblazoned with the official seal of the president. 

After the show, the Presidential staff served us a lot of really good food, like pasta, buffalo wings, sweet desserts, and a variety of bottomless tropical fruit juices. Next, our guide brought us to the Malacañan museum, still in our dresses and suits. We learned that "Malacañan" means that "May Lakan diyan", or "There is a noble person there". We later went to Studio M for rehearsals, where we practiced "Saranggola ni Pepe" with Celeste Legaspi and "Kay Ganda ang Ating Musika" with Rachel Alejandro. Tomorrow, Ryan Cayabyab, Jon Joven, and Jim Paredes will also perform with us. It is an honor to be able to perform with these stars at Resorts World tomorrow. During the rehearsal, Channel 5 News TV came to film and interview us. Because I'm the youngest (I'm only twelve!), I got interviewed along with Janrey. The interviewer asked us why we were proud of being Filipino. He also asked us to speak some Tagalog. I'm really excited for Resorts World tomorrow, and apparently our picture that we took with Noynoy might even be on the front page of the Inquirer! 
So long for now!


In fact, our picture at top with President Noynoy was featured on the front page! They even filmed our performance as well! Just look at a clipping of it below! -- Sierra Jamir

Saranggola ni Pepe group and Celeste Legaspi

IP Rondalla with Rachel Alejandro

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