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Launch Tribute of Lucio San Pedro Collection 2013
This year marks the centennial year of a man whose musical talent and influence greatly affected the course of Philippine music and culture. This man is none other than Lucio San Pedro, hailed National Artist for Music in 1991. Freeway celebrates his 100th anniversary with the launch of the 9th installment of the National Artist Collector’s Series.
The celebration was launched with a tribute event held last May 28, Tuesday at The Row in Glorietta. With his music in the background played by a live string ensemble, it was definitely a night filled with nationalistic grandeur attended by Philippine fashion and music enthusiasts, media, bloggers, and family and friends of Lucio San Pedro. The guests were able to witness the unveiling of the much-anticipated Fall Collection for 2013 featuring a wide array of tops and dresses with designs complementing Lucio San Pedro’s musical aesthetics.
Hosted by Rachel Alejandro, the event started with a video montage of San Pedro’s life and works. The guests were taken back in time as they became more familiar of the National Artist’s biography and how he came to be an outstanding and inspiring individual to the Philippine musical culture. After this, the guests were treated to a beautiful medley of songs prepared by high school students straight from Lucio’s hometown, the ARS Noveau Chorale from Angono Rizal Lead School for the Arts. They awed the audience with hits such as Sa Mahal Kong Bayan, Piliin Mo ang Pilipinas, Kayumangging Malaya and Sa Ugoy ng Duyan. Also a respected musical talent herself, Ms. Rachel Alejandro surprised the audience by joining the kids onstage and performed with them.
Of course the night wouldn’t be complete without Lucio San Pedro’s beloved family being present. The night’s special guests, Kristy San Pedro Salita, Rhodora San Pedro delos Santos, Alberto delos Santos and Dr. Antonio Hila, did a special interview with Rachel onstage.
In line with the nationalistic theme of the event, the night was capped off with the presentation of the winners of the recently held Art Bag Design Contest. Their winning designs, Fiestas in the Philippines by Kevin Roque and Ang Huling Babaylan by Christine Sioco, are now available in Freeway stores nationwide.