ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra

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ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded July 20, 2012; 6 years ago (2012-07-20)
Location Manila, Philippines
Music director Gerard Salonga
Website philharmonic.abs-cbn.com

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is a Filipino orchestra based in Manila. It was founded in 2012 with financial support from ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings. It is composed of 40 instrumentalists.[1][2] The orchestra's musical director and conductor is Gerard Salonga.[3]


The official debut of ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra was on July 20, 2012 in a concert held at the Dolphy theater. The orchestra played some classical pieces and some musical score of Filipino films.[2] Its first major public debut was on the "Icons at the Arena” concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on July 16, 2012. The orchestra played some of the most recognized film scores of the American composer John Williams in its first solo concert, "The Magic of John Williams" on September 2, 2012 at the Meralco Theater.[4] In 2013, due to public demand, the orchestra repeated their concert "The Magic of John Williams" on February 23 held also at the Meralco Theatre.[5][6] The orchestra has played alongside Andrea Bocelli, Idina Menzel, Lea Salonga, Lisa Macuja, Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila, Joanna Ampil, Jose Mari Chan, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Pilita Corrales, Louie Ocampo, Ryan Cayabyab, Basil Valdez, Rey Valera, Christian Bautista, Janella Salvador, Jona, and Xian Lim among many others.

Film scores[edit]

ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra has scored several films including Debosyon (2013), Ignacio de Loyola (2016), and Ang Larawan (2017). The orchestra also provided the musical score for the Agila: The EKsperience attraction of Enchanted Kingdom.


  1. ^ Andoque, Neil Jason. "ABS-CBN Philharmonic performs for Kapamilyas". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Hila, Antonio C. (30 July 2012). "ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to hold inaugural concert Aug. 18". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (24 July 2012). "ABS-CBN forms its own philharmonic orchestra". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates John Williams and the magic of his music!". Rod Magaru Show. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to do a repeat of 'The Magic of John Williams'". ABS-CBN. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Tanchanco, John Paul (24 January 2013). "Hollywood maestro featured in Philharmonic concert". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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