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A real treat from Toyota

Posted on October 30, 2014 by jimparedes

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For music buffs, especially those who wish to savor really fine music that can move you to ecstacy, read below.

Toyota is once again offering a treat. No, it is not a new car model. Toyota is once again bringing the Toyota Classics music tour to their Southeast Asia stakeholders and customers as they have been doing for the past 25 years. This is concert showcasing the best of classical and contemporary orchestra music in line with its commitment to help specific charitable institutions across the region through its ticket sales.

Since 1990, Toyota has promoted classical music to support charities across Asia, hosting 175 concerts through the years.

This year, Toyota will be featuring the crème de la crème players of the Royal Opera House Orchestra of London. They are the Covent Garden Soloists, Pamela Tan Nicholson and Vasko Vassilev. And as if that wasn’t enough, extremely talented local artists/performers Bituin Escalante and Tenor Dondi Ong will be singing with them.

I have seen Bituin Escalante a few times and each time it was always been an awesome experience. And I must say that with Doni Ong and all these great foreign artists, it will be like attending a Master Class session.

If you like great movie themes and music from the likes of Phantom of the Opera, this show is NOT to be missed. I highly recommend this.

The show will be on Novemeber 6 2014, 8PM at the CCP Main Theater.

“Be part of a musical extravaganza that touches lives far beyond the stage with music that lives and moves people”

That’s quite a promise!

All proceeds go to Plan International in their efforts to rebuild schools destroyed by Yolanda.

Tickets are available through TicketWorld at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph/toyotaclassics/online

1 to “A real treat from Toyota”

  1. Myrla says:

    Hi Jim

    I saw that you deleted my comments written 3 days ago. I can understand.

    My apologies for sounding like a troll or my comments looking like a spam. It’s neither of those. I mean well.

    Anyway, even if you won’t post my comments, I’m sure you can read this. I know that because I used to have a blog.

    To further what I want to discuss. Last year I saw the OECD- Pisa (Program for International Student Assessment) ranking and saw that 7 Asian countries were at the top 10. PISA assesses Primary Studnets and High School Students also, I think. Here’s the complete ranking 2012, http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/dec/03/pisa-results-country-best-reading-maths-science.

    I then wondered what was the Philippines ranking. In the 2012 ranking (which is the latest), it was noted that Vietnam did very well as their students improved tremendously, having climbed up the lather that quick. It ranked no. 17. A few articles discussing the ranking noted that too. Here is a link to a Filipino professor from Georgetown University, U.S. declaring too that it’s a win for Vietnam. Here’s his blog http://philbasiceducation.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/vietnam-clear-winner-in-pisa-2012.html

    I found out that after performing badly, the Philippines did not participate anymore. Here’s the ranking 2003 ranking http://sociologyonline.net/c16b965s.htm showing The Philippines, Botswana, Ghana and South Africa registered the lowest scores in Math, Reading and Science. The last time it participated was in 1999 and 2003 and both times it performed dismally, near the very bottom alongside African countries.

    Here’s Manila Bulletin discussing it. http://www.mb.com.ph/lessons-from-pisa/

    Vietnam’s economy is of the same size as ours and if they can do it, why can’t us?

    I was thinking why has happened to once was a very good educational system which was the Philippines. And how that trend can be reversed. I was listening to a Filipino Harvard trained economist talking about the economic potentials of the country and his projections that it will do well in 20 years. But I was thinking will it happen if many of its people can’t read and write.

    This is the reason why I contacted you. However, if you are not interested because you have pressing matters to attend to or important commitments, I surely can understand your reluctance to do anything. Maybe then you can please pass on my concerns to those who may be interested. You have the connections to start something that will inspire the young to read and count. I’m not talking of “big stuf” here. Of course the gov’t must do something. But off the top of my head, maybe a project like TV stations giving a few seconds ads encouraging parents to encourage their Primary School aged children to read before bedtime or news program anchorperson giving a one to liner encouraging students to do their math homework and read. Or students from universities, as part of their university’s curriculums’ social component, going to communities in cooperation with schools to do remedial classes in Math. I remember when I was in college as part of social orientation subject or something , I went with my classmates to an aged care facility and help in the garden in the facility. So that instead of that they can help primary students to learn math. Even sororities or fraternities can do that kind of project when college is on break. These are just of my ideas, others may have better ones.

    Anyway, just to let you know, I started reading your blog when you were still living in the Sydney area.

    Thanks for your time. And if you can pass on these comments to those who may be interested, I will greatly appreciate it. I still have 9 years before I retire and go back to live in the Philippines and therefore limited to do something more . I’ll be in the Makati area on 01 Nov.

    Thank you and regards
    Myrla Ocfemia
    jivattatva@yahoo.co.uk



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