May 31, 2017
Chamber Orchestra spent the beginning of its second week on tour traveling from the island of Cebu to the beautiful island of Bohol. Before the group left Cebu, the students participated in a local humanitarian project to help build a community bathroom (known as a “comfort room” to locals) in the city of Cordova. Working together, they carried heavy materials to the location and stacked hundreds of bricks to form the small bathroom complex. After arriving in Bohol, the group members had time to enjoy some sunshine at the beach before their performance Tuesday night. During the concert, the Arts Choir from the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School featured a few songs. The concert was standing room only as more than 1,500 audience members filled the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City to watch Chamber Orchestra perform. <h6>The group returned to Cebu for a weekend performance at the 2017 Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage), a traditional festival held the last Friday of May each year.</h6> On Wednesday, the group toured the island of Bohol. The orchestra visited several popular sites, including the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary (home to the world’s smallest primate) and the famous Chocolate Hills. Afterward, the group went on the Loboc River Cruise, where they had lunch on board a floating restaurant. On Thursday, the group returned to Cebu for a weekend performance at the 2017 Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage), a traditional festival held the last Friday of May each year. For the event, the orchestra was asked to play at Fort San Pedro, a historical landmark built by the first Spanish settlers in the 16th century. Chamber Orchestra will spend its final week on tour in Manila, where the orchestra members will perform with Broadway star Lea Salonga.READ MORE
Chamber Orchestra member Brennan Tolman, who speaks Tagalog (the official language of the Philippines), addresses the media during a press conference.
One of the orchestra percussionists, Grant Taylor, helps a young girl play the cymbals for the first time.
Teaming up with a local charity, Zoë Jorgenson and other members of the orchestra help build a bathroom for a community in Cebu.