By Cyrus A. Natividad
One of the best mini concerts in Iloilo last Christmas was performed at the Victory Plaza, Municipality of Santa Barbara by the Central Philippine University Symphonic Band.
The local government unit made the people of Santa Barbara happy by sharing the holiday blessings to them through a night of music and entertainment entitled Home for Christmas Concert as part of the Pamaskong Handog ni Mayor Doc Para sa Bayan project of the Santa Barbara mayor, Dr. Dennis S. Superficial, last December 21, 2018.
A Symphony of Centralian Talent – Mr. Ascencion O. Bautista led the stunning performance of the band.
The concert was made possible through the coordination of the mayor’s office and the efforts of Mr. Alfredo Y. Alas-as, Sta. Barbara Municipal Administrator and OIC- Office of the Municipal Mayor. CPU Symphonic Band leader, Mr. Ascencion O. Bautista, was then called to coordinate with the Sta. Barbara Tourism Office.
University President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles; Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Ms. Crista Huyong; and the CPU Symphonic Band were acknowledged by the Mayor during the said event. Mr. Bautista was particularly appreciated for his expertise as band director, arranger, and conductor.