We’re surrounded with stars again, in an evening attended by artists and very important persons for Music Museum‘s 25th year anniversary celebration. Many of their first and brightest shining moments unfolded on the Music Museum stage. It also broke ground with some of the more creative and risk-taking live-performance concepts — from powerhouse collaborations to concert series for up-and-coming acts, which trademarked Music Museum as more than just a venue but a “partner” to musical dreams and aspirations. For many Filipino performers and audience, the Music Museum has always been their home.
Music Museum was born to provide the most revolutionary theater experience in the Philippine scene, a living testimony of music in the Philippines and collaboration of friendship. Music as the universal language, it connects people. Its founder, well-known performer Kuh Ledesma recalled, “It was just an idea, a spark from a desire to make things better in a music field that needed to express itself more. In 1988, two years after the first People Power, local performing artists had multiplied in number. Art and music ached to be seen, heard, felt and experienced. But there were not many places that one could perform in.”
She wanted the Music Museum to be a “testament to Filipino musical talent and an exhibition hall of Philippine pop music history” through memorabilia — costumes, dancing shoes, musical instruments, trophies of the best in Philippine entertainment; adorning the place to pique interest, delight and inform anyone stepping into the venue.
The 25-Year Commemoration
Jazz, pop, R&B, rock, ballad, you name it. The Music Museum has sung it. From bands and concert performers such as the likes of Pops Fernandez and Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez, The Rainmakers, The Mulatto, South Border, The Tux, APO Hiking Society and more; to adrenaline-pumping dance concerts of Sex Bomb and Hot Legs; to Broadway musicals like Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar and Menopause: The Musical; Rent to male revues like The Chippendales and Manpower Australia; to stand-up comedy performances from Rex Navarette, Allan K, Dyords Javier, Vice Ganda, Jon Santos, Willie Nepomuceno and other top comedians; to the magic shows of Erik Mana; to foreign performances headlined by David Pomeranz, The Platters, Angoon, Chick Correa and the Von Trapps, the Music Museum has showcased it. These and all, contained in the commemorative coffee table book launched the same day of the anniversary.
Perhaps, it’s the most important contribution to the local entertainment scene being the “launch pad” of careers. The late master rapper Francis M., Agot Isidro, Sitti, Aiza Seguerra and Rico Blanco when he went solo, are just among the top acts who held their first major concerts at the Music Museum.
The book dedicated to Kuh Ledesma’s passion and vision for music, to Atty. Rafael Ortigas’ heart for the world culture, music and entertainment, and to Edith Alcantara for the faith that enabled Music Museum to live again was published by Sorell Publishing Company.
The Anniversary Happenings
Along the musical journey seen at the anniversary celebration held at Teatrino last 08 Augusr 2013, we’ve witnessed a full production number involving artist performances in different genres, all in one stage: Bituin Escalante (RnB), Bo Cerrudo (Broadway), Isabella (Pop), Jett Pangan (Rock), Jay Cayuca and Joey Ayala (World Music), Rachelle Gerodias and Jonathan Badon (Opera), Abra (Rap), Jacqui Aquino (Jazz), Mitch Valdes (Comedy), Aiza Seguerra and Noel Cabangon (Acoustic), The Company (OPM), and Kuh Ledesma (Gospel). Sharing you below are the never before seen photos that night.
We’ve encountered videos of many artists answering their fondest memories in the music wonderland. The Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales answered that it’s the Music Museum’s opening night. Among other responses include Mr. Pure Energy Gary V’s On Higher Ground concert, Direk Freddie Santos’ OPM musicals, The Concert Queen Pops Fernandez’s Pop Diva with Kuh Ledesma, Philippines’ Queen of Bossa Nova Sitti’s first major concert billed as SimpliSitti and Maestro Mr. C. tells that it’s the community of artists and the families who get together to celebrate life in music that matters. Video greetings featured artists like Pilita Corrales, Pops Fernandez, Yeng Constantino, Sitti, Jamie Rivera, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Freddie Santos, Mr. C., Willie Nepomuceno, Erik Santos and John Pratts.
Music Museum’s Legacy
Precy M. Florentino, the President and CEO of Music Museum Group, Inc., took over from its original owner Kuh Ledesma in 1990. Music Museum has opened for the public in 1988, Ms. Florentino is a gifted entrepreneur with excellent management skills, and spearheaded the creation of Greenhills’ most exciting destination.
“Nobody really makes money running a theatre but I wanted to make sure that Music Museum would continue to live its mission. It has brought so much pride and pleasure. We hope it will continue to give joy to many for many more years to come,” said Precy upon sharing her accomplishments.
At the Philippines’ most intimate venue, we’ve also gained our fondest memories and wonderful music experiences that will always be been part of our lives. We’re more than happy to be part of this grandest occasion. It’s born for the desire to make things better for music and a venue accessible to performers showcasing the wealth of Filipino talent.
“After 25 years, Music Museum is still alive and not just kicking. It is vibrant and in bloom,” says Kuh Ledesma. She’s thankful to Precy for nurturing it with so much passion, commitment, and the vision to make it succeed. “It’s all about music and dance, and theatre, and bands and acts, and world-class talent. Happy 25th birthday Music Museum!”
Congratulations to the people who work behind the scenes for every show, for every event through the years, music lovers and theatre goers, and to all the audience who loved and frequented the theatre for 25 years. Now, it’s time to get ready for the next 25.