The Manila Heritage Trail and Manila Heritage Alliance, the associations of Manila’s tourism and cultural agencies, are setting the stage for the biggest online concert to end 2020 billed “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila” – The Manila Heritage Concert presented by Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, City of Manila, Juancare Foundation Inc and Viva Music Publishing Inc.
The online concert, to be broadcast on December 13, is set to continue the tradition of Concert at the Park and Paco Park Presents, which have been a long-running endeavor of the National Parks and Development Committee. It promises to take both local and international audiences on a virtual tour of Manila’s cultural heritage sites featuring the music of the iconic Hotdog Band. Formed in 1972 and composed of Rene Garcia, Dennis Garcia, Ella del Rosario, Lorrie Illustre, Ramon Torralba, Jess Garcia, and Roy Diaz de Rivera, the group produced the Manila Sound that would forever be enshrined in Filipino pop culture. Who can ever forget their hits “Annie Batungbakal”, “Bongga ka Day”, “Beh Buti Nga”, “Ikaw ang Miss Universe”, “Oh Lumapit Ka” and “Manila”?
The iconic artists performing for the Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila Concert will be headlined by Bras Pas Pas Pas with Raymund Marasigan, Ebe Dancel, Armi Millare, Yeng Constantino, Blaster Silonga, Nicole Laurel Asensio, Bing Austria, Bea Lorenzo, Rubber Inc. and Gary Valenciano. Boyet Sison will host the event with Department of Tourism Sec. Berna Puyat and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as special guests. The concert’s various legs were creatively directed by Juno Oebanda, RA Rivera, Paolo Valenciano, Jason Tan, Alco Guerrero and Quark Henares. The concert is produced by Juno Oebanda, Dindin Araneta and Jezreel Apelar with Department of Tourism Culture & Arts of Manila Chief Charlie Duñgo and National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Cecille Romero at the helm.
The various historic venues featured in the concert are Manila City Hall, Luneta, Paco Park, Intramuros, Museo Pambata, National Planetarium and Jones Bridge.
The concert may be viewed for free on the Facebook pages of cultural agencies involved in the concert.
The Manila Heritage Trail and Manila Heritage Alliance chose to make and show this extraordinary online concert before the Christmas Holidays in order to inspire people through music and visual arts; promote domestic tourism by showcasing Manila’s heritage sites; reinvigorate the live events industry; and, give tribute to front-liners battling COVID-19.