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University gets orchestra instruments from donor

Philip Punsalan (middle) poses with some of the musical instruments he donated to Holy Angel University for its plan to expand its marching band into a full orchestra promoting Kapampangan music and culture. With him are Angeles City Councilor Joseph Ponce (right) who facilitated the donation and HAU administrator Robby Tantingco (left). The University Band under the baton of Edwin Lumanug (background) performed during the MOA signing and turnover ceremonies held last Saturday.

Holy Angel University recently received the initial batch of musical instruments from donor Philip Punsalan, US-Based cultural advocate who founded the Aguman Capampangan - United States and also known as Elvis Presley of the Philippines.

Punsalan donated the instruments in recognition of the University’s leading role in cultural advocacy and its marching band under the baton of Edwin Lumanug, a graduate of the University of the Philippines’ Conservatory of Music.

“I know the instruments will be in good hands”, Punsalan said in his remarks at the agreement signing and turnover ceremonies last Saturday, witnessed by Angeles City Councilor Joseph Ponce whose efforts in the last six months facilitated the transfer of the instruments to the University.

Punsalan said he hoped the donation will lead to the creation of a Pampanga Symphony Orchestra that will perform traditional Kapampangan music. This coincides with the University’s plans to convert its marching band into a full orchestra as well as Councilor Ponce’s vision for the city to be known as a center for culture and the arts and not just a destination for tourists seeking entertainment.

Punsalan, who hails from Apalit, is the brother of popular media personality and Gawad Kalinga supporter Orly Punzalan, who was the husband of Helen Vela and father of actress Princess Punzalan. Punsalan, who writes his surname with an s which he says is the original spelling, is a supporter of Hospital on Wheels, a mobile medical facility that conducts medical and surgical services in remote villages in the country.

Punsalan says he hopes the University’s band scholars will be able to own their own instruments from the donated instruments which he says he will raise more funds to replace and expand.

During the turnover program, the University Band performed for Punsalan, who gamely picked up a trumpet and a saxophone which he played with them.

Robby Tantingco, the University’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Center for Kapampangan Studies, thanked Punsalan and Councilor Ponce on behalf of HAU President Dr. Luis Maria Calingo and the HAU Community.

Date Posted: 07-23-2017