Tanya Chua Is First Singaporean To Perform In The Philippines' National Arts Month


Tanya Chua, Singapore’s bilingual performer and composer, will perform at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila this evening from 8 to 10pm as part of the Philippines’ National Arts Month. This marks the first time that Singapore is represented at the national annual festival. Tanya's concert is made possible by the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC) and the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).


The National Arts Month celebrates Philippine creative imagination every year in February. Started in 1991 and now in its 13th year, the festival is spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the country's premier government institution for the arts and culture. The National Arts Month celebration has evolved from a Manila-centered activity to a national event reaching thousands of people from all walks of life. The theme for this year is "Bahagharing Kalinangan": A Celebration of Diversity in Philippine Arts and Culture.


Tanya will be performing in one of Manila’s newest parks, to about 300 dignitaries including the Mayor of Manila, Mr Lito Atienza and Charge d’ Affairs of Singapore’s Embassy to the Philippines, Mr Paul Ko.  Tanya is set to thrill audiences with original compositions such as All Right, Luck, It’s Your Chance, Tell Me, Just Like In The Movies and familiar favourites like Drops of Jupiter and True Colours.


Tanya’s English and Chinese albums attest to her versatility in various genres of music, which have been well received in Singapore and the region.  Her popularity has led her to perform at key music events in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. She was also the first Singapore artist to be interviewed on CNN’s acclaimed Q&A Asia series.  
(More information on Tanya is attached at Annex 1.)


Opening the concert for Tanya Chua are singers Eury Zuluetta, Annie Luis and the band Free Verse.  Baritone Zulueta is a former member of the UP Concert Chorus while soprano Luis is a former soloist of the UP Singing Ambassadors and is now with Bayanihan, The Philippine National Folk Dance Company.  Free Verse first broke into the music scene by doing the front act for Side A in its “Forevermore Campus Tour” at Atenco, comprising lead vocalist TJ Ortiz, Ned Esguerra, Joel Tolentino, Bong Maquito and Kenji Matira. 


The Singapore-Philippines Cultural Cooperation Programme was signed between the NAC and the Philippines’ NCCA in 1997 and renewed in August 2001. It covers performances, exhibitions, arts education and visits among arts practitioners in the fields of the visual, performing and literary arts.


Annex – Tanya Chua