For this year’s World Piano Day, let us celebrate the brilliance of world-renowned pianists who are also Cebuanas by nature and heart.

Ingrid Sala Santamaria

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One of the most celebrated pianists in the Philippines is Ingrid Sala Santamaria. She is considered a legend in the field of music and piano after performing in various places in and out of the country.

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Santamaria helped found the Cebu Youth Orchestra in 1995, which turned into the Peace Philharmonic Philippines in 2000. In addition, she started the Cebu Piano Teachers Guild Inc. These well-structured organizations and her passion for music became her stepping stones to being awarded Cebu’s Most Notable Cebuanos in 2000, followed by the Chevalier Dans L’Ordre National Du Merite in 2004.

Aima Maria Labra-Makk

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An educator, solo concert pianist, and chamber musician, Aima Maria Labra-Makk is a triple threat in the music industry. Critics around the globe have praised her expressive style and exquisite playing.

A University of the Philippines graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree, Labra-Makk has shown real talent, raising Filipino pride. She has won competition after competition, such as the National Music Competition for Young Artists—Piano Category and the First International Competition Franz Schubert & 20th Century Music. Following her triumphs, Labra-Makk received several recognitions, including one from the Ministry of Education of Austria.

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On this World Piano Day, let us applaud the remarkable contributions of Ingrid Sala Santamaria and Aima Maria Labra-Makk, whose passion, talent, and dedication continue to enrich the cultural tapestry of Cebu and inspire generations of aspiring musicians worldwide.


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