NEW YORK – It was a night of Broadway, pop music, and kundiman.
Kung Hindi Man, yan ang ating Filipino Love Song, na talagang napakagandang awitin na parte na ng kultura ng Pilipinas yan, para yung mga kabataan din marinig kung ano ang uri ng taing kundiman nuon,” said Sylvia La Torre.
“I actually was so nervous, that the audience would not be as receptive, but they were and so really was so heartwarming,” said Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.
Move over Nyoy Volante, the real Sylvia La Torre ka-pamaliar ka-look and ka-sound alike is here.
Hollywood and Broadway star Anna Maria Perez de Tagle turns from Disney princess to Philippine kundiman princess.
“Not many sing the Kundiman songs, especially here in America so I plan to continue to sing her songs,” said de Tagle.
Anna Maria’s grandmother and early singing coach is known as the queen of kundiman in the 50’s and 60’s.
“Natutuwa ako at pinag-aaralan niya yung mga kundiman na awit ko at least maski wala na ako itutuloy pa rin niya, di ba, maririnig pa rin, di mamamatay,” said LaTorre.
At 82-years-old, La Torre is the oldest known Filipino to have graced the stage of the Philippine Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall in New York.
“I know this is historic, this is one that’s gonna go down, I mean it’s never happened before with Ms Sylvia and Anna,” said Ivan Dorschner.
Even Philippine Consul General Mario de Leon, took the stage to sing a duet with the queen of kundiman.
Organizers say they are planning to get the show “A Night Broadway, Pop and Kundiman” on a road tour, beginning in Los Angeles soon.