Agripino Diestro (Philippines)
Lester Delgado (Philippines)
Lester Delgado received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music for Conducting at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. For 8 years now, he is the conductor and musical director of the St. John Bosco Chorale, a church-based choir of St. John Bosco Parish in Makati. And that thru his vision to share this great talent to the world he was able to bring the group to Hong Kong, China, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy and Canada and had them experienced performances for foreign audiences and fellow Filipinos abroad; also which he actually experienced when he became part of the Philippine Women’s University Chorale and San Beda Chorale to join choral festivals and competitions in Europe in 2000-2002. Nonetheless, his service for the church continues with his two Misa Delgado books, “Narito Ako” Book I and “Pag-aalay” Book II. They are his original compositions and arrangements of mass songs in Filipino approved by the Archbishop of Manila His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales and the Director of the Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgical Music, Fr. Nilo Mangussad. Besides his choral activities, he has directed an invitational concert sponsored by the Ayala Foundation in 2005 and arranged music for a band and 15-piece string ensemble with the country’s top singers like Audie Gemora, Bituin Escalante, Isay Alvarez and Jeff Arcilla. And just last April, he has conducted Bernie Pasamba’s 30-piece orchestra with the St. John Bosco Chorale in a thanksgiving concert in Makati City. A repertoire of Classical, Broadway and Filipino music was showcased, most of which are his arrangements. At the moment, Lester engaged himself into musical scoring as he joined the SD2 Studio, one of the country’s leading music providers for movies, radio and TV commercial.
Anamaria Vlad (Romanian Embassy)
Emilie Flambeaux (French Embassy)
Macario M. Ofilada (Philippines)
MACARIO M. OFILADA was born in Manila in 1971. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy, with the highest honors, from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain in 1996. He is the youngest numerary member ever of the Academia Filipina de la Lengua Espanola, where he currently serves as Acting Secretary. He is also a corresponding member of the Real Academia Espanola. He is the author of five critically acclaimed books and hundreds of articles and reviews, published in Philippine and European Journals on Philosophy, Theology, Literary Criticism, Aesthetics, History and Spanish Philology. A linguist, he is also a music critic with years of musical formation, especially in piano, voice and choral conducting, under his aunt National Artist for Music Andrea Ofilada Veneracion and other respected teachers. Presently, he is a professor at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila and guest professor in several institutions in the graduate level.