The UP Asian Center will hold The Asia Concert with the theme, “Rasa Asia” on 26 November 2023, Sunday, 7:00 PM (GMT+8) at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center, UP Diliman. The event is open to the public. Tickets are priced at PhP 200 each, available for pre-order. Seating is first-come, first-served.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
DR. TINA CLEMENTE
Dr. Tina Clemente is Professor at the UP Asian Center. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics at the School of Economics,
University of the Philippines Diliman, and handles several China courses at the UP Asian Center, which offers a China
specialization as part of its MA in Asian Studies program. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Studies Journal.
View her full profile.
DR. MCM SANTAMARIA
Dr. Matthew CM. Santamaria is Professor and the Assistant to the Dean for Cultural Affairs at the UP Asian Center.
He obtained his Doctor of Law in Political Science in Kyoto University. He handles courses in Asian Studies and
Philippine Studies at the UP Asian Center. View his full profile.
KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER PERFORMANCE TEAM - NARA
The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) opened its doors to the public on July 19, 2011, with the goal of expanding
the understanding and appreciation of Korean culture, and promoting a more active people-to-people exchange between the
Republic of Korea and the Philippines. It operates both under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) - Korean
Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines. The Center has been
continuously coordinating with the Philippine art and culture sector, including government, non-government, and private
organizations. Up until now, KCC has been providing a diverse range of programs: Korean language and culture classes, and
specially curated exhibitions with the purpose of creating opportunities for more cultural exchange activities by both countries.
NOVO CONCERTANTE MANILA
Novo Concertante Manila is a chamber choir from Quezon City, Philippines. It was originally formed as a recital choir, and it
continues to reinvent itself to be “a choir with a purpose.” The choir received the “Ani ng Dangal” award four times
from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in recognition of Novo’s achievements in international choral
competitions. View their full profile.
DR. ARWIN Q. TAN
Dr. Arwin Q. Tan is Associate Professor and the current Program Coordinator of the UP College of Music Extension Program.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Music Studies Program at the University of the Philippines. He is one of the founding directors of the
Philippine Choral Directors Association. He also was one of the seven (7) advisory board members of Choralspace, a newly
founded international academy fo choral arts in Berlin, Germany in 2020. He was granted the UP Artist Award for the years
2013-2015 (Artist I) and 2016-2018 (Artist II). In 2015 and 2020, he received the International Publications Award from the
OVPAA. View his full profile.
UP TUGTUGANG MUSIKA ASYATIKA (UP TUGMA)
UP Tugtugang Musika Asyatika (UP TUGMA) is the premiere organization of Asian music student-performers in the country,
affiliated with the UP College of Music Department of Musicology. Its main goals are: 1) to build and develop a more conscious
audience base for Asian music and culture that has deep awareness of these traditions; and 2) to raise the banner of Philippine
indigenous music to the global community. In line with these goals, the organization regularly conducts workshops, field works,
and performance nights. The members of the organization studies and performs the Mindanao Kulintang Ensemble, the
Cordillera Bamboo and Gong Ensemble, the Indonesian Gamelan, the Japanese Koto, the Chinese Sizhu and the Korean
JOELLE JACINTO & ELI JACINTO'S TEAM DANCE STUDIO
TEAM Dance Studio was established in 1980 in Las Piñas by Eli Jacinto, who developed his own dance syllabus to accommodate
Filipino bodies and temperament, focusing on producing strong, artistic dancers. As a seasoned choreographer, Jacinto is known
for his experimentations in choreography, particularly in contemporizing indigenous forms, not only in ballet, but also in the
Bagong Anyo fashion and culture events of the 1970s, and in the 2011 film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. His daughter,
Joelle Jacinto, with whom he has worked with as his dancer and dramaturge, is a Ph.D. candidate at the university’s Tri-College
UP FILIPINIANA DANCE GROUP
The UP Filipiniana Dance Group is one of the most acclaimed cultural performing groups in the country, showcasing the
Philippines’ rich cultural heritage both in local and international venues. Composed of students from the University of the
Philippines Diliman, the country’s premiere state university, the group performs a wide array of Philippine dances from the
Cordillera region in the north to Muslim Mindanao in the south— and, in recent years, from works of contemporary