This past Spring, the BYU Chamber Orchestra embarked on a 3 week tour of the Philippines. Their first stop was the capital city of Manila where they had scheduled several performances.
The Chamber Orchestra held a joint concert with the U.P. Diliman Orchestra in Abelardo Hall at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.
Before attending church services in Quezon City, the Chamber Orchestra visited the American Cemetery and Memorial which holds 17,206 graves, making it the largest cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II. Sandra Rogers, BYU's International Vice President, read to the students the prayer that President Hinckley offered during a visit to the cemetery in 1961.
Sunday night the Chamber Orchestra presented a musical devotional at the Aurora Chapel. Sandra Rogers also spoke to the audience about her experiences as a young missionary in the Philippines.
The group took a short boat ride to visit Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Corregidor was the last U.S. fort to fall to the Japanese invaders in 1942. They also toured the old Spanish city in the heart of Manila.
BYU teamed up with the Archdiocese of Manila to host a benefit concert with special guest Tim Pavino. Proceeds from the concert held at the SM Megamall Theatre were used to benefit Caritas Manila.