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April 17, 2017

THE MANOR TURNS BAGUIO INTO SUMMER CAPITAL OF JAZZ

Jazz at the Manor, a Baguio jazz festival, was held for the first time over the Easter weekend in Baguio City.

An all-star jazz festival, featuring the best of Philippine jazz musicians, was held at The Manor in Camp John Hay on April 15, Saturday, and April 16, Easter Sunday.

“We’re going to make Baguio the summer capital of jazz,” said Ramon Cabrera, General Manager of The Manor at Camp John Hay, which organized and sponsored the jazz festival.

All-star Jazz at the Manor The Manor at Camp John Hay turns Baguio into the summer capital of jazz, hosting the Philippine Jazzfest 2017. L-R: Flutist Jong Cuenco, guitarist Jaco Razon, singers Richard Merk, Rosanna Gaerlan, Jeannie Tiongco, Sandra Lim Viray and Megan Herrera; (back) pianist Henry Katindig, guitarist Rey Infante, drummer Jun Viray. Leading the singers were Richard Merk, “the Prince of Jazz”, who blew audiences away with his signature rendition of the scat-filled song Spain, and Sandra Lim Viray, founding Chairman and President of the Philippine International Jazz Festival. They were accompanied by 3-time Aliw awardee Romy Posadas and Henry Katindig on the piano.

Megan Herrera, Philippine Jazz Hall of Fame awardee for 2017, opened the show with a lovely rendition of the Ella Fitgerald song Anything Goes, followed by Aliw awardee Margaux Salcedo who dedicated songs such as What A Wonderful World and Smile to the memory of jazz aficionados Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Neal Cruz, Ephraim Salcedo and Megan’s son Pepsi Herrera.

“I think we’re going to see a jazz renaissance in the country. Baguio is going to be the new home of jazz,” said Richard Merk.

Sultry Rosanna Gaerlan performed an original composition after singing a few Cole Porter songs and Jeannie Tiongco dazzled audiences with her high notes, accompanied by Colby de la Calzada on bass and Jun Viray on drums.

Other performers included Jong Cuenco, son of National Artist Hernani Cuenco, who impressed audiences with his flute; guitarists Rey Infante, Johnny Gaerlan and Jaco Razon; and drummer Jay Cummings.

Among those who came to the Manor at Camp John Hay for the launch of the Baguio Jazz Festival were ​Baguio Congressman Mark Go, Tourism Spokesperson ​Ricky Alegre and Camp John Hay Development Corp. Executive Vice President Boysie Yñiguez. ​

Audiences enjoyed all performances over a spectacular dinner buffet on Saturday and Easter Sunday brunch buffet prepared by Irish Chef Billy King of The Manor’s signature restaurant Le Chef.


80-year old pianist Romy Posadas, a 3-time Aliw awardee, is still the best jazz pianist in the country. ​


Jong Cuenco, son of National Artist Hernani Cuenco, on the flute with Henry Katindig on the piano and Colby de la Calzada on bass .


The “Prince of Jazz” Richard Merk with jazz bassist Colby de la Calzada .


All-star Jazz at the Manor
The Manor at Camp John Hay turns Baguio into the summer capital of jazz, hosting the Philippine Jazzfest 2017. L-R: Flutist Jong Cuenco, guitarist Jaco Razon, singers Richard Merk, Rosanna Gaerlan, Jeannie Tiongco, Sandra Lim Viray and Megan Herrera; (back) pianist Henry Katindig, guitarist Rey Infante, drummer Jun Viray.


Photos by: Rica Palomo-Espiritu


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