Monday, July 25, 2011

Cebu to Witness RUSSIAN Music and Culture in "ROSSIYA"

It has been 35 years since the diplomatic relationship of Russia and the Philippines began.  To cap this celebration an ensemble of soloists from the State Academic Russian National Ensemble will perform in a show called "ROSSIYA".  This commemorative event is held together with the Days of Russian Culture in the Philippines celebrations.  The ROSSIYA will be held on July 26 at 6pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).  The ROSSIYA will also be performed at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on July 29, 2011 at 6 pm.  ROSSIYA will also be witnessed by shoppers and mall-goers at the Ayala Center Cebu on July 30, 2011 at 1 to 2 pm. 
Photo by quinn.anya
The ROSSIYA is presented to us by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) and the ministry of Culture of Russia, with the Embassy of Russia in Manila, The Honorary Consulate of Russia in Cebu and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Lyudmila Georgievne Zykinoj organized and formed the ROSSIYA and was later on passed and continued by Lyudmila Zykina in 1968.  Victor Gridina who was an actor was the first conductor of ROSSIYA.  But now Sobolev Anatoly Nikolaevich is the main conductor or ROSSIYA, who was also a musician, arranger, composer and an actor.  He has been the conductor of ROSSIYA since 2004.

The director of ROSSIYA who is also the present conductor is Dmitry Dmitrienko.  The ROSSIYA ensemble has performed in venues all over the world and has collaborated with famous musicians and soloist like the Russian singer and actress Lyudmila Zykinoj.

Cebuanos will hear Russian songs performed by the ensemble ROSSIYA such as "Kalinka", "Pedlars," Kamarinsky,""Volga Has Spread Widely," "Uhar Merchant,""Gold-Domed Moscow" and lots of other Russian music.

The formal diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Russia was forged after the initiatives of then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos on June 2, 1976.  Bilateral ties have been made in the sectors such as security, defense, energy, agriculture, trade and investment, culture, tourism and education.

The celebration of the Days of Russian Culture in the Philippines this year is a major component in the signing of Protocol of Cooperation between the NCAA and the Russian Ministry of Culture.  Next year 2012, the Days of Philippine Culture in Russia will likewise be held as part of this protocol.

No wonder i see lots of Russian tourists roaming around Cebu.  This is actually great for Cebu economically as well as culturally as we get to know and learn about the Russian culture as well.

If you have further inquiries regarding ROSSIYA, you may contact Rene Napeñas, the head of of the NCAA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at these numbers: 0927-5582656, 09285081057, 527-5529 or email at or you may visit them on the web at

Adto ta bai!

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