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Contributed by Marilyn Abalos

Date: December 10, 2018Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Acclaimed pianist, Cecile Licad, was featured at the St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA CD Launch of her latest CD, American Dreams, recently in Loida Nicolas Lewis’s residence on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The event benefitted the St. Paul Music Therapy Center, along with education scholarships and more through the Fleur-de-lis Fund. David Dubal, noted music broadcast commentator of WQXR, spoke about Cecile’s CD series.

 To the delight of the guests, Cecile played in a short program of Chopin’s “Etude Op. 10 No.3” (No Other Love), Gottschalk’s “Souvenirs d’ Andalousie,” and “Larawan” by Francisco Buencamino Sr., noted Filipino musician and composer and her granduncle.

“Cecile Licad’s three piano pieces played with gusto and delicacy were mesmerizing! Chopin’s was romantic, Gottschalk’s was combative, and Buencamino’s was nostalgic,” Mrs. Lewis said.

“What a memorable evening—the launch of Cecile’s monumental CD with fundraising for St. Paul Music Therapy Center! The introduction by WQXR David Dubal gave gravitas to the event. Bravo to everyone involved.”

The event promoted Cecille’s unique selection of American piano music by Aaron Copland, Anthony Philip Heinrich, Percy Grainger, William Mason, Edward MacDowell, Arthur Farwell, Leo Ornstein, and William Grant. For more information about Cecile’s CD American Dreams, visit www.spma-usa-inc.org.

Diamond Fleur-de-lis Donors were Lolita Compas, Lily Gamboa-O’Boyle, Jorge Ortoll, and Anonymous, with 40 Silver Fleur-de-lis Donors and Friends.

“Everything Paulinian” Silent Auction items were donated by Paulinians Cora Yabut-Custodio, Lily Gamboa-O’Boyle, Millie Reyes, Ester Resurreccion, and Patsy Schultz. Winning bidders included Maripaz Calero, Nieva Quezon Burdick, Antonio Del Rosario, Dr. Ching Baquiran, and Terry Gingold.

Paulinian Sister Priscilla de Guzman, former head of Mere Monique Home in Iloilo, Philippines, spoke briefly at the event. Visiting from Washington DC where she is currently assigned, she expressed her appreciation of the effort of St. Paul alumnae in supporting St. Paul University and Mere Monique Home, a nursing home for elderly Paulinian nuns. She encouraged continued support of alumni giving back to St. Paul.

Dr. Angie Cruz cited her recent trip to Jamaica where she and others were serving patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Reinforcing the positive benefits of music therapy, she shared the story about a number of children with MS became calm and peaceful at the sound of music.

Alumnae Chair Marilyn Abalos thanked Cecile Licad (who is not a Paulinian) for her generous support of St. Paul and music and expressed admiration of David Dubal’s knowledge of Cecile’s history and musicality, as well as of classical music. With special appreciation, Marilyn presented Loida Nicolas Lewis, who hosted the evening in her beautiful home with a sumptuous merienda-cena and champagne, with Pauline, the Paulinian doll (and the alumnae’s mascot), representing music students of St. Paul.

Members of the Organizing Committee were Paulinians Patsy Santiago-Schultz, Leila Dizon- Sumulong, Marietta De Perio, Maripaz Calero, and Marilyn Abalos, with Tinette Azores-Villa, Edwin Josue and Dr. Angie Cruz.