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Former CCP President now in SPU Manila

Date: September 7, 2020Posted by: Marionette Martinez

The SPU Manila College of Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA) has a new dean: Dr. Raul M. Sunico.

Dr. Sunico graduated from the University of the Philippines with the degrees of Bachelor of Music (cum laude), Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and Master of Statistics. In 2005, he was conferred a Doctor of Humanities degree (honoris causa) by the Far Eastern University.

Multi-awarded, international concert pianist and music author, Raul Sunico’s career spans 40 years of solo performances and over 50 album recordings. He is former president of Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and former dean of the University of Santo Tomas. Pianos are like luxury cars,” says Raul Sunico, former president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “Like a Mercedes Benz or a BMW, you cannot say one is better than the other. One piano may have a brilliant bass, while another would have a beautiful ringing tone.” Sunico, an acclaimed concert pianist who has performed in over 20 countries across four continents, knows whereof he speaks. While the differences between pianos may be subtle, experience and talent have given him the ability to detect those subtleties.

During his term, he organized orchestra festivals, band festivals, jazz and woodwind festivals. The CCP teamed up with JS Productions to present “Noli Me Tangere,” a full-length opera based on the book of Jose Rizal, with music by Felipe de Leon and libretto by Guillermo Tolentino. In addition, annual opera productions and co-productions of the CCP included Puccini’s “Tosca” (2015), Verdi’s “Rigolletto” (2014) and “La Traviata” (2013), Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” (2012), and Puccini’s “La Boheme” (2011), the latter a coproduction with MusicArtes. (culled from Google accounts)

Dr. Sunico is expected to lead the CMPA to greater accomplishments in honor of his predecessor and dear friend, the recently departed Sr. Maria Anunciata Sta. Ana.