Arts & Culture

Violinist Coke Bolipata and Conductor Ruggero Barbieri Headline Charity Concert

Proceeds from the one-night only MAD 4 Arts benefit concert will go Ayala Foundation's CENTEX After Hours Program.

For one night only, acclaimed violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and the Pundaquit Virtuosi chamber orchestra will serenade an audience at the Ayala Museum. 

Maestro Ruggero Barbieri, former music director and principal conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic orchestra, will command the musical program with a repertoire consisting of favorites by Mozart, Tschaikowsky, and more.

The MAD 4 Arts benefit concert is a project of Ayala Foundation, in partnership with Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative. It will take place on Wednesday May 9, at 6:30 pm at the Ayala Museum, Makati City.

The Ayala Foundation recently mounted a series of sold-out shows with breathtaking performances in An Intimate Night With Stella Abrera and the American Ballet Stars.

More than just raising funds, the concert will put the spotlight on CENTEX talents. Joining the stellar lineup are five CENTEX alumni who were trained by Bolipata, as well as a CENTEX Manila alumna Mariel Reyes, who will lend her voice for the occasion. Audiences will also get to witness a number prepared by the alumni of the STEPS Dance Program, which the foundation works closely with.  

The foundation is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its flagship education program, CENTEX. Proceeds from the concert will go to the CENTEX After Hours Program, which has been providing underprivileged students with the opportunity to hone their artistic talents besides providing with them quality education.

“Art plays an important role in the holistic development of children,” said Ayala Foundation president Ruel Maranan, “which is why the After Hours Arts Program has helped our CENTEX students become more confident young men and women.”


Ayala Foundation senior director for programs Joanna Duarte explains that the CENTEX children start in kindergarten. “[They] were observed to develop the following traits: math skills especially after they have been trained to read notes; self-esteem, which is very evident when they perform on stage; and a sense of discipline and responsibility in managing both academic and co-curricular activities.”

As a testament to this, CENTEX After Hours student Miko Lorca, who will be playing classical numbers such as Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto during the benefit, was just accepted into the Philippine High School for the Arts for his excellent violin skills.

For tickets to MAD 4 Arts on May 9, 6:30 p.m., visit

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