CCP on concert schedule


We write in response to Ambassador Juan Jose P. Rocha’s letter which was published in the Inquirer last Jan. 28.

In his letter, Rocha said that the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is forgetful of the fact that 100,000 Filipinos died in February 1945, and that to hold the concerts of the Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo in February when we mark the anniversary of the Battle of Manila would be an insult to the memory of those who died.

The CCP has never been unmindful of history. It is not our intent to dishonor the memory of those who suffered and died during painful moments of our past, in particular the conflagration that was World War II.

The concerts of the Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo are borne from collaborative efforts of the Japanese and Philippine governments in the spirit of friendship, exchange and cooperation. These concerts are in line with the CCP’s advocacy to foster friendly relations with other countries through culture and the arts.

The concerts of the Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo were scheduled for February 2013, simply because of practical and logistical concerns. They are being conducted in the spirit of goodwill, not meant to spite the events of February 1945, and certainly not meant to perpetuate hatred between former enemies, as Japan and the Philippines once were.

The concerts of the Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo at the CCP have the official endorsements of both the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Embassy of Japan.

—RAUL M. SUNICO, PhD, president,

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

May 29, 2015

Double standards

May 28, 2015

A yearly problem