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19 June 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—World-renowned pianist Raul Sunico will hold a concert series to benefit the restoration and community life projects of heritage sites in Bohol damaged by the 2013 7.2-magnitude earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan.

The concert series entitled "Love for Bohol" Sunico will take place on 22 June at the Church of Latter Day Saints Mormon Temple Visitors Center in Kensington, Maryland. The New York leg of his concert will be on Wednesday, 25 June at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate. Both concerts will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Admission is free, however, generous donations are greatly appreciated. Proceeds will go to Bohol restoration efforts. Those who are unable to contribute but wish to attend may access BRG's secure online PayPal account.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. encouraged members of the Filipino-American community and Americans to watch "Love for Bohol."

"I invite our kababayans and American friends in the area to come out for an evening of music by Mr. Raul Sunico. We are privileged and grateful to have such a talented musician share his music for our brothers and sisters in earthquake and typhoon-affected areas," said Ambassador Cuisia.

"Love for Bohol" is organized by the Bohol Restoration Group (BRG), an organization of Filipino and American volunteers with expertise in restoration, architecture, community advocacy, and fundraising.

Ambassador Cuisia also thanked the BRG for organizing the concert.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Bohol Restoration Group for the work they have put into restoring heritage sites in Bohol as well as for organizing this concert series," said Ambassador Cuisia.

Dr. Sunico has garnered a number of global awards and accolades throughout his career such as the silver medal in the Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy, and the Henry Cowell Prize at the University of Maryland International Piano Competition in the United States. He has given solo recitals all across the world and has performed with a number of orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, Transylvania Philharmonic (Romania), the Vietnam National Symphony, and the Philippine Philharmonic.

Dr. Sunico has recorded over fifty compact discs, including his piano transcriptions of Filipino folk songs and kundimans, concerts by Grieg, Saint-Saens, Ravel, and Lucino Sacramento; solo classical pieces; popular American songs set to piano; chamber and duo piano music, and original compositions. He is currently the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Santo Tomas. He is also the music author of the textbook series “Musika at Sining” used in elementary schools in the Philippines. He holds the singular distinction of being the only pianist in the world to perform the four piano concertos of Sergei Rachmaninoff in a single evening.

The BRG was formed from the Philippine Embassy's call to the local Washington, DC community after the Bohol province in the Philippines was badly hit on 15 October 2013 by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and, three weeks later, with the landfall of Super Typhoon Haiyan. As a result, centuries-old cultural heritage properties were severely damaged and distressed their surrounding communities. A group of Filipinos and Americans immediately came together in an all-volunteer effort to create working committees based on professional expertise. ###