February 29, 2024
Iyo Enginco, DLSL-IS alumnus and son of College of Law Dean Atty. Emerito Enginco performs on his classical guitar benefit concert at the Diokno Auditorium, Feb. 15. (J. Magpantay)

As a part of the National Arts Month and the 55th Foundation Week Celebration, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) high school alumnus, Aemilio “Iyo” Enginco enticed Lasallian music aficionados through his benefit concert, Doni Di Corde Verde: A Night of Classical Guitar Music at the Sen. Diokno Auditorium, Feb. 15.

With a musical piece of the Italian composer, Domenico Scarlatti, Enginco started his performance after demonstrating the proper posture of a classical guitarist with a footrest for his left foot and an angled guitar.

He also demonstrated the Tremolo technique, one which involves striking the same note thrice to imitate the long bowing sound of a violin.

Also among the other songs he performed were Nikita Koshkin’s Usher-Waltz, and works of Isaac Albéniz’ Sevilla and Astor Piazzolla.

Iyo Enginco explaining his piece before performing. (J. Magpantay)

Enginco finished the repertoire with his classical guitar rendition of The Beatles’ Yesterday and the famous Nintendo’s Super Mario game theme.

Alongside Enginco, Vincent Tan, a pianist and a classical guitarist also performed pieces of famous composers like Agustin Pio Barrios’ Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios (Alms for the Love of God) and his last piece, Introduction, and Rondo of Dionisio Aguado.

Vincent Tan performing his first piece. (J. Magpantay)

“Ito ‘yong homecoming performance niya. Ang maganda pa, shinare niya ‘yong talent niya [para] sa scholarship,” Israel Tan, Advancement Officer, said.

The proceeds of the concert will be used for the establishment of Aemilio Enginco Lasallian Honorary Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Hilarian students of DLSL.

Enginco is a Singapore-based multi-awarded classical guitarist and a graduate of Bachelor of Music Major in Classical Guitar Performance in University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music.

He has won prestigious awards both local and international such as 1st prize – 2013 UST Classical Guitar Competition, 3rd Prize – 2014 NAMCYA Guitar Category C, 2nd Prize – 2015 Tarrega Malaysia International Guitar Competition, 3rd Prize – 2015 Hong Kong International Guitar Competition, and 1st Prize – 2016 PWU Classical Guitar Competition.

Attended by the Enginco family and friends, seminarians, Lasallian partners and students, the program was organized by the Cultural & Arts Office, with the resource generation handled by the Strategic Advancement Office.

Guests waiting for the classical guitar concert to begin at Sen. Diokno Auditorium. (J. Magpantay)

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