“Pahinungod” by Ramoncito Carpio
Pahinungod – The word has many meanings in Cebuano and Tagalog, which has adopted it in its vocabulary. Here, it means tribute, because Monching, the most awarded classical guitarist from the Philippines in contemporary times, dedicates the work to all the individuals and institutions that have helped him to be a full-time classical guitarist and mentor.
The classical guitar is a legacy from Spanish colonial times. But a people that has liberated itself from military and political subjugation keeps what it finds useful, especially a language that transcends borders and the ephemeral. In colonial times, local variations of the instrument arose after it became solidly identified with Spain and its music as that of the Spanish guitar[…]
“The touch of his hands is magical and the music sinks in with nary an effort.” – Pablo Tariman, Vera Files
“Confident, powerful, impeccable.” – Berta Rojas (Paraguay)
“A new star arrives.” – Sachiko Miyashita (Japan)
“The guitar belongs to Spain, and Spanish guitarists should feel proud of a Filipino who could do tremendous credit to their instrument, who could strum it in so extraordinary a manner.” – Rosalinda Orosa, Philippine Star
Filipino Wins in Int’l Guitar Competition – ABS-CBN News
Filipino guitarist Ramoncito Carpio emerged as top winner in the 2011 Philippine International Guitar Competition held last January 30 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)…
Let Us Now Praise the Classical Guitar – VERA Files
THE classical guitar is an underrated instrument in the local concert scene. Two decades back, you get lucky with rare performances by Lester Demetillo who used to have a guitar ensemble at the UP…
Ramoncito Carpio Interview in India – Kolkata Konnector
What is it that drew you to the classical guitar and what do you love about the instrument?
It was really an accident how I came to be a classical guitarist…
Filipino guitarist Ramoncito Carpio started to play guitar at age 12. He decided to study guitar formally at age 17 at the extension program of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music, major in guitar at the UP College of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Lester Demetillo. He completed his Master of Music degree at Philippine Women’s University (PWU) School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Benchito Cariño and thereafter continued to pursue doctoral studies in music with Dr. Angelito Agcaoili.
He took master classes with world renowned guitarists such as Jorge Luis Zamora (Cuba), Aniello Desiderio (Italy), Berta Rojas (Paraguay), Elena Papendreou (Greece), Roman Viazovsky (Ukraine) and Shin-Ichi Fukuda (Japan). He also takes special lessons with Philippine–based German guitarist Carsten Linck.
He has performed in numerous concerts around the Philippines and in several guitar festivals abroad. He was a featured soloist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO), performing Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez, under the baton of Arturo Molina.
In 2012, he won 1st prize in the Asia International Guitar Competition in Thailand and 2nd prize in the Taiwan International Guitar Competition. His other awards include 1st Prize in the Philippine International Guitar Competition (2011), 3rd Prize at the Singapore International Guitar Competition (2011), 3rd Prize Bangkok International Guitar Competition (2010) and 2nd Prize at the NAMCYA Guitar Category C held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2009).
In 2013, he released his first solo album entitled “Pahinungod” under Independent Philippine Arts Venture (IPAV). He is currently working on his 2nd CD which consists of popular and well-loved OPM songs arranged for the classical guitar.
He is active in promoting the classical guitar not only by performing but also through organizing events. In February 2014, he organized the first ever Philippine Women’s University (PWU) Classical Guitar Competition. In the same month, together with IPAV, he brought in French Guitarist and 1997 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) first prize winner Judicael Perroy for a concert in Manila. He also helped in organizing the guitar concert of Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas in the Meralco Theater May 2014.
Monching is part of the guitar faculty of Philippine Women’s University and St.Scholastica’s College. He also writes music for guitar and stage plays.
Listen to Pahinungod (excerpts)
Debut CD of Filipino Classical Guitarist Ramoncito Carpio. Featuring works of Piazzolla, Peña, Valdez, Barrios, Mertz, Tarrega, Domeniconi and Carpio.