By Grea Tulio-Penilla Carllyn Ave
Her prowess makes her a favorite classical performer and vocal coach in her genre. This New York-based coloratura soprano earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, major in Voice, from the University of the Philippines. This year, Bituin Domincel-Escarcha is awarded by Pan American Action Concerned Citizen Action league (PACCAL) as Top 12 Women Achievers in Celebration of International Women’s History Month, Performing Arts Category. She also recently thrilled her audience in a sold out solo concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City entitled “BITUIN”. Proceeds from her concert went to the nonprofit organization, Blessed to Bless, which will conduct a medical mission in the Philippines.
Her room filled with awards and pictures narrate a beautiful story of how she went on a concert here in the United States in her early years as a performer; how she belted out those high notes as a soloist for UP Kasarinlan, a music ensemble that toured as Ambassadors of Goodwill in Lithuania, Sweden, and Italy; how she wowed the audience in Seouland, Seoul, Korea as a resident artist; and how she proved her versatility as an actress by being nominated as Best Stage Actress in the Philippines’ Aliw Awards for her role as Cunegonde in her debut opera “Candide”. She was also resident artist for Performing Arts International (PAI), and casted in productions of Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, and Les Miserables.
What’s in it for us Charlotte? This star is coming to town!
Excitement fills the air! This world-class artist is performing on April 21, 2012 (Saturday) 7PM at Jay M Robinson High School Auditorium in 300 Pitts School Road, Concord SW, NC. Bituin will share the stage with her husband, Erwin Escarcha, an Electrical Engineer by profession but a music enthusiast by heart. Charlotte talents who are supporting this cause will serenade us. We have Nerrilee Margallo; Rhodita Fuentes; Rowena Bolledo; Filipino International Community Church Music Team; Concord Community Church Music Team; Pinoy Noir Band: Edward Tautjo (guitar), Michael Ebalaroza (Bass), Duane Centola (sax), Shela Villamor (vocals), Dr. Tony Amor (rhythm guitar); and Eeneecadeemah Omnibus Choir. This will be a night of great music, a celebration of great talents, coming together to be a blessing.
All proceeds from this concert will be used for the backpack missions organized by Concord Community Church for the Children of Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The city was the hardest hit by Typhoon Sendong damaging schools, bridges, and more than 10,000 homes. It wiped out thousands of lives and left hundreds missing until this day. Pastor Ralph Garay, head pastor of Concord Community Church will be going on a mission trip to the Philippines this coming May and is coordinating this exciting initiative of rebuilding lives. The purpose of this concert goes beyond raising 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for the children of Cagayan De Oro, it is taking part in a noble mission of making a difference.