Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer and a pianist, a crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic era in classical music, remains as one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period, and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all times.

In 2020, we celebrated the 250th Birth Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. And to commemorate this special occasion, PTGP had planned a series of piano festival and a competition ‘Beethoven and Beyond.’ After its postponement last year due to Covid-19 crisis, we are happy to be hosting these two major events online this year, 2021!

‘Beethoven and Beyond 2021’

Piano Festival

Piano Festival featuring works of Beethoven alongside standard piano literature will be aired on March 7, 14, and 21. Auditions for the Festival will be done thru video submissions. The deadline is on February 15, 2021. Students who have auditioned last year with a participation fee, need not pay for this year’s festival.

Piano Competition

Piano Competition will be held in April, featuring works of Beethoven.  Please refer to competition guidelines for repertoire requirements per category.  Deadlines of video submissions are on or before April 10, 2021. The finalists will be announced by April 17, 2021.

For further details on ‘Beethoven and Beyond’ piano festival and competition guidelines, please visit or like its official Facebook page at You may also follow its Instagram page at @ptgpfoundationinc.40.


The newly inducted PTGPFI Officers and Board members together with Dr. Raul Sunico
First row (L-R): Eloise Gonzalo, Pauline Aguila, Mary Anne Espina, Anthony Say
Second row (L-R): Helen Reyes, Darlene Castillo, Jonathan Gutierrez, Jason Talao
Third row (L-R): Irma Su, Joed Balsamo, Denzel Abarquez, Raul Sunico
Fourth row (L-R): Carolyn Cheng, Reubel Uy, Hyun Joo Lee

MANILA, Philippines – The newly elected officers and board members of the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (PTGPFI) for the fiscal years 2020-2022 were inducted into office last December 22 through Zoom with SPUM College of Music and Performing Arts dean Dr. Raul M. Sunico, as the inducting officer.

The new officers are: Anthony Say, president; Mary Anne Espina, 1st vice-president; Ruby Salvosa, 2nd vice-president; Jonathan Gutierrez, secretary; Pauline Aguila, assistant secretary; Darlene Castillo, treasurer; Reubel Uy, assistant treasurer; Hyun Joo Lee, PRO; Denzel Abarquez, assistant PRO; and board members Eloise Gonzalo, Helen Reyes, Irma Su, Jason Talao, Carolyn Cheng, and Joed Balsamo.

Officers and board members are expected to perform a wide range of duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to, organizing festivals and competitions aimed at showcasing the talents of young and promising pianists in the country and arranging seminars and master classes for the continuing education of piano teachers.

Now approaching its 50th year, PTGPFI looks forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022 with a 50-piano concert. 10 years ago, 40 pianos were placed on stage as PTGPFI presented Forte@40.

For more information on PTGPFI’s upcoming activities, visit or like its official Facebook page at You may also follow its Instagram page at @ptgpfoundationinc.40.


The following participants have been chosen for the Amateur Division of the Singapore International Piano Competition.

    • Children Class B
      • Ella Gaw
    • Youth Class B
      • Zion Montebon
    • Young Adult Class
      • Moriah Ongchoco
    • Bach Class
      • Akira Nikolai Decena
    • Beethoven Class
      • Jason Tung
      • William Matthew Lim
    • Chopin Class
      • Olivia Rush
      • William Mathew Lim
    • Liszt Class
      • Jason Tung
    • Contemporary Class
      • Yu Hsiang Hsiao

The PTGPFI will be sending you an e-mail later tonight for reminders. Please be reminded that the registration fee PER CATEGORY is PHP 10,000. You may deposit your payment through our SECURITY BANK Account. Account Name: Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. Account number: 171-031393-001. Please send the transaction slip or a screenshot of the online transaction to

Congratulations and good luck in the finals!

In Memoriam: Fr. Benildus Ma. Maramba, OSB

Fr, Maramba

PTGPFI announces the passing away of its former President and Adviser, Fr. Benildus Ma. Maramba, OSB at age 84. Fr. Maramba was PTGPFI President from (2004-2010). Since 2005, he spearheaded the yearly piano competition that has produced “PTGP Babies,” who are now successful musicians. With all sadness, let us pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Maramba.


Wake and Funeral Schedule of +Fr. Benildus Ma. Maramba, OSB

  • July 14-17, 2020, Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey
    • Lauds and Conventual Mass: 6:30 AM
    • Mass for the Dead: 7:00 PM
    • General Viewing: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (please wear face masks and observe social distancing)
    • Office of the Dead: July 17
    • Funeral Mass: July 18 at 10:00 AM.
      • For Family ONLY but we encourage you to join us through livestream in Facebook: Montserrat Manila. Thank you

PTGPFI Webinar Series

There will be a two-part online seminar series hosted by the PTGPFI.

The first will be on 7 June 2020, 4:00 PM, by Mr. Anthony Say, entitled “Distance Learning: The New Challenge for Private Piano Teachers”.


The second will be on 14 June 2020, 4:00 PM, by Ms. Irene Bennett, entitled “The Piano Teacher’s New Normal: Tools and Tips to Help You Teach Online”.


    • 200 PHP for ONE Session
    • 300 PHP for BOTH Sessions

See you! and Stay Safe!