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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Recital for a Cause

Kao Sugata is a 14 year old Piano Prodigy.  She started to play the piano at age 4 in Manila, and continued her lessons in Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore.  Back in Manila in January, 2010, she continued her piano under the tutelage of Ms. Cecile Basilio Roxas and in July, 2010, she won the first place at the Beethoven Concerto Competition, hosted by the Piano Teachers' Guild of the Philippines.  Kao is currently an 8th grader at the International School.

The wives of the Toyota Dealers organized a fund raising recital for the benefit of the Tsunami victims of Japan. Kao’s parents Mitch and Atsuko Sugato graciously offered their talented daughter to play 10 classical pieces from J.S. Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, Sergei Rachmaninoff,  Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Sergei Prokoliev.  Co-players for the Grand Trio Op.49 Molto Allegro Agitato are Dino Akira K. Decena on Violin and Yuka O. Sta. Ana on the Cello.  The event was held at the Lexus Showroom at the Global City.

The successful fundraising proves once again that a nation’s suffering is taken seriously by people of other countries who open their hearts in their willingness to help. 




Rene So, VP Toyota dealer in Baguio, Mitch Sugata, President of Toyota Philippines, concert pianist Ms. Kao Sugata,, Betty Lu, Toyota Dealer in Cagayan de Oro, and Daniel Isla, CEO of Lexus Philippines. 


Michiko Graff, proud father Mitch Sugata, Dr. Cecile Infantado and Phil Star Columnist Mayenne Carmona


Renowned pianist Raul Sunico, Star Week editor Doreen G. Yu, and Mitch Sugata





A beaming Kao Sugata is happy at the success of her Recital for a Cause

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