Coke Bolipata Profiler

Alfonso C.


Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata is a world-renowned violinist and cofounder of the Metro Manila Community Orchestra and founder of the Symphony by the Sea Community Orchestra. Bolipata is one of the country's leading artists, a seasoned performer, teacher, writer, and administrator, earning him wide recognition for his performances and efforts in cultural development, including the 2000 TOYM Award (Ten Outstanding Young Men), the Katha Award for his recording "Pelikula", the 2001 Aliw Award as best instrumentalist for his performance of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the 2002 Gawad Ng Maynila Award, the 1997 National Book Award (Book Design) for his children's book Water in the Ring of Fire, and the NCCA Alab Ng Haraya Award.

Bolipata chose to enrich the culture of his home province of Zambales instead of pursuing a career abroad. With his own private initiative, he continues to educate musical scholars and foster resident artists, and is noted for teaching violin to the children of fisherfolk and farmers for free.

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