Willem Van Suijdam | Advisor
Willem is a concert pianist and organist as well as a conductor. He studied classical organ, conducting and piano at the Royal Conservatory in Zwolle (Netherlands) from 1974 to 1979, after that he studied jazz and theatre organ at the Royal Conservatories of Hilversum and Alkmaar (both Netherlands) between 1979 and 1981 and finally Willem van Suijdam studied Bach interpretation between 1981 and 1986 in Paris (France) under world-renowned organist Jean Guillou. If you want to see Willem play the organ, please go to YouTube.
Willem van Suijdam is also the principal founder of the Liberation Choir in Canada and served as their conductor for 15 years. The Liberation Choir was one of Canada's premier choirs, in its glory days it had over 200 members, performed dozens of sold out concerts in Europe and Canada as well as the USA, Willem directed 3 sold out concerts in Hamilton Place, made TV specials every day and performed several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, (see picture below) which Willem van Suijdam directed. The choir made 4 very successful European tours. Please also see here.
In 1995 Willem had the honor to be chosen for the Arts Acclaim Award, citizen of the year in Canada where he resided at the time. After immigrating to Canada from the Netherlands in 1986, Willem founded his first organ store in 1989. He advises organ committees, sells pipe organs as well as digital organs and with his combination of business and knowing quality and value, he opened up Pianohouse Burlington Inc. that became Canada's largest piano store and he owned it until 2009. It flourished under his skillful leadership.. He also imports pipe organs and Content digital organs and is the back bone of ManilaPianos Inc. specializing in the sales of Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, Kawai, Young Chang and Pearl River pianos and grand pianos and has a complete remanufacturing shop where Steinway & Sons, Bosendorfer, Bechstein and other fine pianos are rebuilt from the ground up.
Willem was also chosen to be one of three judges in the Chinese Organ Competition 2014, an honor not bestowed to many, together with Francois Espinasse, organist in Paris, France.
Willem tought a masterclass in registration and interpretation on classical and sacred music put on for the 12 finalists of the competition that started with more than 200 participants. You can read more on this on Google. See the the picture of Willem lecturing, the masterclass went on for some 6 hours and mainly focussed on the teaching of registrations to be used on a real pipe organ.
Gina F. Ronquillo | General Manager and Chairman of the Board
Gina F. Ronquillo was born in Bulacan as 3d child of a family of 6 and though adversity and very hard work spiked to the top of Manila's Business Community in the last 5 years and has become a very sagacious and prominent woman and highly regarded as such.
She is the grand daughter of great Filipino artist Roman Faustino who painted " I shall return " of Douglas McArthur, displayed in the National Museum.
Gina Ronquillo is the President Chairman and principal shareholder of WVS 1 Trading Inc, specializing in import and distribution of pianos, grand pianos, church organs, digital water meters, automatic greasing systems, ultrasonic detectors, electric cables, automatic greasing systems as well as ISUZU specialized trucks for the electrical industry.
Gina F. Ronquillo is also Chairman of the Board of Direcors of Wishgate Trading Inc; a company specializing in loans in the power field and she is involved in many projects with Chavit Singson and other prominent business people.
Gina Ronquillo is the Philippine prime consultant for energy for KEPCO Philippines, connecting one of the largest companies in the world to the Association of Electric Cooperatives in the Philippines and to the Department of Energy.
Manila Pianos Inc's Chairman of the Board is keen on helping culture and cultural events in the Philippines thrive, therefore she offers free space in our store to all that want to perform concerts and other events with cultural aspects. She can be reached at email@example.com
Ivan Yegorov | Technician consultant
Ivan Yegorov was born in Russia where he was educated in Piano and Piano Technique for many years at the Russian School for gifted musical people in St.Petersburg and later at the Universidty of Kiev, Ukraine, He tuned pianos for amongst others the Russian National Ballet,
Russian Stats Opera and many other fine venues. Later he decided to move to Canada where he met Michael Ierullo and together they embarked on many projects including the maintenance of pianos in the National Ballet of Canada, Roy Thomson Hall and other venues that need very high expertise. It is very fortunate that he decided to come to the Philippines to work with Manila Pianos Inc.
Ivan specializes in the building of player systems and the rebuilding of Steinway actions as well as actions of Japanese pianos like Yamaha and Kawai. If you want us to rebuild your pianos, he will certainly have his hand in it. Ivan is a graduated pianist of the Lviv Acadamy of Music, a 5 year study piano specialty.
We at ManilaPianos are thankful to have such a nice person and wonderful technician on staff Ivan currently works in Tell Aviv and consults with us in the Philippines as Steinway rebuilding coordinator and final inspector. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Ronquillo | Logistics and Rebuilding Manager
Dave is the person that is in charge of the rebuilding center we have here in Manila. He was trained in Canada during the last few years. As we saw that the knowledge of rebuilding in the Philippines needed improvement, we decided to have Dave work along the best rebuilder in North America, Mr. Calvin Robers, until such time that Dave had gained enough information to be knowledgeable enough to appreciate the quality ManilaPianos wants and demands from its rebuilding anywhere in the world.
As ManilaPianos also requires special pianos to be moved by piano specialists, we required that he also trained himself along piano movers in Canada with Ontariopianos. In 2013 they moved over 1800 pianos! It is with a lot of pride that we introduce Dave to you! You might meet him if you purchase or rent a piano from us!
The refinishing work Dave has learned over the years include complete outside Grand Piano refinishing in any color from Polished Black to Satin White and everything in between! He also learned the trades of refinishing cracked sound boards, fixing or replacing bridges, setting bearing (most important for sound!) and building, from scratch, new pin blocks, something NO ONE in the Philippines was able to do till now!
So, when Dave tackles your Steinway, Yamaha, Bosendorfer or other piano, for sure the quality of workmanship when the piano is done will supercede your every expectation. His email is email@example.com
Mark Garcia | Procurent and Administration
If you would like to pay us or would like us to pay you or dispute an an invoice, want to settle things or make appointments, McDo is your man.
McDo provides also sales support to the company. He generally manages overall company operation, answers phone calls, speak with clients, assists the General Manager and clerical work including maintaining records of Manila Pianos Inc and WVS 1 group of companies.
He is a trust worthy person. We at Manila Pianos are happy that he is already many many years with the company.
McDo likes exploring places and food hunting on the weekends. He regularly goes to Batangas beaches to unwind and enjoy life. He is a family oriented guy and likes to make a lot of friends.
You will be always able to reach him at 0917 895 0011 and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paolo Infante | Marketing and Church Organ Sales.
Paolo creates online content for Manila Pianos. He is knowledgeable in art and media content and has excellent computer skills. He keeps herself updated on the latest trends - music and pop-culture included - which proves that he truly knows what he's doing. he also writes articles on timely matters during his free hours and he takes pride in her communication skills. Aside from the abovementioned, he also has experience in the production- and advertising industry, further proving his passion and interest for anything media related.
Recently, he has been focused on creating content for Manila Pianos' Instagram and Facebook pages, and as well as its Youtube channel. He strives to share with the Manila Pianos clients and customers what the brand really means and what more it could offer. You can reach him by email at email@example.com
Pao has quite a lot of hobbies and interest, and 'bored' doesn't seem to exist in his dictionary. You can see more of his work by checking out Manila Pianos' social media pages.Back to front page.