It all started with a young 7 year old Fil-American girl from Michigan (USA) watching a cartoon character who was a smart girl and played the violin well. Then the young kid bravely requested her mom to take her to a music store to purchase the same string instrument, and asked for lessons right away. Since then she has put the violin into good use. From middleschool (John Marshall) to highschool (John Glenn), she has been an active member of her schools’ orchestra group and symphonic band. In fact in middleschool, she was awarded the National School Orchestra Award.

Obviously, her mentors have observed her adept technical skills despite her young age (now 15). She is into performing the works of Rimski-Korsakoff, Paganini and Vivaldi and would practice for almost three hours everyday.  For her, it is most important to carry out the music pieces the way the composer thought them to be – expression wise and style wise.

And last May, 2008, she was handpicked to do the outrageously difficult solo part of the 1970’s country composition, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” together with the school’s symphonic band in a public performance. She was required to do the material “con fuoco” or “with fire.” And she did. Everyone went abuzz after her astonishing performance.  With that I say to my one and only niece, “Brava, Ernestine.”

24 Responses to “brava”


  2. Eunice Onadia Says:

    Congratulation Ernestine!!
    im proud of you…..
    i know everthing is possible for all filipinos….
    well done ernestine!!

  3. ♪Ernestine is such a wonderful and superbly talented individual!!

    ♪keep up the good work!

    ♪i bet a lot of filipinos are very proud of you!!
    ……and i’m one of them!!

    ♪BRAVA to you ernestine!!

    see you soon!
    your proud friend!

  4. I was fortunate to have Ernestine as a student at Marshall Middle School. I always knew she was headed for greatness! Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to all!

  5. ernestine Says:

    Thank you everyone for your endearing comments!!!!

  6. ernestine! your so pwetty!!! very photogenic!! you can so be a model!!

  7. ernestine Says:

    thanks megan!!! but i’m quite not sure about the being a model part!! hehehehe.

  8. C. Fenton Says:

    Brava Ernestine!

    I always knew you would do great things. I’m proud of you!

  9. bhea and thea Says:

    hi ernestine we’re your cousins, my dad is your uncle…..we also play the violin……

  10. bhea and thea Says:

    hi ernestine, we’re your cousins…..we are proud of you….

  11. ernestine Says:

    hi bhea and thea, nice to know that i have cousins with the same interests as me. maybe next time when i go to the philippines, we can form a little string trio:)

  12. Sue Carlson Says:

    Ernestine, what fabulous photos of you! I still remember when you sang the National Anthem at the Marshall basketball game. I’m glad you are pursuing your musical dreams. I hope you will study languages too!

  13. Mrs. Stack Says:

    Congratulations Ernestine!! You have accomplished so much and all your hard work is paying off..that is wonderful.

  14. Thank you so much Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Stack. I appreciate the nice comments.

    Don’t worry Mrs. Carlson, I am studying Spanish 2 right now:)

  15. HEY Ernestine, its Bisi. And keep the good work

  16. mae hipolito Says:

    Hello Ernestine. This is Tita Mae from Davao. I know this reply is long overdue but just the same we are all so proud of you. I didn’t know you play the violin so well. Thanks to your Uncle Mike for posting the wonderful photos and sharing all your accomplishments. Keep up the good work!!!

  17. Hello Tita Mae. Thank you for the wonderful comment!!!
    And yes, this whole thing wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Uncle Mike

  18. Tyler Scott Claus Says:



  19. hi ernestine .im proud of you .just always keep the music playing .i believe that someday, you can be one of a treasured stradivarius in the heart of music. looking forward to see your future concert. bravissimo

  20. ernestine congratulations on getting to the state finals. you do have real talent in playing the violin. nagmana ka sa tito mo. hehe.

  21. ernestine Says:

    thanks tito gerard for the comment. i too hope that i can be like a treasured stradivarius in music.

  22. hi! ernestine.. this is your tita lj from davao! you are making our clan proud! keep it up! i hope your second cousins jang and princess will be inspired to continue their violin lessons too! by the way, you look like your mom…

    • musta ate lj, thanks for having dinner with me in davao. i had a fine time with you. please say hi to the kids and pres.

      i will let ernestine know about your message here. she will be happy about it, and would be interested to know her cousins.

  23. Haha. Thanks tita Lj. Oh wow, I do try to do the best I can to make our clan proud. 🙂 And I hope my second cousins continue their lessons.

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