MISAMIS ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES — The Villanueva Chorale, representing the Philippines, bagged two golds in the Folk/Ethnic and the Pop and Acapella Categories in the recently concluded Grand Prix of the Busan Choral Festival and Competition. The competition was held at the Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea, from October 18 to 26.
The Chorale group received the following awards:
- a Gold Diploma in the Pop and Acapella Category,
- a Gold Diploma in the Ethnic Category; and
- a Grand Prix Runner-up in the Grand Prix Final
Before the competition and awarding ceremony, Villanueva Chorale also performed at the Busan Station. It was an outreach concert together with all the participating choirs of the Busan Choral Festival and Competition.
The Chorale group had been preparing to participate and take part in the numerous activities in the BCFC.
The Villanueva Chorale is the only Chorale group from Mindanao that participated in the BCFC.
After countless efforts and arduous sacrifices, the delegates share the success with all the people in their municipality and country.
The Villanueva Chorale is the Official Choir Group in the Municipality of Villanueva under the Office of the Villanueva Municipal Tourism. The Villanueva Performing Arts Guild founded the Villanueva Chorale in October 2020.
The Chorale group seeks to highlight, develop, and foster the abilities of every member. At the same time, it seeks to guide society in understanding the value of culture and arts, and the beauty of choral singing.
In a Facebook post congratulating the group, Villanueva Tourism extended their gratitude to all who supported the delegates. They thanked the sponsors, proud parents, families, and the LGU (Local Government Unit) of Villanueva, headed by Honorary Mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez.
Choir Director at LGU Villanueva, Ralph Buiza Ramos, gave special thanks to all who supported the group in their journey. He said that while they may not have won the Grand Prix, they still touched the hearts of the judges and the audiences, remarking that others were crying while they were performing.
Ramos gave special thanks to the LGU Villanueva, SB Members, Department heads, Mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez, and tourism officer Joseph Espadilla. He thanked Elsa Mortola and Angela Cabeltes Conag, Pop costume designer Gil Macaibay III, and Folk/Ethnic costume Talaandig attire designer James M. Tupas.
He also thanked the choreographer for the pop song category “It’s raining men,” Marvin Daaca Dagasuhan, and the arrangers for the songs they used.
Bienvenido B. Constantino Jr. arranged the folk category “Ahibakle” and “Tephaeyg,” while Jandel Kokorokara No Ongako arranged the folk category “Sa Kadagatan;” Robert Delgado for the pop category “When you believe and I believe;” and Arnel De Pano for the pop category “It’s raining men.”
He also gave his thanks to the Villanueva Chorale members’ parents, sponsors, supporters, friends, family, and colleagues. – WhatALife!/Zed