The official choir of the University of the Philippines Manila, UP Manila Chorale (UPMC), reaped awards in the two international choir competitions held in Spain.
UPMC, under the baton of Prof. Eman P. de Leon Jr., bagged two awards at the 33rd Cantonigros International Choral Music Festival held in Vic, Spain—second prize in the Folk Music Category and third prize in the Mixed Choir Category.
It also competed at the 61st Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia in Torrevieja, Spain where it took the top prize in the Polyphony Category. The award includes a cash prize worth 10,000 euros (approximately PHP 500,000).
Proceeds of the cash prizes and donations they received during their European tour will be given to the NGO Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the Bohol earthquake survivors.
“Bilang mga nasa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at bilang yung mga istudyante ko po ay istudyante ng Medicine or Dentistry, basta nasa field kami ng health sciences, talagang pinili namin na tumulong para doon sa mga kababayan natin kasi pagkatapos nilang mag-aral, doon din ang punta nila, manggagamot ng mga kababayan natin at tutulong doon sa talagang mga nangangailangan,” de Leon said.
The choir also shared their world-class talent in music to international audience and fellow Filipinos living in Europe. As part of their European tour “Talindaw 2015”, they also performed in Switzerland, France, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Czech Republic.
In Barcelona, Spain, UPMC participated in the 17th anniversary of the Filipino Personal Parish Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción y San Lorenzo Ruiz held at Iglesia de San Agustin.
The choir sang Spanish, Filipino, classical and popular music to the delight of Filipino residents in Barcelona.
Something soothing and soporific from the University of the Philippines Manila Chorale who just had their concert at Iglesia de San Agustin as part of the Filipino Personal Parish's 17th anniversary celebration. It's their rendition of the Spanish song by Mocedades "Eres tú". The official choir of my alma mater recently reaped awards, under the baton of Prof. Eman de Leon Jr., in Cantonigros and Torrevieja International Choir Competitions. The last stop of their "Talindaw 2015" European tour is Frankfurt, Germany slated next week. Proceeds of cash prize and donations raised will be donated to Bohol earthquake survivors through Habitat for Humanity. More power to them and to our kababayans abroad who always open their homes to accommodate these talented students and goodwill ambassadors! Details on TFC Balitang Global and ABS-CBNnews.com #iskolarngbayan #upmanilachorale #upmc #talindaw #torrevieja #cantonigros #iglesiadesanagustín #anniversary #parish #parroquiadeinmaculadaconcepcionysanlorenzoruiz #mocedades #erestu #choirs #Spain #España #Barcelona #concert #Frankfurt #Germany #Europe #goodmusic #supportmusicians #supportartists #bayanihan
“Napakaganda, naalala ko tuloy ang aking Inang Pilipinas,” said Emma Mercado.
“Napakaswerte ng parokya na meron tayong UP Choir from Manila. Kayamanan ng bayan yan,” said Thezz Saulog.
Filipinos in Barcelona also showcased the treasures they have in the community during the event—the the Filipino-Spanish youth talent in dancing and choir singing, which also won the hearts of the audience. ABS-CBNnews.com
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