Press Release
April 21, 2018

Music draws crowds to Las Piñas for 4th chorale competition

Music lovers flocked to Las Piñas City to enjoy the symphony of voices from all over the country in the 4th Las Piñas Chorale competition sponsored by the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance).

Amid the day's melodies and tunes, Sen. Cynthia A. Villar expressed delight over the animated participation of choral groups nationwide in the annual competition, where seven (7) groups showcased their talents in singing.

'My heart is filled with pleasure over the successful turnout of this event. In a nation where technology has been the raging trend, it is heartwarming to see so many people immensely enjoying the music of these choral groups. This is a rare but welcoming sight,' said Villar, who is the Managing Director of Villar SIPAG.

Villar said the annual event seeks to continually reconnect the people to the gone days where everything was simple, easy and convenient; and to the era when music calms the mind and the soul.

The crowd at the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Las Pinas City cheered to the singing of the Alab Vocal Ensemble from Parañaque City, Quorista from Muntinlupa City, Chorus Vocales Philippines from Makati City, Tarlac Chamber Choir from Tarlac City, Philippine Normal University Chorale from Manila, The Summerwind Choir from Dasmariñas in Cavite, and Kawit Singing Ambassadors from Kawit, also in Cavite.

From among the seven groups, the Philippine Normal University Chorale lorded the competition and won the Grand Champion trophy and a cash prize of P60, 000; Chorus Vocales Philippines won the first runner-up trophy and a P40, 000 cash prize; and Alab Vocal Ensemble won the second runner-up trophy and P25, 000 cash prize.

The rest of the groups got P10, 000 each as consolation winners.

Each group was judged according to their Songs Interpretation (Manner in which the piece is internalized and presented) - 30 percent; Delivery (Quality of voice, fluency, pronunciation, blending and harmony) - 30 percent; Stage Presence (Stage poise, eye contact and audience impact) - 20 percent; Costume & Sounds (Attire is related to concept, sound production, mixed voices) - 10 percent; and Mastery of piece - 10 percent.

The groups performed the Villar SIPAG hymn Sandata as contest piece (70 percent), and side piece themed on inspiration and love (30 percent).

The performances were judged by composer, conductor and director Jerry Dadap; Gregorio Asilo, Jr., Corporate Accounting of Savers Appliance Depot, the major event partner of Villar SIPAG for the 4th Las Piñas Chorale Festival; and Jack Uy.

The 4th Las Pinas Chorale Festival is an annual event held in honor of St. Ezekiel Moreno, who was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1975 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1992.

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