4 Viracnons Among Award-Winning Choir

Four Viracnons are members of a chorale group which won silvers in two categories in the 6th World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China recently.

Ma. Joan V. Tabuzo, Kristoffer Paul Apil, Aldrin Jay Rebancos and Nilo Castillo thanked supporters and their families for their prayers that helped the Aquinas University of Legaspi Chorale win the silver diploma in the categories of Mixed Youth Choirs and Popular Choral Music at the competition held July 21-27, 2010. They were coached by Prof. Cris Caryl Yu.

The Aquinas Chorale was the highest-ranked Philippine choir in the two categories while another RP entry that won silver diplomas was the Miriam College High School Glee Club. Two other choirs from the Philippines joined the competition: Kammerchor Manila and St. Benedict Children’s Choir of Cebu City. It is estimated that the Chorale spent about P1.1 million pesos in joining the contest.

The World Choir Games is considered the biggest choral competition worldwide, with the Open Competition alone featuring 51 countries competing in 16 categories.

Over 20,000 singers comprising 426 choirs joined the Games, which started in 2000 as the Choir Olympics. Organized by the Interkultur Foundation headed by Gunter Titsch, the event will be hosted by Cincinnati, USA.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune, 03 September 2010