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Friday, October 25, 2013

Baao Children Youth Choir notches awards during the Busan International Choral Fest


NAGA CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) --- The Baao Children and Youth Choir notched the Audience Prize or People’s choice award among other feats during the recently concluded 9th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition held in Busan, South Korea from October 16 to 19.

Tour manager Joshua Jenaro Badilla said the journey was not easy for the group as they competed with 48 other chorale groups from various parts of the globe before making it on the championship round.

Badilla added that the Baao Children and Youth Choir They were among the 6 finalists who qualified as Grand Prix finalists together with Cheng Gong High School Choir (Youth Category), Wonderful (Ensemble category), 5 Youth Choir (Ethnic category), Regalo Tokyo (Ethnic category )and Taipei Youth Choir (Mixed category)

The Audience Prize is a recognition given to the choir who gets the highest votes from the viewing public.

The group also seized the 3rd place or Bronze Prize in the Ethnic/ Traditional Music Category under its conductor Virgilio B. Briones besting other 12 competitors from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Russia and two (2) other chorale groups from the Philippines. They received a cash prize of $2,000.  It shared the same limelight with Heemang Narae Choir from Korea while Regalo Tokyo from Japan and 5 Youth Choir from Indonesia received the Gold and Silver Prize respectively.

The Baao Children and Youth Choir also capped the Bronze Prize in the Youth Choir Category and also received a cash prize of $2,000.  They competed with 16 choir groups from China, Indonesia, Korea, Sweden and Taiwan.

This was the three out of the 6 categories that the Baao Children Youth Choir participated in. Cheng-Gong High School Choir from Taiwan brought home the bacon and was adjudged as the 2013 Busan Choral Festival and Competition Grand Prize winner.

Aside from the abovementioned countries, Fiji, Hongkong, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, and United Kingdom also sent in their representatives.  Other competing choir from the Philippines includes the Bataan Peninsula State University Chamber Choral and the Philippine Vocal Ensemble who both competed for the Mixed, Ethnic category.

The Baao Children and Youth Choir wasaccompanied by their mentors, supporters, conductor

"The tough competition was indeed a measure of the choir member’s discipline, faith and perseverance," Badila said.

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we share with you, and to the world, the recent success of the Baao Children and Youth Choir during its 3rd International Concert Tour where they competed at the 9th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition.Inspired by the successes of all the outstanding Filipino choirs that has brought honor to us, Filipinos as a nation, the BAAO Children and Youth Choir has the same purpose to continuously promote, advance and uphold Philippine culture, in the country and internationally, through an abiding commitment to choral excellence which all Filipino choirs are world-renowned for,” Badilla stated.

One of the group’s rendition was entitled “Orde-e”, a Madukayan folksong from the cordillera region in the northern Philippines which describes the life of young children living in the mountains. The rendition started off with the child’s early morning echo, calling other kids to play in the wilderness, Imitating the sound of nature, animals and even indigenous instruments.  Oftentimes, they get lost in the shout of happiness until dusk and they are ready to walk back home to sleep.

The group was the first Asian choir to qualify in the 18th Certamen Internacional Juvenil de Habaneras 2012 at Torrevieja, Spain where they won the First Prize. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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