TAGBILARAN CITY, June 10 (PIA)--The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) through Arts Committee Head Ferdinand Isleta commend Bohol for its promotions of culture and arts, which also advances world harmony.
Isleta graced the opening ceremonies yesterday of the 3rd Bohol International Choir Festival and Competition (BICFC) held at the Bohol Cultural Center this city.
Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, The World Mice Senior Advisor Cool Jae Huh, City Administrator Leonides Borja, who represented Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II and Romulo Tagaan, head of CCAD of Bohol each gave their respective messages during the program.
Over the years, choir festivals and competitions have become popular all over the world with hundreds to thousands of participants flocking to the scene to share a common love for music and the arts.
These types of festivals have become a way of discovering new places and cultures, thus strengthening ties and friendship while promoting history and heritage among nations.
For this year’s competition, three foreign participants and ten local choirs will compete.
Foreign participants include DREAMHIGH Goyang Choir from Korea, Gili Singers from Taiwan and Saigon Ladies from Vietnam.
While local participants include Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS) SPA Choir, Tagbilaran City Science High School (TCSHS) Glee Club Scimonies Choir, Bohol Master Singers, Dimiao Youth Choir, Himig Diwa Choir, Holy Name University (HNU) Chorale, Rapsodia Vocal Ensemble, Tagbilaran City Catholic Charismatic Choir, Tagbilaran City Government Choir and Cebu Male Singers.
The competition proper is set at 10 a.m. today at the Meridian Hotel this city and will be followed by a workshop at 2 p.m. The BICFC culminates on Sunday, June 12.
The 3rd BICFC is organized by the Provincial Government of Bohol through the Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD) in cooperation with the City Government of Tagbilaran, Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, NCCA, Liwayway Group of Companies/Oishi, and The World Mice.
A grand parade joined in by the contestant-groups kicked off the festival in the afternoon of Thursday starting from Plaza Rizal to the Bohol Cultural Center. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)