Thursday, September 15, 2016

At 166th CSC gov’t choir contest
Tagum City Chamber defends
best government choir crown

MANILA, September 14 (PIA)—Tagum City Chamber Choir successfully defended its championship crown by winning hands down over seven other regional winners in the recent Grand Finals for the government choir competitions held at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Tuesday September 13.

This as the best government employees’ choral groups filled the highly sought after performance stage in the country with warm, gay and heart-lifting Filipino greats, folk favorites and gospel music.

During the 6th Civil Service Commission (CSC) celebrating its 166th anniversary of government public service, organizers picked the Joey Ayala song “Karaniwang Tao” as contest piece while each finalist from the regions is allowed to pick two warm up songs mostly Filipino choral pieces and regional folk songs.

The warm-up songs, according to Commissioner Robert Martinez, should portray the Filipino love of God, country, peace and order and environment.

When the CSC opened the competitions, qualified singing groups to compete should be comprised of regular government employees, to sing acapella and could only use the pitch pipes to guide the voices at the beginning of the piece while using only 12 minutes for the entire performance.

The CSC screening committee made up of members of the Philippine Choral Directors Association listened to demonstration tapes June 23-24 and picked regional winners who were to compete in the grand finals set for the 166th CSC Anniversary.

Initially picked were Dasmarinas City Teacher’s Chorale, Pangasinan Capitol Chorale, Guimaras Capitol Chorale, Bayugan City Chorale, Davao City Teachers’ Chorale, Bangko Sentral Singers, Pag-ibig Fund Chorale and the defending Champions Tagum City Chamber Chorale.

Also picking up victories in the competitions which had Joey Ayala and four other prestigious musicians, choir directors and vocal arrangers were regional winners: Pangasinan Capitol Chorale (Luzon), Pag-ibig Fund Chorale (NCR), Guimaras Capitol Choir (Visayas) and Tagum City Chamber Choir (Mindanao).

While Tagum City Chamber again proved they are the best chorus which earned them P200K and trophy, also winning the runners up are Bayugan City Chorale with P150K and trophy, Pag-ibig Fund Chorale with P100K and trophy while Pangasinan Capitol Choir picked P75K plus trophy for third runner up.

Winning for Best Conductor was Pag-ibig Fund Chorale’s Anthony Villanueva, which earned him P10K.

Also picking up the Best Arrangement for contest piece was Tagum City’s John August Pamintuan, which also got him another P10K.

All Grand Final qualifiers took home P50K from the CSC. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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