September 14, 2016

Gov’t choirs compete, urge public to show ‘malasakit sa kalikasan’.  The 6th Government Choral Competition second-time Grand Champion, Tagum City Chamber Choral, celebrates its victory over seven (7) other participating choral groups namely: Bayugan City Educators Chorale (1st Runner Up), Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale (2nd Runner Up), Pangasinan Provincial Chorale (3rd Runner Up), Dasmariñas City Teachers Chorale, Guimaras Capitol Chorale, Davao City Teachers Chorale, and Bangko Sentral Singers. The eight choral group finalists in the 2016 Government Choral Competition perform Dante Beriong’s  “Mabuhay Ka, Pilipino” last September 13, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The competition was part of the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary themed, “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani, at Kalikasan”. All choirs gave their rendition of the competition piece, “Karaniwang Tao” by Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad which calls on the public to take care of every human being by taking care of the environment. 

For the second time, Mindanaoan choir Tagum City Chamber Chorale emerged as the grand champion of the nationwide choral competition for government agencies.

The Tagum City Chamber Chorale won over seven other government choirs from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao which competed in the 6th Government Choral Competition on September 13, 2016 held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in celebration of the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA).

This year’s anniversary theme, “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani, at Kalikasan”, inspired the selection of the competition piece “Karaniwang Tao” by Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad which calls on the public to take care of every human being by taking care of the environment.

Sinama namin ang kalikasan sa tema dahil naniniwala ang Komisyon na ang pagmamalasakit dito ay responsibilidad nating lahat (We considered the environment in our anniversary theme because the Commission believes that taking care of the environment is the duty of everyone),” CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said.

All choirs sang the contest piece “Karaniwang Tao” with original choral arrangements each, along with two other music pieces.

The participating choirs are: (from Luzon) Dasmariñas City Teachers Chorale, Pangasinan Provincial Chorale, (from Visayas) Guimaras Capitol Chorale, (from Mindanao) Bayugan City Educators Chorale, Tagum City Chamber Chorale, The Davao City Teachers Chorale, (from NCR) Bangko Sentral Singers, and Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale.

Best Regional Entry winners are Pangasinan Provincial Choral, Guimaras Capitol Chorale, Tagum City Chamber Chorale, and Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale.

Following its victory in last year’s Government Choral Competition, the Tagum City Chamber Choral is this year’s Grand Champion (P200,000), followed by the Bayugan City Educators Chorale (1st Runner-up - P150,000), Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale (2nd Runner-up – P100,000), and the Pangasinan Provincial Chorale (3rd Runner-Up – P75,000).

Special awards were given to Mr. Anthony Villanueva of the Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale for Best Conductor, and Mr. John August Pamintuan of Tagum City Chamber Chorale for Best Arrangement of Competition Song.

Cultural Center of the Philippines President Raul Sunico congratulated the choirs and showed appreciation for the public servants’ increasing level of appreciation in culture and the arts.

“I am glad that people in the government are starting to recognize the important role of culture and the arts in spurring national development,” he said.

All participating choirs sang “Mabuhay Ka, Pilipino” as in a special number conducted by Mr. Arwin Tan of the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA).

The board of judges was composed of Joey Ayala, PCDA President Jonathan Velasco, PCDA Artistic Board Member Ma. Theresa Vizconde Roldan, composer and arranger Ralph Hoffman, and Imusicapella Chamber Choir conductor Tristan Ignacio.

Pilipinas Got Talent first season winner Jovit Baldivino and the Silly Peoples Improv Theater rendered intermission numbers, while broadcaster Kara David and comedian/actor Garry Lim served as the Masters of Ceremony.

The competition was organized by the CSC Regional Office No. 4 in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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