Mapúa Cardinal Singers win 3 golds in choral competition in Singapore


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The Mapúa Cardinal Singers performing at the Orientale Concentus VII at the School of the Arts in Singapore last July 9-13. (Photo credit: Ace 99 Cultural Pte Ltd)

The Mapúa Cardinal Singers (MCS) have brought the country honor once again after bagging major awards in the recently concluded Orientale Concentus VII held at the School of the Arts in Singapore.

The choral group won three gold awards for their impressive performances in the Folklore, Chamber, and Open Mixed Voices Categories of the choral competition, and was declared the category winner for Open Mixed Voices with their pieces Exultate Deo (A. Scarlatti), Alleluia (L. Delgado), and Itako Mangkaykaysa (R.M. Lijauco Jr.). Other songs sung in the competition were: Salidummay and Bomala ka ay Bowan (B. Constantino Jr.), and Pagtulog na Nene (Arwin Tan) for the Folklore category; and Sing Joyfully (W. Byrd), Pater Noster (J. Pamintuan), and Kruhay (B. Castillon) for the Chamber category.

“We feel so happy and honored that we received gold in all of the categories and were even hailed as the winner in the Open Mixed Voices. We knew we did well during the competition, but we were surprised that, despite our mistakes, we were still able to impress the adjudicators,” said MCS president Dario Lemuel Ty, who sings bass in the group.

It was the first time for the 27-strong team to participate in Orientale Concentus. For this year’s festival, MCS started preparing their repertoire late last year.

The Orientale Concentus is an annual event that started in 2008 to promote international arts, cultural exchange, and youth choral music development. Its program features master classes, choir exchange, concerts, and the choral competition, which is the main highlight. This year, more than 40 choral groups from around the world participated and competed in the event.

MCS’s latest awards add to their long list of achievements through the years. As the official resident choir of Mapúa Institute of Technology performing under the baton of Prof. Angelito E. Ayran Jr., it has represented the Institute and the country and won in numerous local and international competitions, such as: two Silver Olympic medals and two Gold Diplomas in the 4th World Choir Games in Xiamen, China, in 2006; two Gold Prize Awards in “A Voyage of Songs” in Pattaya, Thailand, in 2007; First Prize in the 3rd Manila Cathedral-Basilica Pipe Organ Festival Choral Competition in Intramuros, Manila, in 2008; Gold and Silver Awards in the 3rd Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival in Hong Kong, China in 2011; Gold and Silver Awards in the 2nd Vietnam International Choir Competition in Huè, Vietnam, in 2012; and two Gold and two Silver awards in Sing n' Joy International Choir Competition in Manila, Philippines, in 2013.

MCS assures that after Orientale Concentus, it will continue to bring honor to the Institute and the country.

“We always aim to better our craft. We always strive to do better than we did in our last performances. As for our future plans, we hope to be able to sing in Vietnam in 2015,” concluded Ty.

The Mapúa Cardinal Singers have brought the country honor once again after bagging three gold awards for their performances in the Folklore, Chamber, and Open Mixed Voices Categories of the recently concluded Orientale Concentus VII held at the School of the Arts in Singapore. The group was also declared the category winner in the Open Mixed Voices.



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