Gov’t choirs compete, urge public to show ‘malasakit sa kalikasan’

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 13 September 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) DasmariAas 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 (3rdRunner-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.

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.

Source: Philippine Information Agency