• National choral competition semi-finalists bared


    MANILA Broadcasting Co. has announced the roster of choirs, which will compete in the semifinals of the 2014 MBC National Choral Competition at the Star City Complex’s Aliw Theater in Pasay City.

    In the children’s division, Himig Bulilit of St. Paul Paranaque goes up against Pasig Catholic College, Beati Children’s Ensemble and Pinyahan Elementary School on December 9.

    For the open category on the same night, the competing groups are comprised of Regina Coeli, TIP Choral Society, Centro Escolar University-Manila, the Lighter Side Movement of San Felipe Neri Parish, PUP Bagong Himig Serenata, Earist Chorale, and the Adamson University Chorale.

    December 10 will see the Muntinlupa Vocal Ensemble pitting its prowess in the children’s division against Musica Paulinus, Casa del Nino Montessori, and Commonwealth Elementary School’s Himig ng Kabataan. DBTI Makati’s Boscorale—the lone high school entry in the open category—will compete against Los Cantantes de Manila, Hearts in Harmony, University of Manila Singers, CEU Singers-Malolos, OMPHP Youth Ensemble V of Bauan, and the ICP Charismatic Chorale.

    On December 11, an all-girls’ lineup is up for the children’s division with St. Scholastica Academy Marikina going up against Himig Rosena of Colegio de Santa Rosa, the Royal Santo Nino Children’s Choir of Kalibo, Aklan, and Children’s Integrated School of Alta Tierra, Iloilo.

    In the open category, Kinaadman Chorale of Iloilo competes against the New UMAK Chorale, PNU-Kalibnusan Male Vocal Ensambleof Isable, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, Mt. Carmel College of Agusan del Sur, The Meistersingers, and the Magsaysay Chorale.

    Finally, on December 12, two-time children’s champion Laoag City Children’s Choir opens its quest to join Hiyas ng Pilipinas in the Hall of Fame when it goes up against Cauayan Messiah Christian School, Guadalupe Children’s Choir of Cebu, and Banga Central Elementary School of South Cotabato.

    In the open category, University of Baguio Voices Chorale competes against Koro Ilustrado, Cebu Singing Ambassadors, Voce, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Student Choral Society, University of Perpetual Help-Dalta, and Chorus Vocales Philippines.

    The winners of the semifinal rounds will compete at the grand finals night on December 13, also at the Aliw Theater.

    “Friendship” concerts will also be held on December 11 and 12 at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.

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