Students and alumni of De La Salle University –Dasmarinas (DLSUD), and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) received the highest accolades in separate Singaporean Choir competitions.
DLSUD Minstrels of St. La Salle
The Minstrels of St. La Salle, composed of alumni and current members of the DLSUD Chorale, won top recognitions in all 3 categories it participated in at the 4th Singapore International Choral Festival (SICF).
The Minstrels won the Gold for the Mixed Voices Open category (the choir’s song of choice), the Silver for the Musica Sacra (sacred music), and Silver for the Folklore category (folk music from the home country).
“We (Minstrels of St. La Salle and DLSU-D Chorale) thank all the people who supported us sa journey namin, thank you Lord and para ito sa Korong Pilipino!” said DLSUD Chorale member Justin Sese in a Heraldo Filipino interview.
DLSUD Chorale alumnus and Minstrels of St. La Salle member Thoto Ferido revealed to NewDasma that their SICF performance marks the first time the Minstrels of St. La Salle participated in an international competition.
“We had only 1 and a half month of prep for this competition… testing waters po kami… but our conductor Mr. Vell Luis Litan, also an alumnus of DLSU-D and an alumnus of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, pushed us, since he has years of international experience.”
Ferrido says the Minstrels will be preparing early for its next international forays.
UPLB Choral Ensemble
The UPLB Choral Ensemble, won the Grand Prize at the 10th Orientale Concentus held at the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA).
The UPLB student choir became the Grand Prix Champion after besting 5 other finalists for the Grand Prix title.
The UPLB choir also took home the Gold as category winners in the Mixed Choir A2 and the Sacred Music Categories.
UPLB Choral Ensemble’s Roijin Suarez was honored with the Special Prize as the Most Promising Young Conductor.
The DLSUD Minstrels of St. La Salle and UPLB Choral Ensemble are choral groups from province-based universities in Cavite and Laguna, respectively.