World-famous children's choir in Tagum's Musikahan
by RG Alama
Davao City (19 February) -- After the internationally acclaimed Philippine Madrigal Singers, Tagum City will be rolling the carpet once again, this time for a world-famous children's choir group from Bohol as guests-performers during the City's Annual Musikahan Festival.
The Loboc Children's Choir from Loboc in Bohol who gained international fame when the group was named as the Grand prize winner (Children's Choir category in the 2003 Europe and Its Songs 6th International Folksong Festival in Barcelona Spain.
In the same festival, the group was also awarded The Europe and Its Songs 2003 Cup for having achieved the overall highest mark in all categories, surpassing the marks of twelve other participating international choirs.
Nationally, Loboc Choir copped the National Musical Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) National Champion Prizes for 1993, 1995, 2001. The school-based choir consisting of 30 students from the Loboc Central Elementary School has performed for many dignitaries including Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain and the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark.
According to Tagum City First Lady and Head of the City Tourism Council Alma Uy, the presence of the Loboc Childrens Choir is one of the many things that have made Musikahan sa Tagum a much anticipated event.
The weeklong Musikahan sa Tagum Festival (Feb. 21-27) is a distinct music-focused festival in Mindanao which features local and national musical artists. As the Festival's special guests the Loboc Children's Choir will headline their own concert on February 23 (Saturday) at the Tagum City Trade Center.
Uy said that they had also invited the Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ which visited last year's staging of the musical festival; however the invitation came too late as the Madrigal's schedules had already been fully-booked.
Aside from being guest performers, the MADZ has also helped train Tagum City's various choirs and conductors assisted by a grant from the National Commission of the Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The MADZ just like the Loboc Children's Choir are also world-class talents in 1997 they were declared as the world's best choirs by bagging the Grand prize during the ultimate competition of Global choral champions. (PIA) [top]