Issue of August 4, 2019
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Science students win big in international choir festival
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION -- Proving that Cordilleran talents are indeed world-class, students of the Cordillera Regional Science High School Glee Club led by choir master Jayson Manuel Osong relived their winning pieces during media interviews at their school. The club won three gold medals apiece for the level 1 teenagers category, level 4 folkloric category, and another gold for the folkloric championship round besting other choral groups from other countries during the 8th Bali International Choir Festival in Indonesia from July 23 to 27. -- Ofelia Empian

The Cordillera pride recently gained international distinction with Science high school students from La Trinidad, Benguet putting the Cordillera’s singing prowess on global stage.

On its first outing, the singing group of the Cordillera Regional Science High School (CRSHS) bagged three gold medals during the 8th Bali International Choir Festival (BICF) held from July 23 to 27 in Bali, Indonesia.

The CRSHS Glee Club bagged the first gold in the level 1 teenagers category and the other medal in the level 4 championship qualifier, folkloric category, of the choir competition that was participated in by 99 choral groups around the world.

The group, composed of 36 members (19 males and 17 females) and their conductor, garnered 81.65 points in the  folkloric category championship round, earning them another gold medal.

Sixteen internationally acclaimed choral experts adjudged the competitions.

The glee club performed the “Ahibakle,” an Ifugao rice pounding/rice cake making folksong arranged by Bienvenido B. Constantino Jr. on July 24 and “Soleram,” an Indonesian lullaby song arranged by Jose Elberdin on July 25.

Their winning performances may be viewed at the social media page of CRSHS Glee Club conductor Jayson Manuel L. Osong.

Osong considers their group’s feat as a first timer’s luck, hurdling the two categories with flying colors while joining the contest for the first time.

He said they joined the event upon the invitation of the Bandung Choral Society, organizer of the festival, whose members screened the video entry that the group sent after training for a year.

In its message to participants posted on its website, the Bandung Choral Society said the Bali International Choir Festival is “increasingly recognized as one of the finest festivals in the world and continuously attracts outstanding and enthusiastic choirs to participate. It is becoming one of the top festivals in terms of the quality of an organization, level of choirs, and world-class juries.”

Tommyanto Kandisaputra, BICF artistic director and Bandung Choral Society president, said the festival is an exceptional combination of a high-quality choir competition with the atmosphere of a joyful, hospitable, and friendly festival.

Aside from the competition, it provides educational activities and clinics to aid in the development of the choirs involved, including opportunities to participate in friendship concerts and collaborative concerts.

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