Ang galing! Ligao chorale group bags grand prize in Busan tilt

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This group of “Oragon” singers just bested chorale groups from four other countries to win the grand prize in the 2016 Busan Chorale Festival and Competition earlier this month.

Bringing home the bacon was the Ligao National High School chorale group. The Albay-based singers were headed by choir coordinator Maria Theresa Serrano.

According to a Bicol Mail report, the contest took place at the Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea from October 18 to October 20.

Ligao National High School’s winning musical pieces include “Cantane Domino” by Josu Elberdin, “Ayug Ti Aminan” by Fidel G. Calalang, Jr., “My Souls Been Anchored with the Lord” by Moses Hogan, and “Salidummay and Banwar iti Cordillera” by Normita Bing Rio-Pablico.

Already on its 12th year, the Busan Chorale Festival and Competition is said to be one of the most prestigious chorale festivals in the world. Singers from Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Taiwan also competed in this edition of the event.

The annual festival is described as a “wonderful cultural musical exchange of international choral music”.