A Choral Celebration
26 October 2016
San Jose de Placer Parish Church
Iloilo City Proper
THE BAGANIHAN SINGERS
JOHN MICHAEL LAURON, Conductor
THE BAGANIHAN SINGERS is a non-profit, self-supporting community-based choir in Iloilo City. It is a brain-child of a group of friends who share the same passion for singing and choral music. The group was first organized last July 2016 under the baton of John Michael Lauron.
“Baganihan” is a Hiligaynon word which means “hero.” Its members, coming from all walks of life – young professionals, teachers, students, mathematicians, pastor, medical technologist and businessmen - are everyday heroes of the community who make a difference in the world by sharing and creating wonderful opportunities through music.
THE BAGANIHAN SINGERS believe that not all acts of heroism need to be defined as brave or courageous. There are many who, in a variety of ways, have taken up causes in their daily lives. Their efforts show how simply getting involved can open doors to bigger opportunities. It is what inspires us about people and makes us hold them up as examples of greatness.
This being said, THE BAGANIHAN SINGERS look up to people who make a difference to everyone’s lives while, at the same time, overcoming personal struggles and hardship to achieve that goal - admiring their bravery and dedication and aspiring to be as courageous and focused, like all Baganihans of the past and the present, to achieve what we were and are set out to do through music and choral singing.
On its debut performance, THE BAGANIHAN SINGERS was awarded as the Regional Champion during the recently concluded 2016 MBC Choral Competition Regional Eliminations held at Iloilo City last September 24, 2016 – less than two months from its institution.
27 October 2016
St. Clement's Church
La Paz, Iloilo City
THE LA SALLE CHORALE
SERRY REPIQUE, Choirmaster
NINI GAMILLA, Artistic Director
The only academe-based a capella vocal ensemble in the region, THE LA SALLE CHORALE (TLSC) has maintained a reputation for its remarkable interpretation of vocal choral musical literature from classical to contemporary, gospel to standards, broadway to pop, and kundimans to OPM. With its unbroken blend of male and female voices ranging from first soprano to second bass, the La Salle Chorale has become famous for its choral musical excellence.
Since its founding in 1988, TLSC has reaped numerous awards in various esteemed choral competitions & festivals both in the local and international arena. In 1997, TLSC was adjudged to become one of the three featured choral artists (along with PNU Chorale & AUP Singing Ambassadors) who earned the right to perform during the 25th Silver Jubilee celebration of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where the group marked the dawning of a new millennium two years hence, making its way to rise above seven (7) other award-winning college choirs in the country and take away the most-coveted CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY during the 1999 NAMCYA College Choir Category National Finals .
Under the 22-year duo tutelage and mentorship tandem of Choirmaster SERRY C. REPIQUE and Artistic Director NINI GAMILLA, TLSC made vibrant efforts in essentially promoting the La Sallian virtues and ideals of creativity, artistry and excellence through effective representations in the global advocacy of the choral world. In 2010, the group marked a very historic first international tilt during the 3rd International Choral Competition (Grand Prix for Choral Music) held in Pattaya, Thailand where a roster of extraordinarily talented group of singers successfully brought home one (1) GOLD & two (2) SILVER MEDALS. Consequently, such milestone of performance offered the group the opportunity to be nominated for the highly-esteemed "ANI NG DANGAL" Presidential Award for Excellence in Choral Music given in 2011 by the Office of His Excellency, PRESIDENT NOYNOY AQUINO III, through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts at the Malacañang Palace.
Still, TOSC hopes to continuously become zealous in harnessing and nurturing young, talented choristers and enthusiasts become efficient and effective La Sallian Ambassadors of Goodwill through music with a formidably renewed strength and commitment of service to the university and the entire La Sallian community, while all efforts are geared towards bringing the group to greater heights. If, as a poet says, "Music is the heart of the soul," the group stands firm in its mission of making music the heart of every man's soul.
29 October 2016
National Shrine of
Our Lady of the Candles
Jaro, Iloilo City
CHRISTOPHER ONG ARCEO, Musical Director & Conductor
ALERON first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo. Today, the group is composed of male choristers from different backgrounds: most of which are from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines musical networks.
ALERON, being an all-male ensemble, is geared towards exploring the male choral soundscape. Through innovative programming and the performance of repertoires across musical styles and genres, the group aims to deliver to its audiences a diverse and unique choral experience.
ALERON envisions to broaden the all-male choral genre by continuously commissioning and premiering new works throughout its concert seasons. To date, the group has performed original works by several established and up-andcoming Filipino composers such as Josefino Chino Toledo, Robin Estrada, and Mary Katherine Trangco.
ALERON has recently been making waves in the Philippine choral scene, most notably with its First Prize distinction in the Vocal Ensemble Category of the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila in August 2013, serving as the group's very first win in an international choral competition. In the following year, on the occasion of its maiden voyage overseas, it won the Gold Prize for the Classical Equal Voices Category and was declared over-all Grand Prix winner of the 10th Busan Choral Festival & Competition held in Busan, South Korea in October 2014.
In 2015, ALERON participated in its first masterclass conducted by the world-renowned King’s Singers from the United Kingdom. Following this, ALERON travelled to Takarazuka, Japan to compete at the 31st Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest where it was declared Overall Winner of the competition, also bagging Gold Prizes in both the Folklore and Contemporary Categories. It is the first Filipino choir in the history of this competition to be declared overall winner. In August of the same year, ALERON performed as the male chorus in the concert-format production of Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cenerentola held at the Meralco Theater, under the baton of Maestro Darrell Ang.
This string of victories and performances has established ALERON as one of the formidable choral ensembles in Asia today, having also represented the Philippines in the inaugural International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) World Choral EXPO held in Macau, China in November 2015.
The group has twice been awarded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in its 7th and 8th Ani ng Dangal, an annual ceremony which aims to recognize Filipino groups and individuals who have reaped success in artistic competitions abroad.
Most recently, ALERON collaborated with acclaimed choral conductor and pedagogue, Prof. Eudenice Palaruan, who served as its Guest Conductor for its last major concert production entitled “Under the Olive Tree” in May 2016.
ALERON will be performing as a featured choir at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music to be held in Barcelona, Spain in July 2017.
ALERON, translated from Latin as "the winged one," not only aims to soar towards all-male musical excellence, but, more importantly, to enjoin its audiences to experience and embrace its unique brand of choral music.