With Film Academy of the Philippines Director-General Leo G. Martinez and Miss Mitch Valdez as emcees, the 115th Philippine Civil Service Commission Government Chorale Competition was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on Sept. 15 (Tuesday).
The Tagum City Chamber Choral emerged the grand champion and won the P150,000 grand prize. Other winners were the National Power Chorale (P100,000), 1st runner-up; Supreme Court Choir (P70,000), 2nd runner-up; and Dipolog City Teachers’ Choir (P50,000), 3rd runner-up.
The best regional entries were the Supreme Court Choir for NCR, the Naga City Hall Chorale for Luzon and the Democrito Otaza Choral Ensemble for Mindanao.
The Tagum City Chamber Choral won the best arrangement of competition song while Jose Aquino of the Supreme Court Choir was adjudged best conductor.
The finalists included the Supreme Court Choir, the national Power Chorale and the Mandaluyong City Hall Employees’ Choir from the National Capital Region; the Naga City Hall Chorale and the DepEd Catanduanes Division Chorale from Luzon and the Democrito Otaza Plaza Choral Ensemble and Tagum City Chamber Choral from Mindanao.
The event is one of the highlights of Civil Service Month to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Civil Service Commission with the theme: Kayang-Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani. The best choirs of government employees from all over the country participated in the contest.
The contest stipulated that a choir can have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 members, including one conductor and one accompanist. All singers must be government employees belonging to one agency. Choirs submitted audio-video recordings of two audition pieces along with their registration form.
The competition was organized by the CSC in coordination with the Philippine Choral Directors Association.
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