San Fabian – 5 December 2009. The HANDOG Parish Choir of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, has qualified in the Semi-finals for the Manila Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) National Choral Competition.
The Manila Broadcasting Company Choral Competition is a nationwide search for the best choirs in the country to compete in the MBC National Choral Festival from December 15 to 19, 2009. Grand finals will be held at the Aliw Theater. P100,000 will be at stake for each champion chorale in the Children’s Choir and Open categories.
The top 20 children’s choirs and 20 outstanding vocal ensembles for the Open category will take part in the semifinals scheduled on Dec. 15-18 at the Star Theater, capped by the grand finals at the Aliw Theater on Dec. 19. Last year winners were Coro de Manila in the Open Category and Hiyas ng Pilipinas in the Children’s Choir Category.
The Handog Choir is competing under the Open Category. It is bracketed with the defending champion Coro de Manila, and the choirs of the University of the Cordilleras, Tarlac State University, FEU Chorale and the Genesis Chorale.
MBC has asked the choirs to render one novelty song each apart from the designated contest piece, and to submit three additional elective works from which the judges will choose on the spot which number they would like the choir to sing. Participating choirs will then be judged according to musicality (40 percent), presentation (30 percent), and audience impact (30 percent).
Handog is under the leadership of Bro. Xavier Narvas. It is composed of the members of the Parish Youth Apostolate Committee. They sing regularly during the afternoon mass of Sundays at 4,30 PM.
The whole Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, is proud to have her own choir in such a prestigious competition. We are praying for your success! God bless you!
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