Barcelona, Spain-based Kudyapi Children’s Choir won two awards in their first-ever participation in an international choir completion.
Kudyapi took the silver prize in the children’s choir category and special original performance award at the 7th International ‘Pau Casals’ Choir Competition & Festival “Canco Mediterrania” held last September 12-17 in Lloret de Mar in Girona, Spain.
The choir, composed of 4 to 14 year-old children born in Spain to Filipino parents, sang and danced to Gloria Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around,” the Filipino folk song “Salidumay,” and Lea Salonga’s “I Am But a Small Voice” under the baton of Arnel German Lamorena.
“Nakita ko po 'yung judge, walang masabi. Puso po ang ginamit namin,” said Brylle Catilo Caiga, one of the choir members.
“Masaya po kami kasi nakapanalo po kami ng dalawang awards,” said Phrencis Jhale Tormis Mier.
Their parents could not contain their happiness and left the competition venue, the Sant Romà Church, in tears after seeing their children deliver such a performance.
The competition organizer Jaromir Pyzia was also impressed with the kids, saying in Spanish: “You have done a great job and I like your Filipino music and we are happy and we will invite you next year.”
The all-female choir Veni Gaudere from Lithuania was declared as the competition’s Grand Prix winner.