|The Mapua Cardinal Singers won the gold diploma for their overall performance at the Hong Kong International Youth and Children's Choir Festival held last July 18 to 19. Photo courtesy of Mapua
MANILA, Philippines - The Mapua Cardinal Singers made their school and country proud after winning at the Hong Kong International Youth and Children's Choir Festival (HKIYCCF) held last month.
They bagged the gold diploma for their superb overall performance at the event held last July 18 and 19, beating 60 Asian and 2 Philippine choral groups.
They also won gold and silver awards fro the Folklore and Youth Choir categories, respectively.
"Apart from our passion for choral music, as Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) goes global, we also have to step up to be known internationally. This belief led us to the decision of joining more international competitions such as the HKIYCCF," said John Ramiel Feliciano, who sings Bass 2 in the group.
"We are delighted to bring honor not only to our institute but also to our country."
The Mapua Cardinal Singers trained for 4 months for the HKIYCCF, MIT said. They previously won gold diplomas and olympic silver medals at the 4th World Choir Games in China in 2006, and gold prizes at the 3rd A Voyage of Songs International Choral Festival in Thailand in 2007.
They consider the HKIYCCF the biggest event they have joined so far. The said competition was first organized in 2006 and has been participated in by choirs from Estonia, Romania, United States, Congo, South Africa, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, the Philippines, North Korea, New Zealand and Macau.
Meanwhile, the Mapua Cardinal Singers are now preparing for the Takarazuka International Choral Competition, which will be held in Japan in July next year.