Choir members perform a song and dance number inside the Baclaran Church. Photo by Kiko Cabuena/Handout
MANILA – Months after surprising passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, members of the Cultural Center of the Philippines staged another flash mob performance, this time inside the iconic Baclaran Church.
Headed by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, more than 300 choir members sang and danced to Ryan Cayabyab’s “Hibang sa Awit” after the Wednesday noon mass inside the church.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers lead choir members in a song and dance number inside the Baclaran Church. Photo by Kiko Cabuena/Handout
CCP artistic director Chris Millado said the performance, which he referred to as a “random act of culture,” is aimed at making “art matter to every Filipino.”
The flash mob also marked CCP’s 44th anniversary.
“In the wake of yet another scandal that has ravaged the nation, artists once again persist in picking up the shreds of our dignity and sing with hopefulness that all Filipinos finally get the graceful lives they deserve,” Millado said in a statement, referring to the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam involving non-government organizations and lawmakers.
Millado (holding a picture of the Virgin Mary), joins the officiating priest and choir members in the flash mob performance. Photo by Kiko Cabuena/Handout
In October last year, members of the CCP and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performed “William Tell Overture,” a “Sound of Music” medley, and “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika” at the airport.
“Gusto naming imulat sa mga Filipino ang importansiya ng cultural music. Aminin natin na masyado na tayong inclined sa pop music,” CCP president Raul Sunico told ABS-CBN News in a previous interview.