MANILA, Philippines - The Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club (ACGC) returned this week to Manila from their European tour bearing good news.
The ACGC, one of the oldest and most distinguished university choirs in the country, bagged several awards in Europe: grand prize and champion at the 33rd Varna International May Choir Competition in Bulgaria; first prize at the 47th Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland; 3rd prize (Mixed Choir Category) at the Harmonie Festival 2011 in Germany, and; 2nd place at the 11th Mednarodno Zborovsko Tekmovanje Maribor (International Choral Competition Maribor) in Slovenia.
At the Varna competition, the group also won the 1st prize in the Mixed Choir Category and Best Interpretation of a Bulgarian piece. They also qualified for the European Chorale Grand Prix in 2012.
At the Montreux contest, meanwhile, ACGC also clinched the People's Choice, the Compulsory Work's Prize, and the Program's Choice and its Interpretation Prize.
Besting 11 other choirs from Belarus, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Slovenia, Uganda, Ukraine and Germany, ACGC took home the 1st Prize in Folk Song rendition at the Harmonie Festival 2011 held in Lindenholzhausen, Limburg/Lahn in Germany.
Composed of 17 girls and 17 boys, ACGC also performed at Heidelberg and Wilhelmsfeld in Germany for the 150th birth anniversary of Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
They capped their European tour by joining the International Choir Days in Mainhausen, Germany.
ACGC choir director Ma. Lourdes V. Hermo said their success is due to the team's hard work and dedication to bring honor to the country.