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Coro Regina Coeli

Entering the second day of MBC’s National Choral Competition, three more talented group of singers have been given the chance to compete in the finals of the most awaited harmonic competition this coming Saturday.

Ensembles from the children’s category battled loud and battled proud as kids from the Pasig Catholic College Children’s Choir, Bacarra Young Voices, and Manresa Grade School Glee Club sang their hearts’ outs in a bid to win the Php 100,000 cash prize.

For the open category singers from the St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina, Coro Regina Coeli, RD Choral Ensemble, Wesleyan Chamber Singers, Adamson University Chorale, Bulacan Master Chorale, and Coro di Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae was nothing short of spectacular throughout their individual performances.

St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina HS Glee Club

From 10 ensembles down to just three.

For Wednesday’s competition, the winners were: Pasig Catholic College under conductor Norberto Edades, St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina HS Glee Club with conductor Danny Monte, and the Coro Regina Coeli along with conductor Renalie Aquino.

The victory of the Pasig Catholic College Children’s Choir gave them the final push to enter the final stage of the competition after fighting for the spot for nearly ten years.

“Matagl na kami sumali, almost 10 years but this is the first time na umabot kami sa finals,” conductor Edades said.

Meanwhile, the girls of St. Scholastica stayed true to their song and “ruled” today’s event with their performance of Little Mix’s “Salute”.

Pasig Catholic College Children’s Choir

Also claiming a spot on Saturday is Coro Regina Coeli. According to the group’s conductor, they trained for four months to compete in this year’s MBC competition which they consider as one of the training grounds that caters to arts and talents of the Filipino people across the country.

“Kasi isa sa mga training ground ng Philippine choral ay ang MBC talaga,” conductor Aquino said, “Magandang training ground itong MBC kasi dito ang kalaban mo kapwa Pinoy, which is pagdating sa larangan ng musika at ng choro walang ibang malupit kung di Pilipinas talaga.”

Aquino also encouraged the youth to join choirs and other singing groups as it gives them the proper venue to vent their personality and express themselves through music.

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