The Ligao National Highschool Children’s Chorus is one step closer to retaining their crown in the Manila Broadcasting Company’s (MBC) National Chorale Championships children’s category.
The chorale group from Albay bested two other groups on Thursday, Dec. 06, at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City to once again seize a ticket to the grand finals of the tournament.
Celger Venzon, the group’s conductor, said that he trusts that his team will once again top the children’s category. However, the beautiful performances of the Coro San Jose Youth Ensemble and Iloilo City National High School Youth Choir did make him nervous
“Kinabahan ako ngayon dahil sobrang galing nung mga kasama sa bracket. Pero through prayers and sa tiwala ko sa mga bata, siguro deserve namin ito,” Venzon said.
The conductor also admitted that they feel pressured, and overwhelmed due to being the defending champions.
“Dapat may patunayan kami this year. Pinaghandaan namin yung competition this year pero sana sa grand finals manalo ulit kami,” Venzon added.
Venzon added that their current group can be considered different from the team that ruled the children’s category in 2018. According to the conductor, they have new members and some of their old members have left the group after graduating.
He also mentioned that it was challenging to develop the new members of their chorale group and assimilate them to their performance.
While there were changes, there are also things that would make people remember that they are the champions last year. One of which is the figure of of the Inang Penafrancia in Naga that continues to accompany and guide the group.
Venzon will not only be competing in the finals of children’s category. The conductor also qualified for the finals of new solo sing-off competition.
He explained that he joined the new category in order to once again singing in front of a crowd. He said. that he stopped singing in competition when he became a teacher, and instead focused his efforts in developing his chorale group.
Venzon even admitted that he expected another representative from the chorale groups will advance to the finals since he lacked practice, and was surprised that he defeated his two opponents.
“Yung pag-sali ko sa solo ay experience kasi matagal na rin ako na hindi kumakanta,” said Venzon, who further explained that he chose to represent his chorale group in the solo sing-off in order to lessen the burden placed to his students.
Aside from Venzon and the Ligao National Highschool Children’s Chorus, the Baganihan Singers and the T.I.P. Choral Society will also be competing in the grand finals on Saturday, Dec. 08, at Aliw Theater in the Open Category.