South Cotabato Chorale and the Nueva Ecija Ambassadors completed the finalists for the open category of the 2017 Manila Broadcasting Chorale Compeitition.
The two teams booked the last slots of the finals after out-performing Kinaadman Chorale, DMMMSU-SLUC Camerata, Koro Dabawenyo, Quezon Science Madrigal Virtuosos, and Rizal Tech University Himig Rizalia.
Jeward Cardenas, conductor of the South Cotabato Chorale, even expressed surprise that they qualified to the finals.
“We did not expect this. This is the first time we are chosen by the MBC.” Cardenas said.
Other finalists for the Open Division include Coro Obcento, UE Chorale, St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina High School Glee Club, Coro Regina Coeli, Tarlac Chamber Choir, and Oratory Boys Chorus.
Meanwhile, first-timers Tarlac National High School Youth Choir grabbed the final ticket for the children’s division.
The chorale group from Central Luzon sang and danced in the beat of ‘Lets Get Loud’ in order to beat Himig Cauayeno, and Iloilo National High School.
Christian Angelo Feliciano, the group’s conductor, promised that they will give all their heart in the Finals, especially since they qualified for the finals even if this is their first time joining the tournament.
“We will not just give the best performance that we can bring, but of course, yung puso bilang isang Tarlaqueno.” Feliciano declared.
The group will be facing Ligao National High School Children’s Chorus, Pasig Catholic College Children’s Choir, and Boscorale during the finals on Dec. 9.
The winner of the Open Category will be receiving a cash prize of Php 150,000 while the victor of the Children’s Division will be bringing home a cash prize of Php 100,000.