The sacrifices made by the members of the Coro Regina Coeli proved worth it as the group seized a slot to the finals of the 2018 Manila Broadcasting Company’s (MBC) National Chorale Competition on Tuesday, Dec. 04, at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City.
Competing against six other groups in the open category, Coro Regina Coeli, whose name means the choir of the Queen of Heaven, was named one of the finalists after their surprising performance that started solemn before transitioning to an extravagant presentation.
Renalie Aquino, the group’s conductor, admitted that they faced difficulties preparing for the annual chorale competition since their members come from different schools in Cavite.
According to Aquino, the members of Coro Regina Coeli, a church choir, can only have their rehearsals during Saturdays and Sundays. In order to make good use of their limited weekly meetings, the members had to extend their practices from 4:00PM to 10:00PM.
The conductor also mentioned that the members of the chorale group were not only preparing for the competition and that they are also studying for their final exams.
“Talagang kinailangan mag-sacrifice ng mga bata even mas malalayo talaga yung mga bahay nila. They need to attend the rehearsals, sacrifice. Time talaga,” Aquino said.
Aquino added that he feels thankful to their supporters, particularly the parents for allowing their children to attend practices that end late in the evening.
Aside from booking a ticket to the finals of the open category, a member of the Coro Regina Coeli, Marc Bryan Romualdo, will also have a chance to become the champion of the solo sing-off category.
Romualdo sang ‘Banal na Aso, Santong Kabayo’ of Filipino band Yano to best singers from two other chorale groups and become the first finalist for the solo sing-off category.
Romualdo, who also sings in town fiestas and competitions, said that, aside from practicing during the rehearsals, he also practiced at home to prepare for the solo competition. He also exercised discipline in order to not damage his voice.
“Kailangan ng discipline, matulog ng maaga, hindi pwedeng uminom ng malamig,” Romualdo said regarding his preparations.
Aside from Coro Regina Coeli, the Adamson University Chorale also qualified for the finals of the open category. Oratory Boys Chorus, meanwhile, was named a finalist for the children’s category, besting two other groups.
The finals for the children’s category, the open category, and the solo sing-off will all happen on Saturday, Dec. 08 at the Aliw Theater.