After placing fourth last year, the South Cotabato Chorale will have another chance to top the open category of the Manila Broadcasting Company’s (MBC) National Chorale Championship.
On Friday, Dec. 07, at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, the group from Mindanao once again seized a ticket to the grand finals of the annual chorale competition.
Jeward Cardenas, the team’s conductor, admitted that they have been preparing for more than six months for the tournament. He explained that they only have practices during Tuesdays and Thursdays so they have to make the most of their time.
According to Cardenas, as part of their preparations, the group participated in a dance workshop to develop their choreography since most of them are singers and not natural dancers.
Cardenas also mentioned that, while they still want to become champions, their primary goal for this year is to enter the finals and rank higher compared to their finish last year.
However, even if their initial target is just a better finish, Cardenas vowed to give their all during the grand finals set on Saturday, Dec. 08, saying that it might be their last chance.
“Kung pwede rin na championship, why not. Yung sa amin lang, we are just giving all out performance for the province of South Cotabato,” Cardenas said.
“All out na kami. This is our last chance na kung baga. Kung hindi pa namin ito maayos baka next year hindi na kami makita dito. So we have to make our best,” Cardenas added.
Aside from the open category, the South Cotabato Chorale will also be cheering for one of their members, Easter Joy Parsacala, who will be competing in the finals of the solo sing-off category.
This Friday, the Philippine National University Chorale also qualified for the finals of the open category, while the Batanes National Science High School Voices booked a ticket for the finals of the children’s division.