by Nadine Uy (Class 2020)
Coinciding with the National Arts Month, the first ever UP Manila Choral Festival (UPMFC) was held last February 3 and 4, 2018, at St. Cecilia’s Hall, St. Scholastica’s College Manila.
With the theme of OPM sa UPM, the two-day workshop-concert event was participated by students from various home-grown chorales of the campus, namely, Public Health Artists Circle of the College of Public Health; UP Biorhythm of the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Occlusal Harmonies of the College of Dentistry; UP MedChoir of the College of Medicine; and UP Manila Chorale.
UP Manila Chorale hosted the first UPMFC with the goal of uniting and empowering choirs from different backgrounds, as well as choral enthusiasts in UP Manila campus. Under the supervision of Ms. Anna Abeleda and Prof. Malou Hermo, the choristers underwent a whole-day choral workshop held at the premises of the campus on February 3. The choirs had basic vocal lessons and were able to polish their musical pieces for their culminating concert the day after.
The Grand Festival Concert was the first of its kind in collaborating various choirs across UP Manila colleges to celebrate original Filipino music. Each choir crooned the audience with OPM hits such as “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”, “Magbalik”, “Bituing Walang Ningning”, and “Overdrive”, among others. Under the baton of Mr. Emmanuel de Leon, Jr, the grand chorale wowed the viewers with their rendition of “Tadhana” arr. De Leon, “Pag-ibig” arr. Borela, and Cayabyab’s “Better World”.
It was indeed a night of music, harmonies, and celebration. Hopefully, this only marks the first of many choral festivals uniting students and enthusiasts across various backgrounds, not only in the country’s center for health sciences, but also across other campuses and institutions.
Photo credits: UP MedChoir