Latest Stories

CCP launches international choral competition


Koro Ilustrado

Everybody can join a choir but not everyone will be able to develop his/her musicality.”

This is just one of many sayings of the late National Artist Andrea O. Veneracion which that Anthony Carpio, choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, remembers.

He spoke at a recent press conference at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to announce the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, to be held at the CCP Aug. 7-10.

The choral festival is a tribute to Veneracion, who founded the Madz (as the Madrigal Singers are informally known), which has since become the most-awarded choir in Asia. The Madz is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The choral festival, supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), is the sixth international choralfest to be staged in the CCP but it is the first international choral competition in the country. Festival director is Melissa V. Mantaring of the CCP.

There will be 19 competing choirs, national as well as international, and one guest choir from Indonesia. The Filipino choirs will come from Manila, Quezon City, Makati City; Los Baños, Laguna; Bacolod City, Iloilo City, and Davao City.

The foreign choirs are from Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea.


The judges are Gary Graden of Sweden, Michael Barrett of South Africa; Eric Banks of the United States; Oscar Escalada and the lone Filipino juror, Carpio.

The competition categories are Folk Music, Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble.

“The Chamber category is the most difficult,” said Mantaring. “Here you have a Baroque, Romantic, and a 20th-century competition, plus a concert piece that all have to learn.”

During the press con, Carpio said three or four singers left the Madz every year and moved on, and the replacements came from a pool of trainees.

“They have an idea of what it takes to sing in the choir,” he said. “So it is not difficult for them.”

Philippine Madrigal Singers

Another advice from Veneracion to the Madrigals was “to listen to other choirs, because you learn a lot by listening to other choirs and their music.” And also, you develop technique, Carpio recalled the mentor saying.

Before a major concert here or abroad, the Madz founder would become strict with the singers.

“Mabusisi (meticulous),” Carpio said. “With one page and 12 bars she would not stop, uulit-ulitin (repeat and repeat) until we were comfortable with the music.”

He concluded: “We learned so much from Professor Veneracion, more than the usual singing. She was our mother, mentor, friend, especially when we were abroad.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival , CCP , Lifestyle , Music

  • Ren-ren

    Sayang d naabutan ni Madame. :(

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


  • Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled
  • Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • Sports

  • Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Lifestyle

  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Entertainment

  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan