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Pangasinan choral group to compete in China international choirfest in November; concert series at the Carnegie Hall in January 2013

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 25 — The famous Calasiao Children’s Chorus (CCC), a Pangasinan pride, will compete in the 1st Xinghai Prize-International Choir Championships slated in Guangzhou, China on November 8 to 14.

Composed of some 30 youths aged 7 to 16, the CCC chorale bagged its first international championship in the 1st Korean International Open Choir Competition (Folklore Category) held in Korea in 2009.

The CCC has the backing of the provincial government in its search for international prominence.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. vowed to continuously assist the needs of the homegrown talents as part of his objective to showcase Pangasinan as the “melting pot of various talents.”

In a courtesy call by the group last July 24, the governor congratulated the kids and vowed to support them in whatever way to ensure that they will again win in prestigious international competitions.

Gilbert Allan Dispo, choir director and conductor, said the group has gone a long way since it started way back in 2005 with only 16 members and was originally called St. Peter and Paul Choir, named after the Calasiao Catholic Church.

The CCC is in 9th place based on rankings of some 1,000 choirs all over the world, .

Dispo revealed that the group will be joining the China competition to maintain their ranking.

The choir director said a rigid training for six months is needed before going to the main core group. This, he said, is their basic requirement for every aspiring group singer to develop their vocal and harmonic skills.

The group is also slated to perform in the highly prestigious Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) in January 2013.

Maan S. Parayno, group manager, said that the choir will be the first Filipino group to perform in the DCINY concert series to be held at the Carnegie Hall.

Parayno disclosed that it is not just an honor for the CCC to represent Pangasinan and the Philippines in an international concert but an opportunity for the group to show how talented the Filipinos are.

She said that CCC will only be the third Filipino group to perform at the Carnegie Hall after the Madrigal Singers in the 1970s and Lea Salonga in the 1990s.

Other notable awards received by the choral group include the following: 2nd place, Children’s Choir Category (1st Xianghai Prize-International Choir Championships); Silver Diploma for Children’s Choir Category and Bronze Diploma for the Music of the Religions Category (4th World Choir Games in Xiamen, China; Ani ng Dangal Awardee given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in February 2010; and Notable Pinoy for Music Awardee given by SM City Rosales in May 2010. (PNA)

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