Loboc, Monday, 10 March 2008
Loboc Children’s Choir Sings for Heritage across the United States
After almost eleven years, the internationally renowned Loboc Children’s Choir (LCC) will embark once more on a cultural mission to the United States to sing for Boholano and Filipino-American communities. Considered Bohol’s pride and a national cultural treasure, having been a national and international champion in music competitions (NAMCYA-1st Place in 1993, 1995 and 2001, and Barcelona Song Festival, 2003), the LCC is invited to be the main musical demonstrator in an international conference in Los Angeles and in New Hampshire dubbed as ENCUENTRO FILIPINO. This twin-conference is an international symposium on the music and cultural heritage of the Philippines as a result of the historical interaction with Spain and will feature prestigious Filipino scholars delivering papers on various aspects of the Filipino-Spanish encounter. The conference will first be held at the University of California at Riverside, Los Angeles on April 24-25, and will move to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire on April 30-May 2. In both symposia, the LCC will sing parts of Filipino-Hispanic masses, hymns, folksongs, and other examples of music influenced or inspired by Spain.
As part of its cultural mission, the LCC will perform to close to 15 American cities to mobilize support for two major cultural programs for heritage protection and revitalization in Bohol. They will perform to raise funds for the restoration of the centuries-old Loboc Church and Convent which has been declared by the combined official Philippine corps of national agencies (National Museum, National Historical Institute, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts) as a National Historical Landmark and a National Cultural Treasure. In addition, the choir will solicit patrons for scholarships for their talented but financially needy alumni and alumnae wishing to take up music for their college education. This will ensure further sustainability of the LCC towards building a professional institution in the province.
To date, Boholano and Filipino organizations in the following cities have expressed commitment to host the choir: Seattle, Olympia, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Houston, Laredo, San Francisco, Lincoln, San Diego, Kansas, and St. Louis. The last time the choir was on an American tour was in November 1996-January 1997, which included 10 cities from LA to Florida.
Its Artistic Conductor Alma Taldo and accompanist Baby Lina Jala, together with the Mayor of Loboc, Leon Calipusan, are leading the delegation.
To raise funds for this USA tour, the Loboc Children’s Choir will stage four concerts in Manila on April 12 and 13, 2008), with two shows each day (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the PETA Theater Center (New Manila, QC).
Supporting the LCC in providing beautiful music to the audience are four other choir groups who will join them in this meaningful event, namely, UP Cherubims and the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir (on April 12), and the Ateneo Chamber Singers and UP Singing Ambassadors (on April 13). To date, initial sponsors for the project have been OISHI-Liwayway Marketing Corporation, Bench, SPK Pinoy Incorporated, and Pioneer Insurance.
For inquiries for the Manila Concert of the Loboc Children’s Choir, you can call the Encuentro Secretariat (c/o PETA Office, tel. nos. 725-6244/410-0821 to 22, or call the Tours Manager Gardy at (0916) 361-1786 or Evelyn Silva at (0916)643-0848. Tickets are priced at P1,000.00, P700.00 and P500.00.
For information regarding the USA Concert please visit the choir website at www.lobocchildrenschoir.org or email them at email@example.com.
The Loboc Chilren's Choir
|Leony Rara wrote:|
|Tuesday, 6 May 2008 15:10:11 PHT|
|They are really GREAT... and GOD'S GIFT to everybody! Congratulations!!!... We are very proud of you and your respective parents... .. More concert here and abroad! Good luck!|
|Maria-Victoria G Barroga wrote:|
|Tuesday, 22 April 2008 00:23:17 PHT|
|I saw their concert yesterday at the IKEA performing Arts, Renton, Washington (state). Oh my God, their very first song "The Lord's Prayer" me & my bestfiend were already crying. They sings from the heart. Totally each and everyone has AMAZING ANGELIC VOICE. Congratulations to the teachers & staffs for the wonderful & heroec job you'd been doing for the group. You just created well known demographis for Loboc.Carry on taking care of the children with enthusiam & tender loving care & God bless!|
|Ryan Maboloc wrote:|
|Thursday, 17 April 2008 00:02:50 PHT|
|Hi, I am very happy and all too proud about this achievement! These children are a real treasure to our country. My parents come from Bohol and it makes me feel good that this is a very bright spot for the future of our young and the generation that will follow them! All the best!|
|Mary C wrote:|
|Thursday, 3 April 2008 00:09:03 PHT|
|I saw them perform during my floating restaurant river trip in Loboc. I was amazed. They are so talented. I'd love to see them again perform.|
|Lindsay C. Alipio wrote:|
|Friday, 28 March 2008 11:13:04 PHT|
|Just been to Bohol last Holy week though our stay is short but we make it a point to visit every tourism spot in bohol and one of them was the tour in Loboc River. The Loboc Children's choir was one of my fave, their great & i guess they deserved the winnings on competition. One that you can be PROUD of... Great voice & dance. A must to see.... A must to experience... Good Job!|