The National Power Chorale of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) was hailed the Champion in the recently concluded Government Choral Competition held yesterday, September 6, 2011 at the Cultural Centerof the Philippines. The PAGCOR Voice Symphony of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) won 1st runner up followed by the Pagibig Fund Chorale of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) as 2nd runner up. The competition was held in celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary themed Championing R.A.C.E.: Public Service Excellence at Full Speed.
For the special awards, Mr. Robert Delgado bagged the Best Conductor category, while Mr. Joy Nilo received the Best Arrangement award as presented by the PVAO Chorale.
The panel of adjudicators – Maria Lourdes Venida-Hermo, Eduardo Lumbera Manguiat, Jonathan Velasco, Tristan C. Ignacio and Nathaniel Arnel de Pano – came from the distinguished roster of the Philippine Choral Directors Association.
The twelve chorale finalists performed in the following sequence after the drawlots conducted in the morning of the event: Philippine Ports Authority Chorale, East Avenue Medical Center Chorale, Central Luzon State University Administration Choir, Bureau of Quarantine Chorale, Dangal ng Lungsod Batangan Chorale, POEA Chorale, PVAO Chorale, Pagibig Fund Chorale, National Power Chorale, City Government of Makati Employees Choir, Professional Regulations Commission Chorale and PAGCOR Voice Symphony. Each choir sang three songs, including the Competition Song “Para Sa ‘Yo” by Trina Belamide, within a span of 10 minutes.
Second District of Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla and Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno served as the emcees of the event and enthralled the audience with their lively banter covering the rundown of the competition rules as well as the criteria for judging the chorale finalists.
In his welcome message,Cultural Centerof the Philippines (CCP) President Raul Sunico expressed his appreciation for the public sector’s shift towards the culture and the arts through the holding of a chorale competition. Following his speech was the message of National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe De Leon Jr., delivered by his representative, Executive Director Malou Jacob. NCCA commended the idea of inculcating and putting a premium on government talent like agency choral groups to champion the message of genuine public service.
As the main guest, Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III praised the organizing agencies for ensuring that the competition abides by the spirit of upholding praiseworthy talents in the civil service. He congratulated all the chorale finalists stating that they were already champions in their own right and worthy of recognition.
After awarding the major prizes, CSC Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza thanked all twelve choir participants and the more than a thousand government employees in attendance. She also presented tokens of appreciation to the emcees.
The winning chorale is set to give a performance in recognition of HAP awardees at the CSC-NCR Honor Awards Program to be held at the PNP Multi-Purpose Hall on September 12, 2011.