Experience Chorale Perfection – Haraya, a send off concert – the Manila Chamber Singers

Maliit na concert venue, mailan-ilang mga bisita, libreng concert, malamig na kwarto, akala mo talaga simpleng kantahan lang ang magaganap. Kundi pa sa engrandeng lighting and sounds na nirentahan a few days ago, hindi mo aakalain na concert pala ito ng isang grupo na higit isang dekada na binuo.

Haraya, a send off concert by the Manila Chamber Singers.
July 1, 2017. Saturday.
8pm.

Excited akong pumasok a good 30 minutes before the concert started. Kilala ko ang mga miyembro. Minsan na akong umupo sa mga rehearsal nila. May time na nakakatulog ako pag malumanay ang awitin. Minsan nang napatayo ako sa sakit ng ulo nung kinanta nila ang Arcturus, isang kanta tungkol sa insomnia. May mga oras na gusto ko sumabay sa kantahan pero nahihiya ako dahil makakasira ako sa blending ng mga boses nila.

Confident din naman ako na marunong din ako kumanta. Alam ko, nasa tono ako. Hindi pa ako nasabihan na sintunado. Kilala nyo naman ang papa nyo.

Pero iba kapag kasama mo e yung mga nag-aaral talaga ng nota. Alam nila ang difference ng Re sa Mi-Flat – kahit na half note lang yun. Kaya nila mag sustain ng Sol at mag-jump from octave 1 to octave 32. Yung laru ng bibig natin pag natutulog, kaya pa nila ilagay sa tono. Pag nakakita nga sila ng ipis, hindi nakakahiya ang tili nila dahil hindi ito sintunado.

Ang gagaling nila; mga boses na may tamang tiyempo, mga salitang may tamang bigkas, may pagbilis at pagbagal na naaayon sa piyesa, at team work na makukuha lang ng araw-araw na pagpa-practice.

Handa na nga sila lumipad papuntang Singapore.

May laban sila doon next week. Dadalhin nila ang boses ng Pilipino sa isang kumpetisyon na kinabibilangan ng marami pang mga chorale. Makikipagsagutan sila ng kantahan gamit ang mga boses ng mga doktor, engineer, accountant, nurse, estudyante, ina, ama, anak, kapatid, at jowa. Kasama sa kanilang laban ang mga dasal ng mga umattend at mga hindi umattend ng concert.

They are off to sing it out, and bring home the bacon. May kasama pang smoked ham.

The full line up of the Manila Chamber Singers - Haraya

The full line up of the Manila Chamber Singers – Haraya

Good Luck sa Manila Chamber Singers!

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The Manila Chamber Singers (MCS) is composed of students and non-professional singers from different vocations who share a passion for choral music. The group have visited numerous cities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia,and has performed in various international and national choir festivals and competitions where they received top prized and critical acclaim. Some of the group’s notable awards and achievements in the last 10 years are:

JULY 2012
15th International Choral Kathaumixw (Powell River, British Columbia, Canada)

  • FIRST PRIZE  –  Folk and Cultural Traditions Category
  • FIRST PRIZE  –  Contemporary Choral Music Category
  • SECOND PRIZE  –  Adult Mixed Choir Category

JUNE 2011
3rd Internation Anton Bruckner Choir Competition

  • GOLD DIPLOMA  –  Musica Sacra Category
  • SILVER DIPLOMA  –  Mixed Chamber Chour Category
  • FINALIST  –  Anton Bruckner Prize

APRIL 2011
3rd Antalya International Choir Festival  (Antalya, Turkey)

  • GRAND PRIX WINNER
  • FIRST PRIZE  –  Mixed Choir Category

APRIL 2007
8th International Choir Copetition  (Bad Ischl, Salzkammergut, Austria)

  • GOLD MEDAL  –  Folksong Category
  • SILVER MEDAL  –  Mixed Choir Category
  • SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE CITY OF BAD ISCHL-  Best Folkloric Program

 

In 2013, MCS completed its first concert tour in Australia. MCS presented the Shine On! Goodwill Concert Tour from October 25 to November 12, 2013, covering the cities of Brisbane, Sydney, and Canberra.

The Choir is the organizer of two of the Philippines’ choir festival: The Colors of Worship: A Festival of Sacred Choral Music, featuring church-based choirs (since 2004) and the Manila Choral Festival (since 2007) featuring some of the Philippines’ internationally -renowned choirs.

MCS Alumni enjoyed the concert, wishes current MCS members well.

MCS Alumni enjoyed the concert, wishes current MCS members well.

Through all these efforts, MCS aims to share their passion for music and promote Filipino cuture to audiences in the Philippines and all over the world.

 

friendships inside the group. the Manila Chamber Singers

friendships inside the group. the Manila Chamber Singers

wacky ones . The Manila Chamber Singers.

wacky ones . The Manila Chamber Singers.

yes, She is Soprano One. Manila Chamber Singers

yes, She is Soprano One. Manila Chamber Singers

with Choirmaster William Lloyd Cordero

with Choirmaster William Lloyd Cordero

Ang Masamang Hangin Na Dulot Ng Relationship Goals

Na-experience mo na ba yung hindi ka maka concentrate sa sinasabi ng jowa mo dahil nasa ibang lugar ng pagkatao mo ang isipan mo? Yung may hindi ka mapigilan na pangyayari? Yung kailangan mong ilabas ang saloobin mo dahil masakit na? Yung kanina pa kumukulo ang sikmura mo?

Nauutot ka na.

Kailangan mong pigilan si jowa sa kung anumang sinasabi nya para magbigay daan sa mahangin mong saloobin. Wag ka mahiya, mas appropriate ang sorry kesa sa excuse me.

Ang utot ay hangin na nabubuo sa tiyan dahil sa chemicals ng sikmura na nakikipaginteract sa pagkain na tinutunaw. Methane ang main ingredient ng utot. Flatulence naman ang medical term.

Bukod sa pagkain, factor din ang kabag, o ang paglunok ng hangin. Madalas ito nangyayari pag sinasabayan mo ng kwentuhan ang pagnguya mo ng pagkain. Mas malaking factor pa dito e kung nagtatawanan kayo. Mas malakas ang halakhak, mas maraming hangin na malulunok.

Too much laughter increases the production of gas in the stomach.

Too much laughter increases the production of gas in the stomach.  photo by Lord001

 

Ang amoy naman ng utot ay dulot ng fecal matter na napapasama sa hangin. Ang lakas ng tunog ay vibrations ng hangin sa puwetan at sa nakasarang butas ng puwit. Pag mas masikip ang butas, mas matinis ang tunog. Nakakatulong sa paglabas ng hangin ang pagbukas ng pwet kapag bahagya mong ipaling ang idang pisngi gamit ang kamay o ang pag adjust mo sa pagkakaupo.

Minsan, pwede mo rin saluhin ang utot mo at amuyin mo. Siguraduhin mo lang na walang nakakakita.

Pwede mo rin irecord ang utot ng jowa mo at gamitin mong ring tone. Para naman hindi mo siya mamiss.

Minsan, tinanong ako ni Soprano One, “happy ka ba?” Hindi ko siya sinagot. Dahil nga, hindi ko narinig ng mabuti ang tanong. Nasa kumukulong tiyan ang pokus ko. Sinusubukan kong pigilan pero hindi ko kaya.

Ang pakikipagkwentuhan habang kumakain ay nagdudulot ng kabag.

Ang pakikipagkwentuhan habang kumakain ay nagdudulot ng kabag. photo by Lord001

At nangyari na nga ang nakatakda. Isang matinis at mahabang puuuuutt. Parang nagmistulang oo na sagot sa tanong ni Soprano One ang aking utot.

Napangiti na lang siya.

Alam kasi niya na ang masasayang magjowa lang ang nakakautot ng ganun.

Gift In Kind Foundation Takes Its Advocacy To NEW HEIGHTS..

Eleven years na tayong namimigay ng school supplies, time to level up our game.

Gift in Kind Foundation, isang grupo ng mga magkakaibigan na nagdecide eleven years ago na magbalik ng biyaya. Pupunta sa probinsya ng isang member, dun sa elementary school nila, hahanapin yung mga mahihirap na students na walang wala, bibigyan ng school supplies, palalaruin ng parlor games, at pakakainin.

Natatapos ang kwento sa paguwi ng volunteers. Natatapos ang kwento ng outreach pag tapos tapos na ang program. Walang follow up. Walang follow through.

Yung nakasanayan na ganyan ay natapos ngayong taon.

Banawen lies at the foot of a mountain range. One wonders how aetas manage to live here.

Banawen lies at the foot of a mountain range. One wonders how Aetas manage to live here.

The Road to Banawen requires patience

The Road to Banawen requires patience

Three years ago, we decided to adopt Banawen Primary School. Itong paaralan na ito ang tututukan namin. Taun taon kami pupunta dito. Every year, parami nang parami ang mga regalo. Paganda ng paganda ang mga pinamimigay. Palaki ng palaki ang mga dumarating na tulong.

Dahil, lumalaki din ang mga bata. Continue reading

The Fiesta That You Must Not Miss! – Magayon Festival of Albay

Hindi lahat ng fiesta sa Pilipinas, mapupuntahan mo. Kukulangin ang powers at resources mo, bukod pa sa allowable leaves mo sa kumpanya ninyo.

And if you have to choose among the festivals, you must not forget about Albay and its Magayon Festival.

Held during my birthmonth of May, Magayon Festival celebrates talent, harvest, beauty, and the very distinct Mayon volcano. Di bale nang mangutang, basta may handa sa fiesta. Nakakahiya naman kung hindi ka pumunta, nagpahanda na nga.

 

Street performances at the Magayon Festival

Street performances at the Magayon Festival

King and Queen of Magayon Fest

King and Queen of Magayon Fest

The faces of Magayon

The faces of Magayon

Magayon Festival parade

Magayon Festival parade

 

ALBAY CRAWL, HISTORIC SITES AND MAGAYON
-Arnold “Arnie” Alesna

Albay is one province with many hidden and known beauties, it bears beauty that is pure, basic and grand. Albay has a certain charm that will sweep you off your feet and bring you to the time that was or give you a majestic feeling that is simply indescribable. With fifteen 15 municipalities and three 3 cities, Albay bears so many things to see and experience.

Governor Al Francis Bichara was a gracious host. Hospitality reflected on the people, from the people and this was reflected by the people of the various local government units (Dept of Tourism and Dept of Agriculture) and that of Human Explore Travel and Tours. The tour given to us was both informative and time worthy. Tiring as it may be BUT truly worth every moment. Our gratitude to Ms. Dorothy Colle and her people from the Department of Tourism Provincial Division Region V – Albay, Ms. Che Rebeta of the Provincial Agriculture Department and Ms. Farah Sobremisana – owner partner of Pepperland Hotel. They truly made our visit such a wonder thru their efforts and time generosity.

Albay is filled with old churches, old craft making, worthy places to go to, old houses, natural beauties and beautiful festivities. With magnificent places around the majestic Mayon Volcano, if you do a whole 360 tour like the one we did ours, one would get to see this natural wonder in all its beauty. Try to learn also the story behind this famous volcano and and unconver the Daragang Magayon mystery.

From the ruins of Cagsawa (with a average guest of 150pax per day) to the churches in Camalig, Ligao, Sto. Domingo and Daraga, to the calm Sumlang Lake and the historic Japanese caves in Quituinan Hills, to the traditional way of metal smiting in Tabaco, farms and various beautiful parks and landmarks all over Albay, you will never have a dull moment when you decide to do a full exploration of the province. It is also filled of noteworthy food places that you could and should try out. Albay also has spring resorts with water source coming from near the volcano or underneath the ground making it cool or even cold depending on the time of the year – such resort is D’ Hacienda Spring and Nature Resort in Guinobatan, Albay.

For active people, I would highly recommend for you to try out the Japanese tunnels/caves in Quituinan Hills. The trek is not that stressful but the crawling (should you be adventurous enough) is like having an archeological dig. For historical buffs, try seeing the various churches of the different municipalities and compare notes in terms of its style and story behind it. Should you wish to see various craftsmanship of the place, go to Sumlang Lake to see the woven beauties of Albay, the metal smiting of Tabaco, pottery shops in Tiwi and pili delicacy making in Legazpi. Don’t forget to visit the various farms in the province that show the resiliency of the people as reflected in their farms – some of them are IG worthy too.

Experience Albay and, you get to see this natural beauty in all its grandeur. With clouds or without, Mayon will surely captivate you may it be morning, noon, mid afternoon or sunset. With its romantic yet tragic story behind this beauty, you will definitely want to be welcomed by it every time you are in the said province.

Albay is truly beautiful! The people reflect their place and the place live through its people.

Magayon Festival 2017 at the streets

Magayon Festival 2017 at the streets

Magayon Festival 2017

Magayon Festival 2017

Ms Magayon 2017

Ms Magayon 2017

Colorful Costume at Magayon Festival

Colorful Costume at Magayon Festival

Magayon Festival youth

Magayon Festival youth

promoting Albay and the Magayon Festival

promoting Albay and the Magayon Festival

Magayon Festival at night

Magayon Festival at night

Karantahan 2017

Karantahan 2017

Bea and Enchong visits Magayon Fest

Bea and Enchong visits Magayon Fest

Magayon Festival on stage

Magayon Festival on stage

Daragang Magayon 2017

Daragang Magayon 2017

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