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SSC High School Glee Club on the Go last October

November 14,2014

Halina’t Umawit Children’s Choir Festival

With their stylish kimonos and their various song pieces, the SSC High School Glee Club had once again graced the stage of the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) Cultural Center of the Philippines. On October 26, 2014 the choir participated in the 6th Halina’t Umawit Children’s Choir Festival hosted by the world class Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir. The event featured a total of 5 choirs including Miriam College High School Glee Club, Himig Bulilit of St. Paul College of Parañaque and the Tiples de Santo Domingo.

The SSC High School Glee Club performed 5 songs all in all. With Mr. Danny Monte’s conducting, the choir performed the following songs:

1. Todd Parker:  Ave Maria
2. Fr. Arnold Zamora: Tenderly
3. Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas
4. The Dawn; Arr. by: E. Palaruan:  Iisang Bangka Tayo
5. Nonong Pedero; Arr. by: Nonong Sampang: Isang Mundo, Isang Awit

Ms. Margarette Kean Villarin, moderator of the High School Glee Club and Catherine Claire Arguelles of 4-Accountability performed as accompanists. The tutti pieces sung by the participating choirs were Halina’t Umawit sa Panginoon, the festival song, and We are all God’s Children, the official anthem for the 2015 Papal Visit to the Philippines.

Ms. Villarin’s Choral Conducting Recital
On the afternoon of October 18, 2014, the SSC High School Glee Club performed at the Corazon Aquino Hall, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila for Ms. Villarin’s Choral Conducting Recital. Together with the St. Paul Pasig High School Choral 1 and the YUPPIES Choir conducted by two other recitalists, the show was a success. Under the baton of Ms. Margarette Kean Villarin, the SSC High School Glee Club performed Ola Gjeilo’s Ubi Caritas, Fr. Arnold Zamora’s Tenderly and Nonong Pedero’s arrangement of Iisang Bangka, with Ms. Carell Belandres as pianist and Catherine Claire Arguelles of 4-Accountability as percussionist. The tutti piece Imagine, arranged by Mr. Jude Roldan, was conducted by Ms. Villarin.

Himig Manileño Eliminations
Right after their 2nd quarterly exams, the SSC High School Glee Club rushed into battle at the Himig Manileño Eliminations held on October 10, 2014 at SM City San Lazaro. This competition was opened to private and public schools in Manila and was organized by the Kaagapay ng Manileno Foundation Inc. and the Office of the Vice Mayor of Manila Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. The elimination round was scheduled for 2 different days with a different set of choirs each day. The SSC High School Glee Club was scheduled for the first day and out of 13 choirs, they became part of the 6 choirs who made it to the Final Round. Due to technical difficulties, the choir had to repeat their competition piece, Iisang Bangka but was still able to make it to the finals. The Final Round is scheduled on December 10, 2014 at 3:00pm at Palacio de Maynila, Malate Manila.

By: Lia Mabaquiao
4 – Stewardship