SSC Participates at the “Mga Himig at Tinig ng SMEC” The First South Manila Consortium Choral Festival
In celebration of South Manila Educational Consortium’s 40th Anniversary, the Cultural Affairs Committee of the twelve member schools of the consortium mounted “Mga Himig at Tinig ng SMEC” last November 21, 2014. Dubbed as the First South Manila Consortium Choral Festival, the Luneta Open Auditorium served as a fitting venue as the member schools showcased their talents in choral singing.
The participating choral groups presented repertoires that honored the works of Filipino composers and mirrored the consortium’s thrust of urban renewal in line with heritage, culture and education. The choral pieces ranged from Filipino praise songs, indigenous music and popular tunes.
The St. Scholastica’s College Vocal Ensemble proudly represented their Alma Mater through an excellent performance that showcased not only their vocal prowess but highlighted their command of the performing stage through their well- choreographed moves. The choral ensemble are composed of young performers from the College of Music coming from different musical disciplines ranging from composition, music production, music education, vocal and instrumental performance.
Under the tutelage of their award winning choir conductor, Prof, Maria Lourdes Hermo, the group performed two choral pieces namely Koyu ne Tebulol, a choral arrangement of a traditional folksong originating from the T’boli tribe and Iisang Bangka Tayo , a popular song performed by The Dawn. Both pieces are arranged for choral performance by Eudenice Palaruan. These choral pieces were further brought to life through movements that mirror the message of the song, as choreographed by our high school faculty, Ms. Carina Gabito, who brought her expertise and experience as a member of the prestigious Bayanihan Dance Troupe.
The well-applauded number of the group further cemented the School of Music’s distinction of honing and producing excellent musical artists as they are lauded as a Center of Excellence, a feat that the whole community is truly proud of.
As a fitting end, the SMEC Festival Choir, with its ninety-six choral members from the twelve participating schools, capped the night with the performance of the festival piece, Paraiso, a song originally performed by the Smokey Mountain in the early 90s and composed by Ryan Cayabyab. With its arranger and festival choir conductor, Dr. Raul Navarro, leading the finale performance, the piece truly embodied the hopes of the consortium and the spirit of camaraderie and community that allows the twelve South Manila Schools to further thrive in its advocacies.
By: Prof. Mae Rafanan
Associate Dean of Student Affairs