Photo Credit: X-Marc Ronquillo
Days after University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors’ Lakbay Musika concert, i’m still feeling ecstatic and in high spirits. Some of my friends told me i’m currently having a post-concert depression because i can’t move on until now. Maybe, and it’s okay because i really had a great time.
With the choral groups historical, world-class performance, i can claim, and i know that everyone who watched the show will agree that UPSA deserves all the accolades awarded to them by more than twenty competitions that they participated in. Literally, the group took Bohol by surprise with their sweet, powerful and outstanding performance.
A video narrating UPSA’s history, competitions attended, winnings, honors and awards that they shared to all Filipinos gave us a glimpse of the group’s contribution to our arts and culture.
The show started with the choir dressed in traditional Filipino costumes with a compilation of sacred and secular music which they performed superbly. Award winning conductor/composer Ed Manguiat’s brief translation at the start of each song provided us with the song’s message. For this part, i choose W.A. Mozart’s Alleluia and the song of prayer, Non Nobis Domine as UPSA’s best performance.
The Ambassadors continued the show with broadway, classic, and pop songs from timeless masterpieces of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Enchanted Evening and Climb Every Mountain to the classic medley and Bruno Mars’ song Just the Way You Are. Some of the choir member’s solo voices are also featured with the female’s powerful interpretation of Sia’s Chandelier and The Platter’s Only You from a male performer.
I actually felt like i’m watching a Valentine’s Day concert in June with some of the couples in the audience holding each other’s hands while enjoying the show. For this part, my favorite is the group’s rendition of Josef Zawinul and Jon Hendrick’s Birdland.
For the last part, the group’s adrenaline reached it’s ultimate level. They started after five minutes break, with Levi Celerio and Ernani Cuenco penned Kalesa and Balut complete with dance choreography and continued with their perfect and unique interpretation of George Hernandez arranged song Rosas Pandan, Visayan song Damgo Man Lang and the unexpected children song Tong song, all to the delight of the crowd. Their Musika Medley touched every young and young-at-heart’s emotions with the soulful, singing prowess giving the Ambassadors standing ovation after the performance.
But the excitement doesn’t end there. The highlight of the concert is the unexpected impromptu singing performance of Gov. Edgar Chatto and his wife, Mrs. Pureza Chatto with the famous Visayan classic Usahay backed by UPSA.
Photo Credit: X-Marc Ronquillo
All in all, everyone really enjoyed this one time, and we hope, not the last time performance of the talented, award-winning group who continue to give honors to our country.
Special thanks to the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians Bohol Chapter, the Provincial Government of Bohol and the Bohol Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD) for making this successful event possible.
Kudos to founder/conductor Ed Manguiat who also been conferred as an adopted son of Bohol during the 119th Independence Day celebration for a great performance.
Thank you UP Singing Ambassadors for giving us a wonderful Independence Day experience.
Congratulations on your 37th year Anniversary!