MANILA – The University of the Philippines Manila Chorale (UPMC) bagged top prizes in two international choir competitions held in Spain.
Under the baton of Prof. Eman P. de Leon Jr., the UPMC won the second prize in the Folk Music Category and third prize in the Mixed Choir Category in the 33rd Cantonigros International Choral Music Festival held in Vic, Spain.
The chorale also competed at the 61st Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia in Torrevieja, Spain where it took the top prize in the Polyphony Category.
The award includes a cash prize worth 10,000 euros (approximately P 500,000).
Proceeds of the cash prizes and donations they received during their European tour will be given to the NGO Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the Bohol earthquake survivors.
“Bilang mga nasa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at bilang yung mga istudyante ko po ay istudyante ng Medicine or Dentistry, talagang pinili namin na tumulong para doon sa mga kababayan natin kasi pagkatapos nilang mag-aral, doon din ang punta nila, manggagamot ng mga kababayan natin at tutulong doon sa talagang mga nangangailangan,” de Leon said in a statement.
The choir also performed in Switzerland, France, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Czech Republic as part of their European tour “Talindaw 2015.”