LAOAG CITY, July 18 (PIA) — The choral group Samiweng Singers of the Ilocos Norte National High School bagged a gold medal and two silver medals in the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, United States held July 4 to 14.
The choir received Gold IV in Folklore (open category), Silver X in the Youth of Equal Voices (open category) and a silver medal in the Musica Sacra (championship category) at the international competitions.
Another Philippine delegate, Mirriam College High School Glee Club, emerged champion in the Youth of Equal Voices (open category).
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia, Jr. was one of those who watched the Samiweng Singers perform.
The group, lead by its founding conductor Robert Caluya and co-conductor Sherberk Cabrales, made a courtesy call to Education Sec. Armin Luistro and presented their awards following their return to the country last week.
The 11-day choral competitions brought together choir singers from all over the world to bring compete in two separate categories: the Champions Competition and the Open Competition.
The Samiweng group had won their first global gold medals in the world choir games in Vietnam in 2011.
The 30-member Samiweng singers pooled their resources and sought fund support from government and non-government sectors to send themselves to the international choir competitions.
Other choral participants from the Philippines include the Zamboanga Hermosa Chorale, Servant of God Police Choir, Philippine Kammerata Singers, Quezon City Performing Arts Childrens’ Choir, Olongapo Youth Choir, Mirriam College High School Glee Club and Vox Viri.
Caluya said the group’s venture to international competitions was a product of years of dedication to good music beginning 1993.
Members of the choral group are mostly high school freshmen who have undergone extensive training under Caluya and Cabrales.
The Samiweng is a campus-based choral which began by sharing their music with the local community. The group is often invited to render music to various government and non-government functions in the province and around the country. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)