Kuala Lumpur – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported that Filipino musical talent was on its finest as it wowed Malaysian audiences in two separate events on July 16.
The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir (BDCC), young divas Gabrielle Panlilio, Platinum Christi Madrid and Yumi Chung and the Ang Misyon orchestra were in Malaysia over the weekend. Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya hosted the BDCC and the young divas for lunch at the Embassy on July 18.
The choir and Ms. Panlilio also performed before the Embassy’s consular clients that day.
“You have uplifted the profile of the Philippines and the Filipino people in Malaysia. I hope that you will continue to work hard and persevere in your chosen craft, and always be grateful to your parents and teachers to mentor you in your craft,” he said to them during the lunch.
The BDCC competed at the Malaysian International Children’s Choir Competition 2016 held at the Shah Alam Royal Theatre in Selangor in the morning.
The choir, led by conductor Virginia Llamas-Mendoza and Prof. Adolfo Mendoza, impressed the judges with their rendition of “O Sanctissima” and “Orde E”, and was bestowed the Gold Prize along with being the Most Promising Overseas Choir and the Shah Alam Mayor’s Award, the highest prize in the competition.
With the theme “Binding Culture through Music,” the international choral festival was joined by 15 choral groups from Vietnam, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Minister and Consul General Maria Antonina Mendoza-Oblena was on hand to watch them in competition.
In the evening, Misses Panlilio, Madrid and Chung and Ang Misyon were part of the ChildAid Malaysia benefit concert at the KL Performing Arts Centre. Ambassador Malaya caught their performance and gave the opening remarks before the concert.
With the theme “A World To Imagine,” performers from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia joined hands for the benefit concert, which will provide music education to poor but deserving children.