Manila Broadcasting Company invites ensembles from schools, churches, residential communities, offices, and special interest groups to take part in the 2017 MBC National Choral Competition.
Considered the biggest all-inclusive choral competition in the Philippines today, it has two divisions: Children’s choirs (where the winner will receive P100,000) and the open category (whose champion will bring home P150,000).
Live auditions will be conducted in Cebu on Sept. 30, General Santos City (Oct. 1), Lucena (Oct. 7), Iloilo (Oct. 14), Star Theater (Oct. 15), Zamboanga (Oct. 20), Laoag (Oct. 27), and Cauayan (Oct. 29).
Choirs from other provinces outside Mega Manila may also send an application packet consisting of a high-quality audition video and the attached application form, which must be received at the MBC head office in Pasay on or before Oct. 16.
Provincial choirs that qualify will each receive a travel subsidy to help defray costs of competing in the national championships to be held at the Aliw Theater on Dec. 5 to 9, 2017.
Detailed mechanics are downloadable from the official Facebook page of the MBC National Choral Competitions.
Last year’s winners were Voices Of The South Children’s Choir and Ligao National High School Voice Chorale.
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New venue for ‘Best Of Aliw’
Aliw Awards Foundation’s “Best Of Aliw,” set on Oct. 10, will be presented at the Star Theater instead of the CCP Main Theater as announced earlier. This is according to AAFI Founding and current President Alice H. Reyes and the 40th anniversary Executive Committee Chairman Bing N. Carreon.
Directed by Freddie Santos, and opening AAFI’s 40th anniversary festivities, it features some of the country’s top entertainers such as Celeste Legaspi, Rico J. Puno, Freddie Aguilar, Jose Mari Chan, Imelda Papin, Sarah Geronimo, John Lesaca, Mitoy Yonting, Spirit of ’67, Merjohn Lagaya, the Halili-Cruz Dance Company. It is supported by PAGCOR and the Quezon City government under Mayor Herbert Bautista.
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